Plein Air, Highwaymen paintings to highlight Delray Beach Historical Society’s 2-day outdoor art show

South Florida Sun Sentinel

May 21, 2021 1:13 PM

The Delray Beach Historical Society is having its first

The Delray Beach Historical Society is having its first “Art in the Garden” event on May 29 and 30. (Delray Beach Historical Society)

In celebration of National Historic Preservation Month, the Delray Beach Historical Society, 3 NE First St., is putting on a two-day free art show and sale featuring local artists.

The Delray Beach Historical Society’s “Art in the Garden” event on May 29 and 30 will include over 100 pieces from Plein Air Palm Beach and other artists. With an emphasis on natural areas, the show, which is also sponsored by The Colony Hotel, will also be offering refreshments and strolling music throughout the event while guests are able to walk through the historical society’s native heritage gardens.

The Delray Beach Historical Society will receive 15% of the art sales.

“It’s the first time that we’ve done this and we were seeking a way to celebrate National Historic Preservation Month,” Delray Beach Historical Society Executive Director Winnie Diggans Edwards said. “It seemed like a great idea to combine art and nature. We’ll be promoting messages of conservation, sustainability and historic preservation.”

Established nationally in 1973, Historic Preservation Month will give the Delray Beach Historical Society the opportunity to promote how preservation encourages economic vitality, drives heritage tourism and protects its unique communities.

Aimed at collecting, preserving and sharing Delray Beach’s rich history and heritage, the Delray Beach Historical Society encourages and assists individuals of all backgrounds and interests to learn more about Delray Beach’s diverse history.

“In keeping the tradition of Delray being an artist colony, we tapped into our friends at Plein Air Palm Beach and some of our connections with the Highwaymen artists and other local artists in the area,” Edwards said. “We met with all of them and said, ‘We would like to put a show together that kind of celebrates our natural spaces, our natural areas so we can educate people on how important it is to save and preserve our natural spaces.”

Over 20 original Highwaymen paintings for display and sale inside the bungalow, according to the Delray Beach Historical Society.

Open to all ages, the event will be enforcing the city of Delray Beach’s health and safety guidelines.

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