(Tom Benitez, Orlando Sentinel / January 11, 2009)
Highwaymen painter from Fort Pierce presents painting to Michelle Obama By Joe Crankshaw TCPalm Posted May 19, 2011 at 10:09 a.m.
FORT PIERCE — The only female artist in the group of 26 black painters known as the Florida Highwaymen, Mary Ann Carroll, presented one of her paintings to first lady Michelle Obama during the First Lady's Luncheon at the Congressional Club in Washington on Wednesday.
"I feel like a champ," said Carroll Thursday morning after she returned to Fort Pierce. "It was a gracious thing that did not have to happen, but it did. I never expected this to happen and did not look for it."
Carroll said the first lady was gracious and sweet in accepting a painting depicting a royal poinciana tree on the riverfront in Fort Pierce.
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I get to see Mary from time to time and she is always so cordial. Mary Ann Carroll is still painting and traveling the state selling her paintings with her daughter Kandie.
With the Highwaymen paintings the saying goes; "You can't have just one." And no proper Highwaymen collection would be complete without at least one painting from Mary. You can find Mary at many of Florida's outdoor art fairs or contact her through her website. She is painting better than ever and prices are very reasonable, heck the prices are a steal! GL