JAMES F. HUTCHINSON
Keeping the Beat at the Backus Studio, 1951
Crossing the boundaries between race and color music was a great outlet for many artist. Although jazz music was common at the Backus studio in the 1950's, hosting social engagements with mixed race was not yet common in the time of segregation. While the police were known to occasionally break up parties and gatherings, the studio was a haven where the "Backus Brats" found social and artistic freedom early on.
James Hutchinson on the drums with friends at the A.E. Backus home in Fort Pierce, 1951.
Photo curtesy of Mrs. Ora Wiley
ART IN PUBLIC SPACES
High Point View
Sewall's Point, 1969
In 1969, the same year as James and Joan Hutchinson built their first home on the south end of Sewall's Point, Hutchinson captured this view of the South Eastern shoreline of Sewall's Point. Only a few homes were on the lagoon side of the peninsula at the time, which offered Hutchinson unobstructed views toward the St. Lucie inlet and to the "spoil island".
The large size oil painting can be seen at Town Hall in Sewall's Point, a town that Mr. Hutchinson has called home for 70 years.
High Point View, 1969, oil on canvas.
This painting was gifted to the Town of Sewall's Point by Mimi Towl and Rick Moyer, In Memory of Mr. Arnold R. Moyer, Jr.
James F. Hutchinson interviewed
for PBS Galleries show.
James Hutchinson’s Florida art was inspired from his time living with the Seminole Indian tribes on the Brighton reservation in Florida where James and his wife, Joanie, lived with the Seminole people for six years. His art has become known worldwide for their portrayal of Florida and its Heritage.
James Hutchinson interviewed for PBS, WUCF, Galleries Program. >>>