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CREATIVE CULTURE

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THE HIGHWAYMEN: AN INSPIRING STORY OF ART, FELLOWSHIP, AND GREAT SUCCESS

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Contents FEBRUARY 2021

Features 28 The Artist’s Studio

A peek inside the creative spaces where three talented artists make their magic

By Tracy Marcello | Photography by Jason Nuttle

34 History of the Highwaymen

How Florida’s most famous artists of the 1950s and ’60s paved their own road to success

By Judy Martel

40 Rock the Runway

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Contents In Every Issue 10 Editor’s Note 12 Publisher’s Note 55 Flavor

Foodie news and dining guide

62 Hot Shots

Photos from recent events

64 Surf Report

What’s up on stuartmagazine.com

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A whimsical boutique in Jensen Beach, three can’t-miss local art festivals, Place of Hope’s new outpost and coffee shop in Hobe Sound, and more

18 Character

An Indiantown rancher and entrepreneur with Old Florida roots

Pelican Pair, Michaelann Bellerjeau

20 Beauty

Shareable fragrances for you and your sweetie

22 Arts

Lifelong artist Teresa Klein takes the reins at Stuart’s Rare Earth Gallery

24 The Goods

GALentine’s gifts for your best gal pals

26 Wanderlust

What to see, do, eat, and drink in captivating New Orleans

ON THE COVER

Photographer: Jason Nuttle Artist Gail Kosowski shot on location by Stuart Magazine at her studio in Stuart

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Editor’s note

Familiar ground

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ost of us are pretty in tune with our cultural background. We know where our ancestors came from and have a pretty good handle on the road that led us to where we are now. I grew up in a Portuguese-American household, emphasis on the Portuguese. My dad is super proud of the “old country,” which meant when I was a kid, a couple of days a week I’d have to head to Portuguese school when regular school let out; I marched in parades wearing colorful (but embarrassing to a preteen) cultural attire; I ate things my friends couldn’t pronounce; and I spent many a holiday at this local Portuguese Club called The Lusitania. I wasn’t as proud as my father was at the time, but I am today. Because it’s my heritage, my history, my culture. It’s who I am. Learning about the history of where we live now can be just as eye-opening. For instance, I’m blown away by the Highwaymen, the talented group of Black artists from Fort Pierce who carved out lives as successful landscape painters in the 1950s and ’60s despite living in a then-segregated South. Read their amazing story and view some of their beautiful artwork beginning on page 34. It’s always cool to meet someone who really gets Old Florida. Jonnie Wall-Flewelling has a wealth of knowledge about our area. Her family has had roots in Indiantown since the early 1900s, and today she runs the historic Seminole Inn and lives that ranch life to the fullest. Read her story on page 18. As the Highwaymen have proven, one thing that has the power to define history and culture is art. Today, our community is rife with talented artists of all kinds, and on page 28 we take a peek inside the studio spaces of three residents to see where they create their inspired works. You also might want to turn to page 22 and get to know Teresa Klein, the new owner of Stuart’s Rare Earth Gallery and a wonderful artist in her own right. I hope you enjoy this issue and also take some time this month to explore our land, its parks, shops, galleries, restaurants, and everything else that makes it what it is. And if you learn something interesting you’d like to share, I’m all ears! Peace and blessings,

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Publisher’s note

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ne of my favorite February memories occurred on Valentine’s Day years ago with one of my dearest friends and our very young boys at the time. Our husbands were both out of town, so we decided to make the best of the holiday by ordering in from our favorite local restaurant, lighting a fire, and uncorking a fabulous cabernet. We were in Sugar Loaf, a quaint small town in Orange County, New York. It was a magical evening with snow falling outside, the smell and sound of logs burning and crackling, and our boys sound asleep and tucked under soft down blankets. We were two young moms sitting together talking about everything from travel, food, wine, art, history, and culture to the hopes and dreams we had for our children in our little town. The reason that memory is so special to me is that it’s part of my personal history and the local culture I enjoyed so much. I have many fond memories of Sugar Loaf—its local artists, galleries, restaurants, and candlemaker (who is still there!). I think that’s what I love so much about Stuart; its downtown area reminds me very much of that special small-town feel. Adding more culture, history, and art to our lives can be enriching and help lower stress levels. It’s especially important these days to take a moment and fill our senses with beauty—and there is so much to see and experience right here in our backyard. Explore your cultural and creative side and take advantage of what’s right down the road. Try something new and think about how you can bring joy not only to yourself but also to your family and neighbors. Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show some love and appreciation for the people you care for, so why not shop at a boutique you’ve never visited or dine at a restaurant you’ve had on your list to try? Search out local artists, galleries, and museums. Plan a special date with someone you care about to see all that our unique area has to offer. Many of us are not traveling as much as we used to, which makes it a great time to explore the community, appreciate its history, and support local businesses. We invite you to enjoy our February 2021 issue and check out stuartmagazine.com to read past articles you may have missed. While on the site, be sure to sign up for our Insider’s Guide weekly newsletter to keep up with current events and news. I want to thank you for your readership and for supporting Stuart Magazine. Please feel free to reach out to me anytime, and I hope to see you around town.

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hen Renée Salvat was a child, she loved making cards for her family and friends and dreamed of becoming an illustrator someday. She remembers being told she would need to be hired by a large company, like Hallmark, to do so. After graduating from Indian River State College, she was working as a graphic designer and began delving into painting again when she had a realization. “It hit me that I could do it on my own,” she says. “I could start my own stationery business.” In 2017, she started Salty Kai—the name pays homage to the sea-related artwork she began selling at craft shows and pop-ups around Florida. Two years later,

she opened a brick-and-mortar boutique in Jensen Beach, stocked with a selection of stationery and art prints featuring her whimsical designs. Her work is inspired by a life spent on the Treasure Coast, in addition to her family and friends. “When painting new pieces, I always have someone in mind,” she says. “I think that makes the connection to the art even greater.” She soon plans to expand into notebooks, notepads, journals, and stickers. Salty Kai also offers a curated selection of ceramics, jewelry, and wooden art from other local artists and small businesses. 3291 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach; saltykai.com; 772.444.3176 —Melissa Puppo F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 1 | STUART

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Spotlight

Place of Hope sets new roots in Hobe Sound

For the past 20 years, Place of Hope has provided a safe space for children, youth, and families in need, offering programs and services to end the cycles of abuse, neglect, homelessness, and human trafficking. A mainstay in Palm Beach County, the organization has since expanded into Martin County and Treasure Coast communities and recently opened a location in Hobe Sound, housed inside the Harris L. Weinstein Outreach Center. Founding CEO and board member Charles L. Bender III says the space will also serve the community through its social enterprise coffee shop, Peninsula Coffee, offering custom brews blended by Oceana Coffee in Tequesta. The café plans to partner with area businesses for provisions, including baked goods from Importico’s Bakery and other menu items by local favorites like Casa Del Vino and Deliteful Kitchen. “The coffee shop will bring in new people who will inherently learn about the mission of Place of Hope,” says Jamie Bond, director of advancement and development. “With the bonus of the C. Kenneth and Laura Baxter Foundation All Purpose Training Room and the Michael and Lety Atieh Gathering Patio, we have the ability to host private and corporate meetings and events, as well as offer many of the life skills development and enrichment classes we offer our own families and young adults.” placeofhope.com

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The Scene

Eye Candy 3 CAN’T-MISS LOCAL ART FESTIVALS FEBRUARY 6-7, the annual Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts will honor two decades of celebrating the nation’s top artists and skilled craft artisans. Whether you’re a first-time art buyer or already have a few special pieces at home, this festival offers something for everyone. A wide range of mediums will be available—such as one-of-a-kindjewels, ceramics, paintings, and life-size sculptures—at the event spanning Dixie Highway from Bridge Road to Venus Street. Free; artfestival.com FEBRUARY 20-21, Arts Foundation of Martin County’s annual ArtsFest returns, bigger than ever. Not only can you view numerous artworks, but you can also try your hand at helping create a glass mosaic featuring a loggerhead turtle as part of Martin County’s Art in Public Places Program. This year, the event will be held farther west on SE Ocean Boulevard to include the gazebo and Court House Cultural Center, which will feature a stunning exhibition of works by renowned Florida landscape photographer Clyde Butcher. This year’s showcase will also feature a free “ArtsFest at Home” component for

those who prefer to view artwork and entertainment from a distance. Part of the online programming will include the Shakespeare production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream airing online Saturday. $5/person; artsfeststuart.org FEBRUARY 27-28, be sure to check out the Downtown Stuart Art Festival on Osceola Street in downtown Stuart. Gallery-style booths will showcase different mediums of fine art available for purchase, including paintings, mixed media, and more. The presenting artists have all been selected by an independent panel of expert judges. Proceeds benefit the Stuart Main Street Program. Free; artfestival.com Luis Enrique Gutierrez

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CANVAS COUTURE One local’s new clothing line is red hot

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ou probably own a dress made of silk or chiffon, but have you ever owned a piece of clothing made from canvas? That’s the idea behind VIVRE Couture, a luxury fashion and accessories line started by Stuart resident Kristen Alyce. The designer uses primed artist canvas, which she manipulates into various flattering shapes. Each piece is one of a kind and custom made for each client, which typically involves three to five fittings when handling couture pieces. It all starts with a sketch; once the client approves the sketch, Alyce creates the pattern and cuts it on the fabrics and canvas. Then, says Alyce, “our talented seamstresses sew the garment together in a very specific way as to not damage the integrity of the canvas.” Once it has been fitted to the client, the piece is passed along to an artist for painting. In addition to clothing, the line also includes weekender bags, bowties and neckties, handbags, and passport holders. Alyce’s latest launch is her Red Rose collection— perfect for the season of love—available in skirts, tops, and even a deep-V ballgown, which Alyce says took 80 hours to complete and features five layers of metal hoops to keep its shape. vivrecouture.com

The Belle skirt from VIVRE Couture’s Red Rose collection

Trend Alert

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AMPLIFY YOUR LOOK WITH PERMANENT MAKEUP

Originally from Long Island, New York, Delia Templin moved to Stuart in 2013 and, like many, fell in love with the city’s charm. She was working in the beauty industry as a permanent makeup/microblade artist when COVID hit—and the day before the “lockdown,” she realized her dream of owning her own business. She spent the next five weeks outfitting her boutique salon, DT Beauty (dtbeauty772.com), into a modern contemporary space with New York flair that offers skin care, haircare, and permanent makeup services including microblading, powder brow, and lip blush. “The art of permanent makeup has evolved into a fast-growing industry, and it’s only getting more popular,” says Templin. “People are looking for low-maintenance beauty services.” For anyone hesitant about trying permanent makeup, Templin recommends doing your homework by researching the artist’s education and portfolio. “Permanent makeup is a very intimate service, and my goal is to make my clients feel extremely comfortable, and for them to love their new look,” she says. Here, Templin describes three popular treatments and what to expect from each.

MICROBLADING A form of permanent makeup that utilizes a cosmetic tattoo machine to add semi-permanent pigment to the brows resembling tiny hair strokes. It’s done with a manual hand tool that’s tiny in diameter to ensure the least amount of trauma to the skin. Clients should stay out of water and the sun for the first week or two and avoid excessive sweating. Procedure time: 2 hours POWDER BROWS A technique using a cosmetic tattoo machine that creates tiny, pixilated dots on the skin in the shape of a perfect brow. The soft, powder result is ideal for clients who have ample brow hair already but want to add dimension and shape. Procedure time: 2 hours LIP BLUSH “As we age, our vermilion border loses pigment, and our lips appear smaller,” says Templin. “This service adds shape and fullness to the lips.” A cosmetic tattoo machine creates pixilated dots in the desired color using a blush technique, rather than a full lipstick saturation, for a very natural look. Procedure time: 2.5 hours ❖

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Rooted in Tradition WITH A FAMILY TREE THAT HAS BEEN PLANTED IN THE AREA FOR NEARLY A CENTURY, INDIANTOWN RESIDENT DONNA “JONNIE” WALL-FLEWELLING KEEPS OLD FLORIDA THRIVING WITH AN INSTINCT FOR SUSTAINABILITY

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nature—“swamps, huge alligators, and lots of mosquitoes,” she says. To maintain Old Florida traditions and educate people about them, WallFlewelling provides cultural tours and experiences for hotel guests. In addition to inviting them to study the inn’s 90-foot mural of the Seminole Indian tribe, she offers local experiences like turkey or hog hunts, trips to Lake Okeechobee, private ranch tours (her family owns the High Horse Ranch), and farm visits so visitors can get a real taste of Old Florida. For Wall-Flewelling, sustainability is important— and not just in the sense of preserving Florida’s rich history. “I believe that for a rancher or farmer, sustainability is instinctual,” she says. “We know where the land ends, and we see how much water we have so the grass is strong for the cattle. We look at animals every day—we are dependent on that level. Since I was raised in a family that ranched, we are conservative and careful with our resources. We don’t spend what we don’t have.” Much of what she raises and grows is served to guests at the restaurant inside the inn for a true farm-to-table experience. She has also been working to preserve the Florida Cracker cattle breed as well as to start an organic elderberry grove. She never stops implementing sustainable solutions to protect her

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onna “Jonnie” WallFlewelling holds a master’s degree in behavioral disorders from Florida Atlantic University, but formal education isn’t what excites her. The busy entrepreneur likes to get her hands dirty—quite literally—with her many projects. On her property in Indiantown, the 67-year-old raises grass-fed, antibioticfree, free-range cattle and pigs and 10 goats; grows seasonal lettuce, squash, and tomatoes; harvests honey; tends herb gardens; makes her own jams and jellies using local fruits (guava, strawberryvanilla, pineapple); creates finishing salts (rosemary, Himalayan, and basilinfused); and curates tea blends. She also runs Indiantown’s historic Seminole Inn (seminoleinn.com), the nearly 100-year-old country inn owned by the Wall family since 1976. “I love all of my projects, but what gives me the most joy is running the Seminole Inn,” says Wall-Flewelling. “I like illustrating the rich history of Indiantown while meeting our wonderful guests.” Wall-Flewelling’s family first came to Indiantown from Georgia in 1919 to find work, and they have been here ever since. At 91, her mother, Iris, is the town’s longest-living resident, who still lives in the family home and raises cattle. “We are the last frontier, the history of Indiantown where folks either farmed or raised cattle,” Wall-Flewelling says proudly. Her dad, Homer, cut fence posts, while Iris baked biscuits in a wood-burning stove. The family had no water or electricity back then, but Wall-Flewelling and her siblings enjoyed a great childhood playing in the woods and discovering the wonders of

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On the RIGHT PATH

AS THE NEW OWNER OF RARE EARTH GALLERY, ARTIST TERESA KLEIN FEELS LIKE SHE IS EXACTLY WHERE SHE IS SUPPOSED TO BE b y T R AC Y M A R C E L LO

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jewelry, and more, Rare Earth Gallery is fortunate to have another expert at the helm. This past September, after operating the gallery for more than a decade, the Binders passed the proverbial baton to a brand new owner: artist Teresa Klein. She moved to Port St. Lucie from Chapel Hill, North Carolina to run the gallery, bringing her lifelong background in art and poetry to the space. “Steve and Becky have done a terrific job renovating the space and establishing a reputation, and I look forward to continuing what they have done,” she says. Here, get to know a little bit about Klein, her background in art, her plans for the gallery, and her philanthropic endeavors.

Artist and Rare Earth Gallery owner Teresa Klein (above). Artwork by Klein, clockwise from top left: Out of Nowhere; Where, Here (detail); And Fall Came Anyway.

LIFE AS AN ARTIST “I feel like I’ve always been an artist and a writer. Both of my parents were artists, and my grandmother was a painter. I

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have a BFA in painting with a minor in art history and an MFA in creative writing from American University in Washington, D.C. I prefer to paint in acrylic and oil, but I also love pastels and drawing. My style changed significantly after the unexpected death in 2002 of my husband, Kevin, from a brain tumor. I had been more of a literal or representational artist, but that way of working seemed inadequate to me [after Kevin passed away], and I began to paint more abstractly. Most recently, I’ve been working on a series of diminutive drawings called Vibrations, which begin as miniature brain waves and become tiny landscapes. I see these as sort of a metaphor for life and energy.”

TAKING OVER AT RARE EARTH “I was a curator and programs director at galleries in the past. I’ve also been an educator, most recently a teacher in an amazing charter school in North Carolina. I’ve always been interested in having a space not only to share my own work but also to foster and nurture the work of other artists. Coming upon Rare Earth Gallery was a serendipitous find! I believe I was led to make a change in this phase of my life, and I was guided to this new place and

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Below: A Day at the Beach (detail), Carol Merritt

endeavor. It brings together so much of what I have learned in my life and what I long to do.” PLANS FOR THE GALLERY “I can’t say that I actually know what my plans are at this point—it’s very early—but I do know that I want Rare Earth to be an uplifting, positive place to be. It already has a unique presence in the heart of downtown Stuart and is a destination for people who love art, but I want it to be seen as more than a retail space. I hope Rare Earth will continue to add new artists and media and exist as a space to share ideas too. I also hope to get back to having events like Art Walks and fundraisers soon.” FUNDRAISING EFFORTS “Steve and Becky were strong advocates for Treasure Coast Hospice, as am I. Hospice helped our family so much during the end of my husband’s life. I also continue to personally contribute a portion of my own art sales to the American Brain Tumor Association and the National Brain

Tumor Society. I’d love to perhaps design a yearly art event to raise funds and awareness to help other families facing this insidious disease.” WHAT MAKES RARE EARTH SPECIAL “It offers such a fresh perspective on art! It’s a friendly space where everything is handmade and not mass-produced. Art not only brings beauty to the world, but it also brings meaning and soulfulness. I truly believe that all arts have the potential to raise consciousness and touch lives in challenging times.” ❖

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Radar / WANDERLUST

The Library Lounge at Bar Marilou

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The Cascade Pool at the New Orleans Museum of Art sculpture garden features Scott Burton’s Pair of Right Angle Chairs and Settee (1983) and Robert Graham’s Source Figure (1991).

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If the walls of NOLA’s eighteenthand nineteenth-century buildings could talk, they would have plenty of The living room of a juicy stories to tell. At The Marquee two-bedroom suite at The Marquee by Bluegreen Vacation Club (bluegreenvacations.com), the walls, or rather the artwork hanging on them, depict the tales of local artists of the past through augmented-reality technology. Simply open the corresponding app and hold your phone over the piece to watch them come to life. It’s a playful touch that complements the Theater District resort’s villa-style rooms, outfitted with full kitchens and spacious balconies.

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nfluenced by Spanish and French occupation as well as its African, Creole, and Cajun inhabitants, New Orleans boasts a singular flavor unlike anywhere else in the United States—or the world for that matter. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the French Quarter, where voodoo shops, jazz clubs, historical sites, and award-winning restaurants punctuate lantern-lit cobblestone streets lined with cast-iron balconies and lush ferns. Yet there’s a lot more to The Big Easy than its iconic neighborhood.

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Clockwise from top left: Spanish moss–covered oaks in City Park; carmelized puff pastry with beetroot and burrata at Jewel of the South; biscuit and gravy at Willa Jean; Bar Marilou.

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You could easily fill days wandering the French Quarter and hitting up jazz joints like The Spotted Cat, but you’d miss out on the rest of the Crescent City’s bounty. Hop on the 1835 St. Charles streetcar over to the Garden District, home to many architectural masterpieces and bustling Magazine Street, with its quaint shops and restos. To admire some of New Orleans’ best relics, continue to City Park, a 1,300-acre public green space where near-millennia-old oak trees draped in Spanish moss stretch their branches. The New Orleans Museum of Art’s Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden (noma.org) occupies 11 of those acres and beckons art aficionados with more than 90 sculptures strewn across verdant grounds.

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The Artist’s Studio

For every type of artist, it’s important to have a creative space where a vision can come to fruition—whether that be a nook in the corner of the kitchen or an easel in the backyard. Take a peek inside the personal studios of three locals, each its own work of art. By Tracy Marcello | Photography By Jason Nuttle

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ail Kosowski’s personal ceramics studio and community pottery workshop is a popular place to take a spin on the potter’s wheel and purchase custom pieces of ceramic art. Named Clay Space, the waterfront studio boasts the perfect location for creativity to thrive— in both Kosowski and her students. “I initially opened the studio in 2015 to have an outlet for my own explorations, but I’ve slowly evolved it into a shared creative space where I can ply my trade, teach and share access, and create a good experience for beginners and fellow artists,” she says. “It’s an open-air workspace, which is great for clay work, and it’s a beautiful spot on the water that invites creativity and community.” As part of Fish House

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Art Center, Kosowski’s studio is one of seven artist spaces making up a larger creative marketplace that also includes an ice cream shop, a marina, and a private rental property. “This unusual space has a great variety of foot traffic with an interesting group of fellow artists, artisans, and small businesses,” says Kosowski. “It’s a very dynamic community.” Kosowki’s one-of-a-kind pieces range from everyday tableware to more sculptural works. “I am an avid maker with an ever-developing experimental approach to both functional wares and artistic endeavors,” she says. “I’ve explored many media for as long as I can remember, but clay provides an endless field of exploration.” Her Clay Space studio has become a destination for people in search of unique pieces. The Jupiter resident also works with nonprofit communities in Palm Beach and Martin counties, developing art and gardening programs at Title 1 schools, and has led several collaborative mosaic mural projects in the area, including one at the children’s education and resource center Building Bridges to Youth in East Stuart. “Stuart has many artists with a great variety of approaches, and they have an engaged community to support them,” says Kosowski. “I’m always looking for healthy ways to contribute to that community.” thefishhouseartcenter.com/artists

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Studio: April W. Davis Gallery and Art Studio, 1630 U.S. Hwy. 1, Jupiter Medium: Acrylic, oil, charcoal

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but as soon as I got here I just loved it,” she recalls. “I had a tropical backyard, so I started doing paintings inspired by that environment.” Today, Davis lives on Jupiter Island with her fiancé, Steve, and continues to draw inspiration from her surroundings, including the Jupiter Lighthouse, the inlet, and the Intracoastal.

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MY ORIGINAL PAINTINGS ARE QUITE LARGE, AVERAGING 8 FEET WIDE, SO IT’S IMPORTANT FOR ME TO SEE HOW THEY READ FROM A DISTANCE.” — April Davis

Fortunately, her studio space is a short jaunt from the water she paints with precision. The April W. Davis Gallery and Studio—which she opened in 2010—houses many of her original and replicated works, along with her personal studio space and a wood workshop for Steve, who does all of the printing, canvas stretching, and frame building for Davis’ art. “One of the best parts [of the studio] is how big it is,” she says of the 3,000-square-foot space. “It enables me to stand back from my paintings and see them from a distance, which was hard to do when I was working out of my home in a

small room. “My original paintings are quite large, averaging 8 feet wide, so it’s important for me to see how they read from a distance.” Davis’ paintings range from photorealistic to more abstract and are inspired by the natural beauty of Jupiter. She often begins a project by taking hundreds of photos of a subject to make a composition from which she can paint. “I want the viewer to feel that beauty and peace when they look at my art and to be transported to that place,” she says. “Painting in this space makes that so much easier because it is a beautiful, peaceful place to paint.” Best known for her Gateway to Paradise series of acrylic paintings set at the U.S. 1 bridge overlooking the lighthouse and inlet, she has recently enjoyed working on her Sunrise/ Sunset series. She adds sand to each canvas before painting it with both a brush and a palette knife to provide texture and light. “I love painting water, sunrises, and sunsets,” says the artist. “It just puts me in that space; it’s like being there.” aprildavisgallery.com

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Natasha Mayne, charcoal pencil, color pencil, and gold leaf on watercolor paper

ANTHONY BURKS

Studio: Zero Empty Spaces, 11300 Legacy Ave. Unit #140, Palm Beach Gardens Medium: Color pencil, watercolor, pen and ink, charcoal

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Continuum Palm Beach Art Fair (this year’s show, typically held in January, was canceled because of COVID), ATB also helps young Black artists develop portfolios for school auditions and mentors them as they begin their art careers. “We opened up people’s eyes to artists in the Black

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community who had been hiding because they didn’t think they could get noticed,” says Burks. “I want to make sure they are recognized. That’s been my vision and my goal since I became a professional artist. I don’t want to see another artist, not just Black artists but any artist, get a door slammed in their face.” With a lot of Burks’ curated events on hold during the pandemic, he has recently been focusing on creating a series of portraits for his fellowship with the Cultural Council for Palm

Beach County. When he’s not working on the series, he’s likely helping one of the other artists in the studio space and living up to his “mayor” nickname. “I’ve been blessed to be able to do my craft and do what I love every day,” he says. “I get to wake up with art, and I get to go to bed with art—and being in this studio space really helps me out because it allows me to reach out to more artists.” anthonyburkscollection.com ❖

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Highwaymen artist and salesman Al Black holds one of his original paintings.

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North Beach, Harold Newton; (below) a 1962 Miami Herald article featuring a young Alfred Hair.

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Breaking Wave, Alfred Hair

History of the Highwaymen IN THE 1950s, A GROUP OF BLACK FORT PIERCE ARTISTS FORMED A COLLECTIVE, PAINTING SOUGHT-AFTER FLORIDA LANDSCAPES AND EARNING ADMIRATION IN THE THEN-SEGREGATED SOUTH. HERE’S THEIR STORY. By Judy Martel

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small museum in historic downtown Fort Pierce is home to a remarkable collection that tells the story of a group of artists who achieved the American dream against all odds. The paintings— peaceful landscapes streaked with the vivid colors of a Florida sunset or spiked with the flaming red of a poinciana tree—transport viewers to a time before mass development and are highly sought-after by collectors. But the Black artists who eventually became known as the “Highwaymen” painted those idyllic scenes and gained success against a challenging backdrop of

racism in the segregated South of the 1950s and ’60s. The A.E. Backus Museum and Gallery in Fort Pierce is devoted to featuring the paintings of its namesake, Albert Ernest “Beanie” Backus, a noted local landscape painter who died in 1990. For decades, Backus mentored artists in and around Fort Pierce, several of whom were students of Zanobia Jefferson, an art teacher at Lincoln Park Academy in the 1950s, where Zora Neale Hurston (a friend of Backus) also briefly taught. Backus, who was white, welcomed everyone, regardless of race, to his studio—and budding Black artist Harold

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Newton came knocking. Soon after, another high school student, Alfred Hair, was introduced to Backus by Jefferson. Under Backus’ guidance, those two young men formed the nucleus of what was to become a loose collective of Black artists who might have otherwise ended up working in manual labor jobs in the Jim Crow South. Instead, the prolific painters took control of their future and began modestly peddling their art up and down U.S. Highway 1 from their cars. The artists were first identified and described as a group in 1994, when art historian Jim Fitch conferred the name that signified their mode of traveling salesmanship. By 2004, 26 artists (including one woman) were inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame as the Highwaymen. And since 2016, paintings by several of the original Highwaymen have been included in the collection of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Many of the artists, who lived in the same neighborhoods and inspired one another, achieved individual success in the

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Clockwise from left: Albert Ernest Backus at his home; Fishing Day Ends, R.A. McLendon; Highwaymen artist Mary Ann Carroll holds one of her paintings (untitled). Opposite page: Morning Flight, Alfred Hair.

1960s and earned more than they could have imagined. By the 1980s, they were somewhat forgotten. But after they became known as the Highwaymen, a renaissance occurred that put the paintings back in demand in a big way, according to J. Marshall Adams, executive director of the A.E. Backus Museum. “There are different schools of thought about the name itself, but having a name—any kind of name—coalesced awareness and rekindled excitement about their art,” he says. “It also has allowed their story to come into its own.” That story was all about creating art that would appeal to the white community. With the objective to sell as much as possible, most of the Highwaymen painted for one purpose: to make a living. As such, they painted quickly. “Most of these artists weren’t creating art for the sake of art,” says Adams. “They were doing it to sell, though there wasn’t a business plan so to speak. It was very organic. If driving up the highway in your car worked, then that’s what you did.” Florida landscapes were what the buyers wanted, and the

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talented artists became proficient at creating paintings that were at turns dreamy or dramatic, with a certain mysticism. “All of these scenes have a fresh quality that spoke to buyers,” Adams says. “The artists were aware of that and responded to it.” The most celebrated Highwaymen salesman was Al Black, said to have had the ability to “sell a mosquito a jacket in the summertime.” In the 1960s, he would load up the trunk of his 1962 Ford Galaxie with paintings from the local artists and hit the road. Up and down the Atlantic coast, every week he visited the offices of doctors, lawyers, real estate agents... anyone he thought might be interested in spending approximately $25 to own a Florida landscape. Black was a salesman extraordinaire,

paid a 30-percent commission by other artists to sell their work. He describes himself back then as polite and clean, shirt tucked into his pants. But while most businesses were interested in at least taking a look at the art, he says, others roughly turned him away. “They would say, ‘Get away from here, we don’t want no Black people in here,’” Black recalls. Undaunted, he would return the next day, ever solicitous, and apologize for offending them. Invariably, they would relent and buy a painting. “I knew how to talk to them,” he says. “I know how to act, and I know how to deal with people.” As part of his job as a traveling salesman, Black touched up the canvases that were damaged during transport. He learned

THE FULL STORY Want to learn everything there is to know about the Highwaymen? There’s no better place to turn than the published works of Gary Monroe. The noted photographer and author is the foremost authority on the subject and has penned numerous books about the artists and movement, including The Highwaymen: Florida’s African-American Landscape Painters (2001); The Highwaymen Murals: Al Black’s Concrete Dreams (2009); Harold Newton: The Original Highwayman (2018); and his most recent, Alfred Hair: Heart of the Highwaymen (2020). The beautiful books are packed with history and brilliant photographs of the artists’ works. Published by University Press of Florida, you can find all of Monroe’s Highwaymen books at upf.com.

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...THE PROLIFIC PAINTERS TOOK CONTROL OF THEIR FUTURE AND BEGAN MODESTLY PEDDLING THEIR ART UP AND DOWN U.S. HIGHWAY 1 FROM THEIR CARS.”

Clockwise from top left: Highwaymen artist R.A. McLendon with Pattame Lightle at a Town of Jupiter Art Committee event in 2019; Fire Sky, R.A. McLendon; Fishing the Creek, Harold Newton; A.E. Backus, circa 1975.

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how to mix colors and, while in Fort Pierce, he would observe the artists at work. He eventually taught himself to paint, and today Black is considered one of the original Highwaymen. A passionate artist, he always includes three birds together in each painting, signifying the Holy Trinity, he says. After succumbing to a drug addiction, Black spent 12 years in prison beginning in 1994. But his time in incarceration wasn’t wasted: After reports of the newly named Highwaymen began circulating, he was asked to paint murals on the walls of the waiting rooms in several Florida correctional institutions. These days, Black, now 74, doesn’t need to pack up his car and hit the road to sell his art. Collectors come to him and spend considerably more than $25. Most days, he can be found in the backyard of his Fort Pierce home, pacing in front of several canvases

hanging from a simple rope under a tarp to provide shade from the sun. He works quickly, spreading colors across each canvas, building upon them until the shapes of the landscape emerge. Painting, he says, keeps his mind together. “Sometimes I feel down and out, and I stumble out to the backyard and paint.” Although it gives him a sense of peace, the objective has never wavered: to paint quickly and to sell quickly. “I have people coming

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Highwaymen artist Willie Daniels with one of his paintings (untitled). Below: Highwaymen artist James Gibson stands next to one of his creations (untitled).

in all the time now, and I sell everything I paint,” he says. Roger Lightle, a collector in Vero Beach, owns more than 500 pieces of Highwaymen art and has turned part of his home into a gallery. He sees prices in the tens of thousands for the paintings and recently paid $42,000 for a work by Harold Newton, Fishing the Creek. For decades, Lightle has devoted himself to telling the story of the Highwaymen, mounting exhibits around the state (in cities like

Tampa and Orlando) and curating the rotating collection at the Backus Museum, lending several pieces from his personal collection in the process. “We try to educate people,” says Lightle. “There are 26 artists, each with an individual story, but we try to focus on the whole. People love the Highwaymen story.” Since an expansion in 2016, the Backus Museum has designated a permanent gallery to Highwaymen art, and once a year, it offers an expanded collection. This year, Lightle says, a total of 70 Highwaymen paintings will be on view until March 7. “I see these paintings as a type of historical record,” he says. “They document a period of time. People love the story of trying to achieve something and actually doing it. It’s an American success story.” ❖

WHERE TO VIEW HIGHWAYMEN ART

• Permanent exhibit at the A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery, 500 N. Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce; backusmuseum.org; 772.465.0630 • Right of Way: The Highwaymen, an expanded exhibit with 70 paintings, on exhibit through March 7 at the A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery • Private gallery of Highwaymen art specialist Roger Lightle, highwaymenartspecialists.com

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Denim cross-body clutch with embellished stress buckle, $1,595, Roger Vivier, rogervivier.com

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Large Essential brass necklace, $350, Jennifer Fisher, jenniferfisherjewelry.com

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Teal sunglasses, $390, Fendi, Saks Fifth Avenue, Palm Beach Gardens

Shells and starfish charm bracelet, $1,775, Versace, versace.com

Rebecca de Ravenel classic 3 drop button silk cording daffodil earrings, $280, Lola DrĂŠ, Jupiter

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Tory sneaker, $228, Tory Burch, Palm Beach Gardens

EMILIO PUCCI SPRING/SUMMER 2021 Retro-inspired prints from the 1960s make a chic comeback. Lilac leather handbag with top handle and mini silver buckle, $2,495, Roger Vivier, rogervivier.com

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Tie-dye jelly hoops, $155, Alison Lou, alisonlou.com Pink gradient mirror sunglasses, $190, Ray-Ban, ray-ban.com

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Ulla Johnson blue indigo buckle heel, $470, Lola Dré, Jupiter

LV Escale Palma flat sandal, $955, Louis Vuitton, Palm Beach Gardens

Blue multicolor tie-dye and Dior embroidery with metallic thread tote, $2,750, Dior, dior.com

CHRISTIAN DIOR SPRING/SUMMER 2021 Hand-dyed techniques are showcased in new silhouettes.

Marlo Laz tie-dye 14-karat gold sapphire necklace, $3,920, netaporter.com

Blue mule, $595, Fendi, Saks Fifth Avenue, Palm Beach Gardens

Elisa small leather handbag, $2,090, Christian Louboutin, christianlouboutin.com

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FENDI SPRING/ SUMMER 2021 Layer linen pieces in a monochromatic color palette.

Classic brownline sunglasses, $455, Bottega Veneta, bottegaveneta.com

South Sea pearl link earrings in 18-karat gold, $3,600, Tiffany & Co., Palm Beach Gardens

Khaki Returns WEAR THIS ALWAYS-CLASSIC HUE FROM HEAD TO TOE

Kelly watch, $2,800, Hermès, hermes.com Roberta rattan basket tote, $1,550, Michael Kors Collection, michaelkors.com

Flat embossed leather sandal with spiked embellished raffia, $775, Christian Louboutin, christianlouboutin.com

Flat shoe with raffia and pearl studs, $650, Jimmy Choo, Palm Beach Gardens

Cotton and leather handbag, $1,640, Max Mara, maxmara.com

Espadrille sandal, $1,050, Chanel, Palm Beach Gardens

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Van Cleef & Arpels flower lace necklace, $160,000, Provident Jewelry, Jupiter

Wildflower bouquet earrings,$125, Lele Sadoughi, lelesadoughi.com

Sunglasses, $520, Chloé, chloe.com

Oscar de la Renta mini floral leather cross-body bag, $2,590, Saks Fifth Avenue, Palm Beach Gardens

Floral Fantasy ROMANTIC BLOOMS BRIGHTEN UP WARDROBES FOR SPRING

Pink floral lace baguette handbag, $3,690, Fendi, Saks Fifth Avenue, Palm Beach Gardens

Gucci small GG Flora shoulder bag, $1,690, Bloomingdales, Palm Beach Gardens

VALENTINO SPRING/ SUMMER 2021 A painterly flower-print gown is a modern take on evening wear. Patchwork shoe, $875, Dolce & Gabbana, dolcegabbana.com

Vivier Slide Blossom mule in satin, $2,050, Roger Vivier, rogervivier.com

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he shaved brussels sprouts salad has been a fixture on the menu at District Table & Bar for the past five years, ever since the vegetable became a popular food trend. “We wanted to use them in a different way,” says owner/Chef Jason Stocks. “We started with a variation on a Caesar salad and evolved the dish from there. We include a Colab Farms egg and pecorino

cheese and add bacon, pecan, torn herbs, and a Dijon vinaigrette in place of traditional Caesar dressing. Using the brussels sprouts raw preserves their natural earthiness. You also get a lot of versatility because they reflect the herbs and spices and take on the flavors of the ingredients they’re paired with.” District Table & Bar, 4665 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart; districttableandbar.com; 772.324.8357 —Mark Spivak F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 1 | STUART

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Valentine’s VENUES

WHEN IT COMES TO ROMANCE, THE PERSON YOU’RE WITH IS FAR MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE SETTING. BUT AN INTIMATE BACKDROP OR A SPECTACULAR VIEW CAN CERTAINLY HELP SET THE MOOD. MEIGHAN BECKETT

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Intimate dining space at 11 Maple Street Waterfront views at Stuart Boathouse

11 MAPLE STREET This perennial favorite is located in a lovingly restored old house, filled with intimate nooks for privacy. The overall effect is one of dining in a space you wish you had designed yourself. Chef Michael Perrin’s menu offers locally sourced seafood and produce, along with humanely raised wagyu and New Zealand elk, artfully presented to match the unique surroundings. 3224 NE Maple Ave., Jensen Beach; elevenmaple.com; 772.334.7714 STUART BOATHOUSE If you’re craving the full-on waterfront experience, head to the Stuart Boathouse and drink in the view of the St. Lucie River

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Kyle G’s signature recipe, Off the Coast of Veneto tiramisu

available from every seat. The building has a long history dating back to the 1920s, with incarnations as a hotel, an assisted living facility, and a law office before it was beautifully transformed into a restaurant. The extensive menu includes a range of fresh, seasonal seafood and a collection of signature sushi rolls. 49 SW Seminole St., Stuart; stuartboathouse.com; 772.266.4586

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Authentic Portuguese ambience and cuisine at Fernando’s Dockside Grille

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FERNANDO’S DOCKSIDE GRILLE Chef Fernando Dovale prides himself on creating “a melting pot of cultural food” (think New Bedford scallops and pork Alentejana). The cozy dining room, outdoor patio, friendly service, and delicious Portuguese cuisine combine for a truly intimate vibe. You and your date will be taken care of with so much love, it’s bound to rub off. 2214 SE Veterans Memorial Pkwy., Port. St. Lucie; fernandosdocksidegrille.com; 772.337.1110 18 SEMINOLE STREET Housed in a historic, preserved 1920s building, this gem conjures up memories of la dolce vita. The architecture may differ from the Italian countryside, but the food is pretty darn close. From the house-made mozzarella to the assortment of veal, eggplant, and seafood dishes, the menu blends the elegance of the North with the rustic appeal of the South. Intimate, cozy, and framed by warm hospitality, this is a romantic destination anytime of year. 18 Seminole St., Stuart; eighteenseminole.com; 772.463.0059 KYLE G’S PRIME SEAFOOD & STEAKS You have two options at Kyle G’s: The more casual Oceanside menu is served at lunch and on the deck at night, while the Prime menu is available indoors at dinner. Either way, you’ll experience a bounty of raw bar selections, pristine seafood, an innovative cocktail program and wine list, servers who can’t wait to welcome you for a memorable evening—and, if you reserve a table outside, an unbeatable ocean view. 10900 S. Ocean Drive, Hutchinson Island; kylegseafood.com; 772.237.5461

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Decadent DESSERT

Surprise your sweetie this Valentine’s Day by making this irresistible chocolate layer cake, courtesy of Executive Chef Taylor Wilson of The Gafford (thegafford.com) INGREDIENTS: 1 cup unsalted butter 7 oz. dark chocolate, chopped or broken coarsely 2 cups granulated sugar ½ cup Dutch processed cocoa powder 1 ¼ cups strong hot coffee

1 tbsp. vanilla extract 3 large eggs 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1 ½ tsp. baking soda ½ tsp. salt

SOUR CREAM CHOCOLATE FROSTING: ½ cup sour cream 1 ½ cups unsalted butter, softened ½ cup granulated sugar 1 cup Dutch processed ½ cup corn syrup cocoa powder 1 tbsp. vanilla extract 4 cups powdered sugar DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and coat two 8-inch round cake pans with flour. In a microwave-safe container, melt butter and chocolate for 1 minute (followed by 30-second intervals), whisking until completely melted. Stir in sugar and cocoa powder, then slowly add hot coffee, whisking until smooth. Add vanilla and eggs. In a mixer bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and whip with attachment until combined, about 30 seconds. With the mixer on low, gradually pour in the chocolate mixture; beat on mediumhigh speed for 1 minute until smooth. Pour mixture into cake pans and bake for 35-40 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before turning out. Frost and fill with sour cream chocolate frosting. FROSTING PREP: Combine sour cream, granulated sugar, and corn syrup and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir in vanilla and set aside. In a mixing bowl, beat butter until creamy. Mix in cocoa powder on low speed until smooth. Gradually add sour cream mixture and beat for 30 seconds. Add powdered sugar and mix until smooth.

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2ND STREET BISTRO This lively bistro, located in historic downtown Fort Pierce, highlights local produce in its delicious dishes. The extensive beer list features a brew to complement every meal and satisfy everyone’s taste buds. 122 N. 2nd St., Fort Pierce; 2ndstreetbistro.com; 772.293.9191 CASTAWAYS As a self-proclaimed “Treasure Coast craft beer destination,” Castaways serves brews from Florida and around the world. The gastropub also offers a full menu to complement your beer of choice. 911 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach; castawaysfla.com; 772.618.3838 CHEF’S TABLE Sophisticated New American restaurant offering fine wine and seasonal menus in understated, rustic digs. 2313 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart; chefstablestuart.com; 772.287.5599 DISTRICT TABLE & BAR Chef Jason Stocks presents his creative take on everything from dry-aged burgers to sourdough pizza in a contemporary dining space. Sustainability is also a focus: All oyster shells are recycled to rebuild local reefs and oyster beds. 4665 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart; districttableandbar.com; 772.324.8357 PHILLY DOWN SOUTH CAFE Discover an array of Philly cheesesteaks, salads, burgers, and seafood at the café inside the Elliott Museum, under owner Jim Leary. 825 NE Ocean Blvd., Stuart; hsmc-fl.com/philly-down-south-cafe; 772.225.1961 SOUTH FORK KITCHEN AND BAR Made-from-scratch dishes, from seafood to steak, prepared by Naples native Chef Ron Kerr. 900 SE Indian St., Stuart; southforkkitchenandbar.com; 772.247.7382 THE CRAFTED KEG Where growlers, affordable bites, and beer flights unite. This brew pub, located inside a former grocery store, serves a wide selection of craft beer, wine, and soda along with typical bar foods, flatbreads, specials, and customizable meat and cheese platters. 555 S. Colorado Ave., Stuart; thecraftedkegstuart.com; 772.600.8218

ASIAN ASIAN CHAO Mix and match Chinese entrées, sushi, and sides from the buffet-style counter takeout. Choose from a variety of classic dishes like orange chicken, lo mein, and California rolls. 3174 NW Federal Hwy., Jensen Beach; asianchao.com; 772.692.3674 BENIHANA Grab dinner and a show at this hibachi restaurant as tableside chefs prepare Japanese dishes. 3602 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart; benihana.com; 772.286.0740 CAFE BOONMA “Boonma” means good karma and that good times and things are coming— something owner and Chef Rampai lives up to at this traditional Thai spot offering wok dishes and house specials like duck with tamarind sauce. 3720 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart; cafeboonma.net; 772.291.2320 EMMAN’S ASIAN GOURMET Filipino Chef/owner Emman Eugenio creates small plates of Asian-fusion cuisine in a casual setting. 555 S. Colorado Ave. Suite 105, Stuart; facebook.com/fusionofec; 772.888.3171 KRUA THAI RESTAURANT Authentic Thai dishes served family-style in an eclectically themed restaurant. 3283 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; kruathaiofstuart.com; 772.600.8114 RAMEN HANA AND WINGS Ramen that warms the mouth and soul. Choose between small and large plates

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of various ramen flavors or try the namesake wings in four flavors. 6935 Heritage Drive, Port St. Lucie; ramenhana.com; 772.444.2825 TWIN DRAGONS RESTAURANT Conventional Chinese restaurant serving fine dining options as well as take-out, delivery, and catering. 2389 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart; 772.291.2102

FRENCH 11 MAPLE STREET 11 Maple Street offers a dining experience with fare resembling art. Chef Michael Perrin prepares his plates with some of each season’s peak items. 3224 NE Maple Ave., Jensen Beach; elevenmaple.com; 772.334.7714

GERMAN ETHAN’S GRILL Chef Lenh offers an exciting menu featuring American fusion and German favorites such as potato pancakes, schnitzel, and sauerbraten. 5687 SE Crooked Oak Ave, Hobe Sound; ethansgrill.com; 772.210.2350 THE HOFFMANN Head over to The Hoffmann to enjoy traditional

German and American fare (think: Bavarian goulash, spaetzle, and bratwurst) while relaxing at the expansive outdoor seating and barn. 3825 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach; the-hoffmann.com; 772.44.3697

INDIAN INDIA PALACE Modern interpretation of classic Indian dishes, with creative uses of fresh ingredients. Enjoy a sampling of South Indian and Indo-Chinese specialties that pair well with oven-baked Peshawari naan stuffed with raisins, nuts, and cheese. 890 SW Federal Hwy., Stuart; indiapalacestuartfl.com; 772.288.6262 NAMASTE GRILL Nepalese and Indian cuisine inside a relaxed, contemporary space in the heart of downtown Stuart. Menu highlights range from tandoori and grilled meats to a hearty array of veggie entries to goat curry with Nepalese spices simmered in a dark stew. 2500 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; namastegrillstuart.com; 772.283.5515 TAJ INDIAN Curries steal the show at this establishment that offers a wide range of cultural favorites in addition to vegan and halal foods. 529 NW Prima Vista Blvd., Port St. Lucie; tajpsl.com; 772.237.4567

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18 SEMINOLE ITALIAN BISTRO Inside this quaint, historically preserved building lies one of the area’s most intimate and romantic atmospheres. All meals are made to order and crafted with top-quality, local seasonal ingredients. 18 SE Seminole St., Stuart; 18seminole.com; 772.463.0059 DIAMOND TEA ROOM & BISTRO Opt for the six-course high English tea, served all day, or order from an à la carte selection of teas, tea sandwiches, scones, tea cookies, and other favorites. A constantly updating bistro menu satisfies larger appetites. 3868 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart; diamondtearoom.com; 772.781.5153 DOWNTOWN BENNY’S PIZZA Authentic Italian fare and New York–style pizza are the specialties here. Enjoy pizzas and other menu items, ranging from wings and Philly cheesesteaks to salads and gyros. 2230 NE Dixie Hwy., Jensen Beach; downtownbennyspizza.com; 772.232.6422 DRIFT KITCHEN & BAR This oceanfront restaurant at Hutchinson Shore Resort features fresh seafood and Italian specialties. Choose between the lounge/chef’s bar or the veranda to dive into pizzas, house-made pasta, and blue crab-crusted grouper. 3793 NE Ocean Blvd., Jensen Beach; driftkitchenandbar.com; 772.405.9215

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JAMAICAN CLASSIC JAMAICAN JERK STOP Authentic jerk house offering favorites like beef patties with bun and cheese and the jerk chicken served with rice and peas, plantain, or steamed vegetables. 2200 SE Indian St. Stuart; jamaicanjerkstop.com; 772.266.8678 JERK CITY Located at an unassuming strip mall, Jerk City offers diners the best of island specialties. Favorites include curry goat and chicken to specials like curry shrimp and crab. Catering is also available. 8007 U.S. Hwy. 1, Port St. Lucie; jerkcity.com; 772.871.2552 ONE LOVE JAMAICAN This beloved eatery serves up delectable seafood platters and authentic Jamaican dishes. Indulge in platters like corn, crab legs, blue crabs, sausage, boiled egg, and potatoes. 3453 SW Darwin Blvd., Port St. Lucie; onelovecaribbeancuisineseafood. business.site; 772.985.3128

LATIN AMERICAN/CUBAN DOM RICO CAFE Specializing in Puerto Rican and Dominican cuisine, this family-owned restaurant features favorites like skirt steak with chimichurri, fried mashed green plantains, and, for dessert, tres leches. 1180 SE

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LA BORGATA RISTORANTE La Borgata has taken its patrons on tours of Italy’s famous dishes—no passport required—for more than 50 years. The menu features favorite Italian dishes such as calamari Siciliana and penne puttanesca, as well as pizza, calzones, and stromboli, prepared to order. 3227 SW Mapp Road, Palm City; laborgataristorante.com; 772.288.2121 LOURÓNZO’S ITALIAN FUSION A downtown eatery offering Italian menu items like gnocchi di zucca: potato and butternut squash gnocchi with gorgonzola sauce, topped with walnut and coffee powder. 301 S. Colorado Ave., Stuart; louronzoitalianfusion.com; 772.287.3334 MARIO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT Longstanding, casual dining joint serving Italian classics with delicious and generous portions. 1924 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; mariositaliandining.com; 772.283.6660 MICHELINA’S Modern take on classic Italian dishes and a friendly staff at this family-owned restaurant. 1835 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; michelinasrest.com; 772.286.3455 PIETRO’S ON THE RIVER Under the supervision of Chef Robert King, the kitchen puts out memorable authentic Italian dishes such as roasted Long Island duckling and swordfish puttanesca. 8735 S. Ocean Drive, Jensen Beach; pietrosontheriver.com; 772.229.7575 TUTTO FRESCO An elegant Italian restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating featuring upmarket entrées, steaks, and a full bar. 9501 Reserve Blvd., Port St. Lucie; tuttofrescopsl.com; 772.464.8988

Fried chicken with pigeon pea rice and mixed veggies at Classic Jamaican Jerk Stop Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie; domricocafe.com; 772.204.2318 MERVIS’ CAFÉ & GRILL This Fort Pierce establishment doubles as a USPS contract unit and serves up one tasty Cuban sandwich that has locals coming back for more. They also offer satisfying bites like sweet plantains, croquettes, empanadas, and more. 402 S. Fifth Street, Fort Pierce; merviscafe.com; 772.462.6600 THE MOFONGO KING This Puerto Rican outpost is known for its namesake mofongo—a dish packed with fried plantains stacked high with an assortment of shrimp, tostones, and more. Bonus: Mofongo offers twofor-one draft beers every day of the week. 295 SW Port St Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie; facebook.com/ themofongoking; 772.777.4080

MEXICAN CASA TEQUILA Authentic Mexican cuisine from burritos to fajitas. Stop in Fridays for live mariachi band performances. 1725 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; casatequilafl.com; 772.600.5482 PUEBLO VIEJO A family-owned local chain restaurant offering Mexican fare, drinks, and a tropical mural setting. 3181 NW Federal Hwy., Jensen Beach; puebloviejofl.com; 772.934.6683; (second location) 291 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie; 772.336.5050 TACO TRUCK OF STUART Tasty Mexican fare from a food truck. Take it to go or eat at a stool just out front. 31 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart; tacotruckofstuart.com; 772.486.6639 TAQUERIA MONTANO’S This restaurant offers small plates of Mexican fare (elote Callejero, tamales, and tacos) for a quick bite of comfort food. 10786 S. U.S. Hwy. 1, Port St. Lucie;

taqueriamontanos.wixsite.com; 772.777.3406 TAQUERIA TORRES Authentic Mexican fare featuring tacos and other traditional plates. 2995 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart; facebook.com/taqueriatorres; 772.678.9014

PORTUGUESE FERNANDO’S DOCKSIDE GRILLE Take a tour along the coasts of the Atlantic with Chef Fernando Dovale, who is whipping up authentic Mediterranean and Portuguese cuisine from shrimp scampi to pork Alentejana to seared scallops. 2214 SE Veterans Memorial Parkway, Port St. Lucie; fernandosdocksidegrille.com; 772.337.1110 LUSO PORTUGUESE GRILLE Portuguese outpost reflecting the country’s coastal heritage with a focus on seafood like octopus and shrimp cooked Mozambique-style. 10511 SW Village Center Drive, Port St. Lucie; facebook.com/lusogrille; 772.303.2400

SEAFOOD 12A BUOY Wide array of dishes in a casual setting, leaving both stomachs and wallets happy. 22 Fishermans Wharf, Fort Pierce; 12abuoy.com; 772.672.4524 CHUCK’S SEAFOOD From New England clam chowder to shrimp Parmesan, this eatery delivers affordable seafood to every table. 822 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce; facebook.com/ chucksseafood; 772.461.9484 COBB’S LANDING A quality waterfront dining experience, the menu features hearty servings of pasta, seafood, and meat, along with live entertainment and a buzzing mojito bar. 200 N. Indian River Drive Suite 4424, Fort Pierce; cobbs-landing.com; 772.460.9014

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CRABBY’S DOCKSIDE Enjoy fresh catches like stuffed grouper and hogfish snapper, plus other entrees including pasta, pizza, and more. Signature drinks like the rum punch—and amazing views of the inlet and lagoon—round out the experience at this new location. 2 Avenue A, Fort Pierce; crabbysdocksideftpierce.com; 772.252.5672 KYLE G’S PRIME SEAFOOD & STEAKS Eclectic, seafood-centric menu that blends the freshest daily catches, highest-quality raw bar, and shellfish selections. Plus, premium cuts of meat—all with stunning water views. 10900 S. Ocean Drive, Hutchinson Island; kylegseafood.com; 772.237.5461 SHUCKERS ON THE BEACH Enjoy the sea breeze and take in the view at Shuckers, located inside the Island Beach Resort. From ribs to raw oysters, every dish is perfection. 9800 S. Ocean Drive, Jensen Beach; islandbeachresort.com/dining; 772.229.1224 STUART BOATHOUSE A stunning setting, an outstanding happy hour, enticing specials, and live music all weekend make Stuart Boathouse a go-to on the local dining scene. 49 SW Seminole St., Stuart; stuartboathouse.com; 772.266.4586 THE BLACK MARLIN Head to The Black Marlin for everything from local seafood to late-night martinis. This cozy hideaway was once the site of the oldest tavern in Stuart. 53 SW

Osceola St., Stuart; theblackmarlin.net; 772.286.3126 THE TWISTED TUNA Between the live music, waterfront views, freshcaught seafood, and sushi bar, it’s no surprise that The Twisted Tuna is one of Stuart’s most-loved dining destinations. 4290 SE Salerno Road, Stuart; thetwistedtuna.com; 772.600.7239 TIDEHOUSE Dine from the second floor overlooking the Harborage Marina and Yacht Club. Expansive views span from the St. Lucie River to the Roosevelt Bridge. Fresh, Florida seafood purchased from local fishermen, plus flatbreads, prime rib, and more. 915 NW Flagler Ave., Stuart; tidehouse.com; 772.444.3166

house in historic downtown Jensen Beach. 3200 NE Maple Ave., Jensen Beach; peterssteakhouse.com; 772.225.2516 THE GAFFORD Family-run establishment with Southern hospitality and perfectly executed plates such as Mabel’s fried chicken. The signature “Gafford” is a 20-ounce bone-in prime Revier Ranch rib eye that pays homage to owner Rick Wilson’s grandfather, and the steaks they used to cook together. 47 SW Flagler Ave., Stuart; thegafford.com; 772.221.9517

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BERRY FRESH CAFE This breakfast and lunch spot is a GMO- and preservative-free cafe serving healthy fare that tastes great and feels even better. 1429 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; berryfresh.cafe; 772.324.8287 DELITEFUL KITCHEN Artisan market, community hub, and cafe boasting farm-to-table fare. 2401 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart; delitefulkitchen.com; 772.324.3413 MODERN JUICE CO. STUART Enjoy made-to-order juice, poke bowls, and blended bowls in a quick, casual setting. 2325 SE Federal Hwy. Suite 428, Stuart; modernjuiceco.com; 772.291.2640 ❖

MANERO’S RESTAURANT Enjoy steaks cooked to order, a shrimp cocktail, or other classic American dishes. 2851 SW High Meadow Ave., Palm City; maneros.com; 772.2203011 OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE Sink your teeth into steaks and seafood from this well-known Australian-themed chain. 3101 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; outback.com; 772.286.2622 PETER’S STEAKHOUSE Fine wines and sides like Pete’s Famous Hash Browns and fried shoe-string onions accompany the succulent, dry-aged steaks at this longstanding steak

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