SEBRING, Fla. (Sept. 7, 2017) – The Highlands Art League (HAL), hosts of the 51st Annual Highlands Fine Arts & Crafts Festival presented by Duke Energy is pleased to announce that this year’s Festival judge, Lynn Foskett of Tarpon Springs.

Lynn Foskett was born in 1949, in south Florida. Raised and educated in the South, Mid-West and Northeast, Foskett received a strong background in the visual arts in junior college. After studying abroad, she assisted regionally acclaimed artist, Augusta Oelschig (known for her work in the distinctive Southern Gothic tradition) on a commissioned piece now displayed in the Savannah Chamber of Commerce. Foskett went on to complete her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from Northern Illinois University.

After she and her husband raised their family in Minnesota, they moved to the Tampa Bay Area in 1999, where Foskett has been active in the arts community. She has been a volunteer docent at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art (LRMA), also serving on the LRMA board and as Board Chairman. Foskett served several years on the Tarpon Springs Public Art Committee where she recently completed her term as its Chair.

Over the years, she has served as a judge of a variety of local art organizations shows as well as the Palm Harbor Fine Arts and Crafts Festival. Foskett is a participating member of the Professional Association of Visual Artists (PAVA) and of the Florida Artists Group (FLAG). Her work has recently been in area group shows, including the Morean Arts Center and with an award winning entry in the Art Center Sarasota’s juried “Florida’s Finest,” Foskett is currently preparing for a solo show at the Pasco Fine Arts Center in New Port Richey, FL to be held in January of 2018.

The Festival will take place on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. with judging taking place Saturday morning for all registered artists who will be competing for more than $3,000 in cash awards, as well as the new Emerging Artists who are competing for a total of $2,000 in scholarships. The purpose of the Festival is to foster an appreciation of the arts, celebrate original art and value community by bringing art and culture to Highlands County.

This Festival is one of Florida’s longest continuously running art Festivals. It the largest and most prestigious in the South Central Florida region held in historic downtown Sebring the first Saturday in November to kick off the holiday shopping season. For 50 years, this festival has provided a celebration of the arts in the local and regional community. It features more than 80 talented local, state and national visual artists. Their original artwork from 10 mediums reflects the very best, having been juried from 100+ applicants.

In addition to great art, the Festival will include the (Chamber of) Commerce Avenue for area businesses that do not sell art or food, Children’s Street with interactive arts and crafts activities for kids, live music, strolling street theatre, and culinary offerings provided by various food vendors on Culinary Street.

Details regarding the Festival can be found online at www.HighlandsArtLeague.org or by calling the HAL office at (863) 385-6682.