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19 Dec, 2017 No Comments

Highlands Art League Accepting Applications for Artist in Residence Program

SEBRING, Fla. (Dec. 19, 2017) – The Highlands Art League (HAL) is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for its Artist in Residence (AiR) Program, which provides visual or literary artists dedicated time, space and support to experiment and develop a new body of work in a creative community at HAL’s ‘Village Where Art Lives.’  The ideal candidates for this program are progressive artists who are self-directed, motivated, community-oriented and passionate about creating new work. 
The program encourages career artists who embrace community and enjoy working in a team environment to apply.  AiR artists will receive dedicated studio and living space in HAL’s Clovelly House complete with climate control and studio space in exchange for part-time work at the Village Where Art Lives.  The length of the residency is mutually agreed upon by HAL and the artist.  The residency can begin as early as Jan. 5, 2018. 
Program benefits include:
  • Exhibition Opportunities – Exhibition space in one of HAL’s buildings will be available during the residency.
  • Gain Valuable Teaching Experience – Paid teaching opportunities are available for children/adult classes.
  • Professional Development – AiR participants are encouraged to interact with and observe HAL artists, students and speakers.  
The Artist in Residency will live in HAL’s Clovelly House, a 1925 historic house featuring 2,252 square feet that has been completely renovated, thanks to generous funding by the Sebring CRA and Mrs. Joan Hartt.  The house features hardwood floors, a full kitchen, sunroom and back porch overlooking beautiful Lake Jackson.  The house is one of four buildings that comprise the ‘Village Where Art Lives’ located inside Sebring’s Cultural Center on the shores of Lake Jackson.  The artist’s living space will be located in the back of the house and will include a private, furnished bedroom, bathroom, living area and kitchen complete with climate control, security system and Internet access.  The front of the house will be utilized for exhibit space, work space and classes.  
“The AiR Program is uniquely dedicated to providing a venue for talented artists from outside our region to integrate with, and become members of, our local community,” said HAL President Barb Hall.  “During their stay, our Artist in Residence will provide community members and visitors with a fresh perspective on arts education in Highlands County.”  
HAL’s first Artist in Residence, Kathryn Obidzinski, recently accepted a position as curator for the Highlands Museum of the Arts (MoTA). 
Application information is available online at  There is a $25 application fee. 
17 Mar, 2017 No Comments

Creative Kids Camp Scheduled at Highlands Art League

The Highlands Art League is pleased to announce that registration for its 2017 Creative Kids Camp sponsored by Agero is now open.  The camp, which sold out quickly last year, will span four weeks in June and July and provide kids ages 6-12 the opportunity to learn new skills in the creative arts while advancing their art education focus. A fifth week may be added based on demand.

Themes for the weeks include: Into the Jungle, Wild West, Bugs & Butterflies and Dragons & Fairy Tales. Students will learn about various artists and techniques that are used to create different styles of art, as well as take home knowledge about art and culture along with the projects they will create daily.

Schedule options include:

  • Full Day: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
  • Morning Half Day: 8:00 AM-Noon
  • Afternoon Half Day: 1:00 PM-5:00 PM

The camp sessions will be held Monday-Friday the following weeks:

  • June 5-9 – Into the Jungle
  • June 12-16 – Wild West
  • July 10-14 – Bugs & Butterflies
  • July 17-21 – Dragons & Fairy Tales

Kids can sign up for either a full day or half day session each week; limited to 20 kids/week.  Full day students will need to bring their own lunch. Camp registration is $60/half day/week or $100/full day/week.  Register at or call (863) 385-6682.

04 Jan, 2017 No Comments

Highlands County Art Instructors Featured as HAL’s Yellow House Gallery January Artists of the Month

The Highlands Art League’s (HAL) Yellow House Gallery & Gift Shop is celebrating the original artwork of many of Highlands County’s talented art instructors, including MOFAC Curator Megan Steppe, South Florida State College (SFSC) instructor Karla Respress and Lake Placid High School art instructor Andrea Hammett, who are the Gallery’s January Artists of the Month.

“We appreciate our local art instructors in our public schools as well as at South Florida State College,” said HAL President Barb Hall. “This exhibit is an opportunity for them to showcase their talents and create lasting artistic impressions not only on our students but on our entire community.”

On Friday, Jan. 13, the Yellow House will hold a reception from 5-8 p.m. celebrating the original artwork of these wonderful art instructors. The Yellow House Gallery is open Thursday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m, and Saturdays 10 am-2 p.m.

Please plan to stop by the Yellow House Gallery at 1989 Lakeview Drive to celebrate the work of these talented artists, as well as the various Studio Artists and Members’ Gallery. Admission to the reception is free and will feature live music by Steve Jones, as well as refreshments and wine. For information, visit or call the Yellow House at (863) 385-6682.