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The Highlands Art League’s ‘Village Where Art Lives’ is located at the Allen Altvater Cultural Center in Downtown Sebring, Florida on the shores of Lake Jackson. The Village consists of four buildings: The Yellow House Gallery & Gift Shop (1989 Lakeview Drive) features studio artists and members’ gallery; the Visual Arts Center houses a wide variety of art classes for children and adults; MoTA (351 W. Center Avenue) features curated exhibits, art competitions and receptions; and the Clovelly House (1971 Lakeview Drive) that has been completely renovated recently and will house art classes and programs for teens, as well as visiting artists.


The Highlands Art League’s office hours are from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday-Friday, and on select Saturdays when classes or special events are scheduled. The office is located inside MoTA (351 W. Center Avenue).


President – Barb Hall
1st Vice President – Marcia Davis
2nd Vice President – Ginger Andlestone
Treasurer – Jeri Wohl
Secretary – Nancy Palmer

Members at Large:

Julia Mercer
Ric Blum
Marie Boley
Julia Mercer
Patricia Bird
Liz Barber
Tracy McCoy

The Highlands Art League (HAL) is a 501 c3 non profit organization formed in 1966 by a visionary group that identified the need for a cultural entity within the county that would bring awareness of the visual arts and support for the endeavors of local and regional artists.  This group included Aronette Schneck, Lillian Depp and Elsa Kahn.  The Artist Village has been a dream come true for the Art League.  Through HAL’s four-building “Village Where Art Lives,” the organization provides art education for kids and adults; studio, gallery and exhibit space for artists and art collections, an annual Race to Taste Culinary, Wine and Beer Tasting Gala, the annual Fine Arts Festival and artist in residency accommodations.  HAL is responsible for all repair, maintenance, utilities, security, insurance, taxes of the buildings and property as well as all expenses associated with our different programs, activities and exhibits, so HAL relies heavily on the support of community leaders such as yourself. 

To encourage emerging and evolving artists of all ages and to positively impact our community through the celebration and exploration of the arts


  • HAL intends to improve and maintain the four-building located on the “Village Where Art Lives” campus to thrive and provide a community for artists at all levels.
  • HAL hopes to increase its offerings for 2016-2020 and serve 5,000+ established and evolving artists in our community via classes, exhibits, workshops, camps, festival, art competitions, studio space and programming.
  • With support from adoptees, HAL hopes to raise funds to: 1) develop a stronger kids and teen art education program year round, 2) expand its Artist in Residency Program,  3) expand programs and activities for artists of all ages and abilities and 4) continue growth in arts and culture for the county.
  • With your contribution and adoption, more individuals (of all ages) will receive exposure to art and cultural in our community, which often leads to positive, life-changing impacts.  The benefits of art education in communities has been proven in the areas of: Health, Interpersonal, Social, Cultural and Economic.