The last of the three historic buildings – the Clovelly House – is now completed. This house belonged to Gen. Higgins and his family as he was the first General of the Salvation Army in Sebring. Gen. Higgins was re-located to Sebring by George Sebring. His granddaughter – Joan Higgins Hartt – resides in Avon Park and helped renovate this building along with the Sebring Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and the League. HAL’s teen and children classes now have a home of their own with rooms designed and outfitted specially for them.
Meet Our Artist in Residence
The Highlands Art League (HAL) is pleased to announce that its first Artist in Residence (AiR) has moved in to the Clovelly House, which is one of four buildings that make up HAL’s Artist Village. Kathryn Obidzinski is from Michigan and works in acrylic paintings and film photography. She has previously been commissioned to complete 10 interior murals and several photo recreations onto canvas, and HAL is excited to see what she brings to the Highlands County art community. She has an associate’s degree in Business Administration from Oakland Community College in Farmington Hills, MI where she pursued advanced classes in Film Photography and Jewelry Smithing and Design. Kathryn primarily works in acrylic painting and film photography.
HAL’s AiR program 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.’ Ideal candidates for this program are progressive artists who are self-directed, motivated, community-oriented and passionate about creating new work.
The 4-week, on-going program encourages career artists who embrace community and enjoy working in a team environment to apply throughout the year. AiR artists receive dedicated studio and living space in HAL’s Clovelly House complete with an office and exhibit space. At the end of the four weeks, both the artist and HAL have the option to extend the residency up to two additional months.
A special thank you to several donors who have made this program possible, including the Sebring CRA, Joan Hartt, Turner Furniture, Habitat for Humanity of Highlands County, Marty Payne, Nancy Palmer and Rent King of Avon Park. Because of their contributions, more emerging and established artists will receive the opportunity to hone their craft and submerge themselves in a creative art village through the AiR program.