Welcome to the Highlands Art League

Our 54th Annual Sebring Arts and Crafts Festival held Nov. 6, 2021 was a huge success. Many food trucks, Side Project Duo performing in the Circle Park, our many artists and crafters setting up and selling on a chilly breezy day. Sebring High school provided students from their art program on our Emerging Artists Street. Emma Fordham took first place, Ashley Siason second and Sidney Carter third, Serena Thompson, honorable mention. Kudos to all the volunteers and our very own Board of Directors and their spouses, family and friends for their planning, set up and making this day a fun family time for our community. Arts and culture are alive and well in 2021. Thanks to everyone for coming out. See you again next year.
Second Place Emerging Artist
Third Place Emerging Artist
Honorable Mention Emerging Artist

Coming Events, Information on the Highlands Art League, Museum OF The Arts -MOTA-and Visual Arts CenterVAC

Save the dates: Highlands Lakeside Theatre and the Highlands Art League present A gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder COSTUME EXHIBIT Runs through Nov. 10, 2021. Located at our MOTA building.

Friday November 19, 2021 MOTA is hosting an exhibit opening reception from 5-7pm of Larry Felder’s award winning oil paintings. Larry is a teacher of art classes at the Visual Art Center, known as “Mornings With Larry” and is also Vice Chair on the Highlands Art League Board. See the Newsletter below for more information.

December 27-December 31, 2021 and January 3-January 7, 2022, Holiday Kids Camp . More information under Holiday Kids Camp Tab above. Location will be the Visual Art Center Building.

We are super excited to host Larry Felder and have his oil paintings hanging in our Museum of The Arts.

One of the fine oil paintings by Larry Felder in his upcoming November 19, 2021-January 3, 2022 Exhibit.

The Highlands Art League (HAL) was incorporated in 1967 as a 501 (c)3 by a visionary group that identified the need for an art and cultural entity in Highlands County, Florida. Their goal brought about awareness of the visual arts and support for the endeavors of local and regional artists.

Click on the images above to link to our videos about The Highlands Art League, and about our space rental, private class opportunities. 

Classes through HAL include those in fine arts as well as those in art appreciation. There’s something for everyone (artists and non-artists) from classes for children and adults or dropping in for the weekly Tuesday morning’s Gals and Pals gathering of Member Artists who meet to work in the same space while talking art to those who simply want to learn more about their favorite artist or a new medium.  Art Uncorked (21+) & Art Corked (All Ages welcome, but usually for kids 7+) classes allow novices to have fun while dabbling in paint, clay, crafts and/or jewelry making.  Children’s after school classes and Saturday art classes for kids are just a few things HAL does to appeal to the young budding artists too. If you’re not ready to tackle one of our classes yet, you may want to visit our Museum of the Arts (MoTA) or join us at the Highlands Fine Arts and Crafts Festival the first Saturday in November.   Check out our latest  Fine Arts Classess and Art Uncorked/Corked offerings by clicking the link.

The Highlands Art League’s is located at the Allen Altvater Cultural Center in Downtown Sebring, Florida on the shores of Lake Jackson. The Highlands Art League now consists of two buildings: the Visual Arts Center  (Turquoise & Yellow building located at 1985 Lakeview Avenue) which houses art classes for children and adults and the Highlands Museum of the Arts fondly referred to as  MoTA  (351 W. Center Avenue) which features curated exhibits, art competitions and receptions, as well as our office.

In 1966, HAL started their annual  Fine Arts & Crafts Festival, which is one of the longest consecutive art festivals in the state of Florida. HAL has brought thousands of artists, tourists, art lovers and shoppers to Highlands County, as well as continually provides educational opportunities and art exhibitions for the local community. Four annual events today are designed to support the operations of HAL’s village which in turn allow us to provide opportunities for Arts education, appreciation, and practice. In 2020, HAL has more than 85 working artists as part of its membership, with opportunities for creating not only their own work but for sharing their talents with others, making the ‘Village Where Art Lives’, a village comprised of business members who support the Arts, artists who are the heart of our organization, and community members who find value in growing and maintaining strong Art programs in their community.

A wonderful field trip to Bradenton Florida by members of our Highlands Art League to view this outstanding exhibit. Our Board Vice President and Oil Instructor of VAC classes, Larry Felder, has a painting in the show. This will be one of many future field trips as we enhance our knowledge of other art centers and exhibits in our lifelong arts journey.

Come visit us and Celebrate the Arts!

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