Highlands Museum of the Arts

Highlands Museum of the Arts

The mission of Highlands MoTA is to enrich lives in our diverse community by fostering essential conversations and encouraging creativity through exhibitions and educational activities that explore various types of art in order to connect people to creativity, knowledge, and ideas.

MoTA is open Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 am – 2 pm. and 1.5 hours before Highlands Little Theatre performances beginning August 2. Admission is free. Donations are gratefully accepted.


“Common Connections”

Friday, August 2 – Saturday, September 15

What connects us as people, often connects artists as well. People. Places. Memories. Honoring the past. Recreating ourselves in the present. Viewing the future through new eyes. Join several of Highlands County’s talented artists in this rare juried MoTA show where those connections are revealed, on painting, one sketch, one photograph and sculpture at a time. The Highlands Art League artist-member exhibit brings to one gallery the talents of current local year ’round artists and photographers Kayla Chaput, Kevin Collier, Jean Cormier, Ellen Dixon, Cindy Rose Eaton, Norma Evans, Alice Hansen, Mary Lou Herald, Karisa Jessiman, Pam Jessiman, Marty Layne, Donald Lipps Jr., Ingrid Strope, and Michelle Weidner.  Also in the exhibit, posthumously, is Sebring artist Selene Spence, a life-long supporter and artist with the Highlands Art League. Spence is well-known for her watercolors and graphite drawings, just as she is for the kindness shown to others in and outside of the Arts community in Highlands County.


“Into the Wild” with Tom Sadler and Dave Kelly

Tom’s Bio

Dave Kelly’s Bio

Please join us for the August 20, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Exhibit Opening Reception. 


“Art From the Eyes of Love”: SHARYN LIGHTFOOT EXHIBIT

Wednesday, June 5th – Monday, July, 1st.   Artist Reception: Friday, June 7th 6-8pm.

Back Water Delight

Born in Scranton Pennsylvania, Sharyn Lightfoot had a love for art and nature. She moved to Florida after graduating from high school. She is a self-taught artist, with a passion for pastel. Her first show, “Rambling: The Art of Sharyn Lightfoot,” was held in April 2014 at the Deltona Arts Center in Deltona, Florida.  She has received five Best In Show awards, a number of first, second, and third places, and numerous Merit awards. “I can’t stop looking!” To me, that is the most flattering compliment to hear from my artistic audience said, Sharyn.” We are honored to have Sharyn show her work this summer.


Click here to view other Past Exhibitions

Highlands MOTA is located at the Allen C. Altvater Cultural Center, 351 West Center Ave., in Sebring, and is operated by the Highlands Art

Our July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018 Curator position was paid for by a generous grant from the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and National Endowment for the Arts

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