Past Exhibitions: Highlands Museum of the Arts

“The Colors of My Soul” by Mary Mirabal – February 8-March 29, 2019

“The Colors of My Soul” Exhibit by Mary Mirabal. Mary is an artist from Tampa, FL, and dreamer who paints contemporary abstract expressionist works.  “As an intuitive painter, Mirabal finds her inspiration in emotions, sights, and memories. Her abstract art reflects the colors and emotions of the high desert of New Mexico.

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HAL Photo Club Exhibit – January 2-28, 2019

This unique exhibit featured the photography of HAL Artists and the MOTA Photography Club members and ran from January 2 – 28, 2019.

“HAL Artists Exhibit” 

The Highlands Museum of the Arts was excited to host HAL ARTISTS! HAL ARTISTS was an exhibit that featured the work of the artists from our very own Highlands Art League. The exhibit was designed to highlight the very talented artists in our hometown.

“Water Media” by Pat Dews AWS D.F., NWS

Pat Dews, a graduate of The Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City is a signature member and Dolphin Fellow of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, the National Collage Society and the New Jersey Water Color Society. Dews says of her work “I am inspired by nature, but instead of painting what’s before me, I paint abstract realities and non-objective work. I hope my paintings draw you in for a closer look.”
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“Challenging Expectations” ft. F Ric Blum

Exhibiting October 13- December 2017

F Ric Blum is a contemporary painter and sculptor who uses a combination of
traditional methods with contemporary process ideas. His recent wall work is
mainly non-representational and is presently made by shaping wood panels that
function as the painting foundation. The overall shape of the sculptural foundation
subjectively influences its respective painting state. The result is a melding of
sculptural and painterly concerns that address the traditional aesthetic ideal of
nonverbal visual form associated with both. The result is what Blum refers to as “
constructed painting, “ and which also echoes cubist and Bauhaus influences in his

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“Captured: Highlands County” 4th Annual Photo Competition 

“Pine Walk”

Highlands Museum of the Arts was pleased to host the annual photography competition. This years exhibition featured 115 photographs of Highlands County and included over 20 photographers.  Winners are as follows:

Best in Show– Lori Roulette of Lake Placid for “Pine Walk”

Best Photo by Young Photographer (Under 18)– Caroline Dion of Sebring (Heartland Christian School) for “Sunset on Mirror Lake”

Honorable Mentions:
1) Life Downtown– Lynda Gruber of Sebring for “Meet you at the Train Station”
2) Authentic Highlands County – James Stafford of Lake Placid for “Reflected Bolt”
3) Highlands County Happenings – Lori Roulette of Lake Placid of “Caladium Festival” 

“From West to East” Faculty of Ringling College of Art

Exhibiting May 2017- August 4th, 2017

Highlands MoTA is thrilled to partner once again with Ringling College of Art by bringing “From West to East” to Highlands County. Exhibiting artist include; Hugh Davies, Claudia Cambie-Jones, Mark Anderson, Vicky Randall, Steven Strenk, and Dustin Juengel.  The purpose of this exhibition is to give a broad understanding of the range and variety of contemporary Fine Art practice across a spectrum of current media, including painting, printmaking, sculpture, digital imagery and projection. Work by these artists, who serve on the Faculty of Fine Arts at Ringling College of Art and Design, has been widely exhibited both nationally and internationally. 

Broad Spectrum by Nathan Beard

 Exit music is played at the end of a performance or movie while the audience is departing, signaling both the end of the imaginary world they were privy to and their sobering reemergence into daily life. Nathan was drawn to this as a metaphor for transition and the complicated feelings that the “end” conjures.

Nathan was awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Colorado State University in 2001 and then worked in galleries and as an Art Consultant in Denver, CO for seven years. He grew up on a dairy farm in western New York. Prior to his university studies, Nathan lived in Egypt for one year as an exchange student and, upon his return, worked as a cowboy in Wyoming for two years. Nathan maintains a studio in St. Petersburg, FL where he lives with his wife and daughter. His work is represented by ARTicles Art Gallery and Custom Framing (St. Petersburg, FL).

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Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition Exhibit & Speaker Streeeries

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Captured: Downtown Sebring Photography Competition

Increased Hue smallThe Highlands Museum of the Arts (MoTA), a part of the Highlands Art League (HAL), held its second annual  photography competition and exhibition, held from July 10 – September 10, 2015.

This year’s theme was “Captured: Downtown Sebring” as MoTA partnered with the Sebring Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to feature the unique images that are only found in Downtown Sebring.  The competition was open to local and regional photographers of all ages.  This year’s competition was expanded to include a special youth category for photographers under the age of 18.

Competition winners were announced at the Opening Reception on July 10.  Cash awards totaling $500 were presented.

Best in Show:            “Downtown Clock by Pam Jessiman
Downtown Living:  “Zooooooom!!” by Cindy Rose
I Heart Downtown: “Sunset Pier” by Matthew Baker
Hidden Gem:             “Tuna Sandwiches” by Cynthia Morrison

Reflections by Luke Andrews

April 1 – June 30, 2015

Award winning artist and photographer, Luke Andrews, graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2000 with a Luke ANdrews Untitled-Figure-2luke andrews Italy-2c-41Bachelors Degree in Media Arts.  He began a modeling and acting career while studying art in college. Upon graduation, Luke moved to New York after signing with Boss Model Management, NYC. After working in NYC for several months, Luke was sent to Milan, Italy for fashion week after signing with Flash Model Management, Milano. Luke continued living in Milan and began painting vibrant cityscapes and landscapes of Italy while working as a model. Within a couple of years, Luke found gallery representation for his paintings in Milan and around Europe. Meanwhile, Luke was shifting his focus from being in front of the camera to working behind the camera, photographing other aspiring models for their portfolios.

Luke continued his passions for both painting and photography and moved back to the U.S. after spending nine years painting Luke AndrewsUntitled-Figure-1and shooting in Italy. Now Luke divides his time between studios in Central Florida and Savannah, Georgia.luke andrews TOSCANA

A regular exhibitor in art galleries in Italy and throughout Europe, Luke has had his paintings exhibited in the Orlando Mayor’s Gallery at City Hall and the Orlando Museum of Art, among other U.S. venues. Best known for his vibrant cityscapes, figures and sculpted canvases, Luke’s medium of choice is acrylic paint on canvas.

Luke’s unique international experience in the fashion and commercial industries has given him an artistic eye for photographing new and emerging talent of all ages.


Ringling College of Art +Design Exhibit

October 3-March 20, 2015
The purpose of this exhibition is to give a broad understanding of the range and variety of contemporary Fine Art practice across a spectrum of current media, including painting, printmaking, sculpture, digital imagery and projection. Work by these artists, who serve on the Faculty of Fine Arts at Ringling College of Art and Design, has been widely exhibited both nationally and internationally. MOTA is thrilled to partner with Ringling and host this exhibit.

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Florida Citrus Labels & Crate Expectations

To celebrate Florida’s rich citrus heritage and to increase exposure of Central Florida residents and visitors to the arts, the citrus ex1Highlands Museum of the Arts (MoTA) hosted two citrus exhibits  – Citrus Labels & Crate Expectations.

The two indoor exhibits from the Museum of Florida History included:

Citrus Labels – A collection of 24 citrus labels that represent the thousands used in Florida between the late 1800s and the 1960s.

Crate Expectations: An Exhibit of Florida Citrus Crate Labels – Between the late 1800s and the 1960s, colorful labels decorated the ends of wooden crates that transported Florida citrus produce to northern markets. (photos)

Sponsored by: S.Y Hartt & Son, Inc., James & Jeri Wohl, Sen. Denise Grimsley, Hicks Oil Company, Bagwell Lumber, Citra Harvesting, Inc., Cruiser & Christy Crews, Wheeler Farms, Inc. and Chicane’s Restaurant.

Support provided by: Highlands County TDC, National Endowment of the Arts, the Sebring Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and the Museum of Florida History

“Recent Work” Exhibit Dedicated to Former MoTA Director Debbie Kendrick

From November 2013-February 2014, Highlands Museum of the Arts (MoTA) featured “RECENT WORK” by Artist Hector hector6Nieblas. For more than three decades contemporary artist Nieblas (born 1955, Havana, Cuba) has experimented with Abstraction and Figurative work.  This current exhibit includes more than 40 works in the 2-story museum, including paintings, art objects, sculpture and installations completed from 2009-2013.

Nieblas dedicated this show to the memory of Debbie Kendrick, Director of MoTA from 2008 to 2013.