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Winter Newsletter 2019/2020 A r t @ H A L


Art Classes @ HAL

After School & Break

The Spirit of Beads

Kids’ Art in the Afternoon Ages 7 - 13 Thursdays 2:45 - 5:15 p.m. 1.5 hours per age group

Themed classes for children will focus on a variety of art projects built around an array of themes that incorporate STEAM concepts. Drawing, painting, sculpture will expose young artists to basic art concepts & practices. $15 per session. Register weekly or monthly. Class size limited. December - Holidays Around the World January - Super ‘Bowl’ February - Down the Rabbit Hole March - Travel the World April - Space Race May - Harry Who? https://www.highlandsartleague.org/kids-classes/

Winter Break Art Camp Four Days of STEAM! Half & Full Day Sessions December 30 -31 January 2 - 3 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.


Adult Art Classes and Workshops, page 2.

Inside: Winter Classes for Artists

November 15 December 28


he Highlands Museum of the Arts presents its third show for the season, November 15 - December 28, 2019. Entitled “The Spirit of Beads: religous symbols to art” the exhibit of hand beaded and sequined flags represents only part of the extensive collection of Haitian and African art owned by Betty Ford-Smith and Butler Smith, Jr.

Ford-Smith is known locally as a retired educator who is an expert quilt maker and collector. She is pictured above at one of her gallery walks with Ed and Ann Gessen and Michael and Elizabeth Ewing. The Gessens’ Haitian flag exhibit is currently on exhibit at the Tampa Museum of Art. The exhibit has been extended due to its popularity. Mr. Ewing is President of the Heartland Radio Group.

Throughout the run of the show, FordSmith has graciously given her time to take museum visitors on a gallery walk, talking about both the history of flags, the flag makers, and her connection as an educator and collector to the art form.

The museum is open Thursdays Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and free to all visitors. The collector’s last gallery walk will take place on December 28th, from 11 a.m. - 12 noon. All members are invited to

Art Uncorked @ HAL

Bling! Festive Decor and More! Art Uncorked and Corked offers something for everyone who wants to play around the edges of being artsy, while not delving into technique and talent. Try your hand with Nancy Palmer and Barb Hall as they present Bling! on December

Workshops, Wanderings, & More

4 and January 14, jewelry making that’s easy and interesting. Then on to four early Saturday evenings, each week in December and January as you create festive and lovely decor for your home or gift giving. January Wednesdays will let Art Uncorked participants dabble in paint on various surfaces and more, extending your “me” Art Uncorked/Corked, (continued, page 3)

Clovelly House Gallery & Gift Shop Open

Adult Art Classes in December/ January

Composition & Drawing Monday, 1/13, 9 - 11 a.m.

Artists combine the two composition and drawing - as a basis for everything they do. Join master painter Alice Hansen in this one-time class that moves beginning artists from the works of masters and established artists to a study of their own subject matter and how to move it from a vague idea into pencil to paper and imagination to beginning works of art.

Pastels in the Afternoon Tuesdays, 1/14 - 28 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Working with pastels, artist Mary Lou Herald, will teach the basic use of pastels, concentrating on choice of colors, blending, shading, and other skills that will allow students to test their hand at the gentle art of creating substance and form with pastels. Meet and Greet - Artists-in-Residence Watch the HAL website beginning Janaury 1 for an invitation January - March to meet and create with our Artists-in-Residence Caleigh xxx and Monica Villars. Caleigh holds a Masters in Studio art from xxx. Her work in portraiture will be a featured part of her two month residency.

Looking for an art class you don’t see? Shoot the education committee an email % manager@ highlandsartleague.org and we’ll see if we can find a teacher and make your wish come true.

Adult Art Class Offerings - 2020

The Art of Pine Needle Basket Making Beginner - Intermediate Level Wednesdays, January 15, 22, & 29, and February 5; 1 - 3:30 p.m.

Join basket artist Gloria Peters as she teaches beginners the first steps in creating equisite baskets of Florida natural materials, homegrown pine needles. Participants will come away with one beautifully crafted basket, allowing them to move ahead to more complex works of art. Intermediate-level students will learn new skills in introducing more complex stitching, additions of materials, and processes to enhance their basket making. Great step-by-step instruction in a pleasant, stress-free environment.

One-Stroke Painting Thursdays, January 16, 23, 30 and February 6, 13 and 20. 10 a.m. – 12 noon Join artist Judy Nicewitz for a six-session class that will teach you the interesting and popular decorative painting technique called One Stroke Painting. In this course double and multi-loading of paint on brushes is used to achieve highlights, shadows and color changes all in one stroke. This very simple technique allows for interesting combinations, especially when you have different colors on the brush. Blend, shade, base-coat, and highlight all in one stroke, making your painting quick and easy. It’s a great beginners technique for decorative artists of all skill levels. Sessions build on one another for this six week course, with each week introducing a new surface from wooden frames to clay pots. You won’t want to miss a single one! Class materials will be included in the class fee, allowing you to take home and practice, as well as owning your own collection of paints and tools after the course has ended to continue to create!

To register for classes, visit us online at https//: highlandsartleague.org

Winter Newsletter 2019/2020 Art @ HAL Art Uncorked/Corked

Choose ours... Create your own!

HAL began offering Art Uncorked classes in 2008, and while others have coined their own version, HAL is back after a major remodel to present area residents with classes that borrow on the fun of amateur art in a way that is typically HAL - with a little splash of creativity and an emphasis on quality. Wrap up December with Art Uncorked Saturday evenings, 5 - 7 p.m., hosted by local artist Beverly Marshall. Between the Needles on December 21 and Snowy Blue Nights on December 28 are not-to-be-missed opportunities to join friends, family, or co-workers as you paint, snack on complimentary hors d’hoeuvres, drink a little wine, and enjoy the holiday spirit. Beverly’s classes continue on Saturdays through January with new topics weekly. Canvas not your thing? Then join Barb Hall and Nancy Palmer for a January Bling! class on Tuesday, January 14, when they’ll lead you through easy-to-make bracelet making that’ll be a perfect compliment to your new year wardrobe. Judy Nicewitz brings to HAL her own brand of Art Uncorked with painting off-canvas in January Wednesdays. Paint on glass with A Little Music, A Little Wine on January 7, ceramic tile with Artfully Yours on January 21, and finally on your own “found treasure” Wooden Furniture Art keepsake on January 28.

Looking for something special to celebrate a birthday, want to jump into the new year with friends, co-workers, or family, or want something fun to do for a bridal or baby shower, HAL’s professionals & guest artists will create an event especially for you. Private parties for five people or more. HAL provides complimentary beverages (including adult beverages for those 21 and over) and snacks with a view of Lake Jackson. Call HAL to reserve your class or event today @ 863.385.3512.

The Race Gala

Kick off the 12 Hours of Sebring race festivities with Sebring’s “throwback” Race Gala on Wednesday, March 18 at the Sebring Civic Center. Attendees can celebrate the city’s internationally-acclaimed sports event and experience the race gala like many members of the Sebring community remember with good, old-fashioned community fun! “The Race Gala has always been the race event for Sebring to celebrate the races and the exciting time in our community,” said Sebring Mayor John Shoop. “The Art League has done a great job carrying on the tradition of the Race Gala, and we are thrilled to bring the event back to its Wednesday night (before the race) date.” Date: Wednesday, March 18th Time: 6-9 pm Location: Jack Stroup Civic Center, Downtown

Clovelly House Gallery & Gifts

Open Thursdays - Saturdays, 10 - 2 Fridays, 12/20 & 1/24, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Clovelly After Hours Hors d’hoeures, wine, music & art

The Clovelly House Gallery and Gift Shop, completely managed and run by a committee of HAL artists, opened November 15 with a gallery opening that was a mix of family, friends, local business owners and artists, and friends of the arts. Local musician Steve Jones provided entertainment. The shop features original art and photography from jewelry to watercolors, acrylics and oils, sculpture to glass, and more. Clovelly House Gallery and Gift Shop hours are Thursdays - Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., and 1 1/2 hours before performances at the Lakeside [Little] Theatre. Work found in the gallery will rotate quarterly, and featured offerings and all Clovelly artists will appear online @ HAL beginning early January. Interested in having your work displayed or in volunteering? Call us at HAL, or email manager@ highlandsart.league.org and your information will be sent to the Clovelly Artist committee members, who will call or email you.

December Highlands Art League Sunday


2019 Classes, Events, and Highlands Museum of the Arts

























Clovelly House Gallery and MoTA, Open 10 – 2; Clovelly After Hours, 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Clovelly House and MoTA, Open 10 – 2 Ornamentally Festive, 13 pm Art Uncorked, 5 – 7 pm

Highlands (MoTA) Photo Clovelly House Gallery Club, 6 – 7 pm and MoTA, Open 10 – 2 After school Art, 2:45 – 5:15 pm

22 Closed Happy Hanukkah!

23 Closed

29 Closed



30 Closed

24 Gals and Pals, 9 am – 12 noon

25 Closed for Christmas Happy Holidays!



Clovelly House Gallery and MoTA, Open 10 – 2 Winter Break Camp, 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 pm

Clovelly House Gallery and MoTA, Open 10 – 2 Winter Break Camp, 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 pm

28 Clovelly House Gallery and MoTA, Open 10 – 2 Gallery Walk (MoTA) 11 – 12 noon Art Uncorked, 5 – 7 pm

31 Gals and Pals, 9 am - 12 noon

December activity at HAL includes Art Uncorked classes every Saturday, 5 - 7 p.m. as well as Gallery Walks with collector Betty Ford-Smith at MoTA. Be sure to join us on Friday, December 20, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at Clovelly House Gallery for music, light hors d’hoeuvres, drinks, and conversation!

Winter Newsletter 2019/2020 Art @ HAL



Highlands Art League Sunday



Classes, Events, Highlands Museum of the Arts Wednesday



1 Closed for the Holiday

5 Closed

6 Closed

12 Closed

19 Closed



Composition and Drawing, 9 – 11 am

Gals and Pals, 9 am – noon Pastels in the Afternoon, 1 – 2:30 pm Art Uncorked, Bling! 6 p.m.

20 Closed

26 Closed


27 Closed


Clovelly House Open 10 am – 2 pm Winter Kids’ Camp, 7:30 am – 5:30 pm Caleigh Bird, Artist in Residence meet & greet, Clovelly, 10 - 2

Clovelly House, 10 am – 2 p m Winter Kids’ Camp, 7:30 am. – 5:30 pm MoTA Exhibit Opening,”Looking Back, Leaning Forward”, 4:30 – 6:30 pm. 10

Clovelly House & MoTA Open 10 am – 2 pm

Clovelly House & MoTA Open 10 am – 2 pm

Clovelly House & MoTA Open 10 am – 2 pm Little Brushes, 1 – 3 pm

9 Clovelly House & MoTA Open 10 am – 2 pm After School Art, 2:45 – 5:15

15 Pine Needle Baskets, 1 – 3:30 pm Portraits w. Caleigh Bird, 6 – 8 pm


Gals and Pals, 9 am – noon; Mike Grecian Color Workshop,; Pastels in the Afternoon, 1 – 2:30 pm Art Uncorked, Artfully Yours, 6 – 8 pm

Pine Needle Baskets, 1 – 3:30 pm; Highlands (MoTA) Photo Club meeting, 6 – 7 pm Annual meeting, 5:30 pm.VAC

Gals and Pals, 9 am – noon Pastels in the Afternoon, 1 – 2:30 pm Art Uncorked, Wooden Furniture, 6 – 8 pm

Pine Needle Baskets, 1 – 3:30 pm Portraits w. Caleigh Bird, 6 – 8 pm




Gals and Pals, 9 am – noon Art Uncorked, A Little Music, A Little Wine, 6-8 pm




16 Clovelly House & MoTA Open 10 am – 2 pm; One-stroke painting, 10 – noon; After School Art, 2:45 – 5:15; Sebring Chamber After Hours, 4-8 pm

23 Clovelly House & MoTA Open 10 am – 2 pm One-stroke painting, 10 – noon After School Art, 2:45 – 5:15


17 Clovelly House & MoTA Open 10 am – 2 pm

18 Clovelly House & MoTA Open 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Art Uncorked with Beverly Marshall, 5 – 8 pm

24 Clovelly House & MoTA Open 10 am – 2 pm Clovelly After Hours, 4:30 – 6:30 pm

30 Clovelly House & MoTA Open 10 am – 2 pm One-stroke painting, 10 – noon After School Art, 2:45 – 5:15


25 Chair Painting Fund Raiser, 9 am – noon Clovelly House & MoTA Open 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Little Brushes, 1 – 3 pm

31 Clovelly House & MoTA Open 10 am – 2 pm Gigi and Me, 6 – 8 p.m.

January picks up with a new MoTA Exhibit, opening January 3, 4:30 - 6:30 pm. reception and post-holiday classes. Lots of Art-Uncorked in varied forms, Clovelly After-hours, January 24, and our Annual Chair Painting fund raiser on January 25. Painters and business partners needed! Come support HAL! Join us for our January 22 Annual Members Meeting. 5:30 p.m. @ the VAC!

Annual Meeting @ HAL

Join the Highlands Art League Board of Directors on Wednesday, January 15 for the Annual Membership Meeting open to all current members of HAL. The Volunteer Board will present the annual budget report, discuss opportunities for fundraising to support The Village Where Art Lives, as well as presenting a calendar of events for the 2020 calendar year. Members will have an opportunity to present nominations to the Board for new volunteer board members, vote on officers, and to visit informally with board members who have helped HAL support the Arts in Highlands County. Where: Visual Arts Center, Million $ View Room, 1985 Lakeview Drive (enter via the ramp) When: January 15, 5:30 p.m. Who: All current members of the Highlands Art League Note: Meetings are ONLY open to current members in good standing. No visitors allowed.

Color Explorations Workshop @ HAL with Michael Grecian

Back by popular demand, artist, teacher, and color theorist, Michael Grecian will return to HAL’s VAC on January 27 for another fabulous one day workshop. Working with artists on color mixing, the one day workshop will always relate back to the 12 color wheel for reference. Grecian will lead artists through a review of primaries, secondaries, and compliments, moving on to work with color relationships, juxtaposed colors, and include exercises that demonstrate the importance and effect of color relationships. Grecian is known for leading workships that provide artists with new tools for practice, and a greater knowledge of the use of color in their work. He studied art at Northern Illinios University, where he was a MFA candidate. Grecian has worked in the art world since 1978 in the Midwest and South where his work is well-known and his teaching is applauded.




Looking for a setting for your next private event? Aiming for more than just ordinary? Let HAL be the site of your next small event, whether it’s a birthday celebration with a twist, a small reception or arfully creative get together, our Million $ View is the perfect place for your gathering. Our veue has been and is the perfect venue for intimate and mid-sized holiday gatherings, engagement parties, baby showers, birthdays and more. Situated on the shore of Lake Jackson, our site comes with your own inhouse party planner, a set-up crew to make your efforts simplified, and a site that features a covered deck overlooking the lake, room with a beautiful lake view, and is, of course, handicapped accessible. Rates begin at $150 for a four hour rental or $35 per person for Art-infused experiences for you and your guests. Professional artists lead our art events, designed completely with your satisfaction and comfort in mind. Have a theme in mind? Allow us to work with you to create a little magic on the shores of Lake Jackson!

Winter Newsletter 2019/2020 Art @ HAL Travels with HAL Every-other Month Bus Jaunts and Photo Club Outings Art doesn’t happen in a vaccum. Tuesday’s Gals and Pals sessions and once a month meetings of the Highlands (MoTA) Photo Club are proof of that. The sessions are a brisk exchange of ideas, creativity, and practicing one’s craft. It is what prompted HAL executive director Janell Marmon to extend an invitation in early November to interested members to board a bus to Punta Gorda on November 19. A small group of HAL members jumped aboard the bus, setting out to take in the Visual Arts Center’s traveling exhibit featuring the Florida Watercolor Society’s 2019 award winners. Among them was HAL’s own Alice Hansen. After touring the museum exhibits and facility with Program and Education Director Kim Phillips, the

Highlands Photo Exhibit Call for Photographers

As a nod to our wonderful Highlands photographers, with the guidance of the Highland (MoTA) Photo Club, the museum is accepting entries from all Highlands photographers through midnight, December 20. Looking Back, Leaning Forward is a juried show and competition that will open with a Highlands Museum of the Arts Reception on Friday, January 3, 2020, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Entry deadlines have been extended to December 20 for adult and student entries, with two cash prizes given for top honors for adult and youth photographer. A “Viewer’s Choice” awardee will be named post event with all votes tallied. For more information on entering the competition and exhibit, visit us online at https://www. highlandsartleague.org/about/mota/. Submissions for “Snowbird” our February - March show featuring art created by our seasonal HAL members will begin mid-January. Please watch our website for entry information.

group moved on to the nearby Fishermen’s Village, with lunch at Harpoon Harry’s. “When can we go again,” artist Shirley Stone asked on the return trip. The answer required a promise to work on continuing the practice based on group interest, and follow-up research. The next group trip will take place on Friday, January 31 with an early (8 a.m.) departure. The group is heading to St. Petersburg to visit the Dali Museum & Chuly Museum. A late lunch stop will be included in the day’s outing. Bus and museum entrance fees will be determined by numbers. Contact Janell @ 863-385-5312 if you are interested. The December 18 Photo Club meeting will provide information on future Photo Club outings. Please join them at 6 p.m. in the VAC.

Membership Policy Revised We’ve made some changes to simplify your membership renewal. Membership will now run annually from year of year, allowing the benefits of membership without lapse or worry about renewing only at the New Year.

have not been notified, you will be receiving an email in the next week or two, asking you to consider renewing your membership at this time. Renew in December and your membership will run through January, 2021.

Members will receive notice if their membership is ending the month before their renewal, allowing members to track membership benefits and have all of the benefits of HAL membership. When you receive your “We don’t want to miss you” email or mailing, all you need to do is go online to renew your membership by the end of the next month to avoid a lapse in membership.

Members, as always, receive a discount on classes and other events. We also extend that discount to rental use of our facility for workshops and other events.

If your membership has lapsed in the past six months and you

Your support of the Highlands Art League is what has helped us to support the Arts in Highlands County for the past 53 years. Our commitment as a volunteer board is a labor of love, and commitment to you, our Artists, and children in our area. Thank you for your continued partnership in this effort.

Winter Newsletter 2019/2020 A r t @ H A L Easy Ways to Support


Holiday Events 2019 Last of the Year

Cookie Fest

Use Amazon Smile

You’ve missed HAL’s sweetest annual event sponsored by the Palms of Sebring. More than 100 children and their parents came to decorate cookies, create art, write a letter to Santa and sip on cocoa. Special thanks to the Palms and to the Sebring Middle School National Honor Society, the best of the best this holiday season. Join us the first Saturday in December, 2020 when HAL and The Palms will once again offer this free family event.

Amazon Smile allows users to order their Amazon purchases and at the same time give to a favorite non-profit. To donate a little to HAL with every purchase, go to https://smile. amazon.com and select The Highlands Art League. Then each time you make an Amazon purchase, simply go to Smile. Amazon and your donation will be automatic. Remember, your support helps us to keep the Art League active in the community and provide opportunities to artists, children, and the public.

Ornamentally Festive

Buy a Bag @ Winn Dixie

Saturday, December 21, 2 p.m.

Each month Winn Dixie selects a community non-profit to benefit from their Community Bag proceeds. For every $2.50 community bag purchased during the month of October, HAL will receive a $1 donation. Take a picture of yourself or your kids/grandkids with your new Community Bag, an tag HAL on Instagram or Facebook!

Paint a Chair Join us in January to paint a chair for HAL. Your business, family names, team sport, club or activity can be a part of HAL’s Paint-a-Chair day. Don’t want to paint your own chair. Donate $100 to HAL [tax deductible] and one of our artists will paint a chair with your logo and/or an approved design. Email HAL @ manager@highlandsartleague. org for more information today!

HAL helps families make a little memory and something to treasure this holiday season with your preschool or elementary child as Jedeth helps families prepare for the coming week festivities by starting it off with creation of a handpainted, one-of-a-kind work of art. Register for this event, using your member discount @ https//: www.highlandsartleague.org.

Art Uncorked

Saturday, December 21 and December 28, 5 - 7 p.m. Join artist Beverly Marshall for an evening of painting, wine, delicious snacks and fun. “Between the Branches” and “Snowy Blue Nights” are designed to delight and wrap up your season with creativity.

Gals & Pals Every Tuesday 9 a.m. - 12 noon VAC

Highlands Photo Club @ HAL 4th Wednesday 6 p.m.

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Highlands Art League Winter 2019/2020 Newsletter  

The Highlands Art League, located in Central Florida, is a non-profit that has for 43 years provided opportunities for artists of all ages a...

Highlands Art League Winter 2019/2020 Newsletter  

The Highlands Art League, located in Central Florida, is a non-profit that has for 43 years provided opportunities for artists of all ages a...