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Updated: 02/16/2017 08:30:01AM

Valentine’s Day theme at HAL artist reception

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Guests browse the Yellow House gallery during the Highlands Art League's artist reception Friday evening.

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Sparkly wine corks form a heart from 'Not Too Shabby'.

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'Amazing Things' fabric art by Cindy Cole.

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Artist Lynda Gruber with 'Luv Birds'.

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Hugh Gillard and Arlene Glendenning look at a piece displayed at the receprtion.

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'Lilies in Pink' photography by Cindy Rose Eaton.

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'Pink Heart', an acrylic by artist Lynda Gruber.

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Shell art by Cheryl Canada titled 'Shellabration'.

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'Love' was on display from 'Not Too Shabby'.

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Art Uncorked instructor J.D. Dagda leads a group of ladies in painting a tarpon fish.


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SEBRING –– The Highlands Art League hosted an artist reception Friday evening at the Yellow House Gallery on Lakeview Drive. The Yellow House is part of their downtown Artist’s Village. Love was in the air and in the gallery based on the theme for the reception.

“Our reception this month is titled ‘Love in the Village’ and is featured around Valentine’s Day,” said Lindsay Ebert Damon, operations manager for HAL.

Artist Lynda Gruber had some of her brightly colored works titled “Luv Birds” and “Pink Heart” displayed. Cindy Cole showcased her fabric art for browsers to enjoy. Shell craft in Valentine’s Day colors were created by Cheryl Canada with “Shellabration N’Crafts.”

Hugh Gillard was enjoying the gallery art with Arlene Glendenning. “You should take a look at some of Arlene’s fine work in the main gallery,” said Gillard.

Glendenning, who is also an artist, had some of her works on display. Photographer Cindy Rose Eaton had some of her work in the gallery for Valentine’s Day, including “Lilies in Pink.”

Some very interesting craft works were on display courtesy of “Not Too Shabby.” “They offered us a nice variety for our Valentine’s Day exhibit,” said Damon. There were large and small wooden banner designs with sayings like “Love” as well as some wine cork heart designs with sparkly red glitter. The designs were very eye catching and fun.

Wine and goodies, including cup cakes with pink icing, were available as browsers enjoyed the evening with their Valentine.

The night was a busy one at the Artist’s Village as an Art Uncorked class was also in process at the Visual Arts Center.

Ladies gathered around the large table working with HAL artist instructor J.D. Dagda.

Canvases were sketched out and paints of all colors were available for creating a masterpiece.

“We’re creating a big tarpon fish tonight,” said Dagda. “It’s going to be a fun night.”

The mission of the Highlands Art League is to encourage emerging and evolving artists of all ages and to positively impact our community through the celebration and exploration of the arts. Their monthly artist receptions showcase Highlands County’s finest artists and there is no charge to attend.