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Exhibit focuses on citrus history, artifacts

SEBRING-The Highlands Art League's (HAL) Museum of the Arts' (MOTA) newest exhibit, "Citrus Labels and Crate Expectations," officially opened March 6, and is on display through May 31.

This contemporary exhibit includes a collection of 24 citrus labels that represent the thousands used in Florida between the late 1800s and the 1960s.

The labels decorated the ends of wooden crates, which transported Florida citrus, live citrus trees, citrus equipment and tools, all hung by local artist Hector Nieblas.

In conjunction with the exhibit, HAL is also hosting several citrus-themed events:

Cocktails & Culture: Citrus-On May 1, art will focus on citrus culture, cuisine and cocktails. Citrus industry representatives will discuss the history of the citrus industry from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Art Uncorked: Funky Citrus Tree - In April and May, HAL's Art Uncorked goes orange with two citrus-themed paintings, including a funky citrus tree and your very own citrus label.

Get Sauced: Citrus - On May 15 at 6 p.m., local chef Mac Gentleman, from the Palms of Sebring, will lead attendees through the perfection of citrus sauces. While Chef Mac prepares the tastings, attendees will learn culinary techniques to try at home. Citrus-themed cocktails and light snacks will be provided.

MOTA is open from 1-7 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays; and 1-4 p.m. on Saturdays. Admission is free for HAL members, students with proper ID and children under 12.

There is a $5 per person admission for adults who are not HAL members. Groups tours are arranged by appointment.

For more information, visit the Highlands Art League website at www.HighlandsArtLeague.org or call 385-5312.