Signups begin at the Highland Art Center for a series of plein air (painting outside) classes conducted by artist Debee Holland-Olson. The medium used in these fun on-location workshops will be soft pastel. Three sessions are scheduled starting on Aug. 22, then Aug. 29, and concluding Sept. 5. Cost per session is $35. Sign up at the Highland Art Center, 691 Main St., Weaverville, for these creative classes and learn this exciting medium from a seasoned pro.

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The Highland Art Center has been a large part of the art community for the past 50 years supporting Trinity County artists and events in its historic building originally built in 1893. This building is now in its 126th year, and Highland officials are looking to modernize the outdated heating and air conditioning system with the goal to climatize the galleries and ensure that the artwork in the galleries is at a more correct climate for the longevity sake of both our historical permanent collection and influx of curated exhibitions of local art and works on view by our member artists.

This new system would ideally provide essential comfort to guests, students and staff during the heat of the summer and icy cool of the winter and long-term money-saving efficiency for the nonprofit foundation which oversees the center.

In order to get the ball rolling on the purchase of this system the Highland is reaching out to the community by kicking off a fundraiser to raise monetary donations that will help to provide the opportunity to upgrade to this new system. Your generous tax-deductible donation is greatly appreciated by those involved. They are humbly accepting donations for the Heating and Air Conditioning system install in the following ways:

►  Direct donations in person in the reception area at 691 Main St., Weaverville;

►  Mail a check to the Highland Art Center, P.O. Box 1270, Weaverville, CA 96093;

► Donate online at www.highlandartcenter.org.

Please let them know if you require proof of donation for tax purposes.

Future fundraising events are in the planning as well.

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