(OCALA, Fla.) March 27, 2009 — The A.E. “Bean” Backus exhibition, a contemporary art exhibition, painting workshops, a Rockiversity recital and a trip to a Gulf Coast art museum are among the many events and programs scheduled during April at the Appleton Museum of Art of College of Central Florida. Daily admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors 55 or better and students 19 and over, $3 for youths ages 10-18. Children age 9 and under are admitted free.

The Appleton Museum is currently displaying the vivid tropical landscapes of A.E. “Bean” Backus through April 12. The next exhibition — “Playing Around At The Appleton: Whimsical Art from the Permanent Collection” is scheduled April 25 through June 7 and showcases some of the Appleton’s rarely seen examples of contemporary and pop art by such noted artists as Alexander Calder, Kenny Scharf and Iain Baxter.

On April 4, artist Margaret Watts will conduct a “Traditional Russian Icons with Modern Media” workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with instruction on painting an icon in the tradition of the Russian Church. Preregistration and a $45 fee are required. For information and registration, call Korene Wilbanks at 352-291-4455, ext. 1613.

Forty-two members of the Ocala Youth Symphony under the direction of conductor Cindy Robertson will perform at 3 p.m. on April 5. An Interactive Art Sundays program will be presented from noon to 4 p.m. on April 5, 12, 19 and 26 with local artist Ana Maria Seaton offering guests the opportunity to experience the artistic process by creating their own paper art projects. In addition, a Saturday Art Craft event is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to noon on April 11 for families with children ages 6 to 9; advance registration is required by calling 352-291-4455, ext. 1613. The programs are free for members and museum guests.

The Appleton’s Trips ’N’ Tours program will offer one-day bus trips to Tallahassee on April 15 and 22. Guests will see the Legislature in action, view the 10 murals of Christopher Still in the Capitol and tour the Governor’s Mansion. Cost for the trip, including lunch, is $60 for members and $75 for nonmembers. For reservations call Dodie Jerz at 352-291-4456.

On April 18, music instructor Dean Marino will present a Rockiversity recital in the Appleton’s outdoor courtyard from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with students ages 8 to 18 performing classic rock ’n’ roll hits. Admission to the recital is free for members and museum guests.

The Appleton Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to

5 p.m. on Sundays and closed on Mondays. In addition to daily admission, a 12-month membership is available for $25 for seniors 55 and over, $30 for adults 18 and over, $40 for two seniors over age 55, $50 for a family of two adults and any children under age 18, and $15 for all college students and current or retired educators. Owned and operated by Central Florida Community College, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, just east of downtown on SR40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). For more information call the Appleton Museum of Art at 352-291-4455 or visit