(OCALA, Fla.) April 3, 2009 — “Playing With Power” is the theme for the two exhibitions scheduled this spring and summer at the Appleton Museum of Art of College of Central Florida. Visitors at the two shows — “Playing Around At The Appleton” and “Aesthetics of Power” — will see a wide assemblage of rarely viewed contemporary art, ceremonial artifacts, sculptures and antique weapons from the Appleton’s permanent collections. 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 free.

Opening April 25, “Playing Around At The Appleton” features an exciting assortment of whimsical contemporary and pop art in a rainbow of colors, shapes and sizes. Also exhibited are abstract pieces and art that reflects the creative imagination of youth and childhood memories. Among the artists showcased are Alexander Calder, Salvador Dali, Kenny Scharf, Iain Baxter, Robert Cenedella and David Williams. This exhibition runs through June 7.

The Appleton’s second exhibition of the summer, “Aesthetics of Power,” is scheduled from June 19 to Aug. 16. This program displays an extensive collection of unique weapons and artifacts that have militaristic, tribal or ritual value, and feature beauty of design or are adorned with exotic, rare or precious material. Also presented are more conventional pieces of art such as World War II posters, propaganda items, portraits of military leaders, paintings of famous battles and sculptures of warriors from cultures around the world.

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