(OCALA, Fla.) April 30, 2009 … “Urban Bloom: Ceramic Sculptures by Meagan Chaney” will be a special exhibition of the Ocala artist’s large-scale wall sculptures at the Appleton Museum of Art of Central Florida Community College from June 5 to July 5. Daily admission to the Appleton Museum is $6 for adults; $4 for seniors 55 or better and students 19 and over; $3 for youths ages 10-18; and free for members, CF students, children age 9 and under, and active military personnel and their immediate families.

Chaney’s art is influenced by natural botanical shapes and patterns, and each piece evokes feelings of serenity while exploring and celebrating the city garden and urban landscape. The exhibition will be presented in the Appleton’s Balcony Gallery. On Saturday, June 6, Chaney will present a free Artist Talk and Demonstration of her clay hand building-techniques in Classroom A from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and an Opening Reception will follow in the Café from 3 to 5 p.m.

Guests who visit the Appleton to view Chaney’s artwork will also be able to enjoy the museum’s special exhibition “Playing Around At The Appleton: Whimsical Art from the Permanent Collections” through June 7. That exhibition will be followed by the “Aesthetics of Power: Weapons and Ceremonial Artifacts from the Permanent Collections” from
June 19 through Aug. 16.

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 College of Central Florida, 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