(OCALA, Fla.) April 30, 2009 … In June the Appleton Museum of Art of College of Central Florida will present the last week of “Playing Around” and the opening of “Aesthetics of Power” exhibitions, the unveiling of local artist Meagan Chaney’s “Urban Bloom” ceramic sculpture exhibit, two Trips ’N’ Tours excursions to St. Petersburg and a week-long Summer Art Camp.

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.

The whimsical contemporary, surreal and pop art of the “Playing Around At The Appleton” exhibition will be on display through June 7, and followed on June 19 with the opening of the “Aesthetics of Power” exhibition which will showcase rarely seen weapons and artifacts from the Appleton’s permanent collection that symbolize power. All pieces will have militaristic, tribal or ritual value, feature beauty of design, or are adorned with rare, exotic or precious material. Also presented will be more conventional 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. “Aesthetics of Power” will be on exhibit through Aug. 16.

Opening on June 5, “Urban Bloom: Ceramic Sculpture by Meagan Chaney” will be an exhibit of the Ocala artist’s large-scale handcrafted wall sculptures that celebrate the city garden and urban landscape. Presented in the Appleton’s Balcony Gallery through July 5, Chaney’s artwork evokes feelings of serenity and respite from everyday urban life.

The museum’s Trips ’N’ Tours program will offer a coach trip to the Museum of Fine Art in St. Petersburg on June 17 and 25 to view the museum’s two new exhibitions, “Andy Warhol: The Life, The Legend” and “More Than Words: Illustrated Letters.” The tours will include lunch at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club. Cost is $75 for members and $90 for nonmembers. For reservations call Dodie Jerz or Bonnie Janssen at 352-291-4456 or e-mail

The Appleton will present a Summer Art Camp for children with two different programs during the week of June 22 to 26. From 9 a.m. to noon, The “Art of the New” session will provide students ages 7-10 the opportunity to learn about contemporary artists and make their own contemporary paintings. The “Magic of Sound” program will be conducted from 1 to 4 p.m. for students ages 11-14 who will recreate an old time radio play complete with sound effects. Registration deadline is June 19, fee is $75 per student and to register contact Korene Wilbanks at 352-291-4455, etc. 1613.

In addition to the June programs, the Appleton offers extensive permanent collections of European, American, Asian, African, Islamic, Contemporary and pre-Columbian art and artifacts. A series of educational films on the visual arts are shown Sundays at 1:30 p.m.

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