(OCALA, Fla.) May 14, 2009 – Three art exhibitions and a “Trips N’ Tours” visit to two Ocala art studios will be among the cultural highlights presented in July at the Appleton Museum of Art of Central Florida Community College.

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.

Throughout July the Appleton’s main exhibition gallery will feature “Aesthetics of Power: Weapons and Ceremonial Artifacts from the Permanent Collection.” Showcased will be rarely displayed guns, swords and other weapons, plus unique artifacts 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. The “Aesthetics of Power” exhibition will run through Aug. 16.

Also, in the Balcony Gallery local artist Meagan Chaney will present her “Urban Bloom” ceramic sculpture exhibition through July 5, and that showing will be followed on July 17 by the opening of the Appleton’s “New Acquisitions for the Permanent Collection.” Featured through Aug. 16 will be recently accepted lithographs, woodcuts, photography and mixed-media artwork by Richard Haas, Patrick Procktor, Paul Russo and other artists.

On July 21 the Appleton’s Trips N’ Tours’ program will offer a one-day “Artistic Iron and Glass in Ocala” excursion with studio tours and personal visits with two noted Ocala artists: fifth-generation metalsmith Jack Klahm and master glass fabricator JoAnn Jancik. Klahm’s skill at metalworking and forging techniques transforms aluminum, brass, steel and iron into beautiful works of art that are simultaneously utilitarian. Jancik creates stained glass masterpieces for cruise ships, churches and homes around the world. The coach trip, including lunch at Felix’s Restaurant, is priced at $60 for members and $75 for nonmembers. For reservations call Dodie Jerz or Bonnie Janssen at 352-291-4456 or e-mail

In addition to the July 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