(OCALA, Fla.) May 25, 2009 – Ceremonial French sabers, a Japanese Samurai helmet, Roman knife blades, a pair of 1816 flintlock dueling pistols, a 19th century portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte and more are presented in the “Aesthetics of Power: Weapons And Ceremonial Artifacts From The Permanent Collection” exhibition opening Friday, June 19, 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, and children age 9 and under are free.

“Aesthetics of Power” features a wide assortment of rarely displayed weapons and artifacts from the Appleton’s permanent collection. Each element has militaristic, tribal or ritual value and features beauty of design or is 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 exhibition is open through Aug. 16, with a closing reception that day from 1 to 4 p.m.

In addition to “Aesthetics of Power,” guests can also enjoy viewing the museum’s extensive collection of world-class European, American, Asian, African, Contemporary and pre-Columbian art and artifacts. The Museum Shop offers a wide selection of estate jewelry, books, games and collectibles.

The Appleton Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday and closed on Monday. 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 at 352-291-4455 or visit www.AppletonMuseum.org.