(OCALA, Fla.) June 23, 2009 — The “Aesthetics of Power” and “New Acquisitions” exhibitions will be on display at the Appleton Museum of Art of Central Florida Community College through Aug. 16. The museum will close from Aug. 17 through Sept. 7 to rotate artwork in the permanent galleries, make building upgrades and prepare for the opening of a major exhibition on Oct. 10, “Art of the Chopper.”

Daily admission to the Appleton Museum is $6 for adults; $4 for seniors 55 or better and students 19 and over; $3 for youths 10-18; and free for members, CF students, children age 9 and under, and active military personnel and their immediate families.

The Appleton’s main exhibition gallery will feature “Aesthetics of Power: Weapons and Ceremonial Artifacts from the Permanent Collection” until Aug. 16. Guests will view rarely displayed guns, swords and other weapons, plus unique artifacts that symbolize power. All pieces 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.

Exhibited in the Balcony Gallery through Aug. 16 will be “Welcome to the Family: New Acquisitions for the Permanent Collections.” Featured will be recently accepted lithographs, woodcuts, photography and mixed-media artwork by Richard Haas, Patrick Procktor, Paul Russo and other artists.

In addition, the Appleton offers extensive permanent collections of European, American, Asian, African, 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. 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