APPLETON MUSEUM OPENS ‘NEW ACQUISITIONS FOR THE PERMANENT COLLECTIONS,’ JULY 17

(OCALA, Fla.) July 9, 2009 — “Welcome Home: New Acquisitions For The Permanent Collections” is an exhibition of original artwork acquired within the past year that will be exhibited in the Balcony Gallery at the Appleton Museum of Art of Central Florida Community College starting July 17. 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.

Among the selected woodcuts, lithographs, photography and mixed media presented in the “New Acquisitions” exhibition will be the photograph “Washington Oaks” by Central Florida artist Steffen Mittelhaeuser, a mezzotint titled “Empire Diner” by John Baeder and a collection of seven color lithographs, etchings and drypoint artwork by Richard Haas. Guests will also see artwork by Patrick Procktor, K.B. Hwang, Jane Dickson, Richard Bosman and Judy Rifka. The exhibition will be shown through Aug. 16.

In addition to the Balcony Gallery exhibition, the Appleton’s main exhibition gallery currently features “Aesthetics of Power: Weapons and Ceremonial Artifacts from the Permanent Collection” through Aug. 16. On display are rare 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 are 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 Appleton also 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 better 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 www.AppletonMuseum.org.