(OCALA, Fla.) November 2, 2009… Holiday highlights in December include the “Art of the Chopper” exhibition, the opening of the “Red” exhibition and free admission to the Holiday Happening open house, plus a free motorcycle lecture at the Appleton Museum of Art of College of Central Florida.

“Red” opens at the Appleton on Dec. 3. This thematic exhibition from the Appleton’s permanent collections will highlight the various uses and dramatic meanings of the color red. In addition, the Appleton’s annual Holiday Happening open house will be held that evening from 5 to 8 p.m. Guests will enjoy free admission, strolling carolers, discounts in the Museum Shop, complimentary holiday treats and self-guided tours of the museum’s world class collections of European, American and Contemporary art as well as Asian, African and pre-Columbian artifacts and antiquities.

“Art of the Chopper” presents motorcycles as both sculptural art and artifacts of American culture. This is the first collection of motorcycles created as contemporary works of art and curated for exhibition, and each chopper is accompanied by a series of photographs and didactic panels featuring background information on the bike’s builder such as Indian Larry, Rick Fairless, Mike Brown and Jerry Graves.

Admission prices to “Art of the Chopper” are $12 for adults; $10 for seniors 55 or better; $8 for members, youths ages 10-18 and college students with ID; $5 for children 3 to 9. Children under 3 are free. The Appleton’s regular daily admission (not including “Art of the Chopper”) 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.

Other “Art of the Chopper” activities include local motorcycle clubs — Daytona Beach HOGs, Ocala Women In The Wind and Gold Wing Road Riders — gathering at the museum and displaying their bikes around the fountain area on Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Dec. 16, Dwane Olson of Viking Cycle Art will present a free motorcycle airbrush painting demonstration and lecture at 7 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 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 of Art at 352-291-4455 or visit