APPLETON KICKS OFF 2010 WITH THREE EXHIBITIONS, A NEW CONCERT SERIES AND MORE

(OCALA, Fla.) Dec. 2, 2009 – Scheduled in January at the Appleton Museum of Art of College of Central Florida will be three temporary exhibitions, the first performance of the 2010 Spring Concert Series and a one-day trip to Tampa Bay Downs.

The “Art of the Chopper” exhibition runs through Jan. 10 and features 30 one-of-a-kind motorcycles designed and built as contemporary art. Admission to “Art of the Chopper” is $12 for adults; $10 for seniors 55 or better; $8 for members, youths age 10-18 and college students with ID; $5 for children age 3 to 9; and children under 3 are free.

Also presented during the entire month of January is “Red.” This thematic exhibition from the museum’s permanent collection highlights the many meanings of the color red in rarely viewed art and artifacts from cultures around the world including African and Mexican ceremonial masks, Russian icons, illuminated manuscripts, pottery, decorative art, graphics and textiles. 

The Appleton will lead off its 2010 Concert Series on Jan. 17 with Steinway Artist Robin Spielberg performing original music, popular songs and traditional melodies in the auditorium at 1:30 p.m. Spielberg is a pianist, composer and recording artist with 15 CDs to her credit. She has performed throughout the U.S. and Asia, including Carnegie Hall, the Seoul Art Center and with many PBS television specials.

Opening on Jan. 23, the Appleton will unveil “The New Reality: The Frontier of Realism in the 21st Century.” This juried exhibition, organized by the International Guild of Realism, presents a look at the state of Realism painting around the world and compares those artworks to their historical predecessors. Featured are 65 paintings by 56 artists from the United States, Canada, The Netherlands, Korea, Russia, France, Iceland, Romania, Norway and Finland. Media used in the artwork ranges from oil, acrylic and egg tempera to graphite and colored pencil.

The Appleton’s popular Trips ’N’ Tours offers a “Horsin’ Around” excursion to Tampa Bay Downs on Jan. 28. This one-day charter trip includes viewing and betting on the day’s horse races from a private suite overlooking the track and a buffet lunch. There will also be an Appleton Day Race and four of the group will be selected to sit in the Winner’s Circle. Price is $75 for members, $85 for nonmembers.

In addition to these special programs, the Appleton’s permanent collections are always on display including European, American and Contemporary art, plus Asian, African and pre-Columbian artifacts and antiquities. Regular daily admission 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.

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 www.AppletonMuseum.org.