(OCALA, Fla.) Dec. 17, 2009 – During February, the Appleton Museum of Art of Central Florida Community College will present “The New Reality” and Morgan Samuel Price exhibitions, an After Hours on Feb. 4, Castlebay’s “Songs of the Irish Poets” concert on Feb. 21, weekend painting workshops and a Trips ’N’ Tours excursion to the Tampa Museum of Art on Feb. 24.

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.

Throughout February, Appleton’s guests will experience “The New Reality: The Frontier of Realism in the 21st Century.” This temporary exhibition presents examples of Realism painting around the world and compares those artworks with 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. Organized by the International Guild of Realism, this juried show presents artwork in media such as oil, acrylic, egg tempera, graphite and colored pencil to give viewers a snapshot of how Realism artists are approaching their art form today. This exhibition will run through March 21.

An After Hours will be presented on Feb. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. with Latin and light jazz music performed by Gosia and Ali. Doors will open at 5 p.m., The Horse and Hounds Restaurant will provide light complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, and music will begin in the Courtyard at 5:30 p.m. Admission will be free to members and $8 for nonmembers. All After Hours guests are welcome to tour the Appleton’s art galleries.

On Feb. 13, the Appleton will unveil a special temporary exhibition by award-winning Florida plein air artist Morgan Samuel Price. A successful painter in oils and watercolors, Price will display 45 pieces of her artwork that were inspired by Florida landscapes and outdoor scenes from around the country. She will also conduct a five-day workshop on plein air painting from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 1-5. Fee is $600 per person and to register contact the Appleton’s Educator Korene Wilbanks at or call 352-291-4455, ext. 1613.

Appleton’s 2010 Spring Concert Series will continue on Feb. 21 with New England’s Castlebay, musical duo Fred Gosbee and Julia Lane, performing “Songs of the Irish Poets” in the Auditorium at 1:30 p.m. This special program will feature the poems of Collum, Yeats, Moore and others accompanied by Celtic harp, fiddle, woodwinds and guitar.

Beginning on Jan. 30 and continuing through March 20, local artist Vicki Pritchard will provide a three-hour workshop each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the step-by-step process of creating Vermeer’s Realism masterpiece painting “The Girl With The Pearl Earring.” The fee for the eight-week class is $165 for members, $200 for nonmembers and $140 for students under 18. For registration contact Museum Educator Korene Wilbanks at or 352-291-4455, ext. 1613.

The Appleton’s Trips ’N’ Tours program will conduct a chartered bus trip to the Tampa Bay Museum on Feb. 24 and March 4 to view the works of 20th century French artist Henri Matisse. He painted and sculpted from a different perspective infusing people, landscapes and still life objects with joyous expressionism. Price of the trip, including lunch, is $77 for members and $87 for nonmembers.

In addition to these special programs, the Appleton’s permanent collections include European, American and Contemporary art, plus Asian, African and pre-Columbian artifacts and antiquities. 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, 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