(OCALA, Fla.) Jan. 5, 2010 — Sixty-five works of art by 56 international artists of Realism painting will be presented in “The New Reality: The Frontier of Realism in the 21st Century” exhibition opening on Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Appleton Museum of Art of Central Florida Community College. The exhibition will run through March 21.

Admission to the Appleton 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 museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays and closed on Mondays.

“The New Reality” is the first exhibition of this century that presents a look at the state of Realism painting around the world and compares those artworks to their predecessors. The artists in the show represent the United States, Canada, The Netherlands, Korea, Russia, France, Iceland, Romania, Norway and Finland. In some cases, guests will see a startling contrast between the old and new art, and in other paintings it is obvious that today’s artist has replicated the old master’s style and techniques. Juried by the International Guild of Realism, artwork in the exhibition features a wide range of 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.

The opening of “The New Reality” will be part of the Appleton’s Community Weekend, supported in part by the Marion Cultural Alliance, which offers free admission to the public on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 23 and 24. Saturday’s highlights include the new exhibition, plus a “New Reality” lecture at 1 p.m. and an Arts Education Open House with representatives from local art groups and schools of art, music, theater and dance offering information on their programs. 

Appleton’s guests can also view the museum’s permanent collections of European, American and Contemporary art as well as Asian, African and pre-Columbian artifacts, plus “Red,” an intimate thematic exhibition that showcases many meanings of the color red in art from cultures around the world.

The Appleton offers a 12-month membership 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