APPLETON MUSEUM’S MARCH CALENDAR INCLUDES THREE EXHIBITIONS, PAINTING WORKSHOP, MUSIC AND MORE

(OCALA, Fla.) Feb. 1, 2010 — The March calendar is full at the Appleton Museum of Art of College of Central Florida with the final weeks for two of the museum’s temporary exhibitions, Florida’s plein air artist Morgan Samuel Price conducting a painting workshop from March 1 to 5, an After Hours program on March 4, the Studio’s “Museum ’til Midnight” event on March 19, a classical guitar performance by Anton Del Forno on March 21 and Trips ’N’ Tours excursions on March 4, 24 and 30.

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 the month, the dramatic paintings of “Morgan Samuel Price: Florida’s Plein Air Artist” will be presented in the Appleton’s Balcony Gallery. Continuing through March 7 will be “Red,” a thematic exhibition from the museum’s permanent collection that highlights the many meanings of the color in art and artifacts from cultures around the world. “The New Reality: The Frontier of Realism in the 21st Century” continues through March 21. This juried exhibition, organized by the International Guild of Realism, presents a look at the state of Realism painting around the world and compares more than 50 of those artworks to their predecessors.

In addition to exhibiting her works at the Appleton, renowned Florida artist Morgan Samuel Price will conduct a plein air painting workshop from March 1 to 5. The course will be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes class demonstrations as well as individual instruction and critique. Fee is $600 per student. For information and registration, contact Appleton Educator Korene Wilbanks at wilbankk@cf.edu or call 352-291-4455, ext. 1613.

An After Hours will be presented on March 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. with Western swing music performed by The Freddy Carr Country Gold Band. Doors open at 5 p.m. with guests enjoying light complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, and music will begin in the Courtyard at 5:30 p.m. Seating is limited. Admission is free for members and $8 for nonmembers. All After Hours guests are welcome to tour the Appleton’s art galleries.

The Studio’s “Museum ’til Midnight” event will be presented on March 19 from 9 p.m. to midnight for young professionals ages 21 to 40 who enjoy meeting new people, networking and expanding their knowledge of art at the Appleton, the community and the world. During the evening, guests will participate in a group art project, watch local artist Lisa Russo complete a painting in three hours and enjoy music, dancing, hors d’oeuvres and beverages in the Courtyard. For more information, contact Appleton Volunteer Coordinator Cara Johnson at johnsonc@cf.edu or call 352-291-4455, ext. 1836.

The Appleton’s 2010 Spring Concert Series will continue on March 21 with classical guitar virtuoso Anton Del Forno performing a wide selection of traditional compositions and his own original works in the Auditorium at 1:30 p.m. Del Forno is a concert and recording artist whose stage work has included solo guitar performances in the Joffrey Ballet’s “Viva Vivaldi” production. The performance is free for members and included in admission price for nonmembers. Seating is limited.

The Appleton’s popular Trips ’N’ Tours program will conduct a chartered bus trip to view the artwork of Henri Matisse at the new Tampa Museum of Art on March 4, and trips to the historic De Bary Hall mansion on the St. Johns River on March 24 and 30. For trip prices and reservations, contact the Appleton’s Trips ’N’ Tours Department at 352-291-4456.

In addition to these special programs, the Appleton’s guests enjoy viewing the museum’s permanent collections of 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 www.AppletonMuseum.org.