(OCALA, Fla.) Feb. 24, 2010 — April highlights at the Appleton Museum of Art of College of Central Florida include the opening of “Southern Journeys: African-American Artists of the South” on April 3 and an African-American Festival Family Day on April 17. Other events during the month include After Hours, a chamber music concert by the Enhake quartet, Trips ’N’ Tours’ excursions, and the 29th Annual Sixth District Congressional Art Competition.

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.

Leading off on April 1 will be Appleton’s After Hours with the Old Skool Band performing blues and rock in the Courtyard starting at 5:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. with guests enjoying light complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Admission is free for members, $8 for nonmembers and seating is limited. All guests are welcome to tour the Appleton’s art galleries.

On April 3, the Appleton will unveil “Southern Journeys: African-American Artists of the South.” This exhibition features 55 works of African-American artists such as Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett and Hughie Lee-Smith who have chronicled the history of southern culture from the 1940s to today. The artwork contains subject matter ranging from personnel experience, music and folklore to southern traditions and religion. In conjunction with the exhibition, the Appleton will present an African-American Festival Family Day on April 17 with free admission to the public, live entertainment, scavenger hunt and hands-on art projects for the entire family.

The 29th Annual Sixth District Congressional Art Competition will open on April 24 in the Balcony Gallery with more than 60 pieces of art created by area students. An opening ceremony and awards presentation will be held at 2 p.m.

The Appleton’s 2010 Spring Concert Series will continue on April 25 with the award-winning classical chamber quartet Enhake performing at 1:30 p.m. in the Auditorium. The program will include works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and contemporary composers such as John Mackey’s “Breakdown Tango” and Oliver Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time.” The performance is free for members and included in the admission price for nonmembers. Seating is limited.

The popular Trips ’N’ Tours program will conduct chartered bus trips to view the artwork of Henri Matisse at the new Tampa Museum of Art on April 14 and the paintings of Dean Mitchell at the Leepa-Rattner Museum in Tarpon Springs on April 27. 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