(OCALA, Fla.) March 3, 2010 — The Studio’s “Museum ’til Midnight” event at the Appleton Museum of Art of College of Central Florida begins at 9 p.m. on Friday, March 19, with live music, docent-led tours of “The New Reality: The Frontier of Realism in the 21st Century” exhibition, social networking activities, hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Local artist Lisa Russo will produce an original work of art to be auctioned at the end of the evening. Admission is free; however, guests are requested to RSVP by March 12 at 352-291-4455, ext. 1836.

The Studio is a program for young professionals who are interested in cutting-edge social, educational and informative events. Among The Studio’s membership benefits are opportunities to meet new people, network with friends and colleagues, and expand appreciation and knowledge of art at the museum, the local community and the world.

The Appleton Museum’s 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.

Upcoming exhibitions and events at the museum include classical guitarist Anton Del Forno in concert on March 21, After Hours with The Old Skool Band on April 1, the opening of “Southern Journeys: African-American Artists of the South” on April 3 and an African-American Festival Family Day with free admission on April 17. Also, the Sixth District Congressional Art Competition will open in the Balcony Gallery on April 24, the classical chamber quartet Enhake will perform on April 25 and the museum’s 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.

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