(OCALA, Fla.) April 23, 2010 — Blending humor, history and tall tales with old time blues, country ballads and spirituals, award-winning folk singers and storytellers Sparky and Rhonda Rucker will perform May 1 and 2 at the Appleton Museum of Art of College of Central Florida. The programs are free for members and included in the price of admission for nonmembers.

The Ruckers will present a children’s concert at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, May 1, and an American folk music concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 2. The performances complement the Appleton Museum’s current temporary exhibitions, “Southern Journeys: African-American Artists of the South” and “Florida Journeys: African-American Artists from the Sunshine State.”

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.

The Ruckers have performed throughout the U.S. and overseas. Sparky Rucker has been performing for more than 40 years and is a nationally acclaimed folklorist, musician, historian, storyteller, recording artist and author. He performs with the guitar, banjo and spoons, and is accompanied by his wife, who also sings and plays the harmonica, guitar and banjo. Rucker has performed on many syndicated radio programs including National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and Prairie Home Companion.

The “Southern Journeys” exhibition showcases 55 paintings, sculptures and works on paper by
African-American artists from the 1940s to today who have chronicled the history of southern culture in their art. The art reflects a broad range of subject matter pulled from personal experience, music, folklore and religion. Among the artists in the exhibition are Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Hughie Lee-Smith and O.L. Samuels. The exhibition runs through May 23.

Guests are invited to enjoy the Appleton Museum’s other temporary exhibitions “Florida Journeys: African-American Artists from the Sunshine State” and “American Masters from the Private Collection of John and Jean Wilkinson.” In addition, the museum features extensive 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