(OCALA, Fla.) Aug. 23, 2010 — Free admission will be offered on opening day of “Healing Heart: Witness the Healing Power of Art,” a powerful and moving exhibition being unveiled at noon on Sunday, Sept. 12, at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida. The exhibition will run through Oct. 10 and includes a series of weekend family art programs, educational films and a Straight Talk substance abuse session for teens.

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.

“Healing Heart” will showcase more than 100 pieces of art created by individuals who are receiving treatment for mental health and substance abuse disorders, trauma, autism, bereavement, Alzheimer’s and dementia. Most of the artwork will be up for auction and visitors can bid on their favorite pieces during the exhibition. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the participating organizations including The Centers, PACE Center for Girls, National Alliance on Mental Illness of Marion County Inc., Munroe Regional Medical Center’s Wholistic Healing Institute, Hospice of Marion County, The Vines Hospital, Ocala Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Center, Advocacy Resource Center Marion Inc., Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance, Arnette House and the Appleton Museum of Art.

Events planned during “Healing Heart” include the opening day free to the public on Sept. 12, plus a reception and panel discussion starting at 2 p.m. Each Saturday an educational family art program will be presented from 1 to 3 p.m. including “Art With Heart” painting session on Sept. 18, MRMC’s “Looking Up” ceiling tile painting on Sept. 25, “Writing From Your Heart” on Oct. 2, and “Art In Motion” on Oct. 9. Sunday’s films will be shown at 1:30 p.m. and include “Out of the Shadow” on Sept. 19, “A Beautiful Mind” on Sept. 26, “Healing Words” on Oct. 3, and “The Soloist” on Oct. 10. All programs and films are free for members and included in admission for nonmembers. Plus, a free “Straight Talk” substance abuse program for teens and their parents will be presented from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 28.

In addition to “Healing Heart,” guests are invited to view the Ocala Art Group’s “On the Balcony” exhibition, through Oct. 3, and the Appleton’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. 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 College of Central Florida, 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