(OCALA, Fla.) Aug. 30, 2010 — “Reflections: Paintings of Florida, 1865-1965, From the Collection of Cici and Hyatt Brown” will open to the public with an elegant gala from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday,
Oct. 23, at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida. Titled “An Evening on the Oklawaha,” the gala will include live music, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, silent auction and docent stations in the exhibit.

Special guests at the gala will include Cici and Hyatt Brown, as well as Gary R. Libby, author of “Reflections: Paintings of Florida 1865-1965,” about the collection. Tickets for the gala are $75 and may be purchased at the museum and at Proceeds from this event will benefit the Appleton Museum of Art.

“Reflections” is an extraordinary exhibition of more than 70 works of art of Florida beaches, rivers, farmlands and towns painted by some of America’s most important artists including A.E. “Bean” Backus, Thomas Hart Benton, Charles Christian Eisele, George Innes Jr., Jane Peterson, Frederic Remington, Anthony Thieme, Louis Comfort Tiffany and N.C. Wyeth. The collection is the result of an intensive search by the Browns that began in 1997 and is now considered one of the most significant collections of historic Florida-based art in existence.

Daily admission to the Appleton Museum 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.

In addition to “Reflections,” the Appleton Museum offers extensive permanent collections of world class 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 College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, just 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