APPLETON’S OCTOBER HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE GALA OPENING OF ‘REFLECTIONS,’ PLUS ‘HEALING HEART’ AND GRANT LAMB EXHIBITIONS

(OCALA, Fla.) Aug. 31, 2010 — “Reflections: Paintings of Florida, 1865-1965, From the Collection of Cici and Hyatt Brown” will open to the public on Oct. 23 with an elegant evening gala at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida. Other activities during the month include the “Healing Heart” exhibition’s weekend programs through Oct. 10, an After Hours Oktoberfest Celebration starring Alpine Express on Oct. 7 and the opening of “The Natural World of Grant Lamb” exhibition on Oct. 9.

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.

“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, George Innes Jr. and Jane Peterson. The gala opening titled “An Evening on the Oklawaha” will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23, and feature live music, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar silent auction and docent stations in the exhibit. Special guests that evening will include “Reflections” author Gary R. Libby and art collectors Cici and Hyatt Brown. Tickets for the gala are $75 and may be purchased at the museum and at www.AppletonMuseum.org. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Appleton Museum. Coinciding with the “Reflections” exhibition, a series of Florida-oriented art programs will also be presented at the Appleton each month through December.

Presented daily through Oct. 10 will be “Healing Heart: Witness the Healing Power of Art.” Feature will be more than 100 works of art that express the emotions behind the real-life challenges people face every day and the healing that takes place through the creation of that art. All of the artwork was produced by individuals receiving treatment for mental health and substance abuse disorders, trauma, Alzheimer’s, autism and bereavement in local health centers and shelters. Most of the artwork will be sold through a silent auction with proceeds benefiting the participating organizations. Weekend programs include the “Writing From Your Heart” educational family program on Oct. 2, the film “Healing Words” on Oct. 3, an “Art In Motion” therapy program on Oct. 9 and the film “The Soloist” on Oct. 10.

Opening in the Balcony Gallery on Oct. 9 will be “The Natural World of Grant Lamb.” This exhibition will feature 20 of Lamb’s dramatic paintings of landscapes and wildlife native to North America, primarily Florida species such as manatees and birds.

The Appleton’s popular After Hours series will kick off on Oct. 7 with an Oktoberfest Celebration starring the Alpine Express Band from Orlando. B.F.E. Restaurant will provide complimentary light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and music begins at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free for members and $8 for nonmembers. After Hours guests are invited to enjoy all of the Appleton’s exhibitions during the evening.

In addition, 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 www.AppletonMuseum.org.