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(OCALA, Fla.) Oct. 4, 2010 — The Nov. 6 opening of “The Unseen Eye: Photography From the Collection of W.M. Hunt” will be among the November highlights at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida. Other activities during the month include Frontier Florida Family Day with Chris Kahl’s musical program on Nov. 6, art lectures associated with the “Reflections” exhibition on Nov. 7 and 14, After Hours on Nov. 4, and a Trips ’N’ Tours excursion to the Florida Carriage Museum in Weirsdale on Nov. 16. In addition, guests can view the recently opened exhibition “Reflections: Paintings of Florida, 1865-1965, From the Collection of Cici and Hyatt Brown.”
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.
“The Unseen Eye: Photography From the Collection of W.M. Hunt” opens on Nov. 6 and features 200 photographs from New York collector W.M. Hunt. With works by Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Mapplethorpe, William Klein, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander and others, this thematic exhibition showcases black-and-white and color photographs in which all of the subjects have their eyes hidden or obscured. The photos are from a wide range of genres including photo journalism, art, science and documentary photography and cover the history of photography from the first daguerreotypes to contemporary forms. This exhibition will run through Jan. 2, 2011.
Also on Nov. 6, the Appleton Museum will present Frontier Florida Family Day. Guests will enjoy a full day of hands-on art projects, treasure hunting and learning about Florida cultures and folklore. Award-winning musician and storyteller Chris Kahl will present “A Musical Journey Through Florida” in the Auditorium at 1 and 3 p.m.
On exhibit through Jan. 9, 2011, the Appleton’s guests can tour “Reflections: Paintings of Florida, 1865-1965, From the Collection of Cici and Hyatt Brown.” Presented are more than 70 historic paintings of Florida created by some of America’s most important artists including Martin Johnson Heade, Thomas Hart Benton and Herman Herzog. In conjunction with this exhibition, the Appleton will present a “Perception of Paradise” lecture by Mallory O’Connor, professor emeritus from Santa Fe College, on Nov. 7 at 2 p.m., and a “Reflections’ Florida Art” lecture by Jay Williams, curator of the Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach, on Nov. 14 at 2 p.m.
The Appleton’s After Hours series will continue on Nov. 4 with music by Italian opera vocalist David Worker from Orlando. Doors open at 5 p.m. and music begins at 5:30 p.m. Complimentary light hors d’oeuvres will be provided by B.F.E. Restaurant. Admission is free for members and $8 for nonmembers. The evening’s special musical program coincides with the opening of “Lend Me A Tenor” next door at the Ocala Civic Theatre at 8 p.m. After Hours guests are invited to enjoy all of the Appleton’s exhibitions.
The Trips ’N’ Tours program will offer an excursion to the Florida Carriage Museum in Weirsdale on Nov. 16. Guests will view one of the most extensive collections of carriages in the world including the 1850 dress chariot of Austria’s Emperor Franz Joseph. Price of the trip is $70 for members and $80 for nonmembers, lunch included.
In addition, the Appleton Museum offers an extensive collection 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.
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