(OCALA, Fla.) Jan. 4, 2011 — “Visions of the Gulf: Paintings by Christopher Still and Photographs by Carlton Ward Jr.,” “Beyond Soho: The Abstractions of Michael Fellerman” and “Pan Magazine: A Graphic Arts Time Capsule of Avant Garde Europe, 1895-1900” are on exhibit in February at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida. Guests can also enjoy an After Hours on Feb. 3, an educational program on the Underground Railroad on Feb. 5 titled “Fugitives, Spies and Secret Maps,” a Trips ’N’ Tours excursion to Palm Beach on Feb. 4-6, and weekly films shown in the auditorium.

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.

“Visions of the Gulf: Paintings by Christopher Still and Photographs by Carlton Ward Jr.,” opening Jan. 22 in the second floor gallery, features more than 55 of Still’s paintings of Florida’s Gulf Coast, natural waterways and its people, plus preparatory sketches and a new painting titled “And My Father Before Me.” Still is an award-winning graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 2010. His works are in museums, universities, corporate offices and private collections worldwide including the Smithsonian Institution, Florida Governor’s Mansion, the Florida House of Representatives, and the Tampa International Airport. This exhibition also includes a selection of the finest works by noted wildlife photographer and conservationist Carlton Ward Jr.

“Beyond Soho: The Abstractions of Michael Fellerman,” opening Jan. 29, showcases 47 works by this New York artist who made a name for himself in Manhattan starting in the 1960s. His large simple geometric sculptures and dynamic, colorful paintings on wood and paper represent an exciting example of late 20th century American abstraction. Also opening on Jan. 29 is “Pan Magazine: A Graphic Arts Time Capsule of Avant Garde Europe, 1895-1900.” This exhibition features 80 original samples of the artwork that was published in this popular late 19th century German arts and literary publication.

At After Hours on Feb. 3, the Rewind Band will perform classic ’50s and ’60s rock ’n’ roll music, and the Horse and Hounds Restaurant will provide complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Trips ’N’ Tours staff will escort travelers to Palm Beach for the American International Fine Arts Fair from Feb. 4 to 6, and the educational program “Fugitives, Spies and Secret Maps” will present the history of the Underground Railroad to children and their families on Feb. 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. Educational films are scheduled in the museum’s auditorium on Sundays at 2 p.m., and screenings of the CF International Film Series will be held on Feb. 8 and 22 at 2 p.m.

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