APPLETON MUSEUM OFFERS AFTER HOURS, FAMILY DAY, OCALA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND TRIPS ’N’ TOURS IN MARCH

(OCALA, Fla.) Feb. 1, 2011 – Scheduled highlights in March at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, include After Hours with Latin jazz and salsa music performed by The Opus Mundi Band, Family Day, the Ocala Symphony Orchestra performing “Who’s Baroque?” and a Trips ’N’ Tours excursion to the 16th Annual Concours d’Elegance in Amelia Island.

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.

Bass guitar virtuoso Eddie “Gua Gua” Rivera will lead The Opus Mundi Band for an evening of classic Latin jazz and salsa music during After Hours on March 3. Doors open at 5 p.m. and music begins at 5:30 p.m. Complimentary light hors d’oeuvres will be provided by the Horse and Hounds Restaurant and guests will be invited to participate a special art project presented by the Ocala Art Group. The finished piece will be auctioned off that evening. Admission is free for members and $8 for nonmembers.

Appleton’s Eco-Artist Family Day on March 5 will offer a full day of family oriented programs focusing on art that showcases nature, plus hands-on art projects, live performances and games. The museum also features a daily Appleton Scavenger Hunt where children of all ages can pick up a booklet, search the galleries for answers about the museum’s art collections and then receive a prize when they turn in the completed booklet at the front desk.

On March 6 guests will learn what Bach’s music shares with baroque art and if Bach was avant garde when the Ocala Symphony Orchestra presents “Who’s Baroque?” in the Auditorium at 3 p.m. Principal cellist Edward Klein and other musicians will perform classic Bach compositions and decipher his monumental influence on music. Admission is $15 per person and includes a pre-concert docent tour of the museum at 1, 1:30 and 2 p.m.

The Appleton’s Trips ’N’ Tours staff will escort guests on trip to the Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island on March 13 to attend the 16th Annual Concours d’Elegance. On display will be some of the world’s finest classic foreign and domestic automobiles, an art show by the Automotive Fine Arts Society, a vintage fashion show and an awards ceremony. Price is $120 for members and $140 for nonmembers; lunch is included. For information or reservations contact Dodie Jerz at dodie@cf.edu, Bonnie Janssen at janssenb@cf.edu or call 352-291-4456.

Guests can see the final weeks of two of the Appleton’s temporary exhibitions in March. Closing on March 20 will be “Visions of The Gulf: Paintings by Christopher Still and Photographs by Carlton Ward Jr.” March 27 will be the final day for “Beyond Soho: The Abstractions of Michael Fellerman.” In addition, the museum will show the CF International Film Series selection “Everlasting Moments” on March 2 and educational films on the visual arts each Sunday (except March 6) at 2 p.m. in the Auditorium.

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 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.