FIRST WEEK OF MARCH FEATURES LIVE MUSIC AND ECOARTIST FAMILY DAY AT APPLETON MUSEUM

(OCALA, Fla.) Feb. 17, 2011 — After Hours with live Latin jazz, an EcoArtist Family Day with nature-oriented art projects and artist presentations, plus a performance of “Who’s Baroque?” by the Ocala Symphony Orchestra will all be offered during the first week of March at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida.

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 Opus Mundi Band will perform Latin jazz and salsa at the Appleton’s After Hours on Thursday, March 3. Leading the group will be Eddie “Gua Gua” Rivera, a consummate bass player who has been on stage with the who’s who of Latin music, performed at dozens of international music festivals and recorded three Grammy Award-winning projects. Doors open at 5 p.m. and music begins at 5:30 p.m. Horse and Hounds Restaurant will provide complimentary light hors d’oeuvres and cash bar, and Ocala Art Group member Sue Primeau will create an original work of art that evening to be auctioned off with proceeds benefiting the Appleton Museum.

On Saturday, March 5, the Appleton’s EcoArtist Family Day will feature a day of art focusing on nature from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Complementing the current exhibition, “Visions of The Gulf: Paintings by Christopher Still and Photographs by Carlton Ward Jr.,” wildlife photographer and conservationist Ward will conduct a presentation in the Auditorium at 1 and 3 p.m. Also, guests can create artwork of Florida’s natural beauty, meet Smokey Bear and talk to representatives from the Florida Division of Forestry.

The Ocala Symphony Orchestra will present “Who’s Baroque?” on Sunday, March 6, in the Auditorium at 3 p.m. This musical performance will feature principal cellist Edward Klein and fellow musicians playing Bach’s compositions, talking about his monumental influence on music and exploring what Bach’s baroque music shares with baroque art. Admission is $15 and tickets are available at the Appleton, online at www.ocalasymphony.com and at 352-351-1606.

In addition to “Visions of The Gulf: Paintings by Christopher Still and Photographs by Carlton Ward Jr.,” the Appleton currently offers two other temporary exhibitions, “Beyond Soho: The Abstractions of Michael Fellerman” and “Pan Magazine: A Graphic Arts Time Capsule of Avant Garde Europe, 1895-1900.”

The Appleton Museum features 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.