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(OCALA, Fla.) Feb. 28, 2011 — “Out West: The Art of Theodore Waddell” and “Silent Frontier: Icons of Montana’s Early Settlements” are two exhibitions opening simultaneously in April at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida. Other events during the month include After Hours, the Ocala Symphony Orchestra’s Sound Art Music Series, Morgan Samuel Price’s plein air painting workshop, the Sixth District Congressional Art Competition, a children’s museum tour and Sunday art education film study programs.
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.
On April 2 from 1 to 3 p.m., the Appleton will offer a program for children and youths ages 4-17 highlighting the many cultures represented in the museum’s permanent collections including pre-Columbian, African, Islamic and Asian. Visitors will then participate in a hands-on art project and create their own masterpieces inspired by the museum’s paintings, sculptures and antiquities.
Local country music recording artist Shane Wooten will perform at After Hours on Thursday, April 7, starting at 5:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. and complimentary light hors d’oeuvres will be provided by the Horse and Hounds Restaurant. Guests will also watch demonstrations by members of the Ocala Art Group creating oil paintings in the style of the old masters, and can bid on a finished piece that will be auctioned off that evening with proceeds benefiting the museum. Admission is free for members and $8 for nonmembers.
Opening on Saturday, April 9, will be two Western-themed exhibitions, “Out West: The Art of Theodore Waddell” and “Silent Frontier: Icons of Montana’s Early Settlements.” The exhibition “Out West” presents 50 paintings of Montana’s horses, cattle and ranch landscapes by award-winning artist Theodore Waddell, and “Silent Frontier” showcases 55 black-and-white photographs by Richard Buswell featuring abandoned barns, ranch houses and farm tools that capture the nostalgia of earlier times.
The Ocala Symphony Orchestra’s Sound Art Music Series will present “American Music and the Wild Wild West” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 10. Pianist Michael Wittenburg will talk about and perform compositions written by 19th century American musical artists and composers from New York, New Orleans and westward. Admission is $15 per person and includes a pre-concert docent tour at 1, 1:30 and 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the Appleton, at www.ocalasymphony.com and the Ocala Symphony’s offices at 352-351-1606.
Florida’s renowned plein air artist Morgan Samuel Price will conduct a five-day painting workshop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 11 to 15. The program will include painting sessions, artist demonstrations, and individual instruction and critiques for students. The fee is $600, and students must provide their own art supplies. For more information, list of recommended supplies and registration, contact Korene Wilbanks at 352-291-4455, ext. 1613, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other activities during the month include Art Education Film Study programs presented in the Auditorium at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Scheduled are Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre on April 3, N.C. Wyeth on April 17 and Andy Warhol on April 24. Plus, on April 23 the Appleton will open the Sixth District Congressional Art Competition exhibition and announce the winning entries among the 50-plus works of art submitted by area high school students.
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.
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