APPLETON MUSEUM PRESENTS ‘RECENT ACQUISITIONS’ EXHIBITION, CHILDREN’S SUMMER ART PROGRAM AND TRIPS ’N’ TOURS RIVER CRUISE IN JULY

(OCALA, Fla.) May 17, 2011 – During the month of July the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, will showcase newly acquired artwork in the “Recent Acquisitions” exhibition, present a First Saturday art education program for children on July 2, and the Trips ’N’ Tours staff will escort a group of visitors on a cruise of the St. Johns River on July 6. The museum will also be closed for scheduled maintenance from July 11 to Aug. 1.

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 “Recent Acquisitions” exhibition will present Appleton visitors with more than 20 examples of the two- and three-dimensional works of art that have been added to the museum’s permanent collection. All art joining the Appleton collection must first be reviewed and approved by the museum’s Curatorial Department and then accepted by the Collections Committee. Among the newest pieces in the museum collection are Christopher Still’s masterpiece painting “And My Father Before Me” and Ummarid “Tony” Eitharong’s mixed media artwork “Superman Puzzle.”

Young visitors can Jump Back in Time With Grandma Moses during the Appleton’s First Saturday program on July 2. From 1 to 3 p.m., children and youths ages 4-12 will learn about the down-home country style of Grandma Moses’ paintings and then create a painting of their own home or neighborhood. The program is free for members and included in admission for nonmembers.
Another children’s program is the Summer Art Camp scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon, Aug. 1-5. Children ages 7-14 will explore the major art movements in history represented in the museum’s collections and then create their own masterpiece paintings and sculptures. Fee is $85 for members, $95 for nonmembers. For information or to register, contact Korene Wilbanks at wilbankk@cf.edu or call 352-291-4455, ext. 1613.

On July 6, the Appleton Trips ’N’ Tours program will take visitors by coach to Lake Monroe and board the Rivership Romance for a three-hour cruise on the picturesque St. Johns River, which was discovered by Spanish explorers in 1562. Lunch is included and there will be time to browse the historic town of Sanford. Price is $80 for members, $90 for nonmembers. For details and reservations contact Dodie Jerz at dodie@cf.edu, Bonnie Janssen at janssenb@cf.edu or call 352-291-4456.

In addition, the museum will be closed from July 11 to Aug. 1 for maintenance and refreshing some permanent collection displays. During this time, the administrative staff business hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The museum will return to its regular operating schedule on Aug. 2.

The Appleton Museum offers an extensive collection of world class European, American and Contemporary art, plus Asian, African, Islamic 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 the 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.