FREE ADMISSION AT APPLETON FOR OPENING OF 'HEALING HEART' EXHIBITION, AUG. 21

(OCALA, Fla.) Aug. 8, 2011 — Free admission is offered to the public on Sunday, Aug. 21, noon to 5 p.m., for the opening of the exhibition "Healing Heart: Witness the Healing Power of Art" at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida. This moving and powerful exhibition will run through Sept. 18 includes a series of family art programs and educational films.

Regular daily admission 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.

"Healing Heart" showcases more than 100 pieces of art created by individuals receiving treatment for mental health and substance abuse disorders, trauma, bereavement, Alzheimer's and dementia, as well as art by caregivers and inmates. Most of the artwork will be for sale and proceeds will benefit the participating organizations including The Centers, PACE Center for Girls, National Alliance on Mental Illness of Marion County Inc., Munroe Regional Medical Center's Wholistic Healing Institute, Hospice of Marion County, The Vines Hospital, Ocala Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Center, Advocacy Resource Center Marion Inc., Arnette House, Xtreme Soulutions Inc., Alzheimer's and Dementia Alliance and the Appleton Museum of Art.

Events planned during "Healing Heart" include an opening day with free admission at noon and reception at 1 p.m. Family art programs will be presented on two Saturdays from 1 to 3 p.m. with MRMC's "Looking Up" ceiling tile painting session on Aug. 27 and the "Art With Heart" clay art program on Sept. 10. Educational films will be shown on Sundays at 2 p.m. and include "Arts: A Film About Possibilities, Disabilities and the Arts" on Aug. 21, "Crazy Art" on Aug. 28, "Concrete, Steel and Paint" on Sept. 4 and "I Remember Better When I Paint" on Sept. 11. All events will be held at the Appleton Museum.

In addition to "Healing Heart," guests are invited to view the current exhibition "Recent Acquisitions" featuring new works of art added to the museum's permanent collection (through Sept. 25) plus all of the Appleton's collections of European, American and Contemporary art, plus Asian, African, Islamic 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. 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, 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.