(OCALA, Fla.) Aug. 26, 2011 — Two exhibition openings and two musical events will be among the highlights in October at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida. Opening simultaneously on Oct. 1 are "Tradition/Innovation: American Masterpieces of Southern Craft and Traditional Art" and "Painted Poetry: Landscapes by Jackie Schindehette." Guests will also enjoy music at the Ocala Symphony Orchestra's SoundArt Music Series on Oct. 2 and the After Hours event on Oct. 13 featuring Orlando's Alpine Express Band.

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 Appleton will unveil "Tradition/Innovation: American Masterpieces of Southern Craft and Traditional Art" on Saturday, Oct. 1. A project of South Arts and funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, this exhibition presents the works of 30 master craftspeople and traditional artists from the South. Appleton's Curator of Exhibitions Ruth Grim said, "This exhibit examines the remarkable connections and differences between traditional arts and contemporary craft as well as the stories and voices of living master artisans." Among the objects on display will be a Mardi Gras Indian Chief Suit, contemporary glass art, handmade baskets, ceramics, quilts and books.

Also opening on Oct. 1 will be "Painted Poetry: Landscapes of Jackie Schindehette." As one of Central Florida's most popular landscape artists, Schindehette brings to the Appleton 35 of her finest paintings that capture Florida's natural beauty in all seasons of the year.

In collaboration with the Appleton Museum, the Ocala Symphony Orchestra's SoundArt Music Series will perform "Back to Baroque" in the Auditorium at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2. On stage will be cellists Ed Klein and Kristin McDougal joined by early music specialist Rebecca Montgomery. The trio will play a selection of 17th century works on period style instruments, namely the viola da gamba, and discuss the musical and technical aspects involved in reimagining this surprisingly fresh music. Admission includes a pre-concert guided tour of the museum's permanent art collections and temporary exhibitions. Tickets are $15 and are available at the Appleton or by contacting the Ocala Symphony Orchestra at 352-351-1606 or

The Appleton's popular After Hours series will kick off on at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct.13, with an Oktoberfest Celebration starring Orlando's Alpine Express Band. Horse and Hounds Restaurant will provide complimentary light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar, and the Ocala Art Group will present art activities. Music begins at 5:30 p.m. and admission is free for members, $8 for nonmembers. After Hours guests are invited to enjoy all of the Appleton's exhibitions during the evening.

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