FOR THE LOVE OF THE SEA AND THREE FROM CUBA EXHIBITIONS AMONG FEBRUARY HIGHLIGHTS AT APPLETON MUSEUM OF ART

(OCALA, Fla.) Dec. 20, 2011 – The month of February will feature the exhibition "For the Love of the Sea: Watercolors of Philip Steel" and the Feb. 11 opening of "Three From Cuba: The Art of Vicente, Miguel and Sandro – The Fantastic to the Sublime" at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida. Other events during the month include an After Hours performance of Cuban and Caribbean music by Gosia and Ali on Feb. 2, a Trips 'N' Tours excursion to the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg on Feb. 15, CF International Film Series screenings on Feb. 7 and 21 and a "Women In Art" docent tour on Feb. 23.

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.

"For the Love of the Sea: Watercolors of Philip Steel" is an exhibition that will be presented throughout the month with more than 40 works by the New England artist. The majority of Steel's works are dramatic seascapes, views of the shore and boats which reflect his vast knowledge of the ocean and respect for those who make a living from the sea. The exhibition runs through March 11.

Opening Feb. 11 will be "Three from Cuba: The Art of Vicente, Miguel and Sandro – The Fantastic to the Sublime." Vicente Hernandez, Miguel Florido and Sandro de la Rosa are among the most important artists working in Cuba today, and the Appleton will showcase more than 30 of their recent works. Each of these artists work in oil on canvas, yet each brings a distinctive character to their paintings based on the long standing styles of landscapes, still lifes and portraits.

Cuban and Caribbean music will be performed by Gosia and Ali at the Appleton's After Hours on Feb. 2. Complimentary light hors d'oeuvres will be provided by Horse and Hounds Restaurant and members of the Ocala Art Group will display samples of their recent works. Doors open at 5 p.m. and music begins in the Courtyard at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free for members, $8 for nonmembers.

Also in February, the CF International Film Series will show movies at 2 p.m. in the Auditorium with "Last Train Home" on Feb. 7 and "Milk" on Feb. 21. Plus, a docent-guided tour titled "Women In Art" will be offered on Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. and focus on female artists and women as subjects in the museum's permanent collection.

The Appleton Museum of Art presents a permanent collection 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, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. 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.