AFTER HOURS, ‘DAY OF THE HORSE’ EVENT, ART FAIR AND ‘ON THE BALCONY’ EXHIBITION AMONG APPLETON HIGHLIGHTS IN MAY

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(OCALA, Fla.) March 27, 2012 — After Hours starring Latin jazz recording artist Nino Castaneda, a Day of the Horse event, plus the opening of the Ocala Art Group’s “On the Balcony” exhibition and “Silver Toast to the Arts” Art Fair will be among the May highlights at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida. In addition, the traveling exhibition “Art and the Animal” will be on display throughout the month.

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.

“Latin Meets Jazz” is the musical program that guitarist Nino Castaneda will present during the Appleton’s After Hours on Thursday, May 3. From 5 to 8 p.m., Castaneda’s smooth guitar solos will combine the rhythms of Caribbean music with jazz, flamenco, blues and more. The evening will include complimentary light hors d’oeuvres from Horse and Hounds Restaurant and art demonstrations by Ocala Art Group. Admission is free for members, $8 for nonmembers. Seating is limited.

The Appleton will present Day of the Horse on Saturday, May 5, as part of the museum’s 25th anniversary year celebration. The event will feature statues from the recent Horse Fever program, a “Horsin’ Around” art class where guests will learn about proportions of a horse and then draw and paint their own masterpieces, and docents will be in the museum’s galleries near equestrian art to talk about the pieces and the artists. In addition, Marion County equestrian groups and riding organizations will be on hand to distribute information and answer questions about their programs and upcoming events.

On Saturday, May 19, the Appleton will offer free admission to the public to enjoy the current “Art and the Animal” exhibition and opening day of the Ocala Art Group’s “On The Balcony” juried show featuring recent works of the club’s members. In addition, the “Silver Salute to the Arts” Art Fair will be presented in the Appleton’s parking lot where guests can meet dozens of Central Florida artists and shop for original works of art.

Educational films on the visual arts will be presented on Sundays in the Auditorium at 2 p.m. Scheduled are “A Day in the Country” on May 6, “18th Century Women” on May 13 and “Impressionists of the Seine” on May 20. The Martha O’Driscoll-Appleton Film Series will present the 1940 movie “L’il Abner” on May 27.

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 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.