The Last Flight of Matias and His Friends(OCALA, Fla.) Dec. 4, 2012 — A free Family Day with live entertainment, two temporary exhibitions – “Sendak & Co.: Children’s Book Illustrations Since ‘Where the Wild Things Are’” and “Chick Schwartz: Cedar Key Artist” – and the Appleton in Bloom Preview Party are among the January highlights at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida. Other programs during the month include Monday “Storytelling in the Gallery” sessions for children ages 3-5, a two-day Ocala Art Group workshop, a performance of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra’s SoundArt Music Series, a Marion County student art show, a docent-led tour and weekly educational art films.

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.

On Jan. 5, the Appleton presents Family Day with free admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bring family and friends to enjoy all the museum’s galleries including the exhibition “Sendak & Co.: Children’s Book Illustrations Since ‘Where the Wild Things Are.’” Other activities include a “Rumplestiltskin” puppet show with Jerry Bickel of Bits ’N’ Pieces at 10:30 a.m., storytelling with Windell Campbell at 11:30 a.m., and “Making Monsters” workshops at 1 and 3:30 p.m. In addition, internationally recognized concert flutist and artist Donna Wissinger will perform “Journey Into Legendary Florida: 500 Years of Florida History” at 2 p.m. Wissinger’s performance is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on the Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

“Sendak & Co.: Children’s Book Illustrations Since ‘Where the Wild Things Are’” is on exhibit through Jan. 20 and features original drawings by 36 of today’s best-known artists in children’s book illustration. In addition, a special “Storytelling in the Gallery” program is presented with volunteers reading books in the exhibit to children ages 3-5 Jan. 8 and 15 at 1 p.m.

Local artist Sami Odeh will present “The Many Facets of Stained Glass” lecture at the Ocala Art Group’s meeting Jan. 9 at 11 a.m. He will also conduct a two-day workshop on the subject Jan. 10 and 11. For more information, contact

“Chick Schwartz: Cedar Key Artist” opens Jan. 19. Featured are more than 45 works of whimsical sculpture, ceramic and oil on canvas. All works by this renowned Florida artist reflect his delightful perspective on busy city life as well as the relaxed pace of Cedar Key. His paintings have three or more components that together create depth, and his ceramic wall panels provide the viewer with a unique sense of looking down from the top of a building.

Ocala Symphony Orchestra’s SoundArt Music Series presents “Tuba!” on Jan. 13 with OSO principal tubist Hugh Rankin conducting a fun and entertaining musical program showcasing this instrument. Tickets are $15, include a pre-concert guided tour of the current exhibitions, and are available at the museum or by contacting the Ocala Symphony Orchestra at 352-351-1606 or

The Appleton invites you to a special “Appleton in Bloom” Preview Party Jan. 31 starting at 6 p.m. Come and enjoy an evening of flowers, flavors and friends as the Appleton unveils 30 floral creations inspired by the museum’s finest works of art. The botanical features are designed by members of the Ocala Pioneer Garden Club and award-winning Florida Federation of Garden Clubs for the following three-day “Appleton in Bloom” event. The Jan. 31 event also includes unique entertainment, working artists, craft beer and distinctive wine, floral-inspired food stations and live auction. Support is provided by Jenkins Auto Group, Macy’s and Regions. Tickets are available at the Appleton and priced at $65 for members, $75 for yet-to-be members.

The Appleton’s first children’s art show of the year is “Art on the Move: Kids’ License Tag Art,” Jan. 26-Feb. 24. Guests can see the artwork of Marion County’s fifth-graders who won Awards of Distinction for their artwork for automobile license plates. Plus, the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition screens Charlie Kennel’s video lecture, “The Climate Threat We Can Beat,” Jan. 8 at 2 p.m.. A docent-led tour, “Women in Art,” is conducted Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. A series of educational art films are shown in the Auditorium each Sunday at 2 p.m.

In addition, the Appleton Museum of Art offers 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.