(OCALA, Fla.) Dec. 18, 2012 — In celebration of Florida Arbor Day, docents at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, will present “Appleton Art for Florida Arbor Day” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17. “Appleton Art for Florida Arbor Day” will feature docents in various galleries who will meet guests and explain the importance and symbolism of the trees, flowers and botanical gardens depicted in the museum’s artwork. The program is free for members and included in the price of admission to nonmembers.

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’s permanent collection features a number of works featuring landscapes and nature created by members of a group of mid-19th century European artists known as the Barbizon school. These artists had become disenchanted with the formal style of painting and began to draw their inspiration directly from the natural world. The group took its name from the village of Barbizon, France, near the Fontainebleau Forest, where the artists gathered and lived at different times between 1830 and 1870.

Among the Barbizon artists whose works are on exhibit at the Appleton are Jules Breton, Charles-Emile Jacque and Narcisse Diaz de la Pena. All were influenced by the peaceful beauty of the Barbizon countryside and their work includes scenes of forests, storms and the noble qualities of rural workers in farmyards, fields and pastures.

In addition to the Appleton’s permanent collection, visitors will view the temporary exhibition “Sendak & Co.: Children’s Book Illustrations Since ‘Where the Wild Things Are.’” 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