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"Market Day" by Edwin Lord Weeks, included in the “Victorian International” exhibition.
(OCALA, Fla.) Feb. 11, 2013 — Examples of abstract art from the mid-20th century and a collection of Victorian-era furnishings and decorative art are presented in the exhibitions “Out of Abstraction: Divergent Directions in Late 20th Century Art” and “Victorian International” opening in April at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida. Other programs during the month include the yearlong exhibition “New World Treasures: Artifacts from Hernando De Soto’s Florida Expedition,” After Hours April 4, First Saturday children’s art session April 6, the “Young at Art” public school art show April 20, a performance by the Ocala Youth Symphony April 28 and Sunday screenings of 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.
Opening April 6 is “Out of Abstraction.” CF Assistant Professor of Visual Arts Tyrus Clutter is the guest curator of this exhibition that features the multiple pathways that emerged from the dynamic American Abstract Expressionism in the middle of the last century. This exhibition is in the Balcony Gallery through June 2.
“Victorian International” will open April 13. Showcased are both English and American decorative art, furniture and antiques from the period of Queen Victoria’s reign (1837-1901) and up through the 1920s. During the Victorian era in England, the wealthy purchased carved furnishings and plush upholstery of Gothic, Elizabethan and Renaissance derivation. In America, upholstered furnishings were in demand including cast iron chairs with folding backrests, oak chairs with casters and chairs of bentwood, laminate and wicker that could rock. “Victorian International” is on exhibit through June 9.
The Appleton also presents the first public showing of “New World Treasures: Artifacts from Hernando De Soto’s Florida Expedition.” On display are coins, beads and other artifacts recently discovered in Marion County from Conquistador De Soto’s journey through the Ocala area in August 1539. The artifacts are at the Appleton through Dec. 31 as part of the statewide “Viva Florida 500” anniversary celebration.
On April 4, the Appleton’s Drawing in the Galleries workshop offers art instruction to adults from 3 to 5 p.m., followed by After Hours with the Backwater Band performing contemporary bluegrass music from 5 to 8 p.m. Complimentary light hors d’oeuvres are provided by Horse & Hounds Restaurant and the Ocala Art Group members conduct art demonstrations. Admission is free for members, $8 for yet-to-be members.
Other activities during the month include a “First Saturday” children’s art program from 1 to 3 p.m. April 6, the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition’s video lecture April 16 titled “Campaign 2012: What Florida Taught the Nation” and a docent-guided tour titled “Sculptures, Building and Grounds” April 25. In addition, there is an April 20 unveiling of the “Young in Art: Public School Art” show featuring the artwork of Marion County students from kindergarten to grade 12 and a performance by the Ocala Youth Symphony April 28. A series of educational art films are shown in the Auditorium each Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Appleton Museum of Art offers a permanent collection of European, American and Contemporary art, plus Asian, African 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.
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