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(OCALA, Fla.) March 5, 2013 — During May, visitors at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, can enjoy four unique temporary exhibitions ranging from 16th century Spanish artifacts and antique Victorian furnishings to 20th century abstract art and the works of Marion County students. The exhibitions are “New World Treasures: Artifacts from Hernando De Soto’s Florida Expedition,” “Victorian International,” “Out of Abstraction: Divergent Directions in Late 20th Century Art” and “Young in Art: Public School Art.” In addition, After Hours is scheduled May 2, the “First Saturday” children’s art program is offered May 4, and educational art films are shown each Sunday at 2 p.m.
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 world premiere of the exhibition “New World Treasures: Artifacts from Hernando De Soto’s Florida Expedition” is currently at the Appleton. Showcased are coins, beads and other artifacts recently discovered in Marion County from Conquistador De Soto’s journey through the Ocala area in August 1539. This exhibit is at the Appleton through Dec. 31 as part of the statewide “Viva Florida 500” anniversary celebration.
On exhibit April 13 through June 9 is “Victorian International.” Presented is an extensive collection of 19th century English and American decorative art, furniture, porcelains and antiques from the period of Queen Victoria’s reign (1837-1901) and up through the 1920s.
“Out of Abstraction: Divergent Directions in Late 20th Century Art” is on display in the Balcony Gallery April 5 through June 2. 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 period in the late 1900s.
In addition, the exhibition “Young in Art: Public School Art” is in the Rotunda Gallery and features the works of Marion County art students from kindergarten to grade 12. The exhibit runs April 20 through May 26.
May 2, the Appleton offers the Drawing in the Galleries adult art workshop from 3 to 5 p.m., followed by After Hours featuring Gainesville’s musical duo Gosia and Ali performing light jazz 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. May 4; a video lecture with the Institute of Human and Machine Cognition May 21; and a docent-guided tour of the permanent collection May 23.
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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