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(OCALA, Fla.) April 16, 2013 — More than 100 vintage panoramic photographs of early 19th century Florida and 45 robots of all shapes and sizes are presented in two exhibitions opening in June at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida. “Edge to Edge: Vintage Panoramic Photography in Florida” opens June 15 and “Art of the Robot” is unveiled June 22. Educational programs during the month include a First Saturday children’s art program June 1, Drawing in the Galleries adult art session June 6, “Beyond the Beauty” docent tour June 27, and Educational Art Films presented each Sunday.
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 June 15 in the Balcony, “Edge to Edge: Vintage Panoramic Photography in Florida” showcases original vintage panoramic prints, some up to 3-feet-wide, and postcards that focus on this unique style of photography. Images were shot during Florida’s tourism and real estate boom in the early 1900s and include views of jungles, rivers, wide open beaches and scenes of sleek early race cars seeking to break land speed records at Daytona Beach.
“Art of the Robot” opens June 22. Robot art has existed as far back as China’s Han Dynasty in the third century, and today robots have become a mode of expression for artists to express issues of living in modern society. “Art of the Robot” includes 45 works created by 16 nationally recognized robot artists: Tim Warchocki, Winter Garden, Fla.; Sarah Thee Campagna, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Will Wagenaar, Port Richey, Fla.; Amy Flynn, Raleigh, N.C.; Nemo Gould, Oakland, Calif.; Eric Joyner, San Francisco; Richard Muller, Altadena, Calif.; Brian Despain, Seattle; Mark Brown, Easthampton, Mass.; Donna Sophronia-Sims, Birmingham, Ala.; Lisa Grothman Ryan, Wilmette, Ill.; Don L. Jones, Pittsburgh; Heather Heilman Loercher, Wrightsville, Penn.; Howie Hartman, Wrightsville, Penn.; and Billy and Steven Dufala (The Dufala Brothers), Philadelphia. The exhibition includes a “Create Your Own Robot” area where guests of all ages can use their imagination in making their own robot.
Also on view at the Appleton is the exhibition “New World Treasures: Artifacts from Hernando De Soto’s Florida Expedition.” Featured 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 museum through Dec. 31 as part of the statewide “Viva Florida 500” anniversary celebration.
Other special programs and events in June include a First Saturday children’s art program, “Summer Fun,” from 1-3 p.m., June 1, a Drawing in the Galleries adult art session from 3-5 p.m., June 6, and a docent themed tour, “Beyond the Beauty,” at 2 p.m., June 27. In addition, a series of Educational Art Films are presented each Sunday in the Auditorium 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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