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(OCALA, Fla.) May 20, 2013 — More than 100 vintage panoramic photographs of early 20th century Florida and a collection of 45 robots of all shapes and sizes will be presented in two exhibitions opening in mid-June at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida. On June 15 the Appleton will unveil “Edge to Edge: Vintage Panoramic Photography in Florida” followed June 22 by “Art of the Robot.” In addition, the Appleton features “New World Treasures: Artifacts from Hernando De Soto’s Florida Expedition” through Dec. 31.
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.
“Edge To Edge: Vintage Panoramic Photography in Florida” opens June 15 in the Appleton’s Balcony. Presented are more than 100 vintage panoramic photographs and original postcards that focus on the history of this unique style of photography. The majority of the images are from Florida’s tourism and real estate boom years in the early 1900s. The works range from so-called “real photo postcards” to original panoramic prints up to 3 feet wide. Many of the works come directly from the collection of Jay Mechling, who has one of the largest and most complete archives of this type of photography. The photographs include views of Florida’s tropical jungles, rivers, lush pine forests and wide open beaches, plus scenes of sleek early race cars seeking to break land speed records in Daytona Beach. This exhibit will run through Sept. 8.
The Appleton will showcase 45 robots in “Art of the Robot” opening in the Edith Marie Gallery on June 22. Robotic art and theater existed in ancient China as far back as the Han Dynasty in the third century. Today, robots have become a mode of expression for artists expressing the fundamental issues and contradictions of living in a modern society. “Art of the Robot” will feature works by 14 nationally recognized robot artists: Mark Brown, Easthampton, Mass.; CyberCraft Robots, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Brian Despain, Seattle; Amy Flynn, Raleigh, N.C.; Nemo Gould, Oakland, Calif.; Lisa Grothman Ryan, Wilmette, Ill.; Howie Hartman, Wrightsville, Penn.; Heather Heilman Loercher, Wrightsville, Penn.; Don L. Jones, Pittsburgh; Eric Joyner, San Francisco; Richard Muller, Altadena, Calif.; Donna Sophronia-Sims, Birmingham, Ala.; Will Wagenaar, Port Richey, Fla.; and Tim Warchocki, Winter Garden, Fla. The exhibition will include a “Create Your Own Robot” area where guests of all ages can use their imagination in making a robot. This exhibit will run through Sept. 22.
“New World Treasures: Artifacts from Hernando De Soto’s Florida Expedition” is the first public showing of artifacts recently discovered in Marion County and are from the oldest confirmed new World contact site in the United States of Conquistador Hernando De Soto’s journey through the Ocala area in August 1539. The collection includes blue glass Murano beads from Italy, pieces of Spanish chain mail armor, medieval coins and artifacts from the Potano tribe of Native Americans who De Soto encountered.
In addition, the Appleton Museum of Art features 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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