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April is Action-Packed at Appleton

April 3, 2014

April is an action-packed month at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida. The full-schedule will coincide with the Spring 2014 Membership Drive.

To begin the month, the accomplished and diverse members of Southern Express Big Band will perform during the Rhythm & Art After Hours event at the Appleton at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 3. Doors open at 5 p.m. for complimentary samplings from Horse and Hounds Restaurant and a cash bar. Music begins at 5:30 p.m. and admission is free for members and $10 for non-members.

On Saturday, April 4, from 1-3 p.m. the Appleton is hosting its First Saturday Celebrate Japan program. Families will have the opportunity to create origami and gyotaku prints. First Saturday programs are free for members and included in admission for non-members.

The Education Art Film Series continues with Sunday afternoon showings at 2 p.m. April 4 see “All About Prints: 500 Years of Prints and Printmaking,” April 13 view “Paul Klee,” April 20 watch “Easter in Art,” and on April 27, screen “Hockney the Photographer.”

Saturday, April 12, the Appleton will participate in Slow Art Day, a global event at which people visit museums and galleries to look at artslowly. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Appleton visitors can take their time looking at five works selected by museum staff. Museum docent Lori Kenny will be available for questions, and interested visitors may accompany her to lunch afterwards at an area restaurant to discuss their experiences.

Sunday, April 13, from 1-3 p.m., the Spring Fling ARTFul Dining event will be held at the home of Richard Schleicher and Jim Poston. Reservations are still available; admission is $55 for museum members and $65 for non-members. This is also the last day to see the “A Celebration of Japan” and “The Living Art of Bonsai” exhibitions at the museum.

The museum’s Trips ’n’ Tours group will visit the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg Thursday, April 24, to tour the “Warhol: Art. Fame. Mortality” exhibition. Reservations are still available and are $85 for museum members, $95 for non-members. Also on April 24, museum visitors can join the themed tour “The Horse in Art, Touring the Equine Collection” at the Appleton from 2-3 p.m.

Saturday, April 26, “New Art of the Loom,” featuring artists from 18 countries who work in the art of weaving, opens at the Appleton.

In addition to temporary exhibitions, the Appleton Museum of Art presents a permanent collection of European, American and contemporary art, plus Asian, African, Islamic and pre-Columbian artifacts and antiquities. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and closed on Monday, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

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). Free parking is available.  For more information call the Appleton Museum of Art at 352-291-4455 or visit AppletonMuseum.org.

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