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Dec. 17, 2013

The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, will host several activities and presentations in conjunction with its “The Living Art of Bonsai” and “A Celebration of Japan” exhibits Jan. 18-April 13.

  • Friday, Jan. 17, Director’s Circle Opening Reception, from 5-7 p.m. Enjoy koto, Japanese harp, music during the reception, with opening remarks by Ruth Grim, curator of exhibitions, and Mike Knowlton, president of the Florida Bonsai Society.
  • Saturday, Jan. 18, Members’ Opening Reception, from 1-4 p.m. Listen to Taiko drum performances from 1-3:30 p.m., and watch a Japanese dance performance at 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 26, screen the film “Japan: The Island Empire” at 2 p.m. and presentation on the “Myths and Magic of Bonsai” at 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 13, Arbor Day tours and bonsai horticulture presentation by David VanBuskirk of D&L Bonsai Nursery at 11 a.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 15, docent tour of the bonsai exhibit at 11 a.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 23, screen the film “Secrets of the Samurai Sword” at 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 11, Painting on Silk workshop from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Registration is required.
  • Sunday, March 23, screen the film “Japanese History and Literature” at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 5, First Saturday event: Origami and Gyotaku projects, from 1-3 p.m.

In “A Celebration of Japan,” more than 150 works on loan from the Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan. and from the collection of William S. Green, join pieces from the Appleton’s permanent collection to provide a full spectrum of the breadth and quality of traditional Japanese art and decoration.

“The Living Art of Bonsai” showcases bonsai plants from members of the Marion Bonsai Society.
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.

In addition, the Appleton Museum of Art offers 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. 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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