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Appleton Museum to Host Ocala Art Group's 'A Toast to the Arts'

Sept. 17, 2013

The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, will host “A Toast to the Arts," Nov. 2 through Jan. 5, 2014. The juried fine arts exhibit is being sponsored by the Ocala Art Group and will showcase the work of many of its members in interpretation of the theme: “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.”

The Appleton Museum will offer free admission for the opening reception Saturday, Nov. 2, from 6 to 9 p.m. Entertainment will be provided.

The Ocala Art Group, founded in 1950, is one of the oldest organizations of its kind in the region. Its members are talented North Central Florida artists working in a variety of mediums, including oils, acrylics, mixed media, pastels, pen and ink, and sculpture.

Award-winning artist and journalist Bill James, a graduate of Syracuse University who lives and works from his studio in Florida, will select the pieces to be included in the exhibit as well as the award winners. Awards will be presented during the opening reception. In addition, a People's Choice Award will be presented at the closing of the exhibit in January, giving museum visitors an opportunity to cast votes for their favorites.

For more information about the exhibit, visit www.AppletonMuseum.org or www.ocalaartgroup.com. 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. Please use the Rotunda Entrance during the Appleton’s lobby renovation project.

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.

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