Temporary Exhibitions, Music And Workshops Among March Highlights At Appleton Museum
(OCALA, Fla.) Jan. 17, 2013 — The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, will host four temporary exhibitions in March — “New World Treasures: Artifacts from Hernando De Soto’s Florida Expedition,” “Rebels With a Cause: American Impressionist Women from the Huntsville Museum of Art,” “Chick Schwartz: Cedar Key Artist” and “Out of Abstraction: Divergent Directions in Late 20th Century Art.” Other programs include the Ocala Symphony Orchestra’s SoundArt Music Series “Heavenly Harp…” on March 2, After Hours with Jacksonville’s Lisa Kelly Trio on March 7, a two-day workshop by the Ocala Art Group March 14-15, a docent-led tour and weekly educational art films.
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.
“New World Treasures: Artifacts from Hernando De Soto’s Florida Expedition” features rare medieval coins, Spanish chain mail, Murano glass beads and other artifacts from De Soto’s journey through Marion County in 1539. This is the first public display of these artifacts and they will be at the Appleton through 2013 in conjunction with the statewide “Viva Florida 500” celebration.
Open through March 31, “Rebels With a Cause: American Impressionist Women from the Huntsville Museum of Art” presents 54 paintings, drawings and sculptures by many of the most prominent female artists from 1850 to 1940. “Chick Schwartz: Cedar Key Artist” showcases more than 50 whimsical works of sculpture, ceramics and paintings through March 17. Opening March 30 is “Out of Abstraction: Divergent Directions in Late 20th Century Art.” This exhibition displays works of art from the Appleton’s permanent collection selected by guest curator CF Assistant Professor Tyrus Clutter that show the various paths that art followed during the American Abstract Expressionism period of the late 1900s.
The Ocala Symphony Orchestra’s SoundArt Music Series continues on March 3 with “Heavenly Harp and …” Starting at 3 p.m., this performance stars OSO’s principal harpist, Tasha Scott, and other members of the orchestra as they perform music written for the concert harp. Admission is $15 and includes a pre-concert docent tour of the exhibitions. Tickets are available at the Appleton, at ocalasymphony.com or call 352-351-1606.
On March 7, the Appleton’s Drawing in the Galleries workshop offers art instruction to adults from 3 to 5 p.m., followed by After Hours with Jacksonville’s Lisa Kelly Trio performing “Classic Jazz from Swing to Latin” from 5 to 8 p.m. Complimentary light hors d’oeuvres are provided by Horse & Hounds Restaurant and music begins at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free for members, $8 for yet-to-be members.
Other activities during the month include a “First Saturday” children’s art program from 1 to 3 p.m. on March 2, the Ocala Art Group’s “Wonderful World of Water Media” workshop on March 14 and 15 and the “Adventures in Art” docent tour on March 28. Films at the Appleton include the CF International Film Series’ screening of “The Artist” on March 12, the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition video lecture “Ocean Energy: The Next Blue Source of Power” on March 19 and the Appleton’s Educational Art Film Series shown each Sunday at 2 p.m.
In addition, 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.