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Art and the Animal, Music, Children's Programs and more at the Appleton Museum in April

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Fair Game by Guy Harvey, 2011

Fair Game by Guy Harvey, 2011

(OCALA, Fla.) Feb. 27, 2012 — April highlights at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, include the "Art and the Animal" exhibition, After Hours starring Southern Express, First Saturday children's art program, and a "Fashion In History" docent-led tour.

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.

"Art and the Animal" opens Saturday, April 14, with artwork in various media from The Society of Animal Artists. The exhibition runs through Sunday, June 17, and showcases a collection of 45 two- and three-dimensional works of art depicting wild and domestic animals in motion and at rest as created by some of today's best classically trained international artists. In addition, Sunday, April 1, is the final day to view the temporary exhibition "Three from Cuba: The Art of Vicente, Sandro and Florido – The Fantastic to the Sublime."

On Thursday, April 5, big band music from the '30s and '40s will be performed by the Southern Express Band during After Hours from 5 to 8 p.m. Guests can enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres from Horse and Hounds Restaurant and watch art demonstrations by members of the Ocala Art Group. Music begins at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free for members, $8 for nonmembers. Seating is limited.

The First Saturday children's art program on April 7 focuses on animal art. From 1 to 3 p.m., youths ages 4-12 receive instruction on how to draw masterpieces of their favorite animals. Family members and guardians are invited to join in the program. Admission is free for members and included in admission for nonmembers.

"Fashion in History" is the docent tour presented at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 26. This one-hour program explores the wide variety of period fashions depicted in the Appleton's European and American collections. The tour is free for members and included in admission for nonmembers. No RSVP is required.

In addition, educational films on the visual arts are presented each Sunday in the Auditorium at 2 p.m. Scheduled in April are "The National Gallery of Art" on April 1, "Masterpieces of the Met" on April 8, "A Tour of the Louvre's Art Collection" on April 15 and "The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art" on April 22. The Martha O'Driscoll-Appleton Film Series presents the 1943 movie "Fallen Sparrow" on April 29.

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. 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 other 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