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Appleton Presents 'Day Of The Horse,' May 5

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by John Frederick Herring Sr.,

(OCALA, Fla.) April 17, 2012 — The “Day of the Horse” is scheduled for Saturday, May 5, at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, to highlight the museum’s extensive collection of equestrian art and celebrate that afternoon’s running of the 138th Kentucky Derby.

Activities at the Appleton will include docents in the galleries talking about the equestrian artwork, a display of Marion Cultural Alliance Horse Fever horses and the First Saturday art program “Horsin’ Around.” In addition, representatives from the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association, Florida Agriculture Center and Horse Park, and the Ocala Arabian Horse Association will distribute information about their programs and answer questions.

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.

Arthur I. Appleton, founder of the Appleton Museum, had a love of horses, founded Ocala’s Bridlewood Farm thoroughbred facility and collected many fine pieces of equestrian art that are in the museum’s permanent collection. During the “Day of the Horse,” visitors will see a herd of MCA’s Horse Fever horses near the museum entrance, and docents will be stationed in the galleries to discuss little-known facts about the equestrian artwork. The Appleton’s First Saturday art program, “Horsin’ Around,” will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. so children and their families can learn about the proportions of a horse and then draw their own equestrian masterpiece. Plus, information tables in the lobby will have representatives from local equestrian organizations and riding associations

While at the museum, guests can also view the temporary exhibitions “Art and the Animal” and “Modern Impressions: 20th Century Prints from the Appleton Collection.” In addition, the Appleton 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