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Summer Art Camp, Temporary Exhibitions, Films And More In June At The Appleton

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(OCALA, Fla.) April 24, 2012 — June highlights at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, include two weeks of Summer Art Camp, a First Saturday children’s art program, final weeks for the exhibitions “Art and the Animal” and “On the Balcony,” opening of the “Appleton 2012 Biennial: Florida Installation Art” and Sunday 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.


Through June 17, guests can enjoy the temporary exhibitions “Art and the Animal” and the Ocala Art Group’s “On the Balcony.” Nearly 70 works of art depicting animals from around the world created by members of the Society of Animal Artists are presented in “Art and the Animal.” The “On the Balcony” exhibition is a juried show featuring pieces of two- and three-dimensional artwork produced by Ocala Art Group members.


“Koi Kites” is the theme of the First Saturday children’s art program on June 2. From 1 to 3 p.m., children and their families can create elegant tissue paper sculptures of the beautiful Japanese koi fish. The session is free for members, included in admission for nonmembers.


The Appleton’s Summer Art Camp features “Critter Mania” June 18-22 and “Chillin’ With Chihuly” June 25-29. Classes for students ages 7 to 14 are presented 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday. All art supplies are provided and fees are $85 for members, $95 for nonmembers. Other Summer Art Camp sessions include “Arts ’N’ Scraps” on July 9-13, “Paint Your HeART Out” on July 16-20 and “Passport to Fun” on July 30-Aug. 3. Preregistration is required by contacting Appleton Educator Mary Moore at 352-291-4455, ext. 1613, or moorem@cf.edu.


“Sculpture, Building and Grounds” is the theme of the Appleton’s docent-led tour at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 28. Guests can learn about the museum’s sculptures, plus the background and insight of Arthur I. Appleton’s vision for the building’s structure and design.


Opening on June 20, “Appleton Biennial 2012: Florida Installation Art” is a juried show of approximately 10 works of art that are installed or arranged in a space as dictated by the artist. “Installation art is one of the fastest growing areas of 21st century artistic production, stretching the boundaries and definition of art,” said Appleton Curator of Exhibitions Ruth Grim. “Florida installation artists are producing some of the most dynamic, thought-provoking and beautiful works of art today.”


Educational films on the visual arts will be presented in the Auditorium at 2 p.m. on the first three Sundays. Scheduled films include “At the Met: Metropolitan Cats” on June 3, “Robert Bateman: Artist and Naturalist” on June 10 and “Seabiscuit” on June 17. The Martha O’Driscoll-Appleton Film Series presents “Youth on Parade” (1943) on June 24.


In addition, 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 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.