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Appleton Museum Opens Ocala Art Group, Watercolor Exhibits in November

Sept. 24, 2013

“A Toast to the Arts: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” a juried exhibit by members of the Ocala Art Group, and “Selections From the Florida Watercolor Society’s 42nd Annual Exhibition” will be presented in two exhibitions opening in November at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida. In addition, the Appleton features “New World Treasures: Artifacts from Hernando De Soto’s Florida Expedition” through Dec. 31.

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.

“Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” opens Saturday, Nov. 2, with free admission to the museum 6-9 p.m. for the opening. The exhibit will feature works in a variety of mediums, including oils, acrylics, mixed media, pastels, pen and ink, and sculpture. Awards will be presented during the opening reception. In addition, a People's Choice Award will be presented at the closing of the exhibit, Jan. 5, giving museum visitors an opportunity to cast votes for their favorites.

“Selections From the Florida Watercolor Society’s 42nd Annual Exhibition” opens Saturday, Nov. 23, and will feature 35 of the best watercolors produced by artists from Florida and around the country. With more than 1,100 members, the Florida Watercolor Society is one of the largest state-based watercolor societies in the United States. Membership is open to all artists residing in Florida. The exhibit continues through Jan. 19.

“New World Treasures: Artifacts from Hernando De Soto’s Florida Expedition” is the first public showing of artifacts recently discovered in Marion County and are from the oldest confirmed new World contact site in the United States of Conquistador Hernando De Soto’s journey through the Ocala area. The collection includes glass Murano beads from Italy, pieces of Spanish chain mail armor, medieval coins and artifacts from the Potano tribe of Native Americans.

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 or visit www.AppletonMuseum.org.

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