The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, will open a new exhibition of works curated from the world-class permanent collection. “Eternal Summer,” on view June 10-Sept. 24, features paintings, prints, photographs and more that celebrate the theme of summer in Florida.
Through the sunny perspectives of nature, leisure and sports, travel, and more, this multimedia exhibition will showcase modern and contemporary art with a few familiar favorites plus new works that have never been displayed at the Appleton.
Visitors will remember “The Hunt,” a 2014 photograph by award-winning, Gainesville-based Mac Stone, documenting an Everglades snail kite at the moment before it swoops down to grab its prey. A selection of black-and-white photographs by local legend Bruce Mozert (1916-2015) will be on display, highlighting vintage imagery of Marion County outdoor attractions and natural wonders. Other Florida-focused works by artists from the Sunshine State that are new to the collection include photographs by Martha Strawn and a large-scale painting by Margaret Tolbert.
Another exciting and recent addition to the collection on display in “Eternal Summer” is a detailed watercolor by noted American realist Janet Fish that evokes feelings of warm temperatures and summer travels. A print by Austrian artist Kiki Kogelnik (1935-1997), called “Sunkist,” adds a colorful Pop aesthetic to the exhibition.
“This exhibition celebrates summer as a season, and how it has served as inspiration to artists,” said Jason Steuber, museum director. “From flowers, sunrises and sunsets to bodies of water and bold fashion photography, it all comes together to honor the Sunshine State.”
Summer Shindig – Appleton Members Party
Friday, June 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Appleton members are invited to a seasonal shindig in honor of “Eternal Summer,” an exhibition that celebrates summer in Florida. Beat the heat and dress in your summer linens (but we’re keeping it casual, and there is no dress code) while enjoying elevated picnic fare and live music from Left on Broadway in the courtyard. Appleton Director’s Circle members will receive a summer-themed gift bag. An RSVP for all guests is required by June 1 to Colleen Harper, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 352-291-4455, ext. 1831.
The Appleton Museum, Artspace and Store are open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Admission is free on the first Saturday of each month. A campus of the College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on SR 40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). Parking is free. For more information, call 352-291-4455 or visit AppletonMuseum.org.