On July 9, 2016 the Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala, a facility partnered and run by the College of Central Florida, hosted a day for all people to come and view what the museum has to offer, free of charge. The event garnered much attention from the public, with a full parking lot and full museum being a common sight throughout most of the day, as the museum filled its halls to show people its vast collection.
After slashing the standard $8 entry fee for adults and $4 for kids, people showed out in bulk to visit the fresh exhibits and numerous cultural displays the museum had to offer ranging from African tribal artifacts, ancient Japanese cultural items, as well as 17th century European art, and 18th and 19th century American art.
The majority of people in attendance at the museum were families with small children, giving their kids a first-hand experience of the world of art that the Appleton is able to bring to residents right here in Ocala. There were art making activities taking place all day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., as well as art related short cartoon films in the auditorium at the museum, giving visitors a history lesson as well as an actual hands on experience with art.
“I like the art from Europe the most, it’s crazy to think that the Appleton has such old pieces of art here” said Juliana Albright a 15 – year – old incoming high school freshmen. The free day at the museum has found attention from even local you, allowing students to fill an appetite for art.
The Appleton is currently hosting an exhibit from famed illustrator Norman Rockwell, featuring more than 100 pieces of his artwork for the Saturday Evening Post from 1936 to 1963. The exhibit also features personal letters from his life, giving visitors an inside look at the life of the famous artist.
Also featured currently at the Appleton is the Inspired Lines: Drawing Biennial 2016. This exhibit celebrates the art of drawing in graphite and color pencil. The exhibit features artists using nothing more than a pencil to create works of art in a modern style, allowing visitors to get a contemporary view of art in the modern world.
The Appleton puts on an art camp through most of the summer, continuing until the end of July, allowing youth in Marion County to come and feed their desire to learn about art, and how to sharpen their skills as an artist. “The Appleton is doing a lot of good stuff right now, involving the community, and getting people interested in the arts, it’s good to see” said Jacquelyn Engh, an Ocala resident of over 30 years.
For more information on the Appleton Museum and Upcoming events, visit www.Appletonmuseum.org
Story by: Timothy Ross