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Make a difference!
Create wildlife habitat
in your own backyard

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By Diane Hirth of the FWC
Published Nov. 15, 2018 at 10:08 a.m.
Your backyard can be a gathering place for birds, butterflies, frogs, flying squirrels and more.


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     Attract native species by offering food, water, cover and space for them to raise their young, and your yard will be transformed into a welcoming habitat for wildlife.
     Today (Thursday, Nov. 15), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is introducing Backyards and Beyond, a campaign challenging Floridians to make a difference and have fun by creating a refuge for wildlife in their own backyard.
     “Imagine your backyard as a place where butterflies are attracted by flowers, songbirds are gobbling up seeds and berries, and frogs, bats and lizards are eating mosquitoes and other insects,” said Jerrie Lindsey, FWC’s director of Public Access Services. “Your efforts to create wildlife habitat at home will have a positive impact because animals need places to live beyond our wildlife management areas. Backyards and Beyond is also a great opportunity for you and your family to enjoy watching wildlife.”
     Five easy ways to become involved in Backyards and Beyond:
     1. Turn your yard into a diverse wildlife habitat by adding native plants. A variety of native trees, shrubs and plants will provide natural food and cover for wildlife. A flowering native plant or shrub, for example, can provide nectar and pollen for butterflies and other beneficial insects, which in turn may be a meal for birds, lizards and frogs.
     2. Attract native wildlife to your yard by providing the four basics: food, water, cover and enough space for raising young. By doing so, we increase the number and variety of species that visit our yards, improving our chances to observe them more closely.
     3. Document wildlife activity in your backyard. Submit photos via iNaturalist to Florida Nature Trackers projects, and even create a species list for your own backyard.
     4. Create a butterfly garden, build a nest box for birds or add a brush pile for small animals like earthworms, birds, toads and lizards in your backyard. Planting a Refuge for Wildlife is an easy-to-understand guide to these projects and other ways that your backyard can support native wildlife. This illustrated publication created by the FWC and Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida can be ordered online at WildlifeFlorida.org.
     5. Go beyond your backyard. Invite family and friends to explore Florida’s outdoors at wildlife management areas, local and state parks, state and national forests, and national wildlife refuges. Use Florida Nature Trackers to document what you see.
     People who create a wildlife refuge in their backyards will contribute to conserving Florida’s wildlife and habitats. By documenting animals observed in their backyards, they also generate valuable information. FWC biologists will be able to see the wildlife photos submitted to Florida Nature Trackers and use the data to help direct their efforts to research and manage native species throughout the state.
     Remember, wild animals do not need supplemental feeding from people. Naturally-occurring insects and native plants with nectar flowers, edible fruits, nuts and seeds provide nourishment for most butterflies, birds and small animals.      Pet food, corn and other supplemental feed can encourage unwanted visitors.
     Need help getting started? Explore the Backyards and Beyond website for more information on how you can get involved.
     While Backyards and Beyond is a statewide campaign, there is also a local initiative in Leon County and the city of Tallahassee, involving the FWC and partners. You can participate by joining the Backyards of Leon County project.
     What if you live in an apartment, townhouse or condominium — and don’t have a backyard? You can still participate. Plant native flowers in containers on your front steps, on a balcony or in a window box. Work with neighbors to add native plant life to shared spaces like playgrounds, parks and other open areas in your development or community. Get children involved by bringing Backyards and Beyond to groups such as the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts or a school, church or community youth group or homeowners association.
     No matter where you live, you can make a difference.
     Go to http://floridanaturetrackers.com/Backyard/ for more information.

Look out, slow down for
Florida’s migrating manatees

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By Diane Hirth and Carli Segelson of the FWC
Published Nov. 14, 2018 at 9:08 a.m.
Look out and slow down for manatees in November to help them as they begin migrating to warmer waters.
     November is Manatee Awareness Month. Florida has more than 6,600 manatees swimming in rivers, bays and coastal waters. These large aquatic mammals can weigh over 1,000 pounds.
     As the weather cools, manatees are on the move, searching for warmer waters to survive the winter. Remember: Disturbing manatees at warm-water sites may cause them to leave those areas at a time when it is critical for them to remain there.
     “Boaters who look out for migrating manatees and follow posted manatee protection zones contribute to the conservation of this threatened species. They are reducing the chance of manatee injuries and disturbance, while enjoying their time on the water,” said Carol Knox, who leads the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Imperiled Species Management Section.
     Seasonal manatee protection zones also go into effect in the fall, depending on the county. The zones are marked by waterway signs, and maps of local manatee protection zones are available online at MyFWC.com/Manatee by clicking on “Data and Maps.”
     How can you help manatees?
     ● Wear polarized sunglasses to spot them moving, grazing and resting in the water. Keep a lookout for the circular “footprints” or ripples they leave on the surface of the water.
     ● Follow posted manatee zones.
     ● Observe manatees from a distance to limit disturbance. Disturbing manatees at their warm-water sites may cause them to leave these areas during the winter.
     ● Report injured, entangled, orphaned or dead manatees to the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline: 888-404-FWCC (3922), #FWC or *FWC on your cellphone or text Tip@MyFWC.com.
     ● Access and share A boater’s guide to living with Florida manatees and Guidelines for successful manatee watching in Florida that focuses on paddlers.
     ● Purchase the manatee decal and license plate, and tell everyone how the decal and license plate  support the FWC’s manatee conservation efforts.
     ● Contribute to the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida’s Marine Mammal Fund by visiting https://wildlifeflorida.org/ and clicking on “Support Us,” “Funding Priorities” and “Marine Mammal Fund.”
     Florida invests over $2 million annually in manatee conservation, with FWC biologists, managers and law enforcement working with partners to research, rescue and manage Florida manatees.
     Want to see a manatee? Go to http://myfwc.com/Manatee and click on “Where Can I See Manatees?”


CWGA completes
2018 Club Championship

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Terri Harris earns first place for third consecutive year.

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By Shirley Meggs
Published Nov. 8, 2018 at 4:18 p.m.
The 2018 Club Championship for the Chiefland Women’s Golf Association was held at Chiefland Golf and Country Club this past month.

     The ladies were playing on three consecutive weeks with one week being interrupted by Hurricane Michael. With better weather the other weeks, the scoring was good as the course held up well and was in excellent condition.
     For the third consecutive year, Terri Harris took first place with a scorching 84 on her final week of play this year. Terri retains her personalized parking spot and takes club honors again at the annual end of the year tournament.
     Coming in second with a score of 96 on her final week was Linda Buchanan.

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Terri Harris, the first-place winner (left), stands with Linda Buchanan, the second-place finalist this year.

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Dee Kreuter, the first-place champion in the second flight.

     Both ladies are in the first flight at the club. Ladies are flighted according to their handicap. Deanna Kreuter took first place in the second flight posting some great scores in her flight over the three-week period. Denise Boyle took second place in the second flight.
     Congratulations to all the ladies that played and especially to the ladies that scored so well. All ladies in the area are welcome to come and participate in the Chiefland Women’s Golf Association which meets and plays every Wednesday at 9 a.m.
     Even if you are just in the area for a short time, the ladies welcome all visitors to come and play. Chiefland Golf and Country Club is located on Manatee Road (State Road 320 West) about one mile east of Manatee Springs State Park.
     Come and enjoy our beautiful course!


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By Myrtice Scabarozi © Nov. 7, 2018 at 11:08 a.m.
The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday (Nov. 1) at the Levy County Quilt Museum -- 11050 N.W. 10th Ave. (near Levyville, kind of on the way to Judson on Levy County Road 134 from U.S. Alt. 27).
     Ann was showing us how to make a pillowcase dress using the ribbons and bindings that have been donated. Cheryl and Sara were planning to make a few. The dresses will be given to First United Methodist Church of Chiefland for distribution.
     Correctional Officer Greg and the adult male inmates from Lancaster Correctional Institution (LCI)were out this week. We’ve finally caught up on outside work. They’ve completed the modification of the quilt racks. We are able to hang up all of the wall hangings and throws -- so, we have more room for the larger quilts now. Thanks for your help, LCI.
     Many boxes of quilt magazines and books were brought in this week. Thanks Cathy. There are several interesting books in these group.
     The Backyard Pickers (band members) were here Saturday (Nov. 3) and their musical performance was wonderful. Thanks Backyard Pickers! The snowbirds are back and joining in the fun. Listening to the band is definitely a stress reducer.

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We now have more room to display the larger quilts.

Cedar Key Arts Center
Workshops start;

Register today (Nov. 6)
 for Pine Needle Basketry

By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 6, 2018 at 9:18 a.m.
     CEDAR KEY --
Bunny Hand opened the 2018 season of Cedar Key Arts Center Workshops on Monday (Nov. 5) with Sewing Help.
     Following are the workshops for November as the art workshops continue this season. Register at the Cedar Keyhole Artists Co-op, 457 Second St. in Cedar Key, or contact the instructor directly.
     Artists who want to participate, need to register for the Nov. 9 event today (Nov. 6), because the deadline to register was extended until the end of business today.
     ● Nov. 9, Friday
     10 a.m. – 4 p.m. -- Pine Needle Basketry with Diane Moore. Spend the day creating a unique pine needle basket using the same techniques as the early Florida Pioneers. It will make a perfect holiday gift for family or friends.  Beginning, intermediate and advanced students invited. $50 including supplies, $55.00 if you are non- member.  A supply list of things to bring with you will be provided. Call Diane 386-405-0367 or register at the Keyhole. Maximum eight artists, Minimum four artist. The deadline was one week before class, however if you complete it before the end of today (Nov. 6), you could be one of the eight artists who gets to enjoy this fun workshop.
     ● Nov. 12, 19, & 26 (Mondays)
     10:30 -1:30 Machine Quilt it Yourself on Your Home Machine with Bunny Hand. Explore straight lines and curves while you make a sample of machine quilting. We will use the walking foot and free motion foot for an amazingly easy and smooth look. You can expect help with thread, tension, and marking. $50, (members), $55 (non-members). The supply list is at The Salty Needle Quilt Shop. Register with Bunny at mermaidsongquilts@gmail.com or at the Keyhole.
     ● Nov. 20, Tuesday
     6:30-8:30 p.m. -- Card Making “Paint Party” with Betsy Thurston. Participants will cut, stamp, assemble, embellish and create unique cards with supplies and materials provided by the instructor. $22 for members, $27 for non-members. Light refreshments provided by CKAC. Call Betsy 352-681-1461 or register at Keyhole. Maximum of 12 artists-students. Deadline is one week before the class.
     ● Nov 27, Tuesday
     10 a.m. - 3 p.m. -- Swarvoski Crystal Beaded Bracelet with Joni Sielaff. Make a right angle crystal bracelet using crystals, seed beads and a magnetic clasp. The cost is $20 per student, $25 if non-member of CKAC -- plus $15 for supplies for each participant regardless of CKAC membership. Register at the Keyhole or contact Joni directly at jomi74@aol.com. Maximum five artists. Minimum two artists. The deadline for registering is one week before the class.


First light results
in first deer being taken

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This five-point buck is the one taken by Jack Strahle on Saturday morning (Nov. 3).

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By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 4, 2018 at 2:28 p.m.
On Saturday (Nov. 3), customers visiting Cash Munny Gun & Pawn in Chiefland may have heard about the first deer that was taken earlier that day when first light opened the 2018 season.

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Jack Strahle with the deer he took at first light on Saturday.
Photo by Yancey Hudson

     Jack Strahle, one of the people who helps people with the pawn-oriented aspects of their lives, was able to take a five-point buck before showing up to work that morning.
     He is certain it was the first deer taken this season, because it was relatively soon after first light when he was able to harvest the animal. Strahle said he did not travel extremely far into the woods that morning, because he knew he only had so much time before he would be needed in the pawn shop.
     Joining him on this hunt venture was Yancey Hudson, a principal owner of the pawn shop.
     Strahle said he thought a set of does who were nearby were going to ruin his odds for getting a buck on Saturday morning, because they were making all sorts of noises. Then, they left. Soon afterward as the sun took to the sky, Strahle saw his shot and he took it.
     Bingo! He had his first deer of the season. He then took his trophy animal for proper use, and he still made it to work soon enough so that the boss was happy.
     For the visitors of the pawn shop that morning, they could also learn about buying silencers and buying machine guns. At least one lucky shopper had an opportunity to watch a video of more than 30 rounds being fired from a machine gun within a matter of seconds.
     For more information about buying machine guns, various other weapons, ammunition for them, or to buy a silencer, visit Cash Munny Gun & Pawn.
     Hudson is a gunsmith, as well as being a Class III firearms dealer.
     Cash Munny also has gold, jewelry, coins and more. It is the place to go for pawn-oriented activities, and perhaps to hear stories about hunting in the area as well as other topics.

Chiefland claims Levy County
Championship win
over Williston -- 31 to 14
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Chiefland celebrates its win over Williston Friday night. The team gathered for a group photo with the Levy County Championship trophy.

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By Terry Witt © Nov. 3, 2018 at 8:08 p.m.
Chiefland defeated Williston 31-14 Friday night (Nov. 2) to claim the Levy County Championship and the trophy that goes with it.

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Indian defensive back Arthur Lee goes high to break up a pass intended for Red Devil receiver Octavious Lee.

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Chiefland running back Kirk Williams gains yardage before being tackled by Rhett Munden (22).

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Williston's Octavious Lee picks up a block from Shane Crawford on a kickoff return.

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Red Devil runner Jerome Collins is tackled by Jalen Rutledge as a second Chiefland defender arrives.

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Chiefland's Amonte' Young turns on the jets on a 60-yard touchdown pass.

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Chiefland senior football players stand their parents as they are honored on Senior Night at on the track around C. Doyle McCall Field as they face the audience in Pridgeon Stadium.

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Chiefland senior cheerleaders and band members are honored on Senior Night with their parents.

     The Indians finished the regular season 9-1 and Williston 3-8.
     “Levy Champs, Levy Champs, Levy Champs,” the team chanted as CHS Head Varsity Football Coach Adam Gore handed them the coveted Levy County Championship trophy.
      “We played with our hair on fire. We played with a lot of intensity and we played really undisciplined at times on both sides of the ball,” Gore said.
     Gore said the fumbles that plagued the team all night can be corrected as the Indians get ready for the playoffs.
      “I’m proud of the kids. I don’t want to talk too much about it tonight. We’ll fine tune it. We’re in the playoffs; first round bye, second seed in the region. We haven’t made the playoffs since 2004 and here we are,” Gore said.
     Chiefland fumbled on its opening offensive series. The ball was recovered by Williston defensive lineman Issac Williams who rumbled 55 yards before being brought down at the Indian five-yard line.
     Quarterback C.J. Strange crashed through a wall of Chiefland defenders on third and goal to score the first touchdown of the night. The extra point was good with 3:15 left in the first quarter. Williston led 7-0.
     Chiefland drove 60 yards on its next possession to score on a 20-yard quarterback keeper by Ty Corbin. The extra point was good and the score was tied at 7-7 with 9:05 left in the second quarter.
     The Indians forced Williston to punt on its next possession. Chiefland quickly scored on a 60-yard pass from Corbin to Amonte’ Young. He sprinted into the end zone alone. The extra point was good. The score was 14-7 with 2:31 left in the half.
     Late in the half, Corbin hit Lint Jerrels on a 36-yard pass at the Williston nine-yard line. Williston kept the Indians out of the end zone but Noah Nguyen hit a 20-yard field goal to extend Chiefland’s lead to 17-7 with 14 seconds left in the half.
     Chiefland opened the second half with big runs by Hunter Barrand and Jerrels that moved the ball to the 34 of Williston. Jerrels burst through the line for a 34-yard touchdown run to cap the drive. The extra point was good, giving Chiefland a 24-7 lead with 10:16 left in the third quarter.
     The Indians added a final touchdown with 7:12 left in the third quarter when Corbin threw to Young for a 29-yard touchdown. The extra point was good. Chiefland led 31-7.
     A fumbled snap by Chiefland with 6:18 left in the fourth quarter gave Williston an opportunity for its final touchdown of the night. The Red Devils drove from their own 33 and scored on a one-yard plunge by Strange. The extra point was good.


Baby Turtle Transported
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This baby turtle was on one of the roads in the Tri-County Area of Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties on Wednesday (Oct. 24).

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The turtle may not have experienced anything like it before, but he was lifted into the air and somehow landed about 10 feet toward the direction he was heading. Once on the ground, he continued on his way -- perhaps safer from having reduced the odds of being squished.

Photos By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 29, 2018 at 8:08 p.m.



Celebrate the holidays
at the Appleton Museum of Art

Published Oct. 22, 2018 at 2:28 p.m.
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     OCALA – ‘
Tis the season to celebrate the holidays at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, with holiday-inspired exhibitions, family day event and more!
     Kick off the holiday season with some merry discounts in the Appleton Store, Nov. 23-25. Whether you plan to shop on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday or Museum Store Sunday, the Appleton Store has you covered. Appleton members will receive 30 percent off their purchase; 20 percent discount for nonmembers. This includes everything from holiday home decor and gifting, one-of-a-kind jewelry from local artists, art supplies and toys for children to scarves, hats and bags
with your favorite paintings on them. Books and items already on clearance are excluded from discounts.

Family Day

     Join us Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., for the annual Family Day event, celebrating the holidays and the “Urban Family Holiday Exhibition.” Enjoy free admission holiday-inspired exhibitions, the permanent collections, family friendly films in the auditorium and holiday crafts in the ARTSpace. From 1-3 p.m., take a horse-drawn carriage ride, have a picture taken with Santa and enjoy light refreshments in the Café.

On View in the Galleries:

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      Nov. 10-Dec. 30, the beloved “A Dickens Christmas: The Urban Family Holiday Exhibition” returns to deck the halls. This annual exhibition presents themed trees and other holiday decor from the collection of Ocala cardiologist Dr. Paul Urban, his wife, Joyce, and daughters, Katie, Kristie, Kassie and Karlie. The first floor will feature ornately decorated trees, miniature villages, nutcracker soldiers and other items collected by the Urban family.
     Also on view through Dec. 30, trees and displays decorated by community groups and businesses will be on view in the second-floor galleries. Twelve businesses are participating: Allergy & Asthma Care of Florida, Appleton Museum of Art, Cindy Dunlow Frames & Official Florida Flamingo Museum, College of Central Florida Art Department, Demilio Photography, Family Times Magazine, Hiers-Baxley Community Care, Ocala Wine Experience, Temple Beth Shalom, The David & Lisa Midgett Foundation, Urban Counseling, and WOCA The Source.
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     Nov. 10-Jan. 6, enjoy the whimsical exhibition “Santa Classics: Ed Wheeler.” Wheeler had been dressing up as Santa Claus for years and, in 2011, decided to take it one step further by inserting himself into famous works of art. The results are very festive — and very humorous. He uses a high-resolution photograph of the work of art to fully integrate Santa through a multi-step process that incorporates the lighting, brush strokes and tonal values of the original work. The artist has applied this fun treatment to many popular paintings, including Sandro Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus,” Jacques-Louis David’s “Napoleon Crossing the Alps” and Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks.” He has even applied this technique to the Appleton’s very own Christopher Still painting, “And My Father Before Me.” This painting was chosen in a poll by museum members and the public. Stop by this holiday season to see which of your favorite classical masterpieces have been given the “Santa treatment.”
     The museum will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day. Owned and operated by 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 the Appleton Museum of Art at 352-291-4455 or visit http://appletonmuseum.org/.


Visual Artists’ Society’s
‘Best Of The Season’ exhibition
set to be at CF in Ocala
from Nov. 1 through Dec. 7

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A Work Of Art By Ryan Neumann

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Published Oct. 6, 2018 at 9:18 a.m.
     OCALA —
The Visual Artists’ Society presents the “Best of the Season” exhibition beginning on Nov. 1, at the College of Central Florida Webber Gallery, 3001 S.W. College Road, in Ocala.
     “Best of the Season” will be judged and juried by Jeffrey Baisden, who has won numerous awards from the Colored Pencil Society of America.
     The “Best of the Season” exhibit has always been a favorite of gallery visitors. The themes of this year’s exhibition are 39 Strokes and 50 Shades of Gray. The 39 Strokes theme is a challenge with the art elements and principles needing to be combined and simplified to be successful.
      Most artists do not know how many strokes they take to finish a painting but it is definitely more than 39. In the 50 Shades of Grey theme all the colors are muted in grey tones empathizing tonal values throughout the composition.  The viewer will see a range of white to black with all the shades of gray in between within the composition. Members of the Visual Artists’ Society were invited to create works relating to the themes, which resulted in an interesting exhibition.
     VAS has more than 100 members from all over Marion County and Central Florida including professional and amateur artists, and many of CF’s talented students. VAS exhibits showcase a variety of styles and mediums, including more traditional paintings and photographs, as well as jewelry, sculpture, and digital media.
     The exhibit will continue through Friday, Dec. 7. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The gallery is closed Saturday, Sunday and college-observed holidays. For additional information, call 352-873-5809.



Appleton posts After Hours
concert series schedule

 Alpine Express gives an outdoor performance for Oktoberfest.

Southern Express Big Band plays the After Hours stage.

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Published Sept. 9, 10:28 p.m.
     OCALA —
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, announces its 2018-2019 After Hours concert series schedule.
     After Hours features local and regional musical talent and invites community members of all ages to enjoy lively performances, tasty bites from local restaurants and special displays of artwork from the Ocala Art Group.
     The series kicks off in October with an Oktoberfest band, Alpine Express, who entertains audiences with singing, yodeling, audience-participation and more. The high-energy show consists of traditional Oktoberfest music, along with some unique folk instruments that can include alphorns, cowbells, the Holzanes G'Lächter (member of the xylophone family) and a singing saw.
     In December, Marion Civic Chorale returns to present the sounds of the holidays. A new band is welcomed to the stage in February, New Generation Branches Steel Orchestra, and will give a two-piece performance.
     Last but not least, another favorite is welcomed back — Southern Express Big Band. This 17-piece band from Ocala has been performing for more than 15 years and is comprised of individuals with a variety of professional and musical backgrounds.

2018-2019 Concert Schedule
Thursdays, 5-8 p.m.

     ● Dec. 13 - Marion Civic Chorale
     ● Feb. 7 - New Generation Branches Steel Orchestra
     ● April 4 - Southern Express Big Band

Appleton to open exhibition of
Puerto Rican artists in
La Diaspora:
Keepers of Heritage

Pedro Brull, El pajuil llegó a la sala (The Cashew Made Its Way to the Living Room), 2017, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 in.

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Updated Oct. 17, 2018 at 11:28 a.m
     OCALA -
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, will open “La Diaspora: Keepers of Heritage,” an exhibition of paintings, prints, sculptures and mixed media by members of the Puerto Rican Arts Diaspora Orlando.

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Carmelo Fontanez, Luz de tarde (Evening Light), 2011, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48 in.

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Martín García-Rivera, Fuera de alcance (Out of Reach), 2014, burin engraving on paper, 12 x 19 in.

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Ángel Rivera-Morales, Destierro (Exile), 2017, acrylic and oil on canvas, 48 x 52 in.

Carmen Rojas-Ginés, Stellar Dance (Danza estelar), 2016, steel sculpture, 20 x 28 x 41 in.

     As an artist collective located in Central Florida, P.R.A.D.O. supports artists who represent Puerto Rico through their artwork.
     On view Sept. 15, 2018 through Jan. 20, 2019, “La Diaspora” showcases 12 Puerto Rican artists from different generations who have had diverse diasporic experiences throughout their careers. Their styles embrace influences of cubism, abstract expressionism, constructivism, realism and surrealism.
     These artistic movements reveal themselves through the unique contact with other cultures and the study of art history, and express their educational and creative processes. The exhibition pays homage to master artist Domingo García-Dávila, who was involved in the migration process of Puerto Ricans to the United States in the 1940s.
     “La Diaspora” is a traveling exhibition organized by P.R.A.D.O. and curated by Yasir Nieves. This exhibition is sponsored in part by American Family Medical; Radiology Associates of Ocala, P.A.; Dr. Jose Gaudier Neurology; and Dr. Rafael Rosa, Nutrametrix.

Exhibition Events

P.R.A.D.O. on the Patio: A Celebration of the Arts
Friday, Nov. 9, 6-9 p.m.

     This ticketed, special event celebrates Puerto Rico and the arts, including food, live music and dance. Ticket includes a traditional Puerto Rican pork and rice plate and a soft drink; cash bar available. $20 for Appleton members; $25 for nonmembers. Details TBA at AppletonMuseum.org.

Visiting Artist Workshops

Mobile Sculpture Workshop (Ages 14+)
Saturday, Jan. 19, 1-3 p.m.

     Led by artist Carmen Rojas-Ginés, this workshop will introduce students to basic model making using tools and malleable material. All materials are included. $40 for Appleton members; $60 for nonmembers.
     To register for a workshop, visit AppletonMuseum.org or contact Hollis Mutch, mutchh@cf.edu, or 352-291-4455, ext. 1613.
     Owned and operated by 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.

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