2013 Exhibitions

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Works by Members of the Ocala Art Group

November 2, 2013 - January 5, 2014

This juried exhibit features works by members of the Ocala Art Group.

Welcome to A Toast to the Arts a juried exhibit organized by the Ocala Art Group. The mission of the Ocala Art Group, organized in 1950, is to promote and assist artists through monthly demonstrations, organizing group exhibitions and special opportunities, like this one, to demonstrate what we have learned and how we see the world – past, present and future.

We are constantly in search out there, when the art is right here, before our eyes. Look closely. Talk with the artists – listen to their stories of how and why they create their art. Then look at their work with this new knowledge to better understand their vision. This exhibit shows only a small portion of the artistic talent located in our own back yard and surrounding communities.

Dr. Nadine Pantano, assistant adjunct professor of Art History at Florida Southern College, served as the juror of art work and awards. 90 works are on view here by 86 artists selected from 303 works submitted by artists. We invite you to come and join us! The Ocala Art Group (OAG) is a not-for-profit educational corporation and membership is open to all who share an interest in developing and promoting fine art. OAG meetings are held at the Appleton Museum of Art on the second Wednesday of each month with a meet and greet at 11:00 a.m., followed by the meeting at noon and an art-related demonstration. For more information please visit our web site at www.ocalaartgroup.com.

A Toast to the Arts

New World Treasures: Artifacts from Hernando De Soto’s Florida Expedition

February 9, 2013 - December 31, 2013

See the first public exhibition of rare artifacts discovered recently in Marion County from Hernando De Soto’s travels through the Ocala area in August 1539. On display are medieval coins, delicate Murano glass beads, chain mail from Spanish armor and Native American artifacts.

Ocala Star Banner article click here

To view the text on the 'New World Treasures' information panels, please click here

Art Of The Robot

June 22, 2013 - September 22, 2013

Showcased are 45 robots created by 16 artists expressing the issues and contradictions of living in modern society.

Artists use their art work to reflect the world around them so it is only natural to discover that robots have become a part of reflection. Each of the artists invited to participate in this exhibit has a unique way of portraying their robot creations-through paintings, prints, found object sculptures, photographs and other materials. The Art of the Robot exhibit features works by: Don L. Jones, Pittsburgh; Amy Flynn, Raleigh, NC; Nemo Gould, Oakland, Calif; Eric Joyner, San Francisco; Tim Warchocki, Winter Garden, Fla; CyberCraft Robots, St. Petersburg, Fla; Richard Muller, Altadena, Calif; Brian Despain, Seattle, Wash.; Mark Brown, Easthampton, MA; Donna Sophronia-Sims, Birmingham, AL; Lisa Grothman Ryan, Wilmette, Ill; Will Wagenaar, Port Richey, Fla; Heather Heilman Loercher and Howie Hartman, Wrightsville, PA.

Art of the Robot Brochure

Edge to Edge: Vintage Panoramic Photography of Florida

June 15, 2013 - September 8, 2013

Presented are more than 100 vintage panoramic photographs and original postcards that focus on the fascinating history of this unique style of photography shot during Florida’s tourism and real estate boom years in the early 1900s.



April 13, 2013 - June 9, 2013

Showcased are exquisite examples of 19th century English and American decorative art, furniture, fine art and antiques from the period of Queen Victoria’s reign (1837-1901) and up through the 1920s. Within the exhibit are beautiful paintings and sculpture combined with Gothic, Elizabethan and Renaissance-inspired furnishings and gilded decorative art.


This exhibition was made possible through collaboration with the Daytona Beach Museum of Arts and Sciences, the Lightner Museum in St. Augustine and the Henry B. Plant Museum in Tampa.

Out of Abstractions: Divergent Directions in Late 20th Century Art

April 6, 2013 - June 2, 2013

CF Assistant Professor Tyrus Clutter is the guest curator of this exhibition featuring selected works from the Appleton's permanent collection. This show presents the multiple pathways of art that emerged from the dynamic American Abstract Expressionism of the mid-20th century.

Young in Art

April 20, 2013 - May 26, 2013

Showcased is the artwork produced by students in various Marion County public schools (from kindergarten through grade 12).


Rebels With a Cause: American Impressionist Women from the Huntsville Museum of Art

February 2, 2013 - March 31, 2013

On exhibition are 54 paintings, drawings and sculptures by many of the most prominent females artists between the mid-19th and mid-20th centuries. Works presented exemplify the effects of French Impressionism and the Barbizon style that influenced American art at that time and what became known as the American Impressionist style.

Chick Schwartz: Cedar Key Artist

January 19, 2013 - March 24, 2013

View more than 50 works of whimsical sculpture, ceramics and oil on canvas by renowned Cedar Key artist Chick Schwartz. Many of his works have three or more components that together creates depth and his ceramic wall panels provides the viewer with a unique sense of looking down from the tops of buildings. All of his pieces reflect his delightful perspective on busy city life as well as the slower and more relaxed pace of Cedar Key.

Read the article written by David Moore from the Ocala Star Banner about this exhibit here.

Art on the Move: Kids’ License Tag Art

January 26, 2013 - February 24, 2013

See the art created by Marion County fifth graders who designed a series of new automobile license plates and received the Awards of Distinction.

Appleton in Bloom

February 1, 2013 - February 3, 2013

This collaboration of the Appleton Museum and the Ocala Pioneer Garden Club and features 30 floral designs inspired by the museum’s finest works of art. During this exhibition guests can also attending gardening, floral design and art-related workshops and browse among vendor booths offering gardening supplies. Appleton in Bloom is presented with support from Jenkins Auto Group, Macy’s and Regions.


Until January 31st, 2013

Featured are 59 rarely viewed examples of Islamic ceramic art crafted by artists between the 10th and 14th centuries
in Persia (today's Iran).