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Indians beat Tigers in state playoff game
Chiefland moves into Final Four

Chiefland goes on in football
Chiefland quarterback Clint Thomas attempts to escape from a determined Union County tackler after a big gain for a first down.

Story and Photos
By Terry Witt, HardisonInk.com Correspondent
© Nov. 27, 2021 at 8:11 a.m.
* Updated Nov. 27, 2021 at 4:11 p.m.
     CHIEFLAND --
The Chiefland Middle High School Indians Varsity Football Team earned a berth in the Final Four of the Florida High School Athletic Association’s (FHSAA) Class 1A football playoffs Friday night (Nov. 26) by defeating previously unbeaten Union County Middle High School Tigers 29-27 in front of a massive hometown crowd.
     * On Friday (Dec. 3) The Madison County Cowboys are coming to Chiefland to play the Indians to see which of those two teams goes into the final match. It will be the Cowboys and the Indians in Chiefland with kickoff at 7:30 p.m.
     The Hathorne Hornets and the Chipley Tigers are the other two teams playing to see who goes into the final game.

 



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Chiefland goes on in football
Indian fullback Junior Brown rumbles through the Chiefland line with good blockers aiding his progress. The run moved the ball to within two yards of the endzone.

Chiefland goes on in football
Chiefland runner Donovan Minichello finds running room around the right end.

Chiefland goes on in football
Chiefland running back Dakota Fisher runs behind a block by Kyle Whistler (58) on his way to a first down. 

Chiefland goes on in football
Chiefland quarterback Clint Thomas darts through an opening in the Chiefland line for big yardage.

Chiefland goes on in football
Union County quarterback Aj Cortese hands off to Rayvon Durant for a short burst into the endzone.

Chiefland goes on in football
Tiger running back Thomas Williams looks for a hole in the Chiefland defense as he tries to move his team away from its own goal line.


     The final play of the game, of any consequence, came down to an onside kick by Union County. It was the Tigers last ditch effort to avert a loss and it didn’t work. Chiefland recovered at the Tiger 45. Union County was out of timeouts. Chiefland ran out the clock.
     The Chiefland crowd roared its approval and swarmed down from the stands to congratulate the players and coaches. Head Chiefland Varsity Football Coach Adam Gore said he was just happy for his kids, all of whom were born and raised in Chiefland.
      “It’s just a bunch of Chiefland kids playing for each other and their hometown,” Gore said. “I’m proud of them. They fought and fought and fought. We were the most physical team.”
     A week earlier, Gore said the Lafayette Middle High School Hornets played well against Chiefland in the first round of the playoffs. He said Chiefland was lucky to win. He said the players didn’t like it. They were ready to play a more physical brand of football Friday night. He said the tough, physical style of play won the game.
      “It’s special for us to play for each other and our community,” he said.
     Chiefland is 11-1. Union County ended its season 12-1.
     Union County Coach Andrew Thomas said his team didn’t play as well as it has in other games this season.
      “They outplayed us. They executed better than us. We made too many mistakes,” Thomas said. “We did a lot of uncharacteristic things tonight, but you got to give them a lot of credit.”
     Thomas said a fourth quarter Tigers’ punt that Chiefland blocked and converted to a touchdown was the first blocked punt for his team this season. He said an attempted two-point conversion pass at the very end of the game that sailed over the hands of a Tiger receiver is what robbed the visiting team of a chance to tie the game. He said the overthrown pass summed up the night.
      “That was play was a good example of the way our game went,” he said.
     Chiefland got on the scoreboard first when Dylan Cochran kicked a 33-yard field goal with 6:34 left in the fourth quarter.    
Union County quickly returned fire, scoring on a 35-yard touchdown run by quarterback Aj Cortese.
     The extra point was good. Union County led 7-3 with 6:01 left in the first quarter.
     Chiefland’s explosive offense retaliated less than a minute later with a 70-yard run by Dakota Fisher. Quarterback Clint Thomas ran for a two-yard touchdown. Cochran added the extra point for the Indians and Chiefland took back the lead.
     The Indian defense continued to flex its muscles, holding Union County short of first down yardage repeatedly.
     As the second quarter began, the Indians forced a punt and ambushed Union County with an unexpected hurry-up offense that left the Tigers reeling and unable to get organized. Thomas sliced through the center of the Union County defense for a five-yard touchdown.
     Cochran added the extra point giving Chiefland a 17-7 lead with 9:35 left in the half.
     Chiefland wasn’t finished. With the second quarter winding down, the Indians drove from their own 29 to score on a 40-yard run by Thomas. The extra point missed. Chiefland led 23-7 with 3:10 left in the half.
     The Indians were driving toward the Union County end zone again with about a minute left in the half when a Chiefland fumble vanished into a tangle of bodies around the Union County 10-yard line. It wasn’t obvious from the sidelines who recovered the ball, but a Union County player apparently presented the ball to the referee. The ball was awarded to the Tigers.
     Seconds later, the Tigers scored on a 70-yard touchdown pass to receiver Daylyn Diston. He also ran for the two-point conversion with 22 seconds left in the half. Chiefland led 23-13 as the half ended.
     The Tigers closed the scoring gap late in the third quarter when Rayvon Durant blasted through the Chiefland defense on a 40-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion run failed, leaving the score 23-21.
     The momentum of the game changed halfway through the fourth quarter when a Union County drive stalled. The Tigers’ fourth down punt was blocked by Chiefland’s Jon Adams and returned for a touchdown. The extra point failed. Chiefland expanded its lead to 29-21 with 6:48 left in the game.
     Three minutes later, Union County scored its final touchdown of the night on a short run by Durant. However, the two-point conversion pass sailed over the hands of the intended receiver, preserving Chiefland’s 29-27 lead.
     Union County’s onside kick attempt failed. Chiefland recovered. The Indians ran out the clock.
    


Log Cabin Quilters Levy County
Column and Photos
By Myrtice Scabarozi
Published Nov. 23, 2021 at 11:11 a.m.
     LEVY COUNTY –
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.
     Can’t believe it’s that time of the year already. Fortunately the weather hasn’t been that cold yet, although there may be frost in the area tomorrow (Wednesday, Nov. 24).

     We’re so thankful for all the support from our friends and visitors. Our support this year has been fantastic with several new “volunteers” that helped get our sign back up on U.S. Alt. 27 and we got our new quilts up for all to see. Then, there are all those other friends who came in and took time to sit a spell and talk with us.
     We did get a few older quilt books and magazines. Magazines in the 1980s were much smaller and the photos not as vibrant. The older quilt books are interesting to see how quilting has changed over time. Thanks for bringing these items to us. We’ll find them a new home.
     All of us will be with friends and family for Thanksgiving. We are looking forward to getting stuffed, but we’re not as thrilled about the dishes to be washed afterward.
     It looks like we won’t get our adult male inmate helpers from Lancaster Correctional Institution until next year. The Holiday weeks and vacation that are taken by staff make it unlikely that we’ll see them till January. It just gives me a chance to add more things to add to the to-do list. It also keeps our excuse for not getting everything in place working.

Log Cabin Quilters
A handmade Santa blank card for someone special. This Santa was created on an embroidery machine, and then cut out to attach to the card.

Log Cabin Quilters
Handmade cards can be colorful postcards to send to friends.

Log Cabin Quilters
Almost everyone must have a cat friend that needs a card.

Log Cabin Quilters
Handmade cards can be found for almost any special occasion.

 


Indians win in overtime thriller
Chiefland Wins Again
Chiefland receiver Donovan Minichello outruns his Hornet counterpart as he waits for a 35-yard touchdown pass to fall into his hands.

By Terry Witt, HardisonInk.com Correspondent
© Nov. 20, 2021 at 1:11 p.m.
     CHIEFLAND --
The Chiefland Middle High School Indians Varsity Football Team defeated the Lafayette County Middle High School Hornets Friday night (Nov. 19) by a score of 28-27 with a goal-line defensive stand that won the game in overtime and sent the Chiefland fans into a cheering frenzy. 

 



Chiefland Wins Again
Indian runner Dakota Fisher puts his helmet down as he runs for yardage.

Chiefland Wins Again
Lafayette quarterback Marlo Thomas keeps the football on a run around left end.

Chiefland Wins Again
Chiefland quarterback Clint Thomas looks for receivers as he backpedals behind his line.

Chiefland Wins Again
Chiefland runner Junior Brown takes a handoff from quarterback Clint Thomas for a first down.

    
     Chiefland’s win advances the Indians to the second round of the Florida High School Athletic Association Class 1A state playoffs against Union County next week in Chiefland.
     The game on Friday night, played in Chiefland, was won after the Hornets decided to go for the win in overtime. The visiting team attempted a two-point conversion after their touchdown in overtime, rather than kicking an extra point.
     The Indians stopped the run short of the end zone, ending the game.
     It had been an extremely hard fought and physical game. When the Indian tacklers realized they had sealed the victory, they ran to hug each other and their coaches. Some Hornet players fell to the ground in disbelief and frustration.
     The Chiefland team scored its first touchdown in overtime when speedster Dakota Fisher blasted through an opening in the Hornet defense for the score. Dylan Cochran added the extra point after touchdown.
     In high school overtime, each team gets a chance to score from the 10-yard-line. After Chiefland took the lead in overtime, Hornet quarterback Marlo Thomas sliced through the Chiefland line to score a touchdown for Lafayette County.
     The score was 28-27.
     Layfayette County took a timeout to discuss strategy. When the Hornets lined up for their attempted two-point conversion, Thomas got the call again, but Chiefland gang-tackled Thomas before he could score.
     Chiefland head Varsity Football Coach Adam Gore said he told his coaches and players if the Hornets scored a touchdown in overtime, they would attempt a two-point conversion to win the game.
      “I said be prepared for it. We were. We coached them up and we were ready to go,” Coach Gore said. “I’m happy for the seniors. I’m happy for all the guys. Just a good bunch of kids.”
     Gore said he was glad his seniors got a chance to experience the type of success the team had this year. Chiefland is 10-1 going into next Friday’s game. He said the previous time he coached Chiefland in 2018 the seniors on this team were freshman when he called them up to play on the varsity.
     Last year, during global COVID-19 pandemic, the team won a single game. This year was very different. The sophomores dominate the ranks, with a sprinkling of juniors and seniors, and they have found a winning identity the 2021 season as they have enjoyed success.
     Lafayette County, which finished 8-5 for the season, fought hard against Chiefland. Hornets Head Varsity Football Coach Marcus Edwards said he didn’t regret going for the win on a two-point conversion run.
      “That’s who we are,” Coach Edwards said. “They fought all night. They wanted to continue to fight. That was our way of continuing to fight. If I had to do it over again, I’d do the same thing.” 
     Edwards was asked if Chiefland’s 1997 state championship win over Layfayette County played any role in motivating the team to compete at such a high level. Edwards said he was present for the 1997 game, but it wasn’t a factor in Friday’s game.
      “This was these guys’ season. I wanted to go as far as we could go with these guys. They wanted to go as far as they could. They played that way. They played their butts off tonight and that’s all I can ask of those guys,” he said.
     Longtime Chiefland fans said this was the first overtime win for Chiefland since 1980 when the Indians defeated the Newberry Panthers. In that game more than 40 years ago, the Indians tied the Panthers in regulation but weren’t given an opportunity in overtime to score.
     Chiefland coaches filed an appeal. Newberry was brought back to finish the game with Chiefland. The Indians won in overtime. That’s the way fans remember it.
     The Lafayette County Hornets dominated the first half of Friday’s game. They were more physical than Chiefland, according to Gore. But he said the Indians came back out in the second half and took the fight to the Hornets.
      “I asked them at halftime. I went in there smiling and I just said, I got a young team, a young bunch. I want to see how you guys are going to respond. Are you going to wilt and cave -- or are you going to fight?” Gore said. “They fought. We knew that they (Lafayette County) knew as the game went on, we were starting to get momentum as far as controlling the line of scrimmage. And that’s really what it boils down to is controlling the line of scrimmage and Chiefland owned that in the second half.”
     Quick Scores
     Chiefland scored first in the game when Indian speedster Dakota Fisher broke loose for a 70-yard touchdown run on the Indians’ opening offensive series. Cochran added the extra point with 10:25 remaining in the first quarter.
     Lafayette County quickly tied the score on its first possession when Thomas threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Carter Higginbothan. The extra point was good.
     In the second quarter, Chiefland drove from its own 16 to score on a 41-yard run by Clint Thomas. Cochran added the extra point.
     Lafayette County capitalized on a Chiefland fumble before the half, and the Hornets quickly drove to score on a short run by Thomas. The extra point was good and the score was tied at 14-14 going into halftime.
     The Hornets ambushed Chiefland on the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter when Thomas threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to Nic’kel Freeman. The extra point was good. The Hornets led 21-14.
     Chiefland returned the favor late in the third quarter when Thomas found Donovan Minichello for a 35-yard touchdown pass that caught the Hornets’ defense by surprise.
     The score was 21-21 at the end of regulation time.


Lady Timberwolves Cross Country Team
earns 11th place at national track meet

FGC Lady Timberwolves Cross Country Team 2021
Pausing for a photo opportunity in Richmond, Virginia, are FGC Women’s Cross Country Team members (from left) Kyla Desmartin, Merlin Leal, Savana Thomas, Ariel Anderson, Kayla Desmartin and Fallon Flynn.

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By FGC Public Information Specialist Stephen Culotti
Published Nov. 19, 2021 at 9:11 a.m.
     LAKE CITY –
Florida Gateway College Women’s Cross Country placed 11th in the nation at the NJCAA Division II National Championships on Saturday, Nov. 13, with a team average of 21:31.

     Forty-nine teams from across the United States of America were represented at the competition in Richmond, Virginia, with 26 sending full teams for scoring.
     FGC freshman Ariel Anderson put in the team’s fastest time with 20:16, a new personal record.
     “I think the season ending was very good, and I’m so proud of myself alongside the team,” Kyla Desmartin said. “We were ranked No. 14 going into nationals and came out as No. 11
in the nation.”
     Kyla Desmartin, who like Anderson also is a freshman, put in a personal record (PR) of 21:01 at this track meet.

     ● Ariel Anderson (Santa Fe High School - freshman) 20:16 PR
     ● Kyla Desmartin (Branford High School - freshman) 21:01 PR
     ● Kayla Desmartin (Branford High School - freshman) 21:08 PR
     ● Fallon Flynn (Santa Fe High School - freshman) 23:27
     ● Merlin Leal (Suwannee High School -sophomore) 22:30 PR
     ● Savana Thomas (Bell High School - sophomore) 22:38 PR

     “Between the Regional meet on Oct. 29 and the National meet on Saturday, all six team members achieved Personal Records,” FGC Head Coach April Morse said. “In its 4th year, the Lady Timberwolves Cross Country team had its most successful national finish. One of the first things that we coaches tell the team members is this: In order to get faster, you have to learn how to run slow.
     “It doesn’t make much sense to highly competitive athletes, and takes patience for them to get buy-in,” Coach Morse continued. “However, this group of ladies learned the principle early on, watching their resting heart rates drop while increasing their weekly miles to 10-15 above what they ran in high school. Then the following year, slowly increase to another 10-15 miles per week.”
     Morse praised the team’s two sophomores (Merlin Leal and Savana Thomas) in their final season at FGC.
     “These two will leave some big shoes to fill for our upcoming recruits,” Coach Morse said.

 


CKS FFA Tours Seahorse Key
CKS FFA
On Friday (Nov. 12), the Cedar Key School’s Senior FFA Chapter boated out (thanks to Capt. Kenny McCain) to Seahorse Key for the annual Haunted Lighthouse retreat. This trip has been going on since the founding of the chapter and the group this year was happy to continue the tradition that had been put on hold for two years (due to the global COVID-19 pandemic). 

CKS FFA
CKS Senior FFA Chapter members toured the island and quickly became fodder for mosquitoes. Despite the weather and the bugs, all of the students said they had a phenomenal time. Activities included line dancing, beach racing, karaoke and card games. The Chapter notes its appreciation, too, to additional chaperones Marissa DeHaven and Cody Wetherington.
Published Nov. 17, 2021 at 3:11 p.m.

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By CKS Middle and Senior Chapters FFA Advisor Rachel Wetherington 

 


FWC to host Florida State Fish
Art Contest for students
Deadline to enter is March 31

FWC Art Contest For students
Artwork by Zelin Wang, Grade 11

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By Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Published Nov. 5, 2021 at 8:11 a.m.
     TALLAHASSEE -
- The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), in partnership with Wildlife Forever, recently announced they will host the Florida State Fish Art Contest again this year.

     Students in kindergarten through twelfth grade can compete in this free contest for a chance to win state and national honors, and prizes. This program inspires creativity while developing the next generation of anglers and conservationists.
     Florida winners will be selected by the FWC in four grade categories, kindergarten through third grade, fourth through sixth grade, seventh through ninth grade and tenth through twelfth grade. State winners will advance to the National Competition to be judged for top prizes including Best of Show.
     The deadline to enter is March 31, 2022.
      “We are committed to increasing youth participation in freshwater and saltwater fishing through this effort,” said Eric Sutton, Executive Director of the FWC. “The State Fish Art program is a unique and creative way to connect to youth anglers and the FWC is proud to be sponsoring the initiative for Florida.”
     To enter, students from Florida should submit their entry at Wildlife Forever – Florida Art, consisting of the following:
     An original horizontal 9-inch by 12-inch piece of artwork featuring any fish from the Official Fish List.
     CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK TO THE OFFICIAL FISH LIST.
     A piece of creative writing, no longer than one page, about the chosen species (required for grades 4-12).
     A Florida State Fish Art Contest entry form. 
     CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK TO THE FORM.

 


Museum invites all to
A Dickens Christmas, Nov. 16-Jan. 5


A Dickens Christmas: The Urban Family Holiday Exhibition is on view Nov. 16-Jan.6.

Information and Photos Provided By CF Marketing and Public Relations
     OCALA —
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, announce the annual exhibition, A Dickens Christmas: The Urban Family Holiday Exhibition, on view Nov. 16-Jan. 6.



Appleton
A detail of the popular Dickens Village.

Appleton
Nutcrackers from all over the world are on display in A Dickens Christmas: The Urban Family Holiday Exhibition.”

Appleton
Visitors can take photos with Santa from 1-4 p.m. on Dec. 11 at the Urban Family Community Day.


     This beloved collection adorns the first floor of the museum with 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. In addition to ornately decorated trees, see the architecture, customs and history of Victorian England come alive in the popular miniature Dickens Village.
     Also on display, an extensive collection of nutcrackers from all around the world features handmade Byers’ Choice caroler dolls.

On the second floor, see trees decorated by community groups and organizations. Participating organizations include: Agapanthus Ocala; Appleton Artspace; Association of Florida Colleges CF Chapter; CF Student Activities Board; NOMA Gallery; Ocala Civic Theatre; TJM Promos; and Urban Family Counseling.
     On Saturday, Dec. 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m
., the annual Urban Family Community Day event offers free admission to enjoy the permanent collection and special exhibitions, including “A Dickens Christmas” and “Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau,” and holiday crafts in the Artspace.
     From 1-4 p.m. on Dec. 11, take photos with Santa. Food trucks will be onsite throughout the day.
     Looking for the perfect holiday gift? An Appleton membership is truly the gift that gives all year. Multiple membership levels are available to fit the needs of every individual, couple or family. Visit AppletonMuseum.org for membership details.
     You can also visit the Appleton Store any time with no admission fee to find unique gifts for all ages including artist-made and vintage jewelry, art books and activities for adults and children, holiday home decor and more.

About the Urban Family Collection
     Joyce Urban’s love of Christmas began when she was a child in the city of Philadelphia. Every year she would go see the elaborate decorations at the department stores that were set up along the path she walked as she went to see Santa.
     This wonder of Christmas has stayed with her through the years. She began publicly displaying her collection in 1989 because she wanted to provide a place for children of all ages to experience the holiday magic she enjoyed as a child. Over the years her Christmas Tour has raised money for many local charities including Harvest International, Interfaith, Pilot Club, Women’s Pregnancy Center and the Counseling Resource Center where she once worked as a counselor
      In 2012 Joyce opened Urban Counseling where she continues her legacy of helping others.
     The Appleton Museum, Artspace and store are open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. 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 https://www.appletonmuseum.org/.

 


Visual Artists’ Society
'Best Of The Season' exhibition
at CF from Nov. 8 through Dec. 9

CF Art Bes Of The Season

Above is 'Falcon Heavy,' a photograph by Don Frame and the previous 'Best of the Season' ribbon winner.

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By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published Oct. 5, 2021 at 7:11 a.m.
     OCALA --
The Visual Artists’ Society presents “Best of the Season: In Search of Excellence” Nov. 8 through Dec. 9 at the College of Central Florida Webber Gallery, 3001 S.W. College Road, Ocala.
     There is no fee to visit the gallery.

     “After a year with virtual exhibitions, unexpected closures, and many uncertainties, the VAS artists return with an exhibition that allows us to see how they have come through the pandemic,” said Tyrus Clutter, Visual Arts faculty at CF. “We have all been changed in some way, and this exhibition will give us a peek at the best works these artists have produced during these tumultuous months.”
    The exhibit will be judged by Marcella Martin who is a sculptor, watercolorist and rocket scientist. She has exhibited in Stockholm, Sweden; San Diego, California; and now Florida. She has a signature membership with the San Diego Watercolor Society.
     “Best of the Season” is one of two VAS exhibitions each year and has always been an important and exciting part of the Webber series of exhibits, which showcase a variety of styles and mediums, including more traditional paintings and photographs, as well as jewelry, sculpture and digital media.
    VAS has more than 85 members from all over Marion County and Central Florida including professional and amateur artists, and many of CF’s talented students.
    Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The gallery is closed Friday through Sunday and college-observed holidays. For additional information, call 352-873-5809.

 


CF Citrus campus to display
poetry-inspired art Oct. 4 through Dec. 3

Poetry becomes art
Crow Gone Rogue by Brenda Spilios, leader of the art group artOasis.

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By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published Sept. 14, 2021 at 3:11 p.m.
    LECANTO —
The College of Central Florida will exhibit the work of six local artists inspired by the haiku-inspired poems of Wallace Stevens. 

     “Blackbird Bound: Visual Verses” will be on display from Oct. 4 through Dec. 3 at the Citrus Campus, 3800 S. Lecanto Highway.
     Through paintings and sculptures, the artists have reimagined Steven’s “13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird,” which explores different ways of seeing and perceiving the world. This delightful exhibit displays selected artworks alongside Stevens’ poems, pairing art with literature. Visual sensations in the poems and artworks include winter landscapes, geometry, and fairy tales. All play with point of view and perception.
     There is no fee to view the exhibit, which is on display in the upper level of the Dorothea Jerome Building. Viewing hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
     The exhibit will be closed during the weekend. For more information contact Michele Wirt, Visual Arts and Humanities faculty, at 352-746-6721, ext. 6131, or email wirtm@cf.edu

 


Appleton Museum of Art
to open new show
‘Heart Of The Horse:
Photographs by Juliet van Otteren’

Oct. 9, 2021-April 24, 2022

Appleton Museum of Art horse photo
Contemplation 1/19,’ 2003, Silver gelatin print, 16 x 20 in.

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By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published Sept. 1, 2021 at 10:11 a.m.
     OCALA --
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, announces “Heart of the Horse: Photographs by Juliet van Otteren,” on view Oct. 9, 2021-April 24, 2022.
     The 40 black and white photographs of horses reflect the beauty and complexity of these exquisite animals.

     Internationally acclaimed photographer Juliet van Otteren’s photographs seek more than the simple documentation of beautiful horses. Rather, her black and white images strive to capture their essence, perhaps even a glimpse into their souls. By spending significant time with a limited number of equine subjects, van Otteren is able to forge an intimate connection that captures their grace, close familial relationships, playfulness, and their ancient bond with us as human beings.
     Juliet van Otteren began creating photographs when she lived in various communities in the Himalayas and the Middle East. After living in the serenity of the English countryside for many years, van Otteren returned to the United States in the late 1990s and is now based in Florida.
     Her work is in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery in London, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris, among many others. Private collections include those of Gloria Vanderbilt, William Kennedy, Isabel Allende and Stephen Hawking.
     Today, van Otteren continues to travel the world creating unique images. The accompanying catalog, “Heart of the Horse,” with texts by astrophysicist and author Alan Lightman and a foreword by renowned primatologist Jane Goodall, was published by Barnes & Noble in 2004. The book will be available for purchase in the Appleton Store.

     The Appleton Museum, Artspace and Store are open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. 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 https://www.appletonmuseum.org/.

 


French Art Nouveau
exhibition set for Nov. 6-Jan. 9

Appleton Museum of Art  HardisonInk.com
Alphonse Mucha, “Zodiaque,” 1896, Color lithograph on paper mounted on linen.

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By Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published Sept. 20, 2021 at 10:11 a.m.
     OCALA --
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, announces “Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau,” on view from Nov. 6 through Jan. 9, 2022.

     Selected from the The Dhawan Collection, Los Angeles, one of the finest private collections of Mucha’s work in the United States, the exhibition presents 75 works by Mucha, who is most often remembered for the prominent role he played in shaping the aesthetics of French Art Nouveau at the turn of the 20th century.
     Included in the exhibition are rare original lithographs and proofs, an oil painting, drawings, a pastel, and books, posters, portfolios and ephemera. The exhibition is curated by esteemed art historian Gabriel Weisberg, professor of Art History, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, who has provided an essay for the exhibition catalog. Weisberg writes, “In 1900, when the widely distributed French periodical Art et Décoration published a long and exhaustive article on the work of Alphonse Mucha (1860–1939), the Czechoslovakian artist was at the pinnacle of his creative powers.
     Varied, expressive, and seductive, his works were given the name “the Mucha style.” Later the style was identified as “Art Nouveau.”
     Mucha’s successes in many fields of creativity are revealed in the exhibition, dedicated to the broad range of his work. The exhibition focuses on posters, book and journal illustrations, the Slav Epic canvases, and the ways Mucha revitalized an interest in these media.  It provides an opportunity to see how the different media, clients and objectives reflect the time period in which the artist lived and worked.
      “Mucha’s ability to understand the major creative themes of the day, to use them in the most original ways possible, and to create works of art that remain seductive for future generations, is truly his great triumph,” Weisberg said.
     With objects drawn from the extensive Dhawan Collection, and with the publication of this catalog, the exhibition provides a new, original way of seeing one of the most prolific creators of fin-de-siècle imagery.
     The exhibition and museum tour were organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, of Los Angeles, California.


Upcoming Exhibition Events

Online Exhibition Talk with Angelina Lippert
“The Art Nouveau Posters of Alphonse Mucha” -- Sunday, Dec. 12, 2 p.m.

     Learn more about Alphonse Mucha and his iconic posters in this free online talk by Angelina Lippert, chief curator of Poster House in New York City. Poster House is the first museum in the United States dedicated exclusively to posters. There is no fee or registration required to attend.
Meeting ID: 939 8382 6915
Passcode: 011181


     The Appleton Museum, Artspace and Store are open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m.
     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 https://www.appletonmuseum.org/.

 


 

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