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Published Jan. 18, 2021 at 9:10 a.m.

CF and Appleton Museum of Art launch new websites
By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published Jan. 19, 2021 at 10:10 a.m.
     OCALA —
The College of Central Florida and Appleton Museum of Art have launched new websites with fresh design and improved functionality that focuses on the user experience.


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     “Now more than ever, it’s vital that information about college and museum programs and services be easily accessible and inviting,” Dr. Jim Henningsen, CF president, said. “We have reimagined the college site to better showcase the experience of being a CF student and the museum site to highlight artwork and programming. Both sites reflect the quality of what we offer at the College of Central Florida.”
     A complete redesign, features drop-down menus to assist with finding information on admissions, academic programs, student life, and more. The site also offers a new search tool that makes it easy to explore programs, degrees and certificates available at CF. Website visitors can filter results by area of study, degree type and online vs. on-campus availability. The website was a collaborative effort based on input from students, staff, faculty and community members and is fully mobile-responsive.
     The Appleton Museum’s site,, features more imagery to better highlight the special exhibitions and permanent collection. With the new events and education calendars, website visitors can see what’s happening at the Appleton in an easily digestible format, filterable by event type such as films, themed tours and more.
     “The new Appleton website reinforces the museum’s mission to activate the collections, and to enhance our ability to serve our community,” Appleton Museum Director Jason Steuber said.


CF International Film Fest
kicks off Jan. 26 at drive-in

By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published Jan. 13, 2021 at 7:10 a.m.
     OCALA —
The College of Central Florida is excited and proud to continue its long-running International Film Festival with a safe, socially distanced format featuring classic, international films and scholar film talks. Screenings will take place at the Ocala Drive-In theater located at 4850 S. Pine Ave., Ocala, for free followed the next day with an online discussion.
     Each film can also be screened from the safety of one’s own home at a time of convenience via free, internet film streaming services.  The Ocala Drive-in film screenings and accompanying scholar film talks on topics central to each film can be viewed on the dates and times listed below.
     The first film, “Man with a Movie Camera,” will be featured on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m. with online discussion on Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. hosted by Janna Jones. This 1929 Soviet film by Dziga Vertov is an early experimental documentary that depicts daily life in the Soviet Union in 1920s, but it also is full of playful and breathtaking cinematic tricks. Vertov takes full advantage of the observational powers of the film camera, for he wanted to reveal the ways in which the cinema eye can capture ordinary life. This is a silent film and has a total run time of 80 minutes. Jones, the host for the Wednesday discussion, is a professor of Creative Media and Film in the School of Communication at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. A 20th century historian, Jones’ scholarship focuses on the history of cinema-going, historic movie theaters, amateur filmmaking, public exhibition, architectural preservation, urban and suburban history, and public art.
      “The Sheik,” will be presented Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. with online discussion on Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. hosted by Linda Levitt. This film features Paris-educated Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassam, who is known for providing brides for wealthy Arabs. Currently celebrating its centennial, this Hollywood silent film solidified Rudolph Valentino’s stardom and earned him the nickname “the Great Lover.” In a classic example of Orientalism in Western art, Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassan (Valentino) encounters Lady Diana Mayo (Agnes Ayres), a headstrong Western woman, in the African desert and kidnaps her. He intends to seduce her, and over time she develops affection toward her captor. Despite the presence of an independent female lead, the film reflects the social norms of the 1920s, offering a romantic drama particular to its time. This film has a total run time of 86 minutes.
      “Metropolis,” will be presented Tuesday, March 30, at 8 p.m. with online discussion on Wednesday, March 31, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. hosted by Mark Neuman. This German science-fiction film (Giorgio Moroder’s edition) presents a highly stylized futuristic city where a beautiful and cultured utopia exists above a bleak underworld populated by mistreated workers. When the privileged youth Freder discovers the grim scene under the city, he becomes intent on helping the workers. He befriends the rebellious teacher but this puts him at odds with his authoritative father, leading to greater conflict. This film and has a total run time of 153 minutes.
      “The Night of the Living Dead,” will be presented Tuesday, April 27, at 8 p.m. with online discussion on Wednesday, April 28, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. hosted by Sezin Koehler. After Barbra and her brother Johnny are attacked by a strange, lurching man while visiting their uncle's grave and Johnny is killed, Barbra manages to escape to a nearby farmhouse as more of these murderous flesh-eating people come out of the woods. Barbra is quickly met by Ben, a Black man who quickly takes charge of the situation and everyone's safety as best he can, all the while they continue to be violently set upon by hordes of the undead. With an unforgettable and heartbreaking conclusion, George Romero's seminal 1968 horror film isn't only a terrifying story of its own right, its social commentary on race in America has continued to remain relevant in the decades since. This film has a total run time of 96 minutes.
     For links to the screenings and discussion, and for a full series list and more information on the International Film Series, contact Wendy Adams at 352-873-5800, ext. 1546, or visit


Learn how to saltwater fish
through free FWC Virtual
Saltwater Fishing Clinics

Learn to fish FWC

Story and Photo Provided
By FWC Communications
Published Jan. 13, 2021 at 7:10 a.m.
Want to learn how to saltwater fish in Florida? Join the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for a series of free Virtual Saltwater Fishing Clinics for beginner anglers age 16 and older to learn how to saltwater fish and help conserve our marine resources for the future.
     Discover the importance of fisheries conservation and stewardship through the fun and exciting sport of fishing! You’ll be taught basic fishing skills and knowledge that can be used, shared and built upon for a lifetime of catching Florida memories with those you love.
     Fishing clinic sessions will prepare you for a day out on the water to enjoy the amazing variety of saltwater fishing opportunities Florida has to offer. Sessions will include topics on conservation, rods and reels, tackle, baits, rigs, knot tying, habitats, fish handling, best practices and additional resources.
     Registration is required and must be completed two days prior to the session date. Participation is limited to 50 anglers per course; anglers who register after the 50-person limit has been reached will be put on a waiting list. Anglers must use Microsoft Teams to participate.
     Ready to dive into a course on saltwater fishing? Virtual Saltwater Fishing Clinics are offered as a course that includes seven separate 1-hour sessions held every Tuesday evening from 6:30-7:30 p.m. ET for seven consecutive weeks. Anglers must be able to attend all seven sessions. Each course has the same content, so anglers only need to register for one course. Those who attend a course will receive a free starter tackle box.
     Register for a Virtual Saltwater Fishing Clinic seven-week course:
     ● Jan. 19 (includes seven sessions)
     ● March 9 (includes seven sessions)
     ● April 27 (includes seven sessions)
     Don’t have enough time to commit to a seven-week course? Participate in our Mini Virtual Saltwater Fishing Clinics instead and you’ll learn about saltwater fishing and conservation in a bite-size format to fit your busy schedule. These 90-minute virtual events will be held once a month on a Thursday evening from 6-7:30 p.m. ET. Each session has the same content, so anglers only need to register for one single session.
     Register for a Mini Virtual Saltwater Fishing Clinic session:
     ● Jan. 28 (single session)
     ● Feb. 25 (single session)
     ● March 25 (single session)
     ● April 22 (single session)
     ● May 13 (single session)
     ● June 10 (single session)
     Can’t carve out time to participate in either format right now? Don’t worry, later this year we’ll post videos of these virtual clinics on our webpage so you can take the course sessions at a time and pace that works best for you.


Shell Mound Offers Views
Shell Mound Levy County Florida
A chilly, overcast day in January shows the sun not quite able to send its warming rays to Earth.

Video of Sandpipers and a boat at Shell Mound in Levy County Florida
To SEE This set of video clips CLICK ON THE PHOTO ABOVE. The video shows sandpipers enjoying the water and then flying quickly. The set includes a motorboat scooting through the water as well.

Shell Mound Levy County Florida
While Shell Mound Park in Levy County has been known to be crowded on occasion, late Sunday afternoon (Jan. 10) it was relatively empty as seen in these photographs. A 20-minute visit to the area near the boat launch offered a chance to get away from other aspects of life in America.

Shell Mound Levy County Florida
A lone kayaker enjoys the waterway.

Shell Mound Levy County Florida
The boardwalk and fishing pier includes no people during these few minutes. A sign on the pier notes the limit of 10 occupants at the most as well as advising people to maintain distance as part of the hygiene from the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Shell Mound Levy County Florida
This one section of the many marshlands of the area around Shell Mound is part of the natural beauty.

Shell Mound Levy County Florida
One of the many sandpipers in the water off of Shell Mound on Sunday pauses for a moment. There were other species of water fowl in the area there and then too.

Photos and Video By Jeff M. Hardison © Jan. 12, 2021 at 9:10 p.m.
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2021 Old Florida Celebration
of the Arts design contest
winner announced

Working Waterfront winning art by Tammy Archer of Sebring

Story, Photo and Art
Provided by CKAC
Published Jan. 11, 2021 at 8:10 a.m.
     CEDAR KEY --
The Cedar Key Arts Center, coordinating sponsor of the spring arts festival in Cedar Key, is cautiously, and optimistically moving forward with plans for the “re-envisioned” Old Florida Celebration of the Arts in Cedar Key, April 17 and 18.

Tammy Archer of Sebring




Tammy Archer



    The festival committee is delighted to announce the 2021 Design Contest Winner, Tammy Archer of Sebring. This year the design contest theme was “Working Waterfront” and the committee felt that Tammy’s colorful watercolor reflected both the relaxed atmosphere and hard-working spirit of Cedar Key.
     Tammy Archer was born and raised in a small country town in New York and has been developing her artistic skills and talents since early childhood. In 2003, Tammy’s strong desire to create artwork and entrepreneurial spirit led her to turn her art into a full-time passion and small business.
     She began selling her artwork at art festivals in New York and online and in just five years, sold more than 1,200 paintings on eBay. After moving to Florida in 2008, Tammy opened her art studio and gallery in Sebring.
     Tammy loves fishing and being outdoors, taking in all of what Mother Nature has to offer. This is evidenced and reflected in her artwork’s signature style of bringing ideas to life with vibrant colors and bold lines. Being a self-taught and self-represented artist has given Tammy the freedom to experiment and express herself through several techniques and mediums, including oils, acrylics, gouaches, inks, fabric and paper, and her favorite – watercolors.
     Tammy is always thinking of her next original creation, daring to be different and taking her work to new levels. She has won several awards for her whimsical designs and her bright, vibrant colors. Tammy Archer’s work can be found in private and business collections throughout the USA and Worldwide.
     The re-envisioned Old Florida Celebration of the Arts will continue to feature a talented group a fine artists and craftsmen in its friendly, open-air venue, but the layout has been modified to reduce congestion, encourage one-way flow, and to host a COVID-Safer Event. The slogan for the event is “We are all in this Together – MASK UP, BACK UP, WASH UP.”
     The art festival hosts’ primary concern is the health and safety of the community, volunteers and artists. The CKAC reserves the right to cancel by April 1 if the optimism has been unfounded and it is deemed unsafe at a local, state or federal level. Updates about the event will be posted on the website at


Levy County Florida

Column and Photos
By Myrtice Scabarozi
Published Jan. 18, 2021 at 9:10 a.m.
The Log Cabin Quilters met in the Levy County Quilt Museum -- 11050 N.W. 10th Ave. on Thursday (Jan. 14).
     We’re still going through boxes of UFOs (unfinished objects). We’ve been collected them for several months. Now is the time to sort them out and see is they can be finished. Some of the projects have a pattern, while many do not and often are missing the necessary fabric to finish them.
     The adult male inmates from Lancaster Correctional Institution were out. One of the first things they did was to change some of the quilts that were moved last week. We told them to expect that to happen. We need time to look around and see if that was the best placement of the quilts.
     Another project for our friendly volunteers from LCI was one of those “that’ll only take a few minutes to fix” activities. One of the kitchen cabinet doors wasn’t closing properly, which ended up taking four trips into town to get everything needed.
     Of course, more things went wrong in addition to the cabinet door. Thankfully, everything is OK now. Thanks, guys for your help.
    We’re expecting a group from the Rainbow Quilters in Citrus County to join us for lunch here in Levy County. We look forward to seeing them and catching up on their news since last year. They’ve been coming up for several years now, and it’s always a delight to see them.

Log Cabin Quilters Levy County Quilt Museum
Seen here is a preprinted quilt top that was recently donated.

Levy County Quilt Museum
This pieced quilt top that could fit a queen- or king-sized bed. The colors are great.


Rising Seas threaten history,
culture of Florida wildlife refuge

By Dan Chapman, public affairs specialist
Written Dec. 22, 2020
Sent Jan. 5, 2021
Published Jan. 8, 2021 at 9:10 a.m.
     CEDAR KEY –
Hurricane Sally’s outer winds were blowing hard, churning two-foot waves as Larry Woodward beached the skiff on Atsena Otie Key.
     The island, rich in history and wildlife, is disappearing, succumbing steadily to rising seas and hellacious storms that pummel the historic mills, cemetery and bird-loving habitats.
     The race was on. To get on and off the key before the Gulf became unnavigable. And, to preserve what remains of the Native American, colonial, military and industrial histories. Atsena Otie – “Cedar Island” in the language of the Muscogee – is part of the Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges.
     “It’s important to protect this island as best we can, at least the cultural aspects of it,” says Woodward, the deputy refuge manager, while following the oak-, pine- and saw palmetto-lined path to the cemetery. “It’s got a lot of history to it and we need to protect those resources. It all ties into our mission.”
     Its history will inform Florida’s future too, especially the coastal communities like Cedar Key sitting in the climactic crosshairs of sea level rise and evermore damaging storms.
     “Atsena Otie is showing us the future of what Cedar Key will look like,” says Ken Sassaman, an archaeologist at the University of Florida who’s spearheading an ambitious virtual reality project to reconstruct island life. “It’s time is not infinite. There’ll be a time when it’s inhospitable because of sea level rise and storms. If it’s not abandoned, they’ll have to re-engineer the place.”
     Woodward reached the cemetery perched on the key’s highest ground and encircled by oaks, palms and red bay swaying in the occasional breeze. The infamously voracious mosquitoes had disappeared. A lagoon, favored by fishers and kayakers, sat just below.
     “This is the one that just breaks my heart,” Woodward says standing over Georgia Lewis’ 1894 tombstone. “She was just 26 years old. She died at childbirth. Her child died three months later.”
     Life was never easy in the malarial, storm-wracked keys and coves where the mighty Suwannee River empties into the Gulf, about an hour west of Gainesville. (Atsena Otie is owned by the local water management district, yet managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.) Native Americans first inhabited the island more than 2,000 years ago only to succumb to European diseases and U.S. Army muskets.
     A trading post in the early 1820s, so-called “Depot Key” was transformed into a military stockade a decade later during the Second Seminole War. A hurricane leveled the island in 1842.
     Eberhard Faber bought thousands of acres of land filled with red cedar along the Suwannee River in Levy County in the 1850s. Cedar, once cut and dried, was prized by pencil makers because it didn’t warp or splinter. The Fabers opened a lumber mill in 1868 on the island – the original Cedar Key – and shipped cedar slats to Germany and New York where graphite, rubber and metal bands were added to make pencils.
     It was truly a global hub for business. A bustling port, and rail line to the Atlantic Ocean, fueled the town’s economic boom. Oyster, green turtle, sponge and fishing industries flourished. By the 1890s, the Faber mill produced enough wood for hundreds of thousands of pencils, according to Sassaman.
     “I didn’t think pencils could be so interesting,” the archaeologist says.
     The 1896 hurricane, though, destroyed the island and the mills, washing away the rail lines and downing miles of cedar trees. Thirty-one locals died in the unnamed storm. A year later the island was abandoned as the few, remaining residents moved to the mainland, congregating mostly in present-day Cedar Key.
     “Atsena Otie is mostly famous for being the site of the original town of Cedar Key and the major role it played in the local economy, mainly because of the factories there,” says Rick Kanaski, the Service’s archeologist in the Southeast. “It’s an important complex of buildings and a variety of archeological sites that span more than a thousand years of human occupation and we should do what we can to preserve its history.”
     Woodward, the refuge biologist, leaves the cemetery for the remains of the old Faber mill. He passes the concrete cistern and the iron-framed windmill, both defunct. He names the butterflies – Gulf fritillaries, zebra longwings, long-tailed skippers – flitting about the lantana and verbena. He keeps an eye out for the tell-tale signs of artifact hunters who illegally dig for coins, jewelry, Native American tools and bones.
     Woodward reaches the shoreline and the remains of the wood and brick pencil factory. Its foundation sits half-submerged in the roiling Gulf, surrounded by downed palms and leaning cedars. The storm-battered, and condemned, dock bobs nearby. Deadman’s Key shimmers in the distance.
     “There’s not much left here,” Woodward says. “It’s all washing away.”
     Kanaski and Sassaman are charged with preserving Atsena Otie’s history. It’s more a retrospective than a restoration effort. Because they know the island can’t be saved.
     “Quite frankly with sea level rise and the increasing intensity of storms we can anticipate increasing erosion and shoreline loss,” Kanaski, based in Savannah, says. “You’re not going to be able to turn back the sea. We need to continue our documentation and mapping efforts and then pick and choose the areas where we want to do more intensive investigations to highlight the various occupational periods and economic pursuits and life within this community, particularly in the 19th and early 20th centuries.”
     He’s working up a mitigation plan for the refuge, and the water management district, while documenting the Faber mill and Native American shell middens. Sassaman has already mapped and modeled the island’s old residential and industrial areas, as well as the cemetery. He’s partnering with a “digital reconstruction” company in Orlando to virtually recreate the key, circa 1890s. Digital Heritage Interactive uses archival research, geospatial analysis, remote sensing and virtual reality to bring “the past to life.” One day you’ll be able to click on a grave and, voila, the deceased’s biographical and genealogical information pops up.


Cedar Key Art Center provides
art in the gallery Jan. 9-31
Zoom talk on Jan. 13

Cedar Key Art Center

Cedar Key Art Center
These two pieces seen above are light sculptures of Susan Dallas-Swann. She is the featured artist in the main gallery

Information and Photos Provided
By Bev Ringenberg
Published Dec. 22, 2020 at 11:10 p.m.
     CEDAR KEY –
Everyone is invited to the Cedar Key Art Center’s gallery from Jan. 9 through Jan. 31 to view works by a mother and daughter.
     The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
     Susan Dallas-Swann and Debbie Meeks are the featured artists. There is no opening reception.
     Everyone is invited to join a Zoom talk at 2 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Jan. 13 as well. Contact for a Zoom invitation.
     The Cedar Key Arts Center is at 457 Second St. in Cedar Key. The website is at
     This mother/daughter exhibit is an exciting event. Celebrate art and family.
     Susan Dallas-Swann’s part of the exhibit is titled “Light Sculptures, Pastels, Prints.”
     “Light is my chosen artistic medium; everything we see is light,” she noted. “Being intrigued by light, I explored optics, physics, industrial products and electricity as well as traditional art materials to create light sculptures and projected light images in pastels, watercolor and digital photographs.”
     Her website is
     Debbie Meeks’ part of the exhibit is titled “Geometric Paintings and Birdhouses.”
     “Spare minimal designs and explosive atomic-age forms are my inspirations,” Meeks noted. “I am interested in the tension, energy and optimism of mid-century modern style.”
     Her website is


Art center workshops
scheduled for February;

First deadline to register is Feb. 9
Information and Graphics Provided
By Deidre Miller
Published Jan. 2, 2021 at 4:10 p.m.
     CEDAR KEY –
The Cedar Key Art Center, 457 Second St., is offering three workshops in February.
     Masks and social distancing are required to participate, because of the COVID-19 global pandemic.
     Following is the information for the workshops. Please remember to register before the deadline passes.

Beaded Bracelet Cedar Key Art Center
This is a representation of the Swarovski Crystal Beaded Bracelet that will be made by participants.

Tuesday, Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  
Swarovski Crystal Beaded Bracelet with Joni Sielaff

     • Make a 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 CKAC members and non-members. 
     • Register at the Keyhole or contact Joni directly at The maximum number of students is five and the minimum number is two. Deadline for registering is Feb. 9, one week before the class.   

Fish Rubbing Cedar Key Art Center
This is a representation of the Gyotaku known as ‘fish rubbing’ that will be made by participants.

Saturday, Feb. 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Gyotaku with Sandi Jackson

     • Sandi will teach the Japanese technique of Gyotaku known as “fish rubbing.” Students will learn how to prepare the fish, how to blend colors on the fish and how to select the correct paper or fabric for fish rubbing.
     • All supplies will be furnished. CKAC members $55 or $60 for non-members.
     • Sign up at the Keyhole or email Registration deadline is Feb. 13, week before the class.

Dot Painting Cedar Key Art Center
This is a representation of Dot Painting that will be made by participants.

Thursday, Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dot Painting with Sandy Witcher

     • Have fun playing with dots. Participants will use stylus tools and acrylic paints to make a small mosaic-like painting on photo paper.
     • The cost is $20 per participant, $25 if the participant is a non-member of CKAC, plus $10 for members and non-members for the dotting tool set that each student will take home.
     • Sign up at the Keyhole or contact Sandy at The maximum number of students is nine and the minimum number of participants is four.


Visual Arts faculty exhibition
at CF from today to Feb. 12

By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published Dec. 17, 2020 at 4:10 p.m.
Updated Jan. 11, 2021 at 10:10 a.m.
     OCALA --
The College of Central Florida will showcase the talent of its Visual Arts faculty in an exhibition that opens today (Monday, Jan. 11) in the Webber Gallery at the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road.
     This is the seventh Visual Arts Faculty exhibition, which takes place every other year. The exhibition provides the community and CF students and staff an opportunity to explore the talent of CF Visual Arts faculty. The participating artists will present a variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional works on display, including ceramics, prints, fiber, photography and mixed media pieces.
     “There are so many places to see original art now in the Central Florida region, and the Webber Gallery is no exception,” said Dr. Allan Danuff, CF associate vice president of Arts and Sciences. “The impressive background of our faculty is evident in the incredible maturity and interesting nature of the artwork presented in this exhibit.”
     The exhibit will continue through Friday, Feb. 12. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The gallery is closed Friday through Sunday and college-observed holidays. Admission is free. Masks are required to enter the gallery.


Appleton Museum of Art
to feature distinguished
African American art

62 selected works
on display Jan. 30-March 28

Art at the Appleton Jan. 30 - March 28
Sedrick Huckaby, “She Wore Her Family’s Quilt,” 2015, Oil on canvas, 24-inch by 18-inch

Photograph by Gregory Staley

Information and Photos Provided
By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published Dec. 17, 2020 at 12:10 p.m.
     OCALA --
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, is pleased to announce the scheduled presentation of “Memories & Inspiration: The Kerry and C. Betty Davis Collection of African American Art,” celebrating the passion of a couple who spent more than 35 years as devoted connoisseurs, building a collection of vivid artworks that are both resonant and remarkably personal.

Art at the Appleton Jan. 30 - March 28
Radcliffe Bailey, “Untitled,” 2004, Mixed Media, 38-inch by 59-inch.

Photograph by Gregory Staley © 2018 Radcliffe Bailey
Photograph Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, New York

Art at the Appleton Jan. 30 - March 28
Samella Lewis, “Field,” 1968, Lithograph, 26 x 20 in.

Photograph by Gregory Staley

     “Memories & Inspiration” is on view at the Appleton from Jan. 30-March 28, 2021.
     “Memories & Inspiration: The Kerry and C. Betty Davis Collection of African American Art” presents 62 selected works from a body of art amassed over 35 years. Kerry, a retired mailman, and Betty, a former television news producer, gladly gave up many ordinary comforts in order to live with extraordinary paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures as their principal luxuries. Their collection includes works by Radcliffe Bailey, Romare Bearden, Beverly Buchanan, Elizabeth Catlett, Ernest T. Crichlow, Sam Gilliam, Loïs Mailou Jones, Jacob Lawrence, Gordon Parks, Alma Thomas, and Charles White, but Kerry and Betty do not search exclusively for well-known and/or documented artists.
     Rather, they focus on the more meaningful task of gathering and preserving a range of artistic approaches to the black image, in order to console the psyche and contribute to a more authentic articulation of the self.
     The result is an eclectic gathering of pieces crossing different mediums, subjects and styles by a group of artists of the African Diaspora who - in terms of training, experience, and expression - are strikingly diverse but unified in their use of cultural and historical narratives. As their collection has grown, so has the Davises' storehouse of memories of discovering new works of art, building friendships with artists, and conversing with museum professionals and other collectors in their home. “Memories & Inspiration” brings together an awe-inspiring selection of works, but it is their personal resonance - their connection to the Davises’ hopes, passions, and everyday lives - that gives the collection its unique power.

Online Talk with Kerry Davis and Kevin Sipp
Sunday, Feb. 28, 2 p.m. on Zoom

     Join us online for a talk by collector Kerry Davis, whose collection spans nearly 100 years of art. He will be accompanied by artist and curator Kevin Sipp. This free talk can be accessed by going to and using the following login information: Meeting ID: 935 9471 8618 | Passcode: 471041.

More Information About the Collection
     Kerry Davis, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, is a former sergeant of the U.S. Air Force, a retired carrier with the U.S. Postal Service, and an ordained deacon. He began collecting in the mid-1980s in partnership with his wife, Betty, who shared his passion for art. Begun originally with the modest aim of enhancing the interior decor of their mid-century split-level home in suburban Atlanta, the Davises’ collection has grown to over 300 works by some of the most distinguished African American artists of the 20th century.
     Inspired by previous generations of African American art collectors, who understood the importance of preserving cultural expression, memory, and imagery, Davis has sought to contribute to this legacy and be a source of inspiration for others in the community. The Davis residence - dubbed an “in-home museum” by visiting neighbors, parishioners, and friends - serves as a meeting place and cultural hub for artists, collectors and art enthusiasts. Kerry and Betty have two children and one granddaughter.
      “Memories & Inspiration: The Kerry and C. Betty Davis Collection of African American Art” was organized and toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C.
     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


Applications available for FWC’s
2020-21 H.S. Fishing Program

Deadline is Jan. 15
FWC Fishing Club Applications
Story and Photo Provided
By Laura Rambo of the FWC
Published Dec. 11, 2020 at 10:10 a.m.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) 2020-21 High School Fishing Program offers high school fishing clubs or teams the opportunity to apply for the Florida Sport Fish Restoration R3 Fishing Grant.
     This grant program is focused on recruiting new anglers to ensure the future of fishing in Florida. Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the program for the 2020-21 school year is abbreviated to only include the spring semester.
     The Florida Sport Fish Restoration R3 Fishing Grant will award up to 30 high school fishing clubs or teams $500 to assist with club expenses, the purchase of fishing licenses or gear for participants. Participating clubs and teams will receive an updated educational curriculum comprised of lessons and activities on fisheries conservation and resource management, plus a chance to win prizes by completing the Pure Fishing Conservation Project.
     The grant program is open to new or existing freshwater or saltwater fishing clubs or teams at public, private and charter high schools throughout Florida. To be considered for the grant, high school fishing clubs or teams must have a minimum of five members and be represented by a school faculty member or parent who will follow the provided instructor’s manual.
     The application can be downloaded online at by scrolling down to “Florida’s R3 Fishing Grant Program.” The deadline for submitting applications is Jan. 15 at 5 p.m. ET. Submit applications to or mail to FWC’s Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management, Attn: High School Fishing Grant, 620 S. Meridian St., Tallahassee, FL 32399.
     The 2019-20 High School Fishing Program is supported by partners such as Pure Fishing, Berkley, and Abu Garcia. Contact Brandon Stys at or 850-274-2606 for more information.


Appleton announces
new online book club

Some of the Books for the Book club Appleton Museum of Art
A selection of books from the Appleton’s new online book club that meets once a month.

Story and Photo Provided
By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published Nov. 26, 2020 at 10:10 a.m.
Updated Dec. 11, 2020 at 9:10 a.m.
     OCALA —
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, announces the new Appleton Book Club that meets online once a month on a Tuesday to discuss works of nonfiction that have been hand-selected by museum staff.
     Led by museum educator Hollis Mutch, the book club is open to everyone. Participation is free and easy! Participants can register for book club meetings on Eventbrite. Zoom login information for the meeting will be sent in a confirmation email.

     Jan. 19, 7 p.m. -- “Strapless: John Singer Sargent and the Fall of Madame X,” by Deborah Davis
     Feb. 16, 7 p.m. -- “The Brilliant History of Color in Art,” by Victoria Finlay
     March 16, 7 p.m. -- “The Painter's Chair: George Washington and the Making of American Art,” by Hugh Howard
     April 20, 7 p.m. -- “Now I Sit Me Down: From Klismos to Plastic Chair: A Natural History,” by Witold Rybczynski
     May 18, 7 p.m. -- “Cleopatra: A Life,” by Stacy Schiff
     For more information about the Book Club or the Appleton Museum of Art, please email

     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


Free online art workshops
for adults hosted
by the Appleton Museum of Art

Free online art workshops at The Appleton Museum of Art
The January Art 101 free online workshop for adults, Winter Birch Tree Acrylic Painting.

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By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published Dec. 10, 2020 at 10:10 a.m.
     OCALA --
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, announces a virtual adaptation of its popular Art 101 workshops for adults.
     Each Art 101 workshop is two hours and focuses on a different subject, allowing participants to try something fun and new or to practice their existing skills.
     Sessions will be held on Zoom as an instructor leads participants through a live demonstration of the featured project. The monthly, online workshops are free; participants must provide their own supplies.
     Registration for workshops must be completed at Login details for the Zoom session will be provided in the confirmation email.
     Supply lists will be sent via email one month in advance of the workshop date, or immediately if you are registering within one month of the start date.

2021 Art 101 Schedule
     ● Jan. 19, 11 a.m. -- Winter Birch Tree Acrylic Painting
     ● Feb. 9, 11 a.m. -- Valentine’s Dish
     ● March 9, 11 a.m. -- Acrylic Pour Painting
     ● April 13, 11 a.m. -- Ceramic Flower Vase
     ● May 11, 11 a.m. -- Georgia O’Keeffe’s Poppy

     For more information, please send an email to All workshops are available for registration by visiting
     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


FWC to host Florida
State-Fish Art Contest

FWC Fish Art Contest
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Published Oct. 13, 2020 at 5:10 p.m.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), in partnership with Wildlife Forever, is eager to announce they will host the Florida State-Fish Art Contest.
     Students in kindergarten through twelfth grade can compete in this free contest for a chance to win state and national honours, 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 such as the Best of Show. The deadline to enter is March 31, 2021; so, start designing today!
     “We are committed to increasing youth participation in freshwater and saltwater fishing through this effort,” said Eric Sutton, Director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. “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 consisting of the following:
     ● An original horizontal 9”x12” piece of artwork featuring any fish from 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.
     Participants may choose to mail their entry to:
     Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Attn.: Laura Rambo, Florida Fish Art Contest
620 S. Meridian St.
Tallahassee, FL 32301
     Participants also have the option to submit photos or a scanned copy of their entry to For contest information, entry forms and the Fish On! Lesson Plan, visit

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