The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, has a full day of fun planned for Free First Saturday on Aug. 6. Admission is free all day, and the public is invited to enjoy the permanent collection, special exhibitions and the Artspace.

Big Lee’s BBQ food truck will be on-site from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

“The Appleton’s Free First Saturday tradition centers on welcoming all our community members,” said Jason Steuber, museum director. “It allows everyone opportunities to be inspired by selections from the museum’s 24,000 world-class artworks.”

From 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., take a photo with Princess Belle from Once Upon a Party. Costumes are encouraged and there is no fee to pose with Belle. This photo op is inspired by the “Finding Beauty” exhibition, on view in the second-floor galleries through Jan. 15. “Finding Beauty” merges costumes, drawings and more from Ocala Civic Theatre’s production of “Beauty and the Beast” with the objects from the Appleton collection that inspired them.

At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., take a free tour of the “Invented Observations” exhibition with renowned photographer Steven Benson. On view in the Balcony Gallery for Florida Artists through Nov. 6, “Invented Observations” features 35 black-and-white photographs taken from 1970-2005. Benson is a professor of photography and video at the Daytona State College School of Photography and Media Studies. He has been an educator, fine art and commercial freelance photographer for more than 25 years.

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

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