Entertainment offerings in Ocala, Florida include art and museum exhibits
Glimpses of India
The Marion Cultural Alliance presents a unique and immersive experience of the arts, music and traditions of India by local artist Dr. Sheni Meghani at the Brick City Center for the Arts, 23 SW Broadway St., Ocala, July 1-9. Workshops, lectures and demonstrations provide the public with a multi-sensory experience of a rich culture rich in stories. Free and open to the public. For more details, visit www.mcaocala.org or call 352-369-1500.
“A floral retrospective”
This exhibition of Gregory Dirr’s work runs through December 9 at the Clerk’s Office at Ocala City Hall, 110 SE Watula Ave. Free and open to the public. Boca Raton-based Dirr is described in a City of Ocala press release as “an interdisciplinary visual artist, creating work as a cathartic response to his surroundings with a focus on environmental conservation.” . The Clerk’s office is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. More at www.gregorydirr.com, 352-629-8447, [email protected] or www.ocalafl.org/artincityspaces
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Spy Science Exhibit at the Discovery Center
Learn about the history, science and even Hollywood connections within the spy industry with this new exhibit, which takes visitors into the world of espionage. The exhibit is in place at the Discovery Center, 701 NE Sanchez Ave., Ocala, through September 17. Admission is $8 per person and $28 per group of four. The center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 352-401-3900 or visit www.mydiscoverycenter.org
Ocala Summer Hunter/Jumper Horse Show
The World Equestrian Center, 1750 NW 80th Ave., Ocala, hosts USEF-sanctioned hunter/jumper competitions every weekend through August 14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information visit https://worldequestriancenter.com/event
“Journey to My Soul: The Landscapes of My Mind”
This art exhibit by Kelley Batson-Howard is held at the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Administration Building, 828 NE Eighth Ave., and the Eighth Avenue Adult Activity Center, 830 NE Eighth Ave., until September 13. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free and open to the public. According to a city press release, Batson-Howard is “a contemporary painter creating abstract works” who moved to Central Florida in 1988. More on www.kbatsonart.com352-629-8447, [email protected] or www.ocalafl.org/artincityspaces
‘Squares without dots’
This exhibit runs at the Barbara Gaskin Washington Adult Activity Center, 210 NW 12th Ave., Ocala, through January 12. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free and open to the public. In 2021, during the annual Fort King Festival at the Fort King National Historic Site, the City of Ocala Cultural Arts and Sciences Division hosted a booth for the Ocala Calligraphy Guild. “While waiting for their hand lettering pieces to dry before adding floral embellishments, participants were encouraged to help create a community quilt by drawing on a 6ft by 9ft canvas using markers in fabric,” the city said in a statement. Release. “Using nature-inspired stencils and the creativity of a few freehand artists, participants took a modern approach to quilting by filling fabric with a grid of colors.” More at www.ocalafl.org/recpark, 352-368-5517, and @OcalaRecPark on Facebook.
Children’s Summer Film Series
Marion Theater, 50 S. Magnolia Ave., Ocala, is hosting a Summer Movie Series for Kids Wednesday through Friday through August 5. Sessions are 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Your Dragon,” “Where the Wild Things Are,” and “Sing 2.” Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids 12 and under and include a summer snack. For times, titles, and for to purchase tickets online, visit www.reillyartscenter.com/summer-kids-film-series or call 352-820-3049.
Spotlight on Summer Exhibition
“Town and Country” is the theme for the Visual Artists’ Society’s Summer Spotlight, showcasing the work of local and regional artists in a variety of mediums. The exhibit runs at the College of Central Florida Webber Gallery, 3001 SW College Road, Ocala, through July 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 352-854-2322, ext. 1552 or visit www.cf.edu
Photographs by Steven Benson
The Appleton Art Museum, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, presents “Invented Observations: Photographs by Steven Benson,” on display through November 6 at the Balcony Gallery for Florida Arts. Benson is a professor at Daytona State College and a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Midwest Fellowship. His work has been exhibited in numerous collections, including the Museum of Fine Art Houston, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Museet for Fotokunst in Denmark. For more information, call 352-291-4455 or visit www.AppletonMuseum.org
This exhibit features costumes, set photos, interactive experiences and sketches, as well as a plethora of fabrics and a video of the costume design process. These objects, from the Appleton Museum’s permanent collection, inspired the art and design of the Ocala Civic Theater’s recent production of “Beauty and the Beast.” This exhibit runs throughout the winter of 2022. The museum is located at 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. For more details and admission fees, visit www.appletonmuseum.org
“Encounter” by Tom Hundersmarck
A Gainesville-based abstract and landscape painter, Hundersmarck began painting as a child and worked extensively as a psychologist with veterans. The exhibit is free and open to the public through July 19 at Ocala International Airport, 1770 SW 60th Ave., Suite 600, Ocala. For more information, contact the City of Ocala Division of Arts and Cultural Sciences at 352-629-8447 or visit www.ocalafl.org/artincityspaces