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Mexican masks on display at Appleton


© St. Petersburg Times, published May 19, 2000

An exhibit of Mexican folk festival masks lasts until June 25 at the Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala.

The 28 colorful masks were recently donated to the museum. They are made of copper and are cloth-lined. Artists made the masks by hammering from the reverse side, which is known as the repousse technique.

The most common designs are frogs, butterflies, crocodiles, monkeys and coyote heads. They are personifications of either the devil or used in Christian dances and are about 250 years old.

The masks join another new exhibit at the Appleton. The works of Canadian Impressionist Helen McNicoll will be exhibited until June 25. McNicoll (1879-1915) is known for her romantic paintings depicting mothers and children in the rituals of everyday life.

Other events at the Appleton:

A video at 2 p.m. Sunday will take viewers behind the scenes of the National Gallery of Art in Washington.

A gallery walk at 2:35 p.m. Sunday after the video will examine the art of the '60s. Museum director Jeffrey Spalding will demonstrate op art, pop art and colorful hard-edge abstracts.

The Appleton Museum is at 4333 NE Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. General admission is $5. Docent-led tours are at 1:15 p.m. every Tuesday through Friday. For information, call (352) 236-7100.

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