The Coutts Museum of Art began its 2013 special exhibit season with the first of two Butler County Student Art Exhibits.

Students had the opportunity to see their art hanging in a museum as the Coutts Museum of Art began its 2013 special exhibit season with the first of two Butler County Student Art Exhibits.

A reception for the first show was held Wednesday evening offering family members and friends an opportunity to see the students’ art hanging in the museum.

Among the students with art on exhibit was Kenza Labidi, a fourth grader at Wheatland Elementary in Andover.

She had a sculpture selected for the exhibit.

“It felt awesome,” she said of seeing her art in the museum.

She also had a piece of art exhibited at the Coutts when she was in kindergarten.

“You can do whatever you want with it,” she said of what she enjoys about art.

Alyssa Mitchell, first grader at Oil Hill, had a paper Clifford selected for the exhibit.

“It was fun to make,” she said.

She thought the reception was fun and it was cool to see her art hanging in a museum.

Gavyn Phillips, a first grader at Skelly Elementary, had a self portrait on display.

He said it was pretty easy to make and thought it was cool to see it in the museum.

The exhibit for kindergarten through eighth grade students will remain on display through March 6 and there will be another reception from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 23.

All of the schools in Butler County were invited to participate in this student art exhibit. Each school was limited to 20 works of art which were selected by the art instructors. Approximately 400 students have their work on display. Art instructors will be given a certificate and ribbon for each student to honor their participation in the exhibit. These awards are again made possible in part through funds from the El Dorado Charities Auxiliary.

Augusta schools, students and instructors inlcuded in the February 5 – March 6, 2013 exhibit:

Augusta Ewalt Elementary – Charlene Jesser, instructor, and students Lexi Barrier, Aidan Chandler, Justin Clausing, Tylyn Emlet, Madison Griffith, Tiffany Hilton, Jadyn Jackson, Caitlyn Korte, Haley Magruder, Meagan Miller, Allie Mitchell, Ben Natvig, Savanna Nichols, Rylie Owens, Madelyn Ray, Alexis Semisch, Hollee Slusser, Sean Speancere, Austin Wedel and Riley Wilson.

• Augusta Garfield Elementary – Charlene Jesser, instructor, and students Cooper Cabrales, Lexi Chinn, Courtney Daly, Hannah DeWitt, Braedon Duff, Jacob Gillis, Austin Gray, Isaiah Hernandez, Devin Ingrim, Emily Korthais, Tallon Martin, Sarah Oliver, Emma Rice, Emiley Scriven, Kirstie Steiner, Trevor Tolman, Isabelle Verdon, Hayden Vittitow, Colin Vogel and Alexis Wilson.

• Augusta Middle School – Johnna Smith, instructor, and Geena Brown, Summer Brown, Sidnee Carter, Jordan Curry, Shelby Duff, Colling Eldringhoff, Caity Herod, Theresa Holt, Braxton Hubbart, Jarod Kellogg, Ashley Leavins, Jaquelyn McMichael, Laci Merz, Jasmine Owens, Alex Partin, Josh Todd, Nathan West, Sadie Williams, Brooklyn Wiswell and Kira Wheeler.

All Butler County high schools and Butler Community College will be participating in the March 19 – April 13 show.

Through this annual exhibit, the Coutts highlights the artistic achievements of Butler County students and emphasizes the value of an arts education in our school system.”

The Coutts Museum of Art, located in downtown El Dorado, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The museum is always free and open to the public.