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Budding artists: Watching Young Artists Grow exhibit opens
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Mixed media panda by Josie Blevins, Riley Elementary kindergartner, inspired by Asian art - photo by photos by Susan Thacker/Great Bend Tribune

The Barton County Historical Society Museum is holding its first art exhibit, with works inspired by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Andy Warhol, to name three.
It’s the 2014 Watching Young Artists Grow exhibit, sponsored by the Barton County Arts Council. This year, the exhibit of some of the best works from grades K-8 in Great Bend USD 428 has moved from the downtown Art Center to the museum, located just south of town on U.S. 281.
Karen Neuforth, executive director of the Arts Center and research coordinator at the Museum, said moving the exhibit has allowed sponsors to expand the hours when the public can see the art. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5. A reception for the exhibit will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27.
Great Bend USD 428 has three art instructors for grades K-8. Alisha Frazer is at Great Bend Middle School, and Shannon Wedel and Melissa Watson visit the elementary schools. The teachers have selected some of the best pieces done by students during the year.
“They study different artists and their different styles and techniques,” Neuforth said. The works are labeled with the name and school of the artist, as well as the source of inspiration.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Neuforth added.