Childrens' art work displayed

Inspiring artists at a young age is the route Howard Cottage is taking. Students at Howard Cottage — ranging from 18 months to 4 years old — are being featured in an exhibit, the Howard Cottage Art Show, which is on display at the Hall Center for the Arts until May 3. “We enjoy highlighting our kids,” said Stacy Slaten, assistant professor of art and art department head at Howard College. Each age group focused on a different aspect of the arts. The 3-year-olds grew plants and were responsible for decorating the outside of the container. The older children focused on a self-portrait and their dreams. According to Slaten, this is the third year for the show at the college. It is only one example of the different shows put on at the college. Each exhibit is opened or closed with a reception honoring the artists featured. “This exhibit features 40 kids,” Slaten said. “This is a great way to get them thinking about arts and college.“This is something important to their development. It starts the critical thinking skills and hand-eye coordination. It is good for their development and helps grow their brains.”The exhibit can be viewed Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.