Students taking summer art classes will have their own work featured in an exhibit that opens Friday evening at the Norman Firehouse Art Center, as part of its Children’s Summer Art Program.

The kids’ art includes paintings, collages, sculptures and drawings. Each student who took a class at the art center this summer will have a piece on display in the exhibit.

The students, their families and the general public are invited to a reception for the exhibit’s opening from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, 444 S. Flood in Norman.

Firehouse’s summer program has included five sessions of art classes, with morning and afternoon schedules for the two age groups of 5-8 and 8-13 years old, said Douglas Shaw Elder, executive director. Children enrolled in two classes in both 2-D and 3-D art styles, such as sculpture and painting.

Elder said art education for children has been a priority since the center opened 40 years ago, because of their natural creativity.

“I feel that everyone can (make art). We just forgot how to access that creative part of our minds and our willingness to let things happen,” Elder said.

“Kids naturally just give it a go and try. They’re really quite fearless.”

The exhibit runs through Aug. 27. Firehouse Art Center is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, call 329-4523 or visit—Alex Ewald

Photo by Alyson E. Couch

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