The Coutts Museum of Art

The Coutts Museum of Art The Coutts Museum of Art is located in El Dorado, KS and houses over 1,500 fine art pieces and sculptures. Founded by Warren Hall Coutts, Jr.

in 1970 as a memorial to his son, the museum features Midwestern artists, and art from around the world. The Coutts Museum of Art is a 501(c)3 Not for Profit Museum. The Coutts houses over 1,500 objects of art, including original paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings. The collection includes works from Russia, China, France, Holland, England, America, and South America. It has been enriched also by numerous donations of art by friends of the Museum.

in 1970 as a memorial to his son, the museum features Midwestern artists, and art from around the world. The Coutts Museum of Art is a 501(c)3 Not for Profit Museum. The Coutts houses over 1,500 objects of art, including original paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings. The collection includes works from Russia, China, France, Holland, England, America, and South America. It has been enriched also by numerous donations of art by friends of the Museum.

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Happy Halloween from this witch and deviled egg at the Coutts Museum of Art! There is still time to enter the drawing to...
10/30/2020

Happy Halloween from this witch and deviled egg at the Coutts Museum of Art!

There is still time to enter the drawing to win two FREE tickets to our fundraiser, Cork & Canvas: A Virtual Vino & Brew! To enter, just stop in to our Cornerstone Gift Shop right next to the Museum at 112 N. Main St., winner will be drawn at 4:00pm today, no purchase necessary!

If you have purchased your ticket, your kit can be picked up in the gift shop as well!

If you haven't gotten your ticket to Cork & Canvas: A Virtual Vino and Brew yet, now is your chance to win a ticket for ...
10/29/2020

If you haven't gotten your ticket to Cork & Canvas: A Virtual Vino and Brew yet, now is your chance to win a ticket for two! Winner will receive everything pictured: two easels, canvases, acrylic paint, paint brushes, wine glasses, and PopChoc, as well as some goodies from our sponsors!

To enter to win, stop in to our Cornerstone Gift Shop and Capital Campaign Headquarters, located right next to the Museum at 112 N. Main St., today before 8:00pm, or tomorrow from Noon - 3:30pm and enter to win the drawing! Winners will be drawn on Friday, October 30th at 4:00.

If you want a ticket but don't want to test fate, tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cork-canvas-a-virtual-vino-brew-tickets-124300545277?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

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10/29/2020

Kansas Oil Museum

This story was submitted by Sheila Yrjanainen, Customer Service Representative at Coutts Museum of Art.
The Coutts Museum of Art is housed in a very grand, 103-year-old building. Many visitors have asked if the building is haunted. If I tell them “yes”, then the experience becomes more about the building’s history than the wonderful art we have on exhibit here. I understand art and history do have a romance, but if I answer that I feel it is haunted, do I lose credibility? I won’t talk about it unless someone asks.
So because I am asked, I reply that we definitely have “paranormal” activity happening in this building. I am good at figuring out weird noises and strange bumps without assigning it to ghosts. This building conducts sounds from outside and projects them up on the third floor, so I have gotten used to that. Pigeons on the roof sound like people having a conversation when no one is there. The third floor, west room is pitch black with the lights out, even during the daytime. Despite being armed with the ability to reason, some things cannot be explained.
A visiting family talked to a man on the third floor. There was no one else in the building but the director and myself. Papers shuffle in the second floor office any time it is empty. I haven’t solved that one yet. The alarm goes off several times a week for no reason. We have had the security people here A LOT, still not sure if that one is paranormal, but they cannot figure it out. A small boy visiting with his family got shushed by his mother for telling me he saw a shadow person.
There are two people who have had a deep connection to this building, Warren Hall Coutts, Jr and John Bunyan Adams. Our building started life out as a bank in 1917. It was the Butler County State Bank. John Bunyan Adams was the bank president. On March 12 of 1921, Mr. Adams shot himself four times, near his heart, in this building. He died seven hours later at the local hospital.
Mr. Coutts bought this building in 1963. He and his son ”Bud” were attorneys and were starting a new venture together. The sign above our door still says “Coutts and Coutts, Lawyers.” Sadly, Bud was killed in a plane crash January 22, 1964. Mr. Coutts memorialized his son by creating this wonderful museum we have now. Mr. Coutts passed away in1988.
Could one of those men be the cause of our mysterious occurrences? I guess we will never know. Come and visit our wonderful museum for the art exhibits, enjoy the history of the building, and if you talk to a strange man on the third floor, please take his picture, just in case….

Starting tomorrow, October 29th, our Cornerstone Gift Shop and Capital Campaign Headquarters will be open from Noon-4pm,...
10/28/2020

Starting tomorrow, October 29th, our Cornerstone Gift Shop and Capital Campaign Headquarters will be open from Noon-4pm, Tuesday-Friday and until 8pm every Thursday through the holiday season! We've brought in new art from local artists that would make perfect gifts!

If you've purchased tickets for our upcoming Cork & Canvas: A Virtual Vino and Brew, your paint kit can be picked up here as well!

10/28/2020

October Coutts Caterpillars - “One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me!”

We will be going live with Coutts Caterpillars in just a few minutes! We still have a few craft kits for this month left...
10/28/2020

We will be going live with Coutts Caterpillars in just a few minutes! We still have a few craft kits for this month left to make a festive fall wreath, message to reserve one or stop in and pick one up!

This month's Coutts Caterpillars is on Wednesday, October 28th, and we will be hosting a live stream reading of "One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me!" by John Joseph Micklos.

For this month's activity, we will be giving out FREE craft kits to go along with the book where kids can make a festive fall wreath! Each kit comes with a paper plate base with a ribbon for hanging, fall-colored leaves, glittery foam stickers, and a glue stick!

Kits are limited and can be reserved by sending us a message on Facebook or calling the Museum at 316.321.1212 ext. 1.

Only one week left to stop in and see Barbara Stecklein's "On the Family Farm"! Make sure to check out these large and s...
10/23/2020

Only one week left to stop in and see Barbara Stecklein's "On the Family Farm"! Make sure to check out these large and spectacular charcoal and pastel pieces before they come down on October 30th! The show can be seen either in person or through our virtual tour: https://www.couttsmuseum.org/virtual-museum-tour

This exhibit, along with the other shows we put on throughout the year, are made possible through our annual fundraiser, Cork & Canvas: A Virtual Vino & Brew.

Tickets for the event can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cork-canvas-a-virtual-vino-brew-tickets-124300545277?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

Meet our artist for our upcoming Cork & Canvas: A Virtual Vino and Brew, brought to you by Demo Sales, Inc., Michella Tr...
10/22/2020

Meet our artist for our upcoming Cork & Canvas: A Virtual Vino and Brew, brought to you by Demo Sales, Inc., Michella Tripoli! On the evening of the event, Michella will guide you step-by-step through a vibrant wintery painting!

Michella Tripoli is a self-taught artist based in Wichita, KS. Her primary medium is acrylic painting. Since 2015, her work has been shown in numerous local galleries, shops, and pop-up events. She keeps up with commission work, teaches both private painting lessons and public "paint and sip" classes, does live painting at music events, and has personally curated/organized her own art show at a local gallery. She has also recently completed a "Keeper of the Plains" statue that is on display at the Wichita Advanced Learning Library. Tripoli plans to pursue art as a career for the rest of her life.

Tickets for the event can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cork-canvas-a-virtual-vino-brew-tickets-124300545277?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

We are so excited to have Jennifer McDonald from Jenny Dawn Cellars host a wine tasting as part of our fundraiser, Cork ...
10/21/2020

We are so excited to have Jennifer McDonald from Jenny Dawn Cellars host a wine tasting as part of our fundraiser, Cork & Canvas: A Virtual Vino & Brew, sponsored by Sundgren Realty!

Founded in 2016 by Jennifer McDonald, Jenny Dawn Cellars has grown from the dream of an at-home winemaker into Wichita’s first urban winery.

In 2017, Jenny Dawn Cellars established a working partnership with a wine facilitator in Napa, California. In 2019, Jenny Dawn Cellars opened a winery and tasting room in the heart of downtown Wichita located at Union Station. Jennifer now crafts and bottles her wines on-site, with grapes and juice sourced from the finest growers in California and Kansas.

Tickets for the event can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cork-canvas-a-virtual-vino-brew-tickets-124300545277?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

This month's Coutts Caterpillars is on Wednesday, October 28th, and we will be hosting a live stream reading of "One Lea...
10/21/2020

This month's Coutts Caterpillars is on Wednesday, October 28th, and we will be hosting a live stream reading of "One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me!" by John Joseph Micklos.

For this month's activity, we will be giving out FREE craft kits to go along with the book where kids can make a festive fall wreath! Each kit comes with a paper plate base with a ribbon for hanging, fall-colored leaves, glittery foam stickers, and a glue stick!

Kits are limited and can be reserved by sending us a message on Facebook or calling the Museum at 316.321.1212 ext. 1.

10/20/2020

October Brown Bag Lunch Concert featuring Charisse and Steve Kahler

The Coutts Museum of Art's cover photo
10/14/2020

The Coutts Museum of Art's cover photo

Have you made it in to see our newest exhibits yet? Throughout our first floor we have a show featuring several members ...
10/14/2020

Have you made it in to see our newest exhibits yet?

Throughout our first floor we have a show featuring several members of the Kansas Art Guild, pieces pictured are "Quarantine Coffee" by Debra Mitchell and "Seagulls Wading" by Sharon Zimmerman, on display until November 28th.

On our third floor, we have the show "On the Family Farm" by Barbara Stecklein, where she used pastels and charcoal to capture the different landscapes, still life, and florals through all four seasons on her family farm. This show will be on display until October 31st.

Both shows can be seen in person from 10am-4pm, Tuesday-Friday, or any time on our virtual tour: https://www.couttsmuseum.org/virtual-museum-tour

Our newest exhibit by the Kansas Art Guild is now on display on our first floor and lobby! The show showcases several ar...
10/08/2020

Our newest exhibit by the Kansas Art Guild is now on display on our first floor and lobby! The show showcases several artists from the Guild with a range of mediums.

The pieces pictured are "Hollyhock Lane" by Bonnie Fitts, "Mabelene's Hibiscus" by Sharon Zimmerman, and "Amazing Sunset" by Necia Rillema.

The show will be up until the end of November, and the virtual tour will be made available soon.

09/30/2020
The Coutts Museum of Art

We hope you enjoy this month's Coutts Caterpillars reading of Dolly Parton's "Coat of Many Colors"! If you do the craft, we would LOVE to see your creations, comment your pictures below or tag us on Instagram @couttsmuseum!

September Coutts Caterpillars - Reading "Coat of Many Colors" by Dolly Parton

Have you gotten this month's craft kit yet? This month the Coutts Caterpillars will be reading Dolly Parton's "Coat of M...
09/25/2020

Have you gotten this month's craft kit yet? This month the Coutts Caterpillars will be reading Dolly Parton's "Coat of Many Colors," and we are giving away FREE craft kits so kids can make their own Coat of Many Colors with assorted beads, fabric, ribbon and glue which are all included in the kit.

To reserve a kit, you can stop in, send us a message, or call 316.321.1212, ext 1!

Coutts Caterpillars is a week from today! This month the book we are reading is "Coat of Many Colors" by Dolly Parton. S...
09/23/2020

Coutts Caterpillars is a week from today! This month the book we are reading is "Coat of Many Colors" by Dolly Parton. Stop in for a FREE craft kit to go along with this month's book!

This month's Coutts Caterpillars is on Wednesday, September 30th, and we will be hosting a live stream reading of "Coat of Many Colors" by Dolly Parton.

For this month's activity, we will be giving out FREE craft kits to go along with the book where kids can make their own unique coat of many colors! Each kit comes with a coat printed on card stock with assorted scraps of fabric, ribbon, beads, and glue.

Kits are limited and can be reserved by sending us a message on Facebook or calling the Museum at 316.321.1212 ext. 1.

This month's Coutts Caterpillars is on Wednesday, September 30th, and we will be hosting a live stream reading of "Coat ...
09/17/2020

This month's Coutts Caterpillars is on Wednesday, September 30th, and we will be hosting a live stream reading of "Coat of Many Colors" by Dolly Parton.

For this month's activity, we will be giving out FREE craft kits to go along with the book where kids can make their own unique coat of many colors! Each kit comes with a coat printed on card stock with assorted scraps of fabric, ribbon, beads, and glue.

Kits are limited and can be reserved by sending us a message on Facebook or calling the Museum at 316.321.1212 ext. 1.

09/15/2020

September Brown Bag Lunch Concert featuring cellist Quinn Lake!

Our newest exhibit, "On the Family Farm" by Barbara Stecklein opens today and will be up through the end of October!This...
09/09/2020

Our newest exhibit, "On the Family Farm" by Barbara Stecklein opens today and will be up through the end of October!

This exhibit shows scenes throughout each season on Barbara's family farm, done in charcoal and pastels, and can be seen in person from 10am - 4pm, Tuesday - Friday, or anytime online through our virtual tour here: https://www.couttsmuseum.org/virtual-museum-tour

Happy birthday to Warren Hall “Bud” Coutts, III who was born on this day in 1931! 🎉 Though his life was tragically cut s...
08/31/2020

Happy birthday to Warren Hall “Bud” Coutts, III who was born on this day in 1931! 🎉 Though his life was tragically cut short at the age of 33, his memory lives on through the Coutts Museum of Art.

In this painting “Bud in the Bluestem” by Martha Huff, Bud can be seen riding the beloved family horse, Lady.

To learn more about Bud and the Coutts family, visit our “Coutts History in Photographs and Art” exhibit either in person or through the virtual tour here:
https://www.couttsmuseum.org/virtual-museum-tour

08/13/2020

Please be aware: An individual has appropriated the Coutts Museum of Art's logo to create a flyer that has been distributed on Facebook and in the Wichita area. This was not distributed by the Coutts nor are they statements made by the Coutts Museum of Arts.

A big shout out to the El Dorado Fire Department. THANK YOU! for cleaning our sidewalks!
08/08/2020

A big shout out to the El Dorado Fire Department. THANK YOU! for cleaning our sidewalks!

Our newest exhibit, "Chromatic Hallucinations" by Sean Christopher Ward opens today and will be up through the end of Se...
08/07/2020

Our newest exhibit, "Chromatic Hallucinations" by Sean Christopher Ward opens today and will be up through the end of September!

All donations to this exhibit and from visitors will go to the the Family Life Center of Butler County Safehouse. Donate today to help their work providing comprehensive services to the victims of domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault/abuse.

The show can be seen in person (our hours are 10am - 4pm, Tuesday - Friday) or on our virtual tour:
https://www.couttsmuseum.org/virtual-museum-tour

We love seeing the artwork from this month's Caterpillars activity! Thank you Jessie Perrin for the photo of the masterp...
07/29/2020

We love seeing the artwork from this month's Caterpillars activity! Thank you Jessie Perrin for the photo of the masterpieces from your daycare!

A few kits are still available for free pickup at the Museum to make your own unique abstract piece at home. Stop in and grab one today before they're gone!

07/29/2020

July Coutts Caterpillars - Reading “Too Much Glue” by Jason Lefebvre

Coutts Caterpillars is tomorrow morning! Join us live on our page at 9:00am for a reading of "Too Much Glue" by...
07/28/2020

Coutts Caterpillars is tomorrow morning! Join us live on our page at 9:00am for a reading of "Too Much Glue" by Jason Lefevbre. A few craft kits are still available for free pick up at the Museum!

This month's Coutts Caterpillars is on Wednesday, July 29th, and we will be hosting a live stream reading of "Too Much Glue" by Jason Lefevbre.

For this month's activity, we will be giving out FREE craft kits to go along with the book where kids can make their own abstract masterpiece! Each kit comes with an 8x10 canvas, mini glue bottle, and and a random assortment of supplies to make a unique abstract piece of art similar to the main character in the book. (Note: kits do include beads, googly eyes, and other small items that may be a choking hazard for small children. Kits can be reserved without the small items by request.)

Kits are limited and can be reserved by sending us a message on Facebook or calling the Museum at 316.321.1212 ext. 1.

El Dorado Main Street

Coutts Caterpillars is a week from today! We will be reading "Too Much Glue" by Jason Lefebvre live on our page...
07/22/2020

Coutts Caterpillars is a week from today! We will be reading "Too Much Glue" by Jason Lefebvre live on our page at 9:00am. We still have a few craft kits to make abstract art available for this month! To reserve yours, send us a message or call us at 316.321.1212, ext. 1.

This month's Coutts Caterpillars is on Wednesday, July 29th, and we will be hosting a live stream reading of "Too Much Glue" by Jason Lefevbre.

For this month's activity, we will be giving out FREE craft kits to go along with the book where kids can make their own abstract masterpiece! Each kit comes with an 8x10 canvas, mini glue bottle, and and a random assortment of supplies to make a unique abstract piece of art similar to the main character in the book. (Note: kits do include beads, googly eyes, and other small items that may be a choking hazard for small children. Kits can be reserved without the small items by request.)

Kits are limited and can be reserved by sending us a message on Facebook or calling the Museum at 316.321.1212 ext. 1.

El Dorado Main Street

07/22/2020
The Coutts Museum of Art

If you missed yesterday's Brown Bag performance, the video is still on our page! Christian and Thor put on a great show and you won't want to miss it!

July Brown Bag Lunch Concert featuring Christian Teufel and Thor Bonner

07/21/2020

July Brown Bag Lunch Concert featuring Christian Teufel and Thor Bonner

This month's Coutts Caterpillars is on Wednesday, July 29th, and we will be hosting a live stream reading of "Too Much G...
07/13/2020

This month's Coutts Caterpillars is on Wednesday, July 29th, and we will be hosting a live stream reading of "Too Much Glue" by Jason Lefevbre.

For this month's activity, we will be giving out FREE craft kits to go along with the book where kids can make their own abstract masterpiece! Each kit comes with an 8x10 canvas, mini glue bottle, and and a random assortment of supplies to make a unique abstract piece of art similar to the main character in the book. (Note: kits do include beads, googly eyes, and other small items that may be a choking hazard for small children. Kits can be reserved without the small items by request.)

Kits are limited and can be reserved by sending us a message on Facebook or calling the Museum at 316.321.1212 ext. 1.

El Dorado Main Street

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110 N Main St
El Dorado, KS
67042

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00

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(316) 321-1212

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The Coutts Museum of Art aspires to provide a stimulating and inspiring cultural and educational environment. The Coutts is dedicated to affording a unique visitor experience, and is committed to continuous improvement in every aspect of its collections, programs, interpretation, and presentation. The Museum aims to serve its diverse public as a dynamic, innovative, and welcoming cultural arts center of learning for all ages, heightening public discovery, understanding and appreciation of the arts world.

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