COSHOCTON -- The Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum in Coshocton invites the public to experience the 12th annual children's art exhibit entitled A Playground of Color, showcasing artwork of our area's elementary age students in grades first through sixth. Children who will have artwork on display will be from Ridgewood Elementary, Ridgewood Middle school, River View elementary schools and Coshocton City lementary schools plus serveral home school students. The exhibit runs from Jan. 11 through March 8, and is also showing concurrently at the Coshocton and West Lafayette libraries. Works are chosen by the students' art teachers, and all city and county schools, as well as home school families, participate.

A Playground of Color is JHM's largest exhibit -- over 250 two and three-dimensional pieces are displayed. Take a walk around the gallery and you'll understand that these students aren't just playing with crayons and scissors. They are learning about perspective, primitive cave art, Expressionism, Pop Art, still life, graphic art and more. You'll find just about every style and medium of art in the show -- watercolors, pastels, mixed media-collage works, clay and paper sculptures, pen and crayon. Their work has energy and originality as they present a variety of images, from landscapes and animal life to tribal masks and self portraits.

The public is invited to the artists' reception on Sunday, Jan. 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. At the opening reception students have a chance to show off their talents to the public as well as experience the Museum with their families. Students, families and visitors can also walk throughout the entire museum, which exposes them to art from around the world. Art teachers find it opens their students' eyes to other people's work when they see what is created by their peers, and they are hopeful that the experience generates incentive and inspiration for new ideas.

A Playground of Color appeals to young and old alike. You won't want to miss this exhibit. It will make your day warmer and brighter. You may even be inspired to release your creative spirit at home. After all, if our young can make such captivating work, why can't you?

The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for children, and $8 for families. Wednesdays are free for Coshocton County residents.

For information, contact JHM at (740) 622-8710, e-mail: jhmuseum@sbcglobal.net or visit their Web site www.jhmuseum.org.

The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the museum with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.