For a town the size of El Dorado, visitors will be pleasantly surprised by the artistic treasures to be found in an oil boomtown on the prairie. Whether you like two-dimensional art, sculpture or performance art, you just might find a treasure here.
El Dorado Main Street Sculpture Program. Sixteen sculptures, placed by private donors, adorn the downtown area. Sculpture Alley, north of the Coutts Museum provides a place to rest while contemplating the 10 by 25 foot Flint Hills Mural by artists Terry Corbett and Phil Epp. A walking tour of the program is an enjoyable way to become familiar with El Dorado's core area. A map is available at the El Dorado Main Street office, 430 N. Main or the Convention and Visitors Bureau, 220 E. First Street.
Private Galleries. For the true treasure hunter, the best find will be the small local galleries that populate El Dorado's downtown area. These treasures are original one-of-a-kind items from area artists and artisans, each a unique reminder of one's visit to El Dorado.
Established by Warren Hall Coutts, Jr. as a memorial to his late son, the museum is an unexpected delight. Over 1,000 works are housed behind the classic columns and heavy doors, including a fine collection of Prairie Printmakers' prints, works by Thomas Hart Benton, Frederic James and a number of fine regional painters.
Monthly exhibits feature the art of top regional artists, and monthly Brown Bag programs, sponsored by El Dorado Main Street and the Kansas Arts Commission, feature musical performances and other demonstrations.
The Coutts is hosts the Paint the Parks Top 100 exhibit each year. This nationally traveling exhibition features the work of some of America's top contemporary representative artists.
ButlerCC hosts an active and progressive arts program on the main campus, located on the west edge of El Dorado. Vocal, instrumental and dance concerts are open to the public and offer a high level of entertainment. The college holds four high quality theater productions each year, also open to the public. The Erman B. White Gallery on campus is host to professional and student art September through May, rotating monthly. Also on the BCC main campus is the Art Without Walls sculpture program, located in the outdoor sculpture plaza.