The Rumriver Art Center’s second annual Art-A-Thon continued last weekend despite the COVID-19 outbreak.

The fundraising event for the Rumriver Art Center in Anoka was supposed to be held for 48 hours March 13-15. Instead activities on Sunday, March 15, were canceled because the events were geared towards seniors who are among the most at risk from the COVID-19 virus.

People who felt sick in any way were also encouraged not to attend the events March 13-14.

The Art-A-Thon hosted a variety of activities, including wheel-thrown pottery, drawing, watercolor painting, acrylic painting, hand-built pottery, polymer clay, mosaic art, stained glass and more.

Various events took place, including a collaborative community mural project, a kids art fun night, a free family art day, a demo by Bonnie Cutts from Golden Acrylics and a gallery show featuring the artwork of the Sunshine Artists, which is still open to the public in small groups through Wednesday, April 15. The center also had a canvas that was painted on continuously during the event, with new artists picking up where the previous artists left off.

Proceeds raised at the Art-A-Thon will help fund activities and classes at the Rumriver Art Center. The nonprofit is located at 2665 Fourth Ave., Suite 103, Anoka. To learn more about the center, visit

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