The inaugural Anoka County Youth Art Fair is seeking submissions for its show, scheduled for Aug. 25 in Coon Rapids.

Eleanor Thomas, of Coon Rapids, was inspired by her daughter Jayden Thomas to bring an art show to the city. Jayden is a painter and has often gone to Minneapolis to showcase her work because she’s had few opportunities in Anoka County.

“We wanted to bring an art show to Coon Rapids because we wanted to highlight the talented young artists in this area,” Eleanor Thomas said. “We want kids in Anoka County to shine and show off their art abilities.”

Thomas is on the board of Transformative Circle, which is hosting the event. Transformative Circle is a Coon Rapids-based nonprofit that encourages cross-cultural social interactions through community activities.

One of these activities is the Anoka County Youth Art Fair, which Eleanor Thomas hopes to continue as an annual event.

Categories for the show include painting, sculpture, pottery, mixed media, photography and more.

“I encourage artists who don’t have an outlet to show their artwork to get involved in this show,” Thomas said. “It’s a great opportunity for young artists to show the community what they can do.”

The Anoka County Youth Art Fair runs 1-4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 25, at the Riverwind Community Building, 2701 Northdale Blvd., Coon Rapids.

Tables for artists are $20 for participants under the age of 18 and $30 for participants age 19 and older.

Artists will be able to sell their work at the show.

Applications for the Anoka County Youth Art Fair are being accepted through Saturday, Aug. 10.

To learn more and to sign up, visit bit.Ly/2M8yEHU or


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