The natural world is the theme of the county's annual community art exhibit, and the county is inviting residents to submit their art for consideration.

Selected works will be displayed in county buildings beginning this September. Submissions are due by July 15.

Artists are encouraged to submit original two-dimensional art in one or both of the following theme areas: Critters of the Minnesota Zoo and Natural Wonders of the Parks of Dakota County. Artists must be at least 8 years old and live in Dakota County, and subjects of the art must be from within Dakota County. Artwork is limited to 36 inches by 36 inches and must be prepared for hanging on a wall.

Submissions are limited to one per artist per theme and must meet the full criteria outlined by the Dakota County Public Art Citizen Advisory Committee at (search art exhibit). For more information, artists can also call 651-438-4286 or e-mail


Auditions this week for superhero farce

Auditions for a comedy about a mental hospital populated by superhero wannabes — or are they? — are coming up next week in Lakeville.

Expressions Community Theater will be presenting "Insane with Power" Aug. 1-3 and Aug. 7-9 at the Lakeville Area Arts Center.

Auditions will be held at the Heritage Center in Lakeville on from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Auditions will be readings from the script. Please bring a headshot or current photo. Roles are available for three men and three women.

The Heritage Center is at 20110 Holyoke Av., Lakeville. For more information, contact the director, Jim Anderson, at 651-283-6118.


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