Anelise Elmquist poses with the book she wrote, “Cooper’s Tale: A COVID-19 Story from a Dog.” (Photo: Courtesy Photo / Las Cruces Kids Can)

Editor’s Note: Each month, the Sun-News is spotlighting a youth entrepreneur participating in the Cruces Kids Can – Jr. Vendor Program, a project meant to inspire and equip the youngest business people. Students’ participation entails showcasing and selling their goods from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at the Farmers & Crafts Market of Las Cruces in the city’s downtown.

Anelise Elmquist

Age: 12

Grade: Seventh grade at Sierra Middle School

Favorite subject and why?

My favorite subject is band because I love playing my instruments.

Business name: Art for the World 

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Where did the idea come from?

I started giving cards away as gifts, then I got the idea to sell them.

Describe your products: Mainly I sell hand-painted greeting cards and print card sets. I also sell small sculptures and hand-sewn pouches.

Anelise Elmquist paints a clay statue for her business, Art for the World. (Photo: Courtesy photo / Las Cruces Kids Can)

How long does it take to make your products? Describe your process.

Usually between 10 and 45 minutes. I get blank cards and I paint! I also use white air-dry clay and paint it to make my sculptures.

What is the price of your products? From $2 to $5.

If I am interested in your product, how do I contact you? [email protected]

A collection of hand-painted card made by Anelise Elmquist for her business, Art for the World. (Photo: Courtesy photo / Las Cruces Kids Can)

How long have you been involved with Kids Can?

One year.

What is your favorite part about being a Jr. Vendor?

I get to sell my product and run my own business!

Anelise published a book this summer titled “Cooper’s Tale: A COVID-19 Story from a Dog.” You can find it on Amazon for purchase.

April Christensen is the founder of The Village Development Center of Las Cruces,  which runs the Cruces Kids Can youth development program. She may be reached at [email protected]

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