Holiday Happenings 2019: Creative housewares on sale at Van Go Adornment

Van Go artists Katie Grear and Brandt Minden decorate greeting cards on Nov. 4 that will be sold as part of the organization's annual Adornment event.

Van Go’s annual holiday sale returns this weekend, and the young artists will be selling a variety of creative housewares to fit the theme of this year’s event, “Make Yourself at Home.”

An arts-based social service agency, Van Go employs at-risk youth ages 14 to 24 and teaches them skills they’ll need to work in the arts. The annual holiday sale, Adornment, is one of the organization’s biggest fundraisers each year. This year’s show runs from Nov. 30 through Dec. 21.

Van Go art director Rick Wright discussed the double meaning of this year’s theme: The sale will feature items for the home, he said, and Van Go also “becomes a home away from home” for many of the artists.

Featured items in this year’s sale include cutting boards and fused glass dishes, plates and coasters. There will also be homes for other creatures — birdhouses, rabbit hutches, insect feeders and habitats.

“They need homes too,” Wright said.

The show is free and open to the public. Nearly 3,000 pieces of artwork by 30 Van Go artists will be available for purchase.

In a new twist, during each weekend of this year’s Adornment, there will be other events happening at Van Go in addition to the sale — “an extra reason to come down to shop our sale and see Van Go in action,” Van Go development director Eliza Darmon said.

On the opening night, Nov. 30, the apprentice artists will be formally introduced. On Dec. 7 and 8, LOLA Lawrence, a women’s arts collective that organizes pop-up shopping events, will be selling its work alongside the Van Go sale. Visitors can take pictures with Santa on Dec. 15.

To close out the show, Van Go will host a concert on Dec. 21 featuring Kansas City-based harpist and vocalist Calvin Arsenia. This is the only event at Van Go for which tickets are required — they’re $15 and can be purchased online.

“We try to create events that will appeal to different people’s interests and different age groups,” Darmon said. “We invite the community to Van Go to peruse the artwork created by our young people and celebrate the holiday season.”

The show, hosted at Van Go’s headquarters at 715 New Jersey, is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from 1 to 5 p.m.


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