Van Go to kick off annual Adornment Holiday Art Show and Sale

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Van Go will kick off its annual Adornment Holiday Art Show and Sale with an opening night event this Saturday to introduce works created by young artists.

Adornment showcases artwork by Van Go apprentice artists and allows the young artists the opportunity to sell their pieces. Each fall, the artists create smaller-scale works of art to fill the Adornment show, according to Van Go’s website.

The artists learn several forms of art media — such as screen printing, blacksmithing, fused glass, painting, leatherwork and photography — that they’re able to incorporate into their work. 

Items for sale will include glassware, paper products, home goods, apparel, woodworking and more, according to the website.

“With the idea that art should be accessible to all, Adornment features artwork that is both beautiful and functional at a variety of price points,” the website states. “The sense of pride our youth feel as they see their hard work being appreciated by the public is unparalleled. Adornment is one of the most accessible opportunities for the community to walk through our doors to see all the hard work we do, and to take home a piece of Van Go art.”

The opening event will include a youth recognition ceremony, holiday treats, and an abundance of artwork to see, according to the Facebook event page. Admission is free, and community members are encouraged to browse the “one-of-a-kind pieces” and support the creators. Prices for pieces start at $3 and go up, according to the event page.

According to the website, all proceeds from Adornment go directly back into Van Go’s programming.

Opening night is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26 at Van Go, 715 New Jersey St. in Lawrence. The space inside Van Go is “transformed into a gallery shopping experience” during the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas to allow in-person browsing and shopping.

Following opening night, the gallery will be up at Van Go from Sunday, Nov. 27 through Sunday, Dec. 18. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. 

Online shopping will also be available. It is set to begin at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27 and will continue 24/7 throughout the holidays at this link.

Van Go is an arts-based employment program for Douglas County teenagers and young adults ages 14 to 24. Visit to learn more about the program and its impact on local youth.

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