The second annual Van Go Art Fair takes place in Van from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 11 at Van City Park. Van is located off Interstate 20 between Dallas and Shreveport.
The juried art show features hand-crafted jewelry, paintings, metal art, wood work, fiber art, glass, pottery, ceramics, and mixed media. Artists are coming from around the state to join the show including from the Houston, Austin, and Dallas/Fort Worth areas as well as the rural towns of Mabank, Van, Alba, Tyler, Edom, Yantis, Winnsboro, Canton, Flint, Grand Saline, Palestine, Jefferson, Lindale, Ben Wheeler, and Quitman.
A variety of talented musicians perform authentic Texas Jazz, Country, and Americana music throughout the day in the pavilion with gourmet coffee, wine, and chocolates. Ginny Mac adds to the “sidewalk cafe in Paris” ambience with her dynamic group that brings a fresh and exciting twist to vocal and instrumental music stylings.
The food truck court features gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, authentic Mexican food with an island twist, grilled meats, popsicles, and more.
The Van Go Costume Contest offers a $200 cash prize to the best “Dress Like a Famous Painting” competition. Another activity during the day includes a large Van Gogh painting backdrop for selfies. This is also a pet-friendly event.
A Van Go Kids area has several projects for kids of all ages and the Van ISD STEAM Bus is on hand to give kids even more opportunities in their mobile maker space. A Young Artists Exhibition features local student artwork.
The event is co-produced by the City of Van and the Van Zandt Arts & Cultural District Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization that promotes the arts for education and tourism for Van ISD and the district communities of Edom, Van, and Ben Wheeler. It is sponsored by Door Controls USA, County Line Magazine, Austin Bank, Stanger Surveying, The Forge Bar & Grill, and Edom Art Emporium.
Go to www.vangoartfair.com for lodging options and more information on the fair and surrounding area.