As the holiday season swings into full cheer, The Polygon Gallery is transforming its retail space into a festive experience and shopping destination.
Beginning Nov. 16 and running till Christmas Eve, the North Vancouver landmark’s main floor will be decorated to host unique gifts by independent makers and artists.
Returning to The Polygon’s annual programming this year is Little Mountain Shop’s annual Holiday Pop-Up, “which features an all-Canadian lineup of mostly local, women-led, BIPOC makers and creatives,” reads a statement from the gallery. “With dozens of vendors, the pop-up is the go-to destination for sustainably minded products by sought-after makers this holiday season.”
Meet the Maker events will take place every weekend from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (see schedule below), each highlighting a guest vendor. Attendees can enjoy demos, and a photo booth on site.
The Polygon is also hosting two exhibitions over the holiday season. Home Sweet Home, on now through Jan. 9, is a solo exhibition by Vancouver-based Filipino photographer Rydel Cerezo. Opening Dec. 10 is the annual The Lind Prize showcase of the top emerging artists from across the province.
“The holidays are our favourite time of the year,” guest services and retail manager Asia Harvey said. “Creating a welcoming space for the community to come together to get festive with us while supporting independent artists and makers is what The Polygon Shop is all about.”
All Holiday Shop sales support art and educational programming at The Polygon, which is a non-profit organization.
Meet The Makers event schedule
Nov. 19-20 – Hello Aura: Personalized polaroids of your aura to help you better understand the energy you are sharing with the world.
Nov. 26 – Elliott Slinn: After a brief consult, poet Elliott Slinn will compose a custom poem for you.
Nov. 27 – Sita Fine Jewelry: Elegant gold bracelets, permanently fused on your wrist in store. (The bracelets are welded together on your wrist for a custom fit, so there is no clasp. However, they can be removed later if requested.)
Dec. 3 – Spirit of the Season Festival: Mayor Linda Buchanan, along with Santa and Mrs. Claus, officially light the tree in front of The Polygon Gallery.
Dec. 4 – Amara Blue: Personalized charms for bracelets and necklaces.
Dec. 10 - Perennial Gatherings & Neets: Unique holiday arrangements complemented by an illustrated original artwork.
Dec. 11 – Neets: Custom gift wrapping using traditional Japanese furoshiki fabric.
Dec, 17 – LeLe Chan: Exquisite custom calligraphy works by artist LeLe Chan.
Dec. 18 – LOA: Sample their latest skin elixirs and products.
Featured Pop-Up makers include: Homecoming, Flax Home, Lover’s Tempo, Midnight Paloma, Paper Label, Quw’ustun Made and Yellow Dreamsand.
For more information, visit The Polygon’s website.