New Artist Spotlight: Van Horn Enterprises

Van Horn at Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

Van Horn Enterprises creates treasures from wood. We’re excited to have their wood writing instruments in our show. Principal Artist, Karen Van Horn, produces art that is both beautiful and functional. Karen travels extensively seeking out small sawmills that focus on producing high quality lumber from trees down by storms. Her pens will make the perfect gift for that pen collector in your life.

Let’s learn more about Karen and her work…

How long have you been creating, and how has your work changed?
Approximately 5 years. Van Horn started making writing instruments and then extended my scope to include sculptured boxes. I’ve used my experience in finishing pens to support my creations of boxes with an exceptional finish.

What is your favorite thing to do on the weekend?
Ride my road bike. I’m an avid cyclist completing 2300 miles this year to date including a MS150 ride in Texas and a 450 mile organized ride in Iowa (RAGBRAI). I also likes to camp either tent camping or camping in my 32 ft travel trailer.

What makes you excited about doing Armadillo Christmas Bazaar?
I attended the Armadillo in 2015 and was very impressed with the environment and displays. I also visited with a number of the artists and was very impressed with their positive comments about the team work. During our meeting with the production team in Austin we gained a new appreciation of the learning opportunities with regard to lighting and display.

Tell us about the first dollar you made selling your art:
My first show was a local show that were mostly vendors that sold purchased goods and a few with low end crafts. I sold pens at the time so my first sale was a $45.00 pen. We were trying our booth set up and credit card machine for the first time. We learned to focus on better art shows where all items are made by the artist at the show.

Is there a band you are looking forward to seeing (or hearing from your booth – ha!)?
I look forward to Asleep at the Wheel.

Van Horn pens Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

Find Karen’s work in booth A-2