A table made by Tom Chenoweth
After its first successful “Made in RVA” event in 2015, La Diff will once again showcase handcrafted home furnishings by area artisans with “Made in RVA Take 2” from Nov. 18 though Dec. 11 in its store at 125 S. 14th St.
This year’s event is organized by Kyle Lucia, Johannah Willsey, and David Bohnhoff. Lucia, a blacksmith, and Willsey, a mosaic artist, co-own Phoenix Handcraft. The couple established RVA Makers, with the goal of fostering community among those interested in Richmond’s handmade culture. Together with Bohnhoff, a former boat-builder turned furniture craftsman, they have gathered 14 artists, including themselves, who will present their designs and work at the event. Other participating artists include:
- Christina Boy
- Daniel Rickey
- Tate Pray
- Charles Yeager
- Wendy Umanoff
- Maria Galuszka
- Happy Clay
- Russel Morton
- Hiroshi Awano
- Tom Chenoweth
All items will be available for sale with pick up or delivery before Christmas. The artists also are available for custom work.
On the final day of the show, Dec. 11 from noon to 5 p.m., La Diff will host a trunk show with local jewelers Elaine Bulter of Elaine B Jewelry; Jessica Cantilo of Square of the Bone; and Anna Lawryniuk, as well as a pop-up gift shop featuring gifts from LaDiff and the "Made in RVA" artists..
Because of its longtime involvement in the international design community, LaDiff has a great appreciation for the artistry and talent that exists in Richmond. “Last year’s event encouraged my husband and business partner, Andy Thornton, to start designing and building again,” says LaDiff president Sarah Paxton. “We look forward to more inspiration from these creative local artists.”
The opening reception for “Made in RVA Take 2” will be Friday, Nov. 18 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Get more details here.