Help make a business feel like home

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By Special to the Monitor

Following the theme for this year’s Holiday Lights Parade is “The Holidays Begin at Home,” Village Arts is extending an invitation to the community to help make the businesses’ new location a home.


Village Arts, under the new ownership of Ken Nebel and Jim O’Donnell, recently moved from its Central Park location to new digs at 216 DP Road.

In celebration of the new ownership and new look, an open house and reception will be held Saturday.  

“We’re in, and we’re ready to start the season with a bang,” Nebel said. “We have so much to be thankful for, everything is falling into place and that calls for a celebration.”

He added, “We’re calling this a house warming party. The new furnace works great, but it takes people to make a home. We aim to show Los Alamos that DP Road is really just around the corner.”  

Depending on public interest, Village Arts plans to stay open from 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Acclaimed jeweler and local favorite, Teresa Starr, will set up shop in the new gallery from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with her set of treasures.

Additionally, there will be photo opportunities with Scout, a paper maché reindeer from Santa’s retinue.

Scout will also make an appearance during the lights parade later in the evening.

The highlight of the house warming party will be the shop’s first gallery show. Village Arts will feature San Diego artist Peter Csanadi’s talent. Csanadi, a graphic artist, will show a series of canvas prints he calls Animal Photoart.  

“As of now, I’m still waiting to see the full extent of the exhibit,” Nebel said, “and I’m waiting with baited breath. I won’t say anything more; Peter’s wildlife photography speaks for itself.”

The artist will also have a chance to speak during the reception. Everyone is encouraged to meet the artist and to visit Csanadi’s Website at www.pacsworlds.com.

Of course, no celebration is complete without good food, and that too should flow in abundance.  

With hot cider and cookies during the day and Marvel Kellogg, the organizer of the Cambodia’s Hope fundraiser, setting up shop in the evening, Nebel commented, “I really can’t say how grateful I am to Marvel for donating so much time and expense to make this a memorable reception, especially at this busy time of year when she’s getting ready for her (Unique Boutique). I’ve been blessed with many, many hours of volunteer help and extensive support and long hours from the entire Village Arts crew. They got the store moved and up and running … the artists and art appreciators are a strong force in this town, and I’ve certainly felt their (great) support in the last few weeks.”