Leaping Llamas offers a variety of avenues for everyone to engage in art. From purchasing one-of-a-kind pieces created by Kansas-connected artists to taking classes as they discover the artisan from within, people of all ages and skill level can take a piece of art home with them. Classes are offered on a weekly basis to artists of all ages. Details can be found on the calendar page.
Patrons can look forward to purchasing ceramics, paintings of all types, jewelry, textiles, graphic novels, bead mosaics, floor clothes, metal work, letterpress, stationary and much more. Each artist is connected to the State of Kansas in some way.
Developed out of the love of art and helping others see the world from a different perspective, Leaping Llamas Artisan Shop was created. Alicia VanWalleghem, owner, traveled the world exploring different cultures, languages and traditions. She saw the world from the perspective of local artisans in Belguim, Peru, Kenya, Mexico and Haiti. Back home in Topeka, Alicia wanted to offer Kansas-connected artists a place to tell their story.
With this vision, Alicia found the perfect building in the revitalized Downtown Topeka. What was once Wolf’s Jewelry store from 1884 to the mid-1980s, the building is the perfect location for Kansas-connected artists to create, show and explore art of all types. Wolf’s was known for creative displays and their approach to creating pieces of jewelry and china for the recipients to treasure for a lifetime. Leaping Llamas hopes for the same from its patrons as they discover pieces of art to display in their home, give as gifts, wear or simply observe