Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Final Fridays at Essential Goods :: Tami Clark | Plaster and Wax


We would love for you to join us next Friday for the Final Fridays Art Walk in Downtown Lawrence! This month we will feature work by Lawrence artist Tami Clark. Please join us at the opening reception for her show Plaster and Wax at Essential Goods on Friday April 24th from 5 to 9 pm. Come meet the artist and check out her new work!

About the Artist

Tami Clark is a mixed media artist and youth director in Lawrence, KS. She experimented with many different mediums until she discovered that she could use all of her favorites when working in assemblage and mixed media. She enjoys working with plaster, encaustic painting and found objects and loves to go on hunts for the rusty treasures she uses in her work. Tami has started an after-school art program in her church and loves watching the faces of her teenage students as they discover new techniques and realize they have what it takes to be called a true artist. We all do, we just have to find our path.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

New Stuff! Finally....!

We've been a bit lousy about posting new work via our blog, we apologize! We post weekly via our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages. And, we super swear we will try to be better about posting to our blog!

Spring is here and it is lovely to have the door open with fresh air pouring in and to hear folks out and about enjoying the season. We are excited to have a variety of new artists join us and will continue to bring more work your way. See below for a sampling of new work! We will post more shortly as well.
Culture Flock Society

Culture Flock Society

Culture Flock Society

Melissa Dehner | Honeybee Creative
Boho Girl Soaps

Eric and Christopher

Johanna Wright

Johanna Wright
Kitty Reese

Tammy Smith

Rachael Perry

Bryan Fyffe

Bryan Fyffe

Tammy Smith

Lindsey Yankey

Lindsey Yankey

Lindsey Yankey

Tammy Smith

Voz Jewelry

Voz Jewelry

Voz Jewelry

Voz Jewelry

Yonder Studio
Melissa Dehner

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A few gift ideas for the holidays!

We have been so busy adding new amazing work to Essential Goods that we've been a little lousy updating our blog. We are pretty good about sharing new work with you a few times a week via Facebook and Twitter, but our poor blog has taken  back seat as of late. Downtown Lawrence Inc has been fantastic about sharing so many gift ideas for the holidays from downtown Lawrence merchants on their Facebook page (we participate as well), and we thought we'd share our gift ideas with you. Check out their page to see all of the wonderful local businesses and the gift ideas they have for the holidays as well.

We will be adding to this almost daily. Cheers!

Gift Ideas for Dad
Gift Ideas for a little girl 
 Gift Ideas for Mom
 Gift Ideas for Grandpa
 Gift Ideas for your favorite Guy
 Gift Ideas for Teacher
Gift Ideas for Grandma

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Final Fridays at Essential Goods :: Kelsey Deviney | Daylight's Last Breath



Please join us Friday, November 29th from 5 to 9 pm at the opening reception for artist Kelsey Deviney for the November Final Friday Art Walk in Downtown Lawrence! 

Kelsey Michele Deviney was raised in the country outside of Winchester, Kansas. Kelsey was raised on five acres of land along with her three younger siblings. She is currently a senior at the University of Kansas completing her BFA in Visual Art and Minor in Art History. She creates artwork from multiple mediums, varying from 2-D and 3-D. Her favorites include life drawing, metal work, and photography. Because of her upbringing out on the farm, surrounded by pasture and timber; all of her work has a constant theme of her relationship with nature and her view on society. Kelsey will graduate this December 14, 2014 and plans to stay in Lawrence to find a job in the arts.

Kelsey has added to her resume in the past year by interning with Van Go of Lawrence, KS. Van Go is a well-known grant funded art program that reaches out to at-risk children in the community. The program is focused around job training for high school students while providing social work assistance.

In February 2014, Kelsey began a new job through Kansas Work Study at Essential Goods on Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence. She was very excited to have a position in the arts that allowed her to interact with artists but also customers who support buying local artwork.

For her final semester at KU, Kelsey has been interning with the Lawrence Arts Centers Art-Based Preschool program. This program gives 3-4 year old children the chance to explore many different types of art from painting, theatre, and music. This internship has been excellent for Kelsey, as it applies directly to her future plans.

In the next five years Kelsey plans to move to a farm outside of Wichita, KS and start organic farming with her boyfriend, Ryan. She also plans to run an art-based daycare from the farm teaching kids the importance of health, fitness, and creativity. Kelsey plans to continue her personal art on the side while sharing with others the joy that art can bring.

Kelsey’s work will be up through December 2014.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A Sampling of New Work

Hello...! We have been so busy pulling in new work that we have had yet to share it with you on our blog. This will be one of many posts illustrating all of the new work we have added to our collection by local (Lawrence/KS) and independent artisans. It is exciting for us to be able to share so much talent - most of it being local - with those who walk through Essential Goods' doors. While we now carry near 100 artists' work, we still feel like we are brushing the surface when it comes to all of the talent that brims within Lawrence. We love our city.

You can follow us on Facebook or Twitter for up-to-date info on happenings and new works.

Dick Daniels

Basement Soap

Nurture Botanicals and B.E.

Culture Flock Society

Culture Flock Society

Connor Dyer

Recrudescence Studio


arch+craft




Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Final Fridays Art Walks | Bryan Fyffe



Essential Goods Final Fridays Art Walk | Bryan Fyffe
Opening Reception 10.31.14 | 5 to 9 pm
825 Massachusetts Street | Downtown Lawrence

Please join us at the opening reception for Kansas City artist Bryan Fyffe on October 31st from 5 to 9 pm. We could not think of a better artist to have for Final Fridays Art Walk on Halloween! Bryan illustrates for Walt Disney's Haunted Mansion. He will have a never seen before new haunted house piece of work for the opening reception. We hope to see you this Halloween at Essential Goods!

About The Artist
Bryan Fyffe grew up with an interest in ghost stories, Star Wars action figures, Godzilla and pretty much anything with the flavor “blue raspberry”. He creates art on a wide variety of subjects, some of his favorites being zombies, Halloween and food. Some of Bryan's regular freelance clients are Walt Disney and Penguin Books. His digital collage work features many textures and layers.

Bryan lives with his wife and two children in Kansas City. You can check out more of his work at www.bryanfyffe.com. Bryan's work will be up through November 26th.




Thursday, August 7, 2014

Essential Goods Feature in The Fashion Column Twins on Lawrence.com!

Essential Goods was just featured in The Fashion Column Twin's column today on Lawrence.com and we extend a big thank you out to them for the wonderful write up! Check out the feature here. Thanks Emily and Elizabeth!