Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Final Fridays at Essential Goods :: Beth King | Color and Ink

Please join us Friday, July 25th at the opening reception for artist Beth King for July Final Friday Art Walk. It will be a great evening and we hope to see you! Beth's work will be up through August 28th. 


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Essential Goods Featured on Lawrencehits.com

We were thrilled to be featured on Lawrencehits.com Do It Downtown radio show this morning! Check out the podcast via YouTube here! A big thank you to Jay Wachs for the interview to Downtown Lawrence Inc. for the opportunity. We spoke about the making and evolution of Essential Goods, as well as future ideas for growth. You can check out oodles of artists' work that we carry via the link as well.

We are so proud to be a business in downtown Lawrence and we thank the community for their support!

Cheerio!





Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Final Fridays at Essential Goods | Opening Reception for Paul Punzo :: El Gato


It's that time again! Please join us Friday, June 27th at the opening reception for Lawrence artist Paul Punzo. We are excited to have Paul back for Final Fridays at our new location on Mass. Street! It will be a great evening and we look forward to seeing you! Paul’s work will be up through July 24th.

About the Artist…
Paul Punzo is very happy to be able to be the featured artist at Essential Goods for the second time and will be bringing a variety of mediums to the show. In addition to new works of linoleum prints featuring cats, owls and sacred hearts, Paul will be showing paintings from his previous time here in Lawrence, LA and Wichita. He will have framed prints using colorful frames, smaller unframed prints plus tee shirts of his cat, Hopper! All prints are hand pressed using inks, watercolors, acrylics and spray paints to produce interesting pieces of art. Please enjoy!

Essential Goods
825 Massachusetts Street in Lovely Downtown Lawrence!


Friday, May 16, 2014

Opening Reception for Jennifer Gabriele | Final Fridays at Essential Goods | 5.30.14



Opening Reception
for Jennifer Gabriele
Final Fridays at Essential Goods
5.30.14 | 5 to 9 pm

Please join us Friday, May 30th at the opening reception for Lawrence artist, Jennifer Gabriele. It will be a fantastic evening and we look forward to seeing you there! The show will be up through June 25th.

Kansas: Bedazzled
I love the process of making art. It's tedious, time consuming, nerve-racking, and sublime. I often find that my art comes more from a place of process rather than from the final product. I love that from a distance it looks like each piece was silkscreened, but as you get closer you can see the careful strokes of a paintbrush or the slight uneven crease of a book page or map. You are looking at the most interesting timeline of the past three years I spent living in Lawrence. These paintings are a tribute to graduate school, the wonderful people that I have met here, and to the good, the bad, and the ugly that has occurred in this place that I currently call home.

Artist Biography
Jen grew up in Wooster, Ohio, where she was an avid athlete until she graduated from high school. She has a BA in Spanish and Studio Art, with an emphasis in sculpture and drawing, from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. She also earned her MA in Hispanic Literature and Culture from The University of Kansas. She has taught in Spain as well as the States and has traveled around Europe. Jen works in media ranging from digital to ducting metal. She moved to Lawrence three years ago for graduate school and has since fallen in love with the town and the people that live here. Art keeps her calm and happy.

Our Facebook invite... we would love to see you on the 30th!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ann Dean :: The Journey | Opening Reception



Final Fridays at Essential Goods
Opening Reception for Ann Dean :: Commotion
Friday, April 25th | 5 to 9 pm
825 Massachusetts Street
785.856.0430
facebook.com/essentialgoodslawrence

Please join us Friday, April 25th at the opening reception for Lawrence photographer, Ann Dean. It will be a fantastic evening and we look forward to seeing you there! The show will run through May 28th.

Artist Statement:

"I love photography because it gives me a chance to savor the fleeting moments in time that we all take for granted. I enjoy photographing my immediate surroundings here in Lawrence, Kansas, as well as doing travel photography. My hope is that my images resonate with the viewer as if you were actually there watching the scene unfold for yourself. I currently teach photography classes at the Lawrence Arts Center and I am a freelance photographer doing work with portrait, event and commercial photography. You can see more of my work on my website: anndean.zenfolio.com."

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Final Fridays at Essential Goods :: The Craftivists | Commotion

We would love to see you next Friday, the 28th for the opening reception for The Craftivists! We carry a variety of their work at Essential Goods and cannot wait to see some of their new works next week! Details below... :


Opening Reception for The Craftivists :: Commotion
Friday, March 28th | 5 to 9 pm
825 Massachusetts Street
785.856.0430
facebook.com/essentialgoodslawrence

Please join us Friday, March 28th at the opening reception for The Craftivists out of Topeka. We are thrilled to represent them this month in our gallery! It will be a fantastic evening and we look forward to seeing you there!

Artists’ Statement:
We make a commotion about issues that matter. We are women unwilling to accept politicians regulating our bodies and lives. We are also proud Kansans and refuse to lose the state of Kansas to extremists without a fight. Don’t be fooled by our soft and pretty lace exterior, instead, see that we demand control over our bodies, reject judgments about who we can marry, and refuse to move backwards in a state forged by a progressive belief in equality and justice. Commotion: We make noise.

About the Craftivists:
Activists by day, crafters by night, The Craftivists are a group of friends uniting crafts and activism by creating handmade goods. Founded in 2009, the group includes Topeka artists Nikki MacMillan, Michelle McCormick, Sara O’Keeffe, and Laura Burton. The four women craft for environmental responsibility, social justice, peace, love, and the challenge of bettering the world with art. The Craftivists often use discarded materials, including old windows, bicycle inner tubes, and old print media to create unique pieces. Artistic themes similarly explore disenfranchised people and unseen issues. Social justice, particularly feminism, is close to the hearts and minds of The Craftivists as they work collaboratively to create art. For more information, follow The Craftivists on Facebook, @TheCraftivists on Twitter or contactcraftivists@gmail.com.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

New work in for March

We have been absent when it comes to blog posts as of late, as we have been busy updating our shop! Below is a variety of new work that has arrived for March...

Fog Mountain Press
Crawlspace Studios
Crawlspace Studios
Indie Frog Studios
Kizmet Jewelry
Louise Carroll
Mark Poulin
Crawlspace Studios
Crawlspace Studios
Tiny Meat