Thursday, September 17, 2015
For our September Final Friday Artwalk, Essential Goods is excited to welcome artist Lawrence artist Susan McCarthy. Please join us at her opening reception on Friday, September 25th from 5 to 9 pm to meet the artist and view her new work!
Susan McCarthy is a long time resident of Lawrence. She received two Bachelor degrees from KU—one in Philosophy and one in Printmaking. In her fifties, she went back to school and obtained a Masters degree in Art History from Boston University. In addition to making art, an occupation for over thirty years, she now teaches as an adjunct at Washburn University and does research and writing about art history.
I have worked in oil pastels for a long time. Some of the pieces in this show are night scenes but also included are a number of pieces based on quilting. I start with small sections cut from drawings I was ready to throw away. However in each “failed” work there were always small areas which were worth saving, just like small scraps of fabric which are salvageable although the garment itself is worn out. I looked at quilt patterns or famous quilters, like Harriet Powers, for inspiration.
Susan’s work will be up through October 28th, 2015.
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Throughout the week of September 14 - 20 we will be celebrating all things print! Stop by and check out a portion of our shop/gallery dedicated to our artists who create print items using the printmaking process. On Thursday, September 17th from 4 to 7 pm, Essential Goods will be a part of the Lawrence Arts Center tour of open studios and galleries featuring print work. Throughout the week, Lawrence Arts Center will hold a variety of events to celebrate Print Week, along with their collaborators Wonder Fair and the University of Kansas Printmaking Department. Please check out this link on Lawrence Art Center's website for more information.
We would like to give a big thank you to our printmaking artists who allow us to represent them and their beautiful work.
Friday, September 4, 2015
For our August Final Friday Artwalk, Essential Goods is excited to welcome artist Larissa Wilson. Please join us at her opening reception for her show, Domestic Bliss, on Friday, August 28th from 5 to 9 pm to meet the artist and check out her new work! We will also be featuring cuisine from Genovese as a preview for Restaurant week in mid-September.
Larissa Wilson is a native Kansan, a BFA graduate from Fort Hays State University, and a long time resident of Lawrence.
Her new series of assemblages seeks to elevate everyday household objects to sacred status. Salt and pepper shakers become religious icons. Tea strainer become alters. Button mandalas are made for meditation. They will bless the walls of Essential Goods until Wednesday, September 23rd, and after may find permanent places for devotion on the walls of your own home.
Larissa may also be recognized for her hard working role as pastry chef at The Roost, a popular local breakfast spot, or as “Butternutsquash”, the name she uses at local art fairs and LOLA events.
Larissa’s work will be up through September 23rd, 2015.
Monday, July 20, 2015
Carrie Hilgert is an artist. Sometimes she employs paint and ink, sometimes a camera, and sometimes words. Carrie started drawing in the third grade and was the kid that noticed everything: people’s quirky habits, bits of energy floating through a shaft of light, the undercurrent of emotion in a room. She has always felt things very deeply, and that fuels her work – and her outlook on the world.
Carrie believes in everyday magic and in sharing raw emotion to make connections that matter. In her 20s, depression and bipolar disorder kept her from painting for nearly ten years. During that time, she used her camera as therapy, documenting her depression through self-portraiture. Some of these photos appeared in two exhibits in New York City dedicated to ending the stigma of mental illness. One of the photos was also featured in a related article in the New York Times.
In the spring of 2014, Carrie began painting again after an experience she describes as “a supernova explosion in my brain that I’m still not sure is real.” Since then, she has used acrylic and a combination of watercolor and ink to put what she sees on paper.
“I believe there is magic to be found in the simplest of things, but the spark I find in people, particularly women, is what drives me,” she says. “My life is about diversity, taking risks, connection, and living wholeheartedly.”
Carrie lives in Northeast Kansas with her Austrian husband, four kids, two cats, and a dog that looks like a hyena. You can find her work for sale and read her thoughts on carriehilgert.com.
Carrie’s work will be up through August 26th, 2015.
Monday, June 29, 2015
For this month’s Final Friday Art Walk we will feature work by Lawrence artist Jamelle Zablow-Maloney of Bare Roots Jewelry. Please join us at the opening reception for her show at Essential Goods on Friday, June 26th from 5 to 9 pm. Come meet the artist and check out her new work!
About The Artist
I began my work in jewelry when I was young, inspired by my parents who dabbled in gemstone hunting here in the Midwest and in jewelry making when I was in middle and high school. I began creating jewelry to my own interests and to match my wardrobe while in college when I was continuously unable to find pieces that matched my tastes and price range in retail stores. I began making jewelry for retail when others became interested in my designs and encouraged me to do so. Jewelry making is a loved hobby of mine that I would love to have as a full time occupation, but continue to engage in between my work as a mother and teacher.
I see my jewelry as art and spend a lot of time with each piece ensuring that it is unique and hangs or sits right when it is worn. I enjoy working with raw materials like bone and stone, in order to give my pieces an organic, bohemian measure that matches my own style. I work hard to get materials from vendors and individuals that are honest about where and how they were obtained. I am adamant that the bones I use are from animals who died of natural causes and were not poached.
My favorite part about making jewelry for others is customizing it!!! I love surprising customers with my art!
Thursday, May 21, 2015
For this month’s Final Friday Art Walk we will feature work by Lawrence artist Paul Punzo. Please join us at the opening reception for his show "Oui!" at Essential Goods on Friday May 29th from 5 to 9 pm. Come meet the artist and check out his new work!
I am happy to be the featured artist for a third consecutive year at Essential Goods. This show is a celebration of a journey of the last few years, or "oui 'a la vie!” (yes to life)!!
I started with working on 18" x 24" cold press watercolor paper using many different techniques. I have learned creating 68 colorful variations of background noise. Some pieces will be displayed as they are, for there were some very cool ones that needed nothing more. In addition is new block prints of sacred hearts, eyeballs and elephants, to name a few. Also look for silk screened manitee t shirts, as well as other pieces of new work that I hope will bring smiles to you all! Im so grateful to be part of the Lawrence artist community and hope to see you all at the end of May! "Oui a la vie" paulp
Paul's work will be up through the month of June.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
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.