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