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


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 Bryan's work will be up through November 26th.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Essential Goods Feature in The Fashion Column Twins on!

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

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

We were thrilled to be featured on 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!


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

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:"

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

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

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

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

More Molly Muriel Just Arrived...

We love the all natural body care and candle line, Molly Muriel, that we carry at Essential Goods. And, a new shipment of their fantastic smelling products just arrived! We were particularly drawn to this product line that is handcrafted in small batches because it is so mindfully made, with beautiful herbal and essential oil combinations. 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Final Fridays at Essential Goods | Rebecca Ryan

Final Fridays at Essential Goods
Opening Reception for Rebecca Ryan
Friday, February 28th | 5 to 9 pm
825 Massachusetts Street

Please join us Friday, February 28th at the opening reception for Lawrence artist Rebecca Ryan. It will be a fantastic evening and we look forward to seeing you there!

Artist Statement
I try to capture instantaneous expressions of energy and emotion through the use of vivid color and vaguely abstract forms. Inspirations are many and varied and range from music, literature and poetry, scents, and sights, to the unique quality or feel of relationships and experiences encountered on my journey through Life. Each image has its basis in my own personal experiences, but I have delighted in learning what others see and experience when viewing them. Art, whatever it is, seems to me to involve a strange dance of reflection and interaction between the artist, the creation, and the viewer. 

Artist Biography

A Kansas native, Rebecca Ryan has lived in Lawrence since 1970. Her formal education includes a B.A. in French Language and Literature, and an M.S. in Computer Science.  She has been painting for 20 years, guided and encouraged by several friends with formal training and degrees in Fine Art. Rebecca recently retired from a 30-year career in technology. She is enjoying the opportunity to take formal art classes where she is exploring new perspectives and opportunities. She is currently working with Digital Imaging through classes at Johnson County Community College. This is her first showing.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Maryanna Adelman print work available

We were really excited to get Maryanna Adelman's work in our gallery for Final Fridays this month! She also brought in a variety of unframed prints as well available for purchase. Stop by and check out her show- it is fantastic and will be up until the end of February!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Vintage Local

We welcome local artist Molly Walter to Essential Goods! She makes a variety of handcrafted journals out of repurposed vintage flour sack bags (local, no less- Bowersock Mills!), repurposed chipboard beer cases and a beautiful durable felt.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

A little Lawrence Love...

We just love the work we carry by local artists Inkello and Smiling Mad. They collaborate on a a collection of work that we carry illustrating "Lawrence Love" on each item... tea towels, coaster sets, pint glasses and a variety of tees for adults and kiddos. A batch of new tea towels and coasters just arrived, just in time for Valentine's Day!

Inkello just brought in a variety of letterpress Valentine's tags that we love. They pair perfectly with the selection of Valentine's cards that she delivered earlier this week!

Friday, February 7, 2014

New Work in for February

We are really excited about some of the new work we received over the past week and look forward to sharing it with you! See a preview below...