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...

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Thanks, Lawrence Journal-World!

A big thank you to the Lawrence Journal-World for the feature today in their article on ideas to spruce up a bathroom! Featured in the article was Nurture Botanicals and B.E.'s soy candles and a handknit washcloth by Lis Niswonger, who are both local artisans. We are proud to carry both artists' work at Essential Goods!

Please check out our Facebook page, where you will find a ton of pictures of what we carry at Essential Goods, as well as the most up-to-date information, event postings, etc! We are on Twitter too!

photo by Lawrence Journal-World