Gift ShopOur gift shop offers a wide variety of items from art prints to cigar box guitars. All items are handcrafted by local and regional artists. See the artist descriptions below for more information about the available products.
Vaughn Graber is from a family of wood masters passing down old-world quality workmanship in all of their products. He has made a variety of home furnishings for family members, including beds, coffee tables, saddle stands, picture frames, trophy cases, wall shelves, tack boxes, blanket chests, kaleidoscopes, spinning tops, duck and predator calls and more. He also makes and sells kits for carving wooden dolls.
Upon retirement Vaughn decided he could not play golf, hunt or fish every day. His excuse for purchasing his wood working tools was they would keep him out of the bars and off the streets. He is a member of the Kansas Woodturners, Flint Hills Woodturners, AAW and the Topeka Sawdusters. He also has a booth at the Woodcarvers Show in Topeka which is usually held in November. His pursuit of top notch wood products has lead to an absolutely astounding piece of wood art in the solid and segmented bowls that he turns on his lathe.
Elizabeth Hawn is a self taught textile artist living in central Kansas. Learning about the devastating effects of the fast fashion industry inspire her to create Maple Street Textiles, a brand dedicated to creating sustainable, unique clothing in sizes for everyone.
Ice dyeing is a low water technique made with powdered chemical dyes. Eco-prints are made by bundling plant matter with natural fabric and simmering or steaming for hours, then letting the bundle rest to allow the chemicals to be released into the material.
Phyll Klima found her passion for the functional ceramic world over 40 years ago. Her love of great food presented on beautiful handmade pottery married her two passions. “Serving well cooked food in beautiful, functionally sound clay vessels makes me smile. My highest customer compliment is always…I use your pottery everyday!”
Phyll grew up in on a farm in Nebraska’s central Platte River valley with two sisters. The 3 shared a lot of happy hours serving mud pie “hamburgers” in their restaurant…a cottonwood tree wind break. Sisters created nicknames…Tish, Zelda and Emma. Emma stuck on Phyll. She proudly signs “Emma P.” with 3 concentric rings on every pot. The trinity of rings reminds her of higher powers, her sisters and her own 3 children.
Phyll’s functional ceramics can be found at 39 West Gallery, Topeka; Gallery II, Wichita; Rebecca Janes, Salina; Lincoln Art Center, Lincoln KS; Courtyard Gallery, Lindsborg, KS; and at several juried art shows annually.
Kymm Ledbetter Is the owner of Prairie Glass Studio, located in downtown Topeka. Kymm is the artistic energy of Prairie Glass Studio. She attended Washburn University where she fell in love with her chosen medium – fused glass. Shortly after graduating, Kymm began sharing her love of fused glass with young, aspiring artists during summer camps. The youngsters passed their enthusiasm to their parents and Prairie Glass Studio was born! Kymm conducts classes at the studio and occasionally teaches at Washburn University, always challenging her students to push the boundaries of their own creativity. Items range in price from $15 – $38.
I have a particular love for taking discarded and unusual objects and making them into something beautiful. I spent most of my childhood combing the lake shores and river banks of Kansas for hidden treasures while my dad was fishing. I brought home countless shells, rocks, bones, and other forgotten things to add to my collection. With Unicorn Prairie, I want to share my love of these overlooked treasures with a wider audience, and showcase the every day beauty that is all around us. Items range in price from $10 – $50.
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My artwork is an expression of the peace I continue to find along this journey called life. Whether it be found in recovery from abuse; in a relationship with Jesus Christ; or in my intention to live life on life‘s terms, I have fallen in love with the simple pleasures that nature provides. While studying abroad for a certification in Morita Therapy, I stumbled across this beautiful expression of art and knew I needed to incorporate it into my life. The Japanese therapy encourages one to “just be” present in the moment and by creating artwork with items found in nature I am able to join together all of these passions.
My art is inspired by the beauty of life. Let my Urban Folk Art take you to wherever your happy place is.
Oshara offers various jewelry pieces ranging from $7-$35
With the help of his Dad, Scott Weir, a.k.a. Top City Fox, built his first cigar box guitar (also known as a git-box or hobo guitar) in 1960 for 3rd Grade show and tell. Fifty-six years later, it became his obsession, and he has been building them at the rate of one or two per month for over two years.
Top City Fox guitars can be played unplugged for a true 1920s or 30s blues sound, but the sound from even a very small amplifier is amazing. Every build is a little different, so no two of these hand-crafted instruments sound the same, but they all work well.
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909 N. Kansas Ave. Topeka, KS 66608