Phoenix Gallery

Upon my first encounter with Phoenix Gallery, I was a bit hesitant. I’d walk past while trying to peer inside and think surely this place is waay outta my price range. I could see the bright colors of glass and ceramics; the track lighting giving life to precious items sprinkled across the store. Luckily, my curiosity got the best of me and I conjured up a reason (wedding present!) to introduce myself to this mecca of exquisite items. My gift-giving life hasn’t been the same since!

The Phoenix Gallery is stocked with specialty art pieces made by local, regional, and national artists. Here you will find hand made wall art, jewelry, pottery, sculptures, greeting cards, and much, much more. It is, without a doubt, the best place in Lawrence to find an extraordinary gift made by local artists.

Go ahead, take a peek into these big bright widow displays.

Phoenix Gallery features over 200 artists, many local and regional.

The broad show windows upfront are quick to entice passers-by, and the outer doors of the gallery are often open (when weather permits), like outstretched arms of a dear friend. Once inside the gallery, you’ll notice how the space feels both comfortable, but also polished. Refined art pieces adorn the walls, displays, and shelves while the track lighting illuminates the warm characteristics of each handmade product. While lingering around displays, it’s difficult to avoid getting wrapped up in each and every item; everything in the Phoenix Gallery has such nuance and value.

Larger items in the front, smaller (jewelry, cards, etc.) in the back.

Loving these quirky characters. They'd bring life to any space.

Due to the true authentic nature of this local shop, I have had many affairs with the Phoenix Gallery. Last Christmas, I purchased a wheat vase for my out-of-town sister-in-law, hoping it would remind her of the calming nature of the Kansas country side. I’ve also purchased a couple of the wine stoppers, as sweet wedding gifts for newly weds. Most recently, I picked up a handmade leather purse for a dear friend’s birthday (photo below); it’s made by local Lawrence artist Jenny Brown.

Just say the word and Phoenix Gallery will do the wrapping!

Black leather clutch - hard to go wrong with this pretty gift.

Keep in mind, the lovely ladies at Phoenix Gallery are happy to box your items if you’ll be gifting them. Moreover, an info card comes with each product, so that you know more about the artist that made it. I have very much enjoyed reading more about the artists that have created these products I’ve purchased from the Phoenix Gallery; they’ve put so much of their talent and energy into these pieces, it’s nice to know we have the chance to learn of, and admire, their story.

Phoenix Gallery is one of the many treats downtown Lawrence offers. It’s one-of-a-kind, and has something for everyone, and every occasion! And rest assured, it features quality items at the $25 range, as well at the $50 range and above. With the holiday season right around the corner, keep Phoenix Gallery in mind for those specialty items.

Phoenix Gallery is open Mon-Wed 9:30-6; Thurs-Sat 9:30-8; Sun 11-5.

Find Phoenix Gallery at: 825 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence KS 66044. [785.843.0080]

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