Kansas Originals Market & Gallery
Wilson, KS 67490
Phone: (785) 658-2602
Fax: (785) 658-3372
Kansas Originals Market & Gallery in central Kansas is a showcase for the exceptional work of Kansas artists, craftsmen, and food producers.
Found among the array of outstanding items are inlaid-tables that contain as many as 1600 pieces of wood that are protected with 12 coats of gun-stock oil, envisioned and created by a disabled person. A 79 year-old artist hand-paints an original country scene on the covers of photograph albums. An autistic 33 year-old makes a wide variety of scroll-saw items and a life-watch pilot creates wooden replicas of airplanes, farm machinery, toys and kaleidoscopes while he is on call. Beautiful pheasant feather ornaments and flower arrangements are created by a nurse who is suffering from Lyme Disease. Osage Orange candleholders, lamps and potpourri bowls and painted wooden items are made by juveniles from one of the state’s correctional facilities. There are wooden animals hand-crafted by a retired farmer who taught himself wood carving after being disabled by a heart attack. These are just a few of the stories of the more than 300 Kansas Original’s artists, craftsmen and food producers. Each has a unique story and wonderful products.
There are artists who work in limestone to create post rock benches, bird baths, sundials, carved snowmen and desk sets along with small business card holders and magnets. Other Kansas craftsmen produce fine handcrafted small wooden furniture, clocks, and shelves along with tables and chairs for children and dolls. They create wheat weavings, hand-loomed rugs and hand-stitched quilts; embroidered tea towels, hand-blown glass including vases, bowls, festive orbs, and paperweights; and stained and slumped glass. Artists create beautiful scenes of the Kansas countryside in oil, watercolor, and pen and ink drawings. Photographers have captured the natural beauty of Kansas in their art photographs. Other artists work with sculptures in copper, brass, and iron. There are hand-carved wooden miniatures; hand-built, thrown, and raku pottery. Other items to be found include jewelry, dream catchers and items representative of Native Americans. Value-added food products include apple cider syrup, biscuit and muffin mixes, barbecue sauces and salsa, popcorn and candies, flavored vinegars, salad dressings, pancake mix and flour, jerky, canned meats, and a variety of jams and jellies.
Thousands of people visit Kansas Originals each year. People from 100 foreign countries on six continents have become acquainted with the art, crafts, and food of Kansans. These visitors express an appreciation for the high quality and originality of the products. The market is owned by the Post Rock Opportunities Foundation which was founded to provide a service to Kansas artists, craftsmen, and food producers. Kansas Originals Market opened on August 1, 1991. The Wilson location is the headquarters but operations have expanded to include a small store in the Travel Center on the Turnpike east of Topeka. The Wilson location also serves as the headquarters for The Amazing 100 Miles Tourism Coalition.