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Yummy Soap photoSoap as Art?? Who would’ve thought?  Not me.  That is until I met Jane Wheeler of Peighton’s Place Handmade Soap.  Jane has been making soap since 1998.  Using a cold process, she transforms all-natural ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter, goat’s milk, herbs, oxides, and clays into bars of soap that almost look too beautiful to use, and in some cases good enough to eat!

It is my great pleasure to announce that Jane has agreed to return for another appearance at the Museum Store.  She will be here on Saturday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with demonstrations taking place at noon, 2:00, and 4:00.  Jane will bring a large selection of handmade soap that will be available for purchase during the event.

We first met Jane in 2013 when she was an exhibitor at the Bella Vista Arts & Crafts Festival.  She was awarded a blue ribbon of merit that year. While visiting with Jane we learned that she is an experienced demonstrator of the cold-process soap-making technique. Her soaps are so artfully created that we decided right then and there that we had to include her on our calendar of events at the Museum Store for the upcoming year.  Despite having to reschedule due to bad weather in February of 2014, we had a great turnout and we sold nearly 200 bars of soap that day!

Jane draws a crowd as she begins her cold-process soap-making demonstration.

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Essential oils give each soap a unique and pleasing fragrance.

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Wheeler employs a variety of techniques, including swirling, layering, and blending, to create her soaps’ unique appearances.  Every bar is a work of art and no two are the same.

During our planning for this event I asked Jane if she would be willing to create some soaps inspired by the Van Gogh to Rothko exhibition.  “Sounds like a challenge and that is always fun!” she said.  She has come up with three limited-edition designs just for this event.

This soap design is inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s Green Patio Door:

Please join us at the Museum Store on Saturday, March 21, to view Jane creating these unique soaps.  And be sure to visit the exhibition Van Gogh to Rothko to see the artworks that inspired some of Jane’s creations.

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Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986) "Green Patio Door, 1955" 1955, oil on canvas Collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1958

Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986)
“Green Patio Door, 1955”
1955, oil on canvas
Collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1958

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