Ayzha Fine Arts Gallery & Boutique
Cynthia Henry is an art collector and arts advocate. She was vice president of the Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN) and currently sits on the board of the African American Arts Alliance at the Milwaukee Art Museum. In 2012, with partner Gregory Stanford, Cynthia opened Ayzha Fine Arts Gallery & Boutique in The Shops of Grand Avenue mall in downtown Milwaukee.
Gregory Stanford is a Milwaukee-based writer and co-owner and manager of Ayzha Fine Arts Gallery & Boutique in the Shops of Grand Avenue downtown. For many years he was a reporter for The Milwaukee Journal and an editorial writer and columnist for The Journal and then the merged Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He has won many journalism awards. Besides managing the gallery, he writes plays and has authored a blog in which he has commented on the news of the day. He was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and came to Milwaukee to attend Marquette University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in journalism.
Ayzha Fine Arts is a contemporary, multicultural gallery with an emphasis on art from the African diaspora. The artists are drawn from Milwaukee and from around the globe. The boutique side offers unique jewelry, cards, books, calendars, organic hair products and other items.
The gallery brims with activity – paint parties, panel discussions, poetry readings and special exhibits, including on the quarterly, city-wide Gallery Night and Day. January’s Gallery Night and Day will feature the works of renowned Milwaukee artist Reynaldo Hernandez. In 2014 Ayzha Fine Arts was awarded a grant to produce an Internet radio show during the Night Market – a monthly, summertime street festival on Wisconsin Avenue. The show included the performance of a radio play written by Stanford about Wisconsin Avenue.
Ayzha Fine Arts does pop-up shows around the city, and has even showcased its artists out of town – in Chicago and in Miami, during Art Basel. Ayzha Fine Arts curates corporate exhibits. Right now it has an exhibit in the Germania Building, in honor of the building’s redevelopment. The exhibit will run until early 2018.
Prominent Milwaukee muralist Reynaldo Hernandez will be the featured artist at January’s Gallery Night & Day at Ayzha Fine Arts Gallery & Boutique, on the second floor of the Shops of Grand Avenue, 275 W. Wisconsin Avenue. The gallery will show new abstracts and surreal works by the versatile artist.
Gallery Night will run from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19 at Ayzha Fine Arts. Gallery Day will run from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Jan 20. The exhibit is titled “Other Sides of Reynaldo Hernandez.”
The works of Hernandez are likely viewed more often than those of any other Milwaukee artist. Thousands of commuters on the I-94 bridge over the near south side daily glimpse his magnificent “Mural of Peace,” where a dove confronts an eagle. And thousands of other passers-by daily eye his other murals across the city, including his newly refurbished painting about the arts on the exterior of the old Inner City Arts Council building at 6th St. and North Ave.
Also on Gallery Night & Day, painter Rebecca Moczulewski will unveil works exploring the ambivalence surrounding black men and the American flag. On display, too, will be abstracts by Jose Alvarez, a globally collected and exhibited artist based in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and by Jeff Brown Jr. of Milwaukee and Ashley Robertson of Washington, D.C. Finally, artistic genius Francis Annan Affotey, a Ghanian turned Milwaukeean, will show off his newly designed scarves and other wearables.
Artists will talk. Refreshments, including a hot beverage, will be served at the free event.
Ayzha Fine Arts Gallery presents: Reynaldo Hernandez.Gallery night's featured renown muralist and master of visual arts.
Ayzha Fine Arts interview BTS of “The Mid-Week Flow” with Michelle Bryant.
“The Mid-Week Flow”
Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:00pm-5:00pm
Michelle Bryant is currently a Political Director with a local campaign. A former Budget and Policy Director for a Wisconsin State Senator, Bryant staffed her Senator on the state’s powerful Joint Committee on Finance. Previous positions include Political Director with Mary Burke for Wisconsin Gubernatorial campaign, Executive Director for African World Festival, Ltd., Chief of Staff with the Wisconsin State Senate, Policy Analyst, and Legislative Staff. In addition, she has worked for over 20 years with public and private organizations to provide ongoing training around issues of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Bryant is a trusted facilitator that has developed and provided training, seminars, and curriculum to address issues of Affirmative Action, Transgender Work Policies, Diversity, and Cross Cultural Communication.
Politically active with the Democratic Party, Michelle currently holds positions with the Democratic Party of Wisconsin (DPW) include DPW Administrative Committee Representative, DPW Black Caucus Vice Chair, and 4th Congressional District Executive Committee Member.
Bryant is also an EMERGE alum, former Center for Progressive Leadership Faculty member, past board member for a number of non-profit groups, campaign volunteer, and member of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. Sorority.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Michelle believes that we all have a social footprint. She strives to make sure that she leaves any situation better than she found it. When that is not possible, she is committed to learn from that experience. Born in Birmingham, Alabama and raised in New York, Bryant likes to say that she has been given the best of both worlds: Southern pragmatism and Northern tenacity. She uses that common sense approach to champion the issues that will move communities forward. Michelle also has a son, Augustine (Derrick), of whom she is extremely proud.
New products are coming soon!
10% off all art on our Packer Wall of Fame
10% off all African mask
10% off all boxed or bundled holiday cards
Steep discounts on selected original works by noted artist Francis Annan Affotey
Affordable prints just for the holidays
Stocking stuffers : Bookmarks, Knowledge Cards, 2018 calendars, Scenic Milwaukee postcards, puzzles, origami ornaments, coloring books
We offer original fine artworks as well as secondary market paintings. Each painting can be transformed into a print. Print prices my vary.
Natural skin creams, conditioners, shampoos, detangling ghee, and hydrate & twist butter.
3 cards ...... $11.00
We have a vast selection of literature from a variety of authors.
We have playing cards, puzzles, flash cards, coloring books, knowledge cards, and much more to give to the ones you love.
We offer a fine selection of rings, bangles, necklaces, hand crafted crystal pieces and much more.