Meet the owners

Cynthia Henry

 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.  

Gregory Stanford

Jamming 98.3's The Gathering @2018 (Ayzha Fine Arts Booth)

Dana Todd Pope

 Artist Statement �I am encouraging by nature, an exhorter if you will. It's no wonder it carries on into my work. I don�t create work just to fill a space on the wall. I realize God gave me this gift to share and make aware. At the end of the day, I hope my work stirs something on the inside of the viewer. For adults, I want them to remember their greatest hope for their life, born early childhood, and decide to hop back on the path to their greatest fulfillment. For children, I want them to visualize themselves accomplishing their goals and know that anything is possible.� �Dana Todd Pope -Artist Bio Former Ford model and fine artist Dana Todd Pope started on her purposed path as she made her first sale to Grammy Award winning recording artist Anthony Hamilton. Since then, her work has been seen on Fox's breakout hit EMPIRE and in venues like Essence Music Festival, Macy�s Herald Square in New York, Embrace at The Mason Murer Gallery in Atlanta, DuSable Museum, The Museum of Science and Industry, The Mulholland Tennis Club in Hollywood, DuSable Museum, The Chicago Jazz Festival, The Harlem Fine Art Show, Gallery D�Estee, Macy�s Romare Bearden Ten City Tour, The Union League Club, University of Illinois Mile Square, Metropolitan Family Services, Gallery Guichard in Chicago and many others. Dana Todd Pope is the author and illustrator of a �Know Money, Grow Money� a children's financial literacy book and the 2007 First Place winner of the ARISE Entrepreneur Program Business Plan Competition. She has also been a regional finalist in the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series and featured in several publications and periodicals. Influenced by personal experiences, the perspective of her ingenuity is rooted in children, family, womanhood, spirituality, and entrepreneurship. Aiming to �build pride in oneself and direct the viewer to a greater purpose,� she proclaims, are her foremost objectives. Dana Todd Pope currently resides in Chicago, Illinois with her husband, On-Air Legal Analyst Attorney Exavier Pope and her two children. 

Minnie Watkins



One major theme that resonates throughout the art of Minnie Watkins is her bold celebration of life, courage, and goodwill. Whether the work is a portrait or abstract, one is drawn to its intrinsic warmth and compelling narrative. Her finesse innately lends itself to branding and theming objectives.

An artist with 25 years of experience, Minnie mostly employs acrylic on canvas. Best known for her mastery in black and white imagery, she is equally as lucid with creating portraits in color, mixed media, and abstract portraiture thanks to her long tenure in advertising as designer, illustrator, and art director.

Minnie draws from the energy projected by people in everyday life: dancers, children playing, athletes, and the like; she is particularly inspired by jazz musicians. Minnie redirects that energy to inspire others to be just as courageous in pursuing their dreams.

Picture a Minnie Watkins work in your office, conference room or foyer, accentuating your stage set or innovative next project. It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, but in the case of Minnie Watkins art, a picture is worth a million smiles. 

Women's History Month

More than an art gallery

Fine Arts

We offer original fine artworks as well as secondary market paintings. Each painting can be transformed into a print. Print prices my vary.  

Grooming Products

Natural skin creams, conditioners, shampoos, detangling ghee, and hydrate & twist butter. 

Blank Greeting Cards

$4.00 each

3 cards ...... $11.00

6 cards......$20.00

Books Books Books

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. 

Ayzha Fine Arts Gallery presents: Reynaldo Hernandez.Gallery night's featured renown muralist and master of visual arts. 


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Ayzha Fine Arts noted Ghanaian Artist Francis Annan Affotey.

See some of Francis's work in this news clip of  

Milwaukee man makes history while restoring The Germania

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Store Specials

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

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