kwIn kwe ni l [or] kwIng kwe ni lpart of speech:noundefinition 1:a commemoration or anniversary of something that took place five years in the past.   - Wordsmyth
Come on down to Ayzha Fine Arts Gallery & Boutique this weekend – Gallery Night & Day – to celebrate the quinquennial of our opening.

GALLERY NIGHT: Friday, Oct. 20, 5-9 p.m.

  • Video retrospective of Ayzha Fine Arts’ first five years
  • Exhibit of works by artists from those five years
  • Artist talks
  • Performance by jazz & r&b vocalist Lloyd Stephens, leader of the Lloyd Stephens Band
  • Live sketching by artist Verinia Glass
  • Refreshments supplied by chef Marvin Jones

GALLERY DAY, Saturday, Oct. 21, Noon-4 p.m.

  • Video retrospective of Ayzha Fine Arts’ first five years
  • Exhibit of works by artists from those five years
  • Artist talks
  • Live sketching by Verinia Glass
  • Anniversary cake and other refreshments

Event is free and open to the public. Ayzha Fine Arts is on the second floor of The Shops of Grand Avenue, 275 W. Wisconsin Ave. Street parking is free after 6 p.m. Friday and all day Saturday (with a two-hour limit on Saturday). 

excerpt of the panel discussion

DVD of the panel discussion will be available at Ayzha Fine Arts

Are we better off?

 Will Donald Trump return black people to the back of the bus and gay people to the closet?A panel will discuss “The Struggle for a Fair America in the Age of Trump” from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1 at Ayzha Fine Arts Gallery & Boutique, on the second floor of the Grand Avenue mall, 275 W. Wisconsin Ave.Panelists will include Howard Fuller, former Milwaukee school superintendent and lifelong battler for racial justice; the Rev. Joseph Ellwanger, longtime human rights advocate in Milwaukee; Karen Gotzler, an LGBT advocate, and artists Rebecca Moczulewski and Vedale Hill. The moderator will be Dasha Kelly, spoken word artist and novelist.Moczulewski has done a series of watercolors featuring scenes at Repairers of the Breach, a daytime shelter for the homeless. Hill makes social comment through his paintings. The works of both artists are on exhibit at Ayzha Fine Arts, a multicultural gallery with an emphasis on art from the African diaspora. 

 The panel discussion is free and open to the public, but participants must reserve seats by e-mailing thegallery@ayzhafineartsgallery.com or calling 414-220-4355.The civil rights movement of the 1960s was but the first of a series of movements to make America fairer – for African Americans, Hispanics, women, gays, poor people, the disabled, etc.Now enters President Trump, who pushed the falsehood that the nation’s first black president was not an American, who characterizes Hispanic immigrants as rapists and criminals, who equates Nazis who kill with protesters of Nazis who kill, who orders generals to discriminate against transgender people.Does the Trump presidency signal a reversal of the decades-long drive o make America live up to its creed that all people are created equal. That’s the urgent question the panel will address. 

 The panel discussion will double as a book-signing. Three of the participants have recently published books. Ellwanger has written Strength for the Struggle: Insights from the Civil Rights Movement and Urban Ministry. Howard Fuller has written No Struggle No Progress: A Warrior s Life from Black Power to Education Reform. And Dasha Kelly’s latest book is a novel: Almost Crimson. Time will be set aside for the authors to talk about their works and to sign books.

Ayzha Fine Arts 5th Anniversary


Gallery Night & Day

Friday Oct. 20, 6 to 9p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 21, noon to 4 p.m.

Works of Patricia Obletz, Francis Annan Affotey, Kevin Boatright, Richard Allen & other artists who have shared the years with us

Refreshments. Entertainments 


Mary Nohl - The Witch of Foxpoint

- Fellowship workshop  • Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 6-7:30 pm at Ayzha Fine Arts Gallery, The Shops at the Grand Avenue Mall, 275 W. Wisconsin Ave., 2nd floor (enter at 3rd Street & Wisconsin Avenue). This session is co-sponsored by Wisconsin Visual Artists.
Video Curtsy of  mondrosenfilme 

  The 2017 Nohl Fellows will be selected by a panel of recognized visual arts professionals working outside the four-county area: Michelle Jacques, Chief Curator, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Canada; Allison Peters Quinn, Director of Exhibitions & Residency Programs, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; and Gabriel Ritter, Curator and Head of Contemporary Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.Artist Mary L. Nohl of Fox Point, Wisconsin, died in December 2001 at the age of 87. She left a $9.6 million bequest to the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. Her fund supports local visual arts and education programs, keeping her passion for the visual arts alive in the community.In addition to receiving an award, the Nohl Fellows will participate in an exhibition at the Haggerty Museum of Art that opens in June 2018. An exhibition catalogue will be published and disseminated nationally.The work of the five fellows selected in the 2016 cycle of the competition—Jesse McLean and Joseph Mougel in the Established Artist category; and Emerging Artists Rose Curley, Robin Jebavy, and Brooke Thiele—remains on view at the Haggerty Museum of Art through September 17. They are completing their fellowship year with a series of free talks, performances, and screenings this fall. More details here: http://www.marquette.edu/haggerty/events.php.The Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowship program also includes a Suitcase Export Fund for exporting work by local artists beyond the four-county area. The fourteenth cycle of the Suitcase Export Fund will open on Thursday, December 1, 2017, when the electronic application and guidelines will become available at http://lyndensculpturegarden.org/nohl.For more than a century, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation has helped individuals, families and organizations realize their philanthropic goals and make a difference in the community, during their lifetimes and for future generations. The Foundation consists of more than 1,300 individual charitable funds, each created by donors to serve the charitable causes of their choice. The Foundation also deploys both human and financial resources to address the most critical needs of the community and ensure the vitality of the region. Established in 1915, the Foundation was one of the first community foundations in the world and is now among the largest.  

Gallery Weekend

Mayor to help unveil postcards touting cityscape "Scenic Milwaukee"

 "Gallery Weekend" comingMayor Tom Barrett will help unveil on Sunday April 23 a series of postcards created by Ayzha Fine Arts and dubbed “Scenic Milwaukee.” The postcards celebrate Milwaukee by highlighting landmarks and other attractive features in the cityscape. Large, framed prints of postcard images will also go on exhibit.

We are stretching Gallery Night & Day -- Friday & Saturday, April 21 & 22--- to include Sunday, April 23 and are calling the result Gallery Weekend. Besides the postcards, the weekend will include an exhibit of works of noted Milwaukee artist Patricia Obletz. Also, by popular demand, the exhibit of Bill Sanders’ blistering political cartoons, which had been scheduled to close in March, will remain up for the weekend and beyond.

“Scenic Milwaukee” showcases the crisp and vivid works of fine arts photographer Richard Allen. An oil painter as well, he shoots pictures with an artist’s eye. Greg Stanford, an amateur photographer and gallery co-owner, contributed to the series.

The series is a response to out-of-town visitors who come into Ayzha Fine Arts looking for Milwaukee postcards as tokens of their trip. A steady share of gallery patrons hail from elsewhere due to the gallery's proximity to the convention center, the Amtrak station and downtown hotels. For visitors and residents alike, the 5-by-7-inch postcards also serve as an inexpensive way to acquire art.

The Gallery Weekend schedule:

Gallery Night: 5-9 p.m., Friday, April 21, program at 7 p.m. (street parking free after 6 p.m.).

Gallery Day: noon-4 p.m. Saturday, April 22, program at 2 p.m. (street parking free all day, with a two-hour limit).

Gallery Sunday: 2-5 p.m. Sunday April 23, program at 3 p.m. (street parking free all day, no limit).

The “Scenic Milwaukee” postcards will officially debut on April 23, when Mayor Barrett will help christen them, but visitors will get a sneak preview on April 21 and 22. Refreshments will be served all three days.

(With a mall purchase of at least $5, parking in the Grand Avenue garage is $1 an hour, if you stay no longer than three hours and get your parking ticket stamped. Otherwise, mall parking is pricey.) 

Milwaukee Docent-Led Walking Tour Saturday, July 22, 2017 Hosted by the African American Art Allianc

 Milwaukee Docent-Led Walking Tour Saturday, July 22, 2017 Hosted by the African American Art Alliance Cost $10 cash only, upon arrival Please RSVP to by July 18 to blkart2013@gmail.com to reserve your spot and headset. Please join the African American Art Alliance on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at the Milwaukee Art Museum's Windhover Hall Coffee Shop between 10:00- 10:45 a.m. The tour starts at 11:00 and will visit all 22 sculptures.  

Bill Sanders

Bill Sanders' blistering cartoons to go on exhibit

 Ayzha Fine Arts Gallery & Boutique will showcase the hard-hitting editorial cartoons of legendary Milwaukee Journal cartoonist Bill Sanders on Gallery Night & Day, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20 & 21. Bill’s daughter,Denese Sanders of California, will be on hand to talk about her father’s work. Bill himself will make a live, two-way video appearance from his home in Florida. 

 Bill penned editorial cartoons for The Milwaukee Journal from 1967 to 1991. Exposing injustice, untruth and unfairness, his cartoons upset the powers-that-be in Milwaukee, particularly Mayor Henry Maier, who spent good chunks of long press conferences on tirades against the cartoonist, even once challenging him to a boxing match. One bone of contention between the two was the mayor’s opposition to an open housing ordinance. 

 Fittingly, the exhibit opens on Inauguration Day, which has stirred up widespread fears of a new, Trumpian Dark Age disrupting the struggle for social and economic fairness and justice in America. Bill’s artistry is one antidote to the possibly impending gloom. Even his old works still ring true, championing as they do civil rights and human dignity – themes that may resound with even more urgency in the months ahead. 

 Milwaukee is the second stop in what may be a travelling exhibit of Bill’s cartoons. The first stop was Seaside, Calif., at Open Grounds Studio, a gallery run by Bill’s daughter Denese. The exhibit was titled “Against the Grain: Timeless Impressions.” The Ayzha Fine Arts exhibit, however, will include cartoons about Milwaukee and Wisconsin, which were absent from the California show. 

Francis Annan Affotey

 Gallery Night will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, with a program at 7 p.m. Gallery Day will take place from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21, with a program at 2 p.m. Refreshments and entertainment will be provided. Ayzha Fine Arts is on the second floor of the Shops of Grand Avenue, 275 W. Wisconsn Ave.  

Wearable art, photography, paintings on exhibit

 Also on Gallery Night & Day a boutique corner of the gallery will debut featuring the wearable art of Francis Annan Affotey, whose paintings have delighted Milwaukee since we opened more than four years ago. Besides his works on canvas, he makes an art of bow ties, shoes, jackets, dashikis, t-shirts and other items of clothing. 

  Featured as well will be new nature photography by Byron Becker of Milwaukee and African urban scenes painted by Atsu Namadzi, a Ghanian now living in Washington, D.C.