Waxwing – Unique Gifts from Local Artists

By Cynthia Sommer

We welcome to the neighborhood Waxwing, a unique place with a passion for local artists and their art.   This artist consignment shop on the corner of North and Oakland Avenues (1800 E. North; former site of Pizza Man restaurant) features original art from over 200 local and national artists.   A consistently fresh inventory of one of a kind and hand-made art provides great gifts for all occasions and all ages; or you can just buy your own personal treasures.

Steph Davies, the owner and a local illustration artist, opened this eastside shop in December after a four year business seasoning in a small boutique in Shorewood.  The move to a larger space opened up new opportunities to feature the works of more artists and also allowed a better connection with the community by hosting artist presentations, classes, workshops and musical events.

The owner has an artist’s eye for finding up-and-coming artists working in a variety of mediums.  A wide range of art, displayed on the walls and tastefully arranged on shelving, grabs your attention and interest.  As you walk around the bright, open space you will find pottery, jewelry, wood, leather, quilted and embroidery art, greeting cards, soaps, original paintings, prints, clothes, baby accessories and much more.  Steph tries to include art, wherever possible, that is made from refurbished and recycled materials and art produced by non-profit groups.  You will find many items at affordable prices.

The local theme of Milwaukee and Wisconsin is well represented in a variety of mediums from photographs to screen prints to original paintings.  For example, the Milwaukee story or skyline is creatively presented by a variety of artists on posters, glass, wood and even on lampshades.  Shoppers looking for uniquely designed jewelry have options from a rich selection of earrings, pendants, bracelets.  Pottery by several artists provides choices of styles, colors and designs.  A special children’s corner includes books, toys, animal pillows, clothes and even wearable baby accessories for the mom.

Waxwing further connects with the community through bimonthly Sunday morning (11 am) storytelling for kids from September through May and introduction to the artist nights. Various classes are also offered, such as metal etching and stamping, knitting and even tarot card reading.  Occasional musical nights add to a friendly and welcoming environment.

The shop is open M-F from 11 am – 7 pm; Sat from 10 am- 6 pm and Sunday from 11 am – 5 pm. During the summer the Friday, Saturday and Sunday hours are extended 1 hour later.

Before you shop for a gift at a big-box store, please pause.  Remember, you can get a unique, personal gift right in your neighborhood at Waxwing.  Shop local and support great local artist!