January Gallery Night: Bridgetowne Gallery to Show Circus Paintings by Stacey Williams-Ng

Bridgetowne Gallery & Framing is proud to announce an exhibition of paintings by Milwaukee artist Stacey Williams-Ng for January Gallery Night.

The show will feature large-scale figurative oil paintings that Williams-Ng does as portraits of people, in the personas of classic circus and carnival performers. Says curator Nick Berg, “We are really excited about presenting Stacey’s circus paintings to our gallery visitors. These paintings are really unique, and they capture a slice of Wisconsin history by highlighting our circus heritage in a poignant way.”

Some of the archetypes from the circus and sideshow are provocative to today’s audiences—the fat lady, the ringmaster, the conjoined twins—but take on a softer glow when presented as classical oil paintings. They allow us to gaze at a controversial subject such as the Fat Lady, in order to consider something deeper about the nature of ourselves, and of how we judge one another. Themes of performance, ego, and self-doubt radiate through these painterly and sensitive portraits. Other works include “portraits” of discarded costumes, cast aside and forgotten, like a party long over, or a misspent youth.

The show will be on display through March 2015. (Pictures below)

About the gallery: Bridgetowne serves Wauwatosa and the greater Milwaukee area with quality custom framing options. Clients recognize Bridgetowne as the best place for picture framing, gift ideas, custom frames for all types of art, glass repair, photography and more.

To arrange an interview with the artist, or to request images, contact Nick Berg at email eatpaintread@gmail.com, or call (414) 771-6603.

The Village Cares

We are pleased to announce  Village Cares, an ongoing food and clothing drive supporting Tosa Cares, a volunteer community organization providing food and assistance to area families in need.

Throughout the year, Village business will be housing the Tosa Cares collection buckets to make it convenient for you to drop by with your non-perishable food and clothing donations.  Some businesses are even offering a special promotion for those who bring in a donation.  Please see the schedule below for a list of participating businesses.  Please be sure to check back often as the schedule is being continuously updated.


January 19-31         Soaps & Scents – receive 15% off for your donation. Not valid on previous purchases.

February 2-14          Metcalfe’s Market – Customers can choose to donate their .10 recycle bag discount to Tosa Cares Food Pantry. In addition,  shop using this coupon below to have 5% of your grocery sales donated to Tosa Cares by Metcalfes!

February 15-28       Cafe Bavaria – enjoy $1 off the bill for each item donated. Not to exceed 50% of the total value of the bill.

March 2-14               The Harwood Hair Company$5 off a Manicure with a donation.

March 16-28            The Ruby Tap – $1 off 6oz pour of wine on tap with a donation.

April 1-11                   Village Boutique Clothier – 15% off new spring merchandise

May 1-16                   Bangles & Bags – Enjoy a discount of 15% off up to two regularly priced jewelry items with any donation to Tosa Cares.

May 18-30               The Chancery Restaurant – details to come.

June 1-13                  Colonel Harts –  50% off any appetizer with your donation.

June 15-30               The Little Read Book – enjoy 15% off the purchase of a hardbound book.

July 1-18                   Refined Boutique – Enjoy 40% off all new items and 20% off gently used items.

July 20-31                The Flower Lady – details to come.

August 1-15              Niemann’s Home Made Candies – details to come.

August 17-31           WaterStone Bank details to come.

October 1-17            Baskin-Robbins – 15% off a purchase with a donation.

October 19-31         Yo Mama! Frozen Yogurt – 25% off your self-serve froyo purchase with the food/clothing donation.

TBD                            Cafe Hollander–  complimentary pint of frites with one choice of dipping sauce.  Offer valid with a minimum purchase of $5, good for one per person with a donation, with a min. purchase of $5.

Village People

Village People is a new storytelling series highlighting the people behind the businesses that make the Tosa Village, well, the Tosa Village. Village People is no ordinary article series – look for the interesting, quirky and sometimes hard to believe that is all part of the spirit of the Tosa Village. Stay tuned for posts and more information from Village BID staff.

waterstone bank

Village People is brought to you by WaterStone Bank and the Village Business Improvement District.

Firefly Urban Bar & Grill is Hiring

Firefly Urban Bar & Grill  is currently seeking to fill one host/ess position! If interested, please stop in to fill out an application M-F between 4 and 6pm!

The Flower Lady is Hiring

The Flower Lady is hiring a Part-Time Sales Associate.  Please call 415-259-0999 or visit the Flower Lady at 1460 Underwood Ave to apply.