Forty years ago I realized a dream & opened an art gallery representing 12 artists.
The gallery was a house overlooking the Long Island Sound in Milford, Connecticut. The artists were an assortment of sculptors, and painters. We named the house The Wave. The name was significant as I grew up near the beach in Queens, New York..and the Wave was the local newspaper. That was the early ’80’s. The economy was booming and we sold art to everyone we knew. I forgot to mention that The Wave was also home to my family…husband, son and daughter. Years past and one Summer afternoon while hanging out with friends and neighbors we were interrupted by a carload of people pulling up to the house “gallery”.
"We shook hands."
My usually quiet husband pulled me aside and said, "You have to find a place downtown”. That Monday I went to a real estate agent and found a space on College Street in downtown New Haven. In 1985 New Haven was a bit sketchy. The property was owned by Joel Schiavone, a true visionary. He promised to give me money when repairs were completed on the bombed out space. I came home ecstatic at my wonderful deal and fantastic experience. My now not so quiet husband asked to see the contract. I said “we shook hands”. Luckily Joel was a man of his word and we fixed up the space and opened Wave Gallery in 1985.
"We became so much more."
The sculptures and paintings remained and were joined with jewelry, pottery, glass, and wooden items. We became exactly what I loved about visiting any town or city …a cool store selling unusual items. We moved again after about five years to our present home at 1046 Chapel Street. Through the years WAVE has hosted art shows featuring many of the top craft artists in the country. As tastes have changed, so has our selection.
Instead of 12 artists we are now home to hundreds of artists. It has always been our mission to have a space where everyone is welcome, and where everyone would be able to easily find a gift. Wave has a huge selection of items in various price ranges…from $3 to $3000. ..Soaps that look like rocks… to diamond wedding bands…unusual cards..gifts for babies and kids..luxurious scarves, wonderfully scented candles, delicious teas, and of course our well sourced handmade chocolates. Wave continues to be a unique New Haven destination…the perfect shop for you and those you love.