Ignore the bland building exterior that houses Artistic Expressions; its simple, boxy structure belies the treasures within. Sitting on the eastern end of Broadway in downtown Dells, this gift gallery holds a wonderful mix of handmade items from more than 100 North American artists. The assortment includes jewelry, glass, metal pieces, garden art and accessories.
The shop is open and warm, with pale wood flooring and display cases set against pale yellow walls. Start the shopping experience by browsing among the pottery pieces by Ceasar Krauss and Kerry Brooks. Or maybe some of the colorful jewelry fashioned by Cheryl Sirkus is more your style, featuring semiprecious stones set in sterling silver and 14 karat gold vermeil. Jan Wilcox's fused dichroic glass is always stunning, and for traditionalists, there are always paintings hanging on the wall. Prices are very reasonable; a pair of earrings, for example, runs $20 to $70.
The shop swaps out merchandise every season, so the selection is constantly changing, but the quality is always high.