Mother-daughter partners open Aesthetica

Siouxz Duncan and daughter Lori Wix enjoy preparing their store for customers. Aesthetica will open its doors on May 1.

“Fill your space in a beautiful way.” This is the vision of Aesthetica, Orcas’ newest store/gallery, which opens on Thursday, May 1 at 269 Main Street, Eastsound. The artistic concept for Aesthetica grew out of the passion for creating and collecting unique works of art for home and garden, shared by the mother/daughter team of Siouxz Duncan and Lori Wix.

Aesthetica will offer an unusual collection of vintage furnishings and lighting, fine art by local artists – B.J. Arnold, Josie Barrow, Siouxz Duncan, Fred Enge, JoEllen Moldoff, Maria Papademetriou, as well as indoor container gardens, jewelry, and hand-made books.

Lori, who can be easily recognized walking with Dakota, her black Great Dane (often mistaken for a horse!), came to Orcas 19 years ago from California. Two years later, Siouxz moved here, followed by her mother, Dorry Shelburn, a professional calligrapher and Walt Disney artist. At one time, there were four generations of this artistic and active family, including Lori’s children Nadia and Hunter Easterling, Orcas High School graduates now living and working in California.

Siouxz’s artistic career, includes calligraphy, book arts, collage, printmaking, jewelry, fabric art, metal and mixed-media shrines and sculpture. She has taught workshops over the years in her studio at the Orcas Highlands. Siouxz’s art has been displayed at holiday fairs, Madrona Room at Orcas Center, and most recently, at the Senior Center.

Lori creates mosaics, glass art and shrines. Her energy, love of bright color and appreciation for the bold and unusual, will be apparent to visitors to the store.

Siouxz and Lori invite you to explore the world of Aesthetica to discover that unique gift for someone special, open seven days a week beginning May 1.