Ivy Chaya

Ivy Chaya Art Studios and Gallery, Millville NJ

Ivy Chaya Art Studios and Gallery, 106 East Pine Street, Millville NJ

DoN asked how new gallery owner Ivy Chaya plans to participate in the vibrant Millville art scene?

“We’ve been here since September 2012, so this will be our first Spring and Summer here. Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts has the Ace Kids, we want to offer some private lessons as well as workshops, too. We’re going to try and incorporate a lot of kids activities. Especially with the Flower Festival, that’s going to have a lot of kids involved in it, too.”

Ivy Chaya Art Studios and Gallery, Millville NJ

Ivy Chaya Art Studios and Gallery, Millville NJ

DoN asked why Millville?

“We’re looking forward to the nice weather, longer days and more business visitors. I’ve always heard that it’s a cool art scene but I met it in person, right before we moved in, and experienced Third Friday, and fell in love with it. Eddie had lived here before, he took me on a tour, then we saw an ad for a live/work space and we jumped on it. It’s been an amazing learning experience.

The community is great. Open arms, you know, what can we do to help? And we just got involved with so many things so quickly. And it wasn’t hard to do, there’s great communication and the word of mouth network, and everyone’s really motivated and wants to participate.”

Ivy Chaya Art Studios and Gallery, Millville NJ

Ivy Chaya Art Studios and Gallery, Millville NJ

Ivy Chaya has a good support system and she took the long, slow Winter months to prepare her business for the future. There are some big changes coming to High Street.

“Yeah, Cumberland County College is going to start building, using empty buildings and creating an amazing center with gallery space, office space and that kind of thing. That should bring the younger crowd, the college students to be here.”

April showers bring May flowers and at Ivy Chaya Art Studios and Gallery is an abundance of floral paintings framed with reclaimed fencing blown down by Super-storm Sandy.

Ivy Chaya Art Studios and Gallery, Millville NJ

Ivy Chaya Art Studios and Gallery, Millville NJ

Downtown Millville Flower Festival, Ivy Chaya Art Studios and Gallery

Downtown Millville Flower Festival, Saturday, May 11, 2013, High Street, Millville, NJ,  Ivy Chaya Art Studios and Gallery

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