Business: Aponi Gallery
Location: 501 N. High St., in the Village on High, Millville
Owner: Carol, 69, and Steve Cuyjet, 67, of Voorhees
Employees: Owner operated
We offer fine art and craft. Right now we have photography and watercolors.
I am a watercolor artist and Steve is a photographer.
We also have another person, Kyle Hammond of Vineland, and she has work in the gallery as well. She’s one of the gallery’s permanent artists.
Kyle is a photographer and a watercolor artist. She does landscapes mostly, in both media.
Every month, Millville does a Third Friday, and we feature a different artist each Third Friday.
Currently, we’re showing the photography work of Kelly Lynd from Pitman.
She has a variety of subject matters, from old chairs to scenes from Paris and landscape scenery.
We also have another artist’s work on display, Todd Johnson. He paints in acrylics, mostly abstracts.
I also have my own works on display. I illustrated a children’s book and I have some prints from the original watercolors for the book. And then I also have a few watercolor paintings.
Steve has photography on display, mostly landscapes and animals.
Entry: We had a gallery in Collingswood about four years ago, and we didn’t renew our lease because the landlords who were friends of ours moved and the building was sold.
We were in Atlantic City for the summer last year, at Historic Gardner’s Basin, in a little cottage there.
The ambiance was great, lovely, in the marina area. But trying to manage the gallery in the heat was not good. We did meet a lot of good people though.
Since we moved back from San Diego in 1999, I’ve taught some enrichment classes and summer art camps for the South Jersey Center for the Arts.
And for about nine years I’ve been teaching art appreciation as an adjunct at Gloucester County College.
Aponi is a female Native American name for a butterfly. The connection is that I am part Native American of the Nanticoke tribe of Delaware. So in honoring my Native American roots, I wanted to do something with butterflies, which I love.
In the book that I illustrated, “The Boa and the Porcupine,” there’s a butterfly on every page somewhere.
The future: We’d like to expand our guest list of visitors and artists here.