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Tuscany-Inspired Mural Heralds Opening of New Italian Restaurant

Cindy Gelormini works on the mural
Cindy Gelormini works on the mural
Cindy Gelormini works on the mural
Cindy Gelormini works on the mural
Cindy Gelormini works on the mural

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - A new Italian restaurant, Galileo’s, is to open in New Providence, and Cindy Gelormini painted the mural that diners can view while eating in the outdoor seating area.

Galileo’s will hopefully open the week before Christmas, December 15-20, according to owner Steve Karl.

Having not done murals in a while due to their complexity and time-consuming characteristics, Gelormini thought the town would shoot down the idea. She said that there are normally certain rules about the buildings and that everything has to have a certain Colonial look.

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Karl, who had showed her a photo of Tuscany, gave her the idea for the mural. Right away, Gelormini knew it wouldn’t be a problem for her.

The mural was finished in 12 days. Not new to pressure, she worked as diligently as she could to complete the project; she needed to finish before Hurricane Sandy hit.

With Gelormini’s knack for planning, she had a system for getting the mural done.

“When you looked at it, I wanted it to be blended into the sky,” she said. “Calming and restful.”

After 15 years, Gelormini had begun to make the assumption that “faux finish,” something she'd been doing for awhile, would become obsolete. The style is a French sponging, glazing technique.

“I was tired of it,” she said. “I could foresee that it would die out anyway.”

The technique kept her busy from the 90s until 2005, when her passion and work in interior designs began to really take over.

“I just decided to reinvent myself, do something different,” said Gelormini.

She wanted to be a designer who went into the house of regular people and helped them. She said she wanted to fulfill that niche and help everyday homeowners.

With a demanding home life and four kids, Gelormini had other obligations to fulfill as well.  Any new addition to her career had to accommodate being home by 3 p.m. for her children and her aerobics classes that she taught multiple days per week.

In 2006, Gelormini stopped into McGrath’s Hardware to choose paint for her home and told owner Scott McGrath she was looking for work. She told him, as he already knew, she was good at choosing paint colors for people.

That's where it started. McGrath built her a room in the hardware store and she now chooses paint for her clientele. Some patrons will not choose a color unless they consult her first and referrals do not stop coming in. 

With barely any time for murals now, Gerolmini works four times a week at McGraths, but that’s not all she’s doing.

This "Paint Diva" will be the host of a new show, A Taste for Design. The show features elements of, “Food, wine and interior design,” and takes viewers on a journey throughout Northern New Jersey and shows them where they can find inspiration to get creative.

The show will feature between 3 and 4 businesses in each episode and will begin airing in January to the 33 channels that receive Home Towne Television.

Gerolmini likes to make each mural she does different each time.  Her favorite piece is the one she did in the New Providence firehouse, a 9/11 tribute. 

“I think I surprise myself,” said Gerolmini, “You’re not sure how its going to turn out each time and you never know until its finished.”

To find out more about Cindy Gerolmini, visit her website.  For more information about her show A Taste for Design, visit its website.

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