BERNARDSVILLE, NJ -- An artist with a design business in Basking Ridge will be offering her expertise for a neighboring community's beautification project.
Caren Frost Olmsted, the owner of CFO Design in Basking Ridge, will assist in the painting of a mural in Bernardsville.
Downtown Bernardsville will be holding a public meeting Wednesday, Oct. 16 in the Bernards High School cafeteria to address the mural that will be painted on the cement walls on Mt. Airy Road.
Bernardsville Mayor Mary Jane Canose said during the Sept. 23 meeting of the Borough Council that she met with Olmsted, "the artist who is going to be helping us with our mural project." Canose added that the mural, which will grace walls that right now are bare and stark as one enters the borough from the south on Mt. Airy Road, is projected to be completed by Memorial Day 2020.
"We invite the community to come and share ideas about how and what they'd like to see in the mural," Canose said of the Oct. 16 meeting.
"We will have the art club from Bernards High School involved, and people will be able to sign up to help paint the murals," Canose had said in the summer. "That gets the community involved."
A new business in Bernardsville is also set to provide some assistance.
"Sherwin-Williams agreed to donate the paint," said Canose, adding that Downtown Bernardsville is working on building community and business ties.
Olmsted's previous work has included both large- and small-scale murals. She is a member of Morris Arts and the Center for Contemporary Art.
Olmsted holds a degree in Theater Design from Bates College, a degree in Art Education, from Appalachian State University, and a New Jersey State Teaching Certificate. Prior to CFO Design, she worked for several years in professional theater as a set and lighting designer, and four years as an art instructor.