BELMAR, NJ — For the Belmar Public Library’s youth art project this summer, instructor Dawn Lisko decided to go big, both in concept and design. The result — a beach-themed mural created by a group of young artists — was unveiled yesterday during a special reception held in their honor.

Standing on each side of the large-scale painting, these talented youngsters lifted the cover from their signature piece for its first official viewing on August 29, bringing a round of applause from those attending the library event.

Titled “Belmar ♥s Books,” the mural features a colorful beach scene with characters from their favorite books playing on the sand, in the surf and some even in the sky. A boat in the ocean displays the sign, “Belmar Reads.”

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“(The mural) combines the love of books, the beach and art,” said Lisko, a Belmar resident who is a Red Bank Regional High School art teacher and longtime instructor of the library’s monthly and summer Youth Art Workshop programs.

At first, she wasn’t quite certain how the idea of creating a mural would be received, particularly among children as young as 9 years old. “But we said let’s give it a go and see what happens,” she said. “We merged and integrated ideas so that it all could come together.”

She and those attending the unveiling couldn’t be more pleased with the result — an impressive artistic endeavor that was created in six one-hour sessions.

A total of about 14 youngsters contributed to the mural over the six-week program, including reception attendees: Annie Lomas, 9, Joshua Desfosse, 9, Dillon Theilen, 9, Amalia Proctor, 10, Amelia Benvenuto, 9, Madison Sabia, 10 and Lillian Colermauer, 9. Also helping were two high school students, Sarah Caldwell and Maddy McManus.

Plans are to display the mural in the upstairs children’s room at the main library, located at 517 10th Avenue.


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