BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Hamilton Primary School’s annual Family Fun Night, hosted by the PTO, on Jan. 10 included a special surprise this year with the debut of a new mural in the fourth grade wing.

The Hamilton Tiger school mascot led a procession of students and parents to the reveal, and responded with delight to the mural depicting his likeness alongside children playing outdoors under a smiling sun. It is the second mural to grace the school halls, with plans to add more, said PTO Treasurer Shannon Mahovetz.

For the creation of the mural, the PTO turned to Mahovetz’s husband, Brian Mahovetz, a tattoo artist by trade and owner of Rorschach Gallery in Edison.

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Brian Mahovetz assembled a team of Rorschach Gallery artists, including his business partner Daniel Ward, tattoo artists Marcel Goyen and Brent Carpenteir and tattoo apprentice Jessica Hammond. They donated the materials, and lent their time and talents to paint the mural in just over three days, working three to four hours each day.  

Mahovetz said that his sons, fourth grader Brian and third grader Avery, were excited to have their dad and the Rorschach Gallery crew working on the project at their school.

“They get all the questions all day,” said Shannon Mahovetz. 

Brian Mahovetz said that his son, Brian Jr,. also got involved in helping to paint the mural, adding sponge-painted grass to the outdoor scene. 

Older sister Caileigh Mahovetz, a student at the middle school, also attended the event.

“I think it’s cool, it’s really bright,” she said of the mural.  

Brian Mahovetz said he has been creating art his whole life.

“I enjoy doing art, it’s relaxing, it’s fun,” he said. “Making something that people enjoy, that’s probably my favorite part, to see the kids come by and say ‘aw that’s cool’ - that’s fun.”  

Mahovetz said his team’s different skills and experiences were helpful to the creation of the project. Ward, his business partner, is a cartoonist and has done custom automotive designs, while Goyen has painted several murals.

“It was good to have his help,” Mahovetz said.

The annual family fun night also included a DJ, corn hole and other games, face painting and coloring. The lively evening organized by the PTO was well attended by students of all grade levels and their families.   

 "The Hamilton PTO is a group of dedicated individuals who are always looking for ways to share their time and talents to benefit the students and our school community,” said Principal Dan Fonder. “The Hamilton School Family Fun Night and new mural both bring the school community together. Neither would have been possible without the commitment of our PTO. I am so proud of all the Hamilton PTO has accomplished."