EAST HANOVER,NJ-  As the school year comes to a close and the celebration of summer begins, this year’s second graders at Frank J. Smith school have left their mark on the walls of the school, honoring the town of East Hanover.


Caren Olmsted, local artist is no stranger to the halls of education. She has created beautiful murals at many local schools. A mural residency takes months to create from idea to completion. The walls selected were cinder block and difficult to display any kind of artwork.  Now the long corridor in the center of the building, is decorated beautifully with a mural of East Hanover.


Along with volunteers, groups of students took turns painting sections of the mural with Frost’s guidance. “This is a great opportunity for the students to work together, and they couldn’t wait to get started.” Frank J Smith principal Kerry Quinn says year after year former students return for a visit and admire their work. The mural is part of the East Hanover Parent Teacher Organization program for cultural arts.

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Each mural residency begins with a theme that reflects the mission, vision & student body of the school and is a collaborative effort. Every student has the opportunity to paint, regardless of skill level, and it provides an excellent opportunity for parents to volunteer.


The last day of school for Frank J. Smith is just around the corner, but the art work and creativity of the second grade class will be around for a very  long time.


For more information on Caren Olmsted community murals, click www.cfodesign.com