The artful Araneo
spotlight is shining on Phyllis Araneo 80, whose artistic
ability is showcased on a brick wall moral in a North Jersey waterfront
community. Completed this past August, the detailed mural serves
as a guide to historic Keyport and its shops, restaurants and parks.
To create a quasi-aerial view, she says, I sat
on a milk crate on every street, sketching every building, sweat
dripping off me.
The mural was a new challenge for Araneo, who owns her own studio
on Main Street in Keyport and specializes in painting portraits
for the music industry. Her work appears on CD covers and in the
offices of industry executives. She enjoyed this project and would
love to have the chance to create another mural, possibly for a
neighboring town, she says.
A graduate of Keyport High School, last year Araneo was elected
to the schools Hall of Fame. It was by chance that she found
her artistic self at college, though. She switched from majoring
in physical education to art because her roommate was an art major.
I liked her homework better than mine, she explained.