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The artful Araneo

he 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 school’s 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.

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