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Celebrating Crane’s Mill – Exhibit by Local Artist and Crane’s Mill Resident Lynne Palmer

This month in the Towne Square Gallery, Crane’s Mill residents and guests can enjoy a colorful oil and watercolor interpretation of the campus in an exhibit titled “Celebrating Crane’s Mill”.

Local artist and Crane

Local artist and Crane’s Mill resident Lynn Palmer poses with one of 50 paintings in the “Celebrating Crane’s Mill” exhibit.

The featured artist is Crane’s Mill resident Lynne Palmer, who began to embrace her artistic side full-time after retiring in 2008 from a 40-year career as a social worker. Lynne’s exhibit is a thoughtful yet whimsical collection of the community’s people, landscapes, and wildlife.

The resident portraits shine as a vibrant reminder of the community’s personality. “I chose to paint friends and neighbors with whom we have a true connection,” said Lynne, who moved with her husband Archie from Glen Ridge to Crane’s Mill in 2013.

The artist displays a distinct style, a wide range of talent, and a love for her new home, all of which are evident in such paintings as Into the Woods, a watercolor scene showcasing the community’s snow-covered grounds, and Sunrise Over 315, an early-morning oil painting featuring the rich reds and oranges of a morning sky over the Palmer’s own cottage.

Mrs. Palmer, who has studied at the Oakside Cultural Center, the Yard School at the Montclair Art Museum, and The Art Garage, also hones her skills by participating in the weekly Crane’s Mill Artists’ Enclave—a Saturday morning program at Crane’s Mill in which a number of artistically inclined residents meet to paint and share inspiration.

“It’s important to continually work at your craft to improve,” explained Lynne. “I paint almost every day.”

“Celebrating Crane’s Mill” is on display until August 30th at the Towne Square Gallery at Crane’s Mill, 459 Passaic Avenue, West Caldwell, New Jersey. For more information please call 973-276-6700.