Victoria Plummer was asked for a favor and she just couldn't resist. Her children went to the Millburn Co-op Nursery School and even though they have gone on to elementary school, Victoria still felt an attachment to the co-op. So when the school asked her to paint the new mural by the entrance, she said yes.
"Both my daughters went to the Millburn Co-op, and I have fond memories of our days there, so I was happy to help out when they asked me to do the mural." she said.
It was time to replace the previous mural by another alumni parent, Joy Seigel, which had begun to peel.
Adrienne Topping, co-director of the school, chose Victoria because "... she is a wonderful artist." When asked why the school wanted the mural, Topping replied, "The children adore the mural because the love to measure their height throughout the year to see how they have grown."
Plummer, a print maker and photographer, provided the directors with a few mock ups of random forest and jungle scenes. But what they ended up with was Taylor Park itself in all it's pink cherry blossom glory.
Working from her own photographs, Plummer painted the pink blossoms overlooking the water with a few ducks thrown in for good measure. and speaking of measuring, there is a measuring stick, so that the chidren can see how they grow.
The Millburn Cooperative Nursery is a preschool for children ages 3-5. It is a multi-age program where parents participate on a rotating basis and have the rare opportunity to watch their children grow and develop through peer interaction and intellectual challenges. Enrollment is open with spaces still available for September.
Other work by Plummer can be seen at the Papermill Playhouse and on her website at www.victoriaplummer.com.