Art Show Featured Works by Students at Matawan Regional HS & Home Away From Home Academy

Photo above: Township of Aberdeen Mayor Fred Tagliarini and Owners of Home Away From Home Academy Phyllis and Carmine Visone with the art teachers from HAFHA and Matawan Regional High School.

Artwork created by students at Matawan Regional High School and Home Away From Home Academy was on display on May 25, 2017 at the Bank of America branch located on Route 34 in Aberdeen. The exhibit titled, “Promoting Art in the Schools,” featured works created by students at both schools located in Aberdeen. There was a special guest appearance by artist and interior designer, Graziella Dolce.

“Throughout the school year, Home Away From Home Academy students learn about the biographies of influential artists, different time periods of art, the various mediums that can be used, and more with a certified departmentalized art teacher”, explained Phyllis Visone, owner and director of Home Away From Home Academy. “This event cultivates those lessons by having the children rendition some of the most famous works of art throughout history.”

Matawan Regional High School students presented award winning original pieces from sketches, to oil paintings, photography, and more. Graziella Dolce presented several of her paintings, and offered personalized paintings on site at the event.

“Comparison of the work created by artists at various levels ranging from elementary to high school to professional exemplifies the tremendous growth in art that transpires within young children as they grow into adulthood,” added Visone. “Promoting art in schools is an important lesson for people of all ages to embrace.”

Light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres were served. The event was attended by community members, township officials and Matawan Aberdeen Regional School District staff.

For more information on the exhibit or Home Away From Home Academy, call 732.290.0033 or visit

Photo below: Home Away From Home Academy Kindergarten student Chase Rukin presents his textured art piece, “Hamburger”.


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