Claremont Artist Pivots To New Theme


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Alex Cook has taken his art in a new direction.

For nine weeks, Cook, a part-time resident of Verona, had been painting and re-painting a ping-pong table top on the front lawn of his fiancé‘s home at 170 Claremont Avenue with the words “You Are Loved” in big block letters. Cook, who has been quarantining in Verona during the outbreak of COVID-19, has been painting murals with similar messages all over the United States since 2013.

Cook says the new art (above) was inspired by late night walks with his fiancé around the neighborhood. The last of the nine images he painted for the “You Are Loved” series has been moved to one side of the yard, which is just west of the Elmwood Road intersection, and you can see all of the previous versions on his Instagram page.

The final painting in Alex Cook’s “You Are Loved” series.

“I retired the board after last week’s painting,” he wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. “I liked it too much and didn’t want to paint over it, plus it was time to move on to some new images.”

Cook also created this time-lapse video of his work on the “You Are Loved” series.

Quarantine YOU ARE LOVED Project Time Lapse – 9 in 1 from Alex Cook on Vimeo.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].


  1. Thank you for doing this! It gave me something to look forward to every week. I came by to take a picture of each one and was sorry I never got a chance to see you in person to personally thank you!


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