New Jersey artist Lloyd Garrison has become a part of the Christmas tradition for many Rahway families with his unique greeting cards that capture local holiday memories.
Each year, Garrison paints a new scene from the city’s period of greatest vigor and recreates his artistry on Christmas cards that are offered for sale to area residents.
The latest hometown holiday creation from Garrison features a popular city educator, John A. Kuhlman, buying a Christmas tree from a St. Georges Avenue vendor.
Garrison dedicated the card, entitled “Christmas Tree Shopping,” to public school teachers, who he says have been targeted recently for unfair criticism.
Christmas card exchanging has diminished in recent years, so the artist predicts that next year might be the final in the series based on his original oil paintings.
“These cards are a little trip back into time,” Garrison said. “The 1950s and 1960s were a fabulous time to grow up and Rahway was a great town; I wish I realized it at the time.”
The 2014 Christmas edition is available in packages of 15 cards with envelopes for $21 plus shipping & handling of $3.50 per box. New Jersey residents must add seven percent sale tax, for a total of $25.97 for each box ordered.
Besides the unique holiday greeting cards, Garrison offers original oil paintings and prints for sale and he accepts commissions saying, “anything you can think of can be painted.”
For information about purchasing the cards, visit www.lloydgarrison.com or call Lloyd’s Gallery at (609) 918-1776. The artist is expected to be at the Union County Performing Arts Center in December as part of a Rahway Arts District event.
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