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Romy Mindich and her guests aboard the FunArt Bus. (Photo by Anthony Bianciella)
Posted: Wednesday August 1, 2012, 1:30 PM
By Mary Vallo - (201) Magazine

For Romy Mindich's 8th birthday party, she and her two dozen guests boarded a bus. And that's when all the fun began. That's because this particular bus was artist Laurie Rivlin Caspert's FunArt Bus (yougottahaveart.org), a mobile EcoCraft Art Studio that rolled right up to Romy's house in Upper Saddle River for an afternoon of creative fun.

"We picked out a craft ahead of time," says mom Suzanne Mindich. "We picked out a corkboard and they decorated the outside and then took them home as the favor."

In addition to the corkboard, guests drew birthday wishes and greetings on the bus's giant white board. Inside the bus, shelves are filled with eco-craft projects, including toilet paper people. "That's one of many projects to do with toilet paper rolls," says Caspert, who worked as an art teacher for 13 years before taking her projects on the road.

She calls her approach "fun art" (as opposed to fine art). She uses recycled items in many of her projects, so children can create their own unique artwork. Caspert's brother Rich Rivlin is bus driver and assistant.

In addition to her pals, Romy's special guests included cousins Drew, 5, Jaden, 10, and Skylar, 5, along with siblings Samantha, 15, and Jason, 13.

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