Name: Lucia DeChino
Where do you live? I have lived in Verona for the past 9 years. Prior to that I lived in Montclair for 16 years. I also worked in Montclair for over 20 years at Vitti Artisan Gallery on Valley Road. I was a jewelry designer then, and I sold my line at the store. My work was also sold at department stores and was featured in Vogue, Time, and Harper’s Bazaar.
Where did you grow up? I grew up in Orange. It is one square mile, and back then it was very much a neighborhood town. We all knew each other.
How do you make a living? OR What is your everyday passion? I am happily retired from a mundane job. I have always been an artist but now I can do it full time. I specialize in abstract non-objective painting as well as portrait painting of people and pets. I’m also a member of Studio Montclair and used to lead the studio tours there.
I am getting ready for an upcoming exhibit of my paintings in October at the Caldwell Library. The show will be celebrating Italian-American artists.
What’s your idea of a perfect weekend day? I am retired and everyday is the weekend! But I do enjoy the Montclair Farmer’s Market and meeting friends for breakfast at The Corner.
What’s your favorite local restaurant? I often dine at DeNovo. It’s very warm and friendly thanks to the owner Dimitri and the bartender Brian. And for a completely different atmosphere, I love Turtle & Wolf, which has the best fried chicken dinner! Marcel is great for good, quick bites.
What are you listening to? Since seeing “Bohemian Rhapsody,” I have been listening to Queen a lot! Can’t get enough of Freddie Mercury – he’s pure perfection. After I get my fill of rock, I tune to classical on WQXR.
What are your current indulgences? Netflix’s “Hart of Dixie” is hysterical and I love “The Great British Baking Show.”
What’s the worst-kept (or best-kept!) secret about Verona? It’s a lovely town with very nice people.
What do you hope they say about you at your funeral? She had a pretty good sense of humor, and she always tried to be kind.