FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 24, 2007

CONTACT: Tom Plante, (908) 527-4746
Seb D’Elia, (908) 527-4419


Paintings by Rosalia Tignini Verdun of Roselle Park
on Exhibit at Pearl Street Gallery

verdun artwork

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to present an exhibit of paintings by Rosalia Tignini Verdun in the gallery space at the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, located at 633 Pearl Street in Elizabeth. A selection of Verdun’s oil and pastel portraits and landscapes entitled “A Gallery of Paintings” is on display at the Pearl Street Gallery until Feb. 2. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Rosalia Tignini Verdun was born in Italy and moved to the United States with her family as a teenager. She studied classical art by taking classes and workshops, visiting museums, and working for nine years at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit as assistant teacher to portrait painter Enrique Flores-Galbis.

Besides being a professional portrait artist, Rosalia is accomplished in fashion design, interior decorating, music and the culinary arts. Participation in these types of expression gives her additional insight into painting and being tri-lingual gives her the opportunity to study the arts in Italian, English, and Spanish.

Two years ago, Verdun lost her house, studio and dog to a fire. She barely escaped. Now she channels the intense emotions of this traumatic loss into her art. Rosalia is painting, drawing and exhibiting even more than before the fire. Color makes her feel stronger and her work is more vibrant than ever. Visit to view her artwork.

Verdun is the recipient of many recent awards for her paintings, including the Winsor & Newton Painting Award for work exhibited at the Fall Annual Members Show in 2006, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Award 2007 Grand Prize to study at Vermont Studio Center, a Livingston Art Association 2007 Merit Award, and a Pastel Society of New Jersey Honorable Mention in 2007. She also is an award-winning member of the Millburn-Short Hills Art Center and the Westfield Art Association.

Union County artists (whose works can be hung on a wall) interested in exhibiting in the gallery space are welcome to apply. For more information about the Pearl Street Gallery or to learn about other programs and services please contact the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202. Telephone (908) 558-2550. NJ Relay users can dial 711. E-mail to: