ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to present an exhibit of artwork 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, acrylic and pastel paintings and gicleè prints entitled “Art of Rosalia” is on display at the Pearl Street Gallery until Dec. 2. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
“The talent and diversity of our county artists ensure an inspiring and interesting variety of exhibitions at the Pearl Street Gallery,” said Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, liaison to the Union County Cultural and Heritage Programs Advisory Board. “We are pleased to display an exhibit by award-winning painter Rosalia Verdun.”
Born in Italy, Rosalia moved to the United States with her family as a teenager. She took classes in classical art, participated in workshops, and studied with artists Thomas Valente, Valerie Larko, Alex Piccirillo, Christine Du Barry, Garry Goodbee, and Pino. For nine years she was an assistant teacher at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey with portrait painter Enrique Flores Galbis. Since 1984, she has studied painting techniques at workshops in Italy, France, Vermont and New Jersey. Besides being a professional portrait artist, she also is accomplished in fashion design, interior decorating, music and the culinary arts. Her language skills give her the opportunity to study the arts in Italian, English, and Spanish.
Mrs. Verdun has presented painting demonstrations at the Alpha Gallery in New Brunswick. She teaches acrylic technique workshops at Express Yourself Studios in Maplewood and painting classes in her Roselle Park studio.
Rosalia Verdun is the recipient of many awards including: first place in professional oil painting in the 2010 Union County Senior Art Show; honorable mention at the 2010 New Jersey State Senior Art Show; 2010 award of excellence in portraiture from the Millburn-Short Hills Art Association; the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Award Grand Prize to study at Vermont Studio Center in 2007; Livingston Art Association 2007 Merit Award; and 2007 Pastel Society of NJ Honorable Mention. She is a member of Studio Montclair; Millburn-Short Hills Art Center; the Westfield Art Association; the Contemporary Arts Group in Watchung; and associate member, National Association of Women Artists, NYC. Visit www.rosaliart.com to view her artwork.
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 dial 711. E-mail to: email@example.com
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