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Robert Verdi exhibition in Westhampton Beach

"Farmhouse," acrylic painting by Robert Verdi, 2005. Photo Credit: Photo by Karl Rivenburgh

Connect to the local landscape and more through the eyes of acclaimed abstract expressionist Robert Verdi. He will show new works in a solo exhibition at Westhampton Free Library beginning Wednesday, Dec. 1.

Diiana Steinberg and Carolyn Kendall Buchter, friends of Verdi, will host an artist’s reception Friday, Dec. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m., that will benefit the library’s programs.

The exhibit will highlight new acrylic on canvas paintings from Verdi’s popular "Barn Series," which features barns and farmhouses in New England and on the East End, in addition to a group of bold abstract expressionist paintings, says Edward Callaghan, Verdi’s representative.

A Quiogue resident, Verdi, 77, started painting at the age of 6. He pursued a career as a hair stylist and photographer, which took him to New York City as the owner of a salon on Park Avenue and later to Hollywood, Beverly Hills and major cosmetic firms, Callaghan says, adding that past clients included Sophia Loren, Tammy Grimes, Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe.

Verdi’s paintings have been exhibited since 1970 in New York City, Vermont, Westhampton Beach, Southampton and East Hampton, Callaghan says. In addition to donating one of his large-scale paintings to the library’s permanent collection, Verdi will donate a “generous percentage of sales” to the library.

The works will be available for viewing 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, through Dec. 31 at Westhampton Free Library; 7 Library Ave., Westhampton Beach. For more information contact the library at 631-288-3335 or westhamptonlibrary.net.

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