This free exhibit will feature nationally acclaimed Long Island painter Joseph Reboli, who is famous for his renderings of everyday scenes and subjects. Although he produced a series of cityscapes in the 1980s and explored Italian landscapes in the 1990s, he always returned to his primary subjects: the sites and structures of eastern Long Island and its environs. His art was influenced by Andrew Wyeth, Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning and Jasper Johns. He examined objects in the landscape — beaches, porches, chairs, trucks, gas pumps, highways, road signs, produce and flowers — the forms and textures of which intrigued him. Many artists tried to paint like Reboli, but no one really ever did. His death in June 2004 ended a career that captivated an enormous audience of art lovers.
This exhibit will include a panel discussion and Q&A on Sunday, October 14, from 2 pm to 3:30 pm featuring Reboli’s sister Virginia Foster, retired Gallery North Director Colleen Hanson, collector Howard Eskin and fellow artist and woodworker David Ebner. A self-guided walking tour brochure will also be available. Reboli’s family has a long history in Stony Brook, and the walking tour includes many of the sites that are particularly significant, such as the Stony Brook Mill Pond (c. 1751), the Stony Brook Grist Mill (c. 1751) and the Reboli House (c. 1740).
The exhibit takes place at the Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s Educational and Cultural Center, 97P Main Street in Stony Brook Village, from Sunday, September 30, through Sunday, October 21, and is open seven days a week: Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday and Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm. For more information, call (631) 689-5888 or visit wmho.org.