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Robert Albarino Retrospective, Legacy Exhibit

February 1 @ 12:00 pm - February 27 @ 5:00 pm


Wallkill River School is pleased to announce our first art exhibit for our new Legacy Exhibit Program. This exhibit features a retrospective of the work of Robert Albarino (1941-2016), primarily focusing on his prolific portrait work in the late 1970’s. At the family’s request, works are available for a suggested donation of $20 or more to The Wallkill River School.

Legacy Exhibits honor the life and work of deceased friends and family by hanging a retrospective exhibit of their work. This is a new, free program, we are offering as a service to the community. With COVID, it has been a while in the making, but we are pleased that we are finally able to launch the Legacy Exhibit Program because there is a real need for something like this in the community.

When someone’s loved one passes away, there is always lots to sort through with their estate, but what do you do with the body of work of an artist if they are not well known? After a lifetime of work the sheer volume of pieces can be completely overwhelming for their family members to cope with. Family will keep their favorite pieces, but it is hard to figure out what to do with the remaining works.

John Albarino contacted me out of the blue in 2020. He drove by our building frequently and he had a problem which was weighing on him which he hoped we could help with. His cousin, Robert Albarino, had passed away and left a lifetime’s work of figure and portrait studies behind. The family had taken what they wanted but John couldn’t bring himself to throw away the rest of the works. He wanted them to be seen and appreciated; for Robert’s life’s passion to be acknowledged.

The work is primarily from the late 1970’s, and mostly figure study sketchbooks and oil paintings on linen and canvas. They will be exhibited unstretched and unframed and additional works will be available on side tables. Most of the work is signed and dated on the back of the canvas.

John would love for the work to go home with people and be enjoyed. He is offering the work for sale and will donate any proceeds to the Wallkill River School. The show is to give him closure and to honor the work of his cousin.


February 1 @ 12:00 pm
February 27 @ 5:00 pm
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Wallkill River School of Art and Gallery


Wallkill River School of Art
232 Ward Street
Montgomery, NY
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