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For Service: The Army Exhibit Reunion

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This exhibit is a reunion of seven men who served together in a special unit of the US Army.  In 1966 on the 30th anniversary of this unit, the Art Exhibit Unit, its commander said, “Our soldier-civilian team is a hand-picked group whose outstanding abilities have been commended time and again by leaders of all levels of the Government, including the White House, Congress, and Offices of the Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff.” The mission of this unit of soldier-craftsmen was to present to the American public exhibits that were viewed by millions. When Joe Reboli enlisted in 1967, his Port Jefferson recruiter told him about the unit and after completing his basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Joe served his country in this exceptional place. The other men who are part of the exhibit continued their careers in art as did Joe after leaving the unit. This exhibit has been timed during the period of Memorial Day, Flag Day, and the Fourth of July to recognize the service of so many in preserving our freedoms

The seven artists in the exhibit are Joe Reboli, paintings; Al Alexander, paintings; Bill Apton, photographs;  Ivan Barnett, furniture and folk art; David Ebner, furniture; Michael Jacques, paintings; and David Soloman, paintings.

The featured painting, Doc Newman's Flag, was painted by Joe Reboli in 1994.  The oil on canvas painting is on loan from a private collection.

The Third Friday program on May 17 from 6 – 8 will be a panel discussion with five visiting artists. The artists will discuss the Art Exhibit Unit, share stories from their years together, and talk about how their experiences influenced their careers. That program is free and requires no reservations.