Local Adirondack Artist and Long Lake native Matthew Burnett has installed a series of outdoor paintings entitled Portraits in the Wilderness. “Portraits of the Wilderness” will be a series of outdoor installations composed of 8’x8’ murals mounted in various locations throughout Long Lake. The art showcased will celebrate the landscape of the Adirondack wilderness by connecting the natural world to the sense of place and community we live in.
“Portraits in the Wilderness” is designed to provide easy access to high quality art to residents and visitors of Long Lake. This exhibit will be open and free for all to enjoy, including travelers in and around the region accessing the Adirondack Trail Scenic Byway and the Roosevelt-Marcy Scenic Byway along NYS Routes 30 and 28N.
The first three installations will be located at the Shaw Pond rest area on route 28N, the site of the former Blarneystone on Main Street and a location along Deerland Road located on a historic barn currently owned by Fred Fink. Site selection was based on covering multiple locations to maximize visibility and impact.
Three portraits based on iconic historic Long Lake characters will be installed in August at a location to be announced. The project will be up through the end of 2014.
Matt Burnett is a native of the Adirondacks, growing up in what is now the William C. Whitney Wilderness Area. Burnett is an Assistant Professor at SUNY Canton, where he teaches in the Graphic and Multimedia Design Program. His work has been exhibited in regional and international exhibitions including the Long Lake Winter Outdoor Art Installation in 2011, E-Lumination.
This event is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Regrant Program. The Decentralization Program is administered by the Adirondack Lake Center for the Arts.