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Portraits in the Wilderness by Matt Burnett Outdoor Art Installation in Long Lake NY

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.


Year in Review Long Lake

What do you remember about 2011? Well already a day has gone by and I’m sure I missed something. So maybe you got to spend a lot of time in Long Lake this year, or maybe you kept in touch via updates and twitter and your friends and relatives. Maybe you drove down Route 30/28N and decided to spontaneously stay for the night and found a Barber Shop Quartet singing on the beach or Martin Sexton signing autographs. Long Lake is small, but makes the most of the seasons and even though we’re off the beaten path and not right off the railroad tracks or the Northway, we still have our fingers on the pulse (from a quiet distance)

The video is a timeline with both events in and around Long Lake and Raquette Lake interspersed with some images of notable news figures of the past year. Trivia is so popular an event, one of the upcoming questions may revolve around some of the images in this piece – so watch carefully.

What did we miss? I know you’ll be sure to tell me.

See you in 2012. Enjoy the show. Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club Winter Carnival is coming up on January 14, 2012.. THINK SNOW!

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Artists Come out of the Woods

Over thirty artists and crafters living and working in Long Lake, NY have become part of an exciting new effort to establish a cooperatively-run group to support local artists and crafts people.

While the idea of establishing an Artisan’s Cooperative had been on the minds of many residents for quite some time, the momentum built this winter and the group was launched.

Founding Members and planning committee include, Caleb Davis, Louisa Austin Woodworth, Chuck Taylor, Sally Neenan, Laurinda Minke, Christine LaRocque. Members of the group also include 5th and 6th generation guideboat builders, painters, woodworkers, photographers, and many more.

The Long Lake Artisan’s Cooperative will foster the presentation and recognition of local arts and crafts as a vital part of Adirondack cultural heritage and the economy. The group will encourage creative expression and education through exhibitions of its member’s works, demonstrations, workshops and classes.

Events Slated
Long Lake Artisan’s are invited to a potluck dinner at the Long Lake Town Hall Nutrition Site on April 14th at 5pm. All interested Long Lake residents wishing to participate in the Long Lake Artisan’s Cooperative are encouraged to rsvp to or call 518-624-3077 to sign up.

Art on the Water, a new event, is slated for Saturday, July 16th at the Long Lake Town Beach. From 10am – 5pm members of the Long Lake Artisan’s Cooperative will present workshops, exhibit and showcase their works as part of the Long Lake Waterfront Weekend which includes the Cool Crazy Boat Regatta, Float Night, the Wooden Boat Show and the Art and Photo Show at the Long Lake Town Hall.

Trip the Orb Fantastic

Little One Near the Orb

Wednesday night , January 19th was the sixth night of “orbing.”

At 7pm there’s a knock on my kitchen door. Will (artist, Matt Burnett’s Dad) needs the key to the Geiger Arena at the Mt. Sabattis orb location. He’s got snow in his beard and he wears a headlamp. “We tripped the circuit.” Having just finished family dinner, I put down the dirty dinner dishes and leave the mashed potatoes cold on the stove and the chicken to coagulate in the pan. I grab my sleeping bag coat, known around town as my homeless person Port Authority coat, but keeps me warm and I head out.

Two moments later – in Long Lake, time is measured in moments as most places in the center of town only take moments to reach, I arrive on the Mt. Sabattis scene to darkness. The orb, located across the street, glistens with LED projected illuminated water movement. Momentarily I’m hypnotized by the moving images, but I snap back to attention and flip through my key ring. I identify the appropriate key by the color and position on the crowded ring. Finally, the silver key next to the town hall key next to the padlock key near my car key, next to my old house keys from New Jersey which I really should get rid of, but I don’t because they help me remember the positions of all the other keys. I find the key I need and open the back door with success.

Inside the garage we squeeze around the four-wheeler, the shovels and the water hose for the ice rink. The circuit box is located in one of two closets and the switches are carefully labeled: tennis lights and basketball courts, microwave, range, flood lights, hot water heater with a red cross and skull bones, refrigerator… Not that one. Willy spots it, “Garage outlets, outside wall. This is the only one that’s tripped.” He reset it (he worked for NYSEG for years, I figure he knows how to do these things). Leaving the garage door unlocked we trudge back into the tundra where the slide projectors and extension cords are partially buried under the snowpack.

Orb on the Blarneystone Site

Willy huddled down near the orb following the electric cords connecting the two Kodak Extrachrome slide projectors somewhat protected in handmade wooden boxes. He flips the switch. The orb illuminates. But now to position the machines – just so, so the light bends around the shape. Where is artist Matt? Willy explains they got a late start to lighting the projections. Matt’s dog got loose and he had to run all over the place to reign him back in. They got a later start than anticipated and of course they ran into the circuit breaker snafu, but Will was confident Matt had made sure all the other projectors were on at the other area locations.

Because Matt was running around chasing his dog at darkness, spectators from Saranac Lake arrived on the scene having heard about the orbs on NPR and by reading in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, but they were initially met with darkness. Luckily June and John (two local Long Lake “orbers”) were also orbing and they intercepted the potential audience and encouraged the visitors to have dinner and check out the orbs a bit later because “the artist lost his dog.” Please note: Dog is safe and sound.

I went home and picked up my reluctant family a bit after 7pm. “Why do we have to go outside? We’ve seen these orbs? Do we have to? I want to play video games and pick out my outfit for tomorrow” Excuses pile on, but I won’t take no for an answer. My husband remains distracted by an invitation to play music. “No we are going orbing, this is a family activity. Now get in the car!”

Our first stop, the spillway across from the Long Lake Town Public Restrooms near the bridge, across from the Town Beach. Access the orbs by parking at the Gillis Realty/Raquette River Outfitter Parking Lot. Park the car and walk around the barricade or follow the snowmobile tracks onto the pond. (DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK)

"Mommy - I think it's a farm orb"

The kids marvel at walking on the pond. I inform them proudly, “this used to be the skating rink, until the weather starting being super sketchy and it wouldn’t freeze every year.” My seven year old daughter asks gingerly, “am I going to fall into the lake?” My son’s response, “I hope so.” They frolic in the snow, admire Long Lake Central up at the top of the hill, and listened as a DOT snowplow scraped the blade all the way up route 30.

The still image facing the road is a black and white image taken in Long Lake many moons ago. My daughter exclaims “it’s a farm, Mommy. It looks like a farm.” She poses in the light, “I’m the chicken.” My husband takes some shots of her. We walk to the other side to check out the patterned image. “It looks like bloody trees and branches,” exclaims my son.

We scamper back out to the pond, following crusted over snowmobile tracks, trying not to get snow in our boots. We check out the lights as they merge in the center of the orb. The cold grips us. “On to the next orb!”

We continue on our journey meeting friendly orbers checking out the other sites. We meet a group at the site of the old Blarneystone. My son accidentally kicks snow into the casing housing the projector. Luckily Matt arrives and notices there is no image on the orb. He rushes to the wooden box and blows the snow out of the slide projector.

Matt asks me, “do you know anyone with any slide projector bulbs?” Matt’s preparing the larger installation starting production next week at St. Lawrence University. “And I need one more extension cord for tomorrow. The circuit breaker tripped because I was using one of my grandpa’s old extension cords. It was so old that it crackled when I moved it around, and then it crackled some more. I think I need a better cord and more bulbs.”

Local Orber's Check out the Orb. One orber exclaims, "I can see this from my bathroom window and I took a picture the other night."

We rounded out the night with another visit to the last two orbs. The moving water orb decidedly our favorite, my daughter skips over to the other side, “look I see a butterfly!” The images at Mt. Sabattis looked like a bridge and flowers. Up close the orbs take on a different look and feel. From a distance another orbtastic view. Just fun to get out of the house mid-week after homework and dinner. Living in Long Lake can be quiet and mesmerizing at times and at other times… we wait for summer, this year I’m determined to enjoy each season as it comes.

A few cars stop on the side of the road checking the orbs out. It’s a Wednesday night and people are out, looking to connect with something a little different.

In an effort to include the community Matt and Scott have invited the public to submit Long Lake photos for a rotating image reel on the live video projection orb for Friday night, location yet to be determined. So far five people have submitted a selection of images from around Long Lake, including folks living in New Jersey and Kansas.

The final night of E-Lumination in Long Lake is on Saturday, January 22nd.

This project is made possible in part from support from the following organizations: The Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks, New York State Foundation for the Arts, The Adirondack Museum, The Town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Deparment and the Long Lake Archives, Union College, St. Lawrence University, Gillis Reality, John and Jackie Heron, Michael Lombardi, Justin and Darlene St. Amour and William Creighton and with public funds from the New York State Council of the Arts Decentralization Regrant Program. In Hamilton County the Decentralization Program is administered by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake.

Orb Report and E-Lumination

Photo by Matt Burnett

Today is the fifth night of “orbing, ” Get your “orb” on and feel Long Lakey. Grab your friends, your camera, the snowboots, or stay in the car, but take the trek out to see what the E-Lumination Art Installation is all about. The images and projections change nightly. The images range from moving water and colorful abstract displays, to stills of historic Long Lake and original imagery created by artists Scott Fuller and Matt Burnett.

Photo by Matt Burnett

Not only do the images change nightly, the orbs are changing too. With changes in temperature, comes changes to the forms. The orbs are retaining their structure, but artists Burnett and Fuller anticipated the formations would alter their appearance, and become “pocky” and worn down if the weather changed throughout the week. Part of the E-Lumination project continues to be the live experiment of man vs. nature. One never knows what to expect when celebrating winter in the Adirondacks and Long Lake, NY.

A reminder, the locations for spotting the orbs include Mt. Sabattis, “Ethel’s House,” The Old Blarneystone Site and the Spillway.

Mt. Sabattis –6 Pavilion Way
“Ethel’s House” – 1105 Deerland Road
“Blarneystone” – 1156 Main Street
Long Lake Spillway (across from the Town Beach)

If you are unfamiliar with Long Lake, no worries, drive into town, stop at a local watering hole and ask, someone will tell you where to go!

Yesterday the morning temperature crack open at wake up time at a negative 21 degrees, and today it started out at 8 degrees, but it has climbed as high as 32 this afternoon. Practically balmy!

We are calling to all fans of the orbs to submit digital images of Long Lake and Matt will incorporate them into one of the orbs by the end of the week. Submit digital photos with your name to to be a part of the community effort. Once Matt decides which orb he will show the rotating images on, we’ll let you know.

If you have checked the orbs out, don’t forget to participate in a game to win and original artwork by Matt Burnett. Check out the on-line Trivia Game at

Haven’t seen the E-Luminations yet? Come down on Wednesday night, check out the orbs and stop by the Long Lake Diner at 7pm for Long Lake Trivia Night. Bring your friends, make a team and make a night out of it!

E-Lumination runs through Saturday, January 22nd until midnight. So get out and go orbing before they are gone!

E-Lumination is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council of the Arts Decentralization Regrant Program. In Hamilton County the Decentralization Program is administered by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake.

Photo by Matt Burnett

Long Lake Winter Carnival Official Highlight Video

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Lights, Slide Projection Orb-tastic

The First Orb Test Completed at the Deerland Rd Location

Tonight is the night the lights go on.  This morning, day three, the first orb appeared on site.

Orb at the Spillway location.  The spillway is a piece of land built by man to create Jennings Park Pond and it separates the pond from the lake below.

Driver’s heading south from Tupper will be greeted with the spectacle, viewable from the bridge and from other areas around town.

This project is made possible in part from support from the following organizations: The Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks, New York State Foundation for the Arts, The Adirondack Museum, The Town of Long Lake, Union College, St. Lawrence University, Gillis Reality and with public funds from the New York State Council of the Arts Decentralization Regrant Program. In Hamilton County the Decentralization Program is administered by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake.

Play a fun trivia game Click Here to link to the game. Winners receive an original Matt Burnett artwork.