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Outdoor images by Matt Burnett mounted at the Paul Smith's College Visitor Interpretive Center in Paul Smiths. (Photo/Alexandra Roalsvig)

Matt Burnett's Saranac Lake studio space. (Photo/Alexandra Roalsvig)

Matt Burnett painted this hunting scene as well as the inset boating picture. (Photo/Alexandra Roalsvig)


Get an art fix in Long Lake

Sunday, July 13, 2014 - Updated: 8:06 AM

LONG LAKE -- Adirondack artist and Long Lake native Matthew Burnett has installed a series of outdoor paintings entitled "Portraits in the Wilderness" in various locations throughout Long Lake.

The series of outdoor installations is composed of eight-foot square murals. The art celebrates the landscape of the Adirondack wilderness by connecting the natural world to a sense of place and community.

"Portraits in the Wilderness" is designed to provide easy access to high quality art to both residents and visitors. This exhibit is 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 state routes 30 and 28N.

The first three installations are at the Shaw Pond rest area on Rt. 28N, the site of the former Blarney Stone on Main Street and along Deerland Road on a historic barn currently owned by Fred Fink.

Three portraits based on iconic historic Long Lake characters will be installed in August. The project will be up through the end of the year.

Burnett grew up in what is now the William C. Whitney Wilderness Area. He 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, administered in Hamilton County by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mt. Lake.


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