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Kevin Raines' Exhibit "Share the Experience: Adventures in the Adirondacks" Opens in Lake Placid June 19

Monday, May 18, 2015
By Diane Fish - Adirondack Council Deputy Director

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"Spruce or Fir" by Kevin Raines

On June 19, a collaboration of art and conservation will debut at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, when Kevin Raines’ 75-piece exhibit opens.

The exhibit, entitled Share the Experience: Adventures in the Adirondacks, will remain in Lake Placid for a month and then move along to View in Old Forge for a much longer stay.

Kevin’s bold, expressive work provides a unique and interesting perspective on the Adirondack Park.  His paintings blend scenic beauty and dramatic scenery with the people who live, work and play in America’s most beautiful landscape.  It reminds us what a national treasure the Adirondack Park really is, as it takes us from lake shore to mountain summit, from scientific field study to shadowy fireside. His Adirondack collection illustrates why this Park is such an alluring place.

Kevin’s work communicates the importance of Adirondack conservation as well. Viewers will easily understand the integral role of the human experience in protecting the environment, culture and historical significance of the Park and its communities. 

We hope you can join us for a celebration at the start of the exhibit.  There will be an opening reception June 19 for the show, at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.  The reception is free and open to the public.

If you would prefer to see it on the west side of the Park, the show will open at Old Forge’s new, beautiful venue, View, on July 24.  There will be a reception at The View that day as well.  It will remain there for the rest of the summer and part of the fall, closing on October 11.

We at the Council are excited to be working with Kevin.  Artists can show the world why conservation is so important in ways that words and photographs can’t convey. 

Uploaded Image: /vs-uploads/images/Raines' Exhibit Poster2.jpgRaines has partnered with a variety of environmental organizations over the past 30 years.  Because of his deep love of nature and a strong commitment to conservation, he has fused his art with conservation science by working closely with organizations including the Adirondack Council, The Nature Conservancy, UNESCO, Audubon Society, Champlain Area Trails, and the Eddy Foundation.

Raines' field studies and paintings create an aesthetic link between untouched nature and human life.  His international efforts compliment his work in the Adirondacks, including partnerships with UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Corsica and Japan and, most recently, the international exhibition Moving Mountains: Studies in Place, Society and Cultural Representation in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Kevin earned an MFA in Painting from Concordia University in Montreal in 1979 and returned to the United States as a figurative artist, commission portrait painter, and Professor of Art at Notre Dame of Maryland University.  A New York resident; he lives and works in Maryland and the Adirondacks.

I hope to see you at one of the receptions!

 

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Uploaded Image: /vs-uploads/Forever Wild Day Blog/Diane FWD 14.jpgDiane W. Fish is the Adirondack Council's Deputy Director and Director of Fund Development.

Diane joined the Council staff in 2001 and works with the Board and Staff to raise the financial resources needed to support the Council's conservation and advocacy efforts on behalf of the Park. An important step in this process is keeping in touch with supporters in all 50 states to understand their interests and concerns about the Adirondack Park and to engage members in the Council’s advocacy efforts.

Diane holds a BA from Denison University and a Masters Degree from Skidmore College. She and her husband live in Lake Placid. Diane shares other Council supporters' love of the Adirondacks, enjoys the Park's many outdoor recreation activities, and appreciates the astounding beauty of the Park every day.

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