Old Forge, New York – View, a multi-arts center located in Old Forge, NY, announces an opening reception for a solo exhibition by renowned artist Kevin Raines. The Exhibition is a collaborative project between the artist, The Adirondack Council and View. The reception, which is free and open to the public, is on Friday, July 24, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at View. Refreshments and light fare will be served. Share the Experience: Adventures in the Adirondacks features over 50 of Raines’s stirring paintings and drawings of Adirondack nature scenes and people enjoying the outdoor life in all seasons. View is the second stop for this traveling exhibition and will be on display from July 25-October.
“We are thrilled that Kevin Raines is lending us his awe-inspiring talents to celebrate the water, wilderness and people of the Adirondack Park,” said Adirondack Council Executive Director William C. Janeway. “His paintings depict the places and the people that make this park a national treasure. Many of the scenes portray the importance of the Adirondack Council’s conservation efforts: from the stark, bare rock of alpine mountain summits to wild rivers to the glow of sunset on the lakes of the St. Regis Canoe Area. His work calls you forth into the wild.” Janeway noted that Adirondack artists have always played an important role in conservation by bringing a small piece of the Adirondack experience to other parts of the state and the world. Raines’s work follows the path of great American landscape painters who inspired Adirondack conservation, such as Winslow Homer, Thomas Cole or Frederic Church, but is uniquely his own style, he said. “What I express through my paintings echoes the sentiments of the Adirondack Council and its work to protect this amazing park,” said Kevin Raines. “I want to put conservation into a contemporary context and celebrate the wild experience that we are all hoping to protect for the future.”
Raines—a resident of Wadhams in Essex County—grew up in Eastern Pennsylvania, where he loved to fish, hunt and trap. He entered college with the intent of majoring in forestry and wildlife management, but his creativity soon led him to change his field of study to painting. Raines earned a master’s degree in Painting at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada and returned to the states in 1979 as a figurative artist, commission portrait painter and liberal arts college professor. In 1982 he moved to Baltimore to teach at Notre Dame of Maryland University. Upon returning to the Adirondacks he began working with the Adirondack Nature Conservancy and the Adirondack Council. Raines has also worked with the Audubon Society, UNESCO, the Champlain Land Trust Cooperative, Champlain Area Trails and others in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Japan.
The Adirondack Council’s mission is to ensure the ecological integrity and wild character of New York’s six-million-acre Adirondack Park. The Council envisions an Adirondack Park with clean water and clean air, comprised of core wilderness areas, surrounded by working forests and farms, and vibrant rural communities. Adirondack Council members live in all 50 United States.