Art Installation

Holiday Lights Contest Announced

Both communities of Long Lake and Raquette Lake will be having the Holiday Lights Contest this year.  


The Long Lake Judging of the Holiday Lights & Decoration Contest will take place on Wednesday, December 20th with prizes announced at the Seniors Luncheon on Thursday, December 21st.  Prizes are $75/$50/$25 and plaques for the First Place Business Winner. 

Judging in Raquette Lake will take place on will be on Thursday, December 21st at 7pm.  Free to enter.  Turn on your lights and the magical contest judging elves will be assesing and determing the winners.  Winners prizes are $75/$50$25.  Join our regional community by dressing up our towns in sparkles and delights.

Special thanks to the Parks and Rec Elves, Cindy Black, Erik Arsenault and Steph Hample for decorating the signage on the way into our communities and decorating our public spaces with scenes celebrating the holiday season.

Christmas Lighting and Creche Ceremony in Long Lake will be on Sunday, December 3rd at the Long Lake Town Hall.  The Christmas Tree lighting for Raquette Lake will take place  on Wednesday, December 6th at 6pm.  Sponsored by the Raquette Lake PTF.  Free cookies and hot chocolate provided.




Long Lake Natives Showcase Work at Art Center in Blue Mt. Lake

Blue Mountain Lake, NY: The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts announces its annual Members’ Show now on exhibit through July 1, 2017. In addition, works by two sisters, Laurinda Minke and Louisa Wright, are on exhibit in the Arts Center’s second-floor galleries. A reception and artists’ talks for all three exhibits will be held on Friday, June 30, 2017, from 4 to 6 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

The Members’ Show is open to all Arts Center members who wish to display up to two pieces of their work. The 2017 exhibit includes the following artists: Frances Armstrong (rustic mirror), Fred Holman (abstract), Beverly LaBarge (gourd), Chip Perone (photography), Elizabeth Pinaha (oil), Al Pouch (reliquaries), Laura Smith (handmade purse and stash book), Eve Whalen (watercolor and charcoal), Raymond Whalen (mixed media and ceramic) and Joseph P. Wild (photography).

Minke’s Adirondack Musings includes more than 20 photographs of some of the Adirondacks’ most iconic images and locations including loons, whitetail deer, and views for Santanoni, Tahawus, and Long Lake. Wright’s mixed media Native Song depicts natural and repurposed elements, words, and quotes to share her deep connection to her ancestors and the Adirondacks with others.

Louisa Wright currently owns and operates the Incapacho Art Song Studio located at 8085 Newcomb Road, Long Lake, NY.  Louisa will be teaching at Adirondack Quilt Camp in Long Lake, NY from June 26th – 27th. Louisa also offers workshops and gifts at her shop.  She will be participating in the Long Lake Open House Tour on Wednesday, June 14th

The Arts Center, located at 3446 State Route 28 in Blue Mountain Lake, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday through June 25; the Arts Center will be open Monday through Saturday beginning June 26.

The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts is celebrating its 50th season! Visit for the most up-to-date information about performances, workshops, gallery exhibits, programs, and special events. The Arts Center is generously supported by grants from the New York State Council on the Arts.

Fall Outdoor Art Exhibition Underway in Long Lake

Long Lake Native and artist Matt Burnett returns to Long Lake for another installation of Portraits in the Wilderness to complement his current exhibit featuring portraits of Long Laker’s, Bob Dechene, Frances Boone Seaman and Matt’s father, Willy Burnett. The outdoor portraits are currently located on Burns Road Wall on NYS Route 30, Tupper Road. The portraits will be on display through the fall leaf peeping season.

Artist Matt Burnett prepares to set the portraits.

Artist Matt Burnett prepares to set the portraits.

On Friday, September 11th, Matt installed two additional large-scale portraits featuring local Long Lakers, Valerie Galvagni and Jim Swedberg. Matt chose Jim Swedberg because of his connection to Long Lake, the Adirondacks and the Hudson River. Jim has rafted the river for years and recognizable as the person steadfastly holding in place with his camera. When folks raft the Hudson, they will cross paths with Jim, he may be the one person who has rafted the river more than anyone else.

If you've ever been rafting on the Hudson, you've seen Jim Swedberg

If you’ve ever been rafting on the Hudson, you’ve seen Jim Swedberg

The second portrait showcases local nurturer, childcare giver and mother to all, Val Galvagni. Val raised her own family in Long Lake and then took on a new generation of millenials growing up in Long Lake at a time when there was very little childcare available to working parents. Val stepped in and took on the challenge because she loves children and welcomed the opportunity.

When asked how she felt to be painted and celebrated Val said. “It made me very giddy, I’m so flattered” As a childcare giver Val is part of the fabric of the community. Val says she does love children and having them connect to her is just part of who she is. Val was stumped when Matt asked her to be a part of the portrait collection so she suggested including children in the portrait.

Val has always surrounded herself with kids, all ages.  Kids flock to Val.

Val has always surrounded herself with kids, all ages. Kids flock to Val.

Matt’s first art installation for the Town of Long Lake was a collaboration with Scott Fuller for an outdoor exhibit entitled “E-Lumination” in 2011. Matt has since been working with the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department to continue to build on his large scale wilderness portraits to connect the natural world to a sense of place and community

Matt’s portraits are currently on display on the Tupper Road, NYS Route 30 along the Burns Road Wall just north of the Long Lake Bridge. There is also a large-scale portrait of Buttermilk Falls still on display on Deerland Road, a short distance from the sharp curve near the start of North Point Road.

Matt Burnett Live Art at Long Lake Harvest Craft & Fire Fest

Over the last several months regional artist Matt Burnett has launched a large-scale outdoor art installation project around the Town of Long Lake in the Adirondacks of upstate New York. Three 8×8 portraits can be seen at locations around town including the Shaw Pond Turnaround on route 28N, Deerland Road (on the Big Red Barn) and at the former site of the Blarneystone Restaurant along Main Street. In addition he recently installed three additional portraits along the Burns Road Wall on Route 30 just past the Long Lake Bridge.


The public is invited to meet Matt and participate in a public art project on October 11th at the Long Lake Harvest Craft Fair and Fall Fire Fest at the LL Town Hall on Main Street in Long Lake. This is an opportunity for Matt to meet anyone interested in discussing the project, how it evolved, where’s he’s going from here, negotiate a deal (this art is for sale if anyone is interested) and to also invite everyone of all ages to help create another large scale work. Children and adults and all levels of talent are encouraged to participate in this public interactive art project. This event is made possible with public funds from NYSCA Decentralization Regrant Program. In Hamilton County the Decentralization Program is administered by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts.


We asked Matt.. in his own words to describe the Portraits in the Wilderness Project and what it means to him.


I can still remember my first introduction to the Seamans. I was about 13, proudly stepping up to race in the Long Lake Boat races. I had lots of time in a boat but very little time steering at this point in my life, so naturally I entered all 3 categories (guideboat, canoe, and rowboat). Let alone I had no guideboat with me!

In the midst of all the hubbub (mostly audience and support staff scattered around the Long Lake Town Beach, by the late 80s this event was waning), an older gentleman introduced himself to me. He told me that if I wanted to race in the guideboat division he could help me out.

And so I raced with Howard Seaman’s guideboat, not realizing until many years later the significance of this meeting and of his unmatched reputation racing in guideboats.

Like so many of my experiences in the small Adirondack Alcove of Long Lake, the significance of where I was, what I was doing and who I was doing it with took on much more meaning and history as I became an adult.

So it was with his wife, Francis Boone Seaman. When I was a little older and trying to make my way as a professional artist, Francis called me out of the blue and told me to drop by, she had something for me. It turned out to be a box of illustration clippings, animals, landscapes, a bit of everything, that she had been holding onto for years. She also made a point of coming to my first solo exhibition in the area.

Again at the time I didn’t really realize who was taking such an interest in me. I had always thought of Francis as the lady who had been town historian for as long as I could remember. It wasn’t until I read about her earlier years as a fire tower warden in Nehasane that I started to realize what I dynamic artist and outdoorswoman I was dealing with. I remember seeing the photograph of her in her early twenties in a red wool lumberman’s coat pulling back a long bow. Another child of the Adirondacks! I’m glad I got the chance to tell her what a striking photograph that was.

So what does it mean to be living history? The best way I can try to answer this question is tied up in the murals and portraits that I installed in Long Lake this year.

I have tried to choose subjects that would speak to the community at large, not just residents, summer people or tourists but everyone. I’ve chosen places that everyone could identify, places that are tied up with the history and memories and idea of our unique village.

For the portraits, I’ve tried to pick a few people that are a clear part of this community’s history. It was hard to start with three only; I could easily fill this wall with significant figures from our town.

This paintings are my way of answering, and of thanking.

Portraits in the Wilderness 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.

Waterfront Weekend July 13-14th

On Friday, July 13th join the Long Lake Association, the Long Lake Lions Club and the Town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department for a full weekend of fun at the Long Lake Town Beach.

The Cool Crazy Regatta features a selection of entertaining boat races from Stand up paddle boards, standing up in canoes, kayack races, the dipper races and so much more. All of the races are free and all age groups are welcome to participate. Food will be served throughout the day by the Long Lake Lions Club.

At 5pm folks are invited to participate in the Float Night activities at the beach featuring the Adk DJ, Glen LaBlanc as he spins tunes and entertains the crowds with competitions, contests and celebrates the theme night of the Hawaiian Luau. Folks can also participate in the Cardboard Boat Box Races. Cardboard and limited duct tape will be available. Prizes awarded for the last boat standing!

On Saturday, July 14th look for Art on the Water. A small exhibition featuring a few members of the Long Lake Artisan’s Cooperative. This group will be on the Long Lake Town Beach displaying art, jewelry, paddles to give the visitor just a taste of what they can find at area stores.

For more information about any of these events check out or call 518.624.3077

2011 Year in Review Long Lake Style

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

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