Kevin Raines’ art carries conservation message

LAKE PLACID – The Lake Placid Center for the Arts, in collaboration with the Adirondack Council, invites the public to a meet-the-artist reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday for “Share the Experience: Adventures in the Adirondacks,” an exhibit of art by Kevin Raines.

The exhibit will be on display in the LPCA Fine Arts Gallery through July 12. Gallery hours are from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is free.

Born out of a deep concern for environmental conservation, Raines’ landscapes reflect his love of the outdoors and explore the wildness of nature. This exhibit depicts the natural beauty of the Adirondacks and activities of people and families, artists and scientists, sportsmen and recreation enthusiasts experiencing the Park.

Raines has partnered with a variety of environmental organizations over the past 30 years. Because of his love of nature and a commitment to conservation, he has worked closely with organizations including the Adirondack Council, the Nature Conservancy, UNESCO, the Audubon Society, Champlain Area Trails and the Eddy Foundation.

Raines’ 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 Edin-burgh, Scotland.

Raines earned a Master of Fine Arts degree 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.