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“The Hearth,” exhibit of paintings by Michael Burpoe to open Feb. 3

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Saranac Lake, NY – The Adirondack Artists Guild will present “The Hearth,” an exhibit of recent watercolor paintings by Michael Burpoe during the month of February. The show will open with a reception on Friday, February 3, from 5 to 8 p.m., and will run through March 14.

Michael Burpoe is an Adirondack artist, born and raised in Saranac Lake. A 2013 graduate of Saranac Lake High School, Michael enjoys painting expressive images of the area he grew up in. He studied graphic design at the Rochester Institute of Technology, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2017. In 2020, Michael fell in love with watercolor painting during the initial quarantining stage of the pandemic when he lived alone and yearned for a form of escapism. He found peace of mind each night by painting the tranquil lakes and dynamic mountains of the Adirondacks in his dining room.  In his first solo show, he seeks to convey the unique feelings the Adirondacks give him, especially around Winter Carnival, which he participated in as a member of the Carnival Court in 2013.

Burpoe‘s show is titled “Hearth,” a reflection on the warmth and comfort friends may find around the fireplace where stories are shared and the winter cold is forgotten. A sense of belonging can be found at the hearth.
Artist Michael Burpoe

Artist Michael Burpoe. Photo provided by Eleanor Sweeney of the Adirondack Artists Guild.

The space in front of a fireplace is where family and friends pass their time in northern locations. From the deep Alaskan wilderness to the icy cities of Nordic Europe, a home is only as welcoming as its hearth. Michael seeks to convey the feelings of his personal hearth with stories of places visited, things seen, and feelings felt, collectively and individually. He writes, “The hearth is a space for comfort, warmth, and peace. And there’s no space that epitomizes this quite like my parents’ fireplace.”

A majority of the reference photos for Michael‘s paintings were taken by his mother, Sue Cherny, while out walking with his father, Tim Burpoe, in the Adirondack region of New York that he grew up in. These paintings portray Michael‘s love of the quiet beauty that can be found in the place he calls home.
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“The Hearth,” watercolor painting by Michael Burpoe. Photo provided by Eleanor Sweeney of the Adirondack Artists Guild.

The Adirondack Artists Guild is a cooperative retail art gallery representing a diverse group of artists residing and working in the Tri-Lakes region of the Adirondack Park. The gallery is located at 52 Main Street in  Saranac Lake, NY. Call (518) 891-2615 for more information. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. The Adirondack Artists Guild is on Facebook, Instagram, and on the website at

Photo at top: “The Carnival Court,” watercolor painting by Michael Burpoe. Photo provided by Eleanor Sweeney of the Adirondack Artists Guild.

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4 Responses

  1. Richard Monroe says:

    We’ve got one of Michael’s paintings hanging in our house! He painted our family’s boat sitting Middle Saranac Lake’s Bull Rush Bay, then gifted the painting to us. Way to go Michael! Can’t wait to see your exhibit during this year’s Winter Carnival.

  2. Linda Friedman Ramirez says:

    What beautiful work! The featured image captures the magic of Winter Carnival.

  3. Long lived sl local says:

    Where’s the American flag? All I see is Canada’s flag unless there’s another painting wrapping to the opposite side ? Would like to see that one!

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