Tupper Lake, N.Y. - Join artist Holly Friesen on Monday, September 8th at 10:00 am at The Wild Center for The Wilderness Within. Poet and ecologist Gary Snyder said "It is in the deep mind that wilderness and the unconscious become one, and in some half-understood but very profound way, our relation to the outer ecologies seems conditioned by our inner ecologies. This is a metaphor, but it is also literal."

Artist Holly Friesen will speak about this very phenomena in the making of her own contemporary landscape paintings. Holly is a working artist based out of Montreal, Canada and has painted the boreal forests and precambrian rock of Northern Quebec for decades.

She was first introduced to the Adirondacks last summer when she had a solo exhibition at the View Arts Center in Old Forge. Instantly smitten by the Adirondack landscape, she found a powerful draw to begin painting here as well. What draws one to a particular geographical place? Holly will speak to the potency of this "inner wilderness" which is at the core of her painting practice.

As the traditional art world shifts and changes, Holly has found a freedom in promoting her work through social networking and direct sales. For the first time in history artists are able to connect directly with their viewers no matter how remote their location. The artist will speak of her own experiences sharing, promoting and selling while giving some helpful tips as to how any artist can do the same.

The talk will be followed by a one hour workshop for a more individualized approach to building and maintaining an effective social media presence. We'll discuss how to get organized as well as practical ways to use social media communities and tools to grow an awareness of your artwork. Artists of all types will benefit from the information shared in this workshop.

The presentation is free and open to the public. Registration is required http://www.wildcenter.org/calendar.

This presentation is sponsored by AdkAction.org, a non-partisan, issues-based 501 (c) 3 organization. It is part of AdkAction.org's long-standing broadband project and efforts to support artists in the Adirondacks and to promote the local economies and attract visitors.

The Wild Center is open daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. between Memorial Day and Labor Day. For more information, visit www.wildcenter.org.

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Contact: Tracey A. Legat, tlegat@wildcenter.org