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World renowned artist visits Long Lake Central

LONG LAKE - Students in Long Lake were joined by international artist Kristin Jones last week. She visited LLCS to work with several of art teacher Michele Gannon's classes.

Jones has received numerous awards including the Rome Prize. She holds a MFA from Yale University, attended the St. Martin's School of Art in London, England and holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Jones has designed installations for public areas all around the world including airports and subway stations in cities including NYC, Miami, and Rome. She visualizes these installments and then works with engineers and architects to produce works including mosaics and sculptures as well as international museum and gallery pieces.

"Her work is intriguing, thoughtful and beautiful and we were very lucky to have her here at Long Lake. The students enjoyed it very much," said Gannon.

Jones is currently completing a residency program at the Blue Mountain Center and offered to take on a Long Lake student as a sort of understudy. Ratani Mor had the opportunity to work with Jones on one of her projects surrounding an installment in an airplane hanger.

The Blue Mountain Center is a community of writers, artists, activists and musicians who come to work in the Adirondack Park. They exist to "provide a peaceful and comfortable environment in which guests are able to work, free from the distractions and demands of normal daily life," according to the Center.

Any creative or non-fiction writers and artists are eligible to apply for residency programs and are chosen by an Admissions Committee of fellow accomplished authors and artists.

While visiting with Gannon's painting and drawing classes, Jones showed some of her works and discussed with students about her artistic process and journey as an artist. She also encouraged students to be serious about their work, to figure out what they like and not be afraid to chase after it.

Having Jones as a visiting artist fulfills part of the NYS Standard requirements in the arts.

"It was exciting to have such a prominent artist here at LLCS working with our Art students," said Long Lake Central School Superintendent Mary Jo Dickerson.

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