Twice Blessed

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 29, 5-7pm

Featuring Holly Friesen & Tom Curley

A vibrant collaboration that hums with the beauty and power of the Adirondack landscape. Painter Holly Friesen and photographer Tom Curley explore themes of nature and reflection, using one another's work as inspiration.

View the exhibit online HERE.

About Holly Friesen

Holly Friesen was born in Saskatchewan, studied Visual Arts at John Abbott College in Montreal and painting at York University in Toronto. The artist's studio is currently based out of Montreal QC. Her paintings are collected internationally and part of both corporate and private collections. Holly's passion is painting vibrant landscapes from the inside out while collaborating with other artists to make art more visible in our everyday world.

"My work revolves around earth-honoring images that reflect and instill connection to local bio-regions. These images internalize a reverence for the earth and shift the intent from harming the world to living in a mutually life enhancing manner. I learn what I need to know by painting. The more I paint the less separation there is between inner and outer worlds. For me, painting is like deep prayer awakening an inner wilderness that reflects the earth's landscape; the image is in you and you are in the image. Painting is my breath, beauty my compass and the earth is my body." - Holly Friesen

About Tom Curley

An exotic uncle of French-Canadian descent and a very early adopter of single lens reflex technology lured Tom onto photography at age 9. Tom mostly stuck to family photos until he made a very foolish decision during the 2006 Torino Olympics. He borrowed a car assigned to the Alpine photo crew of The Associated Press. Shortly after midnight, police raided the chalet housing the Austrian cross-country ski team. Tom was the closest person with a camera...and a car. A high-speed pursuit of the police through the Alps led to a picture that appeared in dozens of newspapers. (The Austrians were found guilty of blood-doping.)

A bizarre event followed at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. The AP photographer attempting to get a picture of swimmer Michael Phelps celebrating his record-setting eighth gold medal was knocked unconscious by another photographer's lens. Tom's picture of Phelps celebrating landed on the front pages of newspapers around the world.

Tom began his journalism career at age 15 covering out-of-town basketball games for his hometown (Easton, Pa.) newspaper. A New York Times reporter uncovered that Tom scored only half as many points at the games he covered or, more accurately, he played better at home. He worked at newspapers in New Jersey covering the urban disturbances of the late 60s before joining Gannett's Rochester Times-Union in 1972.

Tom was the original news staffer on the project that led to the creation of USA TODAY. He rose to become president and publisher of what grew to be the nation's largest newspaper. He was named president and CEO of The Associated Press in 2003. He was the only media CEO to visit Iraq during the war. While at AP, he earned a reputation as a leading advocate for the people's right to know. AP also opened a news bureau in Pyongyang, North Korea. He retired in 2012.

Tom first visited the Adirondacks in 1978 to do advance work for the Lake Placid Olympics. He and his wife Marsha Stanley, a former reporter, started vacationing at Big Moose Lake that same year. In 2003 they bought a home on Upper Saranac Lake. They have two daughters and two grandchildren.

Tom is chairman of the board of the Adirondack Explorer and co-chairman of the Vision 2050 study of the Adirondacks for the Adirondack Council. He also is a member of the press committee of the International Olympic Committee. He is a graduate of La Salle University in Philadelphia and Rochester Institute of Technology.

Thursday 7/29/2021 - Saturday 10/2/2021
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