Lake Placid, NY: The Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) begins 2015 with the gallery exhibit Burdette Parks: Eye of the Beholder. The exhibit will run from January 2 until January 25. The LPCA gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 1 PM until 5 PM. There is no charge to view the exhibit. There is be an opening meet-the-artist reception on Friday, January 2 from 5 PM until 7 PM. The public is invited to attend.
About the Artist
Burdette Parks was born and educated in North Dakota receiving a BA in Theater Arts from the University of North Dakota. He developed an early interest in photography through his father, an inveterate and prolific family picture taker. That interest was cemented in 1964 when the North Dakota State Travel Department purchased two of his nature slides. At the University of North Dakota, Burdette did yearbook photography for the Journalism Department, learned processing and darkroom basics doing work-study at the University News Bureau and was mentored in photography by a commercial photographer and an award-winning photojournalist while pursuing first a pre-med degree and ultimately a degree in Theatre Arts. A brief "invitational" stint with the U.S. Army deposited him in Texas where he managed and owned live theaters for over fourteen years in San Antonio and Austin. During more than two decades producing, directing and performing live theater, Burdette incorporated photography. He did extensive publicity and production photography for his own and other theaters. His first formal gallery show was at a San Antonio gallery in 1980 and for thirty years a steel sculpture of his has graced the Sculpture Garden at the San Antonio Museum of Art.
Since 1990, he has been living in the Adirondacks with his wife whom he met through the amorous influence of Saranac Lake's Pendragon Theater and has enthusiastically rekindled a decades long devotion to photography.
The transition from film to digital photography happened for Burdette in 2001. He has been working to keep pace with this rapidly advancing technology ever since. Specializing in fine art and landscape/nature work, he has had work showcased in multiple juried shows in the Adirondack region and has been featured in numerous exhibits. Photographs of his were awarded Best of Show in ACNA's 2009 Cover Art competition, an Honorable Mention in their 2011 show and First Place in LPCA's 2013 Black and White competition.
As an early convert to digital photography, Burdette has accumulated a vast store of information on this ever evolving technology he and shares his discoveries and enthusiasm through classes and workshops. He has been teaching digital photography workshops at Great Camp Sagamore each spring and fall since 2006. He also tutors and offers occasional digital and Photoshop workshops locally. He serves on the Executive Committee of Saranac Lake ArtWorks and is an exhibiting member of the Adirondack Artists' Guild in Saranac Lake, NY. His work can be seen at the Guild's gallery and in other North Country galleries as well as on his web site at www.roundlakestudios.com. While people and theatre remain strong photographic interests, Burdette finds the natural studio of the Adirondacks a beguiling place to explore expanding photographic horizons.
Now in its 41st season, the Lake Placid Center for the Arts is dedicated to presenting and fostering quality arts which inspire, enrich, educate and entertain people of all ages. Located in the Adirondack Park of Northern New York, the LPCA consistently presents arts of the highest caliber in music, dance and theatre performances, film exhibitions and visual arts presentations. In addition, the Arts Center provides special arts-in-education programs, workshops and residencies for aspiring and renowned artists.