The exploration of Lake Champlain by Samuel de Champlain in 1609 will be celebrated in many ways this quadricentennial year. Plattsburgh State is pleased to present a spectacular group of paintings by Samir Sammoun, a well-known Canadian landscape painter. Samir traveled the eastern and western shores of the lake, capturing broad vistas from both shores.

Lake Champlain and Vermont
Lake Champlain and Vermont (study), 2008, oil on canvas, 12x16”
Champlain would describe the lake in his journal:
July 1609
“… we entered the lake… Continuing our course over this lake on the Western side, I noticed, while observing the country, some very high mountains on the eastern side, on top of which there was snow. I made inquiry of the savages whether these localities were inhabited, when they told me that the Iroquois dwelt there, and that there were beautiful valleys in these places, with plains productive in grain, such as I had eaten in this country, together with many kinds of fruit without limit. They said that the lake extended near mountains, some twenty-five leagues distant from us, as I judge.”
Our reflection on the history and beauty of the Lake Champlain region is captured in this group of paintings. They remind us of our past and our responsibility for the future.

Dr. John Ettling
President, State University of New York College at Plattsburgh
Celine Racine Paquette, Ed.D
Vice Chair, Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial
Lake Champlain, March
Lake Champlain and Vermont, 2009, oil on canvas, 36x48”

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