Update: 1st Annual Ulster County Executive’s Art Awards


Ulster County Executive Mike Hein will present awards to the winners of the 1st Ulster County Executive’s Arts Awards at a luncheon at 11:30 on Tuesday June 11 at the Wltwyck Golf Club, Kingston. Speakers will include Ulster County Executive Mike Hein and Dutchess County Arts Council President Linda Marston-Reid.

Award Winners are:

1st Annual Ulster County Executive's Art Awards WAAM

1st Annual Ulster County Executive’s Art Awards

Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville – Arts Organization Award
Dedicated to high-quality, professionally produced plays and musicals, Shadowland is located in the village of Ellenville and performs in its own building, originally opened in 1920. Renovations have rebuilt the interior, retaining the art-deco features while creating a tiered, 186 seat, intimate semi-thrust stage. All seats are within 35 feet of the stage and have clear sightlines in the technically well-equipped and acoustically outstanding space. The organization has been growing steadily and in 2012 they experienced their biggest attendance yet. Shadowland offers a ‘Pay What You Can’ policy, where audience members who cannot afford admission can pay what they like (or nothing) to any performance produced by the theatre. Part of their mission is to remain accessible and affordable for the community. 

Shelly Hamilton, Boiceville – Arts in Education Award
Shelly has been an art instructor at the Onteora High School in Boiceville since 2002. She currently teaches all three AP Studio Art Portfolios, College Drawing, Drawing and Painting, Glass and Metals and Studio Art. She is also the art department’s liaison, advisor to the high school art club and co-advisor of the No-Name Calling Committee. She coordinates field trips, collaborates with the music department for set design, creates commemorations, coordinates décor for school events and serves as a model for the power of the arts and creativity in everyday life. Over the past ten years, Shelly has worked building her professional teaching career and continues to pursue her career as a visual artist.

R&F Handmade Paints, Kingston – Business Award
R&F Handmade Paints was established in 1988. In that time they had been instrumental in the expansion of encaustic painting throughout the United States and Canada due to their manufacture of high quality encaustic paint and their extensive workshop program in encaustic technique. R&F sees its role as a manufacturer of high end artist paints to engage the artists who use their paints, not simply as a market, but as a community. An additional component of their business is their art gallery which offers bi-monthly exhibits of artists from around the country and their Encaustic Works series. R&F Handmade Paints has contributed to the revitalization of Midtown and the city of Kingston as a whole with the hope of effecting badly needed change through the arts. In 2005 they brought back to life one of Kingston’s 19th Century factory buildings, which they made their home. 

Maverick Concerts, Woodstock – Special Citation
The Maverick Concert series, preparing to celebrate 100 years, melds glorious music and intimate artistic rapport with a tranquil woodland setting. Built by Maverick Art Colony founder Hervey White, Maverick Concert Hall first opened its doors to music lovers in 1916. Artists and other volunteers built the hand-hewn “music chapel” in 1916 and the Hall is now a multi-starred attraction on the National Register of Historic Places. The rustic hall thrives on the love of great music and the spirit of its unique site in the unspoiled woods. Its acoustics are ideally suited to the intimacy of live chamber music performance.Maverick Concerts was named “Cultural Business of the Year” in 2008 by the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce and Ulster County Development Corporation. 

The Falcon, Marlboro – Special Citation
Tony Falco, a musician and art lover, purchased a church in the hamlet of Marlboro and saw a community center with endless possibilities. Falco formed Falcon Music & Art Production, Inc. and began a private house concert series. The gallery walls were made available to painters & photographers. The Falcon relocated to the Marlboro Falls location designed to be acoustically correct, which attracts top tier musicians. The exhibition space for visual artists continues to bring exciting visual art that changes every two months. The Falcon welcomes everyone, with no cover charge and no minimum. The original donation box remains as both a symbol of democracy in the arts and a way for patrons to contribute what they can, in support of living artists. This fund goes directly to the performing musicians in the main act, demonstrating respect & gratitude for their skill, contribution and livelihood.

Omega Institute is sponsoring the Arts in Education Award, other sponsors include Ulster Savings Bank, Paper House Productions, and Rural Ulster Preservation Company.

“Ulster County is blessed with a rich arts heritage and creative economy,” said County Executive Hein. “I look forward to recognizing some of the many, many individuals and organizations responsible for promoting the arts at my 1st Annual Ulster County Arts Awards.” 

Honorees will be recognized by Ulster County’s arts, cultural, civic and business leaders, and elected officials. 

Tickets for the luncheon are $45 per person. Reservations may be made on line at www.artsmidhudson.org or by calling 845-454-3222

Dutchess County Arts Council has been working with Ulster County for more than 20 years as administrator of the county’s New York State Council of the Arts funds for project grants and art education, and for the last five years in regranting funds to arts programs and organization in Ulster with funds from the County of Ulster. They have also presented the Dutchess County Executive’s Arts Awards since 1986.

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