Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Daily Freeman: Ulster County Executive Michael Hein Trumpets Arts in Announcing Awards

Ulster County Executive Michael Hein trumpets arts in announcing awards (video)

ROSENDALE, N.Y. — Having artists in your community makes it a better place to be, Ulster County Executive Michael Hein said Tuesday before announcing the recipients of the first Ulster County Executive’s Arts Awards.

The award recipients are the Shadowland Theatre in Ellenville, Arts Organization; Shelly Hamilton of Boiceville, Arts in Education; and R&F Handmade Paints in Kingston, Business/Corporation. Special citations are going to Maverick Concerts of Woodstock and The Falcon in Marlboro.

“It’s a better place with artists in your community,” Hein said. “The more, the better.”

Hein said he wants Ulster County to be a mecca for the arts, and he thanked the honorees for all they do to bring art to the community.

Paul Tesoro, chairman of the Dutchess County Arts Council Board of Directors, said Hein recognizes that arts mean business for any community.

The 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. That money is used for project grants, art education and to fund arts programs and organizations in Ulster County, according to a press release

 The council also has presented the Dutchess County Executive’s Arts Awards since 1986.

Brendan Burke, artistic director of Shadowland Theatre, said his organization appreciates the executive’s recognition.

“We’re all firm believers of the arts and Ulster County,” Burke said.
Richard Frumess, president of R&F Handmade Paints, said the company feels part of its responsibility is to promote the arts and publicize the area.

“We see the arts as something that can help revitalize that area,” Frumess said, referring to Kingston.

Hamilton was not able to attend Tuesday’s event. She has been an art instructor at Onteora High School since 2002.

The recipients of the Ulster County Executive’s Arts Awards will receive their honors during a June 11 lunch at Wiltwyck Golf Club in the town of Ulster.
(source: Daily Freeman)

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