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Ulster County Executive’s Arts Awards

Who is ready for an arts filled evening from the comfort of your own home?!

On August 27, join Arts Mid-Hudson Live (for the most part) for the 8th Annual Ulster County Executive’s Arts Awards from 7:00-8:30 p.m, MC by Ida Hakkila.

Enjoy chatting with your friends, celebrating 8 incredible awardees, popping balloons, and live music – not to mention, gift card giveaways and checking in live with Individual Artist Awardee and illustrator, Marker Snyder as he creates a masterpiece right in front of your eyes and much, much more!

Tickets are only $10 per person and all proceeds of this event go to supporting the arts in Ulster County.



“Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop” was created live during the Ulster County Executive’s Arts Awards by Marker Snyder, this year’s Individual Artist Awardee. Marker has generously donated 50% of the proceeds to Arts Mid-Hudson.


Interested in this piece? Make a bid. Bidding ends September 13.

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8th Annual Ulster County Executive’s Arts Awards Winners:

Art in Public Places – Matthew Pleva
Artivist – Frank Waters
Art Organization – Rosendale Theatre Collective
Arts in Education – Beth Humphrey
Individual Artist – Marker Snyder
Patrons – The Collier Family
Special Citation – Vindora Wixom
Volunteer – Susie Linn

a computer screen with 8 awardees for the Ulster County Executive's Arts Awards

Live Music Performances By:

Swing Vipers

Sal Cataldi

Can electronica/industrial-fired guitar instrumentals co-exist with ambient sound collages featuring the likes of American literary great Henry Miller and intimate DADGAD-tuned vocal ballads straight out of the Nick Drake/John Martyn playbook? They can and do in Spaghetti Eastern Music, the critically-acclaimed solo project of Saugerties & NYC-based guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Sal Cataldi.

Swing Vipers

Swing Vipers infuses the timeless tunes of the early jazz era with a contemporary, gritty style of swing. As aficionados of great melody, we always honor the inherent beauty, art and story of each song while at the same time contributing our own rhythmic energy, updated interpretation and unconscious desire to dominate the world.

Sal Cataldi
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Our MC will be popping balloons with secret prizes inside (worth at least $30) including some donations from local artists and gift cards. Be prepared to be surprised and delighted!

All proceeds go to supporting the arts in Ulster County

Balloon Pop Donation Form

Meet Our MC:

Ida Hakkila is the Disc Jockey at Radio Kingston from 3 to 5 pm weekdays. She hosted The Heavy Light Show at Radio Woodstock for the past 10 years. and previously hosted radio shows in New York City at 92-3 K-Rock, Q104.3, and WNYU. She’s been a storyteller with The Moth, and a music consultant for The Late Show with David Letterman, where she also wrote a few jokes. She’s the Imaging Director at Radio Kingston, and she’s also a comedy writer, singer and very good tooth whistler.


Nuvance Health



Central Hudson

Cornell Creative Arts Center

The Collier Family

Uptown Interiors & Ashokan Architecture

Balloon Poppers:


Content Studio

Health Alliance

DJ Brumfield & Edward Handlin III

(Grace) Angela Henry

Cathy & Karl Schmitz


Sean DuBois


Michael Lalicki Studio

Ward Mintz & Floyd Lattin

Shadowland Stages

Nanas Creative Cafe

Looking to get a dessert to enjoy during the event? Check out Nana’s Creative Cafe in Woodstock. By purchasing a ticket to this year’s event, you will receive a 10% discount on your entire Frozen To Go order from August 20 through September 10. Coupon Codes will be sent out a week before the event. 


*Ulster County Arts Awards Past Recipients

 Arm-of-the-Sea Theater, 2018 Arts Organization
Arthur Anderson, 2016 Patron
ArtBridge, Kingston, 2015 Art in Public Places
Michael Asbill, 2018 Artivist
Bailey Pottery Equipment & Ceramic Supply, 2016 Business/Corporation
Jane Bloodgood-Abrams, 2017 Individual Artist
Barbara Bravo, 2017 Volunteer
Anthony Cacchio, Jr. (Uncle Tony), 2018 Special Citation
Coach House Players, 2016 Special Citation
Barbara Cohen, 2016 Volunteer
Center for Creative Education, 2017 Arts in Education
Center for Photography at Woodstock, 2014 Arts Organization
Chronogram, 2014 Business/Corporation 
Jack DeJohnnette, 2016 Individual Artist
Niaya DeLisio, 2017 Student with Exceptional Promise in the Arts
Nancy Donskoj, 2015 Special Citation
Donald Elder, 2018 Individual Artist
The Falcon, 2013 Special Citation
Linda Gillette, 2014 Arts in Education
Lara Giordano & Christine Marmo, 2015 Arts in Education
Trina Greene, 2018 Art in Public Places
Shelly Hamilton, 2013 Arts in Education
Stacey Jarit (posthumously), 2018 Special Citation
Garry Kvistad, 2014 Individual Artist
Norm Magnussun, 2017 Art in Public Places
Maverick Concert Series, 2013 Special Citation
Jim McIntyre, 2018 Volunteer
Katharine L. McKenna, 2017 Patron
Amy Mottola, 2016 Arts in Education
O+ Festival, 2014 Art in Public Places
Paper House Productions, 2015 Business/Corporation
Lucie Parker, 2018 Student with Exceptional Promise in the Arts
Pauline Oliveros, 2015 Individual Artist
Robert Osgood, 2015 Patron
P&T Surplus, 2018 Business
R&F Handmade Paints, 2013 Business/Corporation
RUPCO, Inc., 2017 Business
Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, 2016 Arts Organization
Shadowland Theatre, 2013 Arts Organization
Asa Spurlock, 2016 Student with Exceptional Promise in the Arts
Benjamin Wigfall, 2014 Special Citation
Women’s Studio Workshop for au•gust art festival, 2016 Art in Public Places
Lynn Woods & Stephen Blauweiss for “Lost Rondout: A Story of Urban Removal”, 2017 Special Citation
Woodstock Film Festival, 2017 Arts Organization
Woodstock School of Art, 2015 Arts Organization
Roberta Ziemba, 2018 Arts in Education

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