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Ulster County Arts Awards

7th Ulster County Arts Awards 

Whether you attend, sponsor this great event, or consider yourself an arts supporter, we cannot do it without you!
For the 7th Annual Ulster County Arts Awards, we are proud to honor eleven individuals and organizations for their excellent work in Ulster County.

Date: June 4, 2019

Time: 5:30pm – Hors d’oeuvres, Cocktails & Silent Auction  7:00pm – Seated Dessert & Award Presentation

Location: The Barn at Apple Greens Golf Course, 161 South Street, Highland, NY

7th Annual Ulster County Arts Awards Winners:

Arts Organization – Woodstock Artists Association
Arts in Education – Dale Wolfield
Business – The Rosendale Cafe
Individual Artist – IONE
Artivist – Linda Mary Montano
Art in Public Places – Roger Baker
Special Citation – Individual – Dennis Connors
Special Citation – Organization – Hudson Valley Film Commission
Patrons – Ward Mintz & Floyd Lattin
Volunteer – Rick Whelan
Student with Exceptional Promise in the Arts – Abigail Rose Frank

Arts Organization: Woodstock Artists AssociationImage of Woodstock Artists Association

2019 marks the centennial year of the Woodstock Artists Association & Museum. Founded by five artists, the organization was created to provide much-needed exhibition space for the many artists that were coming to Woodstock to live and create. Among the early artists of the association were George Bellows, Robert Henri, Rockwell Kent, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Doris Lee, Zulma Steele and Eva Watson-Schutze. The original vision of the founders to provide exhibition opportunities and to support the needs of artists has endured as a steadfast commitment of the Woodstock Artists Association for one hundred years.

As the banners on the front of WAAM’s building announce the celebration of one hundred years of creativity, community, history and art, they also celebrate a century of accomplishments and historic events. For one hundred years WAAM has remained committed to presenting and preserving the work of the region’s artists. They have grown from a one-room gallery to a facility that presents a dynamic annual series of exhibitions throughout five galleries including a Youth Exhibition Space and the Phoebe and Belmont Towbin Wing for exhibitions of works from our Permanent Collection. WAAM presents a diverse series of programs that offer lectures, gallery talks, performances, panel discussions, concerts and films that explore the history and contemporary practice of art. WAAM’s exhibitions, landmark Permanent Collection, Archives and Education Program continue to position us as one of the most vital cultural resources in the Catskill / mid-Hudson region.

Arts in Education: Dale WolfieldImage of Dale Wolfield

Dale Wolfield is an art instructor at Onteora Middle and High Schools for the past 29 years: teaching printmaking, fashion design/construction, ceramics, mural painting, set design, graphic design, drawing, painting, college drawing with Sage, and Collegiate program with SUNY Ulster. She also serves as acting art department liaison.

In the community, Dale is a trustee at the Hudson River Maritime Museum, a WAAM past board member and life member, waterfront advisory board member for the town of Esopus, water chestnut eradication operator for the town of Esopus, as well as a member of the Art Society of Kingston, and Sam’s Point Shingle Gully Docent.

Dale has received awards from the Fulbright Japan Program, Fulbright Hays, and the Andre Ruellan Award from WAAM.

Business: The Rosendale Cafe

The Rosendale Cafe is a family owned and operated restaurant and cafe offering some of the best vegetarian food and performing artists in the Hudson Valley. With over 20 years of serving the local community, The Rosendale is not only a place to eat, but to indulge in a little relaxation, entertainment, and fun.

Their weekend concerts feature both local and international musicians: singer-songwriters, jazz, blues, world, and experimental; and every other Tuesday we host “Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays”, a showcase of local musicians. Enjoy delicious, whole vegetarian (and gluten-free!) cooking and hear great music in an intimate, smoke free atmosphere.

Individual Artist : IONEImage of IONE

IONE is an author/playwright/director and improvising text/sound artist. Her numerous publications include the memoir, Pride of Family; Four Generations of American Women of Color, a NY Times Notable Book, Spell Breaking 1 & 2 Anthologies of Women’s Mysteries, and Listening in Dreams! She is playwright and director of Njinga the Queen King, the Dance Opera, Io and Her and the Trouble with Him, The Lunar Opera; Deep Listening For_Tunes; collaborations with composer Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016) IONE and Oliveros’ The Nubian Word for Flowers, A Phantom Opera. premiered in November 2017 and their work, The Nubian Word for Flowers, A Phantom Pocket Opera is currently in development in the Hudson Valley.

IONE is former Artistic Director of Deep Listening Institute, Ltd. and Founding Director of the Ministry of Maåt, a not- for- profit organization emphasizing women’s spiritual and educational well-being. A specialist in dreams and the creative process, IONE facilitates retreats internationally. (

Image of Roger Baker Public Art

Photo Credit: Anthony Puopolo

Art in Public Places: Roger Baker

Roger Baker first came to the Ellenville area over 25 years ago to hang-glide. During this time, his commissioned murals and artworks which grace several local businesses. Earlier in his life, Baker traveled the country as a self-taught artist and hang-glider, his equipment on the roof of his car and bringing along his dog and brushes. He would stop in a new town to hang-glide, but if the weather was not permitting, Baker would offer to touch up the gold leaf on the firetrucks at the local firehouse. This led to other work in the area that would extend his stay. Connecting with others and nurturing community still comes as second nature to him.

As the weather turns warmer, Baker’s mind turns to large fields of grass. He has transformed vacant fields into beautiful pieces of art with his lawnmower. The success of his pieces is partly due to his timing and sensitivity of weather. Baker pays close attention to how the sun will dry out the low-cut grass, turning it blond, while the taller grass casts shadows, darkening it. Whenever he passes a vacant lot, he imagines the beauty it could become and often sketches out his ideas. Baker keeps them with him and when the right moment presents itself, he gets to work.

Artivist: Linda Mary MontanoImage of Linda Montano Public Performance

Linda Mary Montano has performed endurances and methodologies which attempt to not only solve everyday life traumas and issues but also magically erase the boundaries between time and space by extending actions to extremes so that everydayness disappears and consciousness is the only “element” left. She performed her endurance, 14 Years of Living Art, an exploration of the Hindu Chakra theological system, which suggests paying attention to both inside and outside so that one’s mind, heart and glands can change for the better from 1984-1998. Her video, Mitchell’s Death, is a classic and has been shown internationally and her six books:
Art in Everyday Life; You Too Are a Performance Artist; Mildred’s Death; Letters from Linda M. Montano; and Performance Artists Talking in the 80’s, are profound explorations of Montano’s vision and spiritual-feminist take on life, healing and art. Montano has not only performed, but has also taught performance art, sculpture and the history of performance throughout the world; and you can view more at her website and blog. lindamarymontano/

Special Citation – Individual: Dennis Connors

Image of Dennis Connors Public Art

“One of the most lasting influences on my work was the time I spent at the Academia di Belli Arti in Rome. It was there I developed interest and skills that I still rely on today when creating sculpture. The only materials I used while a student in Rome were clay and plaster. After returning from Rome I received a MFA in sculpture in 1975. Also contributing to my knowledge of sculpture design and installation were two large scale pieces I assisted with, one for William King and one for Isaac Witkin.

For the past twenty years I acted as chef d’atelier for the world-renowned sculpture George Rickey. During this time, I achieved expertise in large-scale stainless steel construction and assembly. I also had the opportunity to do a great deal of traveling, since Rickey sold pieces all over the world. While working for another artist enabled me to support my family, it also helped keep alive my own desire to create my own sculpture. I’ve always managed to make time for my work, and have produced a great deal of it over the past three decades. Since leaving the Rickey studio in 1998, my energies and time have become more concentrated on my own work.

My most recent work can now be seen in a three-person show in Belfast, Ireland. Any work I do is the product of a long decision making process. I draw, I study, I ask many questions and I analyze.

Art is a life of quests. The recent Masters Degree I have received in Information Science has made my work as an artist much easier and more assured. When I need to know something like where can I buy a thousand orange sandbags wholesale, I can find them myself in a short period of time.”

Special Citation – Organization: Hudson Valley Film CommissionImage of Laurent Rejto

The Film Commission was started in 2000 as a way to attract film industry members, many of whom were visiting the Woodstock Film Festival, back to the region for production purposes. Moreover, the mission included supporting local film production by referring local crew, cast, locations, vendors, post production facilities, and more! Since 2000, the film commission has supported and worked on over 500 productions, helping to create thousands of jobs and over $200 million in regional economic development especially in Ulster, Dutchess, and Orange Counties.

Under the leadership of Laurent Rejto, the Hudson Valley Film Commission, has worked tirelessly to establish local work. Among many other projects, recent productions have included Charlie Kaufman’s I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS, HBO’s I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE, AVENGERS: ENDGAME, PLANET EARTH and THE DEAD DON’T DIE, which opens the Cannes Film Festival on May 14.

Image of Ward Mintz and Floyed Lattin

Photo credit: Michael Gold

Patrons: Ward Mintz & Floyd Lattin

Ward Mintz is Chair of the Advisory Board of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art. He is a member of the Kingston Arts Commission and serves on the Advisory Boards of the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History and the Latino Folklife Project, both in Kingston, and the Preservation League of NYS in Albany. Mintz has spent his career in community arts, museums and arts philanthropy and currently directs a small arts foundation.

Floyd Lattin is on the Executive Committee and Chair of Land Protection at the Mohonk Preserve and also serves on the boards of the SUNY Ulster Foundation, Southeastern NY Library Resources Council and Woodland Pond at New Paltz. Originally trained in Ancient Egyptian Archaeology, he switched fields and went on to the financial world, most recently as Chief Investment officer of a privately held real estate investment firm.

Image of Rick Whelan

Photo credit: Kristopher Johnson

Volunteer: Rick Whelan

Rick Whelan opened Ditto! Design! in 2002. His creative agency unites the talents and knowledge of many individuals who share his passion for remarkable design with strategic underpinning.

The foundation for Rick’s expertise in connecting the dots of strategy, creative and media is a lifetime of experiences that includes small firms and global agencies. His work incorporates all aspects of graphic design: corporate identity, branding, publications, marketing, film, websites, e-commerce and social media.

Rick believes the needs of arts-related entities mirror those of any business, and his personal commitment to provide pro bono services to arts organizations is evident: One must project success to be successful.

His current passion is Kingston Midtown Arts District (MAD). Rick leads a team of volunteers to brand, design, write and produce all its marketing and communications. They recently upgraded MAD’s website with free registries for Kingston artists and arts-related businesses.

Self Portrait of Abigail Frank

Self Portrait by Abbey Frank

Student with Exceptional Promise in the Arts: Abigail Rose Frank

Abbey Frank is a senior at Kingston High School and is making plans to begin her first year at Ringling College of Art & Design this fall. For as long as she can remember, she has enjoyed story-telling and creating narratives through her artwork. At Ringling, she plans to major in illustration and go on to a future career in film.

Abbey especially enjoys drawing and painting, which she has been passionate about since her early childhood. She makes images primarily for the joy it brings, and also to express feelings or views about issues that are important to her. While in high school, she has lent her skills in support of several causes including gun control and Kingston’s O+ Festival, and this year designed the cover illustration for the KHS yearbook. In addition to making art, Abbey is a dedicated practitioner of Jujitsu, having earned her black belt in 2018.


*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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