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Kirk Brown to talk about ‘Community Landscape Art & Practice’

February 18, 2015

 [BETHEL] – Ten extraordinary individuals, businesses and organizations will be recognized with “Renaissance Awards” for their outstanding contributions to Sullivan County at the Sullivan Renaissance Annual Conference on Saturday, March 7 at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel. 

The public is invited and there is no admission cost.  Simultaneous translation into Spanish will be available and the facility is ADA compliant.

The Renaissance Awards honor and recognize remarkable efforts to improve the communities in Sullivan County. This year’s Renaissance Awards are given to the following volunteers in each of these categories:

The Spirit Award will be being given for outstanding efforts in community service.

  • Lieutenant Luis Alvarez, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Deputy
  • The Rock Hill Fire Department
  • Lou Monteleone, Eldred

The Transformation Award will be given for substantial renovation that demonstrates best practices and results in a major aesthetic enhancement.

  • Tilly’s Diner, Monticello
  • BashaKill Vineyards, Wurtsboro

The Collaboration Award will be given in recognition of leadership in building partnerships to accomplish positive community goals.

  • Laura Quigley, Sullivan County Center for Workforce Development

The Spark Award will be given for “making a difference” in the community and helping germinate volunteerism.

  • Joel Aguilar, Youth Economic Group (YEG) – Rural & Migrant Ministry

The Revival Award will be given for outstanding efforts of an entire community with renewed attention to appearance, tourism and change on a large scale.

  • Rock Hill Business Association
  • Roscoe-Rockland Chamber of Commerce

The Earth Award will be given for taking the extra strides to incorporate sustainable standards with consideration for protecting the environment and preserving natural resources.

  • The Catskill Brewery, Livingston Manor

The morning session of the conference will also bring together a distinguished panel of six key organizations to describe how their initiatives are catalysts for the transformation of Sullivan County.  Panelists include: Alan Gerry, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts; Charles Degliomini, Empire Resorts Inc.; Patrick H. Dollard, The Center for Discovery; Dr. Karin Hilgersom, SUNY Sullivan; Dr. Gerard Galarneau, Catskill Regional Medical Center; and Ramsay Adams, Catskill Mountainkeeper.  The panel will be moderated by Dr. Peter Tarlow, an international consultant on community beautification and its positive effects on economic development and tourism.   

The afternoon session includes a presentation about “Community Landscape Art & Practice” by Kirk Ryan Brown.  The art and practice of manipulating community landscapes into pleasing gardens using the elements and principles of design has been experienced since before the creation of The Hanging Gardens of Babylon.  In the middle of the 19th Century the elements and principles of artistic design were incorporated into plans for community development and improvement.  The address will be illustrated with iconic examples of public horticultural displays viewed through the principles of design.

The afternoon also includes the launch of the 2015 Sullivan Renaissance grant program.  Individuals will have an opportunity to discuss projects and volunteer opportunities with staff in both English and Spanish.  Market items from The Center for Discovery’s Thanksgiving Farm CSA will be available for purchase throughout the day.

For details about the conference, call the Sullivan Renaissance office at 845-295-2445.  Go to to download a conference brochure or to register online.

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.