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Ulster County’s art community is regionally renowned, forming a valuable economic and cultural identity. Communities like Kingston, Woodstock, Rosendale, New Paltz, Saugerties and Ellenville draw quality professionals in the areas of fine, performing and literary arts.

The Ulster Performing Arts Center in Kingston, built in 1927, is one of Ulster County’s finest cultural attractions. The Center’s 1,500-seat Historic Broadway Theater is the largest performing arts center between Albany and New York City.

Ellenville’s Shadowland Theatre has been offering professionally produced plays and musicals for 20 years. Founded by theatre artists in 1985, the 148-seat theatre was originally built as an art deco movie and vaudeville house. Remodeled to retain its art deco features, the Shadowland Theatre provides professional productions at reasonable prices.

Kingston is home to numerous fine galleries such as the Arts Society of Kingston Gallery and Donskoj & Co. Gallery, each featuring works by local and regional talents.

The Woodstock Film Festival is one of the most exciting regional festivals in the country. Over five days, awards are given to the best of 100 films in categories such as fiction, documentary, shorts, experimental and editing.

Opus 40, a monumental sculpture rising out of an abandoned bluestone quarry in High Woods, covers more than six acres and is made of hundreds of thousands of tons of finely fitted bluestone constructed over a period of 37 years. It is all the work of one man, sculptor Harvey Fite.

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