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Get Creative at Our Parks This Summer!

Monticello, NY – Sullivan County’s new poet laureate Sharon Kennedy-Nolle and former poet laureate Eric Baylin have teamed up together to offer a series of FREE summer en plein air Poetry and Art workshops in cooperation with the Sullivan County Parks & Recreation Department.

Sharon and Eric will lead a two-hour creative outing beginning at 11 a.m. at five locales beloved for their natural beauty:

  • June 25 - Stone Arch Bridge, Jeffersonville
  • July 9 - Lake Superior, Bethel
  • August 6 - D&H Canal, Summitville
  • August 20 - Minisink Battleground Park, Barryville
  • August 27 - Covered Bridge Park, Livingston Manor

Each park site features a different historical and cultural focus. Using nature as inspiration for painting, drawing, and verse-making, the workshops bring art and poetry into creative conversation.

Participants must be age 13 and up. All materials are provided, and no experience is necessary. Bring a pencil, water bottle, bug spray, comfortable shoes, and a willingness to explore and connect with the natural landscape.

To register or for more information, contact

Sharon Kennedy-Nolle, a professor of English and creative writing, is a published poet. Her latest book, “Black Wick: Selected Elegies,” was chosen as Editor’s Pick by Variant Literature Press, who published the book in 2021. Eric Baylin, both poet and sculptor, taught visual art for many years. He has exhibited his sculpture at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance in Narrowsburg and Catskill Art Society in Livingston Manor.