In April, the Village of Warwick posted a call for a Poet Laureate and Artist in Residence, whose criteria includes one or many of the fine arts discipline. Creative individuals in Warwick submitted their portfolios and offered their dedication. After sifting through many exceptional applications, the decision was difficult.
The Village is pleased to announce the selection of two new Artists in Residence and the new Dramatis/Poet Laureate of Warwick. The three who were chosen boast an incredible array of talent. Their artist footprint is seemingly everywhere, yet they are all beautifully distinct from one another, providing the Village with unique collaborative possibilities.
The new Village Dramatis/Poet Laureate, Donna Haley, is a long time resident of Warwick. Donna has lived in the Village for 27 years. She has inspired and garnered talent in all age groups through her work in The Warwick Actor Training School since 1996. Donna is a remarkably established actress with an impressively long resume, having appeared on Broadway, in commercials and even in the well-known television show, Law and Order. She is a leader and encourages collaboration, as suggested by her open-porch policy when she paints in her free time.
Donna proposed a creative project based on “Spoon River Anthology,” by Edgar Lee Masters, as a springboard for a dramatic piece using “Warwick Stories.” It is the poetic and theatrical nature of the project that inspired the choice of Donna as the Village Dramatis/Poet Laureate for 2018.
The two new Artists in Residence blend disciplines from different ends of the spectrum. Peter Liepke, originally from Minneapolis, MN, is a fine art photographer and print maker who has lived in Warwick for 19 years. He maintains a classical approach using traditional methods of color film processing and rare forms of 19th century print he creates through his own custom lab at home. His work has been published around the world and is sold in galleries throughout the U.S.
His Artist in Residence colleague is Elliot Belokostolsky, born and raised in Warwick NY. He is an up and coming abstract mixed media artist with bold taste and direction. A graduate of SUNY Orange and Oneonta, Elliot’s work is driven by a will to escape the confines of reality, barring all rules. His work evolves through a direct reflection of his mind and emotions, creating work with the purpose and power to invoke.
The Village of Warwick is thrilled to have these new artists representing the future of Warwick’s artistic culture. The diversity in their talent will offer the community creative content that will be an inspiration. All three artists have been asked to collaborate on an inspired rendition of Haley’s proposal of an anthology of Warwick stories.