The Warwick Summer Arts Festival’s (WSAF) Shoe Lasts Fundraising Project is a collection of vintage shoe lasts, wooden shoe forms used by cobblers in the hand crafting of footwear, that have been commissioned by the WSAF to become canvas for participating artists. More than 30 shoe lasts have been repurposed into art to be auctioned off to raise funds supporting entertainment and infrastructure costs for the annual summer festival. The Shoe Last fundraiser is scheduled for April 21, 2017 beginning at 6:00PM at Pennings Farm Cidery, located at 4 Warwick Turnpike, Warwick, NY 10990.
A call for artists was publicly presented in February inviting artists in any media to re-purpose each of the historical shoe lasts into unique works of art representing the theme of this year’s art festival or in the artist’s own distinct style. Curators, Heidi Lanino Bilezikian and Janet Howard-Fatta, along with Cody Rounds, all Warwick, NY based artists, distributed the lasts and will collect completed art to be placed on display in Warwick, NY storefronts and restaurants from April 1-20, 2017, when they will be transported to Pennings Farm Cidery in Warwick, NY for the fundraising event.
Guests will be treated to an evening of music by The Hudson Valley Jazz Fest musicians, an improvisational dance performance and a buffet of hors d’oeuvres including:
- Local Artisan Cheese Boards
- Bruschetta with Tuscan White Beans, and Wild Mushrooms and Sage Tomato Basil Tapenade
- Poached Salmon with Cucumbers and Pumpernickel Crostini
- Chicken Flautas with Salsa
- Traditional Antipasto
- Vegetable and Chicken Egg Rolls
Admission is $25 per person. A cash bar will be available with a special $5 hard cider pint offered to guests. A menu of hard ciders crafted at Pennings Farm Cidery will be on tap, including
Ginger Beet, Unfiltered Session, Honey Razz, Currant, Bone Dry, Maple Vanilla, Honey Hopped, Speculaas (seasonal) and Wild Thang (seasonal), as well as a selection of New York State craft beers and wine by the glass. Shoe Last art will be on display throughout the event in silent auction fashion for guests to bid upon. Tickets are available online. www.warwicksummerarts.eventbrite.com
The Warwick Summer Arts Festival is a nonprofit organization promoting the arts, artists, art education and art appreciation in order to create a vibrant and well-rounded art community. State funding that has played a key part of covering organizational costs and performance fees of the festival has gradually diminished in contribution since the festivals inception, creating the need for more localized donations from businesses and individual patrons in addition to fundraising events such as the Shoe Last Project and the Rock and Bowl returning May 6, 2017 to Pin Street Alley in Warwick, NY offering an evening of unlimited bowling, Battle of the Bands, henna body art and raffles.
Melissa Padham-Maass and Marcela Bumpus return as festival co-directors for a fourth season, celebrating its 17th year. Founded by Elizabeth Reese in 2000, the Warwick Arts Festival has brought crowds to underused parks, created a performance venue on a farm in the middle of the black dirt and established an annual Main Street storefront art exhibit. As Orange County’s premier arts festival, Warwick Summer Arts Festival continues to bring great music to the region as well as commissions and presents original work. The Warwick Summer Arts Festival is made possible, in part, with funds from the Decentralization Program, a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson.