Writer Havilah Giannetta and visual artist Lauretta Coumarbatch, M.D., have been selected as the 2017 Artists in Residence at Epiphany Space to complete development on two projects: The Gospel According to Hobbs, Havilah’s memoir, and the Norah series exhibition of paintings depicting Lauretta’s mother.
Havilah “Hobbs” Giannetta studied visual art at the Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts; performed her dream role of “Titania” in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Stratford-upon-Avon Shakespeare Festival in England; and has been published in The Columbia Review and Albemarle Family Magazine. Havilah was awarded the prestigious Kluge Scholarship upon admittance to Columbia University, where she received a B.A. in English Literature. Her humanitarian missions include: teaching in Serbia, Hungary, and Ukraine; interning with Koinonia Farm in Georgia; and working with Sudanese refugees at the African Australian Community Center of St. John’s Hall in Melbourne, Australia. Her directorial début, Think Again God, premiered at the Eclectic Company Theatre in 2014. Now living in Los Angeles, Havilah is working to complete the draft of her first book, The Gospel According to Hobbs.
Lauretta Coumarbatch, M.D., is a visual artist and writer from the Virgin Islands who moved to Los Angeles in 2007 to further develop her craft. An alumna of both Howard University and Rutgers University, Lauretta’s love of nature and native Caribbean culture strongly influence and permeate her artistic style. Lauretta’s latest series of acrylic paintings of her mother, Norah, are currently being prepped for exhibition. In addition, she is composing new abstract pieces in acrylic; her past work has included other media such as graphite and pastel. Lauretta’s paintings have shown in multiple commercial establishments in St. Thomas, as well as exhibitions at Hollywood’s own Pacific Theater before its doors were closed in 2013.