Hampshire County Arts Council

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2012-13 Concerts Season
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Hampshire County Arts Council Concerts are sponsored by:

The Loy Foundation

Bank of Romney logo

FNB Romney logo

Augusta Animal Hospital, Bonni & Garry Long, Staggers & Staggers, Patricia Taylor, Gene & Nancy Williams, Ken Caldwell, Calvert's Self-Storage, Hampshire Wellness & Fitness, Tammy Kessel,
and GFWC Romney

with financial assistance from the WV Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts.

WV Division of Culture and History logo

National Endowment for the Arts logo


Visual Arts Committee Coordinator Be the point of contact and help schedule and plan exhibits and other visual art activities. Send an E-mail inquiry to:
VisualArts[at]HampshireArts.org  e-mail address

Newsletter Editor to compile information from the various Council activities and edit for the designer, Jan Dodgins, for quarterly editions. Contact Neil Gillies 304-897-6297

Computer-confident person
willing to help with on-line database updating. Could be a "reference-builder" for a young person. If interested e-mail treasurer[at]hampshirearts.org.

Concerts Volunteers to post fliers around Romney or help tally audience surveys. Call Concerts Chair Shari Gallery at 304-496-8002 or 304-703-1350. You can also assist by printing out event fliers from the links in the column above and posting them or sharing them with others.

Accessibility Advisory Committee Chair
Coordinate one meeting per year (late fall) to advise HCAC on how to make programs and activities more accessible to all members of the community. Contact any officer Neil Gillies, president 304-897-6297, Nadine Miller 304-822-2624, or Shari Gallery 304-496-8002.)

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Coming Events...

See calendar for details. Some members list their own events on their own Member Artist pages. Please check their listings and support them. If you'd like to have your own Member Artist page (and we mean "artist" in the broad sense--painter, photographer, musician, actor, dancer, sculptor...whatever your art form), contact the webmaster by e-mail.

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Next Concert: Saturday, May 3, 2014 7:30PM
The Stray Birds
The Bottling Works, 426 E. Main St., Romney, WV

  The Stray Birds

   "Super-talented acoustic trio whose virtuosity doesn't get in the way of their soul. Rich vocal harmonies, tight acoustic arrangements, heart-wrenching songs." says Fly Magazine of The Stray Birds.

"Their music goes down as a well-refined Appalachian wine," says Gene Wolford of the innovative and promising band, which has built a bridge between classical music and traditional American folk. The Stray Birds are heralded as one of the best and most versatile new bands in America, producing a top 10 Folk Album and shortly thereafter achieving international status when their debut album soared to number 3 in England. "They may have released their self-titled debut in 2012, but it was the work they did on stages across the country this year that made them an unignorable force in the folk world..." -Kim Ruehl

Drawing upon the richness of American folk music traditions, the signature power of The Stray Birds sound lies in outstanding songwriting spun with a stirring subtlety and grace. The Stray Birds were born of a compelling collaboration between two unique writers and vocalists-- the pure, luxurious voice of Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven's richness of tone and depth of delivery. Grounding their sound in the unshakeable groove of bassist Charles Muench. Their full-length debut, The Stray Birds, was lauded by radio stations and listeners across the country and named to the Top 10 Folk/Americana Releases of 2012 by NPR. Passionate live performances led to appearances on NPR's Mountain Stage, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Kerrville Folk Festival, and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.

When The Stray Birds take the stage, the spotlight falls on three voices raised in harmony above the raw resonance of wood and strings. It is a sound drawn from the richness of American folk music traditions, spun with a stirring subtlety and grace. From bustling street corners to silent halls, their performances speak to an uncompromising reverence for songs.

To see a sample of The Stray Birds in action visit this Youtube link. Visit their website for more info.

This concert is made possible with sponsorship from FNB Romney, The Loy Foundation, Tammy Kessel, member Patricia Taylor, and an anonymous member, and financial assistance from the WV Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts.

FNB Romney logo  WV Division of Culture & History logo  National Endowment for the Arts logo

Exciting plans for Art Camp 2014

Plans are well under way for 2014's Summer Arts Camp to be held at WVSDB June 23-27. Coordinator Joanne Snead and several of her volunteers have mapped out a great collaboration with the WV Schools for the Deaf and Blind this year.

We will offer multiple classes including various types of music, drama, fused glass, metal working, fibers, writing, pottery, painting, drawing, photo literacy, etc. Campers will be able to sign up for 2 classes each morning of 90 minutes each, Mon.-Thurs, beginning at 9 am with a 15 min. break. Students from WVSDB also will be participating with aides. Class size will be limited to 10-12 campers. On Friday, we will have 2 one-hour classes for some, and practice time for others to rehearse for presentations afterwards for family and community with a possible luncheon.

Camp hours will be 9AM -12:30PM, Mon-Fri. HCAC campers will have the option of staying for lunch and additional classes in the afternoon offered by the WVSDB at no charge.

Instructors on board are: Herb Adrian, guitar; Josh Haza of WVSDB, music; Gayle Allen, Emily Dickinson and writing; Judi Gaydos, fiber arts; Cheri Seiler, an alpaca fiber and soap project (she may bring animals also); Josh Liller, drama; Sibyl MacKensie, painting; Michael Anderson, photo literacy or another tactile project; Lin Hausknecht, pottery; V. Lynn Moore, drawing, sketching, or painting; and Liz Braun, fused glass. Some others are developing as well. If you would still like to get involved as an instructor or volunteer to assist instructors, ontact Liz Braun to volunteer or for more information at:
lizartglass@gmail.com 304-492-5647

Here's an overview from last years camp offerings!

"Campers will engage in an exciting variety of art activities in this action-packed week. For many this may be a first-time experience in some of the art forms offered and perhaps the catalyst for a passion for a new hobby or launching a budding career. Our instructors are distinguished local artists, artisans and teachers who are *donating their time and expertise to make this an educational and fun-filled camp.

*Some materials fees may be re-imbursed.

Please respond as soon as possible as we need to send out applications for next summer by Feb 1st!

Adventures in the Arts Camp 2013 Pictures

Thirty three delightful youngsters between 8 and 13 explored and stretched their talents in a wide variety of art forms from bell ringing and fused glass to drawing and storytelling during July. Take a look at some of their activities

Participants in Hampshire County Arts Council's Adventures In The Arts Art Camp

Click here to see a slide show of the week's activities

A sign-up list for next year's Art Camp is already quite extensive, so if you have youngsters you would like to be able to participate, contact Joanne Snead at 304-298-3039 or email camp@HampshireArts.org.
Those on the list will receive the application first in early spring and only if there are any slots left will sign-ups be opened to others.


A New Studio Tour Coordinator

Melissa Snell has stepped up to pull together the 2014 Studio Tour, which is now scheduled for November 14, 15, & 16. She has been in touch with past participants. Anyone who has not participated but would like to (including artists who might like to set up someplace with other artists) should contact Melissa at brdwtcher[at]frontier.com or call her at 703-772-5536.

Studio Tour Page
The 7th Annual Hampshire Highlands Studio Tour took place Nov. 15-17. Click here to see the participating artists.

Studio Tour brochure cover