Hampshire County Arts Council

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Another way you can help

Download and print out fliers for upcoming events— pass them along or post them wherever you go that folks might see them. These pdf files can opened in your browser or with Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free program.

Fall Fine Art Show Flyer
(pdf file)


Hampshire County Arts Council Concerts are sponsored by:

The Loy Foundation

Bank of Romney logo

FNB Romney logo

Augusta Animal Hospital, Staggers & Staggers, GFWC Romney and individual members.


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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Tickets for Coming Concerts thru Paypal

Next Concert: Saturday, Nov. 7 7:30PM
Critton Hollow String Band
The Bottling Works, 426 E. Main St., Romney, WV

Since 1975, the Critton Hollow String Band has brought traditional American music to audiences throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, Ireland, and Scotland. With fiddle, hammer dulcimer, banjo, and guitar, the band tends a stable of songs from the first settlements of Appalachia to the best of contemporary American folk music. Songs that express a range of experience that can make you laugh or make you cry and occasionally do both at the same time, ballads that tell stories of bad men and disappointed lovers. Instrumentals that will make you want to get up and dance or sit back and listen. The three members of the band — Joe Herrmann, Sam Herrmann, and Joe Fallon—combine precise instrumentation, melodic interplay, and three part harmony to create a warm and engaging sound.

For this concert they will be joined by Pete Gordon who played, traveled, and recorded two albums with us in the 80's. In 1988 Pete decided to become a full-time teacher in Morgan County, WV. Throughout that time Pete continued playing music as a solo performer. Now that he has retired from teaching we are happy to be able to join back together as that quartet.


Call for Entries for 2015 Fall Fine Art Show

In recognition of the outstanding quality and diversity of artwork being created in our region, the Hampshire County Arts Council is pleased to announce the Fall Fine Arts Show to be held at the Hampshire County Public Library from October 2 through November 6. Open to all US artists age 18 and older, original works completed since July 1, 2013 are eligible.

Fall Fine Art Show Flyer (pdf file)    Entry Form (pdf file)

Three cash prizes will be awarded: $200 Best in Show, $100 for 2nd and $50 for 3rd, and Honorable Mention Awards at the discretion of the judge. Judging the entries will be Neena Jhavera, owner of Nina J Design Studios in the Shenandoah Valley. She creates pottery, mixed media painitngs, and limited edition wearable art.

The Opening Reception and Awards Presentation will be Friday, October 2.

Calling all Writers to Ice Mountain Writers Thursday, September 17

The Hampshire County Arts Council's Ice Mountain Writers group welcomes all writers of poetry, prose, songs, blogs, screen plays, theatre scripts, journals and more, at the Hampshire County Library on Main Street in Romney WV on Thursday, September 17 at 5:30 pm. Regularly gathering third Thursday each month.

Leenie Hobbie was among those at the August session and she reported on her Facebook page as follows: "Last night I went to my first writers' group meeting I've attended since I was in my early 20's. I was a little nervous and I definitely didn't take anything to read/share, just like the first time I attended a writers' group gathering over three decades ago. I won't go on and on. I've already done that in my 'morning pages.' But there was one refreshing thing that I had totally forgotten about, that is probably the core value of being part of a writers' group. It has renewed and deeper meaning for me now in this age of social media. When someone reads/shares something they've written we all listen...deeply...respectfully. There is no critiquing and certainly no defensive reacting. There was a wide range of perspectives on life, religion, politics, and more, but we all listened to the pieces prepared and courageously shared. When each reader finished we all THANKED them for sharing. Sometimes we asked a question...about a word choice or the voice chosen, never the stance. That is not what a writers' group is about. We might express what we particularly liked or found effective about a piece. Some pieces startled me with their brilliance, some surprised me with their refreshing word choice, some gave me a completely new perspective I'd never have found inside my own head or journals. But I enjoyed every single piece read. I could tell that in some way it mattered to the writer and they had taken great care to express something important within them. This great care is not something I encounter often in this modern text-speak world of 24/7 lackadaisical communication that can't even be bothered to punch a button to insert a period every now and then. What a refreshing pause a writing group can be in this tumbling forward world."

The group will do writing prompts for inspiration, share what they have written (at some point in time) and meet other writers who share interest in their genres. Anyone interested in exploring their creative side is invited.

Networking, feedback, public readings—the group will decide what to pursue. Ideas under consideration include such diverse projects as poetry readings, workshops and writing scripts for the HAMS (Hampshire Actors and Makers of Shows). Anyonewho would like more information, please call 304-834-8369 or email write[at]HampshireArts.org.

Exhibits at Romney Banks & Hampshire Public Library

Paintings by Linda Landis are on display at The Bank of Romney, and upstairs at the Hampshire County Public Library through September 8.

Paintings by Linda Landis at Bank of Romney.

Paintings by  Linda Landis at Hampshire County Public Library

Recent paintings by Sibyl MacKenzie are on display at FNB Romney main and Sunrise branch through October 8

Exhibit by Sibyl MacKenzie at FNB Romney

At FNB Romney's Rosemary Lane/North High St. Main Office.

Exhibit by Sibyl MacKenzie at FNB Romney August through Oct. 8, 2015

Exhibit by Sibyl MacKenzie at FNB  Romney Sunrise Branch

At FNB Romney Sunrise Branch

Board Meeting Locations

The board will alternate meeting locations between Romney and Capon Bridge over the coming months. All members and anyone with an interest in helping make arts opportunities available in Hampshire County are welcome at any meeting.

April 7, June 2, August 4, October 6, December 1 meetings will take place at: Romney First Baptist Church 325 W Main St, Romney, WV (across from DQ)

May 5, July 7, September 1, and November 3 meetings will be held at:
Capon Bridge Public Library, 2987 Northwestern Pike, Capon Bridge WV