Hampshire County Arts Council

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Thank You!

The Hampshire County Arts Council sincerely thanks our faithful sponsors whose contributions allow us to offer the community many events each year.

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Another way you can help

Click on the links below to download and print out fliers for upcoming events— pass them along or post them wherever you go that folks might see them. These are jpg files the should open in your browser.

Summer Art Camp flyer


Newsletter Editor to compile information from the various Council activities and edit for the designer for quarterly editions. Contact Charles Snead at 304-298-3039

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 Charles Snead, president 304-289-3039.

Concerts Committee Coordinator
Plan and organize concerts.
Contact Charles Snead, president 304-298-3039.

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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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Sugar Run Concert

Saturday, June 18 7:30PM
The Bottling Works, 426 E. Main St., Romney, WV

Sugar Run

Arriving from the Allegheny Mountain regions of Virginia and West Virginia, Sugar Run brings a repertoire of traditional music of the southern Appalachian and Piedmont regions. Performing primarily in the New River Valley of Virginia and West Virginia, and the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia, the band integrates the sounds of banjo, mandolin, bass, fiddle and guitar as they present bluegrass, old-time, old "country" music, and a few Cajun tunes.

Click here for more information. Click here for tickets.


2016 Art Camp Registration Now Open

The camp will be held June 27-July 1 at Romney Elementary School for children entering 3rd grade in the fall up through this year's graduates who have a genuine interest in the arts. The camp day, which includes hot breakfasts and lunches, will run from 8:30 am - 3:15 pm.

Campers will choose classes from past favorites such as collages, dance, drama, drawing, drum circle, glass crafts, metal sculpting, music imagery, painting, paper maché, poetry, pottery, weaving and yoga. New class offering this year are air brush techniques, basket weaving and soap carving.

Click here for Details and application forms.

Adult Art Workshops

Want to try something new? Check out the series of adult workshops designed to introduce and explore subjects you "have always wanted to try." Check back often to see what is coming next. Also check out the HCAC Adult Workshops Facebook page.

En Plein Air (plein aire painting or open in the full air)

The act of painitng outdoors or what the eye actually sees. Sound exciting? Artists have long painted outdoors, but in the mid-19th century, working in natural light became particularly important to the impressionists. The popularity of painting en plein air increased in the 1840s and has endured throughout the 20th century and into the 21st century. Two HCAC plein air events are in the works. Why not give it a try?

Plein-Air Gathering Saturday, June 11, 10AM
Coordinator V. Lynn Moore

Mill Meadow, home of Robin Pancake, 27435 Northwestern Pike, Romney, wV (West of Romney on Rt. 50 about 3/4 miles past the Potomac River bridge, first left just beyond the railroad tracks).

Join our exciting new event of painting outdoors in life as you capture the experience of natural light, wind, etc. Open to one and all. No reservation required. Bring your painting supplies and lunch. Contact V. Lynn Moore at lmoore@hardynet.com or 304-897-7827.

Plein-Air at the WV Peach Festival, Saturday, August 6, 11AM-3PM
Coordinator V. Lynn Moore

The WV Peach Festival in downtown Romney, at the gazebo on the grounds of Taggart Hall along South High St. Be daring, paint outdoors in front of the public, as you answer their questions and respond to their reactions. Open to one and all. No reservation required. Contact V. Lynn Moore at lmoore@hardynet.com or 304-897-7827.

Summer Arts Gathering, Saturday, August 13 1 to 4PM

Coordinator Robin Pancake. Mill Meadow, home of Robin Pancake, 27435 Northwestern Pike, Romney, wV (West of Romney on Rt. 50 about 3/4 miles past the Potomac River bridge, first left just beyond the railroad tracks). If you are interested in the arts as a participant or a patron, come and meet others. Artists, photographers, musicians, writers, and more: bring your paints, pencils, cameras, instruments, etc. and create, or just chill in the shade of a tree. Open to one and all. No reservation required. Activities for children, light refreshments. Contact Robin Pancake 304-822-5663, or Charlie Snead 304-298-3039.

Board Meeting Times & Locations

The Hampshire County Arts Council's monthly Planning Meetings now take place first Thursdays at 1PM, alternating locations between the libraries in Romney and Capon Bridge. All members and anyone with an interest in helping make arts opportunities available in Hampshire County are welcome at any meeting.

June 2, August 4, and October 6 meetings will take place at: Hampshire County Public Library, 153 W Main St, Romney, WV

May 5, *Note no meeting July 2016, September 1, and November 3 meetings will be held at: Capon Bridge Public Library, 2987 Northwestern Pike, Capon Bridge WV