Hampshire County Arts Council

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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.

Hampshire Highlands Studio Tour Brochure outside

Studio Tour brochure inside


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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Open Mic at The Bottling Works Friday, Oct. 14

The Hampshire County Arts Council invites local talent of all ages to a free Open Mic night on Friday October 14 at 7:30 pm at The Bottling Works at 426 E. Main Street (on Rt 50) in Romney WV. Musicians, comics, poets – and audience – all are invited.


This is a great opportunity for local musicians, poets and entertainers to be on stage for free and perform for an audience. There will be some well-known favorites as well as new and upcoming talent. "We are asking for performers to plan on up to three songs or 10-15 minutes. It will depend on how many people sign up," shares Dale Brady, current Music Producer. "And this is a wonderful opportunity for the community to see a wide variety of talent at no charge. We would especially like to see the younger people come and play and maybe have an opportunity to jam with other musicians. Whether the music is country, blue-grass, jazz, blues, old-time rock 'n roll or classical, come and share the fun."

To signup or for more information call 304-834-8369 or email music@HampshireArts.org. Doors will open at 6:30 and entertainers can start loading-in at 6 pm.

HCAC Artist Featured at WVU Museum

Elizabeth L. Braun, Hampshire County Arts Council Board member, owner of Elizabeth's Glassworks LLC, and grateful transplant to the area since 2008, was honored to be invited to West Virginia University campus for the opening of the "Molded in the Mountains: The Glass Industry in West Virginia" by Eliza Newland the collections and program manager at the Royce J. and Caroline B. Watts Museum.

The event September 30, included a brief lecture featuring a scholar, a collector, a descendant of an immigrant glass worker, and me, a contemporary glass artist. The beautiful exhibit is supported greatly by Tom Felt, an amazing collector who owns The American Glass Museum, in Weston, W.V.

Braun brought pieces that combined both traditional leaded glass techniques, as well as more contemporary fused glass as the central imagery. The show runs through June 2017.

At the same time, Braun dropped off two of cast glass works for the invitation, at a different gallery at WVU from Sally Deskins at The Nutting Gallery, who said, "I found your stellar artwork on the Tamarack website." (And for those of you who aren't aware or familiar with Tamarack in Beckley, check it out at www.Tamarackwv.com- or better yet -go visit- what a treasure!!)

"I am curating a contemporary glass show of WV artists this winter/fall November 2016-February 2017 in WVU's Nutting Gallery inside the Alumni Center, in conjunction with the History of WV glass exhibit in the Watts Museum. There will be a reception and perhaps an art talk. I will write an essay to complement the exhibit and there will be wall panels with information on each artist."

Elizabeth will be participating in the Mountain MD Studio Tour Oct. 22-23, and 29-30 hosted by Arnold d'Epagnier, Fine Furniture maker at 302 N. Centre Street, Cumberland MD 301-384-3201, and The Hampshire Highlands Studio Tour and Art Sale at Capon Bridge Community Center Nov. 11-12-13.

Annual Hampshire Highlands Studio Tour Nov 11-13

The Hampshire Highlands Studio Tour is an annual event held in mid-November in Hampshire County, West Virginia, which showcases local artists and artisans, inviting visitors to tour the artists' studios and view the creative process. Visitors and artists have the unique opportunity to interact in the artists' creative environment. November is a lovely time to visit the Hampshire Highlands and a perfect time to find unique art gifts for the holidays.

Like and follow the Hampshire Highlands Studio Tour's Facebook Page for updates.

Hampshire Highlands Studio Tour brochure outside

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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.

Beginning Beading LoomWorkshop: October 8 from 9:30AM until 12:30PM at the Hampshire Co-op, 56 S. Marsham Street, Romney. Must be able to see small objects. Class size limited to 6. Will have wait list and possible additional classes. The fee for materials and co op use is $20. Instructor is Denise Huard, contact her for details and registration (304 359 3288). You can also register online at adultworkshops@hampshirearts.org.

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.

October 6 meeting will take place at: Hampshire County Public Library, 153 W Main St, Romney, WV

November 3 meeting will be held at: Capon Bridge Public Library, 2987 Northwestern Pike, Capon Bridge WV