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We're turning 21 -- Save the Date!
Saturday, March 29th, 6PM
The Hampshire County Arts Council is coming of age--we're turning 21 this year and want you to help us celebrate!
This year we invite the public to join the fun with a live auction and party music by Phineas Rolls!
Auction items can be just about anything: a work of art—one of yours or someone else's, art supplies, a cake or pie, a weekend get-away, a gift certificate. Recycle that gift you got for Christmas, or anything else you may be ready to send to a new home. Offer a service you provide—good free advertising! Think outside the box—a bag of birdseed, a class, a gift basket, a tool. Donations for the auction are tax deductible! All proceeds go to support the Arts Council of Hampshire County, and make things like Arts Camp (June 22-29 at WVSDB) and among other things, our wonderful music programs, possible! Bring donations to the annual meeting (please come 15 minutes early) or drop off donations at one of the regular board meetings on the first Tuesday of the month (7PM March 4, at 4Bs Pizza in Augusta). If you would like to make a donation, but can't deliver, contact Liz Braun to make arrangements. (304-492-5647 email@example.com).
Whether you make a donation or not, we hope to see you at this gala event, featuring Phineas Rolls, a fun band that plays old-school rock and roll from legendary Masters of the guitar era. .and delicious food
Next Concert: Saturday, April 5, 2014 7:30PM
The Bottling Works, 426 E. Main St., Romney, WV
Touted by the New York Concert Review as having, "...a focused sound at all dynamic levels, beautiful phrasing, a perfect balance among the instruments.", Cuarteto Rústico is a string quartet comprised of artists with Latin American roots. Originally from Chile, Colombia, Puerto Rico and New York, Cuarteto Rústico's primary mission is to promote the origins, history, and culture of the Americas through music.
Programs include classical and Latin American works originally written or arranged for string quartet. One of Cuarteto Rústico's current projects is to research and perform lesser known Latin American works originally written for string quartet.
While performing works by composers from the Americas and Europe is a substantial part of Cuarteto Rústico's repertoire, folk music and popular music from the Americas is at the heart of our programs.
Rústico (rustic) refers to a return to the most basic elements of nature in painting, poetry, letters, culinary arts, fashion, philosophy, and science, as well as music. It reflects a simple way of living, the absence of time, rush or haste.
In the visual arts, the rústico style is most often represented in landscape painting of the simple elements that exist in the countryside. The painter purposely leaves a noticeable brush mark in the canvas to re-create a rustic, uneven look. In music, rústico elements appear in various time periods in the works of many composers; Vivaldi, Haydn, Bartók, Gorecki, and Ginastera all use elements of folklore such as common songs and folk rhythms in their works. Cuarteto Rústico is a string quartet that enjoys emphasizing the rustic/rústico elements especially when they are encountered in classical and Latin American music.
"Many string quartets strive for a consistently blended, homogeneous sound, and when a homophonic texture called for it, we heard such a sound from Cuarteto Rústico. But what I liked most about the quartet's playing was that each instrument retained its own color, making crystal clear the polyphonic web which was present in so much to tonight's music." - Harry Saltzman, New York Concert Review
This concert is made possible with sponsorship from Augusta Animal Hospital, FNB Romney, GFWC Romney, member Patricia Taylor, 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.
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:
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
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.
Ice Mountain Writers
Due to the weather and difficult roads, the January meeting has been cancelled. The group plans to meet again in February and will announce the date and time soon. For info contact Dreama Frisk at
Studio Tour Page
The 7th Annual Hampshire Highlands Studio Tour took place Nov. 15-17. Click here to see the participating artists.