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.

You Can Help

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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.

Art Smorgasbord April 2

Cabin Jammers Concert April 9

Summer Art Camp


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 for quarterly editions. Contact Charles Snead at 304-298-3039

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.

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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Aurora Celtic Performs May 14
Aurora Celtic
From the hills of West Virginia, Aurora Celtic plays evocative, original and traditional music for guitar, fiddle, Irish flute, whistle, mandolin and tenor banjo that bridges the cultures of Scotland, Ireland and Appalachia. Aurora Celtic will play at The Bottling Works, 426 East Main Street Romney WV, Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 7:30 pm.

For more information on the band go to http://www.auroracelticmusic.com/

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased on-line or at the door. ($13 for HCAC members, 17 and under free)

For more information, call 304-834-8369 or email music[at]HampshireArts.org

Speaking Our Experience

Women's Voices, a new project of the Hampshire Actors and Makers of Shows (HAMS) and the Hampshire County Arts Council (HCAC), debuted Saturday April 23 with a reading of Speaking our Experience. The cast of seven presented a collection of writings from books, plays, poems and miscellaneous sources by, for and about women.
The cast of Speaking Our Experience


Calling all Artists!

The Hampshire County Arts Council is pleased to announce the Spring Fine Arts Show will be held May 13 - June 4 at the Hampshire County Public Library, 153 W. Main St., Romney.  Open to all adult artists, the event seeks to recognize the outstanding quality and diversity of art being created in West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland. 

Three cash awards will be presented at the opening reception to be held May 13 from 5:3 -7:30 pm at the Library; $250 for Best in Show, $125 for 2nd place (the Vincent Melzac Memorial Award), and $75 for 3rd place. Honorable Mention ribbon(s) will be awarded at the discretion of the judge and HCAC.

For details and entry information, click here.

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.

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