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.

Summer Art Gathering Flier (jpg image 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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Summer Arts Gathering at Mill Meadow
Saturday, Aug. 8, 1-4PM

Mill Meadow Farm, 27435 Northwestern Pike (Rt. 50)
Art on the porch at Mill Meadow

All those interested in the arts as either participants or patrons are invited to come meet others and share your interests. Artists, photographers, musicians, singers, dancers, actors, writers -- bring your materials, instruments, cameras, scripts, voices, and sketch, photograph, jam on the porch, sit under a tree and exchange ideas and camaradarie. Rain or shine. Bring a lawn chair. Activities will be available for children, and light refreshments. Info Charlie Snead 304-298-3039 or Robin Pancake 304-822-5663. Click for a Flier to print and share

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.


Arts Gathering at Mill Meadow Saturday, August 8

On Saturday, August 8 from 1 to 4PM, all those interested in the arts as participants or patrons are invited to come meet others in a gathering at Mill Meadow, home of director Robin Pancake.. Artists, photographers, musicians, singers, dancers, actors, writers: bring your paints, pencils, cameras, instruments, scripts, voices, etc. and sketch, photograph, jam on the porch, or just sit under a tree and exchange ideas. The lovely setting along the South Branch of the Potomac is just west of Romney at 27435 Northwestern Pike (Rt. 50).

Rain or shine, bring a lawn chair. Activitites will be organized for children and light refreshments provided. For info call Charlie Snead at 304-298-3039 or Robin Pancake at 304-822-5663.

Calling all Writers to Ice Mountain Writers Thursday, August 20

The Hampshire County Arts Council is looking to revitalize the Ice Mountain Writers group. All writers of poetry, prose, songs, blogs, screen plays, theatre scripts, journals and more who would like to participate in a writers' group are invited to come to the Hampshire County Library on Main Street in Romney WV on Thursday, August 20at 5:30 pm. Regularly gathering third Thursday each month.

Those who gathered in July did "Found" poetry - and it was interesting how some of us found so much more than others! And then we shared writings we had been working on.

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). Anyone interested who cannot attend or who would like more information, please call 304-834-8369 or email write[at]HampshireArts.org.

New 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.

Paintings by Linda Landis at Bank of Romney.

Paintings by  Linda Landis at Hampshire County Public Library

New Directors Elected to the Board, Meeting Locations Change

At the March 28 Annual Meeting of Members four directors were elected to serve on the board of directors: Dale Brady, Larry Manning, Charles Snead, and Joanne Snead. Officers will be elected within the board at the April 7 meeting at 6PM. At the April board meeting officers for the coming year were elected: Charles Snead president, Ken Caldwell vice president, Nadine Miller secretary, and Shari Gallery treasurer.

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