Hampshire County Arts Council

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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.

June 21 Free Concert Flyer jpg format


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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Tickets for Coming Concerts thru Paypal

Next Concert: Sunday, June 21 5PM
The Potomac Center, 1 Blue St., Romney, WV

TarabRaqs belly dancer with musicians

Join us on Fathers' Day for an exciting performance, but a relaxing end to the day--bring along a blanket, beach towel or lawn chairs to spread out on the lawn. TarabRaqs effortlessly fuses the foreign with the familiar to emerge with a passionate performance that redefines world music.
      With roots in West Virginia and spirit in the Middle East, the four-member family band throws down the gauntlet to stereotypes and rocks the audience with their jazz-inspired improvisation on traditional Eastern music spiced with belly dance.
       Bob Peake and Jensuya first felt the sparks of interest in Middle Eastern music in Tunisia in 1994 during a 4-year global bicycle tour. While being hosted by a village family, Jensuya was adorned in traditional costume, then she and Bob were paraded by the family through the neighborhood. They paused in front of a music shop, mesmerized by the mysterious sounds of Tunisian singer Amina blaring from the speakers.       "Our music and dance are from the region known as the crossroads of the east and west. The traditions are both ancient and new because the spirit of these arts is to improvise…to bring to the performance both tradition and what is happening now.
      This concert is made possible with sponsorship by The Bank of Romney.
       The Hampshire County Arts Council welcomes persons with disabilities at all its activities.To request accessibility services to participate, please contact 304-703-1350 or performances@hampshirearts.org in advance and we will do our best to accommodate. WV Relay Operator for information on performances: 711-496-8002

Click to read more about the performers


Calling all Writers to Ice Mountain Writers Thursday, June 18

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, June 18 at 5:30 pm.

Those who gathered in May explored possibilities in terms of activities, and decided on third Thursdays for monthly meetings. 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.

Art Camp 2015 Schedule & Registration Info

Summer Arts Camp 2015 will be at WVSDB June 22-26 in another great collaboration with the WV Schools for the Deaf and Blind. More instructors, expanded age range, and a full schedule of all different kinds of arts activities from writing poetry, drama, Middle Eastern music and dance, to making barn quilts! Visit the Camp page for registration info and full details. Or contact Joanne Snead at 304-298-3039 or via email camp@HampshireArts.org Slots are limited, so be sure to register your camper(s) soon.


New Exhibits at Romney Banks & Hampshire Public Library

Photography by Michael Anderson is on display at FNB Romney's Rosemary Lane office, Stained Glass by Robin Pancake is displayed at FNB Romney's Hampshire Square branch.

Exhibited work by Michael Anderson

Members of the HCAC Photography Group have works upstairs at the Hampshire County Public Library.

Photography by Darla Cook is on exhibit at The Bank of Romney on Main St.

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

HAMS Share Dr. Seuss at Local Schools and Libraries

Charles Snead and Steve Wilson in Eggs and Ham
Charles Snead and Steve Wilson performed Green Eggs and Ham.

Click to watch the May 8th performance at the Hampshire County Public Library.

Dr Seuss reading by Steve Wilson and Page Tighe.