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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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Time for the Annual Hampshire Highlands Studio Tour

Have you made your plans yet for this year's Studio Tour? The brochures with descriptions of the 11 participating artists and a map to the 6 locations where they will be can be picked up in various places around the county and region. Or you can view jpeg versions of it here -- click here to see the outside of the brochure and click here to see the inside of the brochure with the map.

Next Event: Saturday, Nov. 14 7:30PM
Soldier Come Home and a Salute to Our Veterans
he Bottling Works, 426 E. Main St., Romney, WV

Tickets will be available only at the door.


Exhibits at Romney Banks

Recent paintings by Karen Garel are on display at FNB Romney main and Sunrise branches through December 4

Exhibit by Sibyl MacKenzie at FNB Romney

Barbie Hillenbrand's work is on display at The Bank of Romney's main office on Main St. through December 4.

Exhibit by Barbie Hillenbrand, Bank of Romney

Calling all Writers to Ice Mountain Writers Thursday, November 19

The Hampshire County Arts Council's Ice Mountain Writers group welcomes all writers of poetry, prose, songs, blogs, screen plays, theatre scripts, journals and more, at the Hampshire County Library on Main Street in Romney WV on Thursday, November 19 at 5:30 pm. Regularly gathering third Thursday each month.

Leenie Hobbie was among those at the August session and she reported on her Facebook page: "Last night I went to my first writers' group meeting I've attended since I was in my early 20's. I was a little nervous and I definitely didn't take anything to read/share, just like the first time I attended a writers' group gathering over three decades ago. I won't go on and on. I've already done that in my 'morning pages.' But there was one refreshing thing that I had totally forgotten about, that is probably the core value of being part of a writers' group. It has renewed and deeper meaning for me now in this age of social media. When someone reads/shares something they've written we all listen...deeply...respectfully. There is no critiquing and certainly no defensive reacting. There was a wide range of perspectives on life, religion, politics, and more, but we all listened to the pieces prepared and courageously shared. When each reader finished we all THANKED them for sharing. Sometimes we asked a question...about a word choice or the voice chosen, never the stance. That is not what a writers' group is about. We might express what we particularly liked or found effective about a piece. Some pieces startled me with their brilliance, some surprised me with their refreshing word choice, some gave me a completely new perspective I'd never have found inside my own head or journals. But I enjoyed every single piece read. I could tell that in some way it mattered to the writer and they had taken great care to express something important within them. This great care is not something I encounter often in this modern text-speak world of 24/7 lackadaisical communication that can't even be bothered to punch a button to insert a period every now and then. What a refreshing pause a writing group can be in this tumbling forward world."

The group does writing prompts for inspiration, shares what they have written and meets 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). Anyonewho would like more information, please call 304-834-8369 or email write[at]HampshireArts.org.

Board Meeting Times & Locations Changes

As of November the Hampshire County Arts Council's monthly Planning Meetings have changed to first Thursdays at 1PM. The board will alternate meeting 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.

December 3, February 4, April 7, June 2, August 4, and October 6 meetings will take place at: Hampshire County Public Library, 153 W Main St, Romney, WV

January 7, March 3, May 5, July 7, September 1, and November 3 meetings will be held at: Capon Bridge Public Library, 2987 Northwestern Pike, Capon Bridge WV

2016 Fine Art Show Will Move to May

Just a heads up! Plans are already in the works for the next Fine Art Show and it will move to spring in 2016, so get to work all you visual artists! Details to come.