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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.

HELP WANTED

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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Next Concert: Saturday, April 18 7:30PM
An Evening of the Blues with Andy Cohen and Eleanor Ellis
The Bottling Works, 426 E. Main St., Romney, WV

Eleanor Ellis with guitar

Eleanor previously impressed HCAC's audience on stage as pa rt of the Rich Franklin Trio in February 2011. We're pleased to bring her back with another great blues musician, Andy Cohen.

Andy Cohen with guitar

When blues musicians Andy Cohen and Eleanor Ellis play together, it is with the familiarity of old friends. That easy spontaneity comes from their familiarity with a range of material from all over the South, and with each other. They are recorded together on the Riverlark CD Preachin' in the Wilderness, along with musician William Lee Ellis.

Andy is a showman and a consummate musician who learned his craft by traveling and playing with such blues legends as Reverend Gary Davis, John Jackson and Honeyboy Edwards. He plays a mean guitar as well as piano, dulceola and sometimes autoharp; the blues, gospel and ragtime he plays is energetic, often humorous, and has been described as a mix of "the well known, the obscure, and the weirdly wonderful." He has been the director of several folk festivals, and carries on the tradition by teaching and by creating places for Blues and Gospel players of several successive generations to play

A versatile fingerpicking guitarist and expressive singer, blues musician and Louisiana native Eleanor Ellis has traveled and played with the late gospel street singer Flora Molton and Piedmont bluesman Archie Edwards, and sometimes accompanied Delta blues great Eugene Powell. A founding member of the DC Blues Society and the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation, she has written about the blues for several publications, teaches guitar, and is producer of the video documentary Blues Houseparty, featuring well-known Piedmont blues musicians. Her music has been described as "distinctive and personal...beautifully sung and thoroughly believeable."

Admission to the concert is $15 ($13 for HCAC members, under 17 free.) Advance tickets may be purchased online at http://www.HampshireArts.org/tickets.html or at the Hampshire County Visitor Center in Taggart Hall, 91 S. High St., Wednesday noon to 5PM, Thursday through Saturday 9AM to 5PM. Advanced ticket holders have seats reserved at the front in order purchased.

This concert is made possible with sponsorship by FNB Romney, Charles & Joanne Snead, GFWCRomney, and an anonymous member.

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

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UPDATES

Art Camp 2015 Schedule & Registration Info Is Now Up!

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 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.

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


 

Redneck Rhyming Readin's for Valentine's Day
was a Big Hit!

HAMS Redneck Rhyming participants

Hampshire Actors and Makers of Shows--HAMS!

Thursday, April 2- Next meeting HAMS (Hampshire Actors and Makers of Shows) - First Baptist Church Romney WV 6 pm - meets twice monthly (first Thursday and third Monday) to brainstorm productions and also do scene and improv work and much more - contact Dale Brady 304-834-8369 or email theater[at]HampshireArts.org - public welcome - no experience necessary.

At the meetings, the group reads scripts and poems, studying scenes and acting and exploring the world of improv. Also, a brainstorming session is held about what can be done while building the group into an acting troupe that can perform plays. As part of its mission of outreach and education, the group is looking at how to take theatre to the schools and other venues and perform fundraisers for good causes.

The group invites anyone interested to come and share thoughts about what a theatre could be and what having one would mean to this area. Actors and audiences, techies and designers, writers and listeners, directors and poets, singers, musicians, dancers - it takes all of these and more to get "from the page to the stage!"
Bring your supper if you like and join us!!!!

For information call Dale Brady at 304-834-8369 or email
theater[at]HampshireArts.org

Mark Your Calendar for Concert Season Dates & Performers
April 18, 2015 Saturday -- Blues with Andy Cohen & Eleanor Ellis
May 1, 2015 Friday**Date changed--Ralph Gordon, Alexander Mitchell & Michael G. Ronstadt
June 21, 2015 Sunday -- Middle Eastern Music & Dance with TarabRaqs