Hampshire County Arts Council

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The Hampshire County Arts Council sincerely thanks our faithful sponsors whose contributions allow us to offer the community many events each year.

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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.

Hampshire Highlands Studio Tour Brochure outside

Studio Tour brochure inside


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

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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Artists Sought for the 2017 Spring Fine Arts Show

Calling all Artists! The Hampshire County Arts Council is pleased to announce the Spring Fine Arts Show to be held March 6 - 24 at the Hampshire County Public Library, Romney. Open to all adult artists, the event seeks to recognize the outstanding quality and diversity of art being created in West Virginia and the surrounding states.

We are extremely excited to have Steve Cassle from Tamarack as our judge for the 2017 Spring Fine Arts Show. Not only will we benefit from his extensive experience and knowledge in the Arts as our judge, but the talents of our artists will be on display for his enjoyment and inspection. Steve is the Product Development Coordinator for Tamarack in Beckley, West Virginia involved with the planning, coordination, and implementation of jury sessions for Tamarack. He currently also serves on the Mountain State Art and Craft Fair Board of Directors. He has over forty years' experience as a full time working artist since 1973. His talent and originality earned him the Tamarack Artist of the Year in 2004 and the West Virginia Juried Exhibition Award of Merit in 1987.

Three cash awards will be presented at the opening reception to be held March 10 from 5:30 - 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.Entries in 2016 Spring Fine Art Show

The entry fee is $20 for HCAC members and $30 for non-members, which allows the artist to enter up to 3 items. Work should be brought to the library Saturday, March 4, between 10:30 am and 3 pm. All art must be original work created on or after January 1, 2015 and not exceed the size limitations outlined in the Call for Entries.

Click for a Call for Entries pdf with full details. Click for Entry form

The Call for Entries, which outlines all guidelines and timeframes, and the entry form, will also be available at the library and other places around the County.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend the free reception, meet the artists, and to view the art work throughout the show. Most art will be available for purchase directly from the artist. Contact Charlie Snead at visualarts@hampshirearts.org or call at 304-298-3039 for more information.



Adult Art Workshops

Want to try something new? Check out the series of adult workshops designed to introduce and explore subjects you "have always wanted to try." Check back often to see what is coming next. Also check out the HCAC Adult Workshops Facebook page.

Denise Huard, contact her for details and registration (304 359 3288). You can also register online at adultworkshops@hampshirearts.org.

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.

February 2 meeting will take place at: Hampshire County Public Library, 153 W Main St, Romney, WV

January 5 meeting will be held at: Capon Bridge Public Library, 2987 Northwestern Pike, Capon Bridge WV