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Hampshire County Arts Council Adventures In The Arts Summer Art Camp sign-ups are now open. June 22-26, Mon-Thur 9AM-4:30PM, Fri 9AM-1:30PM at WV Schools for the Deaf & the Blind, Romney. Click for details. Questions call Joanne Snead 304-298-3039 For students with a genuine interest in the arts, age 8 (entering 3rd grade) to graduating seniors. An enriching adventure that will engage children in exciting art activities in this action-packed week.  For many this will be a first-time experience in some of the art forms offered and perhaps the catalyst for a passion for a new hobby or launching a budding career.  Glass crafts, wire sculptures, painting with acrylics and watercolors, collages, pencil drawing, singing and song writing, poetry, alpaca fiber, pottery, drawing techniques, weaving, music relaxation, drum circle, various musical instruments exposure, theatrical arts and improvisation, 3-D art, drama, literature, dance, paper mache, making string instruments, music teams and more. Our instructors, working with staff from WVSDB, are distinguished local artists as well as some from out of state who donate their time and expertise to make this an educational and fun-filled camp.  

Apr 24 & 25 Fri & Sat
Here We Go Again Billy Wayne Concert Romney, WV7PM Hampshire High School Auditorium.Free. Info Dale Myers 843-995-0923 or 304-496-1127 www.cbcromney.org www.billywayne.net

HAMS National Poetry Month Poetry Reading Romney, WV 1-3 pm at the Hampshire Country Public Library, Main Street. For more info 304-834-8369 or email theatre@hampshirearts.org.
National Poetry Month, celebrated in April, was inaugurated in 1996 by the American Academy of Poets and every year sees events large and small scheduled across the country. The HAMS (Hampshire Actors and Makers of Shows) and the Friends of the Hampshire County Library are inviting the public to join them for a Poetry Reading in celebration of local voices. This is an opportunity for poets of all ages to read their original works - whether beginning poets or published - and for those who are lovers of poetry to read works by their favorite authors (from any time and any place). This is event is free and audience as well as poets are welcome to attend. The HAMS and the Friends most recently hosted a Valentine's Day Poetry reading and was excited to meet so many local writers and is hoping for even more at this event. For inf on the Academy and their events, go to www.poets.org.

May 1 Fri
HCAC Spring Concert: Ronstadt, Mitchell & GordonRomney, WV 7:30PM the Bottling Works, 426 E. Main St. $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.

Michael G. Ronstadt, Alexander Mitchell and Ralph Gordon

For the past 7 years, Alexander Mitchell (fiddle/mandolin/voice), Michael G. Ronstadt (cello/guitar/voice), and Ralph Gordon (bass/cello) have performed together each July at the Common Ground On The Hill Music Festival. All three are true genre-bending multi-instrumentalists, whose diverse backgrounds span through and beyond the unexpected. Each is in demand on stage with a variety of groups as well as in the studio. Together their versatility results in musical magic.
       With these three, you will hear a delightful presentation of traditional folk music and original tunes primarily as a fiddle, cello, and bass trio. Sprinkled through their performances are also tastes of Klezmer, Appalachian, bluegrass, celtic, traditional roots and Americana, swing, and classical music.
       Ralph's "playing is more sophisticated and technically accomplished than the next 10 string players of any sort and he uses his instruments to subtly ground, stabilize, and inspire the rest of the ensemble as they pursue their experimentations" (Charleston Post Courier).
       The Tucson Citizen noted Michael's "—amazing command of the typical and exotic sounds of the cello, a true virtuoso and a man of instinctive musicality." In addition to touring internationally with his family trio, Ronstadt Generations, Michael has performed on stage with David Bromberg, Linda Ronstadt, Muriel Anderson, and Craig Bickhardt.
      Among Alexander's noteworthy career highlights are: a national tour of Woodie Guthrie's American Song with the Missouri Repertory Theatre, played for and appeared in Ted Turner's movie, "Gettysburg", The Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, Lisner Auditorium for the "Revels", the Birchmere, Weinberg Center and the Strathmore.
       This concert is made possible with sponsorship by Augusta Animal Hospital, FNB Romney, 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

May 4 Mon
HCAC Photography Group Meeting: Focus Theme: Wildlife Romney, WV 10-11:30AM 2nd Floor Hampshire County Public Library, Info Sandra Patterson 304-496-7345 All photography enthusiasts are welcome to meet to share their work, share pointers, seek advice. May focus: Trees; June focus: close-ups

May 5 Tues
Hampshire County Arts Council Planning Meeting Capon Bridge WV 6PM Capon Bridge Public Library, Rt. 50. This monthly planning session is open to all with interest in helping make more arts opportunities happen in Hampshire County. Contact Charles Snead 304-298-3039

May 16 Sat
Cindy Kallet & Grey Larsen House Concert PawPaw, WV 7:30-9:30 PM Critton Owl Hollow Rd. at the home of Sam & Joe Herrmann. Call or email for directions if needed samjoe@juno.com (304) 947-7314. Email: . $12 suggested donation, BYOB and snacks for sharing at the pre-concert "cocktail" hour @ 6:30. Concert begins at 7:30. http://greylarsen.com/concerts/kallet-larsen/
Individually well-known and loved for their decades of music making, Cindy and Grey have been performing together since 2004. Cindy is a superb singer, guitarist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Grey is one of America's finest players of the Irish flute and tin whistle, as well as an accomplished singer and concertina, fiddle, piano and harmonium player. As composers each has contributed to the tapestry of contemporary folk and world music as it flourishes in America today. Their songs and tunes are woven with vibrant color and rich texture.

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Wheelchair accessibility symbol The Hampshire County Arts Council welcomes persons with disabilities at all of its activities.
To request accessibility services to participate, please contact 304-496-8002 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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This Week In The Region

Music at The Purple Fiddle, Thomas, WV 21 East Ave 304-463-4040 thepurplefiddle@gmail.com

Apr 24-26
Spring Mountain Festival Petersburg, WV Tri-County Fairgrounds www.gowv.com Music Sat. 5PM Maysville Express (bluegrass), 6:30PM Juicy from Charleston, Sun 12:30PM Short Mountain Boys (gospel/bluegrass), 2PM Hillbilly Gypsies (bluegrass/Americana)

Albert Mach Best of Show Photography Display Petersburg, WV Fri 1-6 PM, Sat 9 AM-6 PM, Sun 1-5 PM. Landes Arts Center, Mountain View St.

April 24 Fri
Modern Trends in Photography Talk Cumberland, MD 6-8PM Allegany Arts Council, Saville Gallery, 9 N. Centre St. Enjoy a talk about modern trends in photograph with Robert Hein of Frostburg State University. Free and open to the public. free and open to everyone, and complimentary copies of the 2015 Backbone Mountain Review will be available at no charge during the event.

The Frostburg State University Department of Music presents its Brass Ensemble Frostburg, MD 7:30 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center. Free. The Ensemble will perform David Moore's "The Calling," Tylman Susato's "Renaissance Dances," John Rutter's "What Sweeter Music," Wilke Renwick's "Dance," John Cheetham's "Scherzo," Johann Pezel's "Sonata Number 2," John Tavener's "The Lamb" and Gustav Holst's "Second Military Suite in F." For more info Department of Music 301-687-4109.

April 25 Sat
The Hello Strangers, with Savannah Valentino opening Shepherdstown, WV Shepherdstown Opera House , 131 W. German St. http://www.operahouselive.com The Hello Strangers is an Austin-influenced, rural-Pennsylvanian, indie sister-folk sister duo comprised of Larissa Chace Smith and Brechyn Chace, whose haunting harmonies and original, wittingly noir songwriting style are the backbone of their sound. Besides from vocals Brechyn plays tambourine, harmonica, and accordion and Larissa plays rhythm guitar. They are joined by Tom Hoy on bass, Spencer Pheil on lead guitar and Trent Renshaw on drums. Valentino is one of the country's rising young songwriters.

Capstone Exhibit: My Imagination Sculpture by Michael R. Maranda Shepherdstown, WV 1-7PM The Loft on the 2nd Floor of Shepherdstown Opera House , 131 W. German St. Artist/sculptor whose works merge imagination and love of historical artifacts with contemporary ideas to achieve a unique artistic presence. The exhibition will display a body of work entitled: My Imagination, which employs a wide range of reutilized materials to produce diverse textures and designs. His art evokes a narration that explores the diverse human histories and allows the viewers to see the world through an alternative eye. The series includes various sculpture works from large installations to smaller intimate pieces.

Harvest Hill Bluegrass Band Ft. Ashby Community Center 7PM $5 Traditional and bluegrass music.

April 24-25 Fri-Sat
United Bank: Bloomin' Wine Fest Winchester, VA Fri 3-10 pm - Sat 11am-6 pm Old Town Winchester.
live entertainment, great food, Virginia wines, and wonderful company all weekend long, and join us to Official kick-off of the 88th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival. $25 one-day, $40 two-day pass, at the gate. 14 music performances on 3 stages. Rock, folk, R&B, blues and more. http://thebloom.com/bloomin-wine-fest/

April 26 Sun
The Frostburg State University Chamber and Alumni Choirs annual Spring Concert 3 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU's Performing Arts Center. The concert is free and open to the public. The concert, led by director Dr. Karen Soderberg-Sarnaker and assistant conductor Dr. Sean Beachy, will feature music performed during the Chamber Choir's March tour of Italy, and will highlight the U.S. premieres of "Sanctus" by Beachy and "Madrigale Mille" by Italian composer Manolo da Rold. Chamber Choir alumni will join in performing Eleanor Daley's "Grandmother Moon" and Z. Randall Stroope's "Winter," performed in honor of their beloved accompanist, the late Betty Jane Phillips. Caldwell and Ivory's "Ask the Watchman" will feature alumni Arnold McNeal and Andre Wilson. For info Department of Music 301-687-4109 or visit www.frostburg.edu/music.

Apr 29 Wed
Apple Blossom's Got Talent! Finals Winchester, VA Bright Box Theater, 15 N. Loudoun St. (540) 665-2878 www.brightboxwinchester.com $ Advance tickets 1-800-838-3006

May 2 Sat
Independent Bookstore Day Winchester, VA The Winchester Book Gallery, 185 N. Loudoun St. 540-667-3444 http://www.WinchesterBookGallery.com

M.H. & His Orchestra Winchester, VA Bright Box Theater, 15 N. Loudoun St. (540) 665-2878 www.brightboxwinchester.com $ Advance tickets 1-800-838-3006 Known for their explosive live performances, orchestral-pop indie rockers M.H. & His Orchestra fuses danceable perfection, sweeping strings, and blasting horns. Stretching across genres, they give nods to old school R&B, Calypso, Latin, and century-spanning Western Pop music. In other words, this ain't your grandpa's orchestra!

Tickets on Sale: WVU Arts & Entertainment 800-745-3000 May 3 Ramsey Lewis & John Pizzarelli in The Nat King Cole Tribute, Straighten Up and Fly Right. a tribute to the titan of fifties vocal pop - Nat King Cole - that includes not only his hits but also those singular tracks of sophisticated cool jazz that have influenced their own careers. The Seattle Times calls Pizzarelli "a master of Nat King Cole." Jazz legend, pianist and composer, Ramsey Lewis has three Grammy Awards and seven Gold records to his credit.

May 1-3
Sleepy Creek Spring Dig Music & Arts Festival Berkeley Springs, WV $50 advance, $75 day of Show 20 bands. Sleepy Creek Campground. www.SleepyCreekPresents.com

May 3 Sun
The Cash Express presents "The Johnny & June Show" Winchester, VA Bright Box Theater, 15 N. Loudoun St. (540) 665-2878 www.brightboxwinchester.com $ Advance tickets 1-800-838-3006 A Johnny Cash tribute band, playing a "Cash" mix of rock-a-billy, old country, blues and traditional hits.

Tickets on Sale for Cirque du Soleil: KOOZA in Pittsburgh, PA starting August 26 KOOZA, a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil. The show combines two circus traditions — acrobatic performance and the art of clowning. Between strength and fragility, laughter and smiles, turmoil and harmony, KOOZA explores themes of fear, identity, recognition and power. The show is set in an electrifying and exotic visual world full of surprises, thrills, chills, audacity and total involvement. As a patron of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, you get access to a special pre-sale and to early-bird prices. Click here for more info on the show, dates and tickets.

For information about music events in Winchester, VA, visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blind-Faith-Enterprises/119929881358174

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Also In The Region

Ongoing

April 25-May 10
25th Annual Art At The Mill Exhibi Millwood , VA Burwell Morgan Mil info .540-955-2600 $5 general admission $3 seniors. 12 and under free. http://www.clarkehistory.org/art-at-the-mill.html Monday-Thursday 10-5, Friday - Saturday 10-6, Sunday from 11-5. 800 art works.

ARTVOICE WV is an ongoing series of videos featuring local artists of all stripes created by 78 Degrees West Films. Check them out on www.macicehouse.org.

For more music and arts information in the Shenandoah Valley, check out: www.shenandoahmusic.com and www.americanarhythm.com/

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Classes, Workshops & Such

HAMS (Hampshire Actors and Makers of Shows) Romney WV 6 pm - First Baptist Church, West Main St. The group meets twice monthly (first Thursday and third Monday) to brainstorm productions and do scene and improv work and more - contact Dale Brady 304-834-8369 (theatre@hampshirearts.org) - public welcome - no experience necessary - see hampshirearts.org for updates

Hampshire County Photography Interest Group has established a Facebook page to help showcase participants' images and share information. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hampshire-County-Photography-Interest-Group/1512980688978711

April 21, and 28, Tuesdays 1PM- 4PM
Open Studio With Judith Becker Martinsburg, WV Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen St. Tuition$80 for the four sessions. Pre-registration is required. For details and online registration information visit http://artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/openstudio/. For more information email berkeleyartswv@gmail.com or call 304-620-7277. Whether you're working in watercolor, acrylics, pastels, oil, or some combination, artists of all skill levels are invited to come in and enjoy a social and collaborative atmosphere where you can strengthen your skills or try new ideas or techniques with one of our experienced instructors available to provide individualized coaching and guidance. While this is not a formal instruction program, it's a great opportunity to continue to practice what you have learned in other classes, revitalize those rusty skills, get some help with a stubborn composition, or just take the time for yourself to focus on your artwork with fewer distractions and some expert advice!

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Opportunities (to Enter, Audition, Exhibit, etc.)

Nov 13-15 Fri-Sun (Sign-ups now)
Hampshire Highlands Studio Tour Artists who would like to participate in the Hampshire Highlands Studio Tour need to be a resident of Hampshire County or a neighboring County and show in Hampshire County during the Tour weekend. Artists need to complete and submit the HHST Artist Agreement (pdf file—open in a pdf viewer or browser and print), the HCAC Membership Form, and pay a participation fee of $55 (+ $15 to join HCAC if you are not already a member). For further info contact studiotour@HampshireArts.org or call Melissa Snell, HHST Coordinator, at 703-772-5536

The Fort Edwards Foundation in Capon Bridge, WV, is seeking artists/artisans whose art forms are compatible with the colonial era to participate in events at the Fort Edwards Visitor Center during summer/fall 2015. For info contact markjones@fortedwards.org.

Exhibit Your Visual Art in Local Banks
Bank of Romney and FNB Romney (downtown and Sunrise Summit) have partnered with Hampshire County Arts Council to exhibit work by HCAC member artists on an ongoing basis. Every 6 weeks three visual artists hang their work on the professional quality Walker Display System in one of the banks. Six weeks later, another 3 artists display their work. Get local exposure in secure, climate-controlled, high-traffic environment, and sometimes sell a piece or two. The banks like it because it draws people in and customers spend more time in the bank. They often publicize the exhibits in their Hampshire Review ads and Facebook pages. If you have not yet taken advantage of this opportunity to exhibit your art but would like to, please send an email to HCAC board member Ken Caldwell (639KLC@gmail.com), who is coordinating this program. He can answer any questions and help arrange your first bank exhibit. Bank of Romney's Sunrise Branch has also asked to participate, so we'll be needing a fourth artist.

May 16
Calling All Artists: Participate free in The Frostburg Festival of the Arts, a celebration of Frostburg's vibrant Arts & Entertainment District. Artists of all types are invited to join in the festivities in Frostburg on May 16. There will be both indoor and outdoor spaces for artists to perform, sell their art, or promote themselves. The indoor space is at City Place on Water Street. Artists will also be featured at various businesses to create an Arts Walk atmosphere on Main Street.No charge for artists to participate and there will be prizes for artists who have the most creative presentations. To participate, please contact Christine Werner at 301-689-6900 or frostburgfirst@gmail.com.

Deadline July 1
16th Annual Wills Creek Exhibition 2015 "One Cubed" now open for entries. This national juried competition brings an ever-changing, always exciting show of cutting edge contemporary art right here to Allegany County. The theme of this year's show is "One-Cubed." If your art can fit within a 1 foot x 1 foot x 1 foot space, then it will fit in the show! Submit entries through the CaFE online digital entry system by July 1. The jurors are Amanda Jirón-Murphy, Director of the Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington, DC, and Jessica Beck, Assistant Curator of the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. Projected awards of over $3,000. Start to plan your entries now. Opening Reception and Award Ceremony will be at the Saville Gallery Saturday, September 12, 6- 8 pm. For more info click here.

Entries Accepted June 22-Aug 7
WV 2015 Juried Exhibition Prospectus online at http://www.wvculture.org

Deadline: May 1
The Artist's Magazine's Annual Art Competition wants to honor your most outstanding work. If your art is deserving of being celebrated in the pages of The Artist's Magazine, enter today! Winning submissions will be discovered by fellow artists, art professionals and art lovers in a wide variety of settings. Winners' names and work will be featured in the December 2015 issue
9 finalists will be showcased in the magazine's "Competition Spotlight" feature
12 finalists will be featured as "Artist of the Month" on our website
The work of 12 finalists will be offered on our website as desktop wallpaper.
Win your work the recognition it deserves—and up to $2,500 cash. 5 Enter Online Now:
www.ArtistsNetwork.com/Competitions/The-Artists-Magazine-Annual-Art-CompetitionSubmission Guidelines

April 25 Jurying
The Lost River Artisans Cooperative is looking for new artists to participate in Cooperative Activities. Spring Jury date is April 25th. Especially interested in Iron or metal work, quilting, leather, and woodwork. For membership information, check http://lostrivercrafts.com/Joinus. On May 2nd, we'll have a show and reception for all our new artists. Questions, email Kathy Kavanagh at kavanaghk@hardynet.com.

Deadline May 2
61st Annual National Juried Exhibition of Nat'l Society of Painters in Casein & Acrylic www.nationalsocietyofpaintersincaseinandacrylic.com Over $15,000 in cash awards and medals.

Seeking Visual Artists: Mountain City Coffeehouse and Creamery, Main Street, Frostburg, MD, Decorated in the works created by many local talents, Mountain City strives to showcase a variety of one-of-a-kind pieces and offers opportunities for the community to connect with artists. Seeking visual artists interested in exhibiting artwork and / or scheduling a showcase at our Coffeehouse. Contact mtncitycoffeehouse@yahoo.comor call 301-687-0808

B-Belle's Boutique Gallery Space Welcomes Local Artists Romney, WV Main St. For more info call B-Belles Boutique at 304-822-8002 and view a virtual tour slideshow of B-Belles at www.LDBrownArts.zenfolio.com

3rd Fridays Open Mic with Jan Gillies Lost City WV 7:30-10PM TK's Lounge - Lost River Grill 8079 State Route 259 https://www.facebook.com/events/879761625399028/?ref_notif_type=plan_user_invited&source=1

Open Mics Frostburg, MD Acoustic open mics Tuesdays 10PM - 1:30AM, general open mic Thursdays 10PM-1;30AM , Dante's, 16 W. Main St Every Thursday 10PM - 1:30AM is open mic night. Hosted by rotating musicians, open mic at Dante's is the perfect opportunity for local musicians and writers to showcase their talents in a creative, laid-back atmosphere. The first Thursday of the month from 8 - 10PM is Open Mic Poetry & Spoken Word before open mic music begins. For more info 301-639-1734. Email dantesbar@gmail.com or visit www.dantesbarfrostburg.com to play at Dante's.

Calls for Artists at ProfessionalArtistMag.com

Empty Easel http://emptyeasel.com/ an "online art magazine with practical advice, tips, and tutorials for creating and selling art" whose "goal is to publish helpful information for both new and professional artists-without any of the vague or confusing 'artspeak' common to the art world. "

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Mark Your Calendar—Coming Up Later

June 21, 2015 Sun
HCAC Free Summer Concert on the Lawn: TarabRaqs Romney, WV 5PM The Potomac Center, 1 Blue St. Music and dance from the Middle East.

June 22-26 Mon-Fri
HCAC Summer Art Camp Romney, WV WV Schools for the Deaf & Blind campus. Details and applications (first-come basis)

Nov 13-15 Fri-Sun
Hampshire Highlands Studio Tour Click for participation details

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