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May 13 Fri
Spring Fine Arts Show Opening Reception Romney WV Hampshire County Public Library.
The Hampshire County Arts Council Spring Fine Arts Show kicks off with a free and casual opening reception from 5-7:30 pm on the mezzanine of the Hampshire County Public Library located at 153 W. Main Street in Romney. The public is encouraged to attend the opening to meet and support the 19 local artists who have entered the show and view 47 pieces of unique art while enjoying good food and conversation. This annual show, which runs through June 3rd at the library, seeks to stimulate and recognize the outstanding quality and diversity of art being created in Hampshire County and the surrounding region. The art competition has been judged by Susan Williamson, an artist and lecturer in Art History and the Visual Arts Coordinator of the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster, Md. She is the former owner of Off the Wall Pottery in Easton, MD and the founder of Off Track Art, an artists' co-op in downtown Westminster.
The Arts Council will announce three cash awards during the reception; Best in Show $250, The Vincent Melzac Memorial Award (2nd place) $125, and Third Place $75. Most of the art will be for sale during the show. For more information about the reception or arts show contact Melissa Snell at visualarts@hampshirearts.org or call 703-772-5536.

Thru June 13
Art in Public Places Exhibit of Paintings by Bess Rexroad Romney, WV Bank of Romney, Main St.

May 14 Sat
HCAC presents Aurora Celtic
Romney, WV 7:30PM The Bottling Works, 426 E. Main St .Admission $15 ($13 HCAC members, under 17 free). Tickets available online or at the door.

Aurora Celtic Edgy Mountain Irish music comes to Romney with Aurora Celtic, which offers evocative, original and traditional music for guitar, fiddle, Irish flute, whistle, mandolin and tenor banjo that bridges the cultures of Scotland, Ireland and Appalachia. Band members Alice Fleischman, Michael Broderick and Jake Pitzer are multi-instrumentalists who have played throughout the Mid-Atlantic states, at the Kennedy Center and in Europe. Their music has twice been featured on NPR's Thistle & Shamrock music program. All three have played in numerous musical groups spanning styles as diverse as Classical, Appalachian, Celtic & Alternative. Mike holds a masters degree in music performance and ethnomusicology and is a prolific composer and arranger, contributing exciting original material to the mix. Chris Bern has played stand-up and electric bass with Aurora Celtic for about 2 years and before that played for years with the bluegrass band "From the Hip." For more information on the band go to http://www.auroracelticmusic.com/
For info call Dale Brady at 304-834-8369 or email music@HampshireArts.org

June 2 Thurs
Hampshire County Arts Council Planning Meeting Capon Bridge, WV 1PM Capon Bridge Public Library. 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

Also In The Region

May 9 thru June 4
"Fired Up, Melted Down" Exhibit by HCAC member Elizabeth Braun & Ed Coffey. Cumberland MD Saville Gallery, 9 N. Centre St. Open 11AM to 5PM Tuesday- Saturday. These two artists create in distinct media; each of which involves shape transformation with heat and manipulation of those melted substances. Opening Reception Saturday May 14, 6-8PM

May 12-15 Thur-Sun
Shepherd International Guitar Festival Shepherdstown, WV various locations. www,shepherd.edu/music/shepherd-international-guitar-festival-2016 Guitar Duo Klasinc & Loncar, Micheal Chapdelaine, Willima Kanengiser, D'Amore Duo (oboist Emily Tsai & guitarist William Feasley)

Classes, Workshops & Such

May 14 Sat
Introduction to Photography Workshop Romney, WV 10:30AM to 1PM Hampshire County Public LIbrary, 153 W. Main St. Hampshire County Arts Council Adult Workshops series continues with this session taught by Milly Mullins, multimedia journalist and reporter for the Hampshire Review. Milly is currently working on a Master's Degree in Journalism with a particular interest in Appalachian Photography and was a McNair scholar and freelance videographer while at WVU. Milly will share ideas on equipment as well as tips on recognizing photographic opportunities. To register, visit the library or call at 304-822-3185. For info about the workshop, contact Milly at 304-707-2119.

May 21 Sat
Beginning Knitting Workshop (2 sessions) with Nancy Judd. Romney, WV.Hampshire County Public LIbrary, 153 W. Main St. First Session 10:30 AM to Noon. Second Session 1 PM to 3 PM.
Ages 15 and up. Class sizes are limited to 5 knitters each, so make sure to register either by calling 304-822-3185 or asking at the library's reference desk! Classes are free, but you must bring your own supplies (1 pr size 10 single-point needles & 1 skein worsted knitting yarn).
Nancy Judd is an active member of the Shenandoah Knitting Guild of Winchester, Va., and the Romney Knit Wits. She has taken classes with various teachers including the late Joan Shepherd, Sue Groundwater, Maureen Prittchard, Hunt Valley Yarns, and Frostburg Fiber Depot.

June 6 Mon
HCAC Photography Group Meeting: Focus Theme:Depth of focus 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. July theme: flowers; August theme: Long Exposures, September theme: Reflections.


Art Camp Registration is Now Open
The camp will be held June 27-July 1 at Romney Elementary School for children entering 3rd grade in the fall up through this year's graduates with a genuine interest in the arts. The camp day, which includes hot breakfasts and lunches, will run from 8:30 am - 3:15 pm.
    Campers will choose classes from past favorites such as collages, dance, drama, drawing, drum circle, glass crafts, metal sculpting, music imagery, painting, paper mache, poetry, pottery, weaving and yoga. New class offering this year are air brush techniques, basket weaving and soap carving.
    An open house will be held on Fri., July 1 at 2 pm. Family and friends are invited to view the campers' art work and enjoy presentations of their weeklong team projects in drama and dance.
    Registration fee is $50 for non-HCAC members and $40 for HCAC members. Siblings of registrants will pay $10 less than the fee for the first family member registered. Non-HCAC members may join HCAC on the HCAC website or by submitting the membership form with membership fee and appropriate member camper fee when registering. Some scholarship funds are available based upon financial need. Deadline for registration is June 4. Click for the registration form.
        Questions should be directed to Joanne Snead: 304-298-3039; Joanne_Snead@yahoo.com or Nadine Miller, 304-822-2624; joyangel@frontiernet.net

Art in Pubic Places If you are a local artist who would enjoy displaying your work in one of 4 local banks or at the Hampshire County Public Library, or you know an artist who would, please send a note to Ken Caldwell, director of Hampshire County Arts Council's Art in Public Places Program at 639KLC@gmail.com and start making plans to exhibit

June 11 Sat
HCAC Plein Air Gathering Romney WV 10AM Mill Meadow, Home of Robin Pancake, 27435 Northwestern Pike, Romney, WV (West of Romney on Rt 50 about 3/4 mile past the Potomac River Bridge & first left just beyond the railroad tracks).
Join our exciting new event of painting outdoors in life as you capture the experience of natural light, wind, etc. Open to one and all. No reservation required. Bring your painting supplies and a lunch. Contact V Lynn Moore at lmoore@hardynet.com or 304-897-7827.

June 23 Deadline
Art of the Portrait, a juried exhibition of the Barkeley County Arts Council. All 2-dimensional artwork framed up to 36 inches in the long dimension, including but not limited to painting, photography, and mixed media is eligible. 3-dimensional works and self portraits are acceptable. The exhibit will be displayed from July 13 - August 6, 2016 in the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, WV. Entries are by digital images sent by email. Please read the full instructions at http://wp.me/pDwaf-Eg. There is no entry fee. Accepted artists will be asked to make a donation to support the gallery at the time work is delivered. Jurying of the digital submissions will be done by a committee of Berkeley Art Works artists by June 30 and work is to be delivered to the gallery between July 6 and July 10. For more information email berkeleyartswv@gmail.com or call 304-620-7277.

COMING UP -- Watch for Details

June 18 Saturday
Sugar Run Concert Romney, WV The Bottling Works, 426 E. Main St. http://www.sugarrunband.com/

August 6 Saturday
WVPeach Festival Plein Air Art Romney WV 11AM-3PM Gazebo at Taggart Hall, 91 S. High St. Be daring, paint outdoors in life in front of the public as you answer their questions and respond to their reactions. Open to one and all. No reservation required. Contact V Lynn Moore at lmoore@hardynet.com or 304-897-7827.

August 12-14
AvalonFest2016 PawPaw WV 304-947-5600 http://www.avalon-resort.com/#!avalonfest/no9pq Tempest "Rattlin' Roarin' Willie", Micheal Christopher, Bud's Collective, ilyAMY, Mojo Mothership

August 13 Saturday
HCAC Summer Arts Gathering Romney, WV 1-4PM Mill Meadow, Home of Robin Pancake, 27435 Northwestern Pike, Romney, WV (West of Romney on Rt 50 about 3/4 mile past the Potomac River Bridge & first left just beyond the railroad tracks).
Interested in the arts as participants or patrons, come and meet others. Artists, photographers, musicians, writers, and more: bring your paints, pencils, cameras, instruments, etc. and create or just chill in the shade of a tree. Open to one and all. No reservation required. Activities for children, light refreshments. Contact Robin Pancake 304-822-5663 or Charlie Snead 304-298-3039.

Sept 17
HCAC The Rainier Trio Classical Concert Romney, WV The Bottling Works, 426 E. Main St. http://www.classicstringsduo.com/

Sept 24-25
Capon Bridge Founders Day Festival Capon Bridge, WV (watch for info about Artists' Village)

Nov 11-13
Annual Hampshire Highlands Studio Tour various locations. Artists interested in participating should contact Melissa Snell 703-772-5536.

The Hampshire County Arts Council welcomes persons with disabilities at all of its activities.
To request accessibility services to participate, please contact 304-834-8369 or 304-298-3039 or e-mail performances@hampshirearts.org in advance and we will do our best to accommodate.  WV Relay Operator for information on performances: 711-298-3039

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