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June 27 Saturday ***NOTE CHANGE OF DATE
Free Will Cello Concert at Sunset Featuring Erin & Jorge Espinosa Augusta, WV 7:30PM Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Augusta Ford Hill Rd. Info 304-496-7628 Those who enjoyed Cuarteto Rustico performances will want to grab this opportunity to hear cellist Jorge Espinose and hiscellist wife, Erin, as they return for a short East Coast visit . Music by Boismortier, Bach, Canaro and Popper. Free will offerings will be welcome.
        Assistant Professor of Violoncello at New Mexico State University and cellist of La Catrina String Quartet. Jorge was awarded the Gregor Piatigorsky Full Scholarship to study and teach at the Peabody Conservatory of Music the undergraduate and graduate cello studio. He holds a Graduate Performance Diploma in Violoncello and a Graduate Performance Diploma in Chamber Music from Peabody Conservatory of Music, studying with Stephen Kates, David Hardy, and Andrés Díaz.
He graduated with honors from Universidad Católica de Chile and received his Master's Degree in Music Performance on full scholarship from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, studying with David Premo and Anne Martindale Williams.
       His passion for teaching cello and coaching chamber music groups has brought him to present masterclasses and workshops in the US and abroad, including at the Third International Seminar Portuguesa-Acarigua, Venezuela, part of El Sistema.
        Jorge's orchestral experience has included performances at the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony and orchestras and chamber ensembles in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Symphony Hall. He has been a featured soloist and chamber musician, performing concertos, solo and chamber music recitals in his native land, Chile, and throughout South America, the United States, Europe and Mexico.
       Jorge is a prizewinner of international and national competitions and awards including the Maryland State Arts Council Solo Instrumental Performance Award and Peabody Career Development Grants.

June 27 Sat
Fort Edwards Hampshire Family Frontier Day Capon Bridge, WV 10AM-3PM 350 Cold Stream Rd. George Washington re-enactor, Artisan demonstrations of Calligraphy, Wool rug braiding, lace making, wool rug hooking, colonial gown making. Bagpiper, story tellers, historical displays and emonstrations. http://fortedwards.org/FrontierDay/index.htm

7th Annual South Branch Bluegrass Festival Romney, WV 11AM-10PM rain or shine South Branch River Rd., Wapocoma Campground. http://bluegrass.hampshirewv.com Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Sideline, Circa Blue, Marv Ashby & High Octane, Davis Bradley, Joseph Hott & The Short Mountain Boys, Lonesome Highway. Admission free, parking $8.

July 6 Mon
HCAC Photography Group Meeting: Focus Theme: Shadows 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

July 7 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

Check what's coming up to plan for below

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

June 28-July 3, July 5-July 10
Common Ground on the Hill Traditions Weeks Westminster, MD McDaniel College http://www.CommonGroundOnTheHill.org
Traditions Week 1 - Get a touch of Latin glamor with Brazilian Guitar & Song (available in both Wks 1 and 2), brush up your fiddle skills with Bluegrass Fiddle and Old-Time Fiddle, explore your bass options with Bluegrass and Old-Time Bass and Electric/Acoustic Bass Guitar, dabble in Dulcimers, warble with wind instruments like the Tin Whistle, Melodica, and Recorder, glam up a hat in Hat Making, or beat a drum you've made in Bodhran Construction - these options and more await your creative touch!
        Traditions Week 2 - Keynote speaker, poet and medical doctor Fred Foote takes you on a journey through Healing and the Poetry of War, experience the unexpected stories behind some of classic and influential roots music with Hidden Voices, energize to your guitar with Blues and the Electric Guitar, find out why it's all about that bass with the Acoustic Bass Tutorial, try something a little different like the Autoharp, Harmonica, English Concertina, Dulcimer, or Riqq, whistle a happy tune on the Tin Whistle, delve into the world of the nykelharpa, Swedish fiddle, and Scandinavian song with Scandinavian Music, conquer the hills of Westminster on your Bicycle, get sculpting with Custom Vinyl Toys and Decorative Imagery for Ceramics, build your own Mountain Dulcimer, create a Fashion Fantasy Collage, or bead the day away with Loom Bead Weaving - there are opportunities galore!

July 11-12 Sat-Sun
18th Annual Common Ground on the Hill Roots Music & Arts Festival Westminster, MD Sat 10AM-9PM, Sun 10AM-6PM Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S Center St /http://www.commongroundonthehill.org/festival-gen.html
4 stages of bluegrass, blues, Celtic, old-time, West African, Native American, folk, rock, and world music and dance! Food vendors, juried arts & crafts, the wine/beer garden, and fantastic performances! Headliners: Professor Louie & the Crowmatix, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Bruce Molsky, Guy Davis, Mollie O'Brien & Rich Moore, Ronstadt Generations, Sankofa Dance Theater, Footworks Percussive Dance and many more!

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.

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Also In The Region


Thru July 5
Exhibition by Wayne George, Cumberland, MD Allegany Arts Council Saville Gallery, 9 N. Centre St. A local artist, native to Allegany County, MD, Mon-Thur, 11am - 5pm, Fri, 11am - 7pm Sat -Sun, 11am - 4pm Wayne recently retired after a 37 year career to devote more time to his favorite and constant hobby, painting and drawing.

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. Completely self-taught, Wayne's work is realistic. Everything is sketched out down to the smallest detail prior to applying either oil or acrylic paint. Aviation is a common theme of his work, having served in the US Air Force during the Viet Nam era, but he also enjoys painting landscape subjects especially English settings from travels abroad.

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 monthly (first Thursday ) 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

MOUNTAINSIDE CREATIVE: UPCOMING ART CLASSES & EVENTS Cumberland, MD 49 N. Liberty St. 240-580-9637 mountainsidecreative@Yahoo.com
Fused Dichroic Glass Jewelry , Copper Foil Stained Glass Weekend, Fused Glass Suncatcher, Wildlife Photography Weekend, Acrylic Abstract Happy Hour For more info: http://www.mountainsidecreative.com/#!classes-and-workshops/chpl

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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

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.

Deadline June 30
SUBMIT YOUR WRITING TO THE BACKBONE MOUNTAIN REVIEW Our area's only literary journal is seeking submissions for its 2016 edition. All entries must be emailed to backbonemountainreview@gmail.com by Tuesday, June 30. For more information, https://backbonemountainreview.wordpress.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

The Chorus of the Potomac is seeking a Director who can lead an all-male chorus. This is a paid position and offers excellent training for those who may wish to improve their directing skills. This position is open to both male and female applicants. For more information, please contact Bill Edwards at 240.362.4426 or wmgedwards@atlanticbb.net.

Entry deadline is July 15
OPEN JURIED EXHIBITION: WATER WORKS Water Works is the title and theme of this fine art MFA (Maryland Federation of Art) organized exhibition. Any 2-D artwork in which water is clearly depicted as the primary force, object or consequense will be considered by the juror. Entries, following entry guideline, are open to artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico. The selected works will be displayed at the Annapolis Maritime Museum (AMM) from September 16 through November 1, 2015. Go to www.mdfedart.org to enter.

The Town Planner is looking for captivating photographs showcasing the region's scenery, history, landmarks, or anything spectacular that has caught your eye! Categories for the calendar should reflect the months, holidays, and or four seasons of the year. For additional infohttp://files.ctctcdn.com/b60b3dc7001/3eb290de-9e25-4e18-a515-c0220fdfa670.pdf

Allegany Arts Council Seeks Workshop and Arts Bus Instructors
TheAllegany Arts Council is looking for instructors for workshops at the Arts Council and on the Arts Bus. Whether your skill is photography, dancing, ceramics, or trombone, there's probably someone interested in learning from you! Workshops at the Arts Council will be held in the Schwab Mountain Maryland Gallery and possibly other locations. Workshops can be targeted toward any age group. Arts Bus instruction is targeted toward elementary school-aged children. Both the workshops and the Arts Bus instruction are opportunities to make a bit of money. In particular, we are interested in finding instructors for workshops in printmaking; weaving, knitting, or fiber art; comic book art; and wildlife art. If you are interested, please contact Heidi Custer at hcuster@alleganyarts.org or call 301-777-2787.

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

Nov 7 Sat
HCAC Fall Concert: Critton Hollow String Band Romney, WV 7:30PM The Bottling Works 426 E. Main St.

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

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Thanks to all who have relayed items to share. If you learn of arts information others in our area might like to know about, please forward what you know about it (ideally with date, place, event, and how to get more info) to performances@hampshirearts.org

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