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April 23 Sat
Speaking our Experience Romney, WV 7:30PM The Bottling Works, 426 E. Main St. The debut event of Women's Voices, a new project of the Hampshire Actors and Makers of Shows (HAMS) and the HCAC will a reading of Speaking our Experience, a collection of writings from books, plays, poems and miscellaneous sources by, for and about women. Dottie Eddis, Jean Shoemaker, Nancy Judd, Pat Henson, Patricia Taylor, Victoria Carr and Victoria Pendragon are the readers for the evening's production.
        The evening is free and open to the adult public (female and male are invited) with coffee and discussion to follow. For info call Dale Brady at 304-834-8369 or email theatre@HampshireArts.org
        The Women's Voices Project plans to present a series of readings and theatre about women's' experience. "We want to bring to the community an opportunity to think and talk about what it is like to be a woman in these challenging times," shares director Dale Brady.

May 2 Mon
HCAC Photography Group Meeting: Focus Theme: Bugs 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. Coming up; June focus: Depth of focus.

May 4 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

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 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. 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


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

Entry Deadline: May 7, Sat
Spring HCAC Fine Art Show Romney, WV Hampshire County Public LIbrary. Exhibit from May 13 to June 4. Awards prsentation and opening reception Friday, May 13, 5-7:30PM. Adult artists in painting, watercolor, mixed media, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, carving, glass, wood, metal, stone and photography are invited to participate. Entries (up to 3 per artist) will be accepted at the library on Saturday between 10:30AM and 3PM. Low entry fees $20 for members, $30 nonmembers. Cash awards Best In Show $250, 2nd $125, 3rd $75, and non-cash honorable mention. Entry forms will be available on http://www.HampshireArts.org.
Susan Wiliamson, Visual Arts Coordinator for the Carroll County (MD) Arts Council, will serve as judge. Questions call Melissa Snell at 703-772-5536.

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

COMING UP -- Watch for Details

May 9 thru June 4
Spring Fine Arts Show (Entries Sat. May 7 10AM-3PM) Opening Reception Friday, May 13 Romney WV Hampshire County Public Library.

June 11 Sat
Plein Aire Art Gathering Romney, WV Mill Meadow Farm (Robin Pancake's). An opportunity to create art together and get in a bit of practice before the Peach Festival Plein Aire activity. Watch for details.

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Sept 17
HCAC Classical Trio Concert Romney

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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