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Hampshire County Arts Council events are shown in red.  If you're willing to help publicize HCAC events, visit our website to download pdf versions of concerts fliers to print out and post or otherwise share. (links in left column)

July 31-Aug 2
3rd WV Peach Festival Romney, WV South High St. Taggart Hall Gazebo. Friday 6-9 PM Flashback ('50s-'60s music); Saturday Noon Michael T the magician, 2PM Rain Crow (classic rock), 3PM Jim Morris & Friends pickin', 5:15PM Banjo/fiddle contest; Sunday 12:30 Pan Jammin' All Stars, Adam Stinespring , 2-3PM Josh Oldaker (Country), 3:30-4:30 Maria Rose & Danny Elswick, 4:45-6PM Public Menace. Info 304-822-7477 Check out activities at the Hampshire Co-op on Marsham St. as well.

Aug 1
61st Annual CBVFD Yard Party Capon Bridge, WV behind Capon Bridge Fire Hall 7PM Music by Fast Lane featuring Bobby Cuingham

Aug 3 Mon
HCAC Photography Group Meeting: Focus Theme: Abstracts 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

Aug 4 Tues
Hampshire County Arts Council Planning Meeting Romney WV 6PM First Baptist Church, Main St. 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

Thru Aug 13
Photography Exhibit by Jan Dodgins Romney, WV FNB Sunrise Summit branch

Thru Aug 20
Exhibit of work by Linda Landis Romney, WV Hampshire County Public Library and Bank of Romney, Main St.

Exhibit by Linda Landis at Hampshire County Public Library

Aug 8 Sat
Summer Arts Gathering at Mill Meadow Romney, WV 1-4PM Mill Meadow Farm, 27435 Northwestern Pike (Rt. 50) Info Charlie Snead 304-298-3039 or Robin Pancake 304-822-5663. All those interested in the arts as either participants or patrons are invited to come meet others and share your interests. Artists, photographers, musicians, singers, dancers, actors, writers -- bring your materials, instruments, cameras, scripts, voices, and sketch, photograph, jam on the porch, sit under a tree and exchange ideas and camaradarie. Rain or shine. Bring a lawn chair. Activities will be available for children, and light refreshments.

Aug 14-16
Avalonfest 2015 Paw Paw, WV (*note this is a clothing optional facility and event) Avalon Resort 3-day outdoor music, arts and crafts festival Julius Pittman and the Revival, Shane Thomas Band, Buds Collective, Mojo Mothership, Luke Lucas and New Brew, Ron Johnson Band and More. rain or shine on the front lawn stage and features an eclectic mix of music, vendors, food and fun. Ticket options are by-the-day or a 3-day fest ticket. Free primitive tent camping all weekend. The music includes R&B/Funk, Bluegrass, Country, Folk, Blues and Rock. www.avalon-resort.com/events/avalonfest.html

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


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Also In The Region



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 (has been first Thursday but may change in August so call first) 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


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

Oct. 1-Nov. 7 (Entry deadline Sept. 26)
HCAC Fall Fine Art Show & Sale Romney, WV Hampshire County Public Library, 153 W. Main St. Details to come. Entries will be eligible for awards. Info Melissa Snell or Liz Braun. Opening Reception & Awards Presentation Fri. Oct. 2, 5-7:30PM

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.

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

Call for Entries:
Washington ArtWorks in Rockville is holding a call for art for our September exhibition, "The Land" which focuses on landscape art. All information can be found on our website, washingtonartworks.com. Friday, Sept. 11 Washington ArtWorks will open "The Land", a juried gallery exhibition in the Urban by Nature gallery to showcase the versatility of landscape art. Photography, painting, sculpture, mixed media and more will be considered for this exhibition. "The Land" will be juried by Artist's Proof Gallery Owner, Peggy Sparks, who began her career as an art consultant in Singapore. She first focused on research and publications, and then moved to managing sales and marketing for a gallery representing artists from all over Asia. She continued providing consultancy services when she was based in Shanghai for a year whilst pursuing Chinese studies at Jiao Tong University. Sparks then relocated to Dubai, overseeing marketing for a group of luxury retail brands opening in the UAE. In 2011 she established Artist's Proof in the US with a focus on creating a platform to cross promote local and international artists.

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
The Allegany 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

Oct 1-Nov 7
HCAC Fall Fine Arts Show & Sale Romney, WV Hampshire County Public Library, 153 W. Main St.

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

Nov 14 Sat
Soldier Come Home: An Evening of Theater with Hampshire Actors & Makers of Shows Romney, WV The Bottling Works 426 E. Main St.

Nov 13-15 Fri-Sun
8th Annual 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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