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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)

Aug 29 Sat
Bangers & Mash Celtic Rock Romney, WV 9PM Brass Rail Sports Bar, S. High St. Energetic and fun-loving band in this youtube video made for their first album Quicksand Cafe`. Chad Herth, lead guitar, even wrote a song about Romney :)

Sept 1 Tues
Hampshire County Arts Council Planning Meeting Capon Bridge WV 6PM 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

Sept 3 Thurs
HAMS Meeting Cancelled Questions Dale Brady 304-834-8369

Sept 14 Mon
HCAC Photography Group Meeting: Focus Theme: Music 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

Thru Sept 24
Exhibits of work by Sibyl MacKenzie Romney, WV FNB Romney, N. High St., and Bank of Romney, Main St.

Exhibit by Linda Landis at Hampshire County Public Library

Thru Sept 7
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

Sept 26 Sat
Bring Entries for HCAC 2015 Fall Fine Art Show Romney WV 10:30AM - 3PM Hampshire County Public Library, 153 W. Main St. Entry details and entry form The 2015 Fall Fine Art Show will open on Friday, October 2 with a reception and awards presentation, and will hang through November 6, open during the Library's hours. Mon / Wed / Fri: 10 am – 6 pm & Tue / Thur: 9am – 7 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm

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

The Art Museum of WVU will be dedicated August 25th and its opening will continue to be commemorated with a week of events and activities scheduled for the campus and community.
Designed by Stanley, Beaman and Sears of Atlanta, the building, located next to the Creative Arts Center facing Patteson Drive, has been six years in the planning, giving and building. But the collection it will house is more than 40 years in the making: more than 3,000 works of art in two exhibition galleries totaling 5,400 square feet. Admission is free to the public.
- See more at: http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/n/2015/08/24/art-museum-of-wvu-opens-its-doors-to-public#sthash.QDGBti7d.dpuf

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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) ***SEPT 3 Session Cancelled*** Romney WV 6 pm - First Baptist Church, West Main St. The group meets monthly (has been first Thursdays but may change 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.)

Sept 26 and Sept 28
Auditions for November Production "Soldier Come Home" Romney, WV Saturday 11AM-1PM and Monday 6 to 8PM at Bank of Romney Community Center (opposite Sheetz on Main St. at Grafton Ln. The short production will be presented as part of an evening of recognition of our veterans. Auditions will be held. Those wishing to try out may come either session as fits their schedule. This show does not require any memorization because it takes the form of a series of letters being read. Info Dale Brady 304-834-8369

Oct. 2-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 Entry details and entry form Entries must be brought to the Library on Saturday between 10:30AM and 3PM. All US artists 18 and older may enter two piecesin painting, drawing, mixed media, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, textile, glass, wood, metalwork, and photography. Two-dimensional works must not exceed 3' in width or height, works on paper or canvas must be framed and wired to hang. 3-D work must not exceed 5' in any direction. Depending on size they will be placed in glass cases, on pedestals, or on the floor for display. All accepted work is to be displayed throughout the duration of the show. Work must be picked up on Saturday, Nov. 7 between 10:30AM and 2PM. Three cash prizes will be awarded (Best is Show $200, 2nd place $100, 3rd place $50), and non-cash Honorable Mention awards may be presented at the discretion of the judge, Neena Jhaveri.

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.

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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