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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 21 Thur
Ice Mountain Writers Meet Romney, WV 2nd Floor Hampshire County Public Library. Info Dreama Frisk

Sept 2 Tues
Hampshire County Arts Council Planning meeting Augusta WV6PM **NOTE TIME CHANGE 4Bs Pizza, Rt. 50 opposite Augusta Fire Hall. This monthly planning session is open to all with interest in helping make more arts opportunities happen in Hampshire County. Contact Neil Gillies 304-897-6297

Sept 8 Mon
HCAC Photography Group Meeting: Focus Theme: 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.

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

Aug 28 and Sept. 25
The Summer Swing Series: Yesterday Swing Orchestra Winchester, VA 7PM George Washington Hotel, 103 East Piccadilly St. 540-678-4700 $20 per person or $35 per couple. Aauthentic Big Band entertainment. The classic sounds of Glen Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and others are brought to life by this full eighteen piece musical ensemble. Vocalists Vicki Petrosky and Jennie Wright add additional excitement to the performance with stunning and soulful renditions of standards made famous by Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Natalie Cole, Sarah Vaughn and other great vocal talents.


Tickets on sale for The Oak Ridge Boys Aug. 30 Advance Tickets: $45 Reserved Pavilion, $40 Adult Lawn, $10 Lawn <18 years old. Day of concert $4 more per ticket. and Eddie from Ohio Aug. 31 Advance Tickets: $31 Reserved Pavilion, $26 Adult Lawn, $10 Lawn <18 years old. Day of concert $4.00 more per ticket. at the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival, Orkey Springs, VA www.musicfest.org box office (540) 459-3396 9:30- 4:30 Mon-Fri.

Tickets on sale for Steep Canyon Rangers Oct. 2 5in Cumberland, MD at the Palace Theatre following the 21st Mid-Atlantic Grand Fiddle, Banjo Mandolin Championship. Opening act Grand Ole' Ditch. Thru August 1, limited Early Bird Tickets are $25. Info: www.midatlanticfiddle.com.

For information about music events in Winchester, VA, visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blind-Faith-Enterprises/119929881358174

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Also In The Region


Watercolors, Colored Pencil, and Wood Burned Art by Mary Lou Knieriem in the Edward Jones display window,68 Baltimore Street, Cumberland, MD

Western Maryland Watercolor Society exhibit at Puccini's Restaurant. Cumberland, MD, 12901 Ali Ghan Road NE

Check out the new Mountainside Creative, 49 N. Liberty St, Cumberland. 20+ artisans providing regional handcrafted products. Something for everyone! Jewelry, Pottery, Art Work, Sculptures, alpaca yarn, knitted products. Purses, etc.

thru Aug 24
CATS! Members Exhibit Frederick, MD Delaplaine Arts Center photographic work of cats. in the Hall Gallery on the second floor of the Delaplaine Mill Building. For more info dsibbison@delaplaine.org or 301-698-0656, ext. 115.

Thru Sept 21
Crawford Horne's "Earth, Wind and Fire" show featuring the art of wood-fired ceramics with exquisite work from nearly a dozen noted artists. Berkeley Springs, WV Ice House Gallery, corners of Independence and Mercer Streets. Regular Gallery hours Friday- Sunday -- 11am to 5pm.Opening reception, Friday, Aug 1 -- 6:30pm

August 1 - September 2
Valley Art Association "Celebration" Exhibit Hagerstown, MD. On display Fridays & Saturdays, 11am-4pm, Sundays, 1pm-5pm at the Mansion House Art Center-City Park. 501 Highland Way, Free admission. 301 797 2867. www.valleyartassoc.com. The "Celebration" exhibit recognizes the VAA's 75th Anniversary.

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. The latest features watercolor artist, Lynn Ferris.

For more music and arts information in the Shenandoah Valley, check out: www.shenandoahmusic.com and www.americanarhythm.com/

To join WVTraditional Music Yahoo group & e-mail list http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/WVTraditionalMusic/join

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Classes, Workshops & Such

Thru this Fall, Spruce Forest Artisan Village will offer a variety of workshops that run one to three days and are open to all levels unless specified. Small class size mimics guild-style craft education and allows individual attention. Discover jewelry fabrication, precious metal clays, colored pencil drawing, feather carving, and paper quilling with master artists and teachers. Programs for children & teens will be held during the summer. The resident artists at Spruce Forest also offer advanced and special topics workshops for adult individuals and small groups. Visit www.spruceforest.org to arrange specially designed workshops directly with the artist instructor. For more info visit www.spruceforest.org or call 301-895-3332.

Boleros Dance Studio, LaVale Plaza Shopping Center (in the back) offers private and group lessons for beginners to advanced adults. Group lessons every night at 7PM & 8PM. $10 per lesson drop in fee. No partner is needed to learn. Wood dance floor and lots of privacy. Come and bring your friends for a night of fun and dance. www.facebook.com/loveboleros or www.bolerosdancestudio.com. Members of Allegany Arts Council receive a 10% discount on all dance fees. For more info 240-233-6512.

Performance, health and wellness, and creative arts classes for all ages at Mountain City Center for the Arts, 2 W. Main Street, Frostburg, MD. Owner/operator Coty Warn is a professional actress, singer, dancer, director, and choreographer with over 20 years of experience. Visit online www.mtncityarts.com. For more info 240-357-0699 or cotywarn@mtncityarts.com.

Register for Fall Classes Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy, Winchester, VA 540-665-4602 SCArtsAcademy.org music (instrumental and vocal), dance, acting, fencing

Sept 19-21
Everything You Need to Know About Childrens Book Publishing: A Crash Course An intensive weekend designed to give you a comprehensive look at how the children's book publishing industry works. $995 inclusive. Highlights Foundation, Inc. 814 Court St., Honesdale, PA 18431 (877) 288-3410

Sept 29-Oct 2
Poetry for the Delight of It Highlights Foundation, Inc. 814 Court St., Honesdale, PA 18431 (877) 288-3410 http://www.highlightsfoundation.org/workshops/poetry-for-the-delight-of-it-2014/ From budding poet to published veteran, we learn and teach at every stage. If you like to think, talk, write, and share poetry, this one's for you.

Oct 12-15
Finding Your Voice Workshop This intensive activity and writing-based workshop has been developed to break writers through to their authentic voices. Through exercises, discussion and critiques, participants will learn how to discover and write their own stories.$995 inclusive. Highlights Foundation, Inc. 814 Court St., Honesdale, PA 18431 (877) 288-3410 http://www.highlightsfoundation.org/workshops/finding-your-voice-2014/

Oct 16-19
Fact Into Fiction: Writing the Historical Novel Highlights Foundation, Inc. 814 Court St., Honesdale, PA 18431 (877) 288-3410 http://www.highlightsfoundation.org/workshops/fact-into-fiction-writing-the-historical-novel/ Setting historical fiction in a real time and place requires in-depth research and an immersion into the time period and setting. Novelists Sandra Neil Wallace (Muckers) and Rich Wallace (War and Watermelon) will share how to steep yourself in your characters' world through conventional and not-so-conventional sources. Balancing "story" and history is a difficult task. Learn how to remain true to the facts without letting your story get bogged down by them.

October 17-19
Christine Swann Pastels Workshop Cumberland, MD Allegany College of Maryland. $350. Call ACM at 301-784-5341 to register. Full amount is due at registration. If the class does not run, money will be refunded. For further information, visit Christine online at www.swannportraits.com. We will be working with both photos and with a live model.

Artists who enjoy painting are welcome to join the "Monday Painters" at the Cumberland Theatre's Artist Studio on Mondays from 1:30 -3:30PM. Live models, still lifes and plein air are among of the possible subjects. Call Shirley Giarritta at 301-777-3337 for more info

"Upper Potomac Left Bank Painters" hosts two groups for interested artists. The clothed life drawing group (any medium) meets every Monday 5:30- 8:30PM. The portrait study group (any medium) meets every Tuesday 5:30 - 8:30PM. Models are paid $10 per hour and the cost is split amongst the group. Both groups meet at 124 Bedford St. , Cumberland. For more info call Al Carnahan 304-492-5891 (home) or 301-876-1947 (cell).

"Domaines Painting Group" meets to paint or draw outdoors as often as possible. Members decide where and when. No Dues. All Media welcome. Closed Facebook page for members to use. Member contact via Email as well. Contact Donna Godlove at hotwheelsgram@hotmail.com. Only three requirements: 1. Let Donna know you are coming. 2. Respect each other and the places we travel. 3. Have Fun! Hope you will be able to join us. Don't go alone. Wish you would have been able to join us. Offer some suggestions of where you would like to go. We will take you seriously. Where would you like to go paint?

Drawing With Donna Housel classes Tuesdays any time between10AM - 5PM Cumberland, MD at Cafe Mark's on Baltimore St. Art instruction to learn to draw or learn some new skills to help you draw better is offered. $12 per session per person. For more info or to schedule a time contact Donna Housel at whitfordhousel@centurylink.net or 814-733-4012. Students should be at least 12 yrs old. Instruction in colored pencil art is also offered. Donna is founder of the Greater Cumberland Chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America, and a colored pencil and drawing instructor at Allegany College of MD and workshops throughout the region.

Peaceful Knitting Gatherings two Monday evenings of each month, 6:30 - 9PM, at The Shuman Life Center on the east side of Cumberland. Beginning and seasoned knitters welcome! Please phone Amy, 301-777-3719 or e-mail amy@shumanlifecenter.com to discuss your goals and projects. Series of 4 classes, $42; drop in, $12.50.

Winding River Writers, invites new members. A writing critique group that meets once a month to share work-in-progress and give constructive criticism. We cover all genres of writing (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, children's literature). The group is for experienced writers. Members have published widely but that is not a requirement. Contact Heather Davis at hdavis67@gmail.com.

Every Friday
Mountain City Traditional Arts hosts a weekly Bluegrass and Country Music Jam/Session from 6 - 9PM All interested musicians are welcome--entry level musicians are particularly encouraged. Knitters are welcome too. Come knit with friends in a great environment! MCTA is located at 25 E. Main Street in Frostburg. Please call 301-687-8040 for more info

The New Earth Granary, Berkeley Springs, WV, 143 N. Mercer St. 304-268-8141 Tuesdayts cello classes and acoustic song swap, monthly Wednesday Poetry night, Thursdays yoga, cello, and electric jam, Friday posted concerts, Saturday spirit jam and posted concerts. http://www.thenewearthgranary.co

Western Maryland Photographers Association (WMPA) is open to anyone interested in sharing photographic information and ideas. The group meets the first Tuesday of each month from 6 - 8PM at the Frostburg Public Library. In addition, there will be scheduled photo shoots and weekly Facebook photo challenges. Information is shared at www.facebook.com/wmdpa. No fee to join; all that's required is a passion for photography. All skill levels welcome! Send inquiries via Facebook or email to wmdphotographers@yahoo.com.

The Frostburg State University Center for Creative Writing is open to the community 22 E. Main S. , Frostburg. Ongoing workshops and groups that meet on a regular basis. www.frostburg.edu/cwcenter for a complete schedule of events. For more info 301-687-4340 or email cwcenter@frostburg.edu

LIFE DRAWING GROUP meets at the Cumberland Theatre, 101 N. Johnson St., Cumberland, MD, each Thursday from 7 - 9PM. All who are interested in keeping up their life drawing skills are welcome. Cost varies, depending on how many people show up for the class. The model is paid $20 an hour for two hours ($40) and the facility is given $10 for utilities. For more info Shirley Giarritta at 301-777-3337.

Sherri Loomis hosts a Mosaic Drop-In Studio every Wednesday from 7 - 9PM at her studio 304 Cumberland St. , Cumberland. Grab your project and drop by! Bring your questions and your project, or start one with hands-on help. All tools and materials will be provided except metal gilding leafs. This is a good time to get a lot of work down without a class happening in the studio. $35 per session. For more info sdloomis@SL4design.com or call 301-722-3232.

The Potomac Highlands Royal Scottish Country Dancers meet every Wednesday 7:30-9:30PM at The Appalachian Ballet Theater, 14617 Mcmullen Hwy. Cresaptown, MD, directly across the street from Sheetz. People of all ages and abilities have a chance to enjoy an evening of Scottish Country Dancing in a relaxed dance studio setting to the sounds of high spirited, toe tapping Celtic music. Come on your own or bring a friend. Instructor, Roger Dale, chooses dance patterns that mix everyone around informally. The basics are easy to learn and before you know it you'll be reeling and promenading about the room. Class is free. Call Roger at 301-729-1775 or smdlaw2@verizon.net for more info

Ballroom, Latin & Country Dancing
Boleros Dance Studio, in LaVale Plaza Shopping Center, offers private and group lessons for beginners to advanced adults. Group lessons every night at 7PM & 8PM. $10 per lesson drop in fee. No partner is needed to learn. Facility has wood dance floor and lots of privacy. Come and bring your friends for a night of fun and dance. www.facebook.com/loveboleros or www.bolerosdancestudio.com.

Scottish Country Dancers meet every Wednesday evening, 7:30 - 9:30PM at The Appalachian Ballet Theater, 14617 McMullen Highway, Cresaptown, MD., directly across the street from Sheetz. People of all ages and abilities have a chance to enjoy an evening of Scottish Country Dancing in a relaxed dance studio setting to the sounds of high spirited, toe tapping Celtic music. Come on your own or bring a friend. Instructor, Roger Dale, chooses dance patterns that mix everyone around informally. For more information call Roger at 301-729-1775 or email Becky at rcorbett7655@gmail.com or Karyl at khansen427@gmail.com.

WV Dance, Inc. has produced the following ballroom and Latin dancing instructional DVDs.
Beginners' Foxtrot, Volume 1, Beginners' Waltz, Volume 1, Beginners' Nightclub Two Step, Volume 1.
Beginners' Rumba, Volume 1, Beginners Ballad, Volume 1, and Beginners Single Time East Coast Swing, Volume 1. If you're looking to learn how to dance any of these dances, or you're just looking to refresh what you've learned in class, these DVDs are an excellent choice. info@wvdance.net, 304-984-1939, or 5818 Sissonville Drive, Charleston WV, 25312.

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

Hampshire County Co-op & Artisans Marketplace An artisans' co-op group is forming (was scheduled to elect an advisory board 8/7/14) and is actively making plans for a juyring process. Information is to be available at the co-op during the Peach Festival on Saturday , Aug. 9. Or contact Patty Anderson 304.822.4285 or cell 304.671.2369

Deadline: September 3
Entries are now being accepted for the 3rd Annual Queen City Independent Filmmakers Contest, presented by the Allegany Allied Arts, October 2-5 at the Allegany Museum in Cumberland. Categories are: Documentary, Cult, LGBT, Music, Horror/SciFi, Foreign Language, Appalachian, and Kids. Short or feature entries accepted. Entries outside of the official categories welcome, but will not qualify for a category award. Submissions should be mailed to Allegany Allied Arts, Inc., ATTN: QCFF 2014, 101 Decatur St., Cumberland, MD 21502. Full submission rules and entry form will be available at www.alleganyalliedarts.org or www.facebook.com/aaa.qcff. For more infor info@alleganyalliedarts.org.

Sept. 15-20
Photo contest at the Fort Ashby Public Library. The contest will be held with the theme of "Intrigue of Hampshire and Mineral Counties." Rules and Entry information is available at fortashby.lib.wv.us.

Deadline: Sept 28
Free Winter Artist Residency in Central Mexico 360 XOCHI QUETZAL:
Stay warm and be creative! International writers, playwrights, visual artists, fiber artists, photographers, new media artists, dancers and musicians are all welcome to apply for a 1-month residency.
Tell your members that APPLICATIONS ARE DUE September 28 through CAFÉ www.callforentry.orgg for the upcoming Winter residency (12/15/14 - 1/15/15). For more info: http://www.deborahkruger.com/1/art-residency.html

Deadline Nov 14
ArtFields® 2015 Competition Beginning September 14th, artists from twelve Southeastern states (including VA & WV) are invited to submit their artwork to the ArtFields® competition. The submission period runs from September 14th through November 14th, 2014, and is your chance to submit work to win your share of $100,000 in cash prizes. From April 24th through May 2nd, 2015, Lake City will host the third ArtFields® festival, a celebration of art. ArtFields® annually transforms the historic district of Lake City into a Southern art mecca for nine-days, allowing visitors, residents, and artists to experience a massive arts festival in the heart of one of South Carolina's most charming small towns. For the complete list of rules and eligibility for the ArtFields 2015 competition, visit www.artfieldssc.org. For artist inquiries, contact the ArtTeam at (843) 374-0180 or ArtTeam@artfieldssc.org.

Check out the new Mountainside Creative, 49 N. Liberty St, Cumberland. outlet for regional handcrafted products.

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 Welcoming 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

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.

The WMHS Frostburg Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is looking for artists and/or musicians to volunteer to talk about their art to the residents. Presenters could sing, dance, give a demonstration of their art/craft or show examples of their work and explain how they do it. The residents would love to see your art! To schedule a time, contact Activities Director Mary Ellen Wigger at 301-689-1391.

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

Sept 6 Sat
Hampshire Heritage Fest Romney, WV.

Sept 12-13
North River Mills String Jam Weekend contact Laura Riley (304) 496-9924 https://www.sites.google.com/site/nrmstringjam/home

Sept 26-28
7th Annual Capon Bridge Founder's Day Festival Capon Bridge, WV

Oct 4-5
Burlington Old-Fashioned Apple Harvest Festival, Burlington, WV , campus of Burlington United Methodist Family Services, Rt. 50 800-969-0079 www.bumfs.org continuous on-stage entertainment. Fiddle, Banjo, Mandolin Competition noon Sunday.

Oct 19 Sun
HCAC Fall Concert: The Duhks Romney, WV 4PM The Bottling Works, 426 E. Main St.,

Nov 8 Sat
HCAC Fall Concert: Professor Louie and the Crowmatix Romney, WV 7:30PM The Bottling Works, 426 E. Main St.

Nov 14-16 Fri-Sun
Annual Hampshire Highlands Studio Tour, various locations throughout Hampshire County. Pick up tour brochures at the Hampshire County Visitor Center, 91 S. High St., Romney.

Mar 28, 2015 Sat
HCAC Spring Concert: Percussion Masters Steve Bloom & Patricio Acevedo Romney, WV 7:30PM The Bottling Works, 426 E. Main St.

April 18, 2015 Sat
HCAC Spring Concert: Blues with Andy Cohen & Eleanor Ellis Romney, WV 7:30PM The Bottling Works, 426 E. Main St.

May 2, 2015 Sat
HCAC Spring Concert: Ralph Gordon, Alexander Mitchell and Michael G. Ronstadt Romney, WV 7:30PM The Bottling Works, 426 E. Main St.

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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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