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Mar 28 Sat
HCAC Annual Meeting of Members & Potluck Romney WV 6PM The Bottling Works, 426 E. Main St., Please join us at 6PM for a potluck dinner followed by the Annual Hampshire County Arts Council meeting of members at 6:30. The Membership Meeting will start with board nominations and election of directors. Dale Brady, Joanne Snead, Charlie Snead and Larry Manning have agreed to serve if elected. A brief recap of the many successes of the past year and look at plans for the coming year will wrap up the meeting in time for the Spring Concert at 7:30PM. Please note: All memberships will be due for renewal as of April 1 each year. (If you have renewed since the beginning of 2015 your membership will be extended to April 1, 2016.)
Mar 28, 2015 Sat
HCAC Spring Concert: An Evening of Music from Latin America with Patricio Acevedo, Steve Bloom& John Stenger Romney, WV 7:30PM The Bottling Works, 426 E. Main St .$15 ($13 for HCAC members, under 17 free.) Advance tickets may be purchased online at http://www.HampshireArts.org/tickets.html or at the Hampshire County Visitor Center in Taggart Hall, 91 S. High St., Wednesday noon to 5PM, Thursday through Saturday 9AM to 5PM. Advanced ticket holders have seats reserved at the front in order purchased.
Patricio Acevedo previously delighted HCAC's audience on stage with Laura Fuentes and Calicanto in 2005. He returns with percussionist Steve Bloom and pianist John Stenger for an evening of music of "La Nueva Canción Latino Americana" and Brazilian Music.
Art Exhibits: FNB Sunrise Summit Branch Nancy Judd, Main Office Downtown: Victoria Pendragon
Apr 2 Thurs & Apr 20 Mon
HAMS (Hampshire Actors and Makers of Shows) Romney WV 6 pm - First Baptist Church, 325 West Main St. The group meets twice monthly (first Thursday and third Monday) to brainstorm productions and do scene and improv work and much more - contact Dale Brady 304-834-8369 (firstname.lastname@example.org) - public welcome - no experience necessary - see hampshirearts.org for updates
Apr 6 Mon
HCAC Photography Group Meeting: Focus Theme: Wildlife 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
Apr 7 Wed
Hampshire County Arts Council Planning Meeting Augusta WV 6PM 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
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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 email@example.com in advance and we will do our best to accommodate.
WV Relay Operator for information on performances: 711-496-8002
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Music at The Purple Fiddle, Thomas, WV 21 East Ave 304-463-4040 firstname.lastname@example.org
March 25-28, 7PM Caught in the Act announces its inaugural production of "Spring Awakening" slated for the Lyric Theatre stage. For ticket information, please visit www.caughtNtheact.com or call the box-office at 1-866-967-8167.
March 26, 7:30PM
The FSU Lewis J. Ort Library hosts a reading by Jeffrey Ford. Frostburg, MD Ford is an American writer in the fantastic genre tradition, although his works have spanned genres including fantasy, science fiction and mystery. For more infot 301-687-4425.
March 27, 7:30PM
The FSU Cultural Events "LIVE! at StarScape" Series presents Cristina Pato and The Migrations Band Frostburg MD in the Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall of the FSU Lane University Center. Join WFWM immediately following the performance for a Q&A with Cristina Pato. Pato will also lead a Piping Workshop on March 26. Tickets $20/adult; $17/under 17/FSU Staff; Group prices available. Tickets & info: 1-866-849-9237 or 301-687-3137 or http://ces.frostburg.edu.
March 29 Sunday
Mountainside Baroque presents "Peasant Song and Dance from Renaissance Germany" Cumberland, MD 3:30PM pre-concert talk 4PM concert, The Allegany Museum, 3 Pershing St. Music of early 16th century Germany, one of the most interesting periods in German history, which saw Germany moving into their musical Renaissance, as well as the beginnings of the Reformation with Martin Luther. The wide variety of German folk songs found in 16th century settings will be the focus of this special performance, one that will include popular tunes and stories ranging from haunting love songs to earthy shenanigans to drunken carousing, and even imitations of animal sounds. They evoke the famous "peasant" paintings of Pieter Breughel the Elder.
Mezzo soprano Dianna Grabowski (Selinsgrove, PA), tenor Joel Bevington (Oregon) and Cumberland native, baritone Ryan Mullaney, will be joined on these catchy tunes by instruments of the period—viola da gamba, recorder, crumhorn and lute—played by Caitlin Cribbs (California), Arnie Tanimoto (Julliard) and Patricia and Lyle Nordstrom (LaVale).
For more info www.mountainsidebaroque.org, email email@example.com, or call 301-338-2940.
Apr 3 Fri
First Friday Coffeehouse: Graydon James and Laura Spink Martinsburg, WV, Trinity Orchard House, 4599 Shepherdstown Rd. (Rt. 45), , four miles from the four-way stop in Shepherdstown, WV. Doors open for social time and open mic sign-up at 7:30 p.m. Open mic starts at 8 pm on a first come, first served basis. Eight performers have the opportunity to do two songs (eight minutes each) in front of an attentive audience in one of the area's premier listening rooms. Snacks and refreshments served. 25401. From Shepherdstown, it´s four miles on the right from the four-way stop, just before The Pump House. A $5 - $10 donation per person is requested. For more infoSteve Warner 304-676-4422 or 304-876-2915. Also check www.myspace.com/firstfridaycoffeehouse. Canadians Graydon James and Laura Spink from the acclaimed folk-roots band The Young Novelists
Tickets on Sale: WVU Arts & Entertainment 800-745-3000
April 9 Abigail Washburn & Bela Fleck, Morgantown, WV7:30PM WVU Creative Arts Center http://www.ticketmaster.com/bela-fleck-morgantown-west-virginia-04-09-2015/event/16004D388BAB1D46?brand=wvu
For information about music events in Winchester, VA, visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blind-Faith-Enterprises/119929881358174
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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.
March 19-April 4
11th Annual Allegany County Student Art Showcase presented in The Saville Gallery & Schwab Mountain Maryland Gallery, 9 N. Centre Street. The exhibition will feature a sampling of student artwork (grades K-12) from across the county. Gallery Hours are Monday through Friday, 9AM-5PM, and Saturday, 11AM-4PM. Info: 301-777-ARTS (2787).
For more music and arts information in the Shenandoah Valley, check out: www.shenandoahmusic.com and www.americanarhythm.com/
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HAMS (Hampshire Actors and Makers of Shows) Romney WV 6 pm - First Baptist Church, West Main St. The group meets twice monthly (first Thursday and third Monday) to brainstorm productions and do scene and improv work and more - contact Dale Brady 304-834-8369 (firstname.lastname@example.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
Apr 10-May 8 Fridays 6-9PM
Portrait Drawing Class with Sandra Wright Keyser, WV Potomac State College $75 Class will learn to draw simple shapes and angles to achieve the likeness using proportions and standard facial measures. How to draw eyes, noese, and mouths to give them a life-like quality and use shading to create a sense of volume. enroll at http://www.potomacstatecollege.edu/academics/special_interest.html Class code Art 2938 CRN 18936
April 7, 14, 21, and 28, Tuesdays 1PM- 4PM
Open Studio With Judith Becker Martinsburg, WV Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen St. Tuition$80 for the four sessions. Pre-registration is required. For details and online registration information visit http://artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/openstudio/. For more information email email@example.com or call 304-620-7277. Whether you're working in watercolor, acrylics, pastels, oil, or some combination, artists of all skill levels are invited to come in and enjoy a social and collaborative atmosphere where you can strengthen your skills or try new ideas or techniques with one of our experienced instructors available to provide individualized coaching and guidance. While this is not a formal instruction program, it's a great opportunity to continue to practice what you have learned in other classes, revitalize those rusty skills, get some help with a stubborn composition, or just take the time for yourself to focus on your artwork with fewer distractions and some expert advice!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 first Wednesday Poetry night, Thursdays yoga, cello, and electric jam, Friday posted concerts, Saturday spirit jam and posted concerts. http://www.thenewearthgranary.com
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Potomac Highlands Scottish Country Dancers s meet every Wednesday evening, 7:30 - 9:30PM, October through May, at The Appalachian Ballet Theater, 14617 McMullen Highway, Cresaptown, MD (directly across the street from Sheetz). Classes are free and open to ages 12 and above. Come learn this lively and fun traditional Scottish dance form, held in a relaxed dance studio setting. No partner and no experience necessary! For more information, contact instructor Becky Corbett at 304-492-5128 or email@example.com.
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.,across from Sheetz. All ages and abilities 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 informally. For more info email Becky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Nov 13-15 Fri-Sun
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
The Fort Edwards Foundation in Capon Bridge, WV, is seeking artists/artisans whose art forms are compatible with the colonial era to participate in events at the Fort Edwards Visitor Center during summer/fall 2015. For info contact email@example.com.
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.
EARLY-BIRD DEADLINE: APRIL 1, 2015 Deadline: May 1
The Artist's Magazine's Annual Art Competition wants to honor your most outstanding work. If your art is deserving of being celebrated in the pages of The Artist's Magazine, enter today! Winning submissions will be discovered by fellow artists, art professionals and art lovers in a wide variety of settings. Winners' names and work will be featured in the December 2015 issue
9 finalists will be showcased in the magazine's "Competition Spotlight" feature
12 finalists will be featured as "Artist of the Month" on our website
The work of 12 finalists will be offered on our website as desktop wallpaper.
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April 25 Jurying
The Lost River Artisans Cooperative is looking for new artists to participate in Cooperative Activities. Spring Jury date is April 25th. Especially interested in Iron or metal work, quilting, leather, and woodwork. For membership information, check http://lostrivercrafts.com/Joinus. On May 2nd, we'll have a show and reception for all our new artists. Questions, email Kathy Kavanagh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline May 2
61st Annual National Juried Exhibition of Nat'l Society of Painters in Casein & Acrylic www.nationalsocietyofpaintersincaseinandacrylic.com Over $15,000 in cash awards and medals.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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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 1, 2015 Fri (Note this is a Change of Date)
HCAC Spring Concert: Ralph Gordon, Alexander Mitchell and Michael G. Ronstadt Romney, WV 7:30PM The Bottling Works, 426 E. Main St.
June 21, 2015 Sun
HCAC Free Summer Concert on the Lawn: TarabRaqs Romney, WV 5PM The Potomac Center, 1 Blue St.
June 22-26 Mon-Fri
HCAC Summer Art Camp Romney, WV WV Schools for the Deaf & Blind campus. watch for details and sign ups
Nov 13-15 Fri-Sun
Hampshire Highlands Studio Tour Click for participation details
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