Hampshire County Arts Council

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Newsletter Editor to compile information from the various Council activities and edit for the designer for quarterly editions. Contact Charles Snead at 304-298-3039

Accessibility Advisory Committee Chair
Coordinate one meeting per year (late fall) to advise HCAC on how to make programs and activities more accessible to all members of the community. Contact Charles Snead, president 304-289-3039.

Concerts Committee Coordinator
Plan and organize concerts.
Contact Charles Snead, president 304-298-3039.

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Coming Events...

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Artists Sought for the 2017 Spring Fine Arts Show

Calling all Artists! The Hampshire County Arts Council is pleased to announce the Spring Fine Arts Show to be held March 6 - 24 at the Hampshire County Public Library, Romney. Open to all adult artists, the event seeks to recognize the outstanding quality and diversity of art being created in West Virginia and the surrounding states.

We are extremely excited to have Steve Cassle from Tamarack as our judge for the 2017 Spring Fine Arts Show. Not only will we benefit from his extensive experience and knowledge in the Arts as our judge, but the talents of our artists will be on display for his enjoyment and inspection. Steve is the Product Development Coordinator for Tamarack in Beckley, West Virginia involved with the planning, coordination, and implementation of jury sessions for Tamarack. He currently also serves on the Mountain State Art and Craft Fair Board of Directors. He has over forty years' experience as a full time working artist since 1973. His talent and originality earned him the Tamarack Artist of the Year in 2004 and the West Virginia Juried Exhibition Award of Merit in 1987.

Three cash awards will be presented at the opening reception to be held March 10 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at the Library; $250 for Best in Show, $125 for 2nd place (the Vincent Melzac Memorial Award), and $75 for 3rd place. Honorable Mention ribbon(s) will be awarded at the discretion of the judge and HCAC.Entries in 2016 Spring Fine Art Show

The entry fee is $20 for HCAC members and $30 for non-members, which allows the artist to enter up to 3 items. Work should be brought to the library Saturday, March 4, between 10:30 am and 3 pm. All art must be original work created on or after January 1, 2015 and not exceed the size limitations outlined in the Call for Entries.

Click for a Call for Entries pdf with full details. Click for Entry form

The Call for Entries, which outlines all guidelines and timeframes, and the entry form, will also be available at the library and other places around the County.

The public is encouraged to attend the free reception on Friday, March 10 at 5:30 to meet the artists, and view the art work that evening or throughout the show. Most art will be available for purchase directly from the artist. Contact Charlie Snead at visualarts@hampshirearts.org or call at 304-298-3039 for more information.

March 18 Women's Voices Return

In celebration of International Women's Day and Women's History Month, The Women's Voices Project returns with a reprise of Speaking Our Experience. This project of the Hampshire Actors and Makers of Shows (HAMS) and HCAC is based on a script written by director Dale Brady from a collection of writings gathered mostly by fellow theatre students at Western Carolina University. Inspired by books, plays, poems and miscellaneous sources by, for and about women, the stories shared will bring laughter and tears and will inspire and challenge. There may be updates based on current events and new writings.

The cast of readers includes Dottie Eddis, Jean Shoemaker, Nancy Judd, Patricia Taylor, Susan Feller, Johanna Murray and Dale Brady. Enthusiastic audience response has encouraged the Project to make plans for future readings and theatre performances about women's experience.

Join us Saturday March 18, 2017 at 7:30 pm at The Bottling Works 426 East Main Street Romney WV. Tickets are $5 and the doors will open at 7 pm. Coffee and conversation to follow.

April 8 Concert Will Feature Paul McKenna and Finn Magill

Our 2017 Music Season opens with Finn Magill and Paul McKenna Saturday April 8 at 7:30 pm at The Bottling Works in Romney WV. Paul McKenna has played here twice before with his band; this time the evening will be a duo playing tunes that will have the audience up on their feet.

"Young Finn has a beautiful sound and touch on the Irish fiddle. He has learned from and now plays with the best in the genre. I'm gonna keep listening for Finn Magill." -Tim O' Brien

For more information go to www.andrewfinnmagill.com

To purchase advance tickets, click here

Contact Dale Brady at 304-834-8369 or send email to: music@HampshireArts.org


Auditions March 11 and 14

The HAMS are excited to announce auditions for the first of the Sanders Family Trilogy - Smoke on the Mountain. Actor/Musicians are invited to bring their acoustic guitars, banjos and bass on Saturday March 11 at 1 pm or Tuesday March 14 at 7 pm at the First Baptist Church 325 E. Main Romney WV.

If you have ever wanted to get up on stage and tell a story with your music, this is the perfect opportunity.Male and female roles for musician singers (except for one female role). See cast description on Theatre page. Be prepared to sing old-time hymns or folk ballads.

This rollicking series takes place in a church in the Appalachian Mountains from 1938 to 1945. With old-timey songs, the Sanders Family tells their serious and funny stories in the context of a church service in each play. Performances are scheduled for May 19, 20 and 21, 2017.

For more info ontact Dale Brady 304-834-8369 or theatre@HampshireArts.org.

Board Meeting Times & Locations

The Hampshire County Arts Council's monthly Planning Meetings now take place first Thursdays at 1PM, alternating locations between the libraries in Romney and Capon Bridge. All members and anyone with an interest in helping make arts opportunities available in Hampshire County are welcome at any meeting.

**March 2 meeting will take place at: Romney First Baptist Church, 325 W Main St, Romney, WV **(due to a board member breaking a leg)

April 6 meeting will be held at: Capon Bridge Public Library, 2987 Northwestern Pike, Capon Bridge WV