Bringing the Arts to Life

In Hampshire County, West Virginia

The Hampshire County Arts Council fosters the creation,  presentation, and enjoyment of the arts in our community.

HCAC sees the arts as an integral part of daily life. An art-rich environment enhances the quality of life for residents and visitors and encourages the development, recognition, and appreciation of local performers, musicians, artists, and writers.

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Historical Time-Line of Romney mural draft

Detail of mural concept



Throughout the year the Hampshire County Arts Council presents numerous opportunities to enjoy and participate in the arts and supports other entities in their efforts to enrich our community.

2019 Spring Fine Arts Show Call for Entries
March 2, Hampshire County Public Library, Romney, WV

Entries are invited for the 2019 Hampshire County Arts Council’s Spring Fine Arts Show, which will hang March 3 through 23.  New criteria have been adopted for the show, which is open to all U.S. artists age 18 and older. This year all original work from any year is eligible, if it has never been submitted to a judged HCAC event. Submit old favorites or create anew, all are welcome.

Entries will be accepted in painting, watercolor, drawing, mixed media, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, carving, textile, glass, wood, metalwork, photography. Complete details for submission are included in the 2019 Spring FAS call for entries.Work submitted should be suitable for general viewing audiences of all ages. 

Entries must be brought Saturday, March 2, between 10:30 am and 3 pm to the Hampshire County Public Library, Romney, WV. The completed entry form (available at the Library and online2019 Fine Arts Show ENTRY FORM) must be provided to the HCAC screening/registration panel along with the artwork and fee.

The HCAC screening/registration panel will serve as the final authority on eligibility. All art is expected to be displayed throughout the length of the Fine Arts Show.

An Opening Reception will take place Friday, March 8 from 5 to 7:30PM, during which awards will be presented including $300 Best-in-Show, $125 Vincent Melzac Memorial Award, $75 3rd place, and up to 5 Honorable Mentions of $25.

Artists must pick up their work on Saturday, March 23, between 10:30 am and 2 pm.

Sales are encouraged and all works are assumed to be available for purchase unless designated “Not For Sale” (NFS). The artist is responsible for all details of the sale including delivery of the work to the buyer after pickup on March 23 (items are to remain in the Show until March 23.) A 20% commission is to be paid to the HCAC. 

We are extremely pleased to have Deborah Hicks of Cumberland, Maryland as our 2019 Spring Fine Arts Show judge.                      Deborah’s primary media is oil on canvas.  She also works with enamel, ink, acrylic, oil pastel, watercolor and occasionally found objects.  Deborah paints in large scale in brilliant color.  Her work has achieved popular acclaim for her bold style and diverse subject matter exhibiting a range of emotion and statement. 

For further info contact Ibi Hinrichs 703-655-1767 or

Paint The Town Off to A Great Start
Romney, WV

The Romney Project’s plan to “Paint the Town” is off to a great start, thanks to a generous donation to their GoFundMe Campaign made by Carol Shaw.  The first mural is on B Belles’ east wall facing Celebration Park, was painted by volunteer artists. After “getting our feet wet” and showing the community how much difference some artistic design and paint can do to transform the looks of the town, we will be ready to tackle our more ambitious historical timeline of Romney mural. If you are interested in helping with future murals, contact Joanne Snead at or 304-298-3039.

A collaborative group of volunteers from the Hampshire County Arts Council (HCAC), the Town of Romney including the Mayor and the Town Administrator, and concerned and interested business owners and citizens has embarked on an adventure to use art and this history to showcase our town. Our collective love of art coupled with our interest in history led us to this extremely needed effort, namely The Romney Project (TRP) to raise awareness of our town’s rich history and culture and uplift the community spirit through arts and education.

Romney—West Virginia’s oldest town (established December 23, 1762)— is a pearl in the Hampshire Highlands, waiting to be polished and shown to the world.  Inspired by the successes of the arts-driven community awakenings around WV, we will be “painting the town.”  Not red but with art and activities that will transform the perception of Romney visually, emotionally, passionately and affectionately.  You can be a part of our plans and dreams. 

MURALS: Multiple Romney business owners have granted permission for murals to be painted on their buildings. A variety of themes are planned depending on the location and the history of the location.  John D’Amico, HCAC member and professional commercial artist, along with other local artists, is designing the murals by working with the business owners and TRP members. The signature mural, shown at top left, is a historical timeline of Romney from the early Indian settlements to today and has been proposed for a large building or to be used in parts on a series of buildings.  Also shown at left are details of a section in the middle, and the design of the end of the mural showing some of what life is like today, and a design for one shop in Romney.


Thank You!

The Hampshire County Arts Council sincerely thanks our faithful sponsors whose contributions allow us to offer the community many events each year.

Augusta Animal Hospital The Bank of Romney FNB Bank Staggers & Staggers Gayle Borchers Bob & Sally Caiola Wendy & Roger Anderson Sheila Melzac Kimberly Sykes William Lipps CPA

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