Hampshire County Arts Council

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Thank You!

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

You Can Help

The Hampshire County Arts Council earns a penny every time you search the Internet using GoodSearch.com, a search engine (powered by Yahoo!) that donates half its revenue—about a penny per search—to the charities its users designate. Use as you would any search engine.

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Go to www.goodsearch.com and go to the "participating non-profits" and "West Virginia" list to find us as the charity you want to support. Just 50 of us searching four times a day will raise about $730 in a year without anyone spending a dime! Please try it out, and spread the word! HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!

Another way you can help

Click on the links below to download and print out fliers for upcoming events— pass them along or post them wherever you go that folks might see them. These are jpg files the should open in your browser.

Summer Art Camp flyer


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...

See calendar for details. Some members list their own events on their own Member Artist pages. Please check their listings and support them. If you'd like to have your own Member Artist page (and we mean "artist" in the broad sense--painter, photographer, musician, actor, dancer, sculptor...whatever your art form), contact the webmaster by e-mail.

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Collaborating with Hampshire Co-op & Heritage Marketplace

HCAC members Denise Huard, Patty Anderson, and Joanne Snead were elected to the board of the Hampshire County Artists Co-op and are involved in the exciting effort of establishing the Co-op and Heritage Market Place. Phase I grand opening took place as part of the Peach Festival August 6-7. Artwork by several HCAC artists was displayed for sale.

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Funding for Phase 2, which will include classroom space, is being supported by "Ducks on the South Branch," a duck race fundraiser September 17, and a "GO FUND ME" page at https://www.gofundme.com/29u59ptw. For more information contact Denise Huard at 304-359-3288.

The Rainier Trio Classical Concert September 17

For an evening of tangos, Irish melodies, Broadway show tunes and Mendelssohn, the Hampshire County Arts Council presents the Rainier Trio on Saturday September 17 at 7:30 pm at The Bottling Works in Romney WV.

The Rainier Trio

The Rainier Trio is an exciting and energetic group that captivates audiences with gems from the violin-viola-piano trio repertoire. A combination written for since the 17th century, the repertoire includes works by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Milhaud, bridging genres from classical to ragtime and tango.

Hailed as "two perfect virtuosos" at their international performance debut, Kevin and Bryan Matheson of the Classic Strings Duo were received with critical acclaim at their Carnegie Weill Recital Hall début as part of the Ibla Grand Prize competition winners' tour. They have teamed up with pianist Brenda Wittwer, a native of Charlotte, NC. She has been accompanist for Theater Charlotte, Pfeiffer University Concert Choir and Sounds of America, a musical group which toured the 48 contiguous states.

At 2 pm, the Trio is offering a free event for children at The Bottling Works. The group uses contrasting styles ranging from Bach to Bartok and from Appalachia to Arabia to explore the difference between folk and classical music. An instrumental "petting-zoo" with small-sized violins allows children to experience playing a violin and feel how the physics of stringed instruments work. The artists play musical examples while discussing what makes folk and classical music different, as well as, disassemble a violin bow to show students the real horsehair. This interactive program is fun and educational for all ages including parents!

Click here for more information and videos of the group performing.

Click here for tickets.


Adult Art Workshops

Want to try something new? Check out the series of adult workshops designed to introduce and explore subjects you "have always wanted to try." Check back often to see what is coming next. Also check out the HCAC Adult Workshops Facebook page.

Beginning Calligraphy Workshop: August 27 from 10:30 until 1:30 @ the Hampshire County Public Library, 153 W.Main Street, Romney. Taught by local artist Robin Pancake. Class size limited to 10. Fee for supplies is $7. Please register at the library front desk or call 304-822-3185

Braided Rug Workshop: August 20, from 10:30 to 1:30 at the Hampshire County Library, 153 W. Main Street, Romney. Register at library, or call 304-822-3185 or do it online by emailing your name, course, and email address to: adultworkshops@hampshirearts.org. Bring scissors, lunch and $10 materials fee. Taught by the talented Linda Moats.

Find Your Voice With Words: A Writing Workshop September 10, 10:30 until 1:30 at the Bank of Romney Community Center, 95 E. Main Street, Romney WV. Presented by our very talented Dale Brady Learn techniques and skills to improve or jump start your writing. There will be writing prompts and other exercises to expand your writing boundaries. Course is free, all skill levels welcome. Limited to mature teens and all adults. Register at adultworkshops@hampshirearts.org or call Denise @304-359-3288.

Annual Hampshire Highlands Studio Tour Nov 11-13

The Hampshire Highlands Studio Tour is an annual event held in mid-November in Hampshire County, West Virginia, which showcases local artists and artisans, inviting visitors to tour the artists' studios and view the creative process. Visitors and artists have the unique opportunity to interact in the artists' creative environment. November is a lovely time to visit the Hampshire Highlands and a perfect time to find unique art gifts for the holidays.

Like and follow the Hampshire Highlands Studio Tour's Facebook Page for updates.

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.

June 2, August 4, and October 6 meetings will take place at: Hampshire County Public Library, 153 W Main St, Romney, WV

May 5, no meeting July 2016, September 1, and November 3 meetings will be held at: Capon Bridge Public Library, 2987 Northwestern Pike, Capon Bridge WV