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

The Roosevelt Dime band


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.

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 to be painted is on B Belles’ east wall facing Celebration Park.  The wall has been washed and is ready to be primed.  Then the design can be projected onto the wall for painting by volunteer artists.  Some adults and teens have already volunteered to help, but more will be needed.  If interested in helping with the painting, contact Joanne Snead at or 304-298-3039. 

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 next spring.   

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). Romney, the oldest established town in West Virginia, has a plethora of history and stories of what used to be. 

 The vision of The Romney Project is 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 on 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 that are happening around our state, we believe that “Now it’s Romney’s time!”  Our desire is to enhance the image of Romney and foster a sense of pride in our town.  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 agreed to participate by granting 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.

Musical note in circleRoosevelt Dime Returns
August 25, The River House, Capon Bridge, WV

With a name appropriated from a coin minted in 1946, it comes as no surprise that historical reference points underscore the music of the East Coast-based quartet Roosevelt Dime. Hampshire County Arts Council will again present this engaging brotherhood of musicians, who trace the rich tributaries of Americana – Blues, Bluegrass, and New Orleans juke joint Rhythm & Blues, enduring genres newly electrified with a modern charge. 

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Hampshire Highlands Arts & Music Festival September 22

A festival in Hampshire County to celebrate and showcase our artists and musicians – is in the planning stages. Artists and musicians are being lined up. Watch for more details, but meanwhile, mark your calendar!

Special package deals with the Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad and the South Branch Inn are being offered to those attending the Festival from out of town. Package One includes lodging at the South Branch Inn Romney, admission to The Flashbacks concert, and a ride on the Potomac Eagle.  Package Two includes lodging at The South Branch Inn and admission to The Flashbacks concert.  For details and ticket purchases click here

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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