This year’s Summer Arts Camp under the direction of Joanne Snead and Nachama Miller provided great opportunities for youngsters to learn from some of the best artists in our community with 84 classes in arts ranging from Acrylics and Airbrushing to Ukuleles and Yoga.   Seventeen dedicated artists, Liz Braun, Chelsea Carr, Brenton Colbert, John D’Amico, Judi Gaydos, Mark Griffith, Barbie Hillenbrand, Nancy Judd, Jeff Keister, Skylar Lane, Sibyl MacKenzie, Larry Manning, Jim Morris, Swami Ramachandrananda, Sharon Ryan, Missy Shockey and Paige Tighe shared their talents with 33 eager campers during the week of June 19-23.

Campers enjoyed classes in acrylics, airbrushing, beeswax candle making, dance, drum circle, funky canvas art, glass crafts, Harry Potter, Minecraft, mixed-media/art journaling, Origami, painting backgrounds, making paper baskets, photography, sidewalk chalk, song and rap writing, string games, ukuleles, watercolors, weaving and yoga.   The full camp day included hot breakfasts and lunches.

Artists have already committed to teach again next year along with new volunteers.  An exciting new class will be offered in cartooning.  The tentative dates for 2018 Summer Arts Camp are June 18-22.  Watch this website for information and registration in early spring.

Registration is OPEN for Summer Arts Camp June 19-23, 2017, sponsored by the Hampshire County Arts Council at Romney Elementary School for students entering 3rd grade to 2017 graduating seniors with a genuine interest in the arts.
Camp is Monday-Friday 8:30 am – 3:00 pm and fee includes hot breakfast and lunch and a camp memento.
Our objective is to expose our campers to artistic expression taught by a wide variety of experts whether it is in music, dance or the many types of visual arts.  The campers will have a special performance by Dr. Greg Latta, a multi-talented musician, singer and songwriter and an award winning performer. 
New this year will be ukulele lessons which may inspire campers to continue playing in a ukulele band forming after the conclusion of camp.  We have grouped together week-long menus of classes to allow campers some flexibility in choices while providing all campers equal opportunity to broaden their experiences. 
Most classes are 1- and 2-day sessions while some are 4-day sessions for team work on projects which may be presented along with other pieces of art for the enjoyment of families and friends at the open house on Friday afternoon beginning at 2 pm.     
Instructors are Liz Braun, Brenton Colbert, John D’Amico, Chelsea Carr, Judi Gaydos, Mark Griffith, Barbie Hillenbrand, Nancy Judd, Jeff Keister, Skylar Lane, Larry Manning, Sibyl Mackenzie, Swami Ramachandrananda, Paige Tighe and others
Classes include watercolor and acrylic painting, airbrushing, dance, ukulele, Minecraft, weaving, Harry Potter, paperclay, song writing, drum circle, art journaling, yoga, beeswax candle making, glass crafts, photography and more.  
Fees: $50.00 Non-HCAC member camper, $ 40.00 HCAC member camper
$40.00 Non-HCAC member camper joining HCAC with enclosed appropriate membership fee and membership form or when joining online at


Sibling fee:  Same as 1st paying registrant in family, less $10. 
Some scholarship funds may be available based on financial need. 
For more information, contact 
Joanne Snead:

304-298-3039 or 

Nachama Miller:


Enrollment is limited. 

To register, click here for the application form.

If you would like to share a copy of the flyer, click here for a pdf file to download.

Seth Maynard

Saxophonist Rich Norwood


The Hampshire County Arts Council’s 2017 Season continues with An Evening of Jazz and More. Seth Maynard and Rich Norwood will be playing jazz, bossa nova, blues and some oldies at The Bottling Works in Romney WV on Friday June 9th.

Seth Maynard has been playing for several years at the Capon Bridge Founders Day Festival. His training at Berklee College of Music is evident in his skillful and colorful guitar and vocal stylings. He performs as many as 100 shows each year at various regional venues and serves as Adjunct Music Faculty at Davis & Elkins College and West Virginia Wesleyan College. As owner and operator of Lone Wolf Productions, where his credits are numerous, his work has included sound mixing for the West Virginia PBS show, “American Mountain Theater.” Seth performs regionally as a solo/duo act, and with his groups Osmosis, The Cool Cats, The Ginsangers and ZEN. Performance highlights from past years include special shows for the Polar Express (Elkins, WV), Jazz at Charles Pointe, Tamarack (Beckley, WV), as a solo act at Deerfield Restaurant (Canaan, WV), the Purple Fiddle and events hosted by the WV Jazz Society. Seth has toured the country with various groups and opened for many national and international artists over the course of his career. Recent recording releases include “Duo Primo, Randall Hall and Seth Maynard” and “Christmas Time Is Here” featuring the vocal talents of Rachel Franks.

As a longtime music educator in the Randolph County school system of West Virginia, Rich Norwood has reached far and wide, touching the lives of students around the world. He has performed at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and shared the stage with internationally acclaimed jazz artists, like trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, organist Gene Ludwig, and drummer Roger Humphries.

Currently, Rich performs with the Queen City Funk & Soul Band in Oakland, MD and in West Virginia with The Cool Cats, The Morgantown Jazz Orchestra and Young Funk Sung. He has been a featured performer for several WV Jazz Society special engagements.

The show starts at 7:30 pm and the Box Office opens at 6:30. Tickets are $10 ($8 for members) and can be purchased at the door or on-line at

 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 or call Denise at 304-359-3288.

The act of painitng outdoors or what the eye actually sees. Sound exciting? Artists have long painted outdoors, but in the mid-19th century, working in natural light became particularly important to the impressionists. The popularity of painting en plein air increased in the 1840s and has endured throughout the 20th century and into the 21st century. Two HCAC plein air events are in the works. Why not give it a try?

Plein-Air Gathering Saturday, June 11, 10AM

Coordinator V. Lynn Moore

Mill Meadow, home of Robin Pancake, 27435 Northwestern Pike, Romney, wV (West of Romney on Rt. 50 about 3/4 miles past the Potomac River bridge, first left just beyond the railroad tracks).

Join our exciting new event of painting outdoors in life as you capture the experience of natural light, wind, etc. Open to one and all. No reservation required. Bring your painting supplies and lunch. Contact V. Lynn Moore at or 304-897-7827.

Plein-Air at the WV Peach Festival, Saturday, August 6, 11AM-3PM

Coordinator V. Lynn Moore

The WV Peach Festival in downtown Romney, at the gazebo on the grounds of Taggart Hall along South High St. Be daring, paint outdoors in front of the public, as you answer their questions and respond to their reactions. Open to one and all. No reservation required. Contact V. Lynn Moore at or 304-897-7827.