The Hampshire County Arts Council (HCAC) is pleased to announce the first annual Hampshire Highlands Arts & Music Festival to be held on Saturday, September 22  in Romney and Capon Bridge, WV.  A fun day is planned for art and music lovers, foodies, history buffs, and children.  Additional activities will take place Sunday, September 23.

Saturday In Romney at the Gazebo (S. High Street by Taggart Hall):

  • About 15 juried artists will set up around the Gazebo as well as in the adjacent Hampshire Co-op. Artists will be doing demos, talking about and selling their art from 10 am – 5 pm.  **In the event of rain, these artists will be in the Hampshire County Co-op & Artisans Market on S. Marsham St.)
  • Music will be part of the day starting at 11 am at the Gazebo, ranging from the new Hampshire County Ukulele Club to professional bands such as Hay Fever and Glory Bound Bluegrass. 
  • **In the event of rain, the music will be presented in the Hampshire County Co-op & Artisans Market on S. Marsham St.)
  • Food vendors will provide a variety from BBQ to ices for foodies.
  • Also in the area will be youth activities, including various arts & crafts, sidewalk chalk drawing, etc.
  • A Geocaching Competition with prizes will be of interest to adults and youth alike.
  • From noon to 3 pm, there will be guided historic walking tours.

Saturday evening at The Bottling Works, Romney:

  • As evening approaches, the fun moves to The Bottling Works with a Jazz Concert with Marion Mich & Company from 5-7pm. BBQ will be available for purchase.
  • At 7:30, the music and dancing begin with The Flashbacks. Tickets are still available at the low price of $8 for HCAC members and $10 for non-HCAC members.
  • Concerned with the late night? Discount room packages are available from the South Branch Inn which includes the concert, and an extended package which includes a Potomac Eagle Train ride on Sunday.  Details available at  http://hampshirearts.org/check-out-the-special-festival-package-deals/ Koolwink Motel  is also offering a discount on the second night stay. 

Also Saturday around Hampshire County:

Sunday:

  • Docent-led hike of Ice Mountain Preserve in North River Mills at 9 am.
  • Rubber Duck race on the South Branch River at 2836 S Branch River Road from 1 – 3 pm.
    • Includes Music, Food, and Scarecrow Building Contest

For further call 304-298-3039. 

Hampshire Highlands Arts & Music Festival logo

Finally, a festival in Hampshire County designed to celebrate and showcase our artists and musicians – The Hampshire Highlands Arts & Music Festival on September 22.  The festival is being supported by a host of organizations and businesses including the Hampshire County Arts Council, The River House, Anderson’s Corner, Honey Bee Studio, Hampshire Co-op and Heritage Marketplace and Hay Fever Band to name a few.

If you are an artist and would like to be a part of the festival to display and sell or demonstrate your art, contact Melissa Snell at brdwtcher@frontier.com.  Melissa will be able to provide you with information regarding fees and the juried process.  For other information,  call Charlie Snead at 304-298-3039.  For complete information and a registration form see 2018 HHAMF Agreement

Throughout the summer months, youth entering 3rd grade in the fall up through this year’s high school graduates will have the opportunity to attend workshops taught by distinguished artists in various media.   Most of these will be offered on Thursdays and Fridays from June 7 through Aug. 10 in the classroom of the Hampshire County Co-op and Heritage Marketplace, 56 S. Marsham St., Romney.  Below you will find a list of the workshops scheduled so far.  More are expected to be added soon.

One continuing workshop that grew out of last summer’s arts camp will be a Ukulele Club that will meet every Friday, beginning June 8 at 11 am for 1 hour with lessons and practice under the leadership of Jim Morris.  Unlike the other workshops, the club will be open to youth and adults of all ages and of all levels of experience.   There will be ukuleles available for use; those who have their own instruments are asked to bring them.  Those who are just learning to play will soon find that they are becoming proficient enough to play along with more experienced musicians.  Before the end of the summer, we look forward to having a ukulele club that will be willing to perform for local events!

Performing ukuleles for open house
Ukuleles performing for Summer Arts Camp 2017

Each workshop will be limited to 12 participants to allow instructors to give their best attention to each student and will require advance registration.   The exception will be the Ukulele Club which will be unlimited in size.  A special saving offer of $35 is available for the 9 Ukulele Club classes scheduled for the summer.  For all other classes there will be a nominal fee of $5 per student per class or 6 classes for $25.

  • Friday, June 8, 11 am-12 noonUkulele Club with lessons and practice under the leadership of Jim Morris
  • Friday, June 8, 1-2 pmExploring Composition taught by Sibyl MacKenzie.  Students will learn how to make dynamic compositions that draw the eye around the surface, provide balance and elegance, and interest in line and shape can be an intriguing and educational effort.
  • Thursday, June 14 & Friday, June 15, 9:30-10:30 amCartooning taught by Robin Pancake.  At the completion of this 2-session class, students will have completed their own comic strip.  There will be only a single charge of $5 for this 2-session class.
  • Friday, June 15, 11 am-12 noonUkulele Club with lessons and practice under the leadership of Jim Morris
  • Friday, June 22, 11 am-12 noonUkulele Club with lessons and practice under the leadership of Jim Morris
  • Friday, June 22, 1-2:30 pm:  Acrylic Painting, Beach Theme, taught by Missy Shockey. In this class students will learn how to blend and dry brush colors on canvas to create their own masterpiece to take home.
  • Friday, June 22, 3-4:30 pm:  Acrylic Painting, Dream Catcher, taught by Missy Shockey. In this class students will learn how to blend and dry brush colors on canvas to create their own masterpiece to take home.
  • Friday, June 29, 11 am-12 noonUkulele Club with lessons and practice under the leadership of Jim Morris
  • Friday, June 29, 1-2 pm: “Easy-gami!”   paper folding for beginning Origami taught by Nancy Judd. Class size limited to 8.
  • Friday, July 6, 11 am-12 noonUkulele Club with lessons and practice under the leadership of Jim Morris
  • Thursday, July 12, 1-3 pm:  Watercolor, 101:  Learn the basics of watercolor painting with instructor Barbie Hillenbrand. Get past the fear of painting with watercolor and learn the magic ways behind creating great paintings.
  • Friday, July 13, 11 am-12 noonUkulele Club with lessons and practice under the leadership of Jim Morris
  • Friday, July 13, 1-3 pm:  Watercolor – Paint What You See:  Learn the basics of watercolor painting with instructor Barbie Hillenbrand. Students will learn to take a deeper look at what they see. Is black really black? Is white really white?
  • Friday, July 20, 11 am-12 noonUkulele Club with lessons and practice under the leadership of Jim Morris
  • Friday, July 27, 11 am-12 noonUkulele Club with lessons and practice under the leadership of Jim Morris
  • No classes scheduled for Aug. 7-8 :  PEACH FESTIVAL WEEKEND
  • Friday, August 10, 9:15 am-10:30 am:  Draw What You HearCANCELLED
  • Friday, August 10, 11 am-12 noonUkulele Club with lessons and practice under the leadership of Jim Morris
  • Friday, August 10, 1:30-2:30 pm, Glass art, class 1:  CANCELLED
  • Friday, August 10, 3:00-4:30 pm, Glass art, class 2:  CANCELLED
  • Saturday, August 11, 9 am-11 am:  Romney’s Unique ArchitectureCANCELLED

To register, please fill in form Registration Arts Adventures Workshops and return with check made payable to HCAC Arts Adventure Workshops and mail to Joanne Snead, PO Box 305, Springfield WV 26763. For additional information, call Joanne at 304-298-3039 or email Joanne_Snead@yahoo.com.

Enrollment is limited to 12 students per class, except for Ukulele Club and will be “first come/first serve.”   Register early to insure your space! 

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Local art instructor Missy Hogbin Shockey is diplaying her work at Bank of Romney main branch in Romney, WV until December 12. All pieces in the exhibit are for sale. Missy regularly offers introductory painting courses throughout the year, and one-on-one instruction if desired. Details and her contact info are posted next to her exhibit at the bank.

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Photographs by Jan Dodgins

The 2018 Spring Fine Arts Show, hosted by the Arts Council will be held in March at the Hampshire County Public library in Romney.  Entries in all art media are acceptable including two dimensional and three dimensional works.  Artists do not need to be members of the Arts Council to enter. 

 The show will be judged by Dot Procter from Bethesda, Maryland.  Her primary media is acrylic on canvas but she supplements this with the use of tempera, watercolor and occasionally oils. She also enjoys drawing with pencil, ink, charcoal, pastels and markers.  Rounding up her experience is the use of paper mache, wood, air-dry clay, fabric and recycled materials.  Dot has been honored with invitations to display her work in many art galleries as well as inclusion of her works in public art collections and private collections around the world.

 

Glass Art
Best in Show 2016

 

Detailed information of the show including rules, entry fees, and awards is contained in the “Artist, Call for Entries!”  An Entry Form is required for all art work entered.  Art works to be entered must be brought to the library Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 between 10 AM to 2 PM.  Entry forms may be filled out in advance or at the library during delivery.  Make sure to note the date of the Opening Reception Friday, March 9, 2018 beginning at 5 PM at the library.

2018 Spring FAS call for entries 

2018 Fine Arts Show Entry Form 

 

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Award winning photographer Jeff Keister’s work will be on display from October 18 – November 29 at the FNB Bank,105 N High St in Romney, open 9am-5pm Monday thru Friday. All pieces are for sale, and the exhibit contains contact information for the artist. Stop by for a look and a free cup of coffee.

 

HCAC Member Artists Village

The Hampshire County Arts Council is sponsoring member artists to display and sell their art at no cost to the artist at the Capon Bridge Founders Day Festival on Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25. HCAC is coordinating the Artist Village in the Fire Hall.  The festival draws about 3,000 visitors from the region and this is a great opportunity to get out there and be seen in a safe and no-cost venue. All art must be original work of the member artist. A artists should e-mail Larry Manning at lmanning22@frontier.com with their name, phone number, and their type of art by August 5.  If you have questions, call Larry at 703-772-5530.  Any non-member interested in being part of the Artist Village should join the Hampshire County Arts Council by July 15 by going to http://www.HampshireArts.org.

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 lmoore@hardynet.com 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 lmoore@hardynet.com or 304-897-7827.