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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Working in watercolors

Join your fellow artists in volunteering to share your creative, innovative talents with eager, young aspiring artists!  Artists in all genre are signing up now to teach at our Summer Arts Camp, June 18-22, 2018.  The full-day, weeklong camp will be held at Romney Elementary School, 45 School Street, Romney WV, for children entering 3rd grade in the fall through 2018 high school graduates.   Free breakfasts and lunches are included for campers.

Whatever your artistic bent, whether it be in visual arts, drama, writing or any artistic field, we NEED YOU!  Past classes have included acrylic and watercolor painting, drawing, graphic arts, poetry, weaving and fiber arts, handbells, guitar, ukulele, glass arts, metal sculpting, drum circle, song and rap writing, pottery, music imagery, string instrument making, string art, dance, paper mache, collages, stories through song, Harry Potter and imagination, basket weaving, soap carving, Minecraft, yoga, airbrushing, jewelry making, photography, dance, beeswax candle-making, mixed-media and journaling, funky canvas art —the list goes on and on!

Our campers are all enthusiastic and anxious to enjoy tried and true arts as well as explore new fields.  For some it might be the first time to experience a new art and can be the catalyst for a budding career.

Volunteers are also needed to assist the artists in their classrooms.   If you don’t consider yourself an artist or just prefer not to be the lead instructor, consider volunteering a half-day or more to lend a hand assisting an instructor.  You will find the campers fun to work with, as well pick up some arts tips yourself.

Why not join us this summer?  For information or to volunteer, contact camp@hampshirearts.org.  You will find it to be very rewarding and will be glad you did!

 

 

Saturday, November 11, at 7:30PM HCAC will present Dan Frechette and Laurel Thomsen, “making beautiful music together,” on stage at The Bottling Works, 426 E. Main St., Romney, WV.  

Advance tickets may be purchased online via PayPal with a $1.50 processing fee per order, or tickets can be purchased at the door by cash or check. Under 17 are admitted free.

HCAC-member Advance $8 each 

Non-member Advance $10 each

“…best songwriters I’ve heard in a long time…”  – Sing Out

“…beautiful rapport…judicious violin…Frechette and Thomsen maintain absolute harmony while jumping from genre to genre…fascinating undertones and range…phenomenal guitar playing…prodigious players (with) songwriting that sets them apart…”  – Penguins Eggs

“Making beautiful music together, this duo lit up the MayFest stage…a remarkable singing voice…a match made in heaven.” – Dennis Taylor, The Monterey Herald

“Dan Frechette & Laurel Thomsen are everything we could hope for in a house concert. Their songs are great, their musicianship is top notch, and their stage presence and interaction with the audience is wonderful. They are friendly to work with and a true delight on stage. We got very positive feedback from our audience and look forward to having them back here in the future.” – Russ Paris, Russ and Julie’s House Concerts

“…What talent and charisma! My audience has never been so enthralled at any of my house concerts. They didn’t want to let Dan and Laurel go. And who could blame them? I highly recommend this fantastic couple!!! You will be amazed.” – P. DeLorenzo, House Concert Host

Meeting via a chance YouTube sighting and fueled by their undeniable musical chemistry, eclectic Roots-Folk songwriters Dan Frechette, guitar/harmonica/vocals, and Laurel Thomsen, violin/vocals, prove that musical magic is not only possible, but “a match made in heaven” (Monterey Herald). Lyrically refreshing and musically diverse, since meeting in person in early 2013, this Canadian-American duo has been making up for lost time. Logging over 150 concerts per year throughout the U.S. and Canada since then, they have already released three radio charting albums of their diverse and uplifting original material. Dan and Laurel “take to the stage with exuberance”… and with “their energy, winsome personalities, and toe tapping rhythms, keep audiences engaged with every song” (Carlin Hall Newsletter, Tappen, British Columbia).

With the duo’s international attention growing, ovations abound. As described by Brandie Michelle for the Medicine Hat Zine, Dan and Laurel share music that is “thoughtful, well composed and cleanly performed…” adding that “they are both extremely skilled musicians and their pairing of contrasting styles is the closest thing to perfection in a musical duo”. Arlene Davidson, a writer for The Clipper in Lac Du Bonnet, Manitoba remarked on their “perfectly blended vocal harmonies” after taking in the duo at the Fire n Water Festival in 2013. In review of their latest release, Canada’s premier music magazine Penguins Eggs wrote “…beautiful rapport…judicious violin…Frechette and Thomsen maintain absolute harmony while jumping from genre to genre…fascinating undertones and range…phenomenal guitar playing…prodigious players (with) songwriting that sets them apart…”

Highlights from the duo’s extensive tour schedule have included opportunities to play many famous and unique folk festivals, including the Winnipeg Folk Festival (2016), the American River Festival (2016), Artswells Festival (2016), the Brandon Folk Festival (2013), and the Fire n Water Festival (2013 and 2015). Other memorable concerts have included opportunities to open for The Wailin’ Jennys, headline the Medicine Hat Folk Club’s “Tongue On The Post” concert series, play the oldest theater in Western Canada in Indian Head, Saskatchewan (complete with resident ghosts and Charlie Chaplin’s signature marked backstage), and to perform a sold out feature on the Eastern Manitoba Concert Association (EMCA) series.

Also favorites within the North American house concert circuit, Dan and Laurel spend most weeks performing for captive audiences in living rooms across the continent. Most notably they have enjoyed Canadian “Home Routes” tours of northern British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan (2015 and 2016), headlining the Listening Room Festival in  Florida (2015), and a spot on the definitive Russ & Julie’s House Concert series in Los Angeles (2014) among many others.

Dan Frechette, Canadian entertainer, multi-instrumentalist, uncanny impressionist, and prolific singer-songwriter, is a musical force. With over 1300 songs across a impressive range of acoustic genres, and including the The Duhks’ hit singles “The Mists of Down Below” and “You Don’t See It”, Dan was signed to EMI publishing at 17. Since then he has  released over 25 albums of original material, and has been performing high-energy, soulful concerts throughout North America and Europe since 1992. Dan’s prolific output, iconic voice, and under-the-radar career path have led many luminaries to sing his songs and share their stages. Dan has opened for the likes of Dar Williams, Richard Thompson, Ron Sexsmith, Blackie and The Rodeo Kings, and Iian Matthews of Fairport Convention. “Dan Frechette has never written a song I don’t like” says Ismaila Alfa of CBC Radio. Dan has played most major folk festivals over the course of his career, including the Winnipeg, Edmonton, Trout Forest, Mariposa, and Stan Rogers Festivals, and the Suwanee Springfest. He is considered one of Canada’s best performers on acoustic guitar and harmonica, inspiring the career paths of many up-and-coming singer-songwriters now touring internationally.

Laurel Thomsen, California born genre-bending violinist, composer, published author, and respected educator, has performed classically and with a variety of bands and artists since 1998. With a rich and expressive violin tone and an interpretive style that can both rock a solo or add backup texture and groove, Laurel is frequently sought for her ability to add depth and emotion to diverse styles of music. Penguin Eggs Magazine called her “a terrific violinist and accompanist.” Dubbed the “Hookmeister” by one Bay Area recording engineer, her knack for creating infectious melodies has saved more than one person’s song from the studio chopping block. Also an emerging songwriter and singer with a “remarkable singing voice” (Monterey Herald), Laurel enjoys exploring universal topics and life’s questions through song. Creator and host of the popular Violin Geek Podcast since 2010, the author of several multi-media string playing technique guides, a longtime Strings magazine contributor, and since 1996, a dedicated private, Skype, and workshop lessons instructor to violin, viola, and fiddle students around the world, Laurel is passionate about not only sharing her music on stage, but helping others find their musical expression.

Dan Frechette with guitar and Laurel Thomsen with fiddle

Now touring their third album, Between The Rain is steadily gaining attention, maintaining a top five position on the national Canadian Roots charts for several weeks throughout the Summer and Fall of 2016. An arresting collection of twelve fully realized original songs, Between The Rain is abundant in memorablemelodies, tight harmonies, and the polished, yet stripped down approach that define the Dan and Laurel sound. Diverse themes throughout the album, tell stories of love and finding joy in the simple things in life, as well as contemporary folk topics, including wealth disparity, social responsibility, and personal empowerment. From the Bill Withers influenced gospel-funk ballad “Carry Our Bones” and the hypnotic guitar and soaring violin of Celtic influenced “Sweet Beauty,” to the orchestral underpinnings of the modern classic rock anthem “Glory in My Soul” and the Stéphane Grappelli-esque Gypsy-Jazz duet “Two in the Morning,” Dan and Laurel showcase their virtuosity as writers, arrangers, and instrumentalists, conjuring unique moods with each track and setting the stage for a dynamic twelve course menu listeners will want to savor again and again.

Sharing all the booking, marketing, and management duties between them, it’s clear that Dan and Laurel are driven to create, play, and perform, and are quickly finding their niche on the North American folk circuit. However, hard work and dedication is only one facet of Dan and Laurel; as those who meet and hear them soon discover, “there is something incredibly romantic about these two and the way that their love story is told through their music” (Brandie Michelle, Medicine Hat Zine). Whether at home together on the California Central Coast, or making their home together at various tour stops across North America, it is clear to people who observe these two that their harmony extends well beyond their music.

With broad influences ranging from Folk, Classical, Old Time and Celtic, to Gospel, Jazz, Vintage Country, Rock N’ Roll, Blues, and Bluegrass, Dan and Laurel flow seamlessly through genres, tempos, stories, and moods, embodying each style with virtuosic command and keeping music fans on the edge of their seats. Enjoyment is palpable.

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.

 

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 

www.hampshirearts.org

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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: 

Joanne_Snead@yahoo.com

304-298-3039 or 

Nachama Miller: 

Joyangel@frontiernet.net

304-822-2624.

 
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 www.HampshireArts.org.

 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 at 304-359-3288.