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.

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.

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.

Kevin Matheson, violin ~ Bryan Matheson, viola ~ Brenda Wittwer, piano

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Now in its eighth season, 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. The duo has been recognized for its mesmerizing and spirited performances – two perfect virtuosos, playing as one. 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.

They have performed a series of concerts in Pittsburgh and on the classical radio station WQED with Alex Jones, principal clarinetist of the Pittsburgh Philharmonic. The trio has performed at Musikfest in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and collaborated with opera singers at the Vocal Arts and Music Festival at Virginia Tech. Their CD was chosen as “CD of the week” by WQED Pittsburgh.

The Classic Strings Duo and Rainier Trio are partially supported by funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts 

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

Our writers continue to impress us — most recently Denise Huard was awarded an honorable mention for a poem she submitted to the WV Writers Annual Contest.  In our writing sessions, we work from prompts that encourage and allow us to low with creativity astonishing ourselves!  Join us — no experience or talent required — just the desire to explore your creative side.  

Keep an eye out for National Novel Writing Month in November.  Again — no experience needed, and the novel doesn’t even need to be very good — the first step is just to do it!

The IMW meet at the Hampshire County Library on the 3rd Thursday of the month.  More more info, contact Dale Brady at 304-834-8369 or write@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.