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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Message from the pres – 

As some of you may know, we have decided to reschedule our Hampshire Highlands Art and Music Festival, usually held in September, to a later date. Joanne and Charlie Snead (who have moved away) had done such a wonderful job of creating this event from scratch and producing it over the last several years that we have had a challenge to build a new team to follow in their footsteps. Our hope is to be able to continue this small-town, family-oriented celebration in support of our local artists – musicians, painters, dancers, puppeteers and more.
We will keep you updated on plans and invite anyone in the community who would like to be part of the team to please contact us at

We had a wonderful party on April 20 in the Theatre in the Brannon Building on the WVSDB campus to celebrate 30 years of bringing the arts to the community. A delicious dinner, catered by the  Hampshire High School Pro-Start program, was enjoyed by 40 or so members and guests while listening to Board members share reports on what we are up to and our plans for the future. The culinary artists among us came  with their usual yummy desserts to share.

John D’Amico and Dale Brady were re-elected to the Board and Lee Ann Wiiki became our newest Director.
The “Famous International Hillbilly Singing Stars” – Frankie “Rev” Revell, Greg “Dr. Banjo” Latta, Chuck “Chuckster” Sherry,  Jake “Juke Joint” Growden and Jim “Junkyard” Morris, played an eclectic mixture of classic rock, folk, and bluegrass after dinner. Students from the WVSDB joined us for the concert in addition to another 20 or more fans of the “Singing Stars.” Members of the Ukelele Club performed two songs and Pam Francis and Elizabeth Podsiadlo also joined the Stars.
The year ahead holds a promise of more concerts, the Missoula Children’s Theatre, and classes in our studios.

WVSDB Pro-Start program students prepared and served a delicious meal for the Hampshire County Arts Council annual meeting/gathering. Treasurer Alona Martin helped Nancy Williams renew her membership.

2024 Arts Scholarship Announced

HCAC is proud to continue offering the Arts Scholarship, designed to support and nurture aspiring artists within our community.  HCAC is committed to promoting artistic expression and fostering cultural enrichment in Hampshire County and beyond. As part of our dedication to the arts, we have created this scholarship to empower talented individuals in our county pursuing artistic endeavors.

The application deadline for 2024 is May 21st. Click here for details.

2024 Spring Fine Art Show 

Judge Linda Volrath with Best-In-Show winner

2024 Spring Fine Art Show judge Linda Volrath chose Kristen Colebank’s “Field Day” as Best-in-Show.  
For more pictures and winners click here.

Art in Public Places

We are always looking for new artists and celebrating our favorites. 

With the support of local businesses, you can see who is doing what at the following locations

  • FNB Romney, 105 N. High St, Romney, TBA
  • The Bank of Romney, 95 E. Main St. TBA
  • Romney Federal Credit Union, 62 W. Main St. TBA

For more music, art and fun nearby, check these venues —

The Hampshire County Co-op & Heritage Marketplace in Romney WV

The River House in Capon Bridge WV

The Cat and The Fiddle in Capon Bridge WV offers classes

The Purple Fiddle in Thomas WV

The Allegany Arts Council in Cumberland Md offers a wide variety of events.

Thank You!

The Hampshire County Arts Council sincerely thanks our faithful sponsors whose contributions allow us to offer the community many events each year.

American Insurance Center
Patty Anderson
Wendy & Roger Anderson
Anonymous Donor
The Bank of Romney
Kristen Colebank
John D’Amico
James & Janis Dodgins
FNB Bank
Pam Francis
Stephanie Fulcher
Janet & Neil Gillies

Lois Groves
Lisa & Daniel Hileman
Dottie Eddis & Lowell Hott
Steven Humphrey
Dorothy Kengla
Koolwink Motel
Lamberts Drug Store
Bonnie Long
Melissa Snell & Larry Manning
Dave Martin
Sydney & Edward Maurer

Michelle Nilssen & Dave McNally
Susie & Gil Meyer
Savanna & Clarke Morgret
Paula & Michael O’Brien
Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad
Beth & Tim Reese
Romney Federal Credit Union
Rick Schneider
Seeds of Grace Acres
Daniel Staggers

  Time to Renew Memberships

The Hampshire County Arts Council’s membership year runs from April 1 through March 31 each year, with membership renewal in April. On-Line Renewal is available by clicking the Join/Renewal Online Button or mail your check to Hampshire County Arts Council, P.O. Box 624, Romney, WV  26757.

Your Donations are Appreciated

The Hampshire County Arts Council values our sponsors that are dedicated to continuing the art culture in and around Hampshire County.  On-Line Donations are accepted by clicking the Donate Button or by mailing your check to Hampshire County Arts Council, P.O. Box 624, Romney, WV, 26757.Saturday, Aug. 26,20