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 – 

“Give an artist space and freedom to express themselves … and suddenly you’ve got a community.” Wildwood Whispers by Willa Reece

The Arts Council has been creating community for artists since 1994. From music to theatre to painting to writing and more, we have been reaching out for 30 years to encourage and support creativity in Hampshire County. And now with our (your!) studios in the Brannon Building in Romney, our dreams are even bigger.

What is an artist? A ukelele player and singer/actor in our community recently commented – “I can’t draw a straight line (so I am not an artist?).” There are so many arts beyond the ones that first spring to mind. From whittling to whistling, quilting (a woman’s art scorned for too long as just work) to quilling, baskets to batik – our creative minds have so many outlets.

One example of bringing art to the community is the Art Club (ending its second year) that meets on Wednesday afternoons at 4 for students grades 4-12 – Brannon Studio 203 – email or call Dale 304.834.8369 to enroll your budding artist.

Hampshire County Arts Council Children's Art Club

Hampshire County Arts Council Spring 2024 Fine Arts Show, March 9-30. Reception March 15

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Pysanky Class with Nancy Judd

Nancy Judd is offering her Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Eggs) class  Tues., March 19, 5-7:30 pm and Sat, March 23, 2-4:30 pm in the Arts Council Studios in the Brannon Building $30 per student. Ages 16 and up, please. For more information, email

Art in Public Places

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

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

    • FNB Romney, 105 N. High St, Romney, Abstract Acrylic Paintings by Maggie Wolfe-Peterson Thru March 11

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,