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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Let’s Paint It!!!

Saturdays in May – 9 am to 2 pm

(Weather Permitting)

HCAC and The Romney Project are looking for volunteers to help paint the Romney Community Pool. John D’Amico’s design is using a Paint-By-Number style so no experience is required.

Bring your Friends… Bring your Family… Bring your Community Organization.


Visit our Facebook Event and Let us know if you are going…\TheRomneyProject


Spring Concert Series

Presented by the Hampshire County Arts Council
sponsored in part by WV Department of Arts, Culture, and History

This concert series will be hosted by local musician and recording engineer Ben Townsend. He will perform alongside special guests including Jim Townsend, Charles Wesley Godwin, and Levi Houston Sanders.

* Saturday March 13, 2021 – Songs with a Sense of Place

Missed the concert…. CLICK HERE for the Facebook Live Performance  

* Saturday April 10, 2021 – The Tabernacle Project

Missed the concert…. CLICK HERE for the Facebook Live Performance  


Next up….


* Saturday May 15, 2021 – Stories of our Best-Loved Tunes

Workshop at the Bottling Works 4:00 pm

Come and participate in a lively discussion about song origins, composers, regions, settings, crooked tunes, bowing styles and the like.  Bring your own stories to share…. Bring your questions…. Bring your instrument…. Let’s play together at this workshop and maybe learn something new.  Donations are accepted for this workshop. 


LIVE at the Bottling Works at 7:30 pm

The Stories of our Best-Loved Tunes performance will feature the music of Ben Townsend and Levi Houston Sanders.  Come join us as they play a healthy batch of our favorite, oldest of the old-time tunes, some dating back to the Civil War era.  Ben and Levi will share the stories behind the music and the way some of the tunes have touched them personally.  Instrumentals will be a mixed duet of banjo, fiddle, and guitar.



Advanced Tickets $10 – HCAC Members

Advanced Tickets $12 – Non-HCAC Members


Please note the Governor’s recent executive order has clarified that this type of concert may proceed in person when following WV guidelines! We are thrilled to offer you these long awaited live performances when possible.  

 Read a little about Ben’s Bio Click Here.  Hope you can make it!


Save The Date – The Festival is ON!!!

Hampshire Highlands Arts & Music Festival 2021

All Day on Saturday, September 11th


CLICK HERE for Artist Participation Form 

Submit forms by May 15th to be included in the Festival Booklet.    All participation forms should be submitted by August 15, 2021. 

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower…  – Albert Camus

The art show dates have changed to a second spring also …

Autumn Fine Arts Show 2021

For More Info …

* At least 8 prizes will be awarded

* Entries Accepted on October 9th

* Expanded Media and Submission Coverage

  Entry Forms – Click Here

Art in Public Places





Art 4 Cancer

Artists of all mediums coming together to help ease cancer families’ financial burdens.  Love is full circle.  You can help!



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
Wendy & Roger Anderson
The Bank of Romney
Gail Borchers
Dot & Bill Calvert
Cheryl & Ed Ferguson
FNB Bank
Janet & Neil Gillies

Lisa & Daniel Hileman

Linda & Gary Hill

Dottie Eddis & Lowell Hott

Robert Q. Hott


Bonnie Long

Melissa Snell & Larry Manning

Sydney & Edward Maurer


Susie & Gil Meyer

Marion Mich

Mica Perry

Tim & Beth Reese

Ruth & Tom Rowan

Carol & Mike Shaw

Daniel Staggers

Beverly Steele

  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.