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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Helping Honor Local History

The Hampshire County Arts Council (HCAC) is pleased to have participated in a collaborative community effort to honor Delegate and Reverend Marlin Lane Rankin, the alumnus of the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind. For details click here

The “Five W’s of Plein Air” workshop

Saturday, Aug. 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  at the HCAC studios at the Brannon Building on the WVSDB campus in Romney, will help novice and intermediate plein air painters learn a step-by-step approach for a painting design roadmap, which forms the foundation for a successful plein air painting experience.

Taught by Kristen Colebank, the workshop is suitable for artists working in all painting media (acrylic, oil, watercolor, pastel, etc.) Students should have basic drawing skills and should bring a small sketchbook and their preferred drawing materials (pencil, pen, markers) for creating value sketches. Class time will take place indoors and outdoors, and students are welcome to bring easels and/or camp chairs for the outside portion of the class. Students should also pack a light lunch. Cost for the class is $25; enrollment for ages 14 and up, is limited to nine students.

To register for the course or for more information, email or call Dale at 304-834-8369.

Anyone Can Draw Class with Robin Pancake

Robin Pancake’s popular class is back. Saturday, August 19, 10am to 1pm. Ages 16 and up.  All materials provided. $30 per student. The class will meet in studio 203 in the Brannon Building. To make reservations or for info email 

2023 Hampshire Highlands Arts & Music Festival


Mark your calendars now for this fun family festival, Saturday, September 9, 2023.  Artists are encouraged to sign up now for booth space.  See further details and the Registration Form on the Festival page.  

Learn all about the festival and it great lineup of events in the online festival booklet. 

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

  • Romney Federal Credit Union, 62 W. Main St, Romney, Photography by Lois Hagerty, thru September 22, 2023Photos on display by Lois Hagerty

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,