The Hampshire County Arts Council is proud to announce its 25th-anniversary celebration to be held at their annual meeting, Saturday, March 23, at the Bottling Works. Following dinner at 5 pm and a brief meeting, members and guests will be entertained by the newly formed Hampshire Ukulele Club led by Jim Morris.
Formed in the spring of 1994, the steering committee led by Robin Teas, Sharon Gallery, Robin Pancake, Angela Kraus, Eleanor Dewey, and David Sutherland established the non-profit Hampshire County Arts Council with the goal of fostering the practice and enjoyment of all the arts in the community. Its debut into the community was during the annual Heritage Days weekend.
Recognizing the importance of arts in the community, the group ambitiously began organizing concerts, square dances, art displays, etc. for the public’s enjoyment. Cabin Fever Concerts provided respite in winter’s cold. The Arts Council has made special efforts to work with local county schools as well as WVSDB on having programs for youth. Summer Arts Camps have given children experience working with local artists. Fine Arts Shows exhibit the wealth of talent in our midst.
The Arts Council makes an effort to support other entities in their efforts to enrich our community. Throughout the years, artists and patrons have had the opportunity to participate in and enjoy a multitude of activities. Affinity groups have been formed for those with interests in photography, writing, drama, and sketching and drawing to name a few. Classes in just about every aspect of the arts have been offered from calligraphy, basketry, pottery, Plein Aire, herbs & art, banjo, guitar, ukulele, painting in all forms of media — too numerous to name.
The Arts Council will sponsor their second annual Hampshire Highlands Art & Music Festival on Sept. 14 in Romney. This daylong event features sales by local juried artists, entertainment by local musicians, food and fun for all. New this year will be a puppet show for youth.
Currently, artists have their works displayed at the Hampshire County Public Library in Romney in the Arts Council’s Fine Arts Show. Twenty-one artists have over 60 works of art exhibited, ranging from watercolor, oils, acrylics, photography, glass art, metal sculpting, paper mache, and a special exhibit of artwork from Hampshire Special Services members. The show continues through March 23.
The public is invited to join Hampshire County Arts Council members and patrons of the arts in celebrating this special recognition of 25 years of service to the community. For information, please call Charlie Snead, President, Hampshire County Arts Council, at 304-298-3039.