The Hampshire County Arts Council Photography Group is now meeting at Romney Public Library in the AV room on the 2nd floor  the first Monday of every month between 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. starting January 2023.  If the Monday is a holiday, the meeting will be moved to the following Monday.  All levels of knowledge and experience in photography are welcome to join.
Each meeting a theme is selected for the member to photograph and then to bring in 3 matted prints to share and critique.  Here are the meeting dates and themes for January-June 2023:
January 9, 2023                                                            FOOD
February 6, 2023                                                           WRINKLES
March 6, 2023                                                               COLOR PURPLE
April 3, 2023                                                                  STRANGERS
May 1, 2023                                                                  RAIN
June 5, 2023                                                                 UMBRELLAS

The Hampshire County Arts Council Art Club that began last March is starting a Fall Session for students grades 4 through 12 beginning in September. The Club will meet on the campus of the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind. 

This Club is a long-held dream of Robin Pancake, who many in the community will remember as their art teacher at Hampshire High School. She will encourage students to find the why of art as well as develop their skills. 

Joanne Snead, who was the organizer of the HCAC Art Camps in the past, believes “Supplemental art classes, such as an art club or art camp, allow youths to explore a greater variety of arts than offered in school. They can learn so much from each other and let their creative juices really flow in a relaxed atmosphere while having fun with friends.” 

Parents are encouraged to volunteer to help with projects and support the students. The HCAC will also be asking other artists to teach sessions, bringing in a diversity of talent and experience. 

For this semester, the Club will meet once a week on Wednesdays from 3:45 to 5:00 starting on September 14. Home-school students as well as those in the public schools are invited. A commitment to the Club sessions is required. The fee will be $15 per student per month. Discounts are available for families who will have 2 or more students joining the Club. Students who would like to attend may request scholarships if needed. 

For more information and to sign up for the Club (limited number of students), contact

The Quick Draw and Paint out is a 2-hour “En plein air” painting competition in the downtown Historic District of Romney, West Virginia, on Saturday, September 10, 2022.

The works will be displayed and judged at the Hampshire Arts and Music Festival.

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Cash Prizes will be awarded for Best overall -$250

Best use of Light – $150

People’s choice – $100

Our Judge for this competition is Artist and Educator – Michael Anderson.

Agenda – September 10, 2022

10:30 am – Walk up registration and Check in. Hampshire Arts Council Tent on Taggart Green.

11-1pm – Set up your personal easels and stake out your space.

1 p.m. – Horn Blows for start of quick draw.

3 p.m. – Horn Blows for ending of time.

3:30 p.m. – Deadline for placing easels for display at the gazebo area.

4:00 p.m. – Awards announced

4-7 p.m. – Paintings displayed on easels for public viewing and sales.

7:00 p.m. – All unsold artwork to be removed from display space.

For information contact Julie Cook at 910-262-7216 or