1994 HCAC Steering Committee

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.

Hampshire Highlands Arts & Music Festival logo

Finally, a festival in Hampshire County designed to celebrate and showcase our artists and musicians – The Hampshire Highlands Arts & Music Festival on September 22.  The festival is being supported by a host of organizations and businesses including the Hampshire County Arts Council, The River House, Anderson’s Corner, Honey Bee Studio, Hampshire Co-op and Heritage Marketplace and Hay Fever Band to name a few.

If you are an artist and would like to be a part of the festival to display and sell or demonstrate your art, contact Melissa Snell at brdwtcher@frontier.com.  Melissa will be able to provide you with information regarding fees and the juried process.  For other information,  call Charlie Snead at 304-298-3039.  For complete information and a registration form see 2018 HHAMF Agreement

Photographs by Jan Dodgins

The 2018 Spring Fine Arts Show, hosted by the Arts Council will be held in March at the Hampshire County Public library in Romney.  Entries in all art media are acceptable including two dimensional and three dimensional works.  Artists do not need to be members of the Arts Council to enter. 

 The show will be judged by Dot Procter from Bethesda, Maryland.  Her primary media is acrylic on canvas but she supplements this with the use of tempera, watercolor and occasionally oils. She also enjoys drawing with pencil, ink, charcoal, pastels and markers.  Rounding up her experience is the use of paper mache, wood, air-dry clay, fabric and recycled materials.  Dot has been honored with invitations to display her work in many art galleries as well as inclusion of her works in public art collections and private collections around the world.


Glass Art
Best in Show 2016


Detailed information of the show including rules, entry fees, and awards is contained in the “Artist, Call for Entries!”  An Entry Form is required for all art work entered.  Art works to be entered must be brought to the library Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 between 10 AM to 2 PM.  Entry forms may be filled out in advance or at the library during delivery.  Make sure to note the date of the Opening Reception Friday, March 9, 2018 beginning at 5 PM at the library.

2018 Spring FAS call for entries 

2018 Fine Arts Show Entry Form 





This year’s Summer Arts Camp under the direction of Joanne Snead and Nachama Miller provided great opportunities for youngsters to learn from some of the best artists in our community with 84 classes in arts ranging from Acrylics and Airbrushing to Ukuleles and Yoga.   Seventeen dedicated artists, Liz Braun, Chelsea Carr, Brenton Colbert, John D’Amico, Judi Gaydos, Mark Griffith, Barbie Hillenbrand, Nancy Judd, Jeff Keister, Skylar Lane, Sibyl MacKenzie, Larry Manning, Jim Morris, Swami Ramachandrananda, Sharon Ryan, Missy Shockey and Paige Tighe shared their talents with 33 eager campers during the week of June 19-23.

Campers enjoyed classes in acrylics, airbrushing, beeswax candle making, dance, drum circle, funky canvas art, glass crafts, Harry Potter, Minecraft, mixed-media/art journaling, Origami, painting backgrounds, making paper baskets, photography, sidewalk chalk, song and rap writing, string games, ukuleles, watercolors, weaving and yoga.   The full camp day included hot breakfasts and lunches.

Artists have already committed to teach again next year along with new volunteers.  An exciting new class will be offered in cartooning.  The tentative dates for 2018 Summer Arts Camp are June 18-22.  Watch this website for information and registration in early spring.

HCAC Member Artists Village

The Hampshire County Arts Council is sponsoring member artists to display and sell their art at no cost to the artist at the Capon Bridge Founders Day Festival on Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25. HCAC is coordinating the Artist Village in the Fire Hall.  The festival draws about 3,000 visitors from the region and this is a great opportunity to get out there and be seen in a safe and no-cost venue. All art must be original work of the member artist. A artists should e-mail Larry Manning at lmanning22@frontier.com with their name, phone number, and their type of art by August 5.  If you have questions, call Larry at 703-772-5530.  Any non-member interested in being part of the Artist Village should join the Hampshire County Arts Council by July 15 by going to http://www.HampshireArts.org.