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.
The Hampshire County Arts Council (HCAC) is pleased to announce the first annual Hampshire Highlands Arts & Music Festival to be held on Saturday, September 22 in Romney and Capon Bridge, WV. A fun day is planned for art and music lovers, foodies, history buffs, and children. Additional activities will take place Sunday, September 23.
Saturday In Romney at the Gazebo (S. High Street by Taggart Hall):
- About 15 juried artists will set up around the Gazebo as well as in the adjacent Hampshire Co-op. Artists will be doing demos, talking about and selling their art from 10 am – 5 pm. **In the event of rain, these artists will be in the Hampshire County Co-op & Artisans Market on S. Marsham St.)
- Music will be part of the day starting at 11 am at the Gazebo, ranging from the new Hampshire County Ukulele Club to professional bands such as Hay Fever and Glory Bound Bluegrass.
- **In the event of rain, the music will be presented in the Hampshire County Co-op & Artisans Market on S. Marsham St.)
- Food vendors will provide a variety from BBQ to ices for foodies.
- Also in the area will be youth activities, including various arts & crafts, sidewalk chalk drawing, etc.
- A Geocaching Competition with prizes will be of interest to adults and youth alike.
- From noon to 3 pm, there will be guided historic walking tours.
Saturday evening at The Bottling Works, Romney:
- As evening approaches, the fun moves to The Bottling Works with a Jazz Concert with Marion Mich & Company from 5-7pm. BBQ will be available for purchase.
- At 7:30, the music and dancing begin with The Flashbacks. Tickets are still available at the low price of $8 for HCAC members and $10 for non-HCAC members.
- Concerned with the late night? Discount room packages are available from the South Branch Inn which includes the concert, and an extended package which includes a Potomac Eagle Train ride on Sunday. Details available at https://hampshirearts.org/check-out-the-special-festival-package-deals/ . Koolwink Motel is also offering a discount on the second night stay.
Also Saturday around Hampshire County:
- In Capon Bridge
- Liberty View Quilt Shop – 20% Discount off Sales
- The River House – “Art for All,” Banjo workshop and Banjo Concert with Lydia Martin ($)
- In Romney
- Docent-led hike of Ice Mountain Preserve in North River Mills at 9 am.
- Rubber Duck race on the South Branch River at 2836 S Branch River Road from 1 – 3 pm.
- Includes Music, Food, and Scarecrow Building Contest
For further call 304-298-3039.
The Hampshire County Arts Council (HCAC), in cooperation with the South Branch Innof Romney (SBI) and the Potomac Eagle ExcursionTrain are offering special packages for visitors to our Hampshire Highlands Arts & Music Festival. Each package must be requested and paid in advance via our web page www.hampshirearts.org
Buyer must provide name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address if available.
South Branch Inn room reservations, subject to availability, will be made by HCAC at the rate of $72.80 including tax and are non-refundable. If cancelled, SBI will honor the $72.80 as a credit to another visit at normal rates (presently $115.36 including tax). Rooms are Standard (2 double beds) with limits of 4 adults maximum, 3 children maximum, 5 persons total maximum and No Smoking. Continental breakfast available.
Potomac Eagle Scenic Rail tickets, non-refundable, will be held at the Wappocomo Station in the buyer’s name to be picked up prior to the train ride. Adults (ages 13-59), Seniors (60 and above), Children (4-12), Children under age 4 free.
Package One: Saturday September 22 Hampshire Highlands Arts & Music Festival with stay at South Branch Inn, 64 Heritage Circle, Romney, WV 26757, concert ticket to Flashbacks 7:30 PM September 22 at The Bottling Works, 426 E. Main Street, Romney, WV 26757, and train excursion on Potomac Eagle, September 23 from Wappocomo Station, 149 Eagle Drive, Romney, WV 26757.
Package One Prices (approximately 30% reduction):
One Adult $122.80
Two Adults $167.80
One Senior $117.80
Two Seniors $157.80
One Adult + 1 child $132.80
Two Adults + 1 child $177.80
One Senior + 1 child $127.80
Two Seniors + 1 child $167.80
One Adult + 2 children $142.80
Two Adults + 2 children $187.80
One Senior + 2 children $137.80
Two Seniors + 2 children $177.80
One Adult + 3 children $152.80
Two Adults + 3 children $197.80
One Senior + 3 children $147.80
Two Seniors + 3 children $187.80
Package Two: Saturday, September 22 Hampshire Highlands Arts & Music Festival with stay at South Branch Inn, 64 Heritage Circle, Romney, WV 26757, and a concert ticket to The Flashbacks 7:30 PM September 22 at The Bottling Works, 426 E. Main Street, Romney, WV 26757.
Sunday, September 23 options include a docent-led hike of Ice Mountain Preserve beginning at 9 AM (contact 304-460-8820 or email@example.com registration and information) and “Ducks on the South Branch” rubber ducky race at 1 PM benefiting Hampshire County Co-op and Heritage Marketplace (look for signs.)
Package Prices (approximately 30% reduction):
One Adult – $82.80
Two Adults – $87.80
For information contact 304-298-3039 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hampshire County Arts Council will launch its Ukulele Club on June 8, 2018. Under the leadership of accomplished musician, Jim Morris, youths and adults of all ages and levels of experience are invited to join the Ukulele Club for lessons and practice. Sessions will be held every Friday from 11 am – 12 noon at the Hampshire Co-op, 56 S. Marsham St. Romney.
Interest in having a Ukulele Club began in the Summer Arts Camp 2017 with dozens of youths experiencing the fun of playing ukuleles for the first time. With just a few hours of instruction during the weeklong camp, they were performing to the enjoyment and amazement of parents and friends for the closing open house.
A number of ukuleles, provided by the arts council, are available for use by participants. Those whohave their own are encouraged to bring them. There will be a nominal fee of $5 per session or $35 for the 9 Ukulele Club classes scheduled throughout the summer. Continuing practices will be determined by the club at the end of summer. Come out and give it a try! By the end of summer, you can be ready to perform for local events! Fill out registration form Registration for Ukulele Club sponsored by Hampshire County Arts Council. For Information, contact Joanne Snead, 304-298-3039
Throughout the summer months, youth entering 3rd grade in the fall up through this year’s high school graduates will have the opportunity to attend workshops taught by distinguished artists in various media. Most of these will be offered on Thursdays and Fridays from June 7 through Aug. 10 in the classroom of the Hampshire County Co-op and Heritage Marketplace, 56 S. Marsham St., Romney. Below you will find a list of the workshops scheduled so far. More are expected to be added soon.
One continuing workshop that grew out of last summer’s arts camp will be a Ukulele Club that will meet every Friday, beginning June 8 at 11 am for 1 hour with lessons and practice under the leadership of Jim Morris. Unlike the other workshops, the club will be open to youth and adults of all ages and of all levels of experience. There will be ukuleles available for use; those who have their own instruments are asked to bring them. Those who are just learning to play will soon find that they are becoming proficient enough to play along with more experienced musicians. Before the end of the summer, we look forward to having a ukulele club that will be willing to perform for local events!
Each workshop will be limited to 12 participants to allow instructors to give their best attention to each student and will require advance registration. The exception will be the Ukulele Club which will be unlimited in size. A special saving offer of $35 is available for the 9 Ukulele Club classes scheduled for the summer. For all other classes there will be a nominal fee of $5 per student per class or 6 classes for $25.
- Friday, June 8, 11 am-12 noon: Ukulele Club with lessons and practice under the leadership of Jim Morris
- Friday, June 8, 1-2 pm: Exploring Composition taught by Sibyl MacKenzie. Students will learn how to make dynamic compositions that draw the eye around the surface, provide balance and elegance, and interest in line and shape can be an intriguing and educational effort.
- Thursday, June 14 & Friday, June 15, 9:30-10:30 am: Cartooning taught by Robin Pancake. At the completion of this 2-session class, students will have completed their own comic strip. There will be only a single charge of $5 for this 2-session class.
- Friday, June 15, 11 am-12 noon: Ukulele Club with lessons and practice under the leadership of Jim Morris
- Friday, June 22, 11 am-12 noon: Ukulele Club with lessons and practice under the leadership of Jim Morris
- Friday, June 22, 1-2:30 pm: Acrylic Painting, Beach Theme, taught by Missy Shockey. In this class students will learn how to blend and dry brush colors on canvas to create their own masterpiece to take home.
- Friday, June 22, 3-4:30 pm: Acrylic Painting, Dream Catcher, taught by Missy Shockey. In this class students will learn how to blend and dry brush colors on canvas to create their own masterpiece to take home.
- Friday, June 29, 11 am-12 noon: Ukulele Club with lessons and practice under the leadership of Jim Morris
- Friday, June 29, 1-2 pm: “Easy-gami!” paper folding for beginning Origami taught by Nancy Judd. Class size limited to 8.
- Friday, July 6, 11 am-12 noon: Ukulele Club with lessons and practice under the leadership of Jim Morris
- Thursday, July 12, 1-3 pm: Watercolor, 101: Learn the basics of watercolor painting with instructor Barbie Hillenbrand. Get past the fear of painting with watercolor and learn the magic ways behind creating great paintings.
- Friday, July 13, 11 am-12 noon: Ukulele Club with lessons and practice under the leadership of Jim Morris
- Friday, July 13, 1-3 pm: Watercolor – Paint What You See: Learn the basics of watercolor painting with instructor Barbie Hillenbrand. Students will learn to take a deeper look at what they see. Is black really black? Is white really white?
- Friday, July 20, 11 am-12 noon: Ukulele Club with lessons and practice under the leadership of Jim Morris
- Friday, July 27, 11 am-12 noon: Ukulele Club with lessons and practice under the leadership of Jim Morris
- No classes scheduled for Aug. 7-8 : PEACH FESTIVAL WEEKEND
- Friday, August 10, 9:15 am-10:30 am: Draw What You Hear – CANCELLED
- Friday, August 10, 11 am-12 noon: Ukulele Club with lessons and practice under the leadership of Jim Morris
- Friday, August 10, 1:30-2:30 pm, Glass art, class 1: CANCELLED
- Friday, August 10, 3:00-4:30 pm, Glass art, class 2: CANCELLED
- Saturday, August 11, 9 am-11 am: Romney’s Unique Architecture – CANCELLED
To register, please fill in form Registration Arts Adventures Workshops and return with check made payable to HCAC Arts Adventure Workshops and mail to Joanne Snead, PO Box 305, Springfield WV 26763. For additional information, call Joanne at 304-298-3039 or email Joanne_Snead@yahoo.com.
Enrollment is limited to 12 students per class, except for Ukulele Club and will be “first come/first serve.” Register early to insure your space!
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.
The Hampshire County Arts Council’s 2017 Season continues with An Evening of Jazz and More. Seth Maynard and Rich Norwood will be playing jazz, bossa nova, blues and some oldies at The Bottling Works in Romney WV on Friday June 9th.
Seth Maynard has been playing for several years at the Capon Bridge Founders Day Festival. His training at Berklee College of Music is evident in his skillful and colorful guitar and vocal stylings. He performs as many as 100 shows each year at various regional venues and serves as Adjunct Music Faculty at Davis & Elkins College and West Virginia Wesleyan College. As owner and operator of Lone Wolf Productions, where his credits are numerous, his work has included sound mixing for the West Virginia PBS show, “American Mountain Theater.” Seth performs regionally as a solo/duo act, and with his groups Osmosis, The Cool Cats, The Ginsangers and ZEN. Performance highlights from past years include special shows for the Polar Express (Elkins, WV), Jazz at Charles Pointe, Tamarack (Beckley, WV), as a solo act at Deerfield Restaurant (Canaan, WV), the Purple Fiddle and events hosted by the WV Jazz Society. Seth has toured the country with various groups and opened for many national and international artists over the course of his career. Recent recording releases include “Duo Primo, Randall Hall and Seth Maynard” and “Christmas Time Is Here” featuring the vocal talents of Rachel Franks.
As a longtime music educator in the Randolph County school system of West Virginia, Rich Norwood has reached far and wide, touching the lives of students around the world. He has performed at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and shared the stage with internationally acclaimed jazz artists, like trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, organist Gene Ludwig, and drummer Roger Humphries.
Currently, Rich performs with the Queen City Funk & Soul Band in Oakland, MD and in West Virginia with The Cool Cats, The Morgantown Jazz Orchestra and Young Funk Sung. He has been a featured performer for several WV Jazz Society special engagements.
The show starts at 7:30 pm and the Box Office opens at 6:30. Tickets are $10 ($8 for members) and can be purchased at the door or on-line at www.HampshireArts.org.
September 10, 10:30 until 1:30 at the Bank of Romney Community Center (95 E. Main Street, Romney WV). Presented by our very talented Dale Brady Learn techniques and skills to improve or jump start your writing. There will be writing prompts and other exercises to expand your writing boundaries. Course is free, all skill levels welcome. Limited to mature teens and all adults. Register at email@example.com or call Denise at 304-359-3288.