‘Capturing the Light’ Watercolor Workshop with Lynn Ferris

New Lessons for 2023!

'Capturing The Light'

May 20 and 21

Berkeley Arts Council, Martinsburg, WV is pleased to offer an exciting and unique watercolor workshop by Lynn Ferris, AWS, NWS, TWSA, nationally and internationally known artist and instructor.

"Shadow Play" by Lynn Ferris

“Capturing the Light”

Bring your work to the next level. Light and shadow shouldn’t be after thoughts in our paintings. In fact, good use of light and shadow is one of the best ways to take a painting from ordinary to extraordinary.

In her signature workshop “Capturing the Light,” Lynn will show students how to use light and shadow to design stronger compositions and bring drama to a variety of subject matter. Students will gain new skills and confidence working with shadows, light sources, creating glow, and more. Lynn provides handouts, reference materials, and lots of personal attention.

May 20, 2023; 9am - 4pm (EDT)
May 21, 2023; 9am - 4pm (EDT)

Holiday Inn Martinsburg
301 Foxcroft Ave, Martinsburg, WV 25401
304-267-5500 (Ask for special workshop rate)

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Coming Events

Upcoming Classes at the berkeley Art Works

For details and online registration for any of these classes, visit https://berkeleyartswv.org/instruction/

Oil, Cold Wax, and Palette Knife painting

Saturday, January  28, 2023; 10:30-12:30, (Lunch Break 12:30-1), 1-3pm (Four hours)
Instructor: Yoyi Fogarty Bennet

Creating Collage

Half Price Special!
$66 for Four Week Class

Wednesdays February 1,8,15,22, 2023; 1-4pm (Four weeks)
Instructor: Jeanne Marie McClure

Palette Knife and Acrylic

Half Price Special!
$66 for Four Week Class

Fridays, February 3,10,17,24, 2023; 9:30am-12:30pm (Four weeks)
Instructor: Yoyi Fogarty Bennett (Info)

Parchment Craft Workshop

Valentine Special!
Half Price $37.50

Sunday, February 5, 2023; 10:00 - 4:00pm (Six hours)
Instructor: Cynthia Huesman

Introduction to Color Theory Workshop

Saturday, February 11, 2023; 10:30am – 12:30 pm (lunch 12:30 – 1:00), 1:00 – 3:30pm (Four hours)
Instructor: Yoyi (Leah) Fogarty Bennett

Intro to Needle Felting:
Bird’s Nest & Eggs OR Cat Toys

Sunday, February 19, 2023; 1:00-4:00pm (Three Hours),
Instructor: Maryanne Caruso

Needle Felting with Armatures:
Poseable Sheep

Saturday, February 25, 2023; 10:00am-1:00pm (Three Hours),
Instructor: Maryanne Caruso

Needle Felting with Armatures:
Wizard / Tomte

Saturday, February 25, 2023; 2:00-5:00pm (Three Hours),
Instructor: Maryanne Caruso

Introduction to Negative Painting in Watercolor

Saturday, March 11, 2023; 9:00am-4:00pm (Seven Hours),
Instructor: Monica Wilkins

Introduction to Soft Pastels

Saturday, March 25, 2023; 9:00am-4:00pm (Seven Hours),
Instructor: Hilary White MAT, CDA

We will discuss and use various soft pastel supplies and make surfaces in our class. Hard/medium pastels and various papers will be provided for use in class. We will practice techniques with a still life or landscape. Ages: Teen through adult.

Call for Berkeley Arts Council Members' Exhibit

Berkeley Art Works

All artists who are members of - or who join - the Berkeley Arts Council are invited to exhibit one or two art works in the Berkeley Art Works gallery, February 22 through April 1, 2023.

The exhibit is not juried. Any current member (2023) of the Berkeley Arts Council may participate in the exhibit. Artists who are not current members may join or renew online or at the gallery when the artwork is delivered for the exhibit. There is no entry fee other than membership dues. Participation in the exhibit is a benefit of membership.

To participate, deliver one or two art works to the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg during regular hours on Wednesday February 15 (11am-5pm), Thursday, February 16 (11am-5pm), Friday, February 17 (11am-5pm), or Saturday, February 18 (11am-4pm).

Although the exhibit is not juried, all work must be properly framed or otherwise well presented for display. Framed work must be wired for hanging. Three-dimensional fine art and fine crafts are welcome. An identification card or tag must be attached to each piece.

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Member News January 2023

As the calendar pages turn, the holiday hubbub quiets. Some experiences are left behind and in exchange we have a new year full of opportunity. This week there are signs of new activity coming to the Berkeley Art Works. The first exhibit titled “My Home Town” is opening in the gallery. Instructors Yoyi and Jeanne Marie assemble a front window display illustrating techniques and ideas featured in the first classes of the new year. Around the gallery table a conference plans for future exhibits. Several board members exchange notes and updates on their responsibilities. A potential new board member arrives for an introductory tour. That’s how our organization prepares to launch 2023.  Read More

Join Us!

Join the Berkeley Arts Council now and help build a vibrant arts community in Berkeley County!

Join to enjoy and support our gallery in downtown Martinsburg. Located at 116 North Queen Street, the Berkeley Art Works is the realization of the long-held dream of the arts community in Martinsburg and Berkeley County West Virginia: to have a community-based arts facility that supports local and regional artists, brings quality arts experiences for the members of the public, and provides a wide range of arts learning experiences for local residents, artists, and artisans.

Call for Artists: 13th Annual Art & Earth Juried Art Exhibit

The Berkeley Arts Council (BAC) announces the 13th Annual Art & Earth Juried Art Exhibit. The exhibit will be on display from Wednesday April 5 to Saturday May 13, 2023 at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV.

Description: The exhibit has the theme ‘Art and Earth: My Art – My World’. Entries should reflect the artist’s view of nature, the environment, or reflect an Earth Day related theme.

Eligibility: The exhibit is open to all visual artists throughout the continental United States, over the age of 18, working in any fine art or fine craft medium or technique, in 2- or 3-dimensions, representational, abstract, or non-representational. Entries must be original works of art that have been completed within the last three (3) years, and have not been exhibited previously at the Berkeley Art Works.

Juror: The Juror is Judith Becker,

Judith received a BS in Design, Certificate in Art Education , University of Michigan and a MS in Education, Monmouth University. She started her work career as an art teacher for grades K-12. She then took a break to raise her children. She then spent over 25 years working in management for Macy’s and for Citicorp Credit Services, lastly as VP of Human Resources and Management Training. Upon her retirement, she returned to teaching by instructing mostly adults in a wide range of art design disciplines. She has taught art classes for both the Garrett County, MD art association and the Berkeley Arts Council, Martinsburg. She also had the honor to be a juror for the Waynesboro Studio Art Club and Berkeley Arts Council. In addition, she served on the Board of Directors for Alpine Lake Property Association, Terra Alta, WV, the Gerrardstown Presbyterian Church Session as a ruling elder, is a juried member of Tamarac, “The Best of West Virginia” and serves as a member of Board of Directors of the Berkeley Arts Council.

Judith specializes in using colored pencils, pastels and watercolors as well as being a specialist in color theory and composition and design. She primarily paints landscapes, hardscapes, florals, wildlife and still lifes. She is most inspired by nature, landscapes and scenes from her travels. Her work generally exhibits vibrant colors, strong compositional elements and interesting visual stories.

Entry Fee: The entry fee for the exhibit is $35 for the first two works. Artists may submit one or two additional works for $10 each, for a maximum of four works.

Awards: Best in Show, Merit Award and Honorable Mention. Total prize fund up to $1,000.

Notification of Accepted Work: Notification of the juror’s selections will be announced by e-mail and posted on our web site on or about March 5, 2023. Detailed delivery instructions and schedules will be provided when the accepted artists are announced.

Deadline for Entries: Midnight Monday, March 6, 2023.

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Accepted Artists: ‘My Home Town” Exhibit

Juror Gary Bergel selected 25 works from 15 Artists for the ‘My Home Town’ exhibit, which will be on display at the Berkeley Art Works January 11 through Saturday February 18, 2022.

UPDATE: Exhibit Awards announced.

Below are the selected works:

First Name

Last Name

Accepted Piece

Matias Ardila A Tree Fell on my Face
Suzan Bernier Walkin’ in the Rain
Michael Blankenship Kentucky Tobacco Shop
John Diephouse Happy
John Diephouse In the Heartland (arcade)
John Diephouse To an Uncertain Future
Charles Foye 1309 Run
Charles Foye 1309 and 1947 Dodge
Chris Foye Hidden in the Mountains
Chris Foye Sunset on the River
Genifer Fraser Suburbia the Beautiful 4
Jimmie Kackley Old Martinsburg WV Post Office
Annika Lopez-Audet Stapleton Airport 1982 vs. Stapleton Area 2021
Annika Lopez-Audet Eastlake Church 1919 vs. 2021
Annika Lopez-Audet The Congressional Church 1903 vs. 2021
Julie Mosley Abandoned Memories
Nahami Sampson Stay Focused
madison shetter Yellow Car
madison shetter Bowling
Sterling Smith Roundhouse Panorama
Sterling Smith Westphal Hose Company No. 5
Karen Smith Lonely Veteran
Karen Smith Shenandoah
Kaeleigh White Ambient Spire
Kaeleigh White Dancing Spring Sky

2022 Holiday Market Now Open!

Holiday hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays 11:00am to 5:00pm; Fridays 11:00am to 8:00pm; Saturdays 11:00am to 4:00pm and Sundays 12pm – 3pm.

2022 Holiday Market

The Berkeley Arts Council’s St. Nick’s Market is open for business!  The gallery at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 N. Queen Street, Martinsburg, is transformed into a festive holiday market displaying the work of local and regional artists and artisans as well as their year ‘round co-op artists.

There’s a variety of items for great selection and fun shopping:  a mix of fine art and craft items for the home, including ceramics, glass, wood, photography, painting and mixed media; holiday cards, and clocks – all thoughtfully made!  Check your lists and be sure to visit St. Nick’s Market at the Berkeley Art Works this year! 

Check in to our Facebook page and watch for new posts of product pictures.

“An Evening With the Arts”


We held our first "Evening with The Arts" on Saturday, November 12 and it was a wonderful gathering of supporters of The Arts and the Berkeley Arts Council. There was good food and music to create the atmosphere, and the awarding of more than 40 works of art for those who participated in the "Tombola" raffle/auction.

Many thanks to the artists, who donated their work, the sponsors, who supported the event, and the Board and members of the Berkeley Arts Council, who put a great effort into making the event successful.

Why your participation in "An Evening With the Arts" is important:

The Berkeley Arts Council has been working in Berkeley County and the Eastern Panhandle area to bring arts-related programming since 2009.  During our 13 years, we've held 2 successful Arts Expos.  We helped the Berkeley Community Chorus get its start.  We created a student dance competition.  We've built a local artists' cooperative.  We've published a Bulletin of arts happenings every month without missing a month - even during the worst of Covid.  We create exhibition opportunities for visual artists and changing exhibits for the public to enjoy 9 times per year.  We've built up an instruction program of foundational art classes and workshops for all ages.  We work in the community with other creative and arts establishments to bring people downtown for First Friday Art Walks.  These are just a few examples of what we've accomplished.

We want to continue this important work and do more for the community!  Whether you purchase tickets for the event, or you want to be a business sponsor, proceeds will benefit our future programming.  We are recognized as a 501(c)3 nonprofit by the IRS.  We appreciate your support!

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Thanks to our Sponsors and Supporters!

Sponsors and Supporters

Call for Artists: ‘My Home Town’

Deadline Extended: Monday December 12, 2022 (Midnight)

The Berkeley Arts Council announces My Home Town, a national juried photographic art exhibit.  The exhibit will be on display from Wednesday January 11 to Saturday February 18, 2023. 

Description:  Capturing the essence of a town and its inhabitants, its neighborhoods, architecture, local businesses, the downtown district, etc., brings us a sense of history, memory and nostalgia.  Do you live in a town or community that retains the look and feel of a bygone era?  There is beauty in the small moments of everyday life.  We are looking for your photos that portray the activity in a town of today against a backdrop of earlier times.

Eligibility: The exhibit is open to all artists throughout the continental United States, over the age of 18, working in any photographic medium or technique (digital, film, alternative, or antique photographic processes).

Entries Closed

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Eastern West Virginia Exhibit Awards

The Berkeley Arts Council announces the award winners for their 10th Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit.  Congratulations to the following artists:

Best of Show:  “Montani Semper Liberi” cottonwood carving by John Carper, Martinsburg WV

Merit Award:  “Repose” oil on canvas by BJ Grandel, Martinsburg WV

Merit Award:  “Flying Jellyfish” fiber and mixed media by Carol Williams, Shepherdstown, WV

Honorable Mention:  “Death of a Salesman with Sitka Spruce and Iron” assemblage by John Walsh, Shepherdstown, WV

Honorable Mention:  “Untitled” photograph by Leslie Williams, Shepherdstown, WV

The awards for this year’s 10th Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit were sponsored by a generous donation from City National Bank.  The exhibit is on display until October 8 at the Berkeley Art Works.


10th Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit Opens at Berkeley Art Works

The Berkeley Arts Council announces the opening of the 10th Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit, on display at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV until October 8, 2022.

The exhibit highlights the work of artists living in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia and includes paintings, drawings, photography, and sculpture. A wide range of media are represented in the exhibit including watercolor and gouache, oil, and acrylic painting, pastel drawing, wood carving, basketry, fiber arts, collage, mixed media, and assemblage.

This year’s juror was Jenna Gianni (MFA), a ceramic artist and educator based in Maryland. She currently teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in ceramics at Hood College in Frederick, MD. Ms. Gianni selected 33 works by 21 artists from Berkeley, Jefferson, Morgan and Mineral counties.

About her selections, she states: “There’s a quote by John Dewey that states, “ [art] is the authentic expression of any and all individuality…individuality in whatever form it appears.” As a juror, editing an array of talented individual expressions is a difficult task! Works in a mix of mediums and communicating a host of subject matters fueled by imagination and a clear commitment to individuality of expression were finally chosen among this year’s submissions.

Selected pieces balance an understanding of technique with the freedom to move beyond it, creating a fresh work that communicates a new perspective, generating content for the viewer to interact with, think with, and question. These works, whether depicting domestic moments and unique natural scenes, or capturing abstract concepts through a mix of medias, ultimately best exemplified the individuality, breadth, and diversity of the artists of the region. It was a pleasure to take part in this selection process, and hopefully, in the selected works viewers will find pieces to relate to, to enjoy, and to learn from!”

The Berkeley Art Works is open every Wednesday through Friday from 11:00am – 5:00pm and every Saturday from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

Creative Arts Studio Group Exhibits at Berkeley Art Works

The Berkeley Arts Council presents an exhibit of their Creative Arts Studio group from August 10 through August 27, 2022 at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg.

Creative Arts Studio, which is sponsored by the Berkeley Arts Council and supported by the Martinsburg Public Library, is a group of artists who enjoy painting and creating in a relaxed and congenial group setting.  The participants meet weekly on Thursday afternoons at the library or at any of the county’s outdoor venues, weather permitting.  Their exhibit represents the varied approaches they take and media they use to create their work. 

The group has been meeting for the past year and a half.  They are all members of the Berkeley Arts Council: Jeanne Marie McClure, Lannie Mullenax, Susan Cranford, Martha Rowley, Martha Hanley, Louise Janelle, Laura Word, Mary Jo Sims, John Turner, and Judith Becker.

The exhibit is open during regular business hours at the Berkeley Art Works every Wednesday through Friday 11am – 5pm and Saturday 11am – 4pm.


Accepted Artists: Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit

Juror Jenna Gianni selected 33 works by 22 artists for the 10th annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Art Exhibit, to be held at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. The exhibit opens August 31 and runs through October 8, 2022.

Accepted Artists/Works

First Name Last Name Title
Jill Baldinger Sky Valley
Jill Baldinger Stanton’s Mill
Jill Baldinger Village Church
Luke Bauer Wild Egg Basket
Judith Becker Bahama Conch Cook
Gary Bergel City Throne – Martinsburg
Gary Bergel Spring Tree Charles Town
Suzan Bernier The End of the Road
Stacy Bowles Woven Paper Collage
John Carper Quittin’ Time
John Carper Montani Semper Liberi
Laura Chalupka Forest Goddess
Betty Grandel Repose
Betty Grandel At the Theater
Heather Hendry Derby Day
Heather Hendry Molly
Nancy Kautz Southern Charm
Doug Kinnett Columbus Day in Flagstaff
Doug Kinnett Grand Central Station Arizona Style
Jeanne McClure Uncorked
Rungnatee Pearson Osun
Judith Pharr Great Horned Owl
Ian Sager Prayer
Sterling “Rip”  Smith Shark
John Walsh Bold Coil Comes Undone Over Dark Denim
John Walsh Death of a Salesman with Sitka Spruce and Iron 
John Walsh Pastel Petals Prance on Light Denim
Carol Williams Flying Jellyfish
Carol Williams Surveillance
Carol Williams The Definitive Thorny Issue
Leslie Williams Untitled (Photo of Sand and Leaf)
Leslie Williams Untitled (Photo of Reflected Sky in Puddle)
Omar Williams Rolex