Berkeley Arts Council

The common element of successful arts communities is an independent umbrella organization that supports an organized, active, and broadly cooperative arts community. The Berkeley County Arts Council was formed in 2009 to provide unified communication, promotion, support and advocacy for the arts community in Berkeley County, West Virginia.

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March Instruction at the Berkeley Art Works

Judith Becker teaching
Judith Becker working with students at the Berkeley Art Works

The Berkeley Arts Council announces art classes for March at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg.

Starting March 2, Teaching Artist Judith Becker will offer “Creating and Painting Still Lifes with Symbolism and Dynamic Composition”. Students will explore the limitless opportunities to create beautiful still life paintings with interesting composition and intriguing symbolism. Class is designed for intermediate to advanced students and can be worked in any 2 D medium. The classes will be held Thursdays 1-4pm, March 2, 9, 16, 23.

Starting March 3, Becker will offer “Continuing Art Studio – Unlocking Creativity.” This studio class is designed for the student who has advanced beyond the beginning stage and who now wants to work at advancing in his/her chosen medium. The classes will be held Fridays 1-4pm, March 3, 10, 17, 24.

Starting March 11, professional photographer David Rehor will again offer his popular course, “Taking Control of Your Digital Camera.” The digital photography workshop is designed to teach users how to customize the functions of their DSLR or mirrorless cameras and lenses. Students will learn how to navigate the camera menus and properly operate buttons and dials for optimum creative control. The classes will be held Saturdays 10am-1pm, March 11, 18, 25, and April 1.

The tuition for each four week class is $90 and pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Details and online registration is available at Deadline for registration is three days before the start of the class.

Youth Art Month: Four Decades of Boys and Girls Club Photography

bngc-2017-webgraphicIn celebration of Youth Art Month, The Berkeley Arts Council presents a retrospective exhibit of student photographs created over the years in the Martinsburg Boys and Girls Club photography program. The exhibit will be on display at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, February 22 through April 1.

The program, led by teacher Pat Murphy, has produced numerous national and regional winners in various competitions. Murphy started out helping the kids in the program in exchange for being able to use the darkroom for himself. Over time, he spent more time working with the students and less time on his own work. It’s been his passion for nearly 50 years.

Murphy’s takes an “apprentice” approach to teaching photography. He starts them with black and white film processed and printed in the club’s darkroom. He gives the students assignments to create images in different disciplines, such as portraits, architecture, landscape, macro (close-up photography) and various alternative processes. The students learn about composition and the importance of lighting, both natural and artificial.=

The exhibit is curated by Rip Smith and Gary Bergel, who sifted through literally thousands of prints in the basement of the club to select a representative sample of images that exemplify the best the program has to offer.

Gallery hours are Wed-Fri 11-5, Sat 11-4. There will be a reception Saturday, March 4 from 5-7pm.

Berkeley Arts Council Members’ Exhibit Now Through February 18

January 11 – February 18, 2017


The Berkeley Arts Council presents its 2017 Members’ Exhibit, now on display through February 18. We had a great response from our members and we have 38 pieces in a wide variety of media and techniques that showcase the strength and breadth of the creative artists in our region.

See the article in the Hagerstown Herald-Mail:

Gallery Hours Wed-Fri 11-5, Sat 11-4

Berkeley Arts Council Announces Seventh Annual Art and Earth Juried Exhibit


The Berkeley Arts Council announces the Seventh Annual Art and Earth Juried Art Exhibit. The exhibit, which is produced by the Berkeley Arts Council, 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. Any medium or technique is acceptable.

The exhibit will open April 5, 2017 in the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. The exhibit will be on display through May 20, 2017. There will be reception at the gallery on Friday, April 21 from 5-7pm. Continue reading

Call for Artists: Berkeley Arts Council Members’ Exhibit

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, January 11 through February 18, 2017. There will be a reception on Friday, January 20 from 5-7pm.

The exhibit is not juried. Any current member (2017) 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.  Continue reading

Seventh Annual Holiday Art and Craft Market


The Berkeley Arts Council’s Seventh Annual Holiday Art and Craft Market is open at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North queen Street in Martinsburg. The Market features expanded offerings from the artists and artisans of the Berkeley Art Works as well as from several guest artisans. Continue reading