Deadline Extended: Call for Artists: Eighth Annual Art and Earth Juried Exhibit

The Berkeley Arts Council announces the Eighth Annual Art and Earth Juried Art Exhibit. 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. Any medium or technique, 2-dimension or 3-dimension, is acceptable.

The exhibit will open April 4, 2018 in the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. The exhibit will be on display through May 5, 2018. There will be reception at the gallery on Friday, April 6 from 5-7pm.

The exhibition is open to all visual artists over the age of 18 in all media. Entries must be original works of art that have been completed within the last three (3) years, and have not been previously exhibited in The Berkeley Art Works.

"Wind" by Wil Hershberger; 2017 Best in Show
“Wind” by Wil Hershberger; 2017 Best in Show

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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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Berkeley Arts Council Partners to Enrich Arts in the Community

Building partnerships in the community was a founding principle behind the formation of the Berkeley Arts Council (or BAC) back in 2009. Over the eight-plus years, the group has interacted with many organizations to encourage existing programs and launch new ones. “Amplify the Arts” is a theme for the group, as evidenced by the associations that have developed through the years.

The month of January adds a new partner to the list as Joe Santoro of Wonderment Puppet Theater brings his art instructor portfolio to the Berkeley Art Works classroom, offering Paperfolding and Storytelling, featuring creativity as well as art techniques. “We’re delighted to have this opportunity to add a kids’ class, something people have often asked for,” reports Malinda Shaver, president of the group’s board of directors.

New to the Art Works will be this spring’s Youth Art Month presentation, a collaboration with the Berkeley County high school art departments. With the gallery’s regular and standard opening hours (Wednesday through Saturday), the students’ work will receive more well-deserved exposure.

Since opening the Berkeley Art Works with its gallery and classroom at 116 North Queen Street in 2013, more than 40 exhibits have been presented. Some are local and regional, like this month’s Member Show and the fall’s Eastern West Virginia juried event. “We’ve created these exhibits to offer local artists opportunities to display their work, but also to bring a wide variety of art to Martinsburg for residents to enjoy,” explains Shaver. The eighth annual Art and Earth themed exhibition is being offered to artists nationwide and will open in the Arts Council’s gallery on April 4, 2018.

Working with other creative people in Berkeley County, the BAC assisted the startup of the Berkeley Community Chorus, now beginning its seventh year. For four years BAC managed the annual Dance Works Festival. Last year 150 young dance students had the opportunity to learn from topnotch regional instructors in a weekend-long event. Both the Chorus and Dance Works are now independent activities that continue to add to the cultural life of Berkeley County and the region. The county-focused Trails and Trees art trail began when BAC gathered local artists with a common interest, encouraging them to “run with the ball.” Autumn of 2018 will see an exhibit featuring arts and crafts created by area veterans.

Since establishing the facility on Queen Street, “We’ve recognized that BAC can be an important element in downtown Martinsburg,” added Shaver. “This year we’ve been working with Main Street Martinsburg and the CVB on more projects.” A brochure, compiled by BAC members, provides visitors with locations and other information about places of interest, stores and restaurants. Funded by the CVB, the pamphlet is available at about 40 locations in and around downtown.

As the City nears finalizing its revised Comprehensive Plan, BAC looks forward to being a partner as Martinsburg’s downtown realizes its potential to attract residents and visitors to appreciate everything the city has to offer, putting forward a proposal for an arts and heritage district that would be a key to promoting tourism.

Berkeley Arts Council has broken some ground for the arts in our county and region, but the many opportunities that remain will require more partnerships within the community and further growth of the arts council structure. Individual volunteers, partner businesses and organizations will help enrich life in our community.

New Year, New Opportunities

The Berkeley Arts Council (BAC) will hold an Information and Social open house in their Art Works gallery at 116 North Queen Street on Sunday, January 14, 2018 from 2-4 pm.

The public is invited to meet local artists and the Board of Directors and to enjoy some light refreshments. Information will be offered about the Arts Council’s plans and programs for the coming year, including opportunities for artists to exhibit their work.

BAC wants to expand its art instruction program and is seeking teaching artists for adult and youth programs. Volunteers are welcome to help plan programs and events, and to assist with promotion and exhibits. Details and a chance to meet current members will be available on the 14th.

New or renewing members can sign up at the open house. Online membership is also available at This date is also the last day for delivering artwork for the BAC Annual Members’ Exhibit.

Art Works Gets New Sign

ART leads the way in downtown Martinsburg!

Our new sign in front of the Berkeley Art Works will lead visitors to our gallery and the Holiday Market.

All Done!

We have the first installation of a sign as provided in the revised City sign ordnance. BAC worked through the steps from design, Main Street consultant’s visit, re-design, Historic Commission review (twice) and approval, building permit and finally installation. Tell your friends how to find us!

Call for Artists: 2018 Berkeley Arts Council Members Exhibit

All artists who are members of – or who join – the Berkeley Arts Council for 2018 are invited to exhibit one or two art works in the Berkeley Art Works gallery, January 17 through February 24, 2018. There will be a reception on Friday, January 19 from 5-7pm.

The exhibit is not juried. Artists 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

Eastern WV Juried Exhibit Accepted Artists

The Juror’s results are in and Geraldine Kiefer selected 31 works from 21 artists representing the Eastern Panhandle Region.

Ms Kiefer wrote: “It was a pleasure to be the juror of two-dimensional work with sensitivity and response to nature and geometrical form, and of three-dimensional work with verve, wit and a strong sense of craft. This was a worthy cross-section of artistic excellence in the Eastern Panhandle.”

Congratulations to the accepted artists. We will celebrate the exhibit during a reception and awards presentation on Friday, October 6 from 5-7pm at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg.

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