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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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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“Critters” Exhibit Open in the Berkeley Art Works

The “Critters” exhibit opens today featuring paintings, photographs and mixed media work depicting a wide range of animals, from the sinister to the whimsical. Work by 17 local and regional artists will be on display through September 30 at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. There will be a reception for the artists on Friday, September 8 from 5-7pm.

Berkeley Art Works gallery hours are W-F 11-5, Sat 11-4.

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Katrina Brees: Creating a Life’s Meaningful Conclusion through Art

A Special “Meet the Artist” Event
Katrina Brees: Creating a Life’s Meaningful Conclusion through Art
Friday, September 15 – 6:00 – 8:30 pm.

Admission is free but a donation to the Berkeley Arts Council is appreciated. Pre-registration is requested using the form below.

Offering a casual evening get-together, the Berkeley Art Works invites you to learn about one artist’s personal voyage to a unique, creative and personal expression, one that you may be inspired to pursue.

Katrina Brees

Katrina Brees comes to the Eastern Panhandle where she is currently an artist at the North Mountain Residencies south of Hedgesville. Based in New Orleans, Katrina explores the creative possibilities of funeral practices from around the world, drawing inspiration that can be applied in planning a personally meaningful conclusion to one’s earthly presence. She has integrated skills and experience gained from the New Orleans traditions of parade groups, such as the Krewe of Kolossos, which she founded. (For more, visit fantasticcasket.com.)

There is a growing openness today to choosing a personal approach to what is necessary at the end of life. Brees is pursuing a goal of empowering individuals and families to choose what feels correct spiritually, and financially. In this workshop-type presentation Ms. Brees will show examples of burial options and casket traditions from around the world and discuss perspectives on death related to biology, statistics, finance, ecology, and of course ritual and family practices.

This foundation opens a discussion on designing our own fantasy burial vessels and funerals. Learn your rights, your options and your power to undertake a fresh approach to death.

Follow up by downloading documents and worksheets to plan your own funeral as well as casket patterns by Brees.

Planning our own fantasy funerals is a journey that will bring us to new understandings about death and ultimately teach us what we value about our lives. Like the quintessential jazz funeral’s “second line” we can choose new customs, as Bress encourages, to put the Fun in Funeral.

Our Friday, September 15 workshop begins at 6:00. You may register at berkeleyartswv.org; no fee is required but a donation to the Berkeley Arts Council is appreciated. For more background on Katrina Brees, visit fantasticcasket.com.

 

Please pre-register by filling out this short form:

Berkeley Arts Council Announces Fall Classes

Judith Becker Teaching at the Berkeley Art Works

The Berkeley Arts Council has announced its schedule of fall classes to be offered at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. Teaching artist Judith Becker  will offer a varied program of instruction in painting and drawing.

Judith’s classes include “Spritzilism”, Color Theory, and Drawing. Also included are classes in color pencil and watercolor for beginners, as well as a “Continuing Art Studio” for intermediate and advance artists.

(The photography classes previously announced will not be possible as David Rehor has been offered a great opportunity out of the area and will be moving away. We thank David for the work he has done with us and wish him well.)

All of these classes run 4 weeks and the tuition is $90. Pre-registration is required. Full details and online registration is available at berkeleyartswv.org/instruction/.

Call for Artists: “Critters”

The Berkeley Arts Council announces a call for artists for “Critters”, a juried exhibit of artwork depicting all varieties of animals, wild or domestic.

"Baby Deer" photo by Rip Smith

*** No Entry Fee ***

Entry by Email
Two categories:

Open: Open to all artists
Youth: Open to artists under 18 years of age.
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