“Big Doin’s” with the Berkeley Arts Council!

Save the Date: "Arts Expo" October 8 2022

Plan on visiting "Arts Expo" at the Martinsburg Roundhouse on Saturday, October 8 for a festival of ...

  • Artist demonstrations
  • Interactive activities
  • Music performances
  • Learn about local arts organizations

Come down to the Roundhouse between 10am and 4pm and see the diversity of the arts in Martinsburg and the surrounding region.

Admission is FREE!

Help us Take the Arts Council to the Next Level!

The Berkeley Arts Council is entering its fourteenth year. From our start using borrowed spaces for events, exhibits, meetings and classes through the establishment of the Berkeley Art Works we’ve threaded our way through many challenges. Now it’s time for the next phase of Amplifying the Arts, one where BAC provides more opportunities for local artists and artisans, art lovers and audiences, students and creators. We need your help to get to that next level.  Read the full article to learn about donating artwork or other prizes, and what is a “Tombola” anyway!

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

Contemporary Printmaking Exhibit(Update: Awards)

The Berkeley Arts Council (BAC) announces the award winners for the Contemporary Printmaking juried exhibit, an exhibit of works in various printmaking techniques. The purpose of the exhibit is to introduce the community to the versatile medium of printmaking.

The exhibit is on display from June 29 to August 6, 2022 at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV. The gallery is open every Wednesday – Friday, 11-5 and Saturday 11-4.

The juror, Matthew McLaughlin, selected five award winners.

 

The Best of Show went to Brandon Williams from Nashville, Tennessee for his copper plate etching entitled, “From the Ground Up”.

Merit Awards were given to Mitch Eckert from Louisville, Kentucky for his copper plate etching “Still Life with Inedibles”, and Ginny Fielding from Midlothian, Virginia for her lithograph “Upper Crust”.

Honorable Mentions went to “Downstream” a lithograph by Elizabeth Fontenot from Beaumont, Texas and “They’re Near You When You Sleep”, a zinc plate monotype by Mark Goodmanson from Crystal Lake, Illinois.

The juror, Matthew McLaughlin, is a mixed media artist and curator who explores the human relationship with their environments, specifically urban and suburban spaces. He is a Senior Lecturer and teaches printmaking at the University of Maryland. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fine Arts from Ringling College of Art and Design and his Master of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking from Arizona State University.

There are 26 works by 19 artists from 15 states in the exhibit. “In making my selections, the versatility and breadth of printmaking and its processes continued to surprise me. For an art form to have such a wide range of capabilities and be able to produce such a variety of imagery astonishes me again and again. The submissions for the exhibition did not disappoint either. With pieces created through so many processes, it was difficult to decide upon the selections for the exhibition. The prints spoke to me in many ways. For some it was through their craft and cleanliness, while for others it was their gestural quality. Whether it be the crisp quality of a relief print or the tonal subtlety of photogravure, the scope of what an artist can accomplish with print continues to expand with each generation. In the exhibition, I choose to emphasize the range of printmaking’s abilities through the pieces. From photographic work to abstract, from small scale to large, the works bring forward the full gamut of the medium in both process and concept.”

Call for Entries: 10th Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit

Deadline Extended

Extended Deadline for Entries
Midnight Wednesday August 3, 2022

The Berkeley Arts Council announces the 10th Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit, to be displayed in the Berkeley Art Works gallery, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, WV from August 31 to October 8, 2022.

Eligibility – The exhibit is open to artists over the age of 18 who reside in one of the eight counties that comprise the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia: Berkeley, Jefferson, Morgan, Hampshire, Hardy, Grant, Mineral, and Pendleton.

Theme – The theme for the exhibit is open. Works in any medium or technique, in 2- or 3-dimensions, abstract, representational or non-representational subject matter are welcome. Entries must be original works of art that have been completed within the last 3 years and have not been exhibited previously at the Berkeley Art Works.

Juror – Jenna Gianni (MFA) is a ceramic artist and educator based in Maryland. She currently teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Ceramics at Hood College in Frederick, MD where she has previously worked as the Director of Galleries. In addition to her work at Hood, Jenna is also part owner at Washington Street Studios, a community pottery studio in Harpers Ferry, WV providing ceramics classes and studio space to artists in the MD, VA, and WV area.

Entry Fee – The entry fee for one or two works is $25. Additional works may be submitted for a fee of $10 for each additional work, up to a total of four works.

Awards – Best in Show, Merit Award and Honorable Mention.

Entries – Two-dimensional work must be suitably framed and must not exceed 48 inches in width, including frame. Framing must be equipped with wire, ready for hanging (no sawtooth or single loop hangers, please). Please use plexiglass instead of glass. Three-dimensional work must not exceed 72 inches in height and 36 inches in width or depth, and must be free-standing.

Image Submission – Entries for the exhibit must be submitted as digital images for jurying. You may submit up to four works to be juried for this exhibit; one image per work. One additional image to show detail for 3-dimensional work is allowed.

The image file format should be normal (baseline) JPEG. Do not save as ‘progressive’ JPEG. The images should be 1200 pixels on the long dimension with the other dimension proportional. Save at 72 PPI/DPI at high quality setting (8 out of 10 or 80% is good). Set the filename to lastname_title_WxHxD_entrynumber.jpg (example: jones_pretty girl_11x14x1_no1.jpg).

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 Monday August 8, 2022.  Make sure your e-mail address is current in Entrythingy and check your e-mail (including SPAM folder) and our Web site around this date!

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Contemporary Printmaking – Juror’s Selections

Congratulations to the following artists whose works have been selected for the Contemporary Printmaking exhibit!

The Juror, Matt McLaughlin, selected 31 works by 22 artists in 17 states from a total of 58 submitted pieces by 26 artists.

The exhibit will be open June 29 to August 6 at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, WV. 

Contemporary Printmaking Accepted Works

First Name Last Name Title
Tina Armando Goodnight Monster Under the Bed
Peter Baczek Diagonals
Peter Baczek Network
Linda Behar Diabla L`eon
Linda Behar Warrior
Bill Brookover Rhythm & Harmony
Bryonna Castor Lil’ Bonnie
Bob Conge Portrait of Man Ray
Mitch Eckert Still Life with Inedibles
Mitch Eckert Still Life with Three Plastic Peaches
Ginny Fielding Upper Crust
Ginny Fielding Massage
Anne Finucane Debby’s View
Anne Finucane Sunset, Airport Road
Elizabeth Fontenot Downstream
Elizabeth Fontenot Single Serving
Mark Goodmanson They’re Near You When You Sleep
Robert Howsare wndrng
Kazhia Kolb Quartet 2
Joseph Lupo Lost in Translation Anagrams:  Des…Traces…! Mais de quel animal?
John O’Donnell Vestal Forum Green Screen
John O’Donnell Green Cornice in the Roman Forum
Robynn Smith August #15
Robynn Smith Hill and My Heart #5
David Taylor Gluttony
R.L. Tillman Loving
R.L. Tillman If You Can Keep It
Nic Tisdale di-chot-o-my:  Love/Hate I
Brandon Williams From the Ground Up
Susan Wolsborn Balloon Formation
Elektra Zolnoski Bathypelagic Inflorescence

Call for Artists Contemporary Printmaking

On display from June 29 to August 6, 2022
Deadline for Entries: May 22, 2022 at midnight

Open to all visual artists throughout the continental United States, over the age of 18, working in any printmaking technique, representational, abstract, or non-representational subject matter. Works in any of the following printmaking techniques: engraving, etching, lithography, linoleum or woodcut, screen printing.  Photomechanical, digital or mixed media processes may be incorporated as long as the primary technique is one of printmaking. Entries must be original works completed within the last three (3) years, and have not been exhibited previously at the Berkeley Art Works.

Juror:  Matthew McLaughlin is a mixed media artist and curator who explores the human relationship with their environments, specifically urban and suburban spaces.  He is a Senior Lecturer and teaches printmaking at the University of Maryland.

Entry Fee:  $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.

Deadline for Entries: May 22, 2022 at midnight

Entries Closed

Berkeley County, WV: Future, Present, Past Exhibit [UPDATE] Award Winners Announced

In the Gallery:

May 18 – June 25, 2022

The Berkeley Arts Council is celebrating the 250th anniversary of Berkeley County, WV with a visual art exhibit entitled, Berkeley County, WV: Future, Present, Past.  Congratulations to the following:  Best of Show: Sterling “Rip” Smith for his photo “B & O Roundhouse”; Merit Award: Claudia Giannini for her painting “Dalmanites”; Merit Award: Gary Bergel for his photo “Green Hill Historical African American Cemetery, Feb. 2021”; Honorable Mention: Kelli Myers for her series of 3 wire sculptures of apple trees; and Honorable Mention: Tom Nebel for his painting “Harlan Springs”.

Awards were selected by Dr. Doug Kinnett, local artist and former member of the art faculty at Shepherd University, where he coordinated the Art Education program.  Doug has been an exhibiting artist/painter and printmaker since the 1970s, with a long list of local, regional and national shows to his credit.

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Thirty-five original 2-D and 3-D works by regional artists address “future”, “present” and “past” themes in a variety of media.  The exhibit is on display from May 18 to June 25, 2022 at the Berkeley Art Works.  The gallery is open every Wednesday – Friday from 11-5 and Saturday from 11-4.  The Berkeley Arts Council thanks the Berkeley County 250th Commemoration Steering Committee for their generous support of this exhibit.

 

Berkeley Arts Council Announces the 12th Annual Art & Earth Juried Art Exhibit Awards

The Berkeley Arts Council announces the award winners for their 12th Annual Art & Earth Juried Art Exhibit. This year, 37 works by 32 artists from 11 states are on display in a range of media including watercolor, acrylic, oil and wax painting, pastel drawing, mixed media, photographic processes, clay, wood, metal, cardboard and plastic.

The award winners for the exhibit are:

Best of Show: Nathan Taves, Columbia City, Indiana, for the painting, Plaid Sun.

Merit Award: Paulo Correa-Meyer, Radnor, Pennsylvania, for the painting, Amazon Fires;

Merit Award: Mark Dierker, Dubuque, Iowa, for the photograph, Blue Wave.

Honorable Mention: Ray Snouffer, Hagerstown, Maryland for the watercolor painting Reflections of Calm.

Honorable Mention: Scot Wittman, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the photograph, Jump Rock.

The Berkeley Art Works is open every Wednesday – Friday, 11am to 5pm and Saturday 11am to 4pm. The exhibit is on display until May 14.

The juror was Alison Helm, Director of the School of Art and Design at West Virginia University. “It is my tremendous pleasure and honor to be the juror for the Art & Earth exhibit. I found strong work in all of the areas of art making. I found it inspiring to view all of the different interpretations, and re-imagined landscape and our human relationship to it. There were many extremes, from the Amazon fires to reflections on calm water to experience and enjoy. There were many personal messages of hope and exuberance. This show also serves as an educational resource to enrich the community as well as art and design enthusiasts. The theme promotes engagement with the environment. It is very gratifying to see the high quality of work being produced in the region. Congratulations to all of the artists.”

City National Bank

The awards for this year’s 12th Annual Art & Earth Juried Art Exhibit were sponsored in part by a generous donation from City National Bank.