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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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

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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

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

Juror:

The juror for the 2018 exhibit is Daniel Fulco, curator at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown, Maryland.

Dr. Fulco graduated from Connecticut College, New London, CT, with a degree in Art History and a Museum Studies Certificate (2004). From 2004 to 2007, he served as Assistant Director and Curator of the New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT.  In 2007, Dr. Fulco entered graduate school, receiving his M. A. (2009) and Ph.D. (2014) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Most recently, he taught art history at Marymount University, Arlington, VA, University of Maryland, University College, Largo, MD, and Howard Community College, Columbia, MD. Last year, Dr. Fulco published his first monograph, Exuberant Apotheoses: Italian Frescoes in the Holy Roman Empire, Visual Culture and Princely Power in the Age of Enlightenment (Leiden, Brill 2016). A scholar of European and American art from the 17th to the 19th centuries, his research also engages with the exhibition of Islamic art at world’s fairs. Currently, Dr. Fulco serves as Agnita M. Stine Schreiber Curator at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, MD.

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.

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: February 19, 2018 (Midnight)
Use link below for entries

Notification of Accepted Work:

The notification announcing the juror’s selections will be sent by email and be posted on our web site (this page) on or about March 3, 2017.

Awards:

Best in Show $500 Total prizes $1,000.

Entries:

Entries for the Art and Earth exhibit must be submitted as digital images for jurying. You may submit up to four works to be juried for this exhibit.

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

Dimensions should include the frame.

One additional image to show detail for 3-dimensional work is allowed.

Accepted Work:

If accepted, the original works must be ready for hanging and must not exceed 48&rdquo; in width, including frame. Paintings and works on paper must be suitably framed. All entries to be hung must be equipped with wire, ready for hanging. Three-dimensional works, must not exceed 72 inches in height and 36&rdquo; in width or depth. Three-dimensional work must be free-standing. No substitution, exchange, modification, or withdrawal of works is permitted after they are accepted for the exhibition.

All accepted work must arrive between March 26 and March 31, 2018

Sales:

The Berkeley Arts Council will retain a 30% commission on all sales. Works may not be removed during the exhibition.

Liability:

Although the Berkeley Arts Council will take reasonable measures to ensure the safety of the entries in the gallery, the BAC is not responsible for loss of or damage to the artwork, and the artist is responsible for his/her own insurance if desired.

Final Acceptance:

The Berkeley Arts Council reserves the right to reject any work that is not consistent with the work presented in the digital entry image or if the framing or presentation is not adequate.

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Deadline February 20 (Midnight)

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: