This Fall Find Your Creative Passion
with Classes and Workshops at the Berkeley Arts Council!
*** Special Grant-Funded Workshops
This special series of classes and workshops is made possible by a grant to the Berkeley Arts Council in support of its mission to Amplify the Arts in Martinsburg and the surrounding area. The workshops are tuition free, requiring only a small registration fee.
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.
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.
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.”
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!
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.
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.
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.”
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.
May 15, 2022 marks the 250th anniversary of the founding of Berkeley County, West Virginia! The Berkeley Arts Council is commemorating this milestone by presenting an expanded exhibit entitled, Berkeley County, WV: Future, Present, Past. This exhibit is one of the of the official events selected and supported by the Berkeley County Council. The exhibit will be on display May 18 to June 25, 2022 at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV.
Located at the gateway to the Shenandoah Valley in the heart of the Eastern Panhandle, Berkeley County is known for its unique history, beautiful scenery, robust industry, and more. Formed in 1772 from neighboring Frederick County, Virginia, Berkeley County once spanned from the Blue Ridge Mountains in Jefferson County to the famed springs at the Town of Bath (Berkeley Springs) in Morgan County. Throughout its history, Berkeley County has been an epicenter of engagement, growth, and community.
The Berkeley Arts Council invites you to celebrate and honor this unique area with your art! We are asking you to use Berkeley County, WV – its vistas, history, cultures and communities – as inspiration for your work. We hope to build a rich perspective of Berkeley County through interpretations by artists in all arts; from all cultures, identities and viewpoints.
The art exhibit is open to all artists throughout the continental United States, over the age of 18, working in any fine art or fine craft medium or technique, in 2- or 3-dimensions. Representational, abstract, or non-representational work in all media, including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, mixed media, assemblage, sculpture and graphic arts; fine craft media, such as clay, glass, metal, wood, fibers, etc., are welcome. Entries must be the original work of the artist. Artists do not have to be current residents of Berkeley County; however, they must reflect a future vision, or a present or past adventure, event, memory, experience, etc., in Berkeley County, WV.
Berkeley Arts Council, Martinsburg, WV is pleased to offer an exciting and unique watercolor workshop by Lynn Ferris, AWS, NWS, TWSA, nationally and internationally known artist and instructor.
“Capturing the Light”
Bring your work to the next level. Light and shadow shouldn’t be after thoughts in our paintings. In fact, good use of light and shadow is one of the best ways to take a painting from ordinary to extraordinary.
In her signature workshop “Capturing the Light,” Lynn will show students how to use light and shadow to design stronger compositions and bring drama to a variety of subject matter. Students will gain new skills and confidence working with shadows, light sources, creating glow, and more. Lynn provides handouts, reference materials, and lots of personal attention.
Holiday Inn Martinsburg
301 Foxcroft Ave, Martinsburg, WV 25401
304-267-5500 (Ask for special workshop rate)
The Berkeley Arts Council’s 12th Annual Art & Earth Juried Art Exhibit is open today through May 14 at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg.
The exhibit has the theme “Art and Earth: My Art – My World.” Thirty-seven pieces in this exhibit represent a wide range of media, including watercolor, acrylic, oil and wax painting, pastel drawing, mixed media, photographic processes, clay, wood, metal, cardboard and plastic.
The juror, Alison Helm, is the director of the School of Art and Design at West Virginia University, where she is a professor of sculpture. As the juror for this exhibit she said, “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. It is very gratifying to see the high quality of work being produced in the region.”
The Berkeley Art Works is open every Wednesday – Friday, 11am to 5pm and Saturday 11am to 4pm.