St. Nick’s Market Opens at Berkeley Art Works

Ho, ho, ho my goodness!!  The Berkeley Arts Council’s St. Nick’s Market is open for business Wednesday November 24 through Friday December 24, 2021.  The gallery at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 N. Queen Street, Martinsburg, is transformed into a festive holiday market displaying the work of more than 30 local and regional artists and artisans as well as our year ‘round co-op artists.  No supply chain issues here – there’s a variety of items for great selection and fun shopping.  There is a mix of fine art and craft items for the home, including basketry, ceramics, glass, wood, photography, painting and mixed media; cards, and clocks; even local honey!  There’s art to wear, including woven fibers, warm face masks, jewelry and more – all wonderful and thoughtfully made!

The Berkeley Arts Council has been holding a holiday market since 2010.  Originally called the “Holiday Art & Craft Market”, it was held at 116 N. Queen Street before the space became the Arts Council’s official headquarters.  Now in its 12th year, St. Nick’s Market has become a regular holiday shopping destination for the community.  In keeping with the Berkeley Arts Council’s mission to “Amplify the Arts”, one goal of St. Nick’s Market is to acquaint the community with artists from around the region.  Throughout the year, the St. Nick’s planning committee keeps their eye out for potential artists.  Selection criteria includes, skill in the artist’s medium, uniqueness of the work, and appeal to area gift givers.  By creating an environment with more artists’ work, shoppers get to experience the wide range of creativity and talent that resides in the Eastern Panhandle.

Not sure what to buy?  The Berkeley Arts Council also has gift cards, which can be used to purchase work in the gallery, or any of our classes.  Visit St. Nick’s Market at the Berkeley Art Works this year!  Holiday hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays 11:00am to 5:00pm; Fridays 11:00am to 8:00pm; Saturdays 11:00am to 4:00pm and Sundays 12pm – 3pm.

Call for Artists: Berkeley Arts Council 2022 Annual Members’ Exhibit

All artists who are members of – or who join – the Berkeley Arts Council for the 2022 calendar year are invited to participate in the Annual Members’ Exhibit at the Berkeley Art Works from January 12 through February 19, 2022.

Participation in the exhibit is a benefit of membership. Any current member (for 2022), working in any medium, may participate in the exhibit. The exhibit is not juried; however, work must be properly framed or otherwise professionally presented and ready for display.

  • Two-dimensional work must be wired for hanging. (No saw-tooth hangers, please! They don’t fit on our hanging system.)
  • Three-dimensional fine art and fine craft are encouraged and must be ready for professional presentation.
  • An identification tag must be attached to each piece, including the artist’s name, title of the work and price if it is for sale.
  • The Berkeley Arts Council will retain a 30% commission on sales of work during the exhibit.

To participate, deliver one or two pieces of your work to the Berkeley Art Works on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday January 5, 6, 7 from 11am-5pm, and Saturday, January 8 from 11am-4pm.

Not a member, but want to be? New members may join and renewing members may do so online, at berkeleyartswv.org/join-us/. You can also join at the gallery when you deliver your artwork. There is no entry fee other than membership dues.

The exhibit will be open during Berkeley Art Works business hours, Wednesday – Friday 11am to 5pm, and Saturday 11am to 4pm. The exhibit will be promoted to the local press, as well as on our Web site, Facebook and Instagram. Sorry – no opening reception again this year. Please direct questions via e-mail to bacexhibits@gmail.com.

 

Call for Entries: Reflections of Gratitude

In observance of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day in March, the Berkeley Arts Council (BAC) will present Reflections of Gratitude, a collection of works about women. The exhibit will be on display at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 N. Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV from February 23 through April 2, 2022.

The goal of this exhibition is to honor women whose achievements and contributions have enriched our lives and bettered our world. They are our role models, influencers, sources of strength, beacons of hope. They may be artists, educators, preachers, healers, engineers, scientists; they are mothers, sisters, grandmothers, friends; they exist in many roles and vocations, in public and private life. Whether historical or contemporary, who has that woman been for you? Entries for this juried exhibit should pay tribute to women who have been influential in your life.

The exhibit is open to all visual 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.

Entries must be original works of art that have been completed within the last three (3) years, and have not been exhibited at The Berkeley Art Works previously.

Entry Fee: $35 for the first two works and $10 each additional work up to a maximum of four.

Awards: Best in Show, Merit and Honorable Mention.

Notification of Accepted Work – The exhibit will be juried by the Berkeley Arts Council. Selections will be announced by e-mail and posted on the BAC Web site on or about Friday, January 21, 2022. Delivery instructions will be provided when the accepted artists are announced.

Deadline for Entries
Midnight Friday January 14, 2022.

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“Capturing the Light” Watercolor Workshop by Lynn Ferris, AWS, NWS, TWSA

May 14 and 15, 2022

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.

“Shadow Play” by Lynn Ferris

“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.

Location:
Holiday Inn Martinsburg
301 Foxcroft Ave, Martinsburg, WV 25401
304-267-5500 (Ask for special workshop rate)

Times:
May 14 9am – 4pm
May 15 9am – 4pm

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‘Watercolor Impressions’ Exhibit Video Presentation

Our national juried watercolor exhibit is now open in the Berkeley Art Works gallery at 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. The juror, Lynn Ferris, selected 32 works by 23 artists.

The Berkeley Art Works is open Wednesday to Saturday so we hope that if you live in the Eastern WV region, you will be able to drop by to see the work in this very interesting show in person. But if you live too far away to make it in to the gallery, we want to share the great work of the artists whose work was selected for this exhibit.

To view a short video presentation of the accepted works, click on the image below. The video will introduce you to the work in the exhibit but it is not a substitute for the experience of seeing the work in-person if you can make it into the gallery.

(Please turn your sound on to hear the music. Please Note: The video is a large file.  Unless your Internet service includes an unlimited data, you should use a Wi-Fi network connection to avoid excessive data use charges on your account.)

Eastern WV Juried Exhibit Online

To view a short video presentation of the 21 accepted works, click on the image below. The video will introduce you to the work in the exhibit but it is not a substitute for the experience of seeing the work in-person if you can make it into the gallery.

(Turn your sound on to hear the music. Please Note: The video is a large file.  Unless your mobile device is on an unlimited data plan, you should use a Wi-Fi network connection to avoid excessive data use charges on your cellular account. )

‘Watercolor Expressions’ 2021 Accepted Artists (UPDATED: Awards)

Lynn Ferris

The juror’s selections are in for the Watercolor Expressions national juried exhibit and we are pleased to announce the accepted artists. There were a total of 63 works submitted by 26 artists in 9 states. The juror, Lynn Ferris, selected 32 works by 23 artists.

Juror’s Statement
“Watercolor Expressions” 2021

While judging this show I was inspired by the creative energy, the many points of view, creative techniques, and insightful observations of the artists. There were more award worthy paintings than awards, making my decisions exciting but also difficult.

As a judge, the first thing I look for is a painting that is compelling; one that draws me in. It may be a powerful design, a quiet voice, or sheer observation of beauty. Sometimes it’s a sense of place, an emotion, or a unique vision. Sometimes it’s an intriguing narrative. In other words, a strong painting has a point of view. Technical accomplishment is important, but it’s not the sole goal. It provides the language to tell the story, but it is not the story.

Thank you to everyone who participated and thank you for having me as your judge.

Happy Painting!

Lynn Ferris, AWS, NWS, TWSA

The exhibit will be open beginning Wednesday, October 13 through Saturday, November 20.  Awards will be announced and a virtual awards presentation will be scheduled while the exhibit is in the gallery.  You will be notified when the date is set, and a Zoom link will be sent out closer to the event.

Watercolor Expressions Accepted Artists

First Name Last Name Title
Ronda Albright Lenten Rose
Ronda Albright Rose in Blue Vase
Teresa Anderson Cold Creek
Belinda Botzong Crocosmia Biochrome Watercolor Impressions
Mary Alice Bowers Floral
Jessica Buckholtz Picked Flower
Shannon Cronin Self (Merit Award)
Shannon Cronin Luna
Shannon Cronin Change of Plans
Jane deGruchy Savannah Sun (Best in Show)
Michael Gouker New Mexico River Stones
Steve Griggs Tuesday Morning in Crested Butte
Steve Griggs Time for a Ride (Merit Award)
John Grinstead Wheat Field
Richard Hagerty Dance of the Unicorn
Bro Halff Curve by the Ocean, Poipu, Kaua’i
Kathleen Jamieson Shooting Star Over Bioluninescent Sea
Kathleen Jamieson Color Imagination II
Sonja Jones Little Falls
Nancy Kautz Hollyhocks
Kitty Messner German Window
Lannie Mullenax Blue Ridge
Tom Nebel Walkersville Farm
Jes Reger Davis Flutter
Jes Reger Davis Feelin’ Blue
Ray Snouffer Sunning
Ray Snouffer A Burst of Light (Honorable Mention)
Ray Snouffer A Hint of Autumn
Glenn Tomlinson Precious Little (Honorable Mention)
Monica Wilkins In the Rough
Patricia Wilt New Neighbors
Patricia Wilt Driving Home

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9th Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit and Award Winners

Best in Show: ‘Dreamer’ Photograph by Tracey Donnelly Franklin

The Berkeley Arts Council announces the opening of the The 9th Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit, on display September 1 through October 9 at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV.  The gallery is open every Wednesday – Friday 11am to 5pm and Saturday 11am to 4pm.

This annual juried exhibit focuses on artists who reside any of the eight counties that comprise the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.  This year, 48 works were submitted, primarily from Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties, from which 21 were selected in drawing, painting, photography, fibers, glass, mixed media, and assemblage.

The award winners for the exhibit are:  Tracey Donnelly Franklin of Shepherdstown – the Best of Show for her photograph, Dreamer and Jeanne Marie McClure of Kearneysville – the Merit Award for her watercolor, 17 Years to Light.  Honorable Mentions are given to Heather Hendry of Bunker Hill for her pastel drawing, Spring; Tom Nebel of Shepherdstown for his oil painting, Windswept; and Carol Williams of Shepherdstown for her fabric/mixed media piece, Mourning in America.

The juror for the exhibit was Ally Christmas, a visual artist living and working in Shepherdstown, WV, where she teaches lens-based arts and coordinates the Photo Bachelor of Fine Arts program at Shepherd University.  Much of her work revolves around notions of selfhood, virtuality, and lived experience.  Her hybrid practice involves a number of forms including digital video, still photography, tintypes, palladium prints, bookmaking, gifs, cinemagraphs, and installation.  Her work has been shown at a variety of venues in the U.S. and Canada.  Ms. Christmas earned a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from the University of Virginia.  In 2018 she received a Master of Fine Arts in Photo/Video from the University of Georgia, after which she spent two years teaching video art and photography courses at Grinnell College as the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Video and New Media.  About the show, Ms. Christmas said, “It was truly a pleasure to see such a wide variety of works from this community.  I found it quite difficult to narrow down the selections as there was so much talent present throughout the entries.  Ultimately, I honed in on threads of commonality that led to the final grouping of works.  After a year that has felt like 5 years, I found myself gravitating towards the pieces that invoked either a sense of peacefulness or a sense of whimsy – perhaps surreality or wonder, too.  When brought together, these artworks may provide an escape from our harsh reality and offer some respite, no matter how brief.  They are needed.”

For more information about the Berkeley Arts Council and the Berkeley Art Works, visit us on the Web at https://berkeleyartswv.org, on Facebook at BerkeleyArtsWV and on Instagram @berkeleyartscouncil_wv.

The Berkeley Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) non‐profit organization incorporated in West Virginia working to ensure that Berkeley County has a vibrant, vital arts environment by promoting awareness, understanding and appreciation of the literary, visual and performing arts in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.  The Berkeley Arts Council supports local and regional artists, brings quality arts experiences to the community, and provides a wide range of arts learning experiences for local residents, artists and artisans.

Berkeley Arts Council Fall Class Announcement

Starting in September, the Berkeley Arts Council is offering art classes in-person at the Berkeley Art Works and via the Google Zoom application.  Are you looking for something new to do this fall?  Are you looking to broaden your techniques, learn a new medium, or work in another dimension?  The fall session begins September 7!  These classes offer a variety of media and will appeal to a range of ages and experiences.

Acrylic Paint and Palette Knife Technique is designed to help make a personal statement in your art.  Express emotions boldly and fearlessly, and open the door to mixing colors with great texture.  Using a palette knife, learn how the movement of the wrist will execute movement on the canvas or any surface on which you choose to work.  Bring a reference photograph or picture for inspiration.  This class will be held in person for four weeks on Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30am, beginning September 7.

The Creative You! is the first of a series of workshops exploring different styles of creating art projects in 3-dimensions.  In this exciting class, the instructor will guide students in defining and planning creative ideas and building their ideas in 3-D!  Participants will start creating using cardboard, and progress to making an abstract face, a marble maze, a pinball machine and a full head mask ready for any occasion.  Bring your ideas and get ready to exercise those creative muscles!  No prior art experience is necessary.  Designed for anyone ages 15 and older who wants to explore the possibilities of The Creative You!  Class will be held in person for four weeks on Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm, beginning September 21.

Creative Landscape Painting – Give your landscape painting that WOW factor!  Working from a single landscape reference photo, the instructor will present different approaches to painting your landscape scene with vastly different results.  This is a unique way to push your art into new dimensions, all the while learning composition and color theory beyond the usual.  Surprise yourself with new abilities to advance your artistic expertise.  Two sessions are being offered:  in person for four weeks on Wednesdays, 3:00-5:00pm, and via Zoom for four weeks on Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm.  Both sessions begin September 22.

Making Clay Tiles (Tessellations) – Students will make plaster molds and learn to make different types of clay tiles.  This class is being offered in two sessions:  in-person for four weeks on Thursdays, 2:00-4:00pm, and via Zoom for four weeks on Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm.  Both sessions begin September 23.

Printmaking with Mixed Media – Print, the mark left on a surface by pressure:  the footprint on a beach, the imprint of a leaf, or texture of weathered wood.  The making of a print can be achieved by a wide variety of methods.  Making a permanent record of an object, and making a series of line impressions that differ in color or surface texture is only part of the intriguing craft of the printmaker!  This 6-week class will be held via Zoom on Saturdays, 9:00-11:00am, starting October 16.

Become a Color Pro focuses on all of the features, benefits and nuances of the primary colors.  Each week, participants will delve into the commonly known hues in each color family, starting with the reds, then the blues, and then the yellows; with the last class to focus on grays and blacks.  This class will give participants a firm foundation for determining which hue in a color family to use to get a specific effect.  Simple exercises will be presented for each color family and participants can use most any medium:  watercolor, acrylic or oil paint, or colored pencil (pastel not recommended).  This class is being offered in two sessions:  in person for four weeks on Wednesdays, 3:00-5:00pm, and via Zoom for four weeks on Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm.  Both sessions begin October 20.

Register now!! For more details, materials lists, schedules, class prices, and to register, visit https://berkeleyartswv.org/instruction/.  Pre-registration is required for all classes.  In-person classes will be held at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 N. Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV.  Please note:  Space is very limited for in-person classes.  All in-person class participants will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination and wear masks while at the Berkeley Art Works.  Classes will be set up for distancing.  Direct questions via e-mail to instruction@berkeleyartswv.org, or call 304-620-7277 during business hours Wednesday through Friday, 11am – 5pm and Saturday, 11am – 4pm.

In Our Gallery – Boys & Girls Club Annual Photography Exhibit

The Berkeley Arts Council is hosting the work of the Boys & Girls Club Annual Photography Competition from August 11 through 28 at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 N. Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV.

The Council has hosted this exhibit since 2014.  There are 13 young artists from the Boys & Girls Club of Berkeley County represented, ages 12 to 18, and 37 photographs created using conventional black & white and color film processes, as well as digital photography.  Subjects range from portraits to landscapes; still life, product shots and architecture.

The exhibit comes straight from the 74th Annual Berkeley County Youth Fair, where the work was displayed for judging from July 31 through August 7.  This year features work completed in 2020 and 2021.  There are 13 blue ribbons and numerous awards displayed in the show, including First Premium Award for “Mrs. Vicky”, by Travis Evans, Second Premium Award for “Secluded Glen”, by Aiden Murphy, and Third Premium Award for “Three Sopranos”, by Dakota Fiery.

The photo competition is part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Image Makers National Photography Contest, from which the Berkeley County Club has won several awards over the years.  In 2020, the Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle’s photography program was recognized with a Governor’s Award for Arts in Education.

Accepted Artists: Eastern WV Juried Exhibit

The 9th Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit features artwork by artists in the eight counties that comprise the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia: Berkeley, Jefferson, Morgan, Hampshire, Hardy, Grant, Mineral, and Pendleton.

The Juror’s selections are in and the Juror, Ally Christmas, selected 21 works by 18 artists from 48 works submitted by 23 artists.

Here is the statement from the Juror:

“It was truly a pleasure to see such a wide variety of works from this community. I found it quite difficult to narrow down the selections as there was so much talent present throughout the entries. Ultimately, I honed in on a couple threads of commonality that led to this final grouping of works. After a year that has felt like 5 years, I found myself gravitating towards the pieces that invoked either a sense of peacefulness or a sense of whimsy – perhaps surreality or wonder, too. When brought together, these artworks may provide an escape from our harsh reality and offer some respite, no matter how brief. They are needed.”

The exhibit opens September 1 at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg and will run through October 9, 2021.

The accepted artists and works are:

Nathan Altier Shattered Adoration
Paul Berryhill Going Home 
Tracey Donnelly Franklin Dreamer
Lisa Fisher My Strawberry Milkshake
Angela Giraldi Red Bud Special
Martha Hanley Star Stream
Heather Hendry Spring
Chan Jackson Pointy Coneflowers
Susan Loonsk Sanctuary Moon 
Jeanne McClure 17 Years to Light
Dawn Moore Sapphire Trio
Lannie Mullenax Bear Rocks Morning
Tom Nebel Ethereal
Tom Nebel Windswept
Judith Pharr ‘Bold’-er
Martha Rowley Springtime
Sterling Smith Continental Divide
Sterling Smith Mountain Light
Carol Wilks Sunday Afternoon in Vermont 
Carol Williams Zug Island On the River Rouge
Carol Williams Mourning In America

Artists Mary Jo Sims and John Turner at Berkeley Art Works

Retirement Idyl:  Artwork by Mary Jo Sims and John Turner is an exhibit of paintings, drawings, collage, prints and mixed media artwork by two Berkeley Arts Council members, on display at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg.

Turner Powerball

John Turner loved to draw during his grade school years.  Until he attended classes through the Berkeley Arts Council, he had never taken an art class, or received formal art instruction.  “My experience with the instructors has stimulated a strong desire on my part to explore, risk, and discipline my artistic efforts.  The courses are conducted in such a manner that the studio time is encouraging, educational and socially engaging,” he says with enthusiasm.  He finds great pleasure in line drawings and vibrant colors.  Mixing media such as watercolor, ink, acrylic and colored pencil allows him to connect representative elements in an organic manner with more abstract vignettes.

Mary Jo Sims majored in fine art in college, where she was influenced by American Abstract Expressionists.  After reading Wassily Kandinsky’s Concerning the Spiritual in Art, she became interested in the deep connection between the spiritual and the aesthetic. She explored that connection while attending Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, in their Department of Religion and the Arts.  “I continue to resonate especially with Kandinsky’s improvisations, pieces that are divorced from subject matter and rely completely on color, line, and shape for meaning.  Color, and the lines and shapes formed by the juxtaposing and mingling of colors, provide the meaning of my recent works.  While there is some intentionality to the color application, I allow the initial flow of color on the paper surface to dictate much of the direction of the painting.”

The exhibit displays several of their individual works, but John and Mary Jo also collaborate on work and gain inspiration from each other.  Collaborative works in the exhibit show a beautiful harmony in their artistic styles and interests.  Retirement Idyl:  Artwork by Mary Jo Sims and John Turner is open until August 7th.  Business hours at the Berkeley Art Works are Wednesday – Friday, 11am to 5pm and Saturday 11am to 4pm.

The Berkeley Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) non‐profit organization incorporated in West Virginia working to ensure that Berkeley County has a vibrant, vital arts environment by promoting awareness, understanding and appreciation of the literary, visual and performing arts in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.  The Berkeley Arts Council supports local and regional artists, brings quality arts experiences to the community, and provides a wide range of arts learning experiences for local residents, artists and artisans.