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.
Building partnerships in the community was a founding principle behind the formation of the Berkeley Arts Council (or BAC) back in 2009. Over the eight-plus years, the group has interacted with many organizations to encourage existing programs and launch new ones. “Amplify the Arts” is a theme for the group, as evidenced by the associations that have developed through the years.
The month of January adds a new partner to the list as Joe Santoro of Wonderment Puppet Theater brings his art instructor portfolio to the Berkeley Art Works classroom, offering Paperfolding and Storytelling, featuring creativity as well as art techniques. “We’re delighted to have this opportunity to add a kids’ class, something people have often asked for,” reports Malinda Shaver, president of the group’s board of directors.
New to the Art Works will be this spring’s Youth Art Month presentation, a collaboration with the Berkeley County high school art departments. With the gallery’s regular and standard opening hours (Wednesday through Saturday), the students’ work will receive more well-deserved exposure.
Since opening the Berkeley Art Works with its gallery and classroom at 116 North Queen Street in 2013, more than 40 exhibits have been presented. Some are local and regional, like this month’s Member Show and the fall’s Eastern West Virginia juried event. “We’ve created these exhibits to offer local artists opportunities to display their work, but also to bring a wide variety of art to Martinsburg for residents to enjoy,” explains Shaver. The eighth annual Art and Earth themed exhibition is being offered to artists nationwide and will open in the Arts Council’s gallery on April 4, 2018.
Working with other creative people in Berkeley County, the BAC assisted the startup of the Berkeley Community Chorus, now beginning its seventh year. For four years BAC managed the annual Dance Works Festival. Last year 150 young dance students had the opportunity to learn from topnotch regional instructors in a weekend-long event. Both the Chorus and Dance Works are now independent activities that continue to add to the cultural life of Berkeley County and the region. The county-focused Trails and Trees art trail began when BAC gathered local artists with a common interest, encouraging them to “run with the ball.” Autumn of 2018 will see an exhibit featuring arts and crafts created by area veterans.
Since establishing the facility on Queen Street, “We’ve recognized that BAC can be an important element in downtown Martinsburg,” added Shaver. “This year we’ve been working with Main Street Martinsburg and the CVB on more projects.” A brochure, compiled by BAC members, provides visitors with locations and other information about places of interest, stores and restaurants. Funded by the CVB, the pamphlet is available at about 40 locations in and around downtown.
As the City nears finalizing its revised Comprehensive Plan, BAC looks forward to being a partner as Martinsburg’s downtown realizes its potential to attract residents and visitors to appreciate everything the city has to offer, putting forward a proposal for an arts and heritage district that would be a key to promoting tourism.
Berkeley Arts Council has broken some ground for the arts in our county and region, but the many opportunities that remain will require more partnerships within the community and further growth of the arts council structure. Individual volunteers, partner businesses and organizations will help enrich life in our community.
The public is invited to meet local artists and the Board of Directors and to enjoy some light refreshments. Information will be offered about the Arts Council’s plans and programs for the coming year, including opportunities for artists to exhibit their work.
BAC wants to expand its art instruction program and is seeking teaching artists for adult and youth programs. Volunteers are welcome to help plan programs and events, and to assist with promotion and exhibits. Details and a chance to meet current members will be available on the 14th.
New or renewing members can sign up at the open house. Online membership is also available at berkeleyartswv.org/join-us. This date is also the last day for delivering artwork for the BAC Annual Members’ Exhibit.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
Best in Show $500 Total prizes $1,000.
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 (“baseline”) JPEG.</b> Do not save as “progressive“ 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.
If accepted, the original works must be ready for hanging and must not exceed 48” 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” 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
The Berkeley Arts Council will retain a 30% commission on all sales. Works may not be removed during the exhibition.
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.
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.
Deadline February 20 (Midnight)
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.