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 Instruction Program Announces New Classes at the Berkeley Art Works

The Berkeley Arts Council invites neighbors from teens to seniors to rediscover the satisfaction of creating with your hands, eyes and imagination. Learn media and techniques or use those you may know, or use materials that catch your fancy. The varied programs range from basic techniques to methods that build skills with materials and design concepts.

Adding to an ongoing schedule taught by Judith Becker, new teaching artists offer an expanded schedule for Spring. Lori Thompson offers Visual Journaling and Beginning Book Making. Robert Howard teaches Beginning Portraiture and Expressions in Mixed Media. Victoria Pendragon will teach The Art of Collage. Continue reading

Accepted Artists: Art and Earth Juried Exhibit

The juror has completed the review of the submitted works and has made his selections. Daniel Fulco, Curator at the Washington Museum of Fine Art in Hagerstown, Maryland reviewed 150 works by 61 artists from 15 states and selected 32 works for the exhibit, which opens on April 4. The exhibit will be on display through May 5 at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. There will be a reception in the gallery on Friday, April 6 from 5-7pm. Gallery hours are Wed-Fri 11-5, Sat 11-4.

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Call for Entries: Photo18 Juried Photography Exhibit

Photo18 Juried Photography ExhibitThe Berkeley Arts Council in Martinsburg, West Virginia announces its 2018 Juried Photography Exhibit, to be displayed in the Berkeley Art Works Gallery, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. The exhibit will be on display July 11 – August 11, 2018.

The theme for the exhibit is open. The exhibit is open nationally to all photographers without restriction to technique. Continue reading

Berkeley Arts Council Partners to Enrich Arts in the Community

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. Continue reading

New Year, New Opportunities

The Berkeley Arts Council (BAC) will hold an Information and Social open house in their Art Works gallery at 116 North Queen Street on Sunday, January 14, 2018 from 2-4 pm.

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 This date is also the last day for delivering artwork for the BAC Annual Members’ Exhibit.

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

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