Deadline Extended: 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.

Projected awards fund $500. Other prizes depending on entries.

Entries must have been created by the artist within the past three years and have not been exhibited in the Berkeley Art Works gallery.

The Juror for the exhibit is Frank Herrera.

Frank ‘Tico’ Herrera has pursued a freelance career devoted to commercial and art photography since 1968 and since 1975 he has been affiliated with Glen Echo Park, a part of the National Park Service, as an artist-instructor. He has also taught at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC and Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. His work has won numerous awards and is included in public and private collections nationwide. He splits his time between residences in Washington, DC and Martinsburg, West Virginia.

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. You will be able to pay the fee with a credit card after uploading your images.

EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES:
May 21, 2018 (Midnight)

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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 Legacy of Martinsburg on Display at the Berkeley Art Works

“American Folk Life Society” Mural by William Cochran on the Market House building.

Many people in Martinsburg and Berkeley County don’t know:

– Martinburg has an original N.C. Wyeth;
– a civil war era illustrator was born and worked here;
– Martinsurg was the “sock capital” of the world for the first half of the 20th century; and Interwoven Socks commissioned ads from the country’s most famous illustrators, including Norman Rockwell, J.C. Leyendecker, and N.C. Wyeth.
– Martinsburg’s Baltimore & Ohio Railroad roundhouse is the only remaining cast-iron framed roundhouse still standing in the world today.

“Christmas in Virginia” by N.C. Wyeth displayed in the Martinsburg Library

Although most residents don’t know it, Martinsburg and Berkeley County, WV, have a notable art heritage. This area is the birthplace of several famous artists, the source of much celebrated art created at the behest of local businesses, and is the subject of paintings and engravings.

The exhibit in the Berkeley Art Works Gallery will focus on the various kinds of art and artists who are part of the history of the area. Notable artists, both past and contemporary, and various forms of art, including painting, illustration, sculpture, and architecture, make up this rich tapestry of the visual arts which has its roots in the region. Images of some of the works and a narrative about the art and artists will be on view. The exhibit will be on display through June 2; 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg. Gallery hours Wed-Fri 11-5, Sat 11-4.

Blue Ridge CTC Artists Exhibit at the Berkeley Art Works

Group photo of the Blue Ridge CTC Art 205 Creativity Color and Design and Art 299 Independent Study classes
The Backspace Gallery at Berkeley Art Works is currently featuring 40 works in various media by 18 Blue Ridge Community and Technology College students through Friday, June 8.  The students were part of Art 205 Creativity, Color and Design and Art 299 Independent Study courses taught by Gary Bergel, BAW co-op artist and Blue Ridge CTC adjunct faculty member.
“Untitled” by Billy McPherson Acrylic on Canvas
Recently, Bergel and Doug Kinnett, another BAW co-op artist, juried arts works to be included in this 2018 edition of The Outlet, the arts and letters journal of Blue Ridge CTC.  Come and greet these student-artists at our 5-7 pm Reception on Friday, June 8.
The gallery is located at 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. Hours Wed-Fri 11-5, Sat 11-4.
“The Outlet”. To view a PDF of the publication go to: https://goo.gl/AU1oRF

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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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 berkeleyartswv.org/join-us. This date is also the last day for delivering artwork for the BAC Annual Members’ Exhibit.