Call for Artists Juried Exhibit in Martinsburg

Juried Art Exhibit Planned for April, 2011

The Berkeley Arts Council ( and The Arts Centre ( are joining forces to bring a juried art exhibit to The Arts Centre gallery in Martinsburg, WV. The exhibit will be held April 8 – May 1, 2011 in conjunction with the “Art and Earth Celebration” produced by ArtBerkeley, Inc. as an Earth Day observance.

The exhibit, which will be produced by the Berkeley Arts Council, will have the theme “Art and Earth: My Art – My World. ” Artists in all media from throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region are asked to submit works that express their feelings about nature and the environment.

The Juror for the exhibit will be Susan Bloom, Professor and Chair of the Art and Art History Department of McDaniels College in Westminster, Maryland. Ms Bloom is an accomplished teacher, artist, photographer and author.

Details, including entry forms and the full schedule are posted on the Berkeley Arts Council web site ( For more information contact Rip Smith at 304-596-0873 or email

Weather Update – 1:20 pm Thurs.

The Holiday Market will be closed for the rest of the afternoon.  We also think people should stay home this evening and we are canceling the Arts in Education meeting set for 6:30.  Watch for an email notice with more information.

Note:  The WVDCH Grants Workshop scheduled for today in Romney has been cancelled.  It will be rescheduled.

Berkeley Arts Council to Seek Funding for Local Grant Program

The Berkeley Arts Council will seek funding for the “Amplify the Arts” grant program for implementation in the fiscal year 2011-2012. The program will support smaller arts projects produced by organizations or individuals.

Funding will be sought from various sources, including the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, for re-granting to the community.

The Council is interested in hearing from Berkeley County artists, teachers, and organizations to determine the needs of the community for arts programs. We would like to receive preliminary proposals and letters of intent to apply, the purpose of which is to assess the needs of the community for this kind of support.

We are especially interested in projects that:

  • expand availability and accessibility of the arts within our community;
  • involve young people in the arts;
  • provide arts experiences to new or underserved audiences;
  • use the arts in an innovative way to enhance community life;
  • show collaboration among two or more organizations and/or individuals.

We anticipate being able to fund projects up to $1,000 total budget.

Interested organizations or individuals should send a one-page description of their project with preliminary budget and a brief statement of their qualifications to complete the project.

Please mail your information by January 10, 2011 to: Berkeley Arts Council, PO Box 984, Martinsburg, WV 25402. More information:

Those who provide this input will receive the formal application package directly when funding is confirmed.

More details about the Amplify the Arts Grant Program is on the Berkeley Arts Council web site at

Holiday Market is Open!

The Holiday Art and Craft Market is officially open!

Come on down to 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg for our reception starting at 5pm and shop from a selection of great work by 17 local artists and artisans. From beautiful stained glass and hand-made jewelry to a range of painting and fine art photography, you’ll find something for anyone.

More details about the market are at on the Berkeley Arts Council Web Site.

Congratulations to Berkeley County Artists

The Berkeley Arts Council wishes to congratulate two Berkeley County artists for having their work accepted in the West Virginia Art and Craft Guild Eighth Biennial Competition and Exhibit, which opened November 20 in Parkersburg.

Sterling “Rip” Smith was awarded Honorable Mention for his photograph “View from the Court.” Smith had two additional images accepted for the exhibit.

Lee Badger is a metal sculptor and furniture designer in Hedgesville. His studio is “Anvil Works.

Lee Badger with "Woldgeist"
Lee Badger with "Woldgeist." Rip Smith's Image "View from the Court is in the background.

Art Market Plans Moving Forward

The Holiday Arts and Craft Market for downtown Martinsburg is coming together.


116 North Queen Street
Downtown Martinsburg, WV
(I-81 to King St exit, N on Queen St, 1-1/2 blocks on left)

Friday/Saturday 11:00 am–8:00 pm
Sundays 12:00–4:00 pm
Wednesday/Thursday 11:00 am–6:00 pm

Space is still available for interested artists.
Contact Leia Wood at or call 304-283.1326.

We’re letting everyone know that we’re coming, starting with a sign in the window. By opening day we’ll have a wonderful array of original fine art and crafts created by some of our finest local artists and artisans, including potters, glass artists, photographers and painters, such as Mary Jo Bennett, Paul Berryhill, S.J. Brown, Hilda Eiber, Terry Harden, Judy Jeffares, Patricia Kinzie, Michael Pulsifer, Matt Sechler, Gail Siano, Carol Slovikosky, Sterling “Rip” Smith, and Leia Wood.

The market will open Friday, December 3 at 3pm just in time for the Holiday festivities in downtown Martinsburg. Join us December 3 for a reception from 5-8pm and meet out artists and artisans. Watch the Main Street Martinsburg site for details on the other activities.

The Holiday Market is a collaboration by the Berkeley Arts Council in association with ArtBerkeley, Inc. and the Heritage Craft Center of the Eastern Panhandle. A portion of all sales will be donated to the organizations.

Last Call for WordPress and Tax Workshops

There is space available for the two upcoming Berkeley Arts Council Artisan Workshops:

“Building a Free Website on”

The date is Saturday, November 13 from 9am-1pm at the Martinsburg Public Library at King and Queen Streets in Martinsburg. The workshop fee is $35 for Berkeley Arts Council members or $45 for non-members. has become one of the most popular and easy to use ways to set up a web site. There is no cost to set up a basic site, and no programming or HTML skills are needed.

Topics include:

* Why you need a web site
* Your web identity
* Setting up and customizing a free WordPress blog site.

This is a hands on workshop. Participants should bring a laptop computer with wireless (WIFI) networking if possible. The only software you need for the workshop is your normal web browser. If you do not have a suitable laptop, please contact us. We have a limited number of computers that we can lend for the day.

Online registration is available online at

You can pay online with PayPal or a credit card, or you can print the payment page and mail it with a check.

Registration deadline is Wednesday, November 10.

“Tax Issues for Artists and Artisans”

The date is Monday, November 15 from 6-8pm at the Martinsburg Public Library at King and Queen Streets in Martinsburg. The workshop fee is only $10 for Berkeley Arts Council members or $20 for non-members.

The workshop will cover basic recordkeeping and the types of things that are deductible for artists and artisans.

The workshop instructor is David Decker of Decker & Company PPLC, a certified public accounting and consulting firm located in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

David and his staff specialize in providing tax planning & preparation, financial statement preparation, accounting assistance & new business set up, and QuickBooks consulting for small businesses and individuals.

David has twenty-three years experience in providing public accounting services. He is a graduate of Shepherd University with a degree in accounting and is active in the community as a member of the Sunrise Rotary Club, board member of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce, and board member & coach with the Martinsburg Little League. David resides in Berkeley County with his wife and two boys.

Online registration is available online at

You can pay online with PayPal or a credit card, or you can print the payment page and mail it with a check.

Registration deadline is Wednesday, November 10.

For more information email

Berkeley Arts Council
PO Box 894
Martinsburg, WV 25402

Arts Groups Collaborate on Holiday Sale

Original designs and creations by local artists and artisans will be offered during the holiday shopping season at an Art and Crafts Market to be held in downtown Martinsburg in December. Located at 116 North Queen Street, the Holiday Market is presented by the Berkeley Arts Council in association with ArtBerkeley and the Heritage Craft Center.  The Market will open on Friday, Dec. 3 starting at 3:00 p.m. and it continues for three weekends, through Dec. 19.

All items are created locally by some of the finest artists and artisans in the region.  The selection includes pottery, glass and fiber art, paintings and photographs and more. A unique and creative gift choice, not found in chain stores, purchases at the Market also support local artists, the local economy and the sponsoring organizations.

The store will open Friday, December 3 and be open through Sunday December 19 on a Wednesday through Sunday schedule.

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.

ArtBerkeley, Inc. ( is a non-profit 501(c)(3) membership organization of artists based in Martinsburg, WV.

The Heritage Craft Center of the Eastern Panhandle, Inc. ( is a non-profit 501©(3) membership organization dedicated to providing the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia with the best in fine crafts and instruction in these artisan crafts.

Time for Arts Bulletin submissions

We usually see lots of listings for the November and December pre-holiday period.  We like to allow lots of overlap into December, depending on the editors’ time to prepare the issue, but we do retain the info from early submissions to carry over.

Not much we can do if you’re late, however!  Go ahead and do it–

We need your listings by October 30 for this issue.