Visit us at Wine and Arts

This weekend is the Wine and Arts Festival, a major event that supports The Arts Centre here in Martinsburg.  Several of the local arts organizations will have information booths, including the Arts Council.  We hope you’ll stop by and chat about ways to Amplify the Arts in Berkeley County!  The Festival is held on the grounds of the Boydville mansion on South Queen Street.  Follow the sound of music!

Also, that latest Arts Bulletin is ‘in the mail’ with lots of ideas for your summer schedule.

Display of VIZZI winners at the Dunn Building

It’s our pleasure to help bring the work of talented young people to the attention of the community, and we hope you’ll visit an exhibit in the Dunn Building of the creative work from this year’s VIZZI competition.  The top three entries in each of eleven categories are on view for visitors to the upper level county office spaces. The work includes graphic arts, printing and ad designs, photography, videography, and designs for the web. The winning entries were chosen from nearly 150 submissions from high school students throughout the Eastern Panhandle, and the artists received their awards May 3 at a ceremony at the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg.

The James Rumsey Technical Institute coordinated the VIZZI awards for a fifth year.  This year the Berkeley Arts Council provided assistance to develop and install the exhibit, with the cooperation of the Berkeley County Commission.

More information about the program is available at www.jamesrumsey.net/vizzi/ .

Business of Art Workshop – Part 2

Continuing our program of bringing resources to local artists and artisans, we have arranged for accountant David Darnell of Darnell and Company to present a workshop designed to guide artists through the sometimes daunting but essential area of financial recordkeeping and tax preparation.

Darnell advises and provides accounting services to business in the Eastern Panhandle.

The Business of Art – Part 2” will be presented Monday, May 24 from 6 to 9 pm in the Martinsburg Room of the downtown library (entrance from Queen Street on the lower level).

Knowing how to organize your financial information makes the difference between a long, painful process of filing tax returns and other essential reports—and being able to travel smoothly and confidently through the tax jungle. Early in the year is a good time to look at recent transactions and to learn how they influence your overall financial picture. While this workshop won’t do your taxes for you, it will help you understand which forms you may be required to complete and when they have to be filed.

Deadline for registration is May 21, 2010. Download a form or call Paula Frank, 304-267-2052. Workshop fee is $10 for nonmembers, free to Arts Council members. You can join on the website before registering. Mail form and payment to Berkeley Arts Council, PO Box 984, Martinsburg, WV 25402.

“Snowbird Special” – see the form for a bonus if you registered but missed our January workshop.

The next workshop for artists, about photographing artwork for web or print, is planned for late June.