Scenes from Berkeley County Featured in Library Art Display

Artists often gain inspiration from the views that are part of their daily life, using their personal perspective and talents to capture what they see and share it. A group of painters and photographers recently responded to an invitation to include their creative efforts in the August exhibit at the Martinsburg Library, titled “Scenes from Berkeley County.”

Breakfast Meeting
"Breakfast Meeting" by Kat Cimaglio

Sponsored by the Berkeley Arts Council, the artwork includes pastoral studies, depictions of historic structures, city street scenes, and closeup portrayals of nature. The agricultural aspect of their surroundings inspired Kat Cimaglio, who painted “Breakfast Meeting” and Edwin John Symonds who offers “Black Angus.” Treasures from the past are preserved in Mary Jo Bennett’s “Harlan Mills Spring House” photo; Pat Kinzie’s “Old Barn” and Jane Horst’s watercolor titled “Summer Spring House.”

Harlan Spring House
"Harlan Spring House" by Mary-Jo Bennett

Martinsburg’s architecture was painted by Leia Wood (“Hartwood Manor” and “Martin Street”) and photographed by Mary Jo Bennett (“Poorhouse Farm Reflections”) and by Rip Smith (“Boydville Mansion” and “Garden Gate, Boydville”.  Nature studies also absorbed Jane Horst (”Firefly Field”), Pat Kinzie (“Iris in a Fence Row”) and Edwin John Symonds (“A Berkeley Stream”).

The exhibit will be on view in the area adjacent to the circulation desk on the main level of the library at King and Queen streets through August 29. The exhibit was coordinated by Miriam Saunders for the Berkeley Arts Council. For information about other Arts Council activities, visit

Berkeley Artists Directory Seeks to Survey Local Talent

Visual artists and artisans, musicians, dancers, performers and other types of artists are encouraged to create their own listings in an Artist Directory being established under the auspices of the Berkeley Arts Council. The directory will be a resource for businesses and organizations wishing to exhibit and display local art, to commission artwork for a specific purpose, or to identify artists and artisans who can provide instruction in their medium.

Enrollment is open to those living or creating their artform in Berkeley County. Registration is online at the Arts Council’s website at Forms will also be available at Berkeley Arts Council events, including exhibits and workshops.

Only information approved by the artist will be published, but more complete listings can be requested by contacting the Arts Council either by email to or by phone, 304-262-1611.
“We also want to develop a snapshot of our local talent, including what art discipline they are in and where they work and exhibit or perform,” reported Arts Council board member Malinda Shaver. “Compiling the directory will help us to represent the interest of the artists while we work to develop additional resources for the arts in our county.”

New Artisan Workshops Scheduled

As part of The Arts Council’s commitment to supporting local artists and artisans, we are offering workshops in various areas such as the use of technology, business practices, promotion and marketing, web sites for artists, presentation of artwork, photographing artwork, preparation of submissions to juried exhibits or other competitions, and other areas that may be identified.

Currently scheduled workshops:

Photography for Artists:
How to photograph artwork and prepare images for presentation

Saturday, August 28, 9am – 4pm
Comfort Inn, 1872 Edwin Miller Blvd. Martinsburg, WV

Instructor: Rip Smith

Berkeley Arts Council Members $55, Non-Members $75

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Building a free web site on

Saturday, September 11, 9am – 1pm
Comfort Inn, 1872 Edwin Miller Blvd. Martinsburg, WV
Instructor: Rip Smith

Members: $35, Non-Members $45

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Matting and Framing

Saturday, September 25, 9am – 1pm
Location TBA
Instructor: Leia Wood

Members: $35, Non-Members $45 + Materials Fee $10

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