Call for Artists Second Annual Art and Earth Juried Art Exhibit.

The Berkeley Arts Council and The Arts Centre are again joining forces to bring a juried art exhibit to The Arts Centre gallery in Martinsburg, WV. The exhibit will be held April 20 – May 20, 2012.

"Don't Go" Copyright Matthew Derezinski
2011 Merit Award: "Don't Go" by Matthew Derezinski of Kirksville, Missouri

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 are invited to submit works that express their feelings about nature and the environment.

The Juror for the exhibit will be Laura Amussen, Director of Exhibitions and Art Collection Coordinator at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland.

Entries for the exhibit will be accepted starting January 3, 2012 and the deadline for submission is February 20, 2012.

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

"Healing Water" Copyright Jean Kellogg
2011 Merit Award: "Healing Water" Copyright Jean Kellogg of Capon Bridge, WV

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 by promoting awareness, understanding and appreciation of the literary, visual and performing arts in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.

The Arts Centre,  a 501(c)(3) organization located in the historic Federal Building in Martinsburg, WV, continues an over 20 year commitment to providing educational experiences in the arts for children and adults in the Eastern Panhandle and Quad-state region.

Last-Minute Market news

Yes, we will be open on Saturday!  (And Wed.-Thur.-Fri.) Thanks to a couple of Board members who have volunteered to share the duty, the Holiday Market will be open Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm.  AND we are giving a 10% discount on everything today through Saturday.  Maybe you need a birthday present for January?

By the way, the organizations are sponsoring the discount, so the artists will get their regular amount. The Market is a one-month, annual collaboration between ArtBerkeley, the Heritage Craft Center, and the Berkeley Arts Council.

Why you should shop at the Holiday Market

1. We offer unique items created by the hands of local artists and artisans. Nothing is mass produced or imported.

2. Claim a 10% discount on everything during our last four days.

3. Yes, four days.  Our hours will be Wed. and Thurs. 12 – 6 pm; Friday 12 to 8 pm and NEW! Saturday 10 to 2 for those who just couldn’t make up their mind earlier.  But that’s all for this year!

4. We don’t offer discounts on overpriced goods to sucker you in to the store.

5. No crowded aisles, no shopping carts, no mammoth parking lots jammed with cars.

6. But you might find a little music and a few cookies!

We hope to see you as we conclude our 2011 Holiday Art and Craft Market. We’re a half block from the town square, just across from the Santa House and the city parking lot.

Art on Display at the Apollo Theatre and a Bonus Discount

Celebrate the holiday season at the Apollo!   “A Christmas Carol” is onstage and  beautiful seasonal art graces the lobby walls for your enjoyment.

The exhibit, arranged by the Berkeley Arts Council, includes work by Paul Berryhill who contributed three beautiful winter scenes with a wonderful sense of the season! Andrea Burke’s cheerful watercolors will warm your heart.  Photographer Fred Les adds three works that confess a unbridled talent for capturing nature’s beauty.

Learn more about each of the artists as you browse the show.  The theatre lobby is open at 7:00 Friday and Saturday, and at 1:30 on Sunday–and of course during the Christmas Carol intermission.  As you pick up your tickets for the production, you can also claim your Holiday Art and Craft Market Discount Card, offering 10% off one item at the Arts Council’s Market at 115 S. Queen Street, near the square.

“A Christmas Carol” performances are Dec. 9 through 18. The Theatre is at 128 East. Martin Street.  Call 304-261-6766 for tickets.

Martinsburg Holiday Art and Craft Market Officially Open Today

The 2011 Holiday Art and Craft Market at 115 South Queen Street in Martinsburg will officially open today at noon! So when you head out to start your Holiday shopping, stop by here first. We don’t have any big screen TVs but you’ll find a wide selection of creative gifts from 22 local artists and artisans to fit any budget.

Come by between 3pm and 7pm for an opening reception and meet some of our artists, enjoy light refreshments, and then live music starting at 5.

The Holiday Art and Craft Market will be open Wednesday-Thursday, Noon-6pm, Friday-Saturday, Noon-8pm, and Sunday, Noon-4 through December 23.

The Market is a collaboration of the Berkeley Arts Council, The Heritage Craft Center, and ArtBerkeley. A portion of the sales will go to these 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations to support their ongoing community arts programs.

Art Market Will Celebrate Opening with Reception

The market is in it's final stages of preparation in anticipation of the opening on Friday, November 25. Join us for the Reception from 3-7pm.

The creations of 23 artists will be on display at the Holiday Art and Craft Market beginning Friday, November 25 and visitors are invited to come meet the talented local artisans, painters, designers and photographers during a reception on Friday, November 25 from 3 to 7 pm. Located at 115 South Queen Street, the Market is just across from Main Street’s Santa House, and half a block from the festivities on the town square.

Organized by a coalition of three arts organizations (the Berkeley Arts Council, ArtBerkeley and the Heritage Craft Center of the Eastern Panhandle), this is the second year when a wide selection of local work will be available on Queen Street in downtown Martinsburg.

Friday’s reception offers an opportunity to talk with the artists and artisans about their work, while enjoying light refreshments. At 5:00 pm, local musician and songwriter Justin Lowans will entertain to add to the party atmosphere.

While the Art and Craft Market will be open through December 23, the best selection from the unique items available will come on Opening weekend.  Hours for the Market are Wed. and Thurs. from 12 noon to 6 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. from 12 to 8 p.m. and Sun. from 12 to 4 p.m.

To learn more about the artists and artisans, visit

2012 Show Us You Can Dance

Save the dates for the for the 2012 Show Us You Can Dance competition!

The auditions will be held Saturday, March 31 at Musselman High School and the finals will be Saturday, April 28 also at Musselman.

The audition applications will be available on the Berkeley Arts Council web site on Feb. 1st, 2012 and the deadline for applications, will be Mar. 15, or until the category fills.

2011 "Show Us You Can Dance" First Prize Winners

Artist Profile Pat Phillips

The Holiday Art and Craft Market (opens November 25) will feature a great lineup of artists and artisans. We will be profiling them to give you a taste of the great creative gifts you will find there.

Patricia Phillips

Retiring after 38 years of teaching English, Patricia has decided to take up painting as an outlet for her creativity. Although she has never had any formal training in painting, Patricia is primarily self-taught and with every chance that arises, she has been able to find an outlet for her artistic flair. In the past, she designed and painted sets for college and community theater productions. Recently she has been inspired by her acrylic instructor, Terri Nicholson of Winchester, who has helped develop her passion for painting and has instilled confidence in her painting technique. This spring she showed two paintings in her first juried show at Bluemont Vineyards. This fall two more paintings were juried into Art at the Mill in Millwood, VA, During August and September her art work was exhibited at the South Jefferson Public Library in Summit Point, WV.

The Holiday Art and Craft Market will open November 25 at 115 South Queen Street in Martinsburg. For details visit

2011 Holiday Art and Craft Market Opens November 25

Local residents and visitors to Martinsburg will have a convenient shopping venue again this year as area artists and artisans offer their creations at the Holiday Art and Craft Market. This year’s opportunity opens Friday November 25 at 115 South Queen Street, conveniently across from city parking and in the midst of the downtown holiday activities. The Market will be open through December 23.

A Grand Opening reception is planned for Nov. 25 from 3 to 7 pm., offering a first look at creative gift-giving ideas. The sparkle of jewelry and glass will reflect holiday-themed decorations. Original designs will feature eye-catching color and texture, intriguing images in pastels and paints, and a variety of pottery, baskets and other fine crafts. Photography, wearables, gift ideas for youngsters, and greeting cards round out the offerings from more than 20 local talents. Participating artists will be featured on the BAC website in the coming weeks.

In addition to pleasing family and friends, or treating yourself to a long-lasting treasure, purchases at the market also support local arts organizations including the Berkeley Arts Council, ArtBerkeley, and the Heritage Craft Center of the Eastern Panhandle, all 501(c)(3) organizations working to enrich the community through the arts.

The Market hours will be Wed. and Thurs from 12 – 6 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. from 12 – 7 and Sun. from 12 -4. For more information visit

Musselman High presents Seussical and dinner

Everyone’s beloved favorite Dr. Seuss stories are the basis for Musselman High’s production of Seussical, a Theatre for Young Audiences show. Adults love it as much as kids.  It’s on this weekend, Oct. 21 – 23 and you can read the details at  On Saturday, October 22 you can enjoy dinner and the show, if you get your tickets in advance! Theatre students have them, or email Musselman High is just off Route 11 in Inwood. The production is presented by special arrangement with MTI.

Artists appearing in classrooms: a new BAC program

Chelsea McBee
Chelsea McBee

This week marks the first sessions of the BAC’s Arts in Education Pilot Program. On Friday, at Tomahawk Intermediate, Chelsey McBee will be performing on traditional instruments and teaching about Appalachian Roots music for the fourth graders there.

Chelsea leads a discussion with the students at Tomahawk Intermediate School in Hedgesville.
Chelsea leads a discussion with the students at Tomahawk Intermediate School in Hedgesville.

This is just one of the areas where there are almost unlimited opportunities to connect arts with our community, and we hope to continue and expand the program.  We need artists who can teach; teachers with ideas to enhance their curriculum; and community supporters to provide matching funds that really determine how quickly the program can grow.

Chelsea explains the African origins of the banjo to the students at Tomahawk Intermediate School.
Chelsea explains the African origins of the banjo to the students at Tomahawk Intermediate School.

The program is supported by grants from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s Commission on the Arts; and from the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation.

West Virginia Commission on the Arts