City Club to hear about progress in the arts

Martinsburg’s City Club luncheon on Wednesday, February 16 will feature a report on progress in the local arts community, including breaking news about Berkeley Arts Council projects scheduled for the coming months. A continuation of an ongoing series of presentations to the informal noontime gatherings, this month’s speakers will recap the activities of the arts organization, which was founded partly in response to past City Club programs.

Presenters include Rip Smith and Malinda Shaver, who took action to create an arts council for Berkeley County with the mission of supporting artists and arts organizations. “We felt that a networking effort would help take advantage of the strong resources we already have, plus create more momentum and influence,” said Shaver.

The Berkeley Arts Council’s mission includes expanding communication and awareness about local arts resources, and making all arts available and accessible to area residents.

The monthly City Club gatherings are open to interested members of the community. Hosted at The MacFarland House, cost for luncheon is $11 if reserved by Feb. 14; or $13 if not reserved. Send email to