Arts Expo is History!

Kids and adults gather around Leia Wood's table to learn about making cool things with polymer clay.

The Berkeley Arts Council’s first annual Arts Expo was a great success, with fun and entertainment, and of course, the arts, for adults and kids!

If you missed it, you missed it!

Check out our photo gallery here.

Also, check the excellent writeup in the Sunday Journal.

We’re already planning for Arts Expo 2012 and we would love to have your participation!

“Show Us You Can Dance” Information Update

Here are answers to some questions:  Q) Can a dancer enter more than one category? A) A dancer can enter once in the solo/duet category, and can also be part of one group entry.  Q) Can a group enter more than one dance? A) Up to half of a group can also participate in a second group entry, but the limit is two entries per dancer.  Q) I need to get more parents’ signatures.  Can I send the roster form when it is complete? A) Yes, but we still need your registration form and fee payment mailed by the 19th.  We need to know the ages and categories you are entering so include a copy of the roster form(s). We need all signature no later than the auditions on April 10.

A reminder:   all registered entries will receive an information packet after March 23.  Admission to the auditions is free for registered performers, and one parent/coach per entry. For others, tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for students.

More questions?  Email  or call 304-262-1611.

County Council Declares Arts Appreciation Day


Arts Appreciation Day

March 19, 2011

WHEREAS Berkeley County abounds with opportunities for residents to participate as artists, and to enjoy and appreciate the creativity of both young people and adults; and

WHEREAS our community is made more attractive, pleasant and enjoyable through the creativity of artists, including painters, sculptors, potters, fine craft artisans, photographers, musicians, dancers, and many others; and

WHEREAS learning and participating in the arts promotes mental, emotional and physical well being, and provides important forms of expression and communication; and

WHEREAS the creativity promoted by participating in arts-related activities is an important stimulus for creative thinking in all walks of life; and

WHEREAS the month of March has been designated as National Youth Art Month, and we see the work of our young people on display to remind us of their promising talents; and

WHEREAS local artists and arts organizations are coming together to provide greater opportunities for residents to discover how the arts can enrich their lives, and

WHEREAS the first Arts Expo event in Berkeley County will take place on March 19, featuring performances, demonstrations and hands-on experiences for young people and adults, sponsored by the Berkeley Arts Council and funded in part by a grant from the WV Commission on the Arts,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Berkeley County Council does hereby proclaim that March 19, 2011 shall be designated as Arts Appreciation Day for 2011, to recognize the value of the Arts to our community, the importance of Arts in education and the contribution of the Arts to quality of life for our residents.

Thanks to Panhandle Magazine

We’re working energetically to promote our upcoming events, the Arts Expo, the Juried Exhibit, and “Show Us You Can Dance“. We got a much appreciated boost from Christine Miller Ford and Panhandle Magazine, supporting us by providing ad space in the debut issue, which is due out shortly.  Check out the publication.  Your subscription helps build networking efforts for the arts that we all benefit from.

Art and Earth Exhibit Jury Results

The Jury Results are In!

Congratulations to the artists whose work was selected for the exhibit!

The Juror selected 36 works in a variety of media by 29 artists from around West Virginia and 4 other states. A list of the selected artists is listed on the Berkeley Arts Council web site.

The exhibit will be on display at The Arts Centre, 300 West King Street in Martinsburg, WV from April 8 through May 1, 2011. There will be an opening reception on April 8 from 5-7pm, with an awards presentation at 6pm

The Berkeley Arts Council is collaborating with The Arts Centre in Martinsburg, WV to produce this exhibit with the theme “Art and Earth: My Art – My World” as part of the city-wide “Art and Earth Celebration” that includes the “Art and Earth Festival produced by ArtBerkeley at War Memorial Park in Martinsburg.

The Juror for the exhibit was 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.

We hope that there will be a great turnout for the reception at The Arts Centre, Friday, April 8 from 5-7pm.