Berkeley County Studio Tour Next Weekend Oct 1-2

Next weekend is the new Trails & Trees Studio Tour of Berkeley County. Some of the best artists and artisans in Berkeley County will open their studios for you to see where and how they work, as well as the opportunity to purchase some of the finest art and craft in the state of West Virginia. And the weather forecast looks great for an autum drive through some of the most beautiful parts of Berkeley County. Check it out!

Call for Artists Holiday Art and Craft Market

Space is still available for the Holiday Art and Craft Market in Martinsburg.

The Berkeley Arts Council is seeking artists and artisans to participate in the 2011 Holiday Art and Craft Market in downtown Martinsburg from November 23 through the Christmas shopping period. The Market will be set up in a currently unoccupied store on Queen Street.

Information and sign-up meetings for interested artists and artisans are set for Tuesday, September 27, 6-8 p.m. and Thursday, October 6, 6-8pm p.m. in the upper level conference room at the Martinsburg Public Library.

Artists who are unable to attend either of these meetings can download the information and application forms from the Berkeley Arts Council Web site at http://www.berkeleyartswv.org/Holidays.php or contact Rip Smith at berkeleyartswv@gmail.com or 304-596-0873. Note that artists may be asked to show samples of their work before being accepted for the Market.

Artists will participate in an informal co-op and will be asked to pay a fee of $30 plus a 20% commission. Participants will help with the setup and operation of the gallery. Space is limited so artists will be encouraged to sign up for the Market at one of these meetings or using the forms available online.

More details as well as guidelines for submission of art and crafts are posted on the Berkeley Arts Council web site at http://www.berkeleyartswv.org/Holidays.php. Questions may be emailed to berkeleyartswv at gmail.com; or telephone 304-596-0873.

The Holiday Market is a collaboration between the Berkeley Arts Council, ArtBerkeley, Inc. and the Heritage Craft Center of the Eastern Panhandle.

2011 Holiday Art and Craft Market Plans

The Berkeley Arts Council is seeking artists and artisans to participate in the 2011 Holiday Art and Craft Market in downtown Martinsburg from November 23 through the Christmas shopping period. The Market will be set up in a currently unoccupied store on Queen Street.

Information and sign-up meetings for interested artists and artisans are set for Tuesday, September 6, 6-8:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 11, 1-4 p.m. in the Martinsburg Room at the Martinsburg Public Library.

Artists will participate in an informal co-op and will be asked to pay a fee of $30 plus a 20% commission. Participants will help with the setup and operation of the gallery. Space is limited so artists will be encouraged to sign up for the Market at one of these meetings.

More details as well as guidelines for submission of art and crafts are posted on the Berkeley Arts Council web site at http://www.berkeleyartswv.org/Holidays.php. Questions may be emailed to berkeleyartswv@gmail.com; or telephone 304-596-0873.

The Holiday Market is a collaboration between the Berkeley Arts Council, ArtBerkeley, Inc. and the Heritage Craft Center of the Eastern Panhandle.

Workshop to Help Artists Succeed

The Berkeley Arts Council is kicking off its third year of activities with workshops for artists who want to promote their work and submit their work to juried exhibits and competitions. Two sessions on Saturday, September 10 will provide tools and techniques for greater success with exhibit entries.

The morning session on “Photographing Your Artwork” covers the basics of lighting, staging, and digital post-processing to prepare photos for web, email and submissions to juried exhibitions.  Digital submissions are required more and more, and presenting your artwork clearly will assure that the juror can evaluate it accurately alongside other entries. Each participant will be asked to bring one or two examples of their work, which will be used for demonstrations. Rip Smith will be the instructor.

“Improve Your Success in Juried Exhibits” is the topic for the afternoon presentation by Dave Stovall of Rockville, Maryland. Dave is a fine art photographer and a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology. With over 70 successful submissions in the past few years, Dave will share how an organized and knowledgeable approach to each exhibit’s requirements and a careful digital presentation can improve the acceptance rate for an artist working in any medium.

Registration for the full day is $75, or $60 for Berkeley Arts Council members. For one session (morning or afternoon) the fee is $50 ($40 for members) More detail and online registration is on the web at http://www.berkeleyartswv.org/workshops/. For questions, email berkeleyartswv@gmail.com.

Berkeley Arts Council Annual Meeting

The Berkeley Arts Council held its second annual meeting on June 20. This meeting marked the first full fiscal year (2010-2011) for the Council. Malinda Shaver and other Board Members presented a series of reports to the membership on the programs and activities for the Council’s last year.

If you were unable to attend the meeting, the report is posted on the Berkeley Arts Council web site:

www.berkeleyartswv.org/programs.php

Reminder Holiday Market Meeting

We have scheduled a meeting on Thursday, May 19 at 6:30pm to talk about the Holiday Art Market from last year and start planning for this coming Holiday season.

Even if you did not participate last year but would be interested for this year, please try to attend and let us know of your interest.

We hope to get our planning started earlier this year so we can expand number of artists, the length of time and increase the level of promotion.

The location is in the Byrd Health Sciences Center, 2500 Foundation Way in Martinsburg. The Center is located just behind the Dorothy McCormick building on the south end of the City Hospital campus.

Here is a map:http://mapq.st/fuXzZp

Hope to see you there.

West Virginia Wildlife Juried Art Exhibition

Call for Artists:

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH) is announcing a call for entries for a juried art exhibition with the theme “West Virginia Wildlife” at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. The show will be the third of four in the Inspired: A West Virginia Series of Juried Exhibitions presented by the Division. The exhibition will open Aug. 8, 2011, in the Commissioner’s Gallery of the West Virginia State Museum.

The Inspired series of exhibitions was conceived by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith of the WVDCH as a way to commemorate the Mountain State’s sesquicentennial, which culminates in 2013. The series harkens back to the museum’s early days, when artists were asked to focus on a specific theme to help increase the size of the state’s art collection.

The exhibition is open to all West Virginia artists whose wildlife submissions can be hung from a wall. Eligible entries include works created in the last two years in the areas of painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, mixed media and crafts/wall hanging.

For more information go to:

http://www.wvculture.org/news.aspx?Agency=Division&Id=1692

Student Art VIZZI Winners on Exhibit


The Winners of the Sixth Annual VIZZI Awards are on exhibit in the hallway of the Berkeley County Offices in the Dunn Building, 400 West Stephen Street. One display are the First, Second, and Third place winners in each of eleven categories in graphic design and communications and visual media. The competition, which is sponsored by James Rumsey Technical Institute,  is open to Sophmores, Juniors, and Seniors in all of the high schools in Berkeley, Jefferson, and Morgan County.

The students’ winning work shows high levels of creativity and technical skill. Beyond any academic considerations, these skills are 21st century job skills.

If you are near downtown Martinsburg and have a few minutes to spare, drop by the Dunn Building and check out this work by some of the most creative young people in our community.

The exhibit of the VIZZI Award winners was presented for the second year by the Berkeley Art Council in association with James Rumsey Institute.

Show Us You Can Dance Winners

First Prize Winners in Show Us You Can Dance

The judges had a difficult assignment on Saturday night at Musselman High School as dancers from the Tri-state area competed in the Berkeley Arts Council’s first Show Us You Can Dance finals for cash awards. The competition was intense, but resulted in many memorable dance, choreography and artistic performances.

Cash prizes were awarded to the top winners in the Solo, Duet and Group categories, but the judges also recognized outstanding individual and group performers with special awards.

The Solo Division first place award went to Julianne Brown dancing to “Angels on the Moon”.

The Duet Division first place award went to Marina Addlesberger and Nolan Seda dancing to the Grand Pas de Deux from “The Little Mermaid”

The Group Division first place award went to Extreme Sports and Dance for the Hip Hop routine “Look at Me Now.”

For a complete list of awards and competitors, check out the Berkeley Arts Council web site.

“Show Us You Can Dance” Finals coming Saturday

Dancers are rehearsing, awards are being prepared, and we’re taking it up a notch for the Finals of our first youth dance competition. Nine soloists will compete in their category, eight groups are in line for prizes, and we’ve even created more opportunities by making Duets a separate category with two prizes possible.

The Finals begin at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 at Musselman High School in Inwood, WV.  Tickets are available for a few more days online on our “You Can Dance” page; and they will be available at the door beginning at 6:00 p.m. Adults $10; 18 and under $5.

For a complete evening of entertainment, guest artists will perform while the judges are making their decisions. Inwood Dance Company will perform “Wonderstruk” and the Shepherd University Dance Team offers a routine titled “Higher Remix”.  Tari Jo’s Dance Studio  will present “Werewolf” by CocoRosie.  Come and Enjoy!

Finalists Announced for Show Us You Can Dance

With an excellent selection of participants, we challenged our judges and they have assembled a list of sparkling dance talent to perform in the Finals on May 7 at Musselman High.  The list is posted on the Dance Page. We look forward to possibly making this an annual event, with more opportunities for all our young dancers. Meanwhile you can order your tickets for the Finals online now!