Call for Artists: Third Annual Art and Earth Juried Exhibit

The Berkeley Arts Council and The Redbrick Gallery in Martinsburg, West Virginia announce the Third Annual Art and Earth Juried Exhibit. The exhibit will be on display at the Redbrick Gallery, 404 West King Street, Martinsburg, West Virginia from April 21 – May 11, 2013
2012 Best of Show: "Anonymous Bone Noise CRX" by Jim Pearson
2012 Best of Show: “Anonymous Bone Noise CRX” by Jim Pearson

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 Dr. Geraldine Kiefer, Associate Professor of Art History at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia.

Entries for the exhibit will be accepted starting January 3, 2013 and the deadline for submission is February 19, 2013.

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 berkeleyartswv@gmail.com.

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.

Redbrick Gallery is a place to view and enjoy art, meet other artists and patrons, as well as discuss all artistic endeavors. Doreane Conrad opened the gallery in August 2007 and is located in historic downtown Martinsburg in a three story brick building that was built circa 1890. Renovation on the building began in 2004, which was home to pigeons and bats at that time. After three years of extensive renovations it is now the home of the art gallery and the owner’s family.

Third Annual Art and Earth Exhibit Dates Announced

The Berkeley Arts Council and The Redbrick Gallery in Martinsburg, West Virginia announce the Third Annual Art and Earth Juried Exhibit in Martinsburg. The exhibit will be on display at the Redbrick Gallery, 404 West King Street, Martinsburg, West Virginia from April 21 – May 11, 2013.

The exhibit, which will be produced by the Berkeley Arts Council, will have the theme “Art and Earth: My Art – My World” and entries should reflect the artist’s view of nature, the environment, or reflect an Earth Day related theme.

The exhibition is open to all visual artists over the age of 18 in all media. Entries must be original works of art that have been completed within the last three (3) years, and have not been previously exhibited in The Redbrick Gallery.

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2012 Merit Award Winner: “Peaceful” by Teddy Brown

The Juror for the exhibit will be Dr. Geraldine Kiefer, Associate Professor of Art History at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia.

The full prospectus and entry form will be available for download from the Berkeley Arts Council web site, on or about January 1, 2013.

BAC offers classes with Noted Watercolorist Anna Hogbin

Watercolorist Anna Hogbin
Watercolorist Anna Hogbin

The Berkeley Arts Council is pleased to announce that Anna Hogbin will be instructing a series of classes in Introduction to Watercolor Painting. The class begins January 9 and continues for six weeks. It will be held at the Berkeley 2000 Recreation Center from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each Thursday. Registration is available online through January 2 at www.berkeleyartswv.org/instruction and the fee of $75 can be paid by credit card or Paypal.

Anna Hogbin is a well known teaching watercolor painter at the Valley Art Association in Hagerstown and elsewhere in the tri-county region.  A life-time educator, Anna holds a BA in home economics from Shepherd University with emphasis on design and an MEd in counseling. Workshops with nationally known watercolorists added to her expansive knowledge and enabled her paintings to win top prizes at regional shows. Her work has been juried into regional exhibits as well.

Other classes being offered include Pottery and Handbuilding (Monday evening), Introduction to Oil Painting (Tuesday evening), Jewelry Design (Wednesday evening) and a class for Home School students in Art Exploration (Monday morning). For more information visit www.berkeleyartswv.org/instruction, email instruction@berkeleyartswv.org or call304-262-1611.

December 17 Deadline for “Amplify the Arts” Grants

The December 17 deadline for the second round of applications for the “Amplify the Arts” Grant program is fast approaching.

The Berkeley Arts Council has received a state grant to help fund an “Amplify the Arts” program to support smaller arts projects produced by organizations or individuals. The Council is currently accepting applications for the current fiscal year (2012-2013) with a submission deadline of December 17, 2012. We expect the first awards will be announced by the middle of January, 2013. Projects must be completed by June 30, 2013.

The Berkeley Community Chorus performing in its debut concert at Martinsburg High School on December 1.
The new Berkeley Community Chorus, shown here performing in its debut concert at Martinsburg High School on December 1, was supported by an “Amplify the Arts” grant.

Projects are being sought that will:

  • expand availability and accessibility of the arts within our community;
  • involve young people in the arts;
  • provide arts experiences to new or underserved audiences;
  • use the arts in an innovative way to enhance community life;
  • show collaboration among two or more organizations and/or individuals.

Grants will be up to $500, or half of the total project budget, whichever is less. Applications must be postmarked no later than December 17.

For more information please see the Berkeley Arts Council website here.

Art at the Apollo – Jean Kellogg

"Healing Water" by Jean Kellogg
“Healing Water” by Jean Kellogg

In conjunction with the theatrical Christmas shows at the Apollo Theater in Martinsburg, WV, the Berkeley County Arts Council December show in the theater lobby features spiritual artworks by W. J. Gilbert Kellogg. This body of work explores themes of a spiritual nature using multiple modes of conceptual expression, ranging from abstraction to figurative realism.

Having a broad and varied stylistic range has enabled Ms. Kellogg to create art throughout her professional art career in multiple media, reaching a wide audience of viewers. It has also facilitated use of her art in many venues, and the exploration of ideas, concepts and themes for use of her art in fine art, commercial art, advertising, marketing, brand identity, web applications, and artisanal realms. Originally from Charleston, WV, she earned her undergraduate degree at Marshall University. Though she left WV for a time to work in corporate advertising and technology, she returned to the Mountain State in 2006 to raise her family.

Ms. Kellogg is a published illustrator and writer, as well as an award-winning fine artist. She may be reached at novlart@yahoo.com with any inquiries about her artwork, classes, lessons, questions or requests about her art. Additional artwork and crafts by Ms. Kellogg may be seen at the annual Berkeley Arts Holiday Art and Craft Market, 115 S. Queen Street in Martinsburg, through December 23, where the work of many additional fine local artists and artisans is also available for sale.

For more information about the “Art in the Apollo” program, please email berkeleyartswv@gmail.com.

Berkeley Community Chorus Debut Concert

Congratulations to Jeff Poland, director, and the singers of the Berkeley Community Chorus on a wonderfully successful debut concert at Martinsburg High School the evening of December 1, 2012.

The chorus was supported by the Berkeley Arts Council through its “Amplify the Arts” grant program funded in part by the West Virginia Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Berkeley Arts Council Announces Schedule of Art Classes

Adding another aspect to their mission to “Amplify the Arts” for local residents, the Berkeley Arts Council announces a schedule of instruction in various art subjects. Evening classes for adults begin in January with five six week courses:  Pottery/Handbuilding, Introduction to Oil Painting, Jewelry Design, and Introduction to Watercolor Painting. There will also be a daytime Art Exploration class for homeschoolers.

Registration is open now one the web at  www.berkeleyartswv.org/instruction, or in person at the Holiday Art and Craft Market at 115 South Queen Street in Martinsburg. Payment of $75 per person may be by cash, check or credit card. Registration for each series of six two-hour classes is first come, first served. Courses are designed for adults and young people ages 14 and up. Gift Certificates are available.

With the cooperation of MBC Parks and Recreation, the Pottery class takes place at the War Memorial Pool Building on Monday evenings. Other classes will take place in the Berkeley 2000 building at Lambert Recreation Center.

Local Grant Opportunities Deadline December 17

The deadline is approaching for application for the next round of “Amplify the Arts” grants from the Berkeley Arts Council.

The Council is currently accepting applications for the current fiscal year (2012-2013) with a submission deadline of December 17, 2012. We expect the first awards will be announced by the middle of January, 2013. Projects must be completed by June 30, 2013.

South Middle School Drama Club teachers Joanne Kulp and Sherry Headley received a check from the Berkeley Arts Council for $500. Malinda Shaver presented the award, part of the Council’s first cycle of “Amplify the Arts” grants.

Residents, or organizations working primarily in Berkeley County, can be considered for support for projects to expand availability and accessibility of the arts; to involve young people in the arts; to provide arts experiences to new or underserved audiences; to use the arts in an innovative way to enhance community life. Projects must be completed by June 30, 2013. Information and applications are available on the web at www.berkeleyartswv.org/amplify. Email berkeleyartswv@gmail.com.

Berkeley Community Chorus to Perform at Holiday Art and Craft Market 1-PM Saturday

Members of the new Berkeley Community Chorus will bring some Holiday musical cheer to the Holiday Art and Craft Market on Saturday at 1pm. The market is located at 115 South Queen Street in Martinsburg. Come by and enjoy the music and shop for some wonderful locally produced creative gifts.

The Holiday Market is open Friday and Saturday, 12-7, Sunday 12-3 and Wednesday and Thursday 12-6 (Closed Monday-Tuesday) through December 23.

Holiday Art and Craft Market Opens Today!

Not Only Shop Local
Shop Locally Produced

Holiday Art and Craft Market opens at 12 noon today
115 South Queen Street, Martinsburg

Eighteen local artists and artisans are represented in this, the third annual Holiday market. The store will be open Friday and Saturday from 12-7, Sunday 12-3, and Wednesday and Thursday from 12-6 (Closed Monday and Tuesday) through December 23.

The market is a collaboration of The Berkeley Arts Council in association with The Heritage Craft Center of the Eastern Panhandle and ArtBerkeley, Inc., all 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations. 80% of the sales proceeds is returned to the artists and artisans.

Holiday Art and Craft Market Opens November 23 in Martinsburg

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 23 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.

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 our local talents.

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 -3. For more information visit http://www.berkeleyartswv.org.

Support the local arts community this holiday season!