Art and Earth Exhibit Artists Announced

Creations by 36 artists from West Virginia and eight other states have been selected for display in the Berkeley Arts Council’s 2012 Art and Earth Juried Exhibit. The show will be open to the public in the gallery of The Arts Centre, 300 West King Street in Martinsburg. The exhibit opens Friday, April 20 with a reception from 5 – 7 p.m. visitors are welcome from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday until May 19.

With the title “Art and Earth: My Art, My World,” 52 pieces were selected for the exhibit by Juror Laura Amussen, Director of Exhibitions and Art Collection Coordinator at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. She reviewed more than 100 works in various media, expressing the artists’ feelings about nature and the environment.

Local artists whose work was accepted include SJ Brown, Joe Fairbanks, Barbara Keech, and Mike Pulsifer of Martinsburg; Mary-Jo Bennett and Kimberly Bickett of Hedgesville; Daniel Peck of Shepherdstown; Gary Bergel and Curt Mason of Charles Town; Tiffany Fritts, Jim Koenig and Earl Mills of Harpers Ferry.

A full list of the accepted artists and works is posted on the Berkeley Arts Council web site at

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.

Talking About the Arts at the Home Show

The Berkeley Arts Council will be reporting on progress and plans during the Home Show this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Look for us in the corridor leading to the door to WalMart. We’ll have signup information for the Tom Lynch Watercolor Workshop and “Show Us You Can Dance” before its deadline next week. Talk to us about becoming a member and helping to Amplify the Arts in Berkeley County!

It’s the Bulletin’s Birthday

Seems like no time at all since we started the Berkeley Arts Bulletin but the March issue marks the beginning of our fourth year of  bringing arts events to the attention of Berkeley County (and the rest of the Panhandle).  Please share your copy with a friend and invite them to subscribe. As more people learn about the arts in our region, we’ll be able to attract more artists and events!