Call for Artists and Artisans: Holiday Art and Craft Market

For the third year, the Berkeley Arts Council in collaboration with the Heritage Craft Center of the Eastern Panhandle and Artberkeley will be organizing a Holiday Art and Craft Market in downtown Martinsburg. The market is planned to be open from Friday, November 23 through Christmas.

The market is seeking artists and artisans to show and sell their work during the Holiday shopping period from Friday, November 23 through Christmas. All work must be locally produced and hand-made.

The market will be organized co-op style, with participants sharing the responsibility for sitting in the gallery. There is a $30 fee to join and there will be a 20% commission on all sales. Details can be found on the Berkeley Arts Council web site at http://www.berkeleyartswv.org/Holidays.php.  Email berkeleyartswv@gmail.com or call 304-596-0873 with questions.

Grants Awarded to Sculpture Project, Drama Club, Community Chorus

Carrying out their mission to Amplify the Arts, the Berkeley Arts Council this week announced its first round of grants to help arts and organizations realize their artistic ambitions.

Three projects have been selected to receive financial support for their activities.

Sculpture in Downtown Martinsburg:  Lee Badger of Anvil Works created an interactive sculpture titled “Comma” that will be returning to its “home base” at the Caperton Train Station with installation scheduled for Saturday, October 27. The City of Martinsburg, the MBC-CVB and the “For the Kids” Children’s Museum collaborated on the project.

 Drama Club at South Middle School: This afterschool activity for 6th, 7th and 8th graders will provide an opportunity to learn various aspects of theater production, performing a one act play and even entering a competition.

Berkeley Community Chorus: Rehearsals are underway with a chorus group of about 30 singers under the direction of Jeffery Poland, former choral director at Fairmont State University. A holiday concert takes place on December 1 at Martinsburg High School.

A second opportunity to apply for community arts grants will be announced in November. Projects are being sought that will expand availability and accessibility of the arts within Berkeley County; 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. Projects must be completed by June 30, 2013. Inquire by email to berkeleyartswv at gmail.com.

“Amplify the Arts” grants are presented by the Berkeley Arts Council with financial assistance from the WV Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts. Matching funds contributed by the community are essential to continue and enlarge the program and contributions may be made through http://www.berkeleyartswv.org or by mail to Berkeley Arts Council, Inc. P.O. Box 984, Martinsburg, WV  25402.

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September 29, 1 to 5pm at the Martinsburg Library

Everyone:

MEET the Berkeley Arts Council IN PERSON in the Martinsburg room at the main library. Come and tell us how we’re doing and share your thoughts and ideas.

ENJOY light refreshments and ask a question about the Berkeley Arts Council and get an answer in real time without having to use a keyboard or mouse.

DUES DEAL! Become a member or renew IN PERSON and get a $5 discount off regular membership dues. Membership good through 2013.

SING! Find out about the “Singing Social Network,” a new community chorus being formed in Berkeley County.

FUNDING – Learn about our new “Amplify the Arts” grant program. A second cycle of applications and awards will be announced shortly. We’ll demystify the application process for you.

WIN! Get your raffle tickets for the opportunity to own a limited edition print by nationally known watercolorist Tom Lynch of his “Monet’s Door.”

Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Tickets will be on sale until December 15 and the drawing will be held during the Holiday Market.

Artists:

LEARN how to be part of this year’s Holiday Arts and Crafts Market and show and sell your work.

FIND OUT how you can become a Teaching Artist—for pay—supporting Arts in Education in Berkeley County schools.

TELL US about you and your art—visual, performing, musical or written. We can help you—and you can help us do more with art. We call that “Amplifying the Arts.”

MEET your fellow artists IN PERSON and get to know them better.

Grant Deadline Approaching – “Amplify the Arts”

The deadline for submissions for the “Amplify the Arts” grant program September 17 to be postmarked.

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. Applicants must be residents of, or operate from facilities within, Berkeley County, West Virginia. The funds will be matched by contributions from community sponsors and others supporting the grant recipients.

The Council is accepting applications for the current (2012-2013) fiscal year with an application deadline of September 17, 2012. Projects must be completed by June 30, 2013.

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.

More information and application forms are available on the Berkeley Arts Council Website or email berkeleyartswv@gmail.com / 304-262- 1611.

How to contact us about Arts in Education

You may have read about our program to put teaching artists in Berkeley County classrooms in the Journal (Thursday 8/23 edition).  Here’s the missing contact information: visit berkeleyartswv.org/education, or email us at AIE@berkeleyartsw.org. We want to hear from artists who want to teach, from teachers who would like a free program for their classroom, or from parents who would like to see this program available to their kids. We’re especially interested in connecting with science, technology, engineering or math subjects for an upcoming grant opportunity.  Our program serves Berkeley County schools.

This program is presented with financial assistance from the WV Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts; and by grants from the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation.

UPDATED Teaching Artists Needed – Deadline Aug 20

The Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation offers a grant program for arts activities in support of school subjects related to Science, Technology, Education and Math (STEM).

The Berkeley Arts Council is seeking artists who also teach to be matched with classroom teachers in Berkeley County to bring their creative approach to instruction to students.

Details about the program and Teaching Artist Application forms are on the Berkeley Arts Council website at http://www.berkeleyartswv.org/education/

The deadline for teaching artists’ application is Monday August 20.

For more information, call 304-596-0873, or email berkeleyartswv@gmail.com and include STEM in the subject line. Teachers and parents: We need you for this program too! Help us connect to your school.

Urgent! Teaching Artists Needed

The EWVCF (Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation) offers a grant program for arts activities in support of school subjects related to Science, Technology, Education and Math (STEM). Artists who also teach will be matched with classroom teachers in Berkeley County to bring their creative approach to instruction to students. Artists: contact us on or before August 20. Call 304-596-0873, or email berkeleyartswv@gmail.com and include STEM in the subject line. Teachers and parents: We need you for this program too! Help us connect to your school.

Amplify the Arts Grant Program Announced

Building and expanding arts opportunities for Berkeley County residents is the goal of the new grant program being announced by the Berkeley Arts Council. Submissions for the first application cycle are due by September 17, 2012 with awards expected in November. Applicants (individuals or organizations) must be residents of, or operate from facilities within, Berkeley County, WV.

The first program of this type to be offered in Berkeley County, funding for the grants is provided in part by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, to be matched by support from local sponsors and donors.

Projects, which must be completed by June 30, 2013, should be designed with one or more of the following objectives:

– 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.

More details and an application package are available on the Berkeley Arts Council website, www.berkeleyartswv.org/amplify. Grants will be up to $500, or half the total project budget, whichever is less. Applications will be reviewed by a panel from the community with recommendations to the Arts Council board for final approval.

Email questions to berkeleyartswv@gmail.com, or call 304-262-1611.

This program is presented with financial assistance from the WV Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts.

Just 2 slots left for Tom Lynch Watercolor Workshop (Update)

“Venice Glow” by Tom Lynch

Tom Lynch, nationally known watercolor instructor of PBS fame will be teaching watercolor techniques in Martinsburg for four days — July 10 – 13 . Conveniently offered at the Holiday Inn, what a great way to enrich your personal art experience. Details and enrollment information are available here.

Art at the Apollo Features Local Artists

"Main Street in Martinsburg" by Leia Wood

After you take in the Art and Earth exhibit at The Arts Centre, there’s another opportunity to see some great art by local artists and take in a show at the Apollo Civic Theatre.

Art at the Apollo features paintings by two local artists in the lobby of the theatre for the run of Death by Chocolate, opening tonight and running for the next two weekends.

Leia Wood

Leia has been a professional artist for the past 5 years, thanks to the encouragement of her husband, Sam. Her daughter, Abigail, and many of her family are the inspiration for much of her artwork.

Currently, Leia works in many mediums including watercolor, acrylic, oil and pottery from her home. Her past as an art store owner and art teacher has given her a broad knowledge of many styles, artists, artworks and materials. She uses this knowledge as she continues to experiment with a variety of mediums herself. She plans to continue in her many mediums and styles, learning as she goes, for as long as her creativity will let her.

Tom Nebel

Tom has loved art for as long as he can remember. While in 10th grade he had a piece selected for an international art exhibit and was a student art teacher in high school. Throughout his career, he was fortunate to have positions in visual communications, serving in such positions as Graphic Designer, National Printing Officer, and Art Director. He served as chairman of a cabinet level federal “Departmental Publishing Council” and was successful in installing national publication design standards for a major federal agency.

Tom is now retired and lives just outside Shepherdstown, WV with his wife and two dogs. He enjoys most outdoor activities, classic cars, photography and of course…painting.

Art at the Apollo is presented by the Berkeley Arts Council in association with The Apollo Civic Theatre.