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, 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 Email

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

Support the local arts community this holiday season!

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  Email 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

“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 or by mail to Berkeley Arts Council, Inc. P.O. Box 984, Martinsburg, WV  25402.