Art and Earth Exhibit Reception Tonight

The Second Art and Earth Juried Exhibit opens with a reception from 5-7pm at The Arts Centre, 300 West King Street in Martinsburg.

More than 50 pieces are on display by artists from all over West Virginia and eight other states. The artwork includes paintings, photographs, mixed media and 3-D metal work.

Details are on the Berkeley Arts Council web site here.

The The exhibit was produce by the Berkeley Arts Council in collaboration with The Arts Centre in Martinsburg, WV.

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 www.berkeleyartswv.org/juried_exhibit.php.

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 (www.theartscentre.org), 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!

Sharing what the Journal cut

We’re glad the Journal noted the upcoming Arts Day by publishing the information we sent.  Now, here’s the part they cut out. It says some important things, like “the arts impact the economy” and “the Berkeley Arts Council has been working for our community”:

“We think it’s important to emphasize the impact the arts can have on economic development, education and cultural growth in Berkeley County,” reports Malinda Shaver, president of the Berkeley Arts Council. The organization works to expand arts opportunities for residents and to support artists and artisans. “Visiting the Capitol helps to make the legislators aware of the progress we’ve made over the past three years,” Shaver added.

Something about the quotation marks, I guess.  Anyway, we’re headed to Charleston, along with Heritage Craft Center and ArtBerkeley people to get the message to our legislators.

Art and Earth 1 Day Deadline Extension

The deadline for submissions to be postmarked for the Art and Earth Juried Exhibit has been extended one day, from February 20 to February 21. This is because when we set the deadline, we did not realize that next Monday, February 20 was the Presidents’ Day holiday and post offices will be closed.

Now we know that all of you artists never wait until the last minute, but just in case, you have one more day to get your entries together and in the mail.

All the details and downloadable entry forms are on the web at http://www.berkeleyartswv.org/juried_exhibit.php.

Call for Demonstrating Artists

Artists, performers and instructors will be featured at the Berkeley Arts Council’s second Arts Expo, scheduled this year for November 10.

To be considered as part of the grant application, please reply by email by February 14th with a description of your proposed activity.

The Berkeley Arts Council will be submitting a grant application to fund this project, which includes a stipend and expense reimbursement for participating artists.

Once we receive your proposal, we need your submission and contract with the paperwork in hand (or in printable form, by email) by February 21st. We will have to complete the application before going to Charleston on Feb. 27 for Arts Day at the Capitol.

Your challenge is to come up with a creative activity that kids five and up, teens or adults can participate in. Spontaneity encouraged!  Hands-on skills are one option; music, dance and theater offer good possibilities for small groups. Performances and demonstrations can be part of the mix.

More information (including a video and photos from last year’s Expo), a submission form and contract can be downloaded from the Arts Expo page.

We want to Amplify the Arts and encourage everyone to find satisfaction in a creative activity.  Please let us hear your ideas!

Show Us You Can Dance!

Show Us You Can Dance!

“Show Us You Can Dance!” says the Berkeley Arts Council.

Young dance students in Berkeley County and around the four-state region are invited to gain competition experience and maybe win cash prizes in the second annual “Show Us You Can Dance” competition. On Saturday, March 31, entrants will audition for the opportunity to perform in the finals on April 28. Both events will be held at Musselman High School in Inwood, WV.

2011 "Show Us You Can Dance" First Prize Winners

Registration is available online or applications may be downloaded from the Berkeley Art Council’s website, www.berkeleyartswv.org. Registration is open and the deadline is March 15. Time slots for the preliminary round of Auditions are assigned in the order that registration is received. Guidelines for the competition and information on the event are available online.Applications are accepted online and by mail.

Categories that dancers may enter include Solo (ages 9 – 12), Solo (ages 13 – 18), Duets (ages 9 – 12), Duets (ages 13 – 18), Small groups (3 to 10 dancers), and Large Groups (11 – 20 dancers). Most dance styles are accepted. See web site for details.

For questions, email youcandance@berkeleyartswv.org or call 304-262-1611 to receive an application package.

The Berkeley Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated ensuring that Berkeley County has a vibrant arts environment by promoting  participation and appreciation of the literary, visual and performing arts.

Art and Earth Juried Exhibit Deadlline Approaching

The deadline for submission to the Second Art and Earth Juried Art Exhibit is less than a month away. The deadline for submission is February 20, 2012.

The Berkeley Arts Council has announced a preliminary prize fund of $600. Additional cash prizes may be offered depending on entries.

The exhibit, which will be produced by the Berkeley Arts Council in collaboration with The Arts Centre in Martinsburg, WV, has 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 Laura Amussen, Director of Exhibitions and Art Collection Coordinator at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland.

The exhibit will run April 20 through May 20, 2012 at The Arts Centre gallery, 300 West King Street in Martinsburg. An opening reception and awards presentation will be Friday, April 20 from 5-7pm

Details, including entry forms and the full schedule are posted on the Berkeley Arts Council web site (www.berkeleyartswv.org). 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.

The Arts Centre  (www.theartscentre.org),  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.

Nationally Known Watercolor Artist Tom Lynch to Teach Workshop in Martinsburg

Tom Lynch

The Berkeley Arts Council is pleased to announce a Watercolor Workshop with renowned watercolorist and instructor Tom Lynch on July 10-13, 2012 at the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg, WV.

This is the first time in several years that Tom Lynch has held a workshop on the East Coast.  The BAC is very excited to bring this opportunity to our regional artists and to invite artists from outside our area to join us for this excellent workshop.  The cost for the four-day workshop is $400 plus food and lodging.   Reduced room rates are available to workshop participants at the Holiday Inn.  Space is limited and participant registration is on a first come, first served basis.   For more information or reserve a space in the workshop, please go to the Berkeley Arts Council website at http://www.berkeleyartswv.org/workshops.

Tom Lynch brings to his class the same enthusiasm and energy as seen on his nationally known TV series “Fun with Watercolor” that has been on PBS for the last 20 years.  The objectives of this workshop are to show the vast range and flexibility of watercolor. This includes how to put emotion and conviction into painting by exploring, experimenting, and developing the creativity of each individual. Tom makes the process of painting fun, along with sharing his enthusiasm and demonstrating new techniques in an atmosphere that makes the intermediate and advanced painter feel welcome!

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.