Berkeley Art Works Digital Photography Workshop

Workshop: Saturday September 21, 1-4pm. Fee: $45. Pre-registration is required.

The Berkeley Art Works will present a workshop for digital photographers who want to grow beyond the “point and shoot” stage and who want to learn how to get the best results for the images out of their digital cameras. Adobe Lightroom provides a combination of cutting edge technology and ease of use in an affordable software package. Photoshop Elements, the “Little Brother” of the professional version of Photoshop is still a powerful tool capable of serious work.

Photographer Rip Smith will demonstrate the power of Adobe Lightroom for digital image adjustments and discuss using Raw format vs Jpeg format and the advantages of each. Also included in this workshop will be a demonstration of a number of advanced editing techniques using Adobe Photoshop Elements. If possible (but not required), students should bring a laptop computer with the software installed and have some image files available to work with during the workshop. (Free 30-day trial versions of both programs are available by download from the adobe.com web site.)

Rip Smith is an award-winning fine art and architectural photographer whose work has been exhibited nationally and regionally. He is also a member of the Berkeley Art Works “Artists At The Works” Gallery group.

The Berkeley Art Works is a project of the Berkeley Arts Council and is located at 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. Online registration is available here on the Berkeley Art Works web site.  For more information email berkeleyartswv@gmail.com or call 304-620-7277.

Boys and Girls Club Exhibit Reception

Last night the Berkeley Art Works hosted the opening reception for the “Youthful Visions”, an exhibit of photographs from the photography program at the Martinsburg Boys and Girls Club. The turnout was excellent and the photography was great.

Eryn Fleming, Emma Stibi, Sarah Fizer, Jania Twyman, Sakora Moodie, Ivana Fitzgerald, Zane Collings and Ian Fleming with Instructor Pat Murphy in the back on the right.
Eryn Fleming, Emma Stibi, Sarah Fizer, Jania Twyman, Sakora Moodie, Ivana Fitzgerald, Zane Collings and Ian Fleming with Instructor Pat Murphy in the back on the right.

The student photographers had the exciting experience of seeing their work displayed in a nice gallery environment and they received kudos from their families, friends and the other attendees to the reception.

Rip Smith, who organized the exhibit for the Berkeley Art Works said, “I’m a photographer and I look at photographs critically. I have to say that there is not a bad image in this entire body of work. We are very glad we could organize this exhibit because this work deserves to be shown in a nice gallery environment. We in the arts community should do all we can to support talented young artists like these.”

Photographers Eryn Flemming and Emma Stibi looking at the photos up close.
Photographers Eryn Flemming and Emma Stibi looking at the photos up close.
Ivana Fitzgerald (right) with her proud parents. Ivana was one of the national winners for her image "Praying to God For Help"
Ivana Fitzgerald (right) with her proud parents. Ivana was one of the national winners for her image “Praying to God For Help”

Berkeley Art Works Open Jury Call for Artists and Artisans

Call for Artists and Artisans Open Jury Session

The Berkeley Art Works is accepting submissions from artists and artisans who wish to show and sell their work in a co-op style gallery in Martinsburg. Submissions will be considered for the “Artists At The Works” co-op group or alternatively, for the annual Holiday Art and Craft Market, which takes place in November and December.

Artists are asked to submit 3-5 examples of their work for consideration. Work to be juried must be finished work, ready for display and sale. The items should be delivered to the Berkeley Art Works Gallery, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg during regular hours from Thursday, September 12 through Sunday, September 15. Gallery hours are Thu 12-5, Fri 12-8, Sat 12-5, Sun 12-3. Jurying will take place within two weeks of the submssion dates. More information about the “Artists At The Works is here.

Download the Jury Form and Artist Agreement here.

Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit Accepted Artists

The Berkeley Art Works announces the accepted artists for the Eastern West Virginia Juried Art Exhibit. Juror Kathryn Burns selected 29 works by 19 artists from the Eastern Panhandle region of West Virginia. The work represents a wide range of techniques including various painting styles, hand-turned wood, metal work, photography and glass art.

The list of accepted artists is posted on the Berkeley Art Works web site at http://artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/ewvexhibit/

"Lady on Trolley with Newspaper" by J.F Ferner
“Lady on Trolley with Newspaper” by J.F Ferner

The public is invited to a reception at the Berkeley Art Works gallery, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg on Saturday, September 7 from 5-7pm to celebrate the creativity of our local and regional artists.

The Berkeley Art Works is a service of The Berkeley Arts Council, 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 Berkeley Arts Council is on the Web at www.berkeleyartswv.org.

Berkeley Art Works Reception Planned for “Youthful Visions” Exhibit

The Berkeley Art Works will exhibit a selection of prints by the young photographers in the Martinsburg Boys and Girls Club photography program. There will be an opening reception Friday, August 23 from 5-7pm at “The Works” at 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend and lend their support to these young artists.

The exhibit will highlight two winning images from last year’s national Image Maker’s competition, sponsored by Sony, as well as a selection of local winners and entries from this year’s Berkeley County Youth Fair competition. The exhibit will be on display in the Berkeley Art Works Gallery, from August 23 through September 1.

"Feather Headress"  © 2012 by Jania Twyman
“Feather Headress” © 2012 by Jania Twyman

The Image Makers competition is a competition of photography for all of the Boys and Girls Clubs across the United States and its military bases in Europe and Asia. Two images by local photographers were two out of only sixteen national winners in the 2012 Image Makers Competition. Ivana Fitzgerald’s winning image was a portraiture study entitled “Pray to God for Help” and Jania Twyman’s winning image was “Feather Headress.”

Ivana and Jania are members of Martinsburg’s John Street Unit where students study traditional black and white print making as well as digital photography. They take interesting field trips, use the local club’s equipment, print, mount, and frame fantastic photographs all for the modest price of their $15 dues. The class members’ ages range from nine to eighteen. The class motto is ”Think Weird.”

The Berkeley Art Works is a service of The Berkeley Arts Council, 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 Berkeley Arts Council is on the Web at www.berkeleyartswv.org.

The Berkeley Art works Fall Class Schedule Begins Next Week

There is still time to register for the Berkeley Art Works fall classes that start next week on August 26. The class schedule runs from August 26 through October 3 and includes classes for adults and young people. The Berkeley Art Works is located at 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg.

Announced classes include Beginning and Intermediate Watercolor (Mon 6:30-8:30pm) Taught by Janie Multrup, Beginning and Intermediate Watercolor (Tue 10am-12 Noon) taught by Mary Klotz, Beginning and Intermediate Oil Painting (Tue 6:30-8:30pm) taught by Jean Kellogg, Sketching and Drawing (Wed 6-7pm) and Beginning Acrylics and Composition (7-9pm) taught by Jean Kellogg, and Adult Pottery (Thu 6:30-8:30pm) taught by Hilda Eiber.

Also announced were youth art classes including “Art Academy” (13-18, Tue 4-6pm) taught by Jean Kellogg, Youth Pottery (9-13yrs, Thu 5-6pm) taught by Hilda Eiber, “Mommy and Me” Art Class (4-5yrs, Sat 9-10am), and “Jr. Art Academy” (7-9yrs, Sat 10:30-11:30am) taught by Katherine MacKinnon.

Details and registration information are available at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg or on the Berkeley Art Works web site, http://artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/instruction/.

For more information email berkeleyartswv@gmail.com or call 304-620-7277.

The Berkeley Art Works is a service of The Berkeley Arts Council, 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 Berkeley Arts Council is on the Web at www.berkeleyartswv.org.

Berkeley Art Works Ribbon Cutting

The Berkeley Art Works is now officially open after the ribbon cutting last night. With the ribbon cutting and reception, the Berkeley Arts Council was also celebrating its 4th anniversary of incorporation on August 14, 2009.

Berkeley Arts Council president Malinda Shaver prepares to cut the ribbon to declare the Berkeley Art Works officially open. Helping out were (L to R) Board Members Anna Howard, Stephanie Godley, Mayor George Karos, Board Member Jeff Poland, and Main Street Martinsburg Director Randy Lewis
Berkeley Arts Council president Malinda Shaver prepares to cut the ribbon to declare the Berkeley Art Works officially open. Helping out were (L to R) Board Members Anna Howard, Stephanie Godley, Malinda, Mayor George Karos, Board Member Jeff Poland, and Main Street Martinsburg Director Randy Lewis
BAC Board Member Stephanie Godley and president Malinda Shaver chat with Mayor George Karos after the ribbon was cut.
BAC Board Member Stephanie Godley and president Malinda Shaver chat with Mayor George Karos after the ribbon was cut.
Malinda cuts the cake celebrating the Berkeley Arts Council's 4th anniversary.
Malinda cuts the cake celebrating the Berkeley Arts Council’s 4th anniversary.