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.
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.