West Virginia Juried Exhibit Opening

The 2013  West Virginia Biennial Juried Exhibit opened on Sunday, November 24 at the Dunn Building in Martinsburg. The atrium area on the main level was filled with art and those who appreciate art, including members of the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, who were in Martinsburg to celebrate the opening of the exhibit in the Eastern Panhandle for the first time. In fact, this was the first time the exhibit had been held anywhere east of Charleston.

The exhibit opening was the culmination of a special weekend of arts activities in that started with Martinsburg’s special art walk organized by the Berkeley Arts Council. More information about the exhibit is available on the WVDCH web site here and here. The exhibit is on display at the Dunn Building, 400 West Stephen Street in Martinsburg through February 12, 2014.

Berkeley County Council Member Elaine Mauk read the Council's resolution celebrating the arts and the exhiibit.
Berkeley County Council Member Elaine Mauck read the Council’s resolution celebrating the arts and the exhibit.
Jefferson County Delegate speaks to the reception attendees about supporting the arts.
Jefferson County Delegate speaks to the reception attendees about supporting the arts.
The reception was very well attended.
The reception was very well attended and everyone enjoyed viewing the variety of artwork on display.

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Downtown Art Walk, Statewide Art Exhibition Offer Arts Discoveries

The West Virginia Commission on the Arts has announced it will open its 18th Juried Exhibition at the Dunn Building on November 24. (See related story.) The Commission members are also coming to town for their annual meeting, creating an opportunity for local artists and businesses to rise to the occasion by creating a first-ever Art Walk in downtown Martinsburg.

An Art Walk is a freestyle community event when various arts activities welcome visitors along a walkable area, often in a business district.

The public is also invited to “Discover the ARTS in MARTinsburg.” The Art Walk will take place over two days, beginning November 22 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and continuing on Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Events and exhibits will take place along King and Queen Streets in downtown.

“This is a great opportunity to show the eastern Panhandle community some of the creative talent we have in Berkeley County,” reports Malinda Shaver, president of the Berkeley Arts Council and coordinator of the Art Walk.

Times and locations for all events will be available on the map of the Art Walk which is available at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen, the CVB’s Visitor’s Center, and most tour locations beginningNovember 15. The map is also online at berkeleyartswv.org/artwalk.

As part of the Art Walk, special events are scheduled for Friday with music, art receptions and children’s happenings. Wonderment Puppets, the Be Hive and the Apollo Civic Theatre welcome young folks and families; the Berkeley Community Chorus will preview its December concert at the Arts Centre. The Exhibitions Gallery will hold a “meet the artists” reception.

Exhibits will also be open at the Arts Centre, the Redbrick Gallery, and more artwork will be displayed in store windows along Queen Street.

Holiday shopping will be underway along Queen Street, with favorites Flowers Unlimited, DeFluri’s, West Virginia Glass and Queen Street Gallery all open. The Berkeley Art Works is opening its Holiday Art and Craft Market for the fourth year, with many local artists participating

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

The Berkeley Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) non‐profit organization 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.

Macro Photography Workshop Saturday November 23

Would you like to take beautiful close-up photos like this?

Photo by Janie Multrup
Photo by Janie Multrup

There’s still time to register for “Techniques of Close-up Photography”, a workshop on Saturday November 23 from 1-4pm at the Berkeley Art Works. The workshop is taught by professional photographer Janie Multrup.

The 3 hour workshop will review the do’s and don’t of close up photography.   Topics will include, lighting, understanding the close up capabilities of your camera and the tools you need to get a successful shot.

Some other helpful topics explained during the workshop, include, selecting subjects, composing the photo,  some critique and what to do with the photo once you have taken the perfect shot!   Workshop will be lecture and hands on shooting.

Please bring a tripod if you have one.  If not, there will be some available.  Participants would have to provide their own 35 mm digital camera with zoom capability.  If a smaller camera, and it has close up features that came be used as well.   A thumb drive for storing photos.

Janie Moltrup retired from the U.S. Senate Photographic Studio in 2004.  She is currently working as a freelance photographer out of her studio located in Smithsburg, Maryland.

Tuition: $40; pre-registration required. Registration information is available online at http://www.berkeleyartswv.org/artworks/workshops/ or at the Berkeley Art Works gallery during regular hours Thu 12-5, Fri 12-8, Sat 12-5 and Sun 12-3.

The Berkeley Art Works, a project of the Berkeley Arts Council, is the realization of the long-held dream of the arts community in Martinsburg and Berkeley County West Virginia: to have a community-based arts facility that supports local and regional artists, brings quality arts experiences for the members of the public, and provides a wide range of arts learning experiences for local residents, artists, and artisans.

Space Available for Mary Alice Bowers Workshop

Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV
Structure and Expression for Flowers in Watercolor
Saturday, October 19, 1:00 – 4:00pm

Instructor: Mary Alice Bowers

Mary Alice Bowers
Mary Alice Bowers

Space is still available for this workshop taught by watercolor artist Mary Alice Bowers.

This workshop will cover techniques to achieve soft flower paintings. Some painting experience advised but not required.

First Period: Elements and Principles of Design

Second Period: Composition: Identify focal point, color harmony. Flower design.

Third Period: Technique: Spraying, pull, float, spattering, scratching out, using masking fluid, salt, plastic wrap, lifting; Dry brush, layering, spraying, lost edges, soft edges; Mixing greys

Supplies: Bring paper of choice, paints: cobalt, Aurelian yellow, permanent rose, or any transparent primary.

Tuition $45; pre-registration required

Registration online at http://artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/workshops#bowers or in the gallery at 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg during regular hours Thursday 12-5 or Friday 12-8. Information berkeleyartswv@gmail.com or 304-620-7277.

The Berkeley Art Works, a project of the Berkeley Arts Council, is the realization of the long-held dream of the arts community in Martinsburg and Berkeley County West Virginia: to have a community-based arts facility that supports local and regional artists, brings quality arts experiences for the members of the public, and provides a wide range of arts learning experiences for local residents, artists, and artisans.

Tips and Techniques with Watercolor Pencils

The workshop “Tips and Techniques with Watercolor Pencils” taught by Teaching Artist Judith Becker will be held at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg on Saturday, November 16 from 12:30-4:30pm.

Giant Milkweed by Judith Becker
Giant Milkweed by Judith Becker

Join experienced teacher Judith Becker for an opportunity to try out painting and creating with watercolor pencils. Under Judith’s experienced teaching methods, workshop participants will be able to try a variety of techniques to create beautiful works of art. Please sign up now, and learn how watercolor pencils can bring out the creativity in you.

Judith Becker is an experienced artist with dual degrees in design and education. She has recently moved to the Eastern Panhandle, but previously taught a variety of classes in Garrett County, Maryland. Judith specializes in painting with colored pencils, pastels and watercolors and often mixes her media for unusual effects. Her subjects mostly are botanical s and scenes from her travels. Her popular classes cover many art techniques targeted for both the beginner and the more experienced painter. She is the creator of a unique art form called “Spritzilism”, which involves using botanicals as templates for sprayed watercolor paint. The results produce interesting compositions with lots of sparkling colors and textures. She is now a new member of the Berkeley Arts Council, a member of the West Virginia Watercolor Society and is a juried artist at Tamarack, “The Best of West Virginia.”

Tuition for the workshop is $45. Registration is available at the Berkeley Art Works Gallery or online at http://www.berkeleyartswv.org/artworks/workshops/

The Berkeley Art Works, a project of the Berkeley Arts Council, is the realization of the long-held dream of the arts community in Martinsburg and Berkeley County West Virginia: to have a community-based arts facility that supports local and regional artists, brings quality arts experiences for the members of the public, and provides a wide range of arts learning experiences for local residents, artists, and artisans.

Berkeley Art Works Junior Art Academy

On Saturday three budding artists started in the Berkeley Art Works “Junior Art Academy”, a six-week class for young artists between 7 and 9 years of age.

The first session was taught by Teaching Artist Hilda Eiber, who talked with the students about French artist Henri Matisse and worked with them to create their own masterpieces.

Three budding artists show off their masterpieces created in the first session of the Junior Art Academy at the Berkeley Art Works.
Three budding artists show off their masterpieces created in the first session of the Junior Art Academy at the Berkeley Art Works. The students are left to right, Alex Garland, Bodey Ramsbottom, and Dakota Alder.

The next session of the Junior Art Academy will be held Saturday, October 26 and will be followed by four more Saturday sessions, each featuring a different classical artist. Spaces are still available for the five remaining weeks. Details and registration information are on the Berkeley Art Works web site.

The Berkeley Art Works, a project of the Berkeley Arts Council, is the realization of the long-held dream of the arts community in Martinsburg and Berkeley County West Virginia: to have a community-based arts facility that supports local and regional artists, brings quality arts experiences for the members of the public, and provides a wide range of arts learning experiences for local residents, artists, and artisans.

Studio Tour Preview Reception Friday 5-7pm

The public is invited Friday October 11 from 5-7pm for an opening reception for the Trails-n-Trees Studio Tour Preview Show at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg.

Trails-n-TreesThe Preview, is a wonderful opportunity to see a sampling of the artwork and   craftsmanship  from  award winning artisans  that Studio Tour guests can expect to see during the open Studio Tour, November 2 & 3, 2013.

The Preview will be on display in the Berkeley Art Works gallery through October 20. The gallery hours are 12-5, Fri 12-8, Sat 12-5, Sun 12-3.

The Trails and Trees Studio Tour,  presents 14 of Berkeley County’s best artisans & artists in collaboration  to present  the public with an open studio, behind-the-scenes look at their individual work spaces and creative processes.  The free, self- guided studio tour allows visitors two full days to travel at their own pace between studios in some of the most  beautiful  and  historic, rural countryside on the East Coast.

More information about the Tour is available at http://www.studiotourwv.com/. or via email at tour@studiotourwv.com.

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.

Saturday Workshop Schedule at the Berkeley Art Works

Several Saturday workshops are scheduled in coming weeks at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg.

On October 19 from 1-4pm Mary Alice Bowers will present “Structure and Expression in Watercolor Painting”. The workshop will cover techniques to achieve soft flower paintings. Some painting experience advised but not required.

On October 26 from 1-4pm Janie Multrup will present “Techniques of Close-up Photography.” The 3 hour workshop will review the do’s and don’t of close up photography.   Topics will include, lighting, understanding the close up capabilities of your camera and the tools you need to get a successful shot.

On November 16 from 12:30-4:30 Judith Becker will present “Tips and Techniques with Watercolor Pencils.” Join experienced teacher Judith Becker for an opportunity to try out painting and creating with watercolor pencils. Workshop participants will be able to try a variety of techniques to create beautiful works of art.

Details and registration is available at http://arworks.berkeleyartswv.org/workshops/. Registration forms are also available at the Berkeley Art Works Gallery, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg during regular hours. More information is available by email from berkeleyartswv@gmail.com or 304-620-7277.

The Berkeley Art Works, a service of the Berkeley Arts Council, is the realization of the long-held dream of the arts community in Martinsburg and Berkeley County West Virginia: to have a community-based arts facility that supports local and regional artists, brings quality arts experiences for the members of the public, and provides a wide range of arts learning experiences for local residents, artists, and artisans.

Trails and Trees Studio Tour Preview Show

October 10 -20,  2013
the Berkeley Art Works Gallery, 116 N. Queen Street, Martinsburg WV
Art Works Gallery hours are Thu 12-5, Fri 12-8, Sat 12-5, Sun 12-3.

Trails-n-TreesThe Berkeley Arts Council and the Art Works Gallery will host a special Preview Show for the upcoming Trails and Trees Studio Tour of Berkeley County. The Preview, is a wonderful opportunity to see a sampling of the artwork and   craftsmanship  from  award winning artisans  that Studio Tour guests can expect to see during the open Studio Tour, November 2 & 3, 2013.

The Trails and Trees Studio Tour,  presents 14 of the County’s best artisans & artists in collaboration  to present  the public with an open studio, behind-the-scenes look at their individual work spaces and creative processes.  The free, self- guided studio tour allows visitors two full days to travel at their own pace between studios in some of the most  beautiful  and  historic, rural countryside on the East Coast.

Berkeley County is home to a vibrant and growing artistic community.  The beauty and tranquility of the area has attracted some of the best artists and artisans.  The Trails and Trees Studio Tour of Berkeley County, WV is happy to share these artisans with you.

More information about the Tour is available at http://www.studiotourwv.com/. or via email at tour@studiotourwv.com.

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.

“Eclectic Visions” Photography Exhibit Reception Saturday

On Saturday October 5 from 5-7pm the public is invited to an opening reception for “Eclectic Visions”, an exhibit of photography by five West Virginia artists each displaying a unique vision in their images. The exhibit will be on display at the Berkeley Art Works beginning October 3 through October 27 in the gallery at 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg.

Mark Muse presents intimate images of the Appalachian landscape with great detail and subtle light,  while Bob Clark captures the grand landscapes of the West. Keron Psillas work includes artistic rendering of a variety of subjects along with award-winning equestrian imagery. Frank Robbins’ work spans the Atlantic Ocean from the Eastern Panhandle to the Capitols of Europe, and Rip Smith demonstrates his love of the combination of creativity and precision found in great architecture.

Tips and Techniques with Watercolor Pencils

The workshop “Tips and Techniques with Watercolor Pencils” will be held at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg on Saturday, October 5 from 12:30-4:30pm

Join experienced teacher Judith Becker for an opportunity to try out painting and creating with watercolor pencils. Under Judith’s experienced teaching methods, workshop participants will be able to try a variety of techniques to create beautiful works of art. Please sign up now, and learn how watercolor pencils can bring out the creativity in you.

Judith Becker is an experienced artist with dual degrees in design and education. She has recently moved to the Eastern Panhandle, but previously taught a variety of classes in Garrett County, Maryland. Judith specializes in painting with colored pencils, pastels and watercolors and often mixes her media for unusual effects. Her subjects mostly are botanical s and scenes from her travels. Her popular classes cover many art techniques targeted for both the beginner and the more experienced painter. She is the creator of a unique art form called “Spritzilism”, which involves using botanicals as templates for sprayed watercolor paint. The results produce interesting compositions with lots of sparkling colors and textures. She is now a new member of the Berkeley Arts Council, a member of the West Virginia Watercolor Society and is a juried artist at Tamarack, “The Best of West Virginia.”

Tuition for the workshop is $45. Registration is available at the Berkeley Art Works Gallery or online at www.berkeleyartswv.org/artworks/workshops/

“Zentangle” Drawing Workshop with Mary Klotz

zentangleThe Berkeley Art Works at 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg will present an Introduction to “Zentangle” Drawing this Sunday from 1-3:30, taught by Mary Klotz.

Zentangle ® is a drawing practice developed by Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts that has found enormous popularity. It’s quick to learn the foundations which give rise to complex, intriguing images. Based on a combination of freeflowing forms and structured patterns drawn with fine black markers, it is fun, freeing, engaging, and at the same time relaxing. Zentangle style images have a signature look, yet each are individual and expressive of the maker and can be combined with representational art, words and graphics, or stay entirely abstract. This class is all you need to begin. Zentangle is suited for all skill levels and ages. For more information about Zentangle, see www.zentangle.com.

Details and online registration  on the web at: berkeleyartswv.org/artworks/workshops/

Details and registration forms are also available at the Berkeley Art Works gallery at 116 North Queen Street during regular hours, Thursday 12-5, Friday 12-8, Saturday 12-5, and Sunday 12-3

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