2014 Art and Earth Juried Exhibit Announcement

2013 Best in Show "June 14" by Cathy Wilkin Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
2013 Best in Show
“June 14” by Cathy Wilkin
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

The Berkeley Arts Council has announced that the Fourth Annual Art and Earth Juried Art Exhibit will open April 10, 2014 in the special exhibit gallery space at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. The exhibit will be on display through May 4, 2014.

The juror for the 2014 exhibit will be Lauren Schell Dickens, the Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

The exhibit, which is produced by the Berkeley Arts Council, has the theme “Art and Earth: My Art – My World” and entries should reflect the artist’s view of nature, the environment, or reflect an Earth Day related theme.

The Call for Artists and the prospectus will be posted on the Berkeley Arts Council web site during the first week of January. Entries will be accepted through February 18, 2014.

Call for Artists: Berkeley Arts Council Members’ Exhibit

BAC-For-Blog-FB-500pxAll artists who are members of – or who join – the Berkeley Arts Council are invited to exhibit one or two art works in the Berkeley Art Works gallery, January 23 through February 9, 2014. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, January 25 from 5-7pm.

The exhibit is not juried. Any current member of the Berkeley Arts Council may participate in the exhibit. Artists who are not current members may join or renew online or at the time work is delivered for the exhibit. There is no entry fee other than membership dues. Participation in the exhibit is a benefit of membership.

To participate, deliver one or two art works to the gallery during regular hours on Thursday, January 16 (12-5pm), Friday, January 17 (12-8pm), Saturday, January 18 (12-5pm), and Sunday January 19 (12-3pm).

Although the exhibit is not juried, work must be properly framed or otherwise well presented for display. Framed work must be wired for hanging. Three-dimensional fine art and fine crafts are welcome. An identification card or tag must be attached to each piece.

If for sale, the tag must indicate the price of the work. The Berkeley Art Works will retain a 30% commission on sales of work in the exhibit. Please direct questions via email to berkeleyartswv@gmail.com or 304-620-7277.

Berkeley Arts Council January Classes Announcement

The Berkeley Arts Council has announced a new series of art classes starting January 13, 2014. The classes are held at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg.

The announced classes for adults include beginning and intermediate acrylic painting, pastel painting, watercolor painting, beginning and intermediate drawing and sketching, pottery, and a classes on writing a a mystery novel.

Classes for young people include Art and Art History for home school middle and high school students, tempera painting for middle school students, and Junior Art Academy for age 7-10 years.

Details and online registration are available at http://artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/instruction/. Information is available from berkeleyartswv@gmail.com or 304-620-7277.

Watercolor “Coaching” Session This Saturday

The Berkeley Art Works at 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg will offer a Watercolor “Coaching” workshop on Saturday, December 7 from 1-4pm.

The workshop is for any artist who would like feedback from an experienced teacher. Teaching Artist Judith Becker will conduct a three hour workshop to assist watercolor painters who may be struggling with a certain technique, a specific painting, or who are just looking for advice and coaching assistance.

The workshop includes discussion of elements of composition, value and color selection to develop stronger overall composition and to move beyond the fear that watercolors are “unfixable”.

Bring paintings for discussion, notepaper, pencils.  More discussion based with encouragement for newer painters.

Tuition is $45 and registration information is available at the Berkeley Art Works or online at http://artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/workshops/.  Information is also available by email from berkeleyartswv@gmail.com or 304-620-7727.

Holiday Art & Craft Market Open Early Today

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The Berkeley Arts Council’s fourth annual Holiday Art and Craft Market will open early at 10AM for Black Friday at it’s new location at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. The hours of the Market are Thursday 12-5, Friday, 12-8, Saturday 12-5, and Sunday 12-3.

Including the regular members of the “Artists at The Works” co-op group, the Holiday Market has expanded to 28 local and regional artists and artisans, who offer a wide range of artwork and creative gift items.

The Holiday Art and Craft Market was started four years ago to provide local artists and artisans a venue to show and sell their work. Although a portion of the sales proceeds will go to support the Arts Council and the Art Works gallery, the majority of the sales proceeds will be cycled back into the local economy through the artists whose work is sold.

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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.

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.