Berkeley Art Works Reception for Two Exhibits Tonight

Tonight, Saturday, June 28 from 5-7 pm the Berkeley Art Works at 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg invites everyone to join the celebration of the opening of two new exhibits and meet the artists whose work is on display. The exhibits and the reception are free and open to the public.

“Summer Fire”

The main gallery will feature “Summer Fire”, a ceramics and pottery exhibit featuring original and distinct clay artists working and creating in the Eastern Panhandle.  The Summer Fire Show will be on display at the Berkeley Art Works Gallery, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg through July 27.

Artists that will be will be featured are Joy Bridy, Hilda Eiber, Crawford Horne, Lynn Lavin, Martha LeRoi, Jane Morais, Pam and Ren Parziale, and Annette Verna.

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“Town and Country”

Local artists Kat Cimaglio and Susan Parker will team up for and exhibit of paintings called “Town and Country” in the new Back Space Gallery in the Berkeley Art works. The work will feature Parker’s watercolor studies of Victorian architecture in Martinsburg and Cimaglio’s paintings depicting life on her farm in Berkeley County.

"North Raleigh" by Susan Parker
“North Raleigh” by Susan Parker
"Poultry Yard" by Kat Cimaglio
“Poultry Yard” by Kat Cimaglio

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. The Berkeley Arts Council is on the Web at http://www.berkeleyartswv.org.

Acrylics Special Topics Workshop Saturday June 28

Special Topics in Acrylics, Saturday, June 28; 11-4pm
Textural Elements Workshop – Water, Skies, Foliage, Fur, Feathers & More!
Instructor: W. J. Gilbert Kellogg; “Jean”
Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg WV.

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This class, taught by award winning artist, W. J. Gilbert Kellogg, will be an introduction to developing textural elements through acrylic painting techniques. Information provided will include some “whys” of brush selection, prep work, paint application methods, use of canvas paper and canvas boards, and will also allow the student to sample a variety of materials, brush techniques, and paints. If you have struggled with elements such as foliage, fur, feathers, skies, water, etc. when you paint with acrylics, this is a great class to explore these challenges and still have some fun!

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Jean Kellogg is an award-winning regional fine and commercial artist, art instructor for arts organizations, and for county and state continuing education programs; also an illustrator, writer and artisan. She works in a wide variety of media, such as charcoal, conte’, oil & acrylic paints, and mixed media; she also creates toys, costume jewelry, textile goods and other crafts which are marketed locally through various venues. She is a member of Berkeley Arts and a juried member of the Potomac River Artist’s Guild and the Tamarack Art Center in Beckley, WV.

$50 and pre-registration is required. Details and registration information are on the web at http://artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/workshops/#kellogg. For more information email  berkeleyartswv@gmail.com or call 304-620-7277.

Call for Artists: 2014 EWV Juried Exhibit

The Berkeley Arts Council in Martinsburg, West Virginia announces the Second Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit, to be displayed in the Berkeley Art Works Gallery, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. The exhibition will be on display October 2 – 26 with a reception on Saturday, October 4 from 5-7pm.

The exhibit is open to artists in all media who reside in one of the eight counties that compose what is known as the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Those counties are Berkeley, Jefferson, Morgan, Hampshire, Hardy, Grant, Mineral, and Pendleton. (Please pass this on to any artists you know who live in the 8 counties.) The theme for the exhibit is open.

The Juror for the 2014 exhibit is Diane Sibbison, Exhibition Manager with the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center in Frederick, Maryland.

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: POSTMARKED August 11, 2014.

For the full prospectus, including entry instructions and form, go to the Berkeley Arts Council web site at http://artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/ewvexhibit/index.php

Berkeley Arts Council president Malinda Shaver presents the "Best in Show" certificate to Neil Super.
Berkeley Arts Council president Malinda Shaver presents the “Best in Show” certificate to Neil Super.
2013 Best in Show"Dream Fragment"  by Neil Super
2013 Best in Show
“Dream Fragment”
by Neil Super

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. The Berkeley Arts Council is on the Web at www.berkeleyartswv.org.

Last Weekend for Art Works Photography Exhibits

The Photo14 juried photography exhibit and Gary Bergel’s Beauty Like Litter Is All Around exhibit will close on Sunday. The exhibits have attracted a lot of interest and we are looking forward to having the juried photography show become an annual event. Gary’s iPhone photos provided a great launch for the Back Space Gallery.

Here are the award winners from Photo14:

"Ophelia" by Jessica McCann of Purcellville, VA
First Prize: “Ophelia” by Jessica McCann of Purcellville, VA
Second Prize: "Havana Central Station" by John Lewis
Second Prize: “Havana Central Station” by John Lewis of Harrisonburg, VA
Third Prize: "The Porter" by Earl Mills
Third Prize: “The Porter” by Earl Mills of Harpers Ferry, WV

In addition, Al Crane, Alice Newton, and Joseph Mikus received Honorable Mention awards for their submissions.

If you haven’t had a chance to view this exhibit, drop by this weekend to see it before it ends on Sunday. And don’t forget to check out the Back Space gallery and Gary Bergel’s iPhone images.

"Tossed Fries: Six Months Later: by Gary Bergel
“Tossed Fries: Six Months Later: by Gary Bergel

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. The Berkeley Arts Council is on the Web at www.berkeleyartswv.org.

 

 

Cimaglio and Parker Two Person Show in the Back Space Gallery

Local artists Kat Cimaglio and Susan Parker will team up for and exhibit of paintings called “Town and Country” in the Back Space Gallery in the Berkeley Art works. The exhibit opens June 26 and runs through July 20 in the gallery at 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg.

"Poultry Yard" by Kat Cimaglio
“Poultry Yard” by Kat Cimaglio

Life on Kat Cimaglio’s farm is shaped by the seasons and the animals. Both present challenges and rewards, joy and sadness – sometimes a little income. No day is ever quite the same as the one before. But for Kat, as a painter, it is impossible to resist capturing some of this on canvas. What is seen in her paintings are the things that surround her every day and are part of the fabric of rural life.

"North Raleigh" by Susan Parker
“North Raleigh” by Susan Parker

Martiinsburg grew significantly during the late 19th century, which was the Victorian era, and the period of the Industrial Revolution.  As an important railroad center, and with the development of the local textile factories and the orchard industry, the town prospered.  As the population grew, many classic, Victorian-style homes were built.  These houses ranged from modest middle class dwellings to the large, elegant homes of the wealthy.  Most of these interesting houses are still standing, some beautifully restored, others in need of attention.  All have the characteristic and often ornate style typical of the period.  These watercolor sketches attempt to capture the essence of some of these architectural gems.

Also opening at the same time as the “Town and Country” exhibit is the “Summer Fire” Ceramics and Pottery exhibit in the main gallery at the Berkeley Art Works. A reception for both exhibits will be Saturday, June 28 from 5-7pm.

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. The Berkeley Arts Council is on the Web at www.berkeleyartswv.org.

Signature Watercolor Artist Lynn Ferris to Teach in Martinsburg

Lynn Ferris
Lynn Ferris

A three-day watercolor workshop by artist and instructor Lynn Ferris, AWS, NWS, will be offered at the Berkeley Art Works on September 17 – 19, 2014.  The workshop will focus on techniques to capture light in watercolor, changing a painting from ordinary to extraordinary. Students will learn to design with light, recognize light sources and the shadows they create, add drama and luminosity. Lynn provides handouts, reference materials and lots of personal attention. The workshop is suitable for all levels but some experience with watercolor is preferred.

The Berkeley Arts Council presents the workshop at its facility at 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. The workshop hours are from 9 am to 4 pm each day. The cost is $275 and space is limited. For details and online registration, visit www.berkeleyartswv.org/artworks/capturethelight/.

"Morning Light" by Lynn Ferris
“Morning Light” by Lynn Ferris

In addition, the 2014 West Virginia Watercolor Society Signature Exhibit will be open to the public and on display in the Berkeley Art Works gallery from September 4 to 28. Visitors are invited to meet the artists at a free reception on Saturday, September 6 from 5 – 7 pm.  Gallery hours are Thursday 12-5, Friday 12-8, Saturday 12-5, and Sunday 12-3.

"Balconies" by Lynn Ferris
“Balconies” by Lynn Ferris

 

Visiting Hollywood Writer Offers Workshops for Local Storytellers

Martinsburg native, Adam Jones, will share time-tested tricks, tips and tools at Berkeley Art Works.

Adam Jones
Adam Jones

Adam Jones, actor, director and writer with scores of credits to his name, is visiting his family in Martinsburg this July. While in town, Jones plans to teach two workshops at Berkeley Art Works in downtown Martinsburg. A four-session workshop will focus on the basics of script writing, and new web opportunities that are open to every artist. An afternoon workshop will discuss ways to overcome writer’s block.

“These dynamic workshops are geared to writers of all levels,” said Berkeley Art Works president Malinda Shaver. “All you need to bring is your laptop or notepad and your imagination.”

Jones fell in love with the performing arts while a student actor at Martinsburg’s Apollo Civic Theater. After graduating from Bard College with two B.F.A.s in Writing and Acting, Adam wrote, directed, and acted in his first feature film “Cross Eyed” at the age of 24.  While living in New York as a novice screenwriter, Adam worked in set design and construction on numerous Hollywood films and acted in several independent films. His most recent performance was in the mini-series Hatfields and McCoys.

Adam lives in Los Angeles, working as a writer/director/actor, script doctor, and story consultant on a variety of projects, helping writers articulate the story they wish to tell. He has been obsessed with storytelling ever since he was a boy – whether it be the day-to-day stories we tell each other about ourselves or the stories writers imagine onto the page, screen, or stage. He is excited to be sharing his knowledge and experience with other aspiring writers at the Berkeley Art Works.  Everyone is a storyteller – writers and non-writers alike.

Workshops will be held at Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg. The workshops are:

The New Storytellers: Writing for Film, TV and the Web, Introduction to Script Writing.” Covers the basics of script writing, looks at a variety of ways to tell a story and script it to paper and explores ways the internet has opened up opportunities for every artist. Four Wednesday sessions, July 2-July 23, 6:00-9:00 p.m.; $85; pre-registration is required; act now, class size is limited.

Start Writing and Keep Writing: Tricks, Tips and Tools to Overcome Writer’s Block.” Focuses on getting ideas onto the page through self-doubt, writer’s block and the feeling that there are not enough hours in the day. One afternoon session, Saturday, July 12, 1:00-5:00 p.m.; $45; pre-registration is required; act now, class size is limited.

For more information and to pre-register, visit Berkeley Art Works at artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/instruction/. More information is available by email berkeleyartswv@gmail.com or 304-620-7277.