Open Studio Sessions at the Berkeley Art Works

The next Open Studio sessions are schedule for next Tuesday, November 4, from 1-4pm with Mikki Tarantino and Wednesday, November 5 with Judith Becker from 5:30-8:30pm at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in  Martinsburg.

While this is not a formal instruction program, it’s a great opportunity to continue to practice what you have learned in other classes, revitalize those rusty skills, get some help with a stubborn composition, or just take the time for yourself to focus on your artwork with fewer distractions and some expert advice!

Mikkey Tarantino
Tuesday, November 4, from 1-4pm

"Cow" by Mikki Tarantino
Cow” by Mikki Tarantino

A new addition to BAC’s roster of instructors, Mikkey moved from oils to watercolor and has studied with passion ever since, developing a realistic style that exhibits strong drawing and strong color choices. She is an elected member of the Garden State Watercolor Society, The New Jersey Watercolor Society  and the Baltimore Watercolor Society.  The American Artist Watercolor Magazine selected Mikkey as one of ‘Twenty Emerging Artists’ in their Fall 2007 publication. Her website is mikkeyart.com.

Fee $25 paid at the beginning of the session. Pre-registration is not required.

For more information about the Open Studio Program, go to: http://artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/openstudio/

Judith Becker
November 5, 5:30-8:30pm

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“Daffodils” by Judith Becker

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 botanicals and scenes from her travels. Her popular classes cover many art techniques targeted for both the beginner and the more experienced painter.

Fee $25 paid at the beginning of the session. Pre-registration is not required.

For more information about the Open Studio Program, go to: http://artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/openstudio/

 Jean Kellogg
Sunday, November 9, 1-4pm

Jean Kellogg
“Untitled” by Jean Kellogg

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 Prismacolors, 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.

Fee $25 paid at the beginning of the session. Pre-registration is not required.

For more information about the Open Studio Program, go to: http://artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/openstudio/

Art Works Offers Doll Creation Workshop

Sunday November 30 1-3pm, December 7, 1-3pm
Fabric Doll Creation Workshop
Taught by Hilda Eiber

HildasDoll-02Try your hand at sewing and embroidery and learn the basics to create your own fabric doll. On the first day, participants will learn how to cut and sew the doll, and in the second class, the doll’s clothes will be created. The class is taught by professional artist, Hilda Eiber, who has taught several doll making courses, including at the Washington County Museum in Hagerstown. This is a hand sewing course to learn how to create a cloth doll and clothing improve sewing and embroidery stitches too. This is a great class for Mom’s and grandmothers who like to make a holiday gift for their children or  grandchildren, or encourage creativity and new skills, for a  teen working on their basic sewing skills. The course is open for students 12 years to adults.

HildasDoll-01The workshop is sponsored by the Berkeley Arts Council and will be held at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, WV. The dates are Sundays November 30 and December 7, 1-3pm.

Pre-registration is required. For details and online registration, visit http://artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/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 suppors 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.

Open Studio Wednesday with Judith Becker

"Blue Heron" by Judith Becker (Colored Pencil)
“Blue Heron” by Judith Becker (Colored Pencil)

Judith Becker will be holding an Open Studio session this Wednesday, October 29 from 1 – 4 pm.  You do not need to let us know ahead of time.  Just show up.  Judith will be able to help you with any facet of your painting, whether it is giving you further instruction or some constructive critique or just encouragement.  It’s a nice, no stress time to paint at your own pace and get help with whatever it is that might be a stumbling block in your painting technique.

Pre-registration is not required. Fee $25 paid at the beginning of the session.
For more information about the Open Studio Program, go to: http://wp.me/pDwaf-ti.

Berkeley Art Works Offers “Writing the Bucket List Novel” Workshop

Is “Write a Book” one of the things on your bucket list—that list of things you want to do before you kick the bucket? Got a story in your head that you’ve always wanted to write? Thought about writing the great American novel? Or just a memoir to pass to your grandchildren? Here’s a workshop for people who have thought about writing a book but aren’t sure how to get started. The workshop will be at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg on Saturday, November 8 from 9am-12 noon.

If you’ve got to “write a book” on your bucket list, this is the class to get you started. Best-selling author Lauren Carr will share her experience in writing and publishing to get you started on your story. In this three-hour workshop, Lauren will pass on the secrets that most professional authors had to learn the hard way about how to check “Write a Book” off that list. Among the secrets she will divulge:

  • Where and How to Get Started on Your Book
  • Making Time for Writing
  • Identifying Time-Thieves
  • Getting Past the 40-Page Block
  • The Secret Behind Getting Over Writer’s Block

Lauren Carr is the best-selling author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, which take place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, editor, cover and layout designer, and marketing agent for independent authors.

For details and online registration, visit artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/workshops/. For more information email berkeleyartswv@gmail.com or call 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. The Berkeley Arts Council is on the Web at www.berkeleyartswv.org.

Eastern WV Juried Exhibit Reception

There was  great turnout for the reception for the Second Annual Eastern WV Juried Exhibit at the Berkeley Art Works in Martinsburg.

Visitors viewed the 34 art works in the exhibit and the photography from the Dance Works Festival, and browsed the work of the 18 artists and artisans in the “Artists at the Works” co-op.

In addition, eight awards were passed out for the exhibit participants.

Arts Council president Malinda Shaver presents the Best in Show Award to Bruce Chandler for his painting "Coastal Rocks"
Arts Council president Malinda Shaver presents the Best in Show Award to Bruce Chandler for his oil painting,“Coastal Rocks”

BruceChandler_CoastalRocks-500pxOther awards were:

Merit Award: “They Keep Going Up” by Roxanne Crouse
Merit Award: “Transmission #10” by Nancy McLoughlin
Honorable Mention: “The Story the Blackbird Told” by Rebecca Grace Jones
Honorable Mention: “Watering the Potatoes” by Alice Newton
Honorable Mention: “Cherry Burl Bowl” by Neil Super
Honorable Mention: “Luminous Glow” by Monica Wilkins
Honorable Mention: “Long Shadows-Setting Sun” by Virginia Winston

The exhibit is on display until October 26.

Also, in the Back Space gallery through October 26 is “Dance Works: the Photographs”, an exhibit of photographs of the March, 2014 Dance Works Festival by Rip Smith, with additional photography by Mary-Jo Bennett.

The gallery is located at 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, WV. Gallery hours are Thursday 11-5, Friday 11-8, Saturday 10-5, and Sunday 12-3.

 

 

Berkeley Arts Council November Classes

The Berkeley Arts Council announced three new art classes for November. Classes are held at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. Full details and online registration is available at http://artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/instruction/.

"Blue Heron" by Judith Becker (Colored Pencil)
“Blue Heron” by Judith Becker (Colored Pencil)

Beginning Watercolor Pencil

Tuesdays, November 4, 11, 18, December 2; 9:30am – 12:30pm (No class November 25)
Instructor Judith Becker

Class presents the pleasant watercolor painting process of using watercolor pencils instead of traditional watercolor painting techniques.  Students will learn how to lay down colors to create multitudes of variations of hues, of achieving many different textures, and of the ease of using the pencils when traveling, when sketching as well as painting entire compositions. Tuition $85; Pre-registration required

Beginning Colored Pencil

Tuesdays, November 4, 11, 18, December 2; 5:30-8:30pm (No class November 25)
Instructor Judith Becker

Class introduces beginners and those with some experience to the process of creating a painting with colored pencils.  It explores the many effects possible with the pencils including mixing colors, blending for smoothness, making various textures plus much more.  A variety of painting surfaces are explored and participants create several small painting using the techniques learned. Tuition $85; Pre-registration required

Design and Composition

Thursdays, November 6, 13, 20, December 4; 5:30-8:30pm (No Class November 27)
Instructor Judith Becker

A work of art has a plan—its design. The artist creates visual order using the elements of design, the ingredients, to hold interest and express the artist’s purpose. A composition organizes the elements according to the principles of design. Instructor Judith Becker explains and clarifies these tools of the artist in a twelve-hour course that helps guide the student in using color, texture, shape and form; value and color harmonies. Included are principles of balance, unity, contrast, emphasis, and rhythm, and more. Artists working in any medium will learn to create stronger works using the understandings presented in this class. Tuition $85; Pre-registration required

 

Third Friday Photographic Salon

The Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, WV (Map) will host a Third Friday Photographic Salon* on Friday, November 21 from 6:00 – 8:00pm. This is an informal gathering of photographers to share work, give and receive feedback, ask and answer questions about any aspect of photography.

Bring some prints and get feedback. Bring your new gear to show off. Have a question about some aspect of photography? Come in and ask it. There will likely be someone there who can answer it. Or just come to chat and talk photography with like minded people.

Open to anyone interested in photography. All experience levels welcome. (Admission is free but donations to support the Art Works are appreciated.)

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* (The term, “salon” comes from the French “salon” refers to informal gatherings of artists or other “intellectuals” where areas of common interests were discussed. Later, the term was used to indicate major art exhibitions.)