Art Works Artist Highlighted in Herald Mail

Berkeley Art Works artist Mary Jo Bennett was highlighted in the Hagerstown Herald Mail this morning. Take a look and learn about one of the talented artists whose work can be seen at the Berkeley Art Works! Click on the image below:

Herald Mail, December 21, 2015
Herald Mail, December 21, 2015


Art Works open every day until Christmas for your last-minute shopping!

Yes! We are open every day now until Christmas
Expanded hours Christmas Week:
Sunday 11-3, Monday 11-5, Tuesday 11-5, Wednesday 11-5
Thursday, Christmas Eve 11-3

(Closed Christmas Day; Reopen December 26)

Sixth Annual Holiday Art and Craft Market at the Berkeley Art Works

Give the gift of art!

Give a creative loved one
(or just yourself!) an art class.

The Berkeley Arts Council is offering
some special classes starting in January:

New Year Special:
4 in 1 Workshop Bundle

          (Four Workshops for the price of two!)
Instructor: Judith Becker

Skies and Clouds (Fri, Jan 8, 1-4pm)
Water (Fri, Jan 15, 1-4pm)
Trees and Backgrounds Fri, Jan 22, 1-4pm)
Textures (Fri, Jan 29, 1-4pm)

Beginning Watercolor Painting
Instructor: Judith Becker
Saturdays, January 9, 16, 23, 30; 1-4pm

Studio Acrylic Painting
Instructor Jean Kellogg (About Jean Kellogg)
Wednesdays, January 6, 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10; 5:30-8:30pm
Thursdays, January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11; 1 – 4pm

Basic Principles of Great Drawing, Composition, & Design
Instructor: Judith Becker
Fridays, February 5, 12, 19, 26; 1-4pm

Unlocking the Mystery of Color
Instructor: Judith Becker
Saturdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27; 1-4pm

For details and online registration vist:

Finally, you can give a year’s membership in
the Berkeley Arts Council. Not only are you giving
A valuable gift, you are supporting the arts
in Berkeley County

Join online here!

And …

If you are a current Berkeley Arts Council member, you should have received your 2016 membership renewal along with the Call for Artists for the 2016 BAC Members’ Exhibit in January, plus a couple of other surprises.

Renewing early gives us confidence that we will go into the new year with your strong support.

If you are not a current member, please consider joining. Not only are you supporting the only broad-based arts organization and gallery in Berkeley County, you are eligible to exhibit your work in the Members’ Exhibit and other benefits. You can join online here.

The Berkeley Arts Council is on the Web at


Berkeley Arts Council Classes for the New Year

Teaching Artist Judith Becker teaches color theory at the Berkeley Art Works in Martinsburg
Teaching Artist Judith Becker teaches color theory at the Berkeley Art Works.

The Berkeley Arts Council has announced new art classes starting in January, 2016. These classes are taught by popular instructor Judith Becker. Classes are held in the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg.

The “Winter Special” workshop series offers four three-hour workshops for the price of two. The four workshops will be held Fridays in January from 1-4pm. They are “Skys and Clouds” on January 8, “Water” on January 15, “Trees and Backgrounds” on January 22, and “Textures” on January 29. Registration for all four workshops is $90, which is half of the normal tuition.

Also offered is a new “Beginning Watercolor Painting class” on Saturdays in January from 1-4pm.

Two additional classes in February are “Basic Principles of Great Drawing, Composition, and Design” (Fridays, February 5, 12, 19, 26, 1-4pm) and the very popular “Unlocking the Mystery of Color” (Saturdays, February 6, 13, 29, 27, 1-4pm).

For details and online registration visit

The Berkeley Arts Council is 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


Call for Artists: Berkeley Arts Council Members’ Exhibit

All 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 13 through February 6, 2015. There will be a reception on Friday, January 15 from 4-6pm.

The exhibit is not juried. Any current member (2016) of the Berkeley Arts Council may participate in the exhibit. Artists who are not current members may join or renew online or at the gallery when the artwork 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 Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg during regular hours on Wednesday, January 6 or Thursday, January 7 (11-5pm), Friday, January 8 (11-5pm), Saturday, January 9 (10-5pm), and Sunday January 10 (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 or 304-620-7277.

Membership applications are available in the gallery or online at

By submitting artwork for the exhibit you agree that The Berkeley Arts Council will retain a 30% commission on all sales and although the Berkeley Arts Council will take reasonable measures to ensure the safety of the entries in the gallery, the BAC is not responsible for loss of or damage to the artwork, and the artist is responsible for his/her own insurance if desired.

2015 Holiday Art & Craft Market Open at the Berkeley Art Works

Holiday Art and Craft Market

The Berkeley Arts Council’s Sixth Annual Holiday Art and Craft Market is now open at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg.

The “Artists at the Works” co-op group has been supplemented by several additional invited artisans to complete a wide selection of creative gifts and artistic creations by a total of 22 artists and artisans.

Items include fine art paintings and photographs, jewelry, pottery, woodcraft, glass, fabric items, baskets, decorative gourds, and more.

The Market is open Wednesday-Thursday from 11-5, Friday 11-8, Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 12-3 through Christmas.

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

Berkeley Art Works Spotlights Eastern Panhandle Artists

Third Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit
Reception Saturday 17, 3-5pm

Berkeley Art Works spotlights 28 artists from the Eastern Panhandle with the Third Annual Eastern West Virginia Regional Juried Art Exhibit. The Gallery Exhibit featuring paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture and digital works, is on display through November 8. The public is welcome to tour the Exhibit free-of-charge Wed-Thu 11-5, Fri 11-8, Sat 10-5, and Sun 12-3.

A Reception recognizing all exhibiting artists and announcing Third Annual Eastern West Virginia Regional Juried Art Exhibit winners will be held on Saturday, October 17, from 3–5 pm. The Reception is also free and open to the public.

The Eastern Western Virginia Regional Art Exhibit will also be on display during a special Open House on Saturday, October 24, 2-5 pm, in conjunction with Main Street Martinsburg’s Chili Cookoff.

The Exhibit was juried by Rhonda Smith, Chair of the Department of Contemporary Art and Theater at Shepherd University. “I selected paintings and drawings that demonstrated a facility and a relaxed manipulation that comes when a person is confident in both their drawing skills and their ability to manage the media,” Professor Smith wrote in her Juror’s Statement.

I was most intrigued by photographs and digital works that were surprising or unusual and suggested the artist was seeking something unique within the framework or in the use of the media. The selected sculptural works were also chosen for their playful manipulation of materials combined with an understanding of the importance of craftsmanship.”

Berkeley Art Works is in downtown Martinsburg at 116 North Queen Street. Gallery hours are: Wed-Thu 11-5, Fri 11-8, Sat 10-5, and Sun 12-3.

The Art Works gallery includes a co-op space that represents 18 artists and artisans plus exhibit and classroom spaces. Co-op artists offer a variety of one-of-a-kind items that make unique gifts or personal treasures.

Art instruction is offered for all skill levels. Visit the Web page at for a complete list of upcoming classes.

Consider becoming a Member of The Berkeley Arts Council, the nonprofit organization that manages the Berkeley Art Works Gallery. Participate in exclusive behind-the-scenes opportunities to hang exhibits, work alongside artists, and support the arts in Berkeley County. Visit to join.

Berkeley Arts Council Adds Watercolor Pencil Class to November Schedule

The Berkeley Arts Council has added a new Beginning Waterolor Pencil class to it’s November schedule of classes. The class will be held Wednesdays November 4, 11, 18, and December 2 from 1-4pm at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg.

Judith Becker demonstrates color pencil techniques to a group of budding artists as part of the Berkeley Art Works “Mini-Lesson” series.

The four week class is appropriate for students who have no watercolor painting experience as well as those who currently paint with watercolors, but who want to expand their 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, journaling, making their own greeting or note cards, or when sketching as well as painting entire compositions.

Previously announced classes are second level classes in drawing, oil painting and color pencils. Details and online registration are available at or call 304-620-7277 for more information.