A Weekend of Polymer Clay Creativity with Christi Friesen

The Berkeley Arts Council Presents
A Weekend of Polymer Clay Creativity
with Christi Friesen

“It will be fun-packed giggly good time!”

Friday, July 24 – Sunday, July 26, 2015

Holiday Inn, 301 Foxcroft Avenue, Martinsburg, WV
Workshop Fee $250
Advance Registration Required

Meet and Greet with Christi Friesen

Friday evening, July 24 from 6-8pm meet Christi and get a preview of the fun time you will have for the next two days.

Saturday, July 25, 9AM-4PM (with a 1 hour lunch break)

class-berkeleyartscouncil2015-2TThis workshop is packed with fun and learning!  You’ll create so many different kinds of beads – pods and hearts and freeform pieces. Just to mix it up, you’ll be able to make little butterfly pendants too, and starfish beads and even a lion pendant. You will learn new techniques, discover sculptural tricks, and explore new ways to add accents (such as beads, stones, wire and fiber) to your polymer clay creations.

Whether you are new to polymer clay, or are looking for some fresh inspiration, this class will show you new techniques, inspire your creativity and nourish your imagination.  All skill levels are welcome and all supplies will be provided.

“Beautiful Blooms”
Sunday, July 26, 9AM-4PM (with a 1 hour lunch break)

class-berkeleyarts-blossoms-2TLet your creativity bloom in this workshop!  Christi will show you how to make lots of different kinds of leaves and flowers.  You will be able to make beads, brooches, rings and hanging pieces from the techniques you’ll explore.  Emphasis will be on color mixing and use of pearls, crystals and other embellishments to accent your claywork.

Whether you are new to polymer clay, or are looking for some fresh inspiration, this class will show you new techniques, inspire your creativity and nourish your imagination.  All skill levels are welcome and all supplies will be provided.

Details and registration are at http://artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/christi/.

Join Us for an Open House at the Berkeley Art Works

116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV – http://www.berkeleyartswv.org

… the Martinsburg home for a special group of local and regional artists and artisans.

Join us for an
Open House

This Saturday, June 27 from 1-4 PM

The “Artists at the Works” co-op group has stocked the gallery with many new works for you to enjoy.

Come in to meet our artists and learn about their work.

Free Demonstrations


Photographer Rip Smith will show a selection of digital infrared photographs and explain how digital cameras can be used or modified to capture infrared images. Infrared (IR) photography explores a fantasy world as seen in light that we cannot see with our eyes, creating unexpected tonal relationships that emphasize form and texture.


Co-op Artist and Arts Council Teaching Artist Judith Becker will present a demonstration of Pastel Painting techniques. This is a fast, easy exciting medium that is relatively quick to learn and to master.  If you enjoy working with color, texture and larger sized surfaces, visit artist Judith Becker to see her work with this medium.


Arts Council Teaching Artist Jean Kellogg will demonstrate a number of painting techniques in oil or acrylic.

Berkeley Arts Council Photo15 Award Winners

The awards were handed out for the Photo15 Juried Photography Exhibit at the Berkeley Arts Council at the reception at the gallery yesterday afternoon.

“Best in Show” went to Mike Pulsifer of Martinsburg for his image “Stairs to Nowhere”

"Stairs to Nowhere" by Mike Pulsifer
“Stairs to Nowhere” by Mike Pulsifer
Mike Pulsifer accepts a presentation check from Fred Kuhn of LA Cameras of Chambersburg, PA, who sponsored the Best in Show prize.
Mike Pulsifer accepts a presentation check from Fred Kuhn of LA Cameras of Chambersburg, PA,who sponsored the Best in Show prize.

Other awards were: Tiffany Bergeron of Cypress, Texas received a Merit Award for her image, “Swampland”, Deborah Herndon received an Honorable Mention for her image, “White Handrail, Collioure”, and Sarah Conway received an Honorable Mention for her image “Engulfed”.

Photo15, the Berkeley Arts Council’s second juried photography exhibit, will be in the gallery until July 11. The gallery is located at 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. Hours are Wednesday 11-5; Thursday 11-5; Friday 11-8; Saturday, 10-5; Sunday 12-3.

“Crit Group Works” Exhibit at the Berkeley Art Works Opens July 15


The Berkeley Art Works Announces “Crit Group Works”, an exhibit of fine art oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings, mixed media, and digital photography by seven exhibiting artists who comprise a critique group founded in 2007 and meeting twice each month in the studio-home of Doug and Karen Kinnett near Shepherdstown, WV.

The exhibiting artists from the group are Gary Bergel, Judy Bradshaw, Rebecca Grace jones, Stan Jones, Doug Kinnett, Fran Skiles, and Craig Winkel. In addition, noted regional ceramist, Joy Bridy, will add her 3-D pottery works to this exhibit.

The exhibit will be on display from July 15-August 9, 2015 in the Berkeley Art Works gallery at 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. A reception and artist talk will be on Saturday, July 25 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm.

Artist Talk at 5:00 pm, Saturday July 25, by Doug Kinnett

What is a Crit Group? Why do artists gather and critique each others’ works? Doug Kinnett, former Coordinator of the Art Education Major at Shepherd University and founder of this group will offer an artist’s talk to answer these and other questions at 5:00 pm on Saturday, June 25. He will also outline the way additional visual artists and artisans in the Eastern Panhandle can easily gather together to critique works in progress and to inspire and encourage each other along in their careers as artists.

The group will also exhibit work in the Fire Hall Gallery in Charles Town from July 1- 28. The Charles Town reception is July 10 from 6-8pm.

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.

Have You Thought About Taking an Art Class?


If you have ever thought about taking an art class but didn’t really know anything about it, now is your chance to see for yourself what is involved – for free!

The Berkeley Arts Council’s instructors will be offering free mini-lessons in the art styles that they will be teaching in the fall. Come and see a demonstration of watercolor painting, color pencils, pastels and more.

Here is the schedule:

Acrylic Painting
Tuesday July 7, 1pm
Saturday August 1, 1pm
Tuesday July 7, 6pm
Saturday August 15, 3pm
Colored Pencil
Saturday July 11, 2pm
Friday August 14, 1pm
Watercolor Painting
Saturday July 18, 1pm
Saturday August 8, 3pm
Oil Painting
Tuesday July 14, 1pm
Thursday August 6, 6pm
Friday July 17, 1pm
Saturday August 8, 1pm
Realistic Rendering with Mixed Media
Tuesday July 14 6pm
Thursday August 6, 1pm
Mixed Media on Watercolor or Acrylic Base
Saturday July18, 3pm
Saturday August 15. 1pm

Art Workshop “Abstracted! Flow, Texture and Abstracted Design”

Abstracted! Flow, Texture and Abstracted Design

Saturday, June 20; 1:00 – 4:00pm
Instructor Jean Kellogg (About Jean Kellogg)

Welcome to the mysterious realm of acrylic abstraction, where everyday materials can be used to achieve extraordinary results! Explore versatile techniques and various mediums to create intricate textures to personalize and execute your abstract artistic vision. For intermediate and advanced Acrylic Artists.

Supplies: Students should bring a hair dryer and spray bottle. Other materials provided by the instructor ($15 Fee at first class) Will include basic Acrylics, acrylic medium, etc.

Tuition $45. Pre-registration required

Click Here to Register

(Minimum class size 3)

Art Workshop “Exploring Exciting Background Techniques”

Exploring Exciting Background Techniques

Saturday, June 13; 1-4pm
Instructor: Judith Becker (About Judith Becker)

Everyone who paints can improve their paintings with improved background applications. This workshop introduces a full spectrum of techniques and considerations when choosing the best approach to compliment or enhance the artwork’s subject through the background areas. Workshop covers use of colors, creating I’m pact and moods, and discovering unique textural processes to take a work of art from good to WOW!

Supplies: Workshop learnings apply to all 2 dimensional art materials. Students are to bring all supplies they typically use to create their art. Also helpful will be pencil, eraser, ruler, palette if needed, etc. All other materials will be supplied by the instructor.

Tuition $45. (Pre-registration required)

Click Here to Register

(Minimum class size 3)