Berkeley Arts Council Presents Hand-Made Clocks by Anna Howard

The Berkeley Arts Council presents “Off the Shelves”, a select collection of hand-made clocks created by Anna Howard, a mixed media collage artist who specializes in clock making. The exhibit will be on display May 4 through June 4 in the Back Space Gallery of the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. A reception, free and open to the public,  will be on Saturday, May 14 from 4-6pm at the gallery. Gallery hours are Wed 11-5, Thu 11-5, Fri 11-8, Sat 10-5, Sun 12-3.

“Off the Shelves” is a focused look at how unassuming everyday items not only can become artful functioning clocks in a context of a larger story.  Repurposing is still an important part of the design process, but it is no longer the prime motivation of the design.  “Second time round” items have become part of the pallet in eliciting an emotional response.

She has found that she could not get away from her favorite medium, fabric.  The granddaughter of a tailor/farmer and a member of an extended family that “breathes fabric”, her “out of left field” concept has begun redirecting itself with the increased use of fabric.

Though bringing a smile to an individual’s face is the major motivator in her creations  Anna is beginning to integrate subtle story lines into her art clocks.   This exhibit will introduce some of those stories.

Anna is a member of the Berkeley Arts Council and an active member of the local arts community.

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.

“Shenandoah Clay” Pottery Exhibit Opens May 4 at the Berkeley Art Works

The Berkeley Arts Council presents “Shenandoah Clay”, an selection of pottery by members of the Shenandoah Potters Guild. The exhibit will be on display from May 4 through June 4 in the Special Exhibit Gallery at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. A reception, free and open to the public,  will be on Saturday, May 14 from 4-6pm at the gallery. Gallery hours are Wed 11-5, Thu 11-5, Fri 11-8, Sat 10-5, Sun 12-3.

The exhibit, curated by Martha LeRoi, includes work by LeRoi, Sally Myers, Alice Boysen, Catherine Wolniewicz, Lin Hausknecht,  and Steven Wilson.

The Shenandoah Potters Guild was established in 1994 out of the Strasburg (Virginia) potters Guild. The Guild’s members are drawn from throughout the Northern Shenandoah Region from as far south as Mount Jackson, Virginia to Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

The objectives of the Shenandoah Potters Guild are:

• To promote the pottery heritage of the Shenandoah Valley
• To promote pottery as an art form
• To promote and develop the technical, artistic and professional skills of it’s members

The objectives are addressed through programs, workshops, exhibits, and sales, some of which are open to non-members and the general public. Some of the guild’s annual activities include the Strasburg Mayfest, participation in various fairs and festivals, an Empty Bowl Soup Supper and a large Holiday Sale in Winchester.

The Guild’s Facebook page is:  www.Facebook.com/ShenandoahPottersGuild

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 http://www.berkeleyartswv.org.