Art and Earth Exhibit On Display through May 20. Award Winners Announced

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The Art and Earth juried exhibit attracted 144 works by 60 artists from 20 states. Juror Sonya Evanisko selected 46 works by 37 artists for the exhibit, which is on display through May 20 at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. Gallery hours are Wed-Fri 11-5, Sat 11-4.

Here is the list of accepted artists and award winners:

Artist City State Title
Gary Anderson Huntsville AL Crawfish
Justin Barfield South Bend IN Undertow
Justin Barfield South Bend IN Red Tide
Mary Jo Bennett Hedgesville WV Crashing to Shore
Gary Bergel Charles Town WV Spring Thaw
Jennifer Coulson Martinsburg WV Blossom
Jennifer Coulson Martinsburg WV Waters
Ann Darling Berkeley Springs WV The Beauty of a Flower
Mark Dierker Dubuque IA Misty Mountains
Holly Dodson Alexandria VA Tall Trees
Jean Barnes Downs Cumberland MD Lusty May Honorable Mention

Sara Drower Wilmette IL Shanghai Smog #1
Claudia Giannini Shepherdstown WV Pitcher Plants
Claudia Giannini Shepherdstown WV Twinleaf Honorable Mention

Linda Gribko Morgantown WV Pink Lotus Bliss
Wil Hershberger Hedgesville WV Wind Best in Show

Donna Hershberger Hedgesville WV Misty Morning
Kathryn Kane Park Ridge IL Tree Bark 10
Nancy Kautz Harpers Ferry WV Trillium
Dawnice Kerchaert Pontiac MI Purlune Honorable Mention

Dawnice Kerchaert Pontiac MI Oovoo Honorable Mention

Geraldine Kiefer Winchester VA Vesconte Earth I
Geraldine Kiefer Winchester VA Medieval Cosmic Earth II
Amanda Knapp-Witt Leon WV Ready to Plant
Megan Lemcke Deming NM Sunrise over Floridas II
Megan Lemcke Deming NM Sunset Over Abuelas
Joe Mayer Shepherdstown WV Waiting For Spring
Tina Miller Martinsburg WV Summer’s End
Tina Miller Martinsburg WV Queen Anne’s Lace
Alice A Newton Bakerton WV Water Reflections 7
Gerald Obregon South Miami FL Emerge In Light
Ryan Oliver Centreville VA Worry Merit Award

Jim Pearson Lawrenceville IL Landscape, Memory and Bone WKL
Margaret Polcawich Derwood MD Moss House
Honey Rodgers Philadelphia PA White Plumeria Inner Truth
Julie Roth West Bend WI The Grid
Dannon Schroeder Knoxville TN Induce
Ann Sharp Shepherdstown WV Summer Fields Honorable Mention

Taylor Sijan Wichita KS Peonies Mug
Taylor Sijan Wichita KS Peonies Flask
Marina Smelik Palo Alto CA New Life
Karen Smith Hedgesville WV Tree Hut Glow Merit Award

Karen Smith Hedgesville WV Golden Tree Glow Merit Award

Derek Walter Chicago IL Pliocene IX
Monica Wilkins Shepherdstown WV Flood Devastation
Virginia Winston Martinsburg WV Lone Sycamore

March Instruction at the Berkeley Art Works

Judith Becker teaching
Judith Becker working with students at the Berkeley Art Works

The Berkeley Arts Council announces art classes for March at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg.

Starting March 2, Teaching Artist Judith Becker will offer “Creating and Painting Still Lifes with Symbolism and Dynamic Composition”. Students will explore the limitless opportunities to create beautiful still life paintings with interesting composition and intriguing symbolism. Class is designed for intermediate to advanced students and can be worked in any 2 D medium. The classes will be held Thursdays 1-4pm, March 2, 9, 16, 23.

Starting March 3, Becker will offer “Continuing Art Studio – Unlocking Creativity.” This studio class is designed for the student who has advanced beyond the beginning stage and who now wants to work at advancing in his/her chosen medium. The classes will be held Fridays 1-4pm, March 3, 10, 17, 24.

Starting March 11, professional photographer David Rehor will again offer his popular course, “Taking Control of Your Digital Camera.” The digital photography workshop is designed to teach users how to customize the functions of their DSLR or mirrorless cameras and lenses. Students will learn how to navigate the camera menus and properly operate buttons and dials for optimum creative control. The classes will be held Saturdays 10am-1pm, March 11, 18, 25, and April 1.

The tuition for each four week class is $90 and pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Details and online registration is available at https://berkeleyartswv.org/instruction/. Deadline for registration is three days before the start of the class.

Youth Art Month: Four Decades of Boys and Girls Club Photography

bngc-2017-webgraphicIn celebration of Youth Art Month, The Berkeley Arts Council presents a retrospective exhibit of student photographs created over the years in the Martinsburg Boys and Girls Club photography program. The exhibit will be on display at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, February 22 through April 1.

The program, led by teacher Pat Murphy, has produced numerous national and regional winners in various competitions. Murphy started out helping the kids in the program in exchange for being able to use the darkroom for himself. Over time, he spent more time working with the students and less time on his own work. It’s been his passion for nearly 50 years.

Murphy’s takes an “apprentice” approach to teaching photography. He starts them with black and white film processed and printed in the club’s darkroom. He gives the students assignments to create images in different disciplines, such as portraits, architecture, landscape, macro (close-up photography) and various alternative processes. The students learn about composition and the importance of lighting, both natural and artificial.=

The exhibit is curated by Rip Smith and Gary Bergel, who sifted through literally thousands of prints in the basement of the club to select a representative sample of images that exemplify the best the program has to offer.

Gallery hours are Wed-Fri 11-5, Sat 11-4. There will be a reception Saturday, March 4 from 5-7pm.