“Gallery on Main” Launched in Martinsburg

Bringing color to vacant buildings in downtown Martinsburg is the goal of “Gallery on Main”, a collaboration between the Berkeley Arts Council and Main Street Martinsburg. The program showcases creations by eight local artists. Original paintings, photographs, sculpture, and jewelry are displayed in the windows of vacant locations in the 100- and 200- blocks of North Queen Street. “By introducing a wide range of high quality public art into the community, we can enhance the civic environment and enrich the lives of residents and visitors.” said Main Street Martinsburg Executive Director Randy Lewis.

The artists are members of the Berkeley Arts Council and include painters Anthony Jones, Judith Becker and Sue Parker, mixed media artist Gary Bergel, photographers Mary-Joe Bennett and Rip Smith, wood sculptor Joe Bourgeois, and jewelry designer Sandy Nichols. Sales of the artwork is facilitated by the Berkeley Art Works, the gallery of the Berkeley Arts Council. The artwork will be on display through the second week of May.

Dance Works 2017

Malinda Shaver of the Berkeley Arts Council and General Hambrick from WV University with scholarship winners from the 2017 Dance Works Festival.

The 2017 Dance Works Festival is in the books after a mad scramble to adjust after an unexpected disruption of its primary venue at Musselman High School. Through the efforts of Arts Council president Malinda Shaver and the members of the committee of dance advisors, the event was completed successfully by combining four different venues in Hagerstown and capping it off with the Gala Performance at Musselman.

Thanks to the folks at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts to helped make arrangements at the City Ballet School, the Grand Ballroom, and the Masonic Temple, the dance students from Berkeley and Jefferson County, West Virginia and students from the Barbara Ingram school in Hagerstown, experienced workshops from eight master level instructors in ballet, tap, modern, jazz, hiphop, musical theatre, and acting disciplines.

The Festival was sponsored by the Berkeley Arts Council in association with the Inwood Performing Arts Company, Dance Dimensions of Hedgesville, Rhythm n Motion, and WHS Synergy Dance Ensemble at Washington High School in Jefferson County, WV.

 

 

 

 

Call for Entries: Photo 17

The Berkeley Arts Council in Martinsburg, West Virginia announces its 2017 National Juried Photography Exhibit, to be displayed in the Berkeley Art Works Gallery, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. The exhibit will be on display June 28 – August 12, 2017. There will be a reception on Friday, June 30, from 5-7pm.

Sponsored in part by

The theme for the exhibit is open. The exhibit is open nationally to all photographers without restriction to technique.

Projected awards fund $750.

Entries must have been created by the artist within the past three years and have not been exhibited in the Berkeley Art Works gallery.

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Art Works to Host Gallery Talk and Q&A with Pat and Beverly Murphy

graphic-closinggallerytalk-webThe Berkeley Art Works will host a gallery talk and Q&A session with Pat and Beverly Murphy about their experiences over more than 40 years of the photography program at the Boys and Girls Club in Martinsburg. The event will be at 2pm on the closing day of the “Four Decades of Boys and Girls Photography” exhibit for Youth Art Month at the Art Works.

Pat and Beverly Murphy in the darkroom at the Boys and Girls Club

The event is free and open to the public and all are invited to come and interact with two people who have dedicated much of their lives to service.

The exhibit will be on display in the gallery through April 1. Gallery hours are Wed-Fri 11-5 and Sat 11-4. The Berkeley Art Works is located at 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg.