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.