Accepted Artists: Eastern WV Juried Exhibit

Congratulations to the accepted artists in the Sixth Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Art Exhibit. Juror Gary Bergel selected 31 works out of more than 60 submitted. Gary writes:

Viewing more than 60 works submitted by Eastern West Virginia artists was a delightful and rewarding summer experience.  I gained a deeper appreciation for the wide spectrum of innovative visual art being produced in this region.  As a multidisciplinary “teaching artist” I have a “broad eye.”  I let it come into play.  After an initial viewing of the work submitted, I rejoiced.  I saw that it would be possible to not only curate an exhibit of strong works, but also to include a broad selection of quality work – to be more inclusive than exclusive – of artists, media, imagery, styles, approaches and expressions.

I then spent some hours with the submitted works – comparing between multiple entries, enlarging and studying detail and technique.  I am thankful that the quality of most of the digital images permitted such scrutiny – and enjoyment.

After considering the strength of each piece in terms of originality, impact and appeal, proficiency with the medium, and technical skill, I selected 26 two dimensional and five three dimensional works, each of which I believe has merit to “stand on its own.”  Gallery space parameters prevented the inclusion of more than one work by a number of artists.

This Eastern West Virginia 2018 exhibition exhibits “you!”  It ranges from folk and detailed representational work, to surreal fantasy and social comment, a bit of portraiture, bold pure abstraction, and delightful mixed media assemblage.  Painting and graphic media include oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, woodblock printing, and digital electronic.  Non-utilitarian wood and clay sculpture is represented.  Photography spans both black and white and color.

I look forward to meeting you at the Reception and Awards Presentation on Sunday, September 9 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM.  Hopefully you will be able to attend, mingle with your gifted peers, and return to your studio encouraged and inspired to “create more.”  Thank you for investing your time, talent and resources to demonstrate that the Arts are alive and flourishing in the Eastern Panhandle.

Gary Bergel

The exhibit will be on display September 5 – October 6 at the Berkeley Art Works, 116  North Queen Street in Martinsburg. Gallery hours are Wed-Fri, 11-5, Sat 11-4.

There will be a reception and awards presentation on Sunday, September 9 from 2-4pm at the Berkeley Art Works.

The full list of accepted work is after the break.

Nathan Altier Hedgesville Extraction
Nathan Altier Hedgesville Topsail Family Portrait
Judith Becker Hedgesville Plum Tree Variagated
Mary Jo Bennett Hedgesville Captive Audience
Abby Bernier Martinsburg American
Laura Chalupka Berkeley springs The Time Traveler
Bruce Chandler Harpers Ferry Afloat
Pat Donohoe Shepherdstown Networked
Ellen Hardesty Harpers Ferry Frozen in Time
David Heatwole Martinsburg Egyptian Daydream
Heather Hendry Bunker Hill Flight of Fancy
Jon Howard Hedgesville Seeds and sun
Doug Kinnett Shepherdstown Conversation at the Mouth of the Cave
Denise Kupiszewski Shepherdstown Tattoo Pony
Denise Kupiszewski Shepherdstown Blue Cat On Ottoman
Kirsten Lee Kearneysville The Gifting Tree
Kirsten Lee Kearneysville #notoxicrockwool
Jeanne McClure Kearneysville The Falls
Charles Mortensen Martinsburg Homage to Joyce Scott
Lannie Mullenax Martinsburg Dogwood
Alice A Newton Bakerton The Jetty
Alice A Newton Bakerton Contemplation
Judith Pharr Shepherdstown Freedom from the Veil of Illusion
Mary Smith Bunker Hill Mountain Scene
Karen Smith Hedgesville Mango’s Flight
Pat Spranger Berkeley Springs Frilly Poppies
Judith Stotler Martinsburg Weight of Enlightenment
Amber Sullivan Martinsburg Rhododendrons
Neil Super Shepherdstown ‘Otherwise, Perfect Health!’
John Turner Gerrardstown Family Tree
Monica Wilkins Shepherdstown Journey