Accepted Artists: “In The Abstract”

A committee of seven Berkeley Art Works artists reviewed 44 submitted works from 25 artists. The group selected 28 works by 21 artists for inclusion in our first juried abstract exhibit. The exhibit is the first of several exhibits the Berkeley Arts Council is sponsoring this year that have no entry fee and are encourage artists to submit work to allow us to open up technique and styles that are new to our arts community.

Accepted artists are asked to make a donation (the amount of their choice) to support the gallery at the time the work is delivered.

Thanks to the generosity of one of our members, there will be a “Fan Favorite” Award of $50 that will be announced at the end of the exhibit.

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Berkeley Arts Council May Art Classes

The Berkeley Arts Council continues to expand its educational program with new classes and topics in May, including a Saturday class for children 4th grade and up. Classes are held at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg.

Leah Bennett will teach “Mixed Media Journaling” Wednesdays from 1-4pm starting May 1. Participants learn how to express themselves by creating  dynamic backgrounds to support various drawings, textures, poems, verses, etc. using wet or dry media.

Judith Becker will teach “4 in 1 Class: Trees, Rocks, Textures and Backgrounds” Thursdays from 1-4pm starting May 2. Each week, participants will learn to draw and paint that week’s subject in various ways.

Becker will also offer “Creative Approaches to Painting Landscapes” Fridays starting May 3. Learn to paint landscapes with that “WOW!” factor.

For the younger set, Jane Ping will tach “Mixed Media Mashup” for students 4th grade and up on Saturdays starting May 4 from 9-10:am. Students will discover a new art approach each week ! Have fun with handmade papermaking, experiment with ink drawing and colorful painting, get excited about printmaking, and create awesome tissue paper collage.

Class and registration details are on the BAC web site at For more information email

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

[UPDATED with Awards]Accepted Artists: Art and Earth Juried Exhibit

The juror’s results are in for the Ninth Annual Art and Earth Juried Exhibit and we are very pleased to announce the accepted artists for this year’s exhibit. The juror Jay Pastore selected 38 works by 34 artists out of 167 works submitted by 73 artists from 17 states. The exhibit will be on display from April 3 – May 4, 2019.

Juror’s Statement:

It was an honor to have been asked to serve as the juror for the Ninth Annual Art and Earth Exhibition, sponsored by the Berkeley Arts Council.  For this year’s exhibition, seventy-three artists submitted one hundred and sixty-seven works (both 2 and 3-dimensional) from seventeen states for review.  All of the submissions, created in a wide variety of artistic media, were spawned by keen observational skills and nurtured with artistic talent.  Themes include various elements of nature, the natural environment surrounding the artist, mankind’s footprint on this planet, and global climate change.  Selecting a small number of works from a such a large field is challenging.  In addition to demonstrating a high-level of conceptual and technical skills, it is the mood and energy created by and within the works in the final selection that set them apart.

Jay Pastore received a Masters of Arts in Exhibition Design from the Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington, DC.  He currently serves as Design Consultant at the Roberto Clement Museum, in Pittsburgh, PA (2014-present).  Past positions include Artistic Director, Rehoboth Art League, Rehoboth Beach, DE (2014-18); Principal owner and Director, Gallery 50, a contemporary art gallery, Rehoboth Beach, DE; and Juror for numerous regional fine art and craft exhibitions, including the Delaware Coastal Camera Club Final Awards Competition (2014-18), and the Artists Selection for the Delaware Division of the Arts Mezzanine Gallery.

Accepted artists must ship or deliver the work between March 25 and March 30. Accepted artists have been notified by email with detailed instructions about the delivery of the work.

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