The Transforming Power of Art

Art has the power to heal and transform both artist and audience. An upcoming exhibit, “Transformations,” demonstrates how art offers restoration, renewal, and growth

The exhibit, on display June 12 through July 14 at the Berkeley Art Works in Martinsburg, WV, will feature the work of four local women artists making art as they meet life’s challenges—embracing new ideas, coping with loss, surviving illness, taking care of loved ones, and other transitions.

Martha Hanley, retired from public school service, is dealing with the loss of a partner. Having started with watercolor 27 years ago, she found renewal and inspiration with collage and assemblage. Kristin Camitta Zimet, lifelong poet and professional editor, is dealing with issues of health and caregiving; she has been using her computer to transform photographs into surrealistic visions. Sally Myers, retired university art teacher, is recovering from brain surgery; she is finding new ways to do her metal and clay sculptures. Marty Matheson retired and cared for her mother. After a period of working with acrylics on colorful abstracts, she has rediscovered pen and ink.

The women came together a year ago with a commitment to create an exhibit and to support and challenge one another in taking risks, exploring new themes and media.

There will be a reception on Sunday, June 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. Each of the artists will share a few thoughts on her creative process and recent work.

The Berkeley Art Works is located at 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. Gallery hours are Wed-Fri 11-5, Sat 11-4.