Meet Barbara Neece: Fused Glass Artist

(by Annette Verna)

Barbara Neece is a member of the Berkeley Arts Council’s Artists at the Works co-op, which is part the the Berkeley Art Works gallery and she’s our featured artist for August/September.

Barbara started working with fused glass about 15 years ago while living in Henderson, Nevada. Her interest in glass started when her husband and her sister were working with stained glass. She thought she’d give it a try too, but soon found that stained glass wasn’t her “thing.” She happened upon some fused glass pieces one day, and decided that was what she wanted to do.

And so her journey into working with fused glass began. The community where she lived in Henderson has a large arts and crafts club. She joined their fused glass group and started learning. The large community had great facilities and equipment. An added benefit was close proximity to Las Vegas for the annual Glass Craft and Bead Expo, which attracts people from all over the world. It’s a great learning and networking opportunity. Barbara says that members of the group supported each other by taking classes and workshops and then teaching what they learned to the rest of the group. Continue reading

Fall Schedule of Classes at Berkeley Art Works

The Berkeley Arts Council announces their Fall schedule of classes, offering learning opportunities in a variety of media, diversity of subject matter and instruction levels for all ages.

Beginning in September, classes include Introduction to Figure Drawing and Printmaking with Gel Plate, both by instructor Leah Bennett, an accomplished artist and instructor specializing in pen and ink, acrylics, mixed media and creative journaling.

Mixed Media Mash-Up for kids 8 years and up will be offered by instructor Jane Ping.  Jane has been teaching children and adults for more than 30 years and holds a Master’s degree in Fine Art from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Judith Becker will be teaching Beginning Watercolor Pencil, Painting All Types of Water Images, and Painting with Pastels.  She specializes in painting with watercolors, colored pencils, pastels and often mixes her media for unusual effects.  She is accomplished in composition, design and color theory.  Judith directs the art education program for the Berkeley Arts Council.

Of special note, Judith will also be leading a Plein Air painting location workshop, September 19 and 20 at Alpine Lake Resort in Terra Alta, WV.  (Register by September 3 for special discounted rate.) Participants will have an opportunity to create four views in the mountains of West Virginia and receive instruction in choosing the best view for the best layout, redesigning the view, capturing the light, painting efficiently, utilizing limited colors, capturing a mood and expressing oneself.

In October, Judith will teach Beginning Colored Pencil, and Beginning Watercolor Painting.  Rip Smith will teach Photographic Composition and Creative Vision, and How to Photograph Your Artwork.  Rip is an award-winning fine art and architectural photographer whose work has been exhibited nationally and regionally.

Rounding out the busy Fall season in November, Judith Becker will offer a Next Level All About Color class, as well as instruction on Using the Color Wheel.

Classes are held at the Berkeley Art Works Gallery, 116 Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV.  Detailed descriptions for all classes and registration information is located on the Berkeley Arts Council Web site at For information email or call 304-620-7277.

The Berkeley Art Works, a project of the Berkeley Arts Council, is the realization of the long-held dream of the arts community in Martinsburg and Berkeley County West Virginia to have a community-based arts facility that supports local and regional artists, brings quality arts experiences for the members of the public, and provides a wide range of arts learning experiences for local residents, artists, and artisans.

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.

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