BAC Update, November 2019

In November, 2009 The Berkeley Arts Council announced its first open house to introduce our officers and Board members and present our developing plans to the public. The meeting was held at the Martinsburg Library. The BAC announced a series of workshops aimed at helping artists develop their businesses, in line with the stated goals of supporting practicing artists and artisans. We invite you to follow along with our progress and explore the blog archives on our website:

Berkeley Arts Bulletin Delivery IssuesYou should be receiving the Berkeley Arts Bulletin each month. If you are not receiving it, it is possible your email program is sending it to your spam folder. We are using an email service (Vertical Response) that is supposed to keep that from happening, but they tell us they have had some problems, especially with Gmail. We are working to resolve those issues. If you missed the November Bulletin, you can view it here: and every month the Bulletin is posted on that link on the web site.

In the Gallery

As the Berkeley Arts Council moves into its second decade, we also mark the 10th annual Holiday art and craft market. The first, in 2010, was in the very space that the Berkeley Art Works now lives.

After Holiday Markets in 2011 and 2012 in another location, we moved into the Berkeley Art Works full time, and the Markets have continued every year.  The market is always carefully curated to offer creative gifts by some of the best local artists and artisans.

“Capturing the Light” Lynn Ferris Workshop

We are pleased to be able to offer an exciting and unique watercolor workshop by Lynn Ferris, nationally and internationally known artist and instructor.  Ms. Ferris’ workshop, titled “Capturing the Light” will show students how to use light and shadow to design stronger compositions and bring drama to a variety of subject matters.  Students will gain new skills and confidence working with shadows, light sources, creating glow, and more.  Lynn provides handouts, reference materials and lots of personal attention.  Mark your calendar now for the the workshop dates May 2 and 3, 2020.  Further information regarding this art improvement opportunity will be found on the Berkeley Arts Council website by early December. Watch for the announcement.

Dates Set for Berkeley Arts Council’s 10th Annual Art & Earth Exhibit

The Berkeley Arts Council announces the dates for the Tenth Annual Art and Earth Juried Art Exhibit.  The exhibit has the theme “Art and Earth: My Art – My World” and will from April 1 through May 16, 2020 in the Berkeley Art Works. Entries are now being accepted; the submission deadline is February 26, 2020 at midnight. For full prospectus and entry information, please visit

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Deadline Extended! Tenth Annual Art and Earth Juried Exhibit


EXTENDED DEADLINE: MARCH 2, 2020 (Midnight)10th Annual Art and Earth Juried Art Exhibit

The Berkeley Arts Council in Martinsburg, West Virginia is pleased to announce the Tenth Annual Art and Earth Juried Art Exhibit. The exhibit has the theme ‘Art and Earth: My Art – My World’. Entries should reflect the artist’s view of nature, the environment, or reflect an Earth Day related theme. Any medium or technique, 2-dimension or 3-dimension, is acceptable.

The exhibit will open April 1, 2020 in the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. The exhibit will be on display through May 16, 2020. There will be a reception at the gallery on Sunday, April 5 from 2-4pm.

The exhibition is open to all visual artists throughout the continental United States over the age of 18 in all media. Entries must be original works of art that have been completed within the last three (3) years, and have not been previously exhibited in The Berkeley Art Works.

Juror: The juror for the 2020 exhibit is Janis Goodman, Professor of Fine Art, Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, The George Washington University, Washington, DC.

Janis Goodman is a Washington, DC-based artist and one of the founders of the arts group, Workingman Collective. She was awarded a Franz and Virginia Bader Award and DC Commission on the Arts Grant in 2018. She is also the art reviewer for the ‘Around Town’ feature on PBS Channel 26 WETA, Washington, DC.

Ms. Goodman’s drawings and paintings move between the narrative and the deconstructed. Years of hiking national parks and kayaking rivers along the east coast have formed the backdrop for her work. Her paintings are based on intuition and first-hand experience and her fascination with natural phenomena fuels her interest in movement, line, image and color. Ms. Goodman’s work follows the invisible energy paths connecting the dots between the observed, imagined and remembered. Ms. Goodman was an artist-in-residence for 3 years at the Shoals Marine Lab on Appledore Island, ME. Her work there further developed her interest in ecology and the paths of nature. Continue reading