[UPDATE: Awards Announced] Eastern West Virginia Exhibit

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The Berkeley Arts Council announced the award winners for their 8th Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit on display at the Berkeley Art Works. A virtual “reception” was held to recognize the participants and award winners. Congratulations to Laura Robertson from Kearneysville for her fabric piece, “Fly Eyes”, which was selected for Best of Show. Heather Hendry from Bunker Hill received the Merit Award for her pastel drawing “Sunflowers in Blue Vase”. Honorable mentions were given to Carina Elhordory, Martinsburg, for her acrylic painting “Untitled”; Tracey Donnelly Franklin, Shepherdstown, for her assemblage “War Heron III”; Omar Williams, Kearneysville, for his digital photograph “Out of My Element”; and Tom Nebel, Shepherdstown, for his oil painting “Je Marche Dans Les Fleurs.”

This year, 58 works were submitted primarily from Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties, from which the juror Mr. Evan Boggess of Shepherd University selected 24 works in drawing, painting, photography, fibers, mixed media, assemblage and sculpture. He commented that there were a lot of excellent, technically proficient works from which to select, representing very interesting subject matter. His aim was to select works that demonstrated longevity and that kept the viewer thinking about them long after seeing them. The Berkeley Arts Council thanks Mr. Boggess and all the artists who submitted work for consideration in this show. This annual juried exhibit is open to artists who reside in one of the eight counties that comprise the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia: Berkeley, Jefferson, Morgan, Hampshire, Hardy, Grant, Mineral, and Pendleton.

The exhibit is on display until October 10, 2020 at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV and is open Thursdays through Saturdays, 11:00am to 3:00pm. For more information about the Berkeley Arts Council and the Berkeley Art Works, visit us on the Web at https://berkeleyartswv.org and our Facebook page.

Juror’s Statement

As a juror and fellow artist, I am always trying to articulate the unique, intangible, and persistent qualities of elevated works of art.  What is it about a particular painting, sculpture, photograph, video, print, or installation that remains in our thoughts seconds, minutes, days, months, years after seeing it?  Artwork that exhibits elevated technical skills, subject matter, and formal command are certainly deserving of recognition, but these individual aspects on their own are relatively easy to rank.  Instead, I am drawn to pieces that manage to combine these aspects in surprising ways to create new, lasting visual experiences.   –  Evan Boggess

Congratulations to all of the accepted artists. Email notifications and instructions for delivery of artwork will be sent within shortly.

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Accepted Artists:

Nathan Altier Martinsburg Flight 2
Gary Bergel Kearneysville Liminal Light Along C&O Canal
Suzan Bernier Martinsburg de nombreuses graines
Leigh Cassell Charles Town Crafter
Laura Chalupka Berkeley Springs Knowledge, My Friends, Is The Key to Life
Tracey Donnelly Franklin Shepherdstown Anxiety
Tracey Donnelly Franklin Shepherdstown War Heron III
Carina Elhordoy Martinsburg Untitled
Carina Elhordoy Martinsburg Untitled
Heather Hendry Bunker Hill Sunflowers in Blue Vase
Keith Jones Pomeroy Harpers Ferry Revelation 12
Kirsten Lee Kearneysville Love Note From the Sea
Rowley Martha Harpers Ferry Spring Cow
Jeanne McClure Gerrardstown Quarantine
Tom Nebel Shepherdstown Boonsboro Farm
Tom Nebel Shepherdstown Je Marche Dans Les Fleurs
Patricia Perry Shenandoah Junction Presence (after Edward Curtis)
Laura Robertson Kearneysville Fly Eyes
Karen Smith Hedgesville Black Mark 1
Ed Symonds Bunker Hill Blue Stream
John Turner Gerrardstown The Golden Age of Popular Mechanics
Carol Williams Shepherdstown Doubles as a Chastity Belt
Carol Williams Shepherdstown the Whistlers
Omar Williams Kearneysville Out of My Element