Call for Artists: Fresh Visions: An exhibit to celebrate the Green Hill Historical African-American Cemetery

The Berkeley Arts Council will host an exhibit of artworks in support of the Green Hill Historical African-American Cemetery (GHHAAC) in Martinsburg, WV, from February 18 through March 20, 2021 at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 N. Queen Street.

The purpose of the exhibit is to highlight the work of the GHHAAC Committee, a nonprofit organization formed in September 2017, to restore the long-abandoned African-American cemetery located on the east side of Martinsburg. The exhibit is open to all artists in the region, over the age of 18, working in any medium, including visual, literary, music, and performing arts. The subject of work may focus on any of the following themes:

– Revitalization and preservation of the cemetery grounds,
– Preservation of the history and identity of the GHHAAC, or
– Commemoration and remembrance of souls buried there.

Visual Arts: Work in all visual arts media, including drawing, painting, photography, mixed media, assemblage, sculpture and graphic arts; fine craft media, such as clay, glass, metal, wood, fibers are welcome. To participate, deliver one or two art works to the Berkeley Art Works gallery, 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, February 11, 12 and 13 from 11am to 4pm.

Artwork must be properly framed or otherwise professionally presented and ready for display.  All 2-dimensional artwork framed up to 48 inches in width, is eligible. Framed work must be wired for hanging (no saw tooth or single ring hangers, please).  Three-dimensional fine art and fine craft up to 72 inches in height and 36 inches in width or depth must be free-standing. Larger visual works or works in a series are welcome, but will require prior arrangements to ensure sufficient space in the gallery. Film or documentary work can be provided in DVD format. A DVD Player and TV screen can be provided at the gallery.

A signed consignment form for the exhibit must be submitted when the work is delivered. An identification tag must accompany each piece and must include the artist’s name, title of the work and price, if the work is for sale. The Berkeley Arts Council will retain a 30% commission on sales of work during the exhibit. The Berkeley Arts Council does not insure art work while in the gallery. Although the Berkeley Arts Council will take reasonable measures to ensure the safety of the entries in the gallery, the BAC is not responsible for loss of, or damage to, the artwork and the artist is responsible for his/her own insurance if desired.

Literary, Music and Performance Arts: Artists interested in submitting literary, music and performance work are strongly encouraged. Due to covid-19 restrictions, live performance will not be possible; however, arrangements for virtual presentation of these works will be made, if there is sufficient interest. Project proposals are required in advance and are due by Saturday, February 13, 2021.

There is no entry fee to participate in this exhibit; however, a donation to the GHHAAC Committee is appreciated. Donations may be made when artwork is delivered to the gallery, in cash or check payable to GHHAAC.

Please direct questions via e-mail to berkeleyartswv@gmail.com, with “GHHAAC” in the subject line and be sure to provide contact information so our exhibits committee can respond to you.

Entry Forms:

Visual Arts Consignment Form (PDF)

Literary, Music and Performance Arts Proposal Form (Coming Soon)

More Information about the GHHAAC is after the break:

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St. Nick’s Picks is Here!

Don’t Have to Shout, Don’t Have to Cry!  St. Nick’s Picks is Here!

St. Nick’s Picks holiday market returns to the Berkeley Art Works and is open for business Thursday, November 19 through Thursday, December 24!  The exhibit space at the Berkeley Art Works is transformed into a holiday shop, displaying various artists’ works for great selection and more shopping fun!

This year, in addition to the Artists at the Works Co-op members and your favorite visiting holiday market artisans, St. Nick’s Picks has brought in some new artists, too.  There is a mix of fine art and craft items for the home, including basketry, ceramics, glass, wood, photography, painting and mixed media; cards, calendars and clocks; even honey and handmade soap!  There’s art to wear, including woven fibers, knitwear, beautiful jewelry and more!  Not sure what to buy,?  The Berkeley Arts Council offers gift cards, which can be used to purchase work in the gallery, or any of our classes being offered via Zoom.

Now in its 11th year, the community has been looking forward to the Berkeley Arts Council’s annual holiday market since 2010.  Originally called the “Holiday Art & Craft Market”, it all started at 116 N. Queen Street, before the space became the official location of Berkeley Arts Council.  In 2011 and 2012, the market was held at 115 S. Queen Street.  When the Arts Council opened the Berkeley Art Works in 2013, the market returned to its current location.  

Beginning in 2018, the holiday planning committee decided to give the market a new brand and a new look.  The market’s name was changed to “St. Nick’s Picks” to distinguish it from other area holiday markets.  The goal was to acquaint the community with artists beyond the Co-op membership and increase the variety of work being offered during gift-giving season.   

By creating an environment with more artists’ work, shoppers get to experience the wide range of creativity and talent that resides in the Eastern Panhandle.  Throughout the year, the St. Nick’s planning committee keeps their eye out for potential artists and artisans to participate.  Selection criteria includes, skill in the artist’s medium, uniqueness of the work, and appeal to area gift givers.  There are always lots of great items to fit every budget.  

So Don’t Pout!  Stop by the Berkeley Art Works, 116 N. Queen Street, Martinsburg and let St. Nick’s Picks be the solution to your gift-giving list!  Holiday hours are Thursdays 11:00am to 5:00pm; extended Fridays 11:00am to 8:00pm; and Saturdays 11:00am to 4:00pm.

Call for Artists: BAC Annual Members Exhibit

Call for Artists: Berkeley Arts Council Annual Members’ Exhibit

All artists who are members of – or who join – the Berkeley Arts Council for the 2021 calendar year are invited to participate in the Annual Members Exhibit at the Berkeley Art Works from January 14 through February 13, 2021.

Any current member (for 2021), working in any medium, may participate in the exhibit. Not a member, but want to be? Now is your chance! Artists who are not current members may join or renew online, at berkeleyartswv.org/join-us/. You can also join at the gallery when you deliver your artwork. There is no entry fee other than membership dues.

Participation in the exhibit is a benefit of membership. To participate, deliver one or two pieces of your work to the Berkeley Art Works on Thursday and Friday, January 7 and 8 from 11am-5pm, and Saturday, January 9 from 11am-4pm.

The exhibit is not juried; however, work must be properly framed or otherwise professionally presented and ready for display. Two-dimensional work must be wired for hanging (no saw tooth hangers, please). Three-dimensional fine art and fine craft are welcome and encouraged and must be professionally presented. An identification tag must be attached to each piece, including the artist’s name, title of the work and price if it is for sale. The Berkeley Arts Council will retain a 30% commission on sales of work during the exhibit.

The exhibit will be open during Berkeley Art Works business hours, which are currently Thursday and Friday 11am to 5pm, and Saturday from 11am to 4pm. The exhibit will be promoted to the local press, as well as on our Web site and Facebook page. Due to covid-19 restrictions, there will be no opening reception. Please direct questions via e-mail to berkeleyartswv@gmail.com or call 304-620-7277.