Support the Berkeley Arts Council on GivingTuesday – November 30, 2021

GivingTuesday was started in 2012 as a day to encourage people to do good.  Since then, it has become a day that inspires people to be generous by giving to organizations that are making a difference in our communities.  The Berkeley Arts Council works to ensure a vibrant, vital arts environment in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.  As a recipient of our monthly bulletin, you have followed us and seen us work for 12 years to support frequency, quality and variety of arts-related events, facilitate and promote activities that extend arts throughout the community, and build communication and interaction among arts organizations.

Last year was the first time we participated in GivingTuesday and we received a generous response.  This year we are again asking for support.  Over the past two years, but especially this year, income from class tuition, co-op and exhibit sales, and membership are down, leaving us unable to grow our programming as we had planned.

Let’s face it, most of us don’t like asking for help, but in order to expand our programs, especially in these challenging times, we do need additional support.  Making a monetary donation is easy.  Visit our Web site and scroll down to locate the Donate button on the right side of our main page.  On your mobile device, select About the Berkeley Arts Council from the menu at the top of the screen and scroll down.  Click or tap the button and follow the steps.

Thank you for taking the time to read this appeal and thank you for supporting the Berkeley Arts Council and the arts in Berkeley County and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.

All the best,

Anna Howard, President

Berkeley Arts Council

Grassroots generosity and community action are powerful forces for good!  You can support the Berkeley Arts Council any time by buying Berkeley Arts Council gift cards, purchasing classes and memberships as gifts, giving donations.  Use AmazonSmile and name us as your charity.  Follow us on Instagram and Facebook and like/share and participate in our activities.

St. Nick’s Market Opens at Berkeley Art Works

 

Ho, ho, ho my goodness!!  The Berkeley Arts Council’s St. Nick’s Market is open for business Wednesday November 24 through Friday December 24, 2021.  The gallery at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 N. Queen Street, Martinsburg, is transformed into a festive holiday market displaying the work of more than 30 local and regional artists and artisans as well as our year ‘round co-op artists.  No supply chain issues here – there’s a variety of items for great selection and fun shopping.  There is a mix of fine art and craft items for the home, including basketry, ceramics, glass, wood, photography, painting and mixed media; cards, and clocks; even local honey!  There’s art to wear, including woven fibers, warm face masks, jewelry and more – all wonderful and thoughtfully made!

The Berkeley Arts Council has been holding a holiday market since 2010.  Originally called the “Holiday Art & Craft Market”, it was held at 116 N. Queen Street before the space became the Arts Council’s official headquarters.  Now in its 12th year, St. Nick’s Market has become a regular holiday shopping destination for the community.  In keeping with the Berkeley Arts Council’s mission to “Amplify the Arts”, one goal of St. Nick’s Market is to acquaint the community with artists from around the region.  Throughout the year, the St. Nick’s planning committee keeps their eye out for potential artists.  Selection criteria includes, skill in the artist’s medium, uniqueness of the work, and appeal to area gift givers.  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.

Not sure what to buy?  The Berkeley Arts Council also has gift cards, which can be used to purchase work in the gallery, or any of our classes.  Visit St. Nick’s Market at the Berkeley Art Works this year!  Holiday hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays 11:00am to 5:00pm; Fridays 11:00am to 8:00pm; Saturdays 11:00am to 4:00pm and Sundays 12pm – 3pm.

Call for Artists: Berkeley Arts Council 2022 Annual Members’ Exhibit

All artists who are members of – or who join – the Berkeley Arts Council for the 2022 calendar year are invited to participate in the Annual Members’ Exhibit at the Berkeley Art Works from January 12 through February 19, 2022.

Participation in the exhibit is a benefit of membership. Any current member (for 2022), working in any medium, may participate in the exhibit. 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! They don’t fit on our hanging system.)
  • Three-dimensional fine art and fine craft are encouraged and must be ready for professional presentation.
  • 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.

To participate, deliver one or two pieces of your work to the Berkeley Art Works on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday January 5, 6, 7 from 11am-5pm, and Saturday, January 8 from 11am-4pm.

Not a member, but want to be? New members may join and renewing members may do so 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.

The exhibit will be open during Berkeley Art Works business hours, Wednesday – Friday 11am to 5pm, and Saturday 11am to 4pm. The exhibit will be promoted to the local press, as well as on our Web site, Facebook and Instagram. Sorry – no opening reception again this year. Please direct questions via e-mail to bacexhibits@gmail.com.

 

Call for Entries: Reflections of Gratitude

In observance of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day in March, the Berkeley Arts Council (BAC) will present Reflections of Gratitude, a collection of works about women. The exhibit will be on display at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 N. Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV from February 23 through April 2, 2022.

The goal of this exhibition is to honor women whose achievements and contributions have enriched our lives and bettered our world. They are our role models, influencers, sources of strength, beacons of hope. They may be artists, educators, preachers, healers, engineers, scientists; they are mothers, sisters, grandmothers, friends; they exist in many roles and vocations, in public and private life. Whether historical or contemporary, who has that woman been for you? Entries for this juried exhibit should pay tribute to women who have been influential in your life.

The exhibit is open to all visual artists throughout the continental United States, over the age of 18, working in any fine art or fine craft medium or technique, in 2- or 3-dimensions, representational, abstract, or non-representational.

Entries must be original works of art that have been completed within the last three (3) years, and have not been exhibited at The Berkeley Art Works previously.

Entry Fee: $35 for the first two works and $10 each additional work up to a maximum of four.

Awards: Best in Show, Merit and Honorable Mention.

Notification of Accepted Work – The exhibit will be juried by the Berkeley Arts Council. Selections will be announced by e-mail and posted on the BAC Web site on or about Friday, January 21, 2022. Delivery instructions will be provided when the accepted artists are announced.

Deadline for Entries
Midnight Friday January 14, 2022.

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