Call for Artists: “Light and Shadow” at the Berkeley Art Works

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“Light and Shadow”

*** No Entry Fee ***

(Accepted artists are asked to make a donation when the work is delivered.)

The Berkeley Arts Council announces “Light and Shadow”, a juried art exhibit to showcase how artists use variations of light and shadow to enhance their artwork.  All 2-dimensional artwork framed up to 36 inches in the long dimension, including but not limited to painting, photography, and mixed media is eligible. The exhibit will be displayed from May 24 – June 24, 2023 in the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, WV.

There is no entry fee. Accepted artists will be asked to make a donation to support the gallery at the time work is delivered. Jurying of the digital submissions will be done by a committee of Berkeley Art Works artists by May 12 and work is to be delivered to the gallery between May 17 and May 20. For more information email or call 304-620-7277.

Please read these instructions carefully so your entry will be received properly:

Send an email with “Light and Shadow“ in the subject line to:

In the body of the email list: your name, contact information, and attached digital images of up to three works for consideration. Include the Title, medium, price, and dimensions of the piece (framed).

Images should sent as attachments to the email, not embedded in the body of the message. The image file format should normal (“baseline”) JPEG. Do not save as “progressive” JPEG. The images should be 1200 pixels on the long dimension with the other dimension proportional. Save at 72 PPI at high quality setting (8 out of 10 or 80% is good.) Set your filename to lastname_title_WxHxD_entrynumber.jpg (example: jones_pretty-girl_11x14x1_no1.jpg).

Work accepted for the exhibit must be properly framed, including wires for hanging, or otherwise prepared for display.

EXTENDED deadline for entries May 9, 2023. There is no entry fee. Accepted artists will be notified by email. Accepted artists are asked to make a donation to support the gallery at the time work is delivered. Jurying of the digital submissions will be done by a committee of Berkeley Art Works artists by May 10 and work is to be delivered to the gallery between May 17 and May 20. Detailed instructions will be provided at the time of acceptance. For more 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 on the Web at

Art and Earth Exhibit Accepted Artists Announced


Juror Judith Becker has selected 42 works by 39 artists for the 13th Annual Art and Earth Juried Exhibit.

The exhibit will open April 12 at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, WV and be on display through May 20.

Juror’s Statement:

Jurying a body of art work can be both exciting and daunting.  Exciting in that the jurist has the opportunity to examine each piece carefully and evaluate against his or her list of criteria established to level the playing field in terms of selecting the works which have greater value than others.  Daunting because the jurist must take out the selection process his or her own biases towards various art styles, preferences for the subject matter, etc. 

This Art and Earth call produced art pieces which reflected many interpretations of artists’ views of this broad theme.  There were many works which reflected traditional subjects and many which were more creative interpretations of the theme.  I enjoyed studying all of them with the theme in the forefront of my evaluations.  Secondly, as an art teacher, I looked at how well the artist incorporated good art techniques such as composition/design, use of color and values, and techniques.  The ones selected for this exhibit demonstrated good command of the fundamentals of good art.   

Lastly, in deciding which pieces would be selected for our awards, I looked for pieces of art that had that “Wow” factor.  These are the art pieces that you want to look at for more than a glance, the ones that prompt the viewer to linger a while and be amazed at the overall impact of the art.

I want to thank the Berkeley Arts Council for giving me the opportunity to select these wonderful pieces of art to exhibit at our gallery.  I am honored to have a part in what I think will be an amazing exhibit.

– Judith Becker

Below is a list of the accepted artists and their works.

First name Last name Title Material
Mary Alice Bowers The Wild Acrylic on canvas
Linda Cahill Sheep Oil on canvas
Nancy Cahill The Living Sea Wood, paper
Claire Capron Blueridge Morning Glory  Oil on linen panel
Bruce Chandler Mendocino, Ca Coast #3 Oil on Canvas
Abbie Chessler Calm Beauty – Caution Series Acrylic on canvas
Susan Cranford Tuscarora Creek Reflection Acrylic paint and matte medium with palette knife on black mixed media paper.
Megan Davies Abroad Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
Lisa Devore Stripes Oil Pastel on Paper
Mark Dierker Soul Windows Digital C-Print matted and framed
Daniel DuBravec Antelope Canyon Arizona Watercolor Pencil on L’Aquarelle Hot Pressed Paper
Edwin Fichter Lavender Gouache and Colored Pencil
Theresa Fitzpatrick Fall Encaustic pigmented beeswax
Michele Frantz Sunlight Pastel
Michele Frantz Valley View! Watercolor
Brandon Fuller Star Commander  Acrylic and marker on stretch canvas 
Claudia Giannini Red Trillium watercolor on paper mounted on wood panel
Vic Gladstone Respect and Trust Matted and framed print
Martha Hanley The Thread Spirals On WC, acrylic , tissue paper, twine on paper mounted on canvas
willis janssen Reaching-for-light Watercolor Paper
Kayla Jones Beautiful Chaos Design printed on hahnemuhle german etching paper with a black frame and matte
Doug Kinnett All Creatures Great & Small Acrylic on canvas 
Melissa Lettick Opening Colored pencil and tempera on black paper
Ellen Maidman-Tanner Old Norway Maple Oil on Canvas
Corinne McAuley Daisies Glass Beads
Jeanne McClure Blue Brood Monoprint and collage acrylic
Maria Melean Eva and the Sea of Plastic Recycled plastic stones, clay resin, wood, paint
George Miller No Trespassing Translucent steatite -stone
Holley Morrison Reflecting in the water Mix media (watercolor and colorpencil)
Mickey Parker Fish Please Seed beads, glass beads, crystals, plaster statue
Mickey Parker Summer Necklace Seed beads, gold freshwater pearls, Czech glass, sterling silver clasp, mother of pearl cabocho
Lisa Patterson Entangled Photograph on canvas
Mia Pisano Decompose Ash, recycled found materials
Ray Snouffer Forest Cascade Traditional transparent watercolor – no white or black
Ray Snouffer Contrast In Thalo Traditional transparent watercolor – no white or black
Byron Tripp Spirit of Yosemite  Oil on canvas 
Elisabeth Vismans Creek in Colorado Oil on canvas
Flo Wilbik Sun/Showers/Bugs/Flowers Stained and broken glass, rocks, resin
Omar Williams New Jersey American Plaster, Metal, Wood
Patricia Wilt On High Alert Soft Pastel
Mark Zimmerman Cosmic Cloud Wood Bowl Cherry wood
Ellen Zimmerman Mysteries Within Framed Photographic Print

After the break – Information for Accepted Artists:

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