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:

General Guidelines for Accepted Work:

The BAC reserves the right to reject any work that is not consistent with the work presented in the digital entry image, or if the framing or presentation is not adequate.

No substitution, exchange, modification, or withdrawal of works is permitted after they are accepted for the exhibition.

Commission: The BAC retains a 30% commission on all sales . Work may not be removed during the exhibit.

Insurance/Liability: By delivering or shipping your work, you agree that, although the BAC will take reasonable measures to ensure the safety of the work 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.

Publicity: Artist grants permission for the BAC to use submitted images of artwork for promotion and publicity. The BAC will promote the exhibit through its Web site, e-mail list, press releases, and social media.

Delivery and Shipping of Accepted Artwork:

All accepted work must arrive between Monday April 3 and Saturday April 8, 2023. Works accepted for the exhibit are to be hand-delivered or shipped to:

Berkeley Art Works
116 North Queen Street
Martinsburg, WV 25401

Hand-Delivered Work – Artwork to be hand-delivered must arrive at the Berkeley Art Works on Wednesday 4/5, Thursday 4/6, or Friday 4/7 from 11am to 5pm, or Saturday 4/8 from 11am to 4pm. All artwork must have identifying information attached: Title, name of artist, medium, price.

Shipped Work – Artwork to be shipped must arrive during the week of Monday April 3 through Friday April 7, 2023. Staff will be at the gallery to receive shipments between 11am and 5pm. Work must be shipped prepaid to the Berkeley Art Works in sturdy, reusable packing. (Please no styrofoam packing peanuts!) Plexiglass must be used on all shipped works, no glass. All artwork must have identifying information attached: Title, name of artist, medium, price.

For return shipping, a pre-paid, printed shipping label must be included with your workno exceptions! Hand-written labels are not acceptable. The Berkeley Arts Council will not pay for return shipping. Failure to provide a proper pre-paid shipping label could result in delays and increased costs, and could result in damage to your work due to limited storage available at the gallery.

IMPORTANT: The Berkeley Art Works does not receive U.S. Mail at the gallery address. Do not use the U.S. Postal Service to ship your work. Please use Federal Express (FedEx) or United Parcel Service (UPS). Please e-mail the tracking number(s) to for reference. Artists are responsible for tracking and verification of when the package is delivered. Please make UPS/FedEx aware that our hours for accepting deliveries are Monday – Friday, 11am to 5pm. If you are unable to use FedEx or UPS to ship your work, please e-mail us at for instructions.

Pick Up of Work at End of the Exhibit – Artists picking up their work at the conclusion of the show should do so on Saturday May 20, 2023 from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

Return of Shipped WorkA pre-paid, printed shipping label must be included with your workno exceptions! Hand-written labels are not acceptable.The BAC will deliver shipped work to FedEx/UPS during the week following the close of the show. (When you purchase the pre-paid label, please retain the tracking number so you can track the shipment of your work.)

Important Dates:

Arrival of shipped works to the Berkeley Art Works: Monday April 3 – Saturday April 8, 2023
Delivery of work in person to to the gallery: Wednesday April 5 – Friday April 7, 11am-5pm; Saturday April , 8 11am-4pm.
Exhibit Dates: Wednesday April 12 – Saturday May 20, 2023.
Pick Up Work at End of Exhibit: Saturday May 20, 2023 between 11:00am and 4:00pm.
Return of Shipped Work – On or about Monday/Wednesday May 22/24, 2023.