Call for Artists and Artisans:
The Berkeley Art Works at 116 N. Queen Street, is the Martinsburg home of the Berkeley Arts Council as well as a select group of local artists whose work is on display and for sale in the Artists at the Works Co-op.
Currently, the Berkeley Arts Council has space available in the co-op for two 2-D artists and one 3-D artist. Artists over the age of 18, working in any medium are encouraged to apply for jurying.
Judith Becker: Watercolor, Pastels, Colored Pencil
Judith specializes in painting with colored pencils, pastels and watercolors and often mixes her media for unusual effects. Her subjects mostly are botanical s and scenes from her travels. She is the creator of a unique art form called “Spritzilism”, which involves using botanicals as templates for sprayed watercolor paint. The results produce interesting compositions with lots of sparkling colors and textures.
As a multidisciplinary artist I utilize various media to explore and depict more universal aspects and elements of nature related to light, sky, earth, wind, water. Digitally capturing clouds from above while flying shows how photography can be a way of “seeing” and “sketching” for later expressions in acrylic. Working from a personal blend of Eastern and Western aesthetics, I endeavor to express and reflect the way nature encompasses and “speaks” of beauty, spirituality, truth and divinity.
Joe Bourgeois: Furniture Design, Wood Sculpture
Wood sculptor Joe Bourgeois is fearless when it comes to his art. He crafts decorative objets d’art that help make a house a home, furniture that brings beauty and utility to any space, and abstract sculptures that relate the physical environment to the social one. Joe draws inspiration from everything and everyone around him. “Everything in art is connected together,” he says. “Listen to music. Look at photographs. Look at paintings. Look at sculpture. You’ll get ideas from everything.”
Pam Curtis: Jewelry
A native of California, I have lived and taught in four states and two foreign countries. I began making jewelry almost 20 years ago when a jeweler wanted $300 to string some carved Chinese beads I had. Since then I have enjoyed searching for and assembling beads, stones, and other components that please me into creations that I hope will please others.
Martha Hanley: Painting
Expressing visually that of the sacred beauty and mystery of life that words alone can’t capture is my goal. The fun, exciting creative process of putting paint to paper or collaging mixed media becomes just as important as the final product. When vibrant colors, textures, shapes come together in simple florals or abstract landscapes to express something unique then I am satisfied and hope that others will be moved by what they see.
Anna Howard: Hand-made clocks
Anna has found her creative niche combining her lifelong love and exploration of crafting and art principles into unconventional mixed media timepieces. Her artistic approach has grown beyond simple re-purposing objects with an increasing amount of storytelling appearing in the clocks. The elements of irony, humor, curiosity, remembrance, celebration, levity, and quiet reflection are all important motivators that Anna hopes are expressed through her clocks and by extension brought into daily lives of others.
Doug Kinnett: Painting
Born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1952, Doug Kinnett now lives and works in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. His studio is called Manna Machine Studio, where his focus is on art with abstract, organic forms and geometric shapes; bold colors and imaginative patterns. He creates oil paintings; woodcuts; furniture; and craft items made from ceramics, metal and wood. He holds a Master’s Degree in Painting and a Doctorate in Art Education.
Martha LeRoi: Pottery
Clay has drawn Martha to it for many years and retirement has given her a better opportunity to pursue that yen. Carving porcelain, using her own stamp designs, and incorporating images from nature are key ways that she works.
Sandy Nichols: Jewelry
Sandra Melson Nichols (Sandy) is a jewelry artist whose passion for making jewelry began as a hobby in 2006 and became a business, Melson Gems, in 2010. Her jewelry conveys beauty, elegance, unique design, and timeless style. She finds inspiration in nature, primarily her garden. Not surprisingly, natural gemstones are her material of choice, which she showcases using gold, silver, pewter, or copper wire and metal, to create original pieces that can be treasured for years to come. To see more Melson Gems’ designs, please visit Melson Gems on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MelsonGems/
Susan Parker: Painting, Jewelry
After painting seriously, but briefly, during college, I returned to art in 1998. It is now my primary activity, apart from the demands of daily living. As an artist, my goal is to focus attention, if only briefly, on the beauty in the things around us that often escape our notice as we rush about our daily lives. I work in watercolor, oil and pastel, using the medium that best suits my mood and the subject.
Marilyn Schoon: Fused Glass
I started making jewelry as an escape from the responsibilities of teaching English at a highly competitive science/technology high school. One weekend I took a fused glass class where I discovered the idiosyncrasies of dichroic glass, and I was hooked! Dichroic glass, originally used for the re-entry tiles on NASA’s space shuttles, transmits one color but when looked at from a different angle reflects another. I love creating pieces of jewelry, making small plates, and adorning pictures frames with dichroic glass. It’s said that making jewelry isn’t rocket science, but with dichroic glass it really is!
Sterling “Rip” Smith: Photography
The best description of my work is that I record human activity indirectly. I photograph the results, signs, or aftermath of human activity rather than the activities themselves. The results might be an abandoned farmhouse or a “found” still life. The term “Human Tracks” has been suggested as an umbrella title for my work.
Annette Verna: Pottery
I majored in Ceramics as an undergraduate and a few years later, I earned a Master’s degree in Art History. The more pots I make, the more evident this combination becomes in my work. I use the potter’s wheel and hand building methods to create forms inspired by the pottery of other cultures. I like clean lines and practical shapes. I fire using the pit fire technique, a process also inspired by other cultures. I think the firing complements the simplicity of my forms to achieve a balance between the ideas I’m exploring when I’m working and the simple beauty that allows us all to stop and contemplate existence.
Open Jury Call for Artists: Berkeley Art Works
Our co-op artists agree to:
- Commit to an initial minimum 6-month term of membership.
- Become a member of the Berkeley Arts Council and pay annual dues. Individuals: $35; Seniors (62+): $25, Students $15. Dues are payable in January each year, or upon acceptance to the co-op.
- Pay co-op membership space fees. Fees are due twice/year in January and July, and vary depending on the type of work the artist displays.
Responsibilities in the Gallery:
- All co-op members are required to sit the gallery at least once/month to cover regular business hours. Additional sitting will be required when hours are extended (holidays, events, etc.).
- Process sales transactions using an online point-of-sale system (training and instructions provided).
- Assist with other aspects of co-op operation, including attending co-op meetings, participating in events, and volunteering to help when extra hands are needed.
- Maintain inventory of current work for sale in the gallery. Artists are expected to keep a suitable number of pieces in the gallery, refresh their inventory with new work on a regular basis and provide additional pieces for display in community display areas.
- Keep accurate records of inventory in the gallery.
- Review the Co-op Participation Agreement Form for more information.
Work to be Juried:
Potential members will be required to attend an in-person jurying session and be accepted to display in the co-op.
- Work to be juried must be the original work of the artist, finished and ready to display and sell, and be representative of the type of work the artist intends to sell in the gallery.
- If the artist’s work is assembled from existing materials, the design of the materials must be altered substantially to be considered hand made.
- Work produced from kits, imported, commercial or mass-produced items will not be considered for jurying.
I’m Interested! What’s Next?
- Submit 3-5 images of your work, a description of your work and a resume/CV or short bio, along with your name, address and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line: Application for Co-op Jurying. These images will be used as a preliminary screen to determine appropriateness for in-person jurying.
- A member of our co-op will contact you for a in-person jurying appointment.
- On the day of your appointment, bring 5-8 examples of your work, along with a completed Co-op Jurying Form, to the Berkeley Art Works for in-person jurying. You will meet with a panel of jurors to discuss your work, explain our membership requirements and answer your questions. We will provide feedback and a decision regarding co-op membership.
- If accepted, we will schedule a time for you to bring your work to the Berkeley Art Works and set up your space. At that time, you will sign our co-op agreement, pay membership dues and space fees, and schedule your gallery training.
Questions? Send us an e-mail at email@example.com, or call 304-620-7277.