Open Call for Artists and Artisans:
We currently have space available for 3-dimensional work.
The Berkeley Art Works is the Martinsburg home for a select group of local artists, whose work is on display and for sale in the gallery during our business hours. Watch the Berkeley Arts Bulletin or this page for announcements of when we will be jurying for new members.
116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV – 304-620-7277
web: artworks.berkeleyartswv.org – email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday 11-5; Thursday 11-5; Friday 11-5; Saturday, 10-4;
(or by appointment)
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.
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.
Jessica LeMere (Paint on wood)
Colors, feelings, textures, tastes, smells, and sounds inspired by life are what drive my need to create art. The glow of a leaf when hit by the day’s first light, entices me to capture that glow of green and bring life my palette. Life’s details can be a lasting fixture or as fleeting as the flower that blooms for one day, and then fades away until the season comes again. It is my way of documenting who I am. Most of the work featured is on wood, using pyro-graphy (wood burning), watercolors, and colored pencils. I truly enjoy painting on wood because the wood grains are an added gift to each of my pieces. Sometimes I choose the wood for a project and sometimes the wood chooses me and tells me what it wants. Sounds silly yes, but just ask Geppetto (Pinocchio); he would understand.
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.
Earl Mills: Photography
Photography has always been an interest/hobby throughout the last 35 years and is now my profession. During this time I have strived to perfect my own unique blend of photography and art. Using my developed techniques, I capture and then interpret timeless images of our American heritage.
After retiring from the corporate world, my passion for designing and creating jewelry became my business. Today, as Melson Gems, I create one-of-a-kind, handcrafted jewelry that conveys elegance, unique design and timeless style at affordable prices. My inspiration comes from the colors and patterns of nature: our landscapes, rocks, flowers. While natural gemstones are my material of choice, I also use quality metals and art glass to design original pieces that can be treasured for years to come.
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
The Berkeley Arts Council seeks submissions from artists and artisans for an open jury call for the Berkeley Art Works co-op group.
The Berkeley Art Works is located at 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, WV and is a project of the Berkeley Arts Council. The co-op space in the gallery currently has one open space each for a two-dimensional artist and a three-dimensional artist.
At this time we are not jurying photography or jewelry.
Participating artists and artisans must be or become members of the Berkeley Arts Council, pay a monthly fee for display space and a 20% commission on sales, and agree to sit in the gallery 1-2 days per month.
Artists who are interested in submitting work to be juried should submit 3-5 examples of their work. Work to be juried must be finished work, ready to display and sell. Items to be juried should be delivered to the Berkeley Art Works gallery, 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV during regular hours. You will be notified of the jury’s evaluation and when you can pick up your work.
Artists and artisans who join the group are expected to:
Maintain inventory for sale in the gallery. Artists are expected to maintain their inventory records and to regularly refresh their displays with new work to replace work that has not sold after a period of time.
Sit hours of operation at the gallery. Recognizing that individual obligations and schedules vary, we expect that all of the members of the co-op gallery will cooperate and assist each other to ensure that the gallery will be open during the advertised hours.
Process sales of artwork, with instructions provided.
Assist with other aspects of the gallery operation as needed.
Pay co-op dues at each six month renewal, usually in January and July of each year.
Maintain current membership in the Berkeley Arts Council
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