The Artists at the Berkeley Art Works

Open Call for Artists and Artisans:

We will consider all media including 2-D painting, photography, mixed media, as well as 3-D work in glass, pottery, wood, or jewelry. We will also consider fabric wall hangings up to about 40-inches on a side.

At this time artists who are accepted through the jury process will be listed on a waiting list pending an opening in the co-op space.

Details below

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
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Gallery Hours
Wednesday 11-5; Thursday 11-5; Friday 11-5; Saturday, 10-4;
(or by appointment)
Sunday-Monday-Tuesday Closed

Judith Becker: Watercolor, Pastels, Colored Pencil

becker_warmglowJudith 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.

Gary Bergel: Photography, Mixed Media

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

pcurtisA 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

hanley_sunflowerExpressing 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.

Barbara Neece: Glass

I’ve been creating kiln-formed glass for more than 15 years and I’m still fascinated with melting glass.  When I open the kiln after a firing it’s always a surprise and exciting to see the  results.  Did the combinations of color, textures, and patterns work and without breakage?  Then there may be additional firings to combine components, add embellishments, slump into a shape and then hand finish. If all works well, then I’ll hopefully have a piece of display art, jewelry, functional dish or piece of whimsy to be enjoyed.

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

101613-116nq-products-30Clay 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.

Susan Parker: Painting, Jewelry

parker-snowbound1181After 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

mjschoonI 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


rsmith-abandonedfarmhouseThe 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.

Ed Symonds: Contemporary Realist Painter

ESymondsMr. Symonds is a Contemporary Realist. He had been painting Seascapes, Wildlife, Urban Scenes and Rural Landscapes for 40 years up and down the east coast. Between 1977 and 1979 he attended Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, MA and received an Associate in Science degree in Painting before moving on to complete his BFA in Fine Arts at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston in 1982, major Painting.

He paints natural and manmade objects and works on capturing how natural light affects his subject matter while always painting on location and occasionally in his studio on larger canvases.

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

Co-op Artist_Agreement FY17

Art Works Jury Form

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.

At this time we will consider all media including 2-D painting, photography, mixed media, as well as 3-D work in glass, pottery, wood, or jewelry. We will also consider fabric wall hangings up to about 40-inches on a side.

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.

Note: Please do not submit work until you have contacted us at or 304-620-7277.

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

For more information, email