Berkeley Arts Council Offers New Saturday Workshops

The Berkeley Arts Council announced two new Saturday workshops for adults and teens to be presented at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg.

"Ocelot Cub" by Kristina Hoffman
“Ocelot Cub” by Kristina Hoffman

Cartooning and Book Illustration will be presented on Saturday, May 31 from 1-5 pm and Wildlife and Nature in Acrylics will be on Saturday, June 7 from 1-5 pm. The instructor for both of these workshops will be Kristina Hoffman.

The Cartooning and Book Illustration workshop will feature the drawing and development of cartoon figures and story boards for graphic novels and comics. Experience an exciting approach to creating art using cartoon, anime, and comic book characters. Kristina is an experienced art teacher and professional artist, happy to share this unique art experience with the participants.

The Wildlife and Nature in Acrylics workshop will feature painting  wildlife and nature.  The instructor will review painting basics:  techniques specific to painting with acrylics, mixing colors, optical texture and layers. Kristina will also educate students on Wildlife Conservation with real facts about how to protect and respect wildlife and nature.

Kristina Hoffman is a Shepherd University graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Drawing and Painting. Over the years she has developed her own creative style of illustrative art and storytelling inspired by the classic cartoons and comic books of her youth. She is happy to share her talent and experience with anyone willing to learn

The fee for each workshop is $45 and pre-registration is required. Details and registration information are on the web at http://artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/workshops/. For more information email  berkeleyartswv@gmail.com 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 http://www.berkeleyartswv.org.

New Berkeley Art Works Classes Start Week of May 5

becker_warmglowThis spring, artists and nature lovers can learn how to use the creative techniques of “Spritzilism” to capture Nature’s endless design patterns. The painting style, developed by teaching Artist Judith Becker, uses real botanicals as templates–flowers, leaves, even weeds! Becker demonstrates and teaches her method of using sprayed watercolor and a choice of paints, pencils or acrylics to bring out Nature’s endless design patterns.

A certified instructor, Becker will also teach Intermediate Watercolor Painting, Intermediate Watercolor Pencil, and Intermediate Colored Pencil, continuing from basic classes that have been offered previously. New students with experience are welcome for these classes, to be held on Wed. and Friday afternoons beginning May 7.

The Berkeley Art Works studio will also host an Acrylic Painting Playground with instructor Jean Kellogg introducing varied creative techniques on Thursday evenings beginning May 8.

Full descriptions, schedule details and online registration are available at http://www.berkeleyartswv.org/artworks/instruction/. For more information, email berkeleyartswv@gmail.com or call 304-620-7277.

The Berkeley Art Works is located at 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, and hosts art exhibits, classes and workshops, and a co-op sales gallery. All activities are sponsored by the nonprofit Berkeley Arts Council.

Art and Earth Reception Saturday April 12

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The artists’ reception for the Berkeley Arts Council’s Fourth Annual Art and Earth Juried Exhibit will be held tomorrow (Saturday) evening, April 12 from 5-7 pm at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg.

This year’s exhibit received a record number of entries from 14 states. Juror Lauren Schell Dickens, Assistant Curator for Contemporary Art at the Corcoran Art Museum Selected 36 artworks from 27 artists from 12 states. The exhibit is on display through May 4.

Come downtown to the Art Works and meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments at our reception. If you haven’t yet visited the Berkeley Art Works, now would be a great time to check out fine art and fine craft items by our “Artists at The Works” co-op group AND a wonderful exhibit juried from a wide range of submissions from around the country as well as all over West Virginia.

The Berkeley Art Works, a service 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.

Second Friday Poetry at the Berkeley Art Works

The Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg presents “Second Friday Poetry Reading: Yours or Another’s” on Friday, April 11from 6:30-8:00pm. Sign in at 6:30pm. The evening is free and open to the public. (Donations to support the Art Works are appreciated.)

Readers will present their selection in the order they register. If there is a high turnout, readings will be limited to 30 lines. You may read your own poetry or the work of another poet if credit is given.

For more information call Eldon Winston at 304-264-4783.

bawks-160square-for-FBThe Berkeley Art Works, a service 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.

 

Dance Works 2014 Festival A Great Success

The Dance Works 2014 Festival is in the books. It was a great event with over 100 young women and girls participated in six master class workshops. Saturday night there was a selection of performances.

Click on the image below to see a video slide show of photographs captured by photographer Rip Smith, with an assist from Mary-Jo Bennett.

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Click on this image to view the video slide show of the photographs from the Dance Works 2014 Festival.

Dance Works is produced by the Berkeley Arts Council in association with the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks & Recreation Department.

Dance Works instruction schedule

To clarify — on Friday, registration begins as 3:45. Studio directors pick up packets with wristbands for their dancers and hand them out. At 4:30, the intermediate and advanced master classes begin. To allow for later school dismissal times, the beginning class is scheduled from 5:30 to 7 pm. A panel discussion for high school students and parents begins at 6:15, followed by technical rehearsals for the performances from 7:00 on. Performers should have received their tech schedules this week.

Poetry Tonight!

poetry-nightJoin us tonight, March 14 from 6:30-8 pm at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, for “Second Friday Poetry Readings; Yours or Another’s”.

Sign in at 6:30pm. The evening is free and open to the public. (Donations to support the Art Works are appreciated.)

Readers will present their selection in the order they register. If there is a high turnout, readings will be limited to 30 lines. You may read your own poetry or the work of another poet if credit is given.

For more information call Eldon Winston at 304-264-4783.

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 http://www.berkeleyartswv.org.

Dance Works Gala Performance March 22!

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Lovers of dance will enjoy the opportunity to see performances by a dozen local companies appearing as part of the Dance Works 2014 Festival being held at Musselman High School. Three invited guest artists will also be appearing in the show, which begins at 7:00 pm. On Saturday, March 22.

Performers include dancers from Dance Dimensions of Hedgesville, Fragrant Offering Dance Co., Inwood Dance Co. and Inwood Performing Arts, Jefferson High’s Charisma Dance Ensemble, Neshema Dance of Hagerstown, New Hopewell Center for the Performing Arts, Rhythm N Motion and their Turning Pointe Dance Co., the Parks Dept. Turning Pointe Centre for Dance, and Washington High’s Synergy Dance Ensemble.

Enriching the dance experience will be performances by guest artists JoshuaLegg/DanceProjects, KittyClarkMoves, and Tiffanie Carson of Christopher K. Morgan and Artists. A piece by rising Chicago choreographer Eddy Ocampo brings a unique contemporary style to round out the program.

The gala performance is part of a two-day celebration of dance that begins Friday with the first of a series of master classes. The Dance Works planning team is bringing instructors from regional professional companies to give young dancers ages 10 – 18 years the chance to experience varied styles and techniques. Thirteen sessions range from classical and pointe through contemporary, modern and jazz to techniques in partnering. A panel discussion will help young students who plan to continue to pursue a life in dance beyond high school.

The gala performance is open to the public, and tickets may be purchased online through https://www.ticketriver.com/event/10347-dance-works-festival-2014.

The Dance Works activities were planned by a panel of dance directors, and are produced by the Berkeley Arts Council. Support from the MBC Parks and Recreation Department helped make the event possible. For more information about the Berkeley Arts Council visit http://www.berkeleyartswv.org or email berkeleyartswv@gmail.com.]

Dance Works is a collaborative creation by members of the local dance community and the Berkeley Arts Council, a nonprofit, volunteer organization devoted to building a vibrant arts community in Berkeley County.

Last Call for Berkeley Art Works Classes

There is still time to register for several of the Berkeley Art Works classes that start this week. These classes are taught by popular Teaching Artists Judith Becker and Jean Kellogg.

Judith Becker and her students in the Introduction to Colored Pencil Painting Workshop
Judith Becker and her students in the Introduction to Colored Pencil Painting Workshop.

Beginning Watercolor Painting starts tomorrow!

Tuesdays, March 11, 18, 25, Apr 1, 8, 15; 6:00 – 8:30pm
Instructor: Judith Becker

You can still get into it if you register today.

Beginning Colored Pencil Class starts Wednesday:

Wednesdays, March 12, 19, 26, Apr 2, 9, 16; 1:00 – 3:00pm
Instructor: Judith Becker

Register today to ensure your spot!

Intermediate Acrylic and Mixed Media Techniques starts Thursday

Thursdays, 13, 20, 27, Apr 3, 10, 17; 6:30 – 8:30pm
Instructor: Jean Kellogg

Jean is an accomplished artist and instructor. Register right away to reserve your spot.

Beginning Watercolor Pencil class that starts Friday:

Tuesdays, March 11, 18, 25, Apr 1, 8, 15; 6:00 – 8:30pm
Instructor: Judith Becker

This one is tight so don’t delay if you want to get into it.

Details and registration information is available on the Berkeley Art Works web site at berkeleyartswv.org/artworks/instruction/ .

Intro to Acrylics Workshop at Berkeley Art Works

bawks-160square-for-FBThe next workshop at the Berkeley Art works will be Introduction to Acrylic Painting on Saturday, March 15 from 1-4 pm. The workshop taught by Teaching Artist Jean Kellogg and will be held at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg.

This class will be an introduction to some of the basic acrylic painting techniques.  Information provided will include brush selection, prep work, paint application methods, use of paper and canvas boards, and will also allow the student to sample a variety of materials, brush techniques, and paints, If you have been thinking about starting to paint with acrylics, this is a great class to begin to learn and have fun!

Other announced workshops are:

Design and Composition on Saturday, March 29 from 1-4 pm, taught by Judith Becker and Multi-Media and Collage, Saturday, April 5 also taught by Judith Becker.

Details and online registration are available at www.berkeleyartswv.org/artworks/workshops/ . For more information, email berkeleyartswv@gmail.com, call 304-620-7277 or visit the Berkeley Art Works at 116 North Queen Street Thu-Sat 12-5, Sun 12-3.

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 www.berkeleyartswv.org.

Berkeley Art Works to Display Middle School Artwork

The Berkeley Arts Council celebrates Youth Art Month with an exhibit of artwork by students from all five of the Berkeley County middle schools plus a selection of artwork from middle school level home school students.

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The student artwork will be displayed in the Berkeley Art Works special exhibit gallery at 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg from March 13 through March 30. There will be a reception for the students and their families on Saturday, March 15 from 4-6pm at the gallery. Come and congratulate the young artists and see the creativity from the up and coming generation.

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 http://www.berkeleyartswv.org.

Got the Winter Doldrums? Give yourself a creative Spring Break

New Workshops and Art Classes for Adults and Youth are being offered at the Berkeley Art Works at 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. Due to weather delays, our new sessions start Monday, March 10.  REGISTER ONLINE at artworks.berkeleyartswv.org; call the Berkeley Arts Council at 304-620-7277; or VISIT the Berkeley Art Works to sign up.

WORKSHOPS

A mini-vacation in an afternoon, our experienced instructors give you the basics to get started with a new creative interest. $45 each.

Judith Becker and her students in the Introduction to Colored Pencil Painting WorkshopSaturday, March 15 Introduction to Acrylic Painting:  Jean Kellogg talks about brushes, paint application techniques, paper and canvas boards.  1 to 4 pm.

Sunday, March 16 – Taming those Terrible Threads:  Sue Moats teaches techniques to use the profusion of decorative threads for quilting and fiber arts. 1 to 4 pm.

Sunday, March 29 – Design and Composition in Painting:  Judith Becker teaches an overview of all of the important techniques to achieve good design and composition in your paintings. 1 to 4 pm.

Visit artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/workshops/ for April and May offerings.

CLASSES FOR KIDS

Six classes in the session, 1 1/2 hours each.  Fee:  $50.

Youth Drawing (ages 8 -16) 9:00 -10:30 am. Fundamentals of portraits and figures, spatial relationships through shading and contrast, using charcoal, graphite, pen-and-ink. Instructor: Kristina Hoffman.

CLASSES FOR ADULTS

Pottery and Handbuilding (Intro & intermediate) (Mon. 6:30 -8:30 pm, $80)  Hilda Eiber teaches coiling and slab techniques and small sculpture. Supplies $25

Introduction to Colored Pencil Painting  (Wed. afternoon, 1 – 3 pm,  $80)

Introduction to Watercolor Pencil Painting  (Fri. morning, 9:00 – 1:30 am,  $100)

Introduction to Watercolor Painting  (Tues. evening, 6:00 – 8:30 pm, $100)  Judith Becker teaches three techniques. Learn and explore with colored pencils, water-soluble pigment pencils or traditional brush-and-paint techniques that open the door to creativity.

Intermediate Drawing and Sketching  (Wed., 6:30 – 8:30 pm, $80) Kristina Hoffman builds on students’ previous experience with materials, composition, perspective and portraiture.

Intermediate Acrylic & Mixed Media Techniques (Thurs., 6:30 – 8:30 pm, $80) Jean Kellogg guides students from the basics to more advanced painting and exploring the possibilities of combined techniques.

ONLINE REGISTRATION: artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/instruction/  —-  berkeleyartswv@gmail.com —-304-620-7277