Berkeley Arts Council Annual Members’ Exhibit Opens January 15

The Berkeley Arts Council’s Annual Members’ Exhibit opens Friday, January 15 and runs through Saturday, February 13, 2021 at the Berkeley Art Works gallery, 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg.  The exhibit is open during business hours, Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 3pm.

The Annual Members’ Exhibit features 36 works by 20 member artists, and includes 2- and 3-dimensional work in drawing, painting, photography, clay, wood, fibers, mixed media and assemblage.  The variety of media represented in this exhibit demonstrates the array of artwork being produced in this region.  This annual exhibit is a benefit of membership and the Council is grateful for our members’ support.

On Friday, January 15 the Arts Council is trying something new – a live streaming event via Facebook, which will include music, a walk-through of the show, and discussion with some of the participating artists.  The event will be streamed from the Berkeley Art Works from 6:00pm to 8:00pm and will be viewable from the Berkeley Arts Council’s Facebook page.

Berkeley Arts Council Winter Classes via Zoom


January, 2021


A Colorful Approach to Pastel Painting

Via Zoom
Mondays January 25; February 1, 8, 15; 6:00-8:00pm (Four Weeks)

Instructor: Judith Becker

The object of this class is to not only learn all the basics to successful pastel painting but to also be introduced to a number of techniques such as using nontraditional color combinations, building up colors, color grounds, dry washes, frottage, gradations, etc.  Students will explore and expand upon a number of colorful approaches to make their paintings zing with beauty and excitement.

Materials needed:

9’ X 12’ or larger pad of standard pastel paper and a pad of sanded paper (available through many online art supply outlets.)  Minimum of no less than 48artist grade soft pastel sticks(please do not buy inexpensive children’s type of pastels), small stiff flat brush, , can of workable fixative, disposable gloves, masking or artists tape and a board, like foam core board on which to attach your papers.

Tuition $80 for four weeks (8 hours)
Pre-registration required

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Call for Artists: Fresh Visions: An exhibit to celebrate the Green Hill Historical African-American Cemetery

The Berkeley Arts Council will host an exhibit of artworks in support of the Green Hill Historical African-American Cemetery (GHHAAC) in Martinsburg, WV, from February 18 through March 20, 2021 at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 N. Queen Street.

The purpose of the exhibit is to highlight the work of the GHHAAC Committee, a nonprofit organization formed in September 2017, to restore the long-abandoned African-American cemetery located on the east side of Martinsburg. The exhibit is open to all artists in the region, over the age of 18, working in any medium, including visual, literary, music, and performing arts. The subject of work may focus on any of the following themes:

– Revitalization and preservation of the cemetery grounds,
– Preservation of the history and identity of the GHHAAC, or
– Commemoration and remembrance of souls buried there.

Visual Arts: Work in all visual arts media, including drawing, painting, photography, mixed media, assemblage, sculpture and graphic arts; fine craft media, such as clay, glass, metal, wood, fibers are welcome. To participate, deliver one or two art works to the Berkeley Art Works gallery, 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, February 11, 12 and 13 from 11am to 4pm.

Artwork must be properly framed or otherwise professionally presented and ready for display.  All 2-dimensional artwork framed up to 48 inches in width, is eligible. Framed work must be wired for hanging (no saw tooth or single ring hangers, please).  Three-dimensional fine art and fine craft up to 72 inches in height and 36 inches in width or depth must be free-standing. Larger visual works or works in a series are welcome, but will require prior arrangements to ensure sufficient space in the gallery. Film or documentary work can be provided in DVD format. A DVD Player and TV screen can be provided at the gallery.

A signed consignment form for the exhibit must be submitted when the work is delivered. An identification tag must accompany each piece and must include the artist’s name, title of the work and price, if the work is for sale. The Berkeley Arts Council will retain a 30% commission on sales of work during the exhibit. The Berkeley Arts Council does not insure art work while in the gallery. Although the Berkeley Arts Council will take reasonable measures to ensure the safety of the entries 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.

Literary, Music and Performance Arts: Artists interested in submitting literary, music and performance work are strongly encouraged. Due to covid-19 restrictions, live performance will not be possible; however, arrangements for virtual presentation of these works will be made, if there is sufficient interest. Project proposals are required in advance and are due by Saturday, February 13, 2021.

There is no entry fee to participate in this exhibit; however, a donation to the GHHAAC Committee is appreciated. Donations may be made when artwork is delivered to the gallery, in cash or check payable to GHHAAC.

Please direct questions via e-mail to berkeleyartswv@gmail.com, with “GHHAAC” in the subject line and be sure to provide contact information so our exhibits committee can respond to you.

Entry Forms:

Visual Arts Consignment Form (PDF)

Literary, Music and Performance Arts Proposal Form (PDF)

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Call for Artists: 11th Annual Art & Earth Juried Exhibit

 

The Berkeley Arts Council (BAC) announces the 11th Annual Art & Earth Juried Art Exhibit. The exhibit has the theme ‘Art and Earth: My Art – My World’. The exhibit opens Thursday April 22, 2021 in the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV. The exhibit will be on display through Saturday May 29, 2021.

Entries should reflect the artist’s view of nature, the environment, or reflect an Earth Day related theme. Any medium or technique, 2-dimension or 3-dimension, is acceptable. The exhibit is open to visual artists throughout the continental United States, over the age of 18, working in any media. Entries must be original works of art that have been completed within the last three (3) years, and have not been previously exhibited at the Berkeley Art Works.

Juror:

The Juror is Paula Phillips, Faculty & Residency Coordinator for the MFA in Community Arts Program, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). She is a former director of MICA’s Community Arts Partnerships (CAP) program, and has been a full-time member of the teaching faculty in the MA and now MFA in Community Arts Program since 2004. She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees from Huston-Tillotson College (1971) and Texas Wesleyan University (1994), and a Master of Fine Arts degree from MICA’s Hoffberger School of Painting (1996).

Phillips is a practicing studio and community artist, a social justice advocate and activist. She specializes in mixed-media paintings that embrace social justice issues, actualized through personal experiences and cultural and professional relationships. She incorporates the disciplines of painting, fibers, photography, ceramics, and sculptural form in her work. Her artwork has been exhibited along the Eastern Seaboard, primarily in the Baltimore-Washington areas.
Phillips is a recipient of MICA’s 2018 Trustee Award for Teaching Excellence and the 2007 Distinguished Service Award. She has been recognized by the Maryland State Department of Education for curriculum development of summer programs for Baltimore City children, youth and teens and received citations from the Baltimore City and the State of Maryland. She served three years as coordinator of MICA’s Community Arts Convening & Research Project.

Deadline for Entries: Midnight Wednesday March 3, 2021

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Entry Fee: The entry fee for the exhibit is $35 for the first two works. Artists may submit one or two additional works for $10 each, for a maximum of four works.

Awards: Best in Show $500 Total prizes $1,000.

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Call for Artists: BAC Annual Members Exhibit

Call for Artists: Berkeley Arts Council Annual Members’ Exhibit

All artists who are members of – or who join – the Berkeley Arts Council for the 2021 calendar year are invited to participate in the Annual Members Exhibit at the Berkeley Art Works from January 14 through February 13, 2021.

Any current member (for 2021), working in any medium, may participate in the exhibit. Not a member, but want to be? Now is your chance! Artists who are not current members may join or renew online, at berkeleyartswv.org/join-us/. You can also join at the gallery when you deliver your artwork. There is no entry fee other than membership dues.

Participation in the exhibit is a benefit of membership. To participate, deliver one or two pieces of your work to the Berkeley Art Works on Thursday and Friday, and Saturday, January 7 – 9 from 11am-4pm.

The exhibit is not juried; however, work must be properly framed or otherwise professionally presented and ready for display. Two-dimensional work must be wired for hanging (no saw tooth hangers, please). Three-dimensional fine art and fine craft are welcome and encouraged and must be professionally presented. An identification tag must be attached to each piece, including the artist’s name, title of the work and price if it is for sale. The Berkeley Arts Council will retain a 30% commission on sales of work during the exhibit.

The exhibit will be open during Berkeley Art Works business hours, which are currently Thursday and Friday 11am to 5pm, and Saturday from 11am to 4pm. The exhibit will be promoted to the local press, as well as on our Web site and Facebook page. Due to covid-19 restrictions, there will be no opening reception. Please direct questions via e-mail to berkeleyartswv@gmail.com or call 304-620-7277.

Support the Berkeley Arts Council on Giving Tuesday

Beginning in  2012, Giving Tuesday has turned the first Tuesday in December into a day that encourages global generosity.

This is the first year that we at the Berkeley Arts Council have participated in Giving Tuesday.  I downloaded the “toolkit” and was overwhelmed with the planning and preparation.  Where to begin?    The toolkit was filled with a host of activity suggestions to bring people to the organization.  After a lot of mulling I realized that the true intent of the day was to provide an opportunity to “share the load”.  The day was not meant to bring extra burdens for organizations.  So, for this year at least, it was time to simply put a foot out there and begin.

As a recipient of our monthly bulletin you have followed us as we have worked over the past 10 years to support increased frequency, quality and variety of arts-related events, facilitate activities that extend arts throughout the community, and to build communication and interaction among arts organizations.

Let’s face it, most of us do not like asking for help.   So as we start small with this our first foray into Giving Tuesday, we realize that to expand our programs we need to open up and ask for your help.  Membership dues, fees from classes, and revenue from exhibits are not going to expand our budget to meet  to our growing ideas for new art events in the community.

Making a monetary donation is easy to do.  Look down the right side for the large orange and blue “Donate” button Click and follow the steps through the PayPal system.

Thank you for taking the time to read this appeal.  If you decide to participate in “Giving Tuesday”, thank you  for  helping support the arts in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.

All the best,

Anna Howard

President – Berkeley Arts Council

 

St. Nick’s Picks is Here!

Don’t Have to Shout, Don’t Have to Cry!  St. Nick’s Picks is Here!

St. Nick’s Picks holiday market returns to the Berkeley Art Works and is open for business Thursday, November 19 through Thursday, December 24!  The exhibit space at the Berkeley Art Works is transformed into a holiday shop, displaying various artists’ works for great selection and more shopping fun!

This year, in addition to the Artists at the Works Co-op members and your favorite visiting holiday market artisans, St. Nick’s Picks has brought in some new artists, too.  There is a mix of fine art and craft items for the home, including basketry, ceramics, glass, wood, photography, painting and mixed media; cards, calendars and clocks; even honey and handmade soap!  There’s art to wear, including woven fibers, knitwear, beautiful jewelry and more!  Not sure what to buy,?  The Berkeley Arts Council offers gift cards, which can be used to purchase work in the gallery, or any of our classes being offered via Zoom.

Now in its 11th year, the community has been looking forward to the Berkeley Arts Council’s annual holiday market since 2010.  Originally called the “Holiday Art & Craft Market”, it all started at 116 N. Queen Street, before the space became the official location of Berkeley Arts Council.  In 2011 and 2012, the market was held at 115 S. Queen Street.  When the Arts Council opened the Berkeley Art Works in 2013, the market returned to its current location.  

Beginning in 2018, the holiday planning committee decided to give the market a new brand and a new look.  The market’s name was changed to “St. Nick’s Picks” to distinguish it from other area holiday markets.  The goal was to acquaint the community with artists beyond the Co-op membership and increase the variety of work being offered during gift-giving season.   

By creating an environment with more artists’ work, shoppers get to experience the wide range of creativity and talent that resides in the Eastern Panhandle.  Throughout the year, the St. Nick’s planning committee keeps their eye out for potential artists and artisans to participate.  Selection criteria includes, skill in the artist’s medium, uniqueness of the work, and appeal to area gift givers.  There are always lots of great items to fit every budget.  

So Don’t Pout!  Stop by the Berkeley Art Works, 116 N. Queen Street, Martinsburg and let St. Nick’s Picks be the solution to your gift-giving list!  Holiday hours are Thursdays 11:00am to 5:00pm; extended Fridays 11:00am to 8:00pm; and Saturdays 11:00am to 4:00pm.

Trails and Trees Studio Tour at Berkeley Art Works

The Berkeley Art Works is hosting the Trails and Trees Studio Tour this year.  The group of artists made the decision to cancel the usual, self-guided event for the health and safety of visitors, volunteers and artists.

“I offered the idea of a ‘pop-up’ venue at the Art Works to the group.  It’s a win-win for everyone.  The Berkeley Arts Council gets to fill their exhibit space with great work and exercise their tag line, ‘We Amplify the Arts’, and Trails and Trees gets a venue for their fall show,” said Anna Howard, who is a Trails and Trees Studio Tour member and the president of the Berkeley Arts Council.  “This year marks the 10th anniversary of Trails and Trees.  Members of the group have built the Tour into an important annual event.  Last year’s tour was a great success so we didn’t want to lose momentum,” said Howard.

Artists working in clay, glass, wood, fibers and other media are included in the exhibit.  There is functional pottery, blown and stained glass work, furniture, baskets, clocks, jewelry, quilts – even honey – all useful and handmade locally.  Being at the Art Works gives visitors a full month to appreciate the artists’ work, and do some early shopping for the fall and fast-approaching holiday season.

Visit the Berkeley Art Works at 116 N. Queen Street, Martinsburg and spend time with the art of Berkeley County.  The “Studio Tour at the Berkeley Art Works” is open until November 14; gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday, 11:00am to 4:00pm.  For more information contact berkeleyartswv@gmail.com, or call 304-620-7277.  The Trails and Trees Studio Tour is planning to be back as usual November 6 & 7, 2021.

The Berkeley Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) non‐profit organization incorporated in West Virginia working to ensure that Berkeley County has a vibrant, vital arts environment by promoting awareness, understanding and appreciation of the literary, visual and performing arts in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.  The Berkeley Art Works, a project of the Berkeley Arts Council, supports local and regional artists, brings quality arts experiences to the community, and provides a wide range of arts learning experiences for local residents, artists and artisans.

Berkeley Arts Council November Art Classes Via Zoom

The Berkeley Arts Council is offering two virtual art classes in October and November via the Google Zoom application. Instructor Judith Becker will present  “Creative Techniques for Painting Landscapes” on Mondays, November 16, 23, 30; and December 7 from 6:00-8:00pm. In this 4-week class, students will discover interesting, even unusual, ways to reinterpret a landscape photo. Using the same reference photo for all four class sessions, participants will select exciting color schemes, redesign the composition through cropping and highlighting, eliminate uninteresting elements, change the focal point, and explore how to abstract the original reference photo.

Pre-registration is required. For more information, a list of materials, class prices, and to register, visit https://berkeleyartswv.org/instruction/#zoom. Due to the pandemic, the Council has suspended in-person classes. Keep your eye on the Berkeley Arts Council Web site http://www.berkeleyartswv.org for updates and more Zoom classes as they become available. Please direct questions via e-mail to berkeleyartswv@gmail.com or call 304-620-7277.

The Berkeley Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) non‐profit organization incorporated in West Virginia working to ensure that Berkeley County has a vibrant, vital arts environment by promoting awareness, understanding and appreciation of the literary, visual and performing arts in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. The Berkeley Arts Council supports local and regional artists, brings quality arts experiences to the community, and provides a wide range of arts learning experiences for local residents, artists and artisans.

Berkeley Arts Council “Mask-a-palooza” Contest Winners

First Place: “I Can’t Live Without You” by Suzanne Ravgialla

The Berkeley Arts Council announces the winners of their “Mask-a-palooza” covid-19 face mask competition. The competition was open to the community, with the requirements to “make them fun, glamorous, intriguing, surprising…but the end result must be a functional, wearable mask”. Several original designs using hand-made or purchased masks were submitted. The winners are:

$100 First Place: “I Can’t Live Without You” by Suzanne Ravgialla
$50 Second Place: “Stayin’ Alive Spectacular”, by Carolyn Moore
$25 Third Place: “Simply Marvelous”, Judy Ficklin
$10 Honorable mentions: Jean McClure and Yari Piedra

The masks are on display in the front window of the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg through November 13.

Berkeley Arts Council President Anna Howard said, “The covid-19 pandemic is a deadly serious subject that has ravaged our health and our souls. Communities must take strong actions to contain the spread of the virus. In an effort to promote the role that masks play in containment, the Berkeley Arts Council decided to hold this contest. Combining social responsibility and art, the Council hoped to add creativity and humor to help us through these uncertain times. We congratulate the participants and we want to thank one of our Berkeley Arts Council members for contributing the prize money for this contest.”

The Berkeley Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) non‐profit organization incorporated in West Virginia working to ensure that Berkeley County has a vibrant, vital arts environment by promoting awareness, understanding and appreciation of the literary, visual and performing arts in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. The Berkeley Arts Council supports local and regional artists, brings quality arts experiences to the community, and provides a wide range of arts learning experiences for local residents, artists and artisans.

September Featured Artist: Joe Bourgeois

September Featured Artist:  Joe Bourgeois
By Annette Verna

Joe Bourgeois is a furniture and cabinet maker from Bunker Hill, WV.  His earliest experience working with wood was when he was 6 or 7 years old.  He and his brother decided they would add a room on to their house in Massachusetts.  “My mother found us with a hammer (missing half the handle), a few bent nails and a couple of short pieces of wood.  We were building a room on the house and were making the doorway.  She suggested we build the room first.  ‘How do you build a room’ was my question.”  That question stayed with him.

A Room and A Life

Joe started working with a cabinetmaker when he was 12.  “He showed me how to sand the edges of doors and round off the sharp corners.  I learned how to support heavy materials going through the table saw – he pushed, I held them up.  I learned in the summer to start at seven and quit at seven.  In other words, it became a life for me.”  

It wasn’t a paying job, but it was a valuable experience and Joe continued to work with the cabinetmaker until it was time for college.  He went off to Harvard and in the following years, he taught history, and then served as a United Methodist preacher.  At 40, he turned back to the idea of that room from many years ago, became a licensed construction contractor, and then a furniture and cabinet builder. 

The cabinetmaker from his youth appears in a few of Joe’s “Shop Musings” on his Web site (https://bourgeoisfurniture.com).  The cabinetmaker passed away more than 40 years ago, but it is clear he left a lasting impression.  Joe most enjoyed the times he would get to do something new.  “I would go to one end of the bench, and he would go to the other.  I learned to watch him and thus learned the new task.”  As Joe grew his own business, it was his customers who influenced new experiences.  “I have always been excited about tackling a new thing.  I like it when customers ask me for new work.  In a way, it puts me back in that shop at the other end of the bench.”

Joe builds tables, chairs, beds, bureaus, desks, work centers, kitchen cabinets and other things.  He is currently working on a full set of kitchen cabinets.  His furniture includes inlays with wood, glass and tile.  If you’ve been to the Berkeley Art Works, you know he also makes sculptural art pieces and small art objects. 

 

A Relationship with Wood

Joe enjoys pushing the envelope with each new project and does his best to meet the challenges that come.  “I have no family tradition, or other strength that I can draw on.  I am just trying to continue forward,” he says.  When you read his musings, you will quickly learn that his relationship with wood goes deeper than this modest statement.  “Wood strikes many people as inert – unmoving and unchanging, passive, waiting for our touch to bring it to beauty.  This is a deep misunderstanding of the relation between wood and woodworker.  In the process of a project the change is at least equal, if not more on the woodworker’s side.  Wood changes our stance and alters our being.  It gets into our brain and unleashes forces which lift our vision and release our feelings.  The relationship between the woodworker and wood may be likened to that of a wave crashing onto the rocks.  The wave comes in and is metamorphosed into force and spray, and is redirected ultimately to itself and its source of energy.  When I start a project, I pick the size and shape that seem right for the purpose I have selected.  As I come incrementally closer and closer to the wood, my vision clears and feelings are released.  I am reoriented to my project and suddenly it is me reacting to the wood.  I am mixed with it.  This is important because wood is my way of communicating with others, and in a way it takes an equal part.  The brain of a woodworker is changed by wood.  Finally, that is good because it brings out a more authentic person.”

An Artisan’s Journey

Joe is an artisan – a combination of craftsperson and businessperson.  As a craftsperson he has focused on acquiring the practical skills necessary to master his medium.  No matter how simple or elementary a task, doing it properly takes practice (time) and skill (patience).  “Skill goes in two directions: one not only must know what one wants to do – cut, bore, turn – but one must know why one wants to do it – how does this action fit into the other actions one must perform to execute a specific design?”  The business side brings a different dimension to the questions of making.  The tasks of running the business must balance with the making.  “I want to be serious about finding mastery in my craft and allowing the business side to develop in coordination with that craft.  As the business side grows within this perspective, it feeds the craft side, revealing new challenges.”

Today, with years of experience, Joe seeks to growth in working with wood.  His motto:  “Every day put your hands on the wood.”  It is the road to the best growth and all creative people know they need to do the hard work to both grow and maintain a level of work.  “Wanting to be better, or to be at all, is not enough.  Some effective contact must be achieved.  With wood, meaningful contact involves the hands.  It involves investing oneself through manipulation.  This does not mean I ignore reading or thinking about wood, styles, etc.  These activities are good for a certain kind of perspective, but without hands-on experience, no real progress occurs.” 

Joe writes, “Wood has always been all around me – in the trees in the forest, in building construction, in furniture, sculpture and art….  Things have happened to me which have caused me to get a perspective on it beyond my first surround.”  He continues to question and search for meaning in his work and his creative life.  He strives to be the best craftsperson he can – every day.  “As I navigate my life and craft, I am looking for my job, my life-giving and identifying task.  It has brought me in contact with many good people and made me friends.  It has helped to plumb my own depths and potential.”  

As evidenced by his work and the people who seek it, Joe has built more than a “room” and a “life”.  Through his work and his journey, he shows us all the importance in finding, meeting and stretching the possibilities given to us, and the depth and richness of growth that comes in artistic development.

Come to the Berkeley Art Works anytime this month to see Joe’s work featured in our front window!  You can also see photos of his work on the Berkeley Arts Council Web site at https://berkeleyartswv.org/artists-at-the-works-galleries/.  And of course, you can always come into the gallery Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays between 11am and 3pm to see what else is up in the co-op.  To see more, visit Joe’s Web site noted above as well as his Facebook page.

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New Online Class: Become a Color Pro!

Become a Color Pro:

Via Zoom
Wednesdays September 23, 30, October 7, 14. 6:00-8:00pm (Four Weeks)

Instructor: Judith Becker

This is a four week, eight hour class offered on Zoom. Each 2 hour class period will lead you through all of the features, benefits and nuances of each of the primary colors ending the last class with an explanation of greys and blacks. Every week we will delve into many of the commonly known hues in each color family, starting with the reds, then progressing through the blues and then yellows. Your learning will give you a firm foundation of knowing which hue in the color family you should use to get a specific effect. There will be simple exercises you will do for each color family. And you can use your favorite medium, water colors, acrylics, oils or colored pencils. (not very helpful with pastels).

Materials needed: Your medium of choice and appropriate painting surfaces – sheets of oil or acrylic paper work best for those mediums, brushes, ruler, pencil or pen, etc.

Tuition $80 for four weeks (8 hours)
Pre-registration required

Registrations Closed

If you would like to be notified of future classes, please send sign up for our arts bulletin or
email us at instruction@berkeleyartswv.org.