This Fall Find Your Creative Passion
with Classes and Workshops at the Berkeley Arts Council!
*** Special Grant-Funded Workshops
This special series of classes and workshops is made possible by a grant to the Berkeley Arts Council in support of its mission to Amplify the Arts in Martinsburg and the surrounding area. The workshops are tuition free, requiring only a small registration fee.
Juror Jenna Gianni selected 33 works by 22 artists for the 10th annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Art Exhibit, to be held at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. The exhibit opens August 31 and runs through October 8, 2022.
The Berkeley Arts Council (BAC) announces the award winners for the Contemporary Printmaking juried exhibit, an exhibit of works in various printmaking techniques. The purpose of the exhibit is to introduce the community to the versatile medium of printmaking.
The exhibit is on display from June 29 to August 6, 2022 at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV. The gallery is open every Wednesday – Friday, 11-5 and Saturday 11-4.
The juror, Matthew McLaughlin, selected five award winners.
The Best of Show went to Brandon Williams from Nashville, Tennessee for his copper plate etching entitled, “From the Ground Up”.
Merit Awards were given to Mitch Eckert from Louisville, Kentucky for his copper plate etching “Still Life with Inedibles”, and Ginny Fielding from Midlothian, Virginia for her lithograph “Upper Crust”.
Honorable Mentions went to “Downstream” a lithograph by Elizabeth Fontenot from Beaumont, Texas and “They’re Near You When You Sleep”, a zinc plate monotype by Mark Goodmanson from Crystal Lake, Illinois.
The juror, Matthew McLaughlin, is a mixed media artist and curator who explores the human relationship with their environments, specifically urban and suburban spaces. He is a Senior Lecturer and teaches printmaking at the University of Maryland. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fine Arts from Ringling College of Art and Design and his Master of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking from Arizona State University.
There are 26 works by 19 artists from 15 states in the exhibit. “In making my selections, the versatility and breadth of printmaking and its processes continued to surprise me. For an art form to have such a wide range of capabilities and be able to produce such a variety of imagery astonishes me again and again. The submissions for the exhibition did not disappoint either. With pieces created through so many processes, it was difficult to decide upon the selections for the exhibition. The prints spoke to me in many ways. For some it was through their craft and cleanliness, while for others it was their gestural quality. Whether it be the crisp quality of a relief print or the tonal subtlety of photogravure, the scope of what an artist can accomplish with print continues to expand with each generation. In the exhibition, I choose to emphasize the range of printmaking’s abilities through the pieces. From photographic work to abstract, from small scale to large, the works bring forward the full gamut of the medium in both process and concept.”
On display from June 29 to August 6, 2022
Deadline for Entries: May 22, 2022 at midnight
Open to all visual artists throughout the continental United States, over the age of 18, working in any printmaking technique, representational, abstract, or non-representational subject matter. Works in any of the following printmaking techniques: engraving, etching, lithography, linoleum or woodcut, screen printing. Photomechanical, digital or mixed media processes may be incorporated as long as the primary technique is one of printmaking. Entries must be original works completed within the last three (3) years, and have not been exhibited previously at the Berkeley Art Works.
Juror: Matthew McLaughlin is a mixed media artist and curator who explores the human relationship with their environments, specifically urban and suburban spaces. He is a Senior Lecturer and teaches printmaking at the University of Maryland.
Entry Fee: $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, Merit Award and Honorable Mention. Total prize fund up to $1,000.
The Berkeley Arts Council is celebrating the 250th anniversary of Berkeley County, WV with a visual art exhibit entitled, Berkeley County, WV: Future, Present, Past. Congratulations to the following: Best of Show: Sterling “Rip” Smith for his photo “B & O Roundhouse”; Merit Award: Claudia Giannini for her painting “Dalmanites”; Merit Award: Gary Bergel for his photo “Green Hill Historical African American Cemetery, Feb. 2021”; Honorable Mention: Kelli Myers for her series of 3 wire sculptures of apple trees; and Honorable Mention: Tom Nebel for his painting “Harlan Springs”.
Awards were selected by Dr. Doug Kinnett, local artist and former member of the art faculty at Shepherd University, where he coordinated the Art Education program. Doug has been an exhibiting artist/painter and printmaker since the 1970s, with a long list of local, regional and national shows to his credit.
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Thirty-five original 2-D and 3-D works by regional artists address “future”, “present” and “past” themes in a variety of media. The exhibit is on display from May 18 to June 25, 2022 at the Berkeley Art Works. The gallery is open every Wednesday – Friday from 11-5 and Saturday from 11-4. The Berkeley Arts Council thanks the Berkeley County 250th Commemoration Steering Committee for their generous support of this exhibit.
The Berkeley Arts Council announces the award winners for their 12th Annual Art & Earth Juried Art Exhibit. This year, 37 works by 32 artists from 11 states are on display in a range of media including watercolor, acrylic, oil and wax painting, pastel drawing, mixed media, photographic processes, clay, wood, metal, cardboard and plastic.
The award winners for the exhibit are:
Best of Show: Nathan Taves, Columbia City, Indiana, for the painting, Plaid Sun.
Merit Award: Paulo Correa-Meyer, Radnor, Pennsylvania, for the painting, Amazon Fires;
Merit Award: Mark Dierker, Dubuque, Iowa, for the photograph, Blue Wave.
Honorable Mention:Ray Snouffer, Hagerstown, Maryland for the watercolor painting Reflections of Calm.
Honorable Mention:Scot Wittman, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the photograph, Jump Rock.
The Berkeley Art Works is open every Wednesday – Friday, 11am to 5pm and Saturday 11am to 4pm. The exhibit is on display until May 14.
The juror was Alison Helm, Director of the School of Art and Design at West Virginia University. “It is my tremendous pleasure and honor to be the juror for the Art & Earth exhibit. I found strong work in all of the areas of art making. I found it inspiring to view all of the different interpretations, and re-imagined landscape and our human relationship to it. There were many extremes, from the Amazon fires to reflections on calm water to experience and enjoy. There were many personal messages of hope and exuberance. This show also serves as an educational resource to enrich the community as well as art and design enthusiasts. The theme promotes engagement with the environment. It is very gratifying to see the high quality of work being produced in the region. Congratulations to all of the artists.”
The awards for this year’s 12th Annual Art & Earth Juried Art Exhibit were sponsored in part by a generous donation from City National Bank.
May 15, 2022 marks the 250th anniversary of the founding of Berkeley County, West Virginia! The Berkeley Arts Council is commemorating this milestone by presenting an expanded exhibit entitled, Berkeley County, WV: Future, Present, Past. This exhibit is one of the of the official events selected and supported by the Berkeley County Council. The exhibit will be on display May 18 to June 25, 2022 at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV.
Located at the gateway to the Shenandoah Valley in the heart of the Eastern Panhandle, Berkeley County is known for its unique history, beautiful scenery, robust industry, and more. Formed in 1772 from neighboring Frederick County, Virginia, Berkeley County once spanned from the Blue Ridge Mountains in Jefferson County to the famed springs at the Town of Bath (Berkeley Springs) in Morgan County. Throughout its history, Berkeley County has been an epicenter of engagement, growth, and community.
The Berkeley Arts Council invites you to celebrate and honor this unique area with your art! We are asking you to use Berkeley County, WV – its vistas, history, cultures and communities – as inspiration for your work. We hope to build a rich perspective of Berkeley County through interpretations by artists in all arts; from all cultures, identities and viewpoints.
The art exhibit is open to all artists throughout the continental United States, over the age of 18, working in any fine art or fine craft medium or technique, in 2- or 3-dimensions. Representational, abstract, or non-representational work in all media, including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, mixed media, assemblage, sculpture and graphic arts; fine craft media, such as clay, glass, metal, wood, fibers, etc., are welcome. Entries must be the original work of the artist. Artists do not have to be current residents of Berkeley County; however, they must reflect a future vision, or a present or past adventure, event, memory, experience, etc., in Berkeley County, WV.
Berkeley Arts Council, Martinsburg, WV is pleased to offer an exciting and unique watercolor workshop by Lynn Ferris, AWS, NWS, TWSA, nationally and internationally known artist and instructor.
“Capturing the Light”
Bring your work to the next level. Light and shadow shouldn’t be after thoughts in our paintings. In fact, good use of light and shadow is one of the best ways to take a painting from ordinary to extraordinary.
In her signature workshop “Capturing the Light,” Lynn will show students how to use light and shadow to design stronger compositions and bring drama to a variety of subject matter. Students will gain new skills and confidence working with shadows, light sources, creating glow, and more. Lynn provides handouts, reference materials, and lots of personal attention.
Holiday Inn Martinsburg
301 Foxcroft Ave, Martinsburg, WV 25401
304-267-5500 (Ask for special workshop rate)
The Berkeley Arts Council’s 12th Annual Art & Earth Juried Art Exhibit is open today through May 14 at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg.
The exhibit has the theme “Art and Earth: My Art – My World.” Thirty-seven pieces in this exhibit represent a wide range of media, including watercolor, acrylic, oil and wax painting, pastel drawing, mixed media, photographic processes, clay, wood, metal, cardboard and plastic.
The juror, Alison Helm, is the director of the School of Art and Design at West Virginia University, where she is a professor of sculpture. As the juror for this exhibit she said, “I found strong work in all of the areas of art making. I found it inspiring to view all of the different interpretations and re-imagined landscape and our human relationship to it. There were many extremes, from the Amazon fires to reflections on calm water to experience and enjoy. There were many personal messages of hope and exuberance. It is very gratifying to see the high quality of work being produced in the region.”
The Berkeley Art Works is open every Wednesday – Friday, 11am to 5pm and Saturday 11am to 4pm.
Congratulations to the selected artists in the 12th Annual Art and Earth Juried Exhibit!
The Juror, Alison Helm, Director of the School of Art and Design at West Virginia University, selected 37 works by 32 artists out of 153 submitted pieces from 66 artists submitted from 21 states and Canada.
The exhibit will open on April 6 in the Berkeley Art Works Gallery, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, WV. Plans for a reception and awards presentation will be announced.
The Berkeley Arts Council is pleased to announce that City National Bank is sponsoring awards for their exhibits program this year. The Berkeley Arts Council presents up to 10 exhibits each year, several of which are national or regional juried exhibits.
“Through our exhibits, we are able to create opportunities for artists and introduce the community to a variety of work and artistic media. Awards are given to artists selected by our jurors. This elevates the importance of our exhibits and brings additional recognition to the work of participating artists. We are thankful to have the support of City National Bank. Their sponsorship helps us continue to do this important work,” says exhibits manager Annette Verna.
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.