Meet Barbara Neece: Fused Glass Artist

(by Annette Verna)

Barbara Neece is a member of the Berkeley Arts Council’s Artists at the Works co-op, which is part the the Berkeley Art Works gallery and she’s our featured artist for August/September.

Barbara started working with fused glass about 15 years ago while living in Henderson, Nevada. Her interest in glass started when her husband and her sister were working with stained glass. She thought she’d give it a try too, but soon found that stained glass wasn’t her “thing.” She happened upon some fused glass pieces one day, and decided that was what she wanted to do.

And so her journey into working with fused glass began. The community where she lived in Henderson has a large arts and crafts club. She joined their fused glass group and started learning. The large community had great facilities and equipment. An added benefit was close proximity to Las Vegas for the annual Glass Craft and Bead Expo, which attracts people from all over the world. It’s a great learning and networking opportunity. Barbara says that members of the group supported each other by taking classes and workshops and then teaching what they learned to the rest of the group. Continue reading

Fall Schedule of Classes at Berkeley Art Works


The Berkeley Arts Council announces their Fall schedule of classes, offering learning opportunities in a variety of media, diversity of subject matter and instruction levels for all ages.

Beginning in September, classes include Introduction to Figure Drawing and Printmaking with Gel Plate, both by instructor Leah Bennett, an accomplished artist and instructor specializing in pen and ink, acrylics, mixed media and creative journaling.

Mixed Media Mash-Up for kids 8 years and up will be offered by instructor Jane Ping.  Jane has been teaching children and adults for more than 30 years and holds a Master’s degree in Fine Art from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Judith Becker will be teaching Beginning Watercolor Pencil, Painting All Types of Water Images, and Painting with Pastels.  She specializes in painting with watercolors, colored pencils, pastels and often mixes her media for unusual effects.  She is accomplished in composition, design and color theory.  Judith directs the art education program for the Berkeley Arts Council.

Of special note, Judith will also be leading a Plein Air painting location workshop, September 19 and 20 at Alpine Lake Resort in Terra Alta, WV.  (Register by September 3 for special discounted rate.) Participants will have an opportunity to create four views in the mountains of West Virginia and receive instruction in choosing the best view for the best layout, redesigning the view, capturing the light, painting efficiently, utilizing limited colors, capturing a mood and expressing oneself.

In October, Judith will teach Beginning Colored Pencil, and Beginning Watercolor Painting.  Rip Smith will teach Photographic Composition and Creative Vision, and How to Photograph Your Artwork.  Rip is an award-winning fine art and architectural photographer whose work has been exhibited nationally and regionally.

Rounding out the busy Fall season in November, Judith Becker will offer a Next Level All About Color class, as well as instruction on Using the Color Wheel.

Classes are held at the Berkeley Art Works Gallery, 116 Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV.  Detailed descriptions for all classes and registration information is located on the Berkeley Arts Council Web site at https://berkeleyartswv.org/instruction/. For 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 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.

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Berkeley Arts Council FY2020 Officers and Board Members

The Berkeley Arts Council Board of Directors held its first meeting of the 2020 fiscal year this week and elected new officers and members for the coming year. Effective July, 2019 the following officers were elected:

President – Anna Howard
Vice President – Judith Becker
Secretary – Gary Bergel
Treasurer – Malinda Shaver is a founding Board member and has served as President for the past 9 years.

Additionally, the following people will serve as board members:

Rip Smith – Founding Board Member
Susan Parker
Jeff Molenda
Annette Verna Continue reading

Special Plein Air Workshop: Alpine Lake

Alpine Lake

Plein Air/Painting On Location 2-Day Workshop

Thursday-Friday, September 19 and 20, 2019
Instructor: Judith Becker (About Judith)

Workshop Location:

Alpine Lake Resort, Terra Alta, WV; www.alpinelake.com

Description: Participants will paint four different beautiful scenes at Alpine Lake Resort, in the mountains of West Virginia while improving their art skills under the direction of instructor.  Processes such as choosing the best view for the best layout, redesigning the view, capturing the light, painting efficiently, utilizing limited colors, capturing a mood and expressing oneself will all be objectives.  In most cases, the location of each site will have facilities in case of inclement weather. Continue reading

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Seventh Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit

EXTENDED Deadline August 19, 2019

Seventh Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Art Exhibit

The Berkeley Arts Council in Martinsburg, West Virginia announces the Seventh Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit, to be displayed in the Berkeley Art Works Gallery, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, WV. The exhibition will be on display September 4 – October 5, 2019.

Eligibility

The exhibit is open to artists in all media who reside in one of the eight counties that compose what is known as the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Those counties are Berkeley, Jefferson, Morgan, Hampshire, Hardy, Grant, Mineral, and Pendleton. Continue reading

[UPDATED EXTENDED DEADLINE “Art of the Human Form” Juried Exhibit

Call for Artists: “Art of the Human Form” at the Berkeley Art Works

*** No Entry Fee ***
(Accepted artists are asked to make a donation when the work is delivered.)

The Berkeley Arts Council announces Art of the Human Form, a juried art exhibit open to all 2-D and 3-D works which depict the many ways the human form can be amazing and beautiful. May include people of all ages engaging in common and even uncommon activities like dance, music, sports and even at rest. Submissions must be suitable for viewing by all audiences including children.

All 2-dimensional artwork framed up to 36 inches in the long dimension, including but not limited to painting, photography, and mixed media is eligible. 3-dimensional works are acceptable up to 36 inches in any dimension. The exhibit will be displayed from July 17 – August 19, 2019 in the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, WV.

Work accepted for the exhibit must be properly framed, including wires for hanging, or otherwise prepared for display.

Entries are by digital images. Digital images should be at least 1200 pixels on the long dimension.

Begin by entering the information about yourself and your submissions.

Entries Closed

When you submit the form you will be given a link to upload your digital images.

Deadline for entries July 8, 2019. There is no entry fee. Accepted artists will be notified by email. Accepted artists are asked to make a donation to support the gallery at the time work is delivered. Jurying of the digital submissions will be done by a committee of Berkeley Art Works artists by June 29 and work is to be delivered to the gallery between July 10 and July 13. Detailed instructions will be provided at the time of acceptance. 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.

Abstract “Fan Favorite” Winner

Ellegy to Carl Rogers by Doug Kinnett

Congratulations to Doug Kinnett who was awarded the “Fan Favorite” award in the recent “In The Abstract” exhibit at the Berkeley Art Works.

Visitors from the gallery were encouraged to vote for their favorite piece in the exhibit, making a $1 donation for each vote. Doug will receive a cash award of $50 thanks to a generous anonymous donor.

Other artists whose work received votes were Kirsten Lee, Joe Mayer, Kristina Hoffman, Gary Bergel, Susan Loonsk, Mary-Jo Bennett, Mary-Jo Sims, and Jenny Wilson.

Thanks to all of the artists who participated in the exhibit and those who voted for their “Fan Favorite”.