Berkeley Arts Bulletin

Berkeley Arts Bulletin
Serving the Panhandle Region Since 2009
May 2022


Berkeley Arts Council News


DEADLINE EXTENDED! Call for Artists
Berkeley Art Works
Berkeley County, WV:  Future, Present, Past
Extended Deadline Midnight May 6, 2022


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 exhibit entitled, Berkeley County, WV: Future, Present, Past.  Celebrate and honor this unique area with your artwork that has a subject or theme of Berkeley County.  Show off your work to our community!

Artists do not have to be current residents of Berkeley County.  The 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.

The entry fee is $10.00 per piece to a maximum of 3 pieces per artist.  This event is one of the official events selected and supported by the Berkeley County Council and will be on display May 18 to June 25, 2022 at the Berkeley Art Works.  Awards for Best in Show, Merit Award and Honorable Mention will be given.  For more information and registration, visit https://wp.me/pDwaf-1Jc, scroll to the article and follow the links. Enter today!


Call for Artists:
Berkeley Art Works
Contemporary Printmaking
Deadline May 17

The Berkeley Arts Council (BAC) will present Contemporary Printmaking, an exhibit of works in various printmaking techniques.  The exhibit will be on display from Wednesday June 29 to Saturday August 6, 2022 at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV. 

Works in any of the following printmaking techniques are welcome: 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.  The exhibit is 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.  Entries must be original works of art that have been completed within the last three (3) years, and have not been exhibited previously at the Berkeley Art Works.

The juror is Matthew McLaughlin, 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.

The deadline for entries is Tuesday May 17, 2022 at midnight.  The entry fee 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 will be given for Best in Show, Merit Award and Honorable Mention. Total prize fund up to $1,000.  For more information and a link to enter, visit our Web site https://wp.me/pDwaf-1LE and scroll down to the announcement.


In the Gallery
Berkeley Art Works
Continuing through May 14

The 12th Annual Art & Earth Juried Art Exhibit is on display until May 14 at the Berkeley Art Works.  The exhibit has the theme ‘Art and Earth: My Art – My World’.  Entries reflect the artist’s view of nature, the environment, or reflect an Earth Day related theme.  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. For more information visit our website.


Berkeley Art Works
First Friday Art Walks

Warmer weather is back and the First Friday Art Walks have returned to Martinsburg!  Come downtown and enjoy the creative side of Martinsburg.  The next Art Walk is Friday May 6.  The Berkeley Art Works and other arts groups and local businesses will be open until 8pm.


Art Instruction


May Art Classes at the Berkeley Art Works

Let’s Make a Japanese Stab Binding Journal – Create a unique design on paper to use for book covers, then construct a hinged journal to learn a technique called Japanese Stab Binding.  Each student will drill holes in the binding of their journal, then sew the journal together.  Workshop meets May 13, 10am – 3pm.

Collage for Self Discovery is a FREE workshop being offered by the Berkeley Arts Council. This is a guided exercise in self-awareness, accessing your inner mind and innate wisdom. During the workshop you will create a 5 x 7 inch unique piece of personal art, which you can use as a prompt to help you continue on your journey of self-discovery. The process is based on the Soul Collage technique developed by Seena Frost.  Workshop meets Saturday May 14, 11am – 3pm.

For more details, materials lists, schedules, class prices, and to register, visit https://berkeleyartswv.org/instruction/.  Pre-registration is required and space is limited.  Classes are held at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 N. Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV.  All participants will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination and wear masks while at the Berkeley Art Works.  Classes will be set up for distancing.


Still time to Register: “Capturing the Light”
Early registration available through April 30
Watercolor workshop with Lynn Ferris, AWS, NWS, TWSA

May 14 and 15, 2022 

Registration Deadline May 7, 2022

Good use of light and shadow is one of the best ways to take a painting from ordinary to extraordinary!  In this 2-day workshop attendees will learn how to use light and shadow to design stronger compositions and add drama to 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!

  • Registration Deadline: May 7, 2022 
  • Tuition: Early Registration by April 30: $205 
  • May 1 through May May 7: $240 
  • Workshop Times: 9am – 4pm May 14 and 15, 2022 
  • Workshop Location: Holiday Inn, 301 Foxcroft Avenue, Martinsburg, WV.  Rooms will be available at a reduced rate for those who wish to stay overnight. 

Instructor Lynn Ferris is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society (AWS), the National Watercolor Society (NWS), and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America (TWSA).  She teaches to sold-out workshops nationally and internationally. Her instructional articles appear in The Artist’s Magazine and Watercolor Artist.  She has received several awards for her work, including “Best of Show” in both the Florida Watercolor Society and Tallahassee Watercolor Society annual exhibits and was an award winner in The Artist’s Magazine All-Media competition.  Her work is also published in the prestigious Splash series of books published by North Light Books. For more information, a list of required materials, and to register, visit the Berkeley Arts Council Web site: https://wp.me/pDwaf-1EG


Berkeley Art Works
Would You Like to Teach for the Berkeley Arts Council?
We are looking for qualified individuals to teach classes, events and workshops.  Ideas and class proposals for all age groups, abilities, interests, and skill levels in all arts, including visual, music, performing, literary arts and more are welcome.  Instructors are paid.  Programs may be taught via Zoom, in-person, or by a hybrid method.  Interested?  Call us during business hours at 304-620-7277 and ask for Judith, or send an e-mail to berkeleyartswv@gmail.com with the subject line:  “Instructor”.


Berkeley Arts Council Gift Cards
Got someone on your list that’s hard to buy for?  We have gift cards, which can be purchased in any amount.  They can be used to purchase artwork from our co-op or exhibits, or even class tuition.


Join Us!
We hope you find the information in our arts bulletin interesting and helpful. The Berkeley Arts Bulletin seeks to publicize arts events throughout the reason. While activity in the past year has been limited for obvious reasons, the Arts Council is working to adapt our services and activities and we continue to look forward to a return to an active arts community in the Eastern Panhandle and the surrounding communities. If you live in the Panhandle and value this service, please consider joining the Berkeley Arts Council or renewing if you are not currently a member. Your support will help ensure that we will be able to continue to “Amplify the Arts” for arts organizations, individual artists, and the art-loving public throughout the region. Please visit https://berkeleyartswv.org/join-us/



We we have posted special online galleries of work by our Berkeley Art Works artists. Click on this image to view the artwork or visit the web site at https://berkeleyartswv.org/artists-at-the-works-galleries/


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Hours at the Berkeley Art Works
  Wednesday-Friday 11-5 (First Fridays open until 8pm)
Saturday, 11am-4pm
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Arts Around the Region


Art Exhibits


April 30 – May 29
Benita Keller –  Photography Retrospective. An intimate look at the photographic explorations of Benita Keller curated by The Bridge Gallery owner Kathryn Burns and Kestrel Keller, Benita’s daughter. A gallery talk titled ” The Female Gaze” offering insight into the artists perspective will be presented by Kestrel Keller on Sunday at 2PM.  at The Bridge Gallery. Thurs. – Saturday 12-5, Sunday 12-3 or by appointment;. Free. 304-876-2300; info (at) bridgegalleryandframing.com or aartskb (at) msn .com

May 7 – 15
Washington County Public Schools Exhibition. An in-person exhibition that highlights the artwork from elementary schools. Open house is May 8 from 1 to 4 p.m.  Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, 401 Museum Drive, Hagerstown MD. Open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays,  1 to 5 p.m.; Free. 301-739-5727 wcmfa.org or Kellie Mele, director of Education

May 5 – 29
“Through Three Gardens.” Join local artists Susan Strong, Anna Taylor McGrath, and Kirsten Lee in a multi-media exploration through their three gardens.  Expressions include “freelensing” (exposing an image while the lens is removed from the camera body) and photography through a lens of naturally formed ice, as well as traditional botanicals. Meet the artists from 1-3 on 5/14.  at Firehall Gallery, 108 N George St, Charles Town, WV. Thursday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Friday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Sunday:11-5; Jefferson Arts Council. free. 304-283-4873 or wvhorsetrainer (at) gmail .com

May 10 – June 30
Jefferson County Photography Club Show. Eight members of the Jefferson County Photography Club will exhibit a diverse collection of their interesting and finely-crafted images. Members showing their work include: Douglas Allmond, Mary-Jo Bennett, Cherie Carari, Ellen Hardesty, John Krache, Alice Newton, Michael O’keefe, and Rip Smith. A reception is planned for May 22 from 2-4 pm.  at Summitt Point, WV. Mon-Thurs (9-6), Sat (10-2), Sun (1-5); South Jefferson Public Library. Free. 304-725-6227 www.sojeffersonlibrary.com or jenkinsd (at) sojeffersonlibrary .com

May 20 -22
Friday Painters Art Exhibit and Sale. The Friday Painters is a group of about 20 artists that will display their work on a variety of subject matter.  There will be items executed in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastels, pen and ink, wood block and batik. In conjunction with the traditional Back Alley Garden Tour and Tea in Shepherdstown at the Shepherdstown Community Club.  at War Memorial Building, Shepherdstown, WV. Friday, Opening Reception 6pm to 8pm,  Saturday 10am to 8pm, Sunday, 10am to 6pm. 304-261-2359 or michael.austin (at) frontiernet .net

May 21 – September 11
Exploring Jonathan Street: History, Art, Imagination. Discover the history of Hagerstown’s historically Black Jonathan Street neighborhood in this exhibition that combines the artifacts and documentation from the log cabin at 417 Jonathan Street with contemporary art and community memories. The neighborhood’s own nationally-known artist Graff Dummy has been commissioned to create a contemporary artwork inspired by the history of Jonathan Street.  Exhibit at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, 401 Museum Drive, Hagerstown. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays and major holidays.; Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. Free. Crystal Schelle https://wcmfa.org/exhibitions/current/exploring-jonathan-street-history-art-imagination/ or cschelle (at) wcmfa .org

Monthly – one year or longer
Paintings by Diana Suttenfield in collaboration with Specialty Business as an alternative art space to exhibit her paintings. The exhibits will change with new works every four to six weeks.   at Specialty Business Supplies, 111 S. Princess St. Shepherdstown, WV. Monday – Friday 9am-5pm. 304-876-6263 www.dianasuttenfield.com or sutenfield (at) aol .com


Special Events


April 30

Blue Ridge Arts & Crafts Festival. 6th annual Arts & Crafts Festival at Sam Michael’s Park in Jefferson County, WV. Free admission. Free parking. Door prizes. Children’s Play area. Artist demos. 70+ local artists. 8 food trucks. Live music! Sam Michaels Park. 11am to 5pm; free. 202-525-6076 www.facebook.com/blueridgeartsandcraftsfestival or michelle (at) mywildrosesoap .com


Music


May 21 – 22
Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra Concert. The concert will feature three works: Faure’s “Masques et Bergamasques”; Saint-Saens’ Cello Concerto No. 1; and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4. Award-winning cellist Christine Lamprea will be the featured guest artist for the Saint-Saens concerto. Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, 100 West Washington Street, Shepherdstown, WV. Saturday, May 21, 7:30 pm; Sunday, May 22, 3:00 pm; Friends of Music. Free for Friends of Music members; others $35. 304-876-5765 www.friendswv.org or info (at) friendswv .org


Dance


April 30 – May 1
“Sleeping Beauty.” Enjoy the timeless classic with music by Peter Tchaikovsky with staging by Susan Banks and Denna Smith after the choreographer Marius Petipa.  At Shepherd University. Sat 2pm and Sun 2pm; Inwood Dance Company. $30 Adults $25 Children. 1-304-229-3209 www.inwoodperformingart.com or info (at) inwoodperformingarts .com

May 1
Just Let Us Dance…. The Inwood Dance Company will present a variety of repertory works including this season’s newest works by Eddy Ocampo Orion and Cugat’s Dream.   Emerging choreographers Madison Gray  and Sydney Painter will present their works adjudicated for Regional Dance American Southeast Festival along with tap and jazz works from students of the Inwood Performing Arts.   At Shepherd University. Sun 6pm; Inwood Dance Company. $20. 1304-229-3209 www.inwoodperformingart.com or info (at) inwoodperformingarts .com


Theatre


Continuing through May 8
“Into the Woods” by James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim. The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. A musical fantasy that brings together everyone’s favorite fairy tales. A story that is both enchanting and touching.  Winner of the the Tony Award for best Book and Score. At Old Opera House Theatre – Charles Town. 8:00pm Friday & Saturday; 2:30pm Sunday; $22 Adult; $19 Senior 65+, Military & College; $15 Youth under age 18. (304) 725-4420 www.oldoperahouse.org  or ooh (at) oldoperahouse .org

May 13 – 22
Mamma Mia! Apollo presents ABBA’S hits telling the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. 128 East Martin Street, Martinsburg, WV. Wednesday 7:30, Friday and Saturday 8 PM, Sunday 2:30PM; the Apollo Civic Theatre. $19 adult, $16 students &  seniors, $14 children. 304-263-6766 apollocivictheatre.org or act (at) apollocivictheatre .org

May 13 – 28
“Chasing Manet” by Tina Howe. An aging painter who is losing her sight and a feisty woman who has lost her husband and some of her grip on reality form an unlikely bond in the Mount Airy Nursing Home. Surrounded by an eclectic group of residents and workers-and out of a shared need for independence-the two hatch a plot to escape to Paris aboard the QE2.  Winchester Little Theatre, 315 W. Boscawen Street, Winchester, VA. Thu-Sat: 8:00pm, Sun & (middle Sat): 2:00pm; Adults: $21, Seniors: $19, Students: $14. 540-662-3331 winchesterlittletheatre.org or wlt (at) winchesterlittletheatre .org


‘Specially for Kids


May 21
A Mad Hatter Tea Party! Come Join the Mad Hatter and his Wonderland friends for a tea party. Tea will be served as well as all kinds of Wonder filled snacks and foods. Party will also include games and photo opportunities with the characters. Recommended for ages 3-10 but all ages welcome.  At Apollo Civic Theatre 128 East Martin Street, Martinsburg. Saturday 1PM – 2:30PM;. $30, $12. 304-263-6766; 
apollocivictheatre.org or act (at) apollocivictheatre .org

Wonderment Theatre, 412 W. King  Street, Martinsburg, WV. See website for current show. 304-258-4074 www.wondermentpuppets.com or wondermentpuppts (at) yahoo .com


 Art Classes


Art Classes at the Berkeley Art Works

Let’s Make a Japanese Stab Binding Journal – Create a unique design on paper to use for book covers, then construct a hinged journal to learn a technique called Japanese Stab Binding.  Each student will drill holes in the binding of their journal, then sew the journal together.  Workshop meets May 13, 10am – 3pm.

Collage for Self Discovery is a FREE workshop being offered by the Berkeley Arts Council. This is a guided exercise in self-awareness, accessing your inner mind and innate wisdom. During the workshop you will create a 5 x 7 inch unique piece of personal art, which you can use as a prompt to help you continue on your journey of self-discovery. The process is based on the Soul Collage technique developed by Seena Frost.  Workshop meets Saturday May 14, 11am – 3pm.

For more details, materials lists, schedules, class prices, and to register, visit https://berkeleyartswv.org/instruction/.  Pre-registration is required and space is limited.  Classes are held at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 N. Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV.  All participants will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination and wear masks while at the Berkeley Art Works.  Classes will be set up for distancing.


Still time to Register: “Capturing the Light”
Early registration available through April 30
Watercolor workshop with Lynn Ferris, AWS, NWS, TWSA

May 14 and 15, 2022 

Registration Deadline May 7, 2022

Good use of light and shadow is one of the best ways to take a painting from ordinary to extraordinary!  In this 2-day workshop attendees will learn how to use light and shadow to design stronger compositions and add drama to 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!

  • Registration Deadline: May 7, 2022 
  • Tuition: Early Registration by April 30: $205 
  • May 1 through May May 7: $240 
  • Workshop Times: 9am – 4pm May 14 and 15, 2022 
  • Workshop Location: Holiday Inn, 301 Foxcroft Avenue, Martinsburg, WV.  Rooms will be available at a reduced rate for those who wish to stay overnight. 

Instructor Lynn Ferris is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society (AWS), the National Watercolor Society (NWS), and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America (TWSA).  She teaches to sold-out workshops nationally and internationally. Her instructional articles appear in The Artist’s Magazine and Watercolor Artist.  She has received several awards for her work, including “Best of Show” in both the Florida Watercolor Society and Tallahassee Watercolor Society annual exhibits and was an award winner in The Artist’s Magazine All-Media competition.  Her work is also published in the prestigious Splash series of books published by North Light Books. For more information, a list of required materials, and to register, visit the Berkeley Arts Council Web site: https://wp.me/pDwaf-1EG


Partners and Supporters

WV Commission on the ArtsBerkeley County Convention and Visitors Bureau
Apollo Civic TheatreTrails n Trees Studio TourBerkeley Community Chorus
National Endowment for the Arts Main Street Martinsburg


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Submit details about your arts event by using the online form at www.berkeleyartswv.org/bab/
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Deadline: the 20th of the month prior to the event. You may submit events up to two months in advance. The editors reserve the right to condense information to allow listing the maximum number of events.

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