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Planning, Planning, Planning …
The Berkeley Arts Council is participating in the process of updating of the Martinsburg Comprehensive Plan. The goal is move the city toward a strongly arts-based revitalization plan. Several weeks ago Malinda and Rip attended a comprehensive plan “workshop” where they discussed how incorporating the arts into the city’s planning would help jump-start economic development of downtown by making Martinsburg a destination for visitors and tourists. The workshop was conducted by people from The Berkley Group, a consulting firm based in Roanoke, who are assisting the city government in drafting the updated plan.
Following up on the input from the workshop, Rip submitted a white paper to the firm describing the possibilities for establishing an “Arts and Heritage” district in downtown Martinsburg. It is our hope that some version of this concept will be incorporated into the updated plan.
On April 10, we organized a meeting that was facilitated by Margaret Mary Layne, former City Manager of Huntington, WV, who was involved in the Huntington, WV “Innovation Project”. (The project earned Huntington the designation as “America’s Best Community”.) The meeting was attended by representatives of many of the stakeholders in Martinsburg including the city government, CVB, Main Street Martinsburg, the Library, Roundhouse Authority, and others. There was a very positive discussion and the most important outcome was an agreement among all of the attendees that there were good possibilities for collaboration and progress. Stay tuned …
The Berkeley Arts Council Needs You!
If you are receiving this Bulletin, we know you value what the Arts Council can bring to the community. As we become more involved in community-wide planning, we need to further build on the foundation that was started eight years ago. If you live in our area and can bring new energy and new ideas to help shape the future of the Berkeley Arts Council and the arts community in Martinsburg and Berkeley County, we have a role for you. Are you interested in organizing exhibits? Can you write? We have a role for you. Or is there another role you think can make a contribution. We would like to hear from you. Please reply back by email and let us know your interests. (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Call for Artwork: “Gallery on Main” Public Art Project
Bringing color to vacant buildings in downtown Martinsburg is the goal of “Gallery on Main”, a collaboration between the Berkeley Arts Council and Main Street Martinsburg. The first selection of work is currently on display in windows in the 100- and 200- blocks of North Queen Street. We are looking for new 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional artwork to exchange out in the windows around May 6-8. The artwork will be identified and available for sale through the Berkeley Art Works. If you are interested, please contact Mary-Jo Bennett at email@example.com. Please let her know the titles, sizes (up to about 20″x24″) and prices (if for sale) of your work. It would also be helpful to include digital images of the work if possible. Deadline for submission is May 1. http://wp.me/pDwaf-N0
The Berkeley Art Works will again participate in the Martinsburg Book Faire and Chocolate Festival. Join us from 10am-4pm to visit with author Elizabeth Plume Fuss, whose book “A Faithful Soldier” that shares long-hidden letters that tell the story of a soldier’s experience in Europe with the 83rd Division and portray a beautiful tale of love and devotion. They describe the heroic actions that earned a Bronze Star for Valor and a Purple Heart as well as pictures and documents in appendices such as General Dwight D. Eisenhower’s D-Day speech, Bronze Star citations and an award-winning essay “What I Am Fighting For.” www.mainstreetmartinsburg.com/?p=1060
In the Gallery: The Seventh Annual Art and Earth Juried Exhibit
The Art and Earth juried exhibit attracted 144 works by 60 artists from 20 states. Juror Sonya Evanisko of Shepherd University selected 46 works by 37 artists for the exhibit. Accepted works include paintings, mixed-media works, photographs, and a selection of ceramics and other 3-dimensional works. The exhibit will be on display through May 20. Gallery hours are Wed-Fri 11-5, Sat 11-4. A full list of the accepted artists and award-winners is on the Berkeley Arts Council web site at https://berkeleyartswv.org/art-and-earth-exhibit-accepted-works/.
Call for Entries: Photo 17
Sponsored in part by
The Berkeley Arts Council in Martinsburg, West Virginia announces Photo 17, its 2017 National Juried Photography Exhibit, to be displayed in the Berkeley Art Works Gallery, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. The exhibit will be on display June 28 – August 12, 2017. The exhibit is open nationally to all photographers without restriction to technique. Projected awards $750.
The Juror for the exhibit is artist and teacher Neil Rantoul. He has taught photography since 1971. He was head of the Photography Program at Northeastern University and also taught at Harvard University. The deadline for entries is May 22, 2017. The full prospectus and online entries are at https://berkeleyartswv.org/photo17call/.
Opening May 24: Potomac River Artists Guild Recent Work and A Summer Exhibit of work by Art 105/205 students at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College. See Below
Calling Regional Artists and Artisans
Calling artists and artisans who are interested in joining the “Artists at The Works” co-op group at the Berkeley Art Works. The co-op space in the gallery currently has open space for two-dimensional and three-dimensional artists. Details Here
Berkeley Arts Council Classes for May
Beginning Watercolor Painting
Thursdays 1-4pm, May 11, 18, 25 , June 1 (Four Weeks) Instructor: Judith Becker
Unlocking the Mysteries of Color
Fridays 1-4pm, May 12, 19, 26 , June 2 (Four Weeks) Instructor: Judith Becker
For details and online registration please visit https://berkeleyartswv.org/instruction/.
Arts Participation Survey
We want to connect with more residents of Berkeley County (and our region) so we can direct the Arts Council’s resources and energy to programs and projects that are meaningful to people. We want to hear from you whether you are an artist, or non-artist. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3H7D3YQ
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Continuing through May 20
The Seventh Annual Art and Earth Juried Exhibit
The Art and Earth juried exhibit attracted 144 works by 60 artists from 20 states. Juror Sonya Evanisko of Shepherd University selected 46 works by 37 artists for the exhibit. Accepted works include paintings, mixed-media works, photographs, and a selection of ceramics and other 3-dimensional works. The exhibit will be on display through May 20. Gallery hours are Wed-Fri 11-5, Sat 11-4. A full list of the accepted artists is on the Berkeley Arts Council web site at https://berkeleyartswv.org/art-and-earth-exhibit-accepted-works/.
May 24-June 24
Potomac River Artists Guild Recent Work: The Berkeley Art Works presents a selection of new work from members of the Potomac River Artists Guild. Artists expected to participate are Monica Wilcox, Tom Nebel, Mary Alice Bowers, Sue Parker, Lilly Barrows, Carol Wilks, Jane Horst, Ronda Albright and others. Reception Friday, May 26 from 5-7pm. Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg; Wed-Fri 11-5, Sat 11-4 Potomac River Artists Guild Free and Open to the Public; http://wp.me/pDwaf-NQ
May 24 – July 8
A Summer Exhibit of work by Art 105/205 students at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College.The visual art top 3 award winners from Blue Ridge’s recent “Outlet” Arts and Letters competition are included in this exhibit.The exhibit will be displayed in the Art Works Back Space Gallery. Reception Friday, May 26 from 5-7pm. 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg; Wed-Fri 11-5, Sat 11-4; http://wp.me/pDwaf-NW
Speak Story Series Presents Csenge Zalka. Csenge brings the magical folktales of her native Hungary to audiences of all ages. Reynolds Hall, 109 N. King St., Shepherdstown WV Tuesday, May, 9, 2017 from 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM Speak Story Series $12.00 at the door 304 886 9481; www.speakstoryseries.com or info (at) speakstoryseries .com
Murder Mystery Dinner Theater. Fundraiser for Friends of Music. Includes three-course dinner and performance by Murder Mysteries Will Travel, a professional troupe from Winchester. The Bavarian Inn, 164 Shepherd Grade Road, Shepherdstown, WV 25443 Friday, May 19, 2017 6:30-9:30 pm Friends of Music $100 per person 304-876-5765; www.friendswv.org or info (at) friendswv .org
Shepherdstown May Celebration. May Celebration to welcome spring with English inspired costumed parade, participatory revels under the maypole and morris dancing. Outdoors, Shepherdstown, McMurran Lawn on Shepherd University campus Main Event from 10AM-1PM Shepherdstown Music and Dance FREE 304-263-2531; http://smad.us/mayday or upperpotomac (at) gmail .com
Apollo Jazz Orchestra featuring Chris Vadala. $15 at the door Washington High School 300 Washington Patriots Dr Charles Town, WV Saturday at 7:00PM Washington High School $12 online (304)-995-2377; www.eventbrite.com/e/apollo-jazz-orchestra-featuring-chris-vadala-t or apollojazzwv (at) gmail .com
Concert by The Band-Changed, a Christian Rhythm and Blues, Rock and Soul Band. Their music is positive, uplifting, and God-honoring. Falling Waters Presbyterian Church, 2928 Hammonds Mill Rd, Hedgesville, WV 05/07/2017, 3:00-4:30 p.m. Concerts in the Community $5 for adults, $3 for students K-12 304-754-5039; www.fwpc.info or concertsinthecommunity (at) comcast .net
All-County Middle and High School Orchestra Spring Concert. Two ensembles- the All-County Middle School Chamber Orchestra and the All-County High School Symphony Orchestra- will perform in this concert. Musselman High School Auditorium 7:00 PM Berkeley County Orchestra Program donations suggested 3042632916; www.bc-strings.weebly.com or delgalloviolin (at) gmail .com
Berkeley Community Chorus Spring Concert. The BCC website has complete program repertoire and concert details. Donation benefits local charitable organizations and school music programs. Martinsburg High School Auditorium 7:30 p.m. BCC Donation requested 540-431-8422; www.berkcommchorus.org or jtpoland (at) frontier .com
May 27 – 28
Live Bluegrass Weekend. Bring your own lawnchairs and enjoy the free show! Saturday is Ernie Bradley and The Grassy Ridge. Sunday is Stoney Creek Bluegrass. Orr’s Farm Market 682 Orr Drive, Martinsburg, WV 25403 Sat and Sunday 11-4 Orr’s Farm Market 304-263-1168
Belly Dance Workshop. Belly dance at this open-level, retreat-style workshop with live drumming and Middle Eastern refreshments. LGBTQ-friendly, beginners welcome! MAC Ice House, Berkeley Springs, WV Saturday, May 6, 2017, 12 – 2 p.m. Jensuya Belly Dance $50 304-258-7647; https://www.facebook.com/JensuyaBellyDance or raqs (at) tarabraqs .com
June 16 – 18
25th Annual Dance Recital. Tari Jo’s Dance Studio is celebrating 25 years with its annual dance recital featuring ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, hip hop, pointe, and karate Martinsburg High School auditorium Friday, June 16, 7 p.m.; Saturday, June 17, 7 p.m.; Sunday, June 18, 2 p.m. Tari Jo’s Dance Studio $12 304-263-7368; https://www.facebook.com/Tari-Jos-Dance-Studio-Ricks-Karate-109907139028814
April 28 – May 7
Grey Gardens the musical . The story of Big Edie and Little Edie Bouvier Beale, the relatives of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who became East Hampton’s most notorious recluses. Old Opera House Theatre Company – Charles Town 7:30pm Thursday; 8:00pm Friday & Saturday; 2:30pm Sunday $22 Adults, $15 Students; $19 Seniors 65+; $19 College & Military 304-725-4420; www.oldoperahouse.org or ooh (at) oldoperahouse .org
|May 12 – 21
“Shenandoah” A colorful and dramatic musical that tells the story of a strong-willed Virginia farmer trying to keep his family neutral during the Civil War. Family friendly. Apollo Civic Theatre, 128 E. Martin St., Martinsburg, WV 8 pm Fri/Sat; 2:30 on Sundays Advance Tickets Online $15; Matinee $12/ At the Door $17;Matinee $14. 304-263-6766; apollocivictheatre.org or act (at) apollocivictheatre .org
April 29 – June 4
Hansel and Gretel. Hansel and Gretel try to escape from their mean Uncle and his Witch girlfriend’s terrible Pizzeria. 412 W. King Street, Martinsburg WV Sat and Sun Show time 1 pm Doors open 12:40 Wonderment Puppet Theater $6 for 2 years and up. Under 2 free 304-260-9382; www.wondermentpuppets.com or wondermentpuppets (at) yahoo .com
Call for Entries: Photo 17
Sponsored in part by
The Berkeley Arts Council in Martinsburg, West Virginia announces Photo 17, its 2017 National Juried Photography Exhibit, to be displayed in the Berkeley Art Works Gallery, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. The exhibit will be on display June 28 – August 12, 2017. The theme for the exhibit is open. The exhibit is open nationally to all photographers without restriction to technique. Projected awards $750. Entries must have been created by the artist within the past three years and have not been exhibited in the Berkeley Art Works gallery. The Juror for the exhibit is Neil Rantoul. Neal Rantoul is a career artist and teacher. He has taught photography since 1971. He is an emeritus professor and was head of the Photography Program at Northeastern University for thirty years and taught for thirteen years at Harvard University as well. The deadline for entries is May 22, 2017. The full prospectus and online entries are at https://berkeleyartswv.org/photo17call/.
Open Call for Artists and Artisans
Calling artists and artisans who wish to join the “Artists at The Works” co-op group at the Berkeley Art Works. The co-op space in the gallery currently has open space for two-dimensional and three-dimensional artists. Details: https://berkeleyartswv.org/artists-at-the-works/
Classes and Workshops
For details and online registration, visit https://berkeleyartswv.org/instruction/.
Classes for May
Beginning Watercolor Painting
Unlocking the Mysteries of Color
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