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January 2021 – Happy New Year!

Berkeley Arts Council News

Berkeley Art Works
Opportunities for Artists

Reminder! This Week!
Berkeley Arts Council Annual Members’ Exhibit

Bring in your Art – Renew Your Membership or Join

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 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, 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 for the winter, Friday and Saturday, 11am-3pm. 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 or call 304-620-7277.

2021 Upcoming Opportunities for Artists

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

The Berkeley Arts Council will host an art exhibit in support of the Green Hill Historical African-American Cemetery (GHHAAC) in Martinsburg, from February 18 through March 20, 2021. 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.

Additional instructions for entry and more information are on the Berkeley Arts Council Web site,

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

The Berkeley Arts Council will hold the 11th Annual Art and Earth Juried Art Exhibit from April 22 through May 29, 2021.  The exhibit has the theme “Art and Earth: My Art – My World”.  The exhibit is open to visual artists throughout the continental United States, over the age of 18, working in any medium or technique, in 2- or 3-dimensions.  Entries should reflect the artist’s view of nature, the environment, or reflect an Earth Day related theme.  Information and instructions for submitting work are on the Berkeley Arts Council Web site,

Open Call for Show Ideas and Proposals:

As we shape the 2021 schedule of exhibits (and beyond) at Berkeley Art Works, we are open to suggestions and proposals.  All ideas are welcome; we want to hear from you!  Contact us at berkeleyartswv (at) gmail .com and thank you!

Art Classes in the New Year
Via Zoom

Our instruction team is busy developing art classes for online presentation via Zoom. We will be announcing a range of instruction for the New Year in which you can participate safely. Please watch your email and our web site for further announcements.

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. For details and registration, visit

Become a Color Pro

Via Zoom
Fridays February 5, 12, 19, 26; 2:00-4:00pm (Four Weeks)

Instructor: Judith Becker

This is a four week, 8 hour class offered on Zoom.  Each 2 hour class period will lead you through all the features, benefits and nuances of each of the primary color families ending with an explanation of blacks and greys.  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 to do for each color family.  And you can use your favorite medium, water colors, acrylics, oils or colored pencils.  (Not helpful with pastels). For details and registration, visit

All About Color I

Via Zoom
Wednesdays March 3, 10, 17, 24; 6:00-8:00pm (Four Weeks)

Instructor: Judith Becker

Class is a comprehensive study of color and all its attributes necessary to producing outstanding 2 dimensional art.  Students will learn the following:  color theory, rules in using and mixing colors, color wheels, triads and tetrads, color in design, color schemes and much more.  Class is comprised of both lectures and hands on exercises and is useful for beginners as well as advanced artists. For details and registration, visit

Creative Techniques for Painting Landscapes

Via Zoom
Thursdays, March 4, 11, 18, 25; 6:00-8:00pm (Four Weeks)

Instructor: Judith Becker

Discover interesting, even unusual ways to reinterpret a landscape photo in this interactive Zoom class. Using the same reference photo for all four class sessions, participants will select exciting color schemes, redesign the composition through cropping and highlighting, eliminate elements, change the focal points and explore how to abstract the original reference photo.For details and registration, visit


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


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Winter Hours at the Berkeley Art Works
Friday & Saturday, 11am – 3pm.

For the safety of our volunteers who sit the gallery, and our visitors, sanitization procedures are in place and the gallery has been arranged for safety and proper social distancing.  The number of guests in the gallery at one time will be limited and we will require our staff and visitors to wear masks. 


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Art Exhibits

Berkeley Art Works
2021 Berkeley Arts Council Members’ Exhibit
January 14-February 13, 2021

The Berkeley Arts Council presents its 2021 Members’ Exhibit, showcasing the breadth of talent of our artists. Winter gallery hours are Friday and Saturday from 11-3. For the safety of our volunteers who sit the gallery, and our visitors, please wear your mask. Sanitization procedures are in place and the gallery has been arranged for safety and proper social distancing. Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg.



Special Events

January 12
Speak Story Series, part of Speak Storytelling, Inc., announces the opening concert of the 2021 season, featuring storyteller Daniel Morden in an on-line performance at 7:30 p.m. Daniel’s program is entitled NEWS OF THE STRANGE! Tales from the Arab world. Speak Storytelling on-line. 7:30 p.m.; $15.00, free to season ticket holders. or info (at) speakstoryseries .com


January 15 – February 12 (Session I)
February 26 – March 26 (Session II)

Virtual Early Childhood Music classes for children ages 3-5 years, with parent or guardian. Enjoy music from the safety of your home during COVID. Ms. Frauke Higgins will lead children through fun music classes focusing on singing echo songs, rhythm, and movement. Winter and spring themes will be woven into the music classes each week. Contact Sherry Sykes for more information. Virtual on ZOOM. Fridays 10:00am-10:30am and 10:45am-11:15am; Shepherd University Community Music Division.  $62 for 5 week session. 304-876-5248, contact sherry Sykes. or ssykes (at) shepherd .edu

January 19 – February 16
Virtual Recorder Class for children, ages 6-8 years. The recorder is a wonderful beginner instrument for children. Ms. Frauke Higgins will instruct children, ages 6-8, virtually over ZOOM to play the recorder and how to create sound and melodies. Students will work on beginning note-reading and play simple tunes. Reliable internet connection and a recorder required. Please contact Sherry Sykes at to register. Shepherd University Community Music at Virtual on ZOOM. Tuesdays 4:45pm-5:15pm; $62.00 for 5 week session. 304-876-5248. or ssykes (at) shepherd .edu

January 20 – March 24
The Shepherd University Community Music division would like to extend this FREE opportunity to local students in grades 3-8, to participate in a ZOOM songwriting class with Dr. Austin Showen. This virtual class is perfect for students who like to sing and discuss songs, and also write songs. Google Classroom, Soundtrap and  GarageBand platforms will be used to write songs. Shepherd University School of Music at Virtual over ZOOM. Wednesdays at 6:00pm; FREE. 301-876-5248. or ssykes (at) shepherd .edu




January 4 – April 26
Adult Tap. Join us for socially distanced on-site or virtual adult tap classes! Great exercise for your mind and body. We take pandemic precautions including wearing masks, temperature checks, and a sanitized studio. The teacher holds a degree in dance education and  a training certificate from the American Tap Dance Foundation in NYC.  Dance Dimensions of Hedgesville at Eagle Plaza. Mondays 6:45-7:30 PM; $55.12 per month. 304-671-3688. or emily (at) dancewv .com



Partners and Supporters


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



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