Berkeley Arts Bulletin

Berkeley Arts Bulletin
Serving the Panhandle Region Since 2009

September 2020

Berkeley Arts Council News

Berkeley Art Works
Now in the Gallery through October 10
Eighth Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit

The Berkeley Arts Council in Martinsburg, West Virginia announces the 8th Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit, on display through October 10, 2020 at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV.

This annual juried exhibit focuses on artists who reside in one of the eight counties that comprise the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia:  Berkeley, Jefferson, Morgan, Hampshire, Hardy, Grant, Mineral, and Pendleton.  This year, 58 works were submitted, primarily from Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties, from which were selected 24 works in drawing, painting, photography, fibers, mixed media, and assemblage.

The Juror for this year’s show was Evan Boggess, Director of the Phaze 2 Gallery at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.  Mr. Boggess is an adjunct faculty member and teaches beginning through advanced drawing and painting. For more details, and a list of the accepted artists, visit

Berkeley Art Works
Call for Artists:
(Extended Deadline September 15)

Berkeley Art Works
The Berkeley Arts Council is holding a “Mask-a-Palooza” decorated Coronavirus face mask contest and exhibit at the Berkeley Art Works gallery, 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg.

The Berkeley Arts Council is looking for original designs using hand-made or purchased masks.  Make them fun, glamorous, intriguing, surprising … but the end result must be a functional, wearable mask.  We’re trying to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, after all.

Cash prizes will be awarded for the top 3 designs! For details and online entries, visit

BAC Classes:
Online Classes Forming Now

Free Online Workshop:
The Color Wheel as a Valuable Art Tool
Wednesday, September 9, 6:00-7:00pm
Via Zoom

Join Teaching Artist Judith Becker for this FREE one hour workshop as we explore all the valuable information to be found on the standard color wheel. We’ll review not only the basic colors = primary colors, secondary colors and tertiary colors, but tints, tones and shades, learn the many common terms used in art and discover the ways to use triad and tetrad formats to create exciting and harmonious color schemes. Materials needed are just the common color wheel which can be found in all art and hobby stores or online sources such as Amazon, paper and pen or pencil for taking notes.

Pre-register for this workshop; Register Here.

The workshop is free; preregistration is required. You will receive the invitation links via email.

Online 4-Week Course:
Become a Color Pro
Wednesdays, September 23, 30, October 7, 14; 6:00-8:00pm
Via Zoom

Each 2 hour class period will lead you through all of the features, benefits and nuances of each of the primary colors ending the last class with an explanation of greys and blacks. 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 you will do for each color family. And you can use your favorite medium, water colors, acrylics, oils or colored pencils. (not very helpful with pastels).

Materials needed: Your medium of choice and appropriate painting surfaces – sheets of oil or acrylic paper work best for those mediums, brushes, ruler, pencil or pen, etc.

Tuition $80 for four weeks (8 hours)
Pre-registration required

Click Here to Register

After paying the fee you will receive an email from Paypal confirming your payment. You will receive the Zoom invitation on or before September 22.

Our regular art classes are on hold but we are continuing efforts to develop virtual and limited attendance/social distancing solutions to continue to offer art educational programs to the community. Remember to watch your email or visit the Berkeley Arts Council’s web site and Facebook page for information on our activities and programming. Questions can be directed to the Berkeley Arts Council e-mail address,

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

Eastern West Virginia Artists Census

The Berkeley Arts Council (BAC) is conducting a census of artists in the Eastern West Virginia Region. BAC seeks responses from artists and artisans, who work in any discipline, in the eight eastern counties: Berkeley, Jefferson, Morgan, Hampshire, Hardy, Grant, Mineral, and Pendleton. BAC seeks to develop data on artists and artisans working in all disciplines that can be compiled to support arts advocacy by BAC and other organizations. Go to the survey.

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Of course, we encourage you to support local businesses whenever you can, but if you shop on, register as a supporter of the Berkeley Arts Council and Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to the Berkeley Arts Council. Just go to If you are not already signed up, register to support the Berkeley Arts Council. If you are already signed up, you can shop as usual and your purchases will automatically be assigned to benefit the Berkeley Arts Council. Every little bit helps. Thanks!

Current Hours at the Berkeley Art Works
Thursday, 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.  We are monitoring Berkeley County Coronavirus information daily to determine whether we can continue to expand our hours and offerings in the coming months.

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Art Exhibits

Berkeley Art Works
Continuing through October 10
Eighth Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit
The Berkeley Arts Council in Martinsburg, West Virginia announces the 8th Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit, on display through October 10, 2020 at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV. For more details, and a list of the accepted artists, visit

Continuing through September 13
“America Proud” Quilt Show.The Morgan Arts Council presents their annual Quilt extravaganza featuring the work of the Delectable Mountains Quilt Guild. Two floors of quilts! A boutique featuring something for everyone! Morgan Arts Council at The Ice House, Berkeley Springs, WV. Thu-Sun, 11-5;Free!. 304-258-2300.  or  eddy (at) macicehouse .org

Through September 27
Diana Suttenfield Paintings. Diana Suttenfield is celebrated for her paintings and intricate drawings that focus on the regional landscapes and architecture of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.Jefferson Arts Council at Fire Hall Gallery 108 N. George St. Charles Town, WV. Galley Hours Friday 10-4 Sat. 11-5; Judith Chesley 304-725-1242. or jchesley (at) frontiernet .net

Through September 27
Art Show: “Working Life: Hands Mind & Heart”. New Art Exhibit by local artists of the Valley Art Association titled “Working Life: Hands Mind & Heart” Valley Art Association at Mansion House Gallery, 501 Highland Way, Hagerstown, MD. Fridays and Saturdays 11 – 4, Sundays 1 – 5; Valley Art Association; Free. 301-797-2867.  or  valleyartinfo (at) gmail .com

Through September 25
Outdoor Performance Series September 2020. Performances on our deck featuring Rich Follett from DC (Sept. 4), Daniel Kelly II Trio (Sept. 11), a volunteer cabaret (Sept. 18) and Rooftop Bands (Sept. 25), all beginning at 8PM with plenty of social distancing to keep everyone safe! Winchester Little Theatre. $10 per ticket. (540) 662-3331. or irina.price (at) winchesterlittletheatre .org

September 1  through November 24
Virtual classes at Community Music at Shepherd University.
All Fall 2020 programs will be virtual. See website for more information. Instruction includes:
–Introduction to Music Theory for high school and adult learners
–Beginning Classical Guitar class
–Music and Wellness for Elementary students, grades 1-5
–Early Childhood Music classes for ages 18 months-5 years old
–Youth Chorus, grade 3-8
–Orchestra for advanced string players
–Private lessons
Shepherd University School of Music; cost varies. 304-876-5248. or ssykes(at) shepherd .edu


Continuing Through September 30
Winchester Little Theatre offers a variety of virtual productions.  Up next is Chekhov’s “Three Sisters,” “The New Little Red Riding Hood” by Jack Neary and many more with new productions being added often. Check us out online!   Winchester Little Theatre   Sun-Sat, 8a-11:59p;  $5.00.  540-662-3331.  or  or

‘Specially for Kids

Black Sheep Art Gallery and Gift Shop, open by appointment only; 412 W King Street, Martinsburg WV. Free.  304-258-4074.  or  Wondermentpuppets (at) yahoo .com

Artist Opportunity
Artist openings. 
The Washington Street Artists Cooperative, an established artists cooperative and gallery in Charles Town, West Virginia, now has several openings for artists in all media. If interested, please send a short bio and photos of at least four examples of your work to mojophoto (at)  Washington Street Artists Cooperative (WSAC) at 108 N. Charles Street, Charles Town, WV.  Friday 11-5, Saturday 10-4;  703-606-2833. or mojophoto (at) comcast .net

Classes & Workshops

Belly Dance Free Online Classes. Enjoy free online courses and “lectures” in skills, technique & culture of belly dance while our in-person shows and workshops are suspended due to the pandemic. There are hundreds of videos and many hours of fun, learning, and entertainment on our YouTube channel, Jensuya Belly Dance.  Dance in health! 24/7; Jensuya Belly Dance; free.  304-258-7647.  or  jen (at) jensuya .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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