Berkeley Arts Bulletin

Berkeley Arts Bulletin
Serving the Panhandle Region Since 2009

April 2021


Berkeley Arts Council News


Berkeley Art Works

Now Through April 17
Youth Art & Young at Heart!

Celebrate youth and art and spring at the Berkeley Arts Council’s Youth Art and Young At Heart exhibit, which blends the art of kids with one who educates kids in art, and celebrates the youth in us all!  The exhibit features the artwork of the Boys and Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle’s Art Club, and the art and creative work of Mr. Joe Santoro, owner of Wonderment Puppet Theater and the Black Sheep Art Gallery.  The Art Club kids use art to express themselves and learn about history, culture and Art.  Joe is an art instructor at Hedgesville Elementary School, where he teaches his students about creativity through exploration of different types of materials and learning about various art media in imaginative but meaningful ways.  This exhibit is a celebration of the creative mind as our region wakes from a cold winter and warms into spring.  Full of bright colors and good energy, the artworks on display will fill your heart with hope and the promise of spring blooms! 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg. Hours Thursday-Friday, 11am-5pm; Saturday, 11am-4pm. https://wp.me/pDwaf-1xy


Berkeley Art Works

Opening on Earth Day, April 22
11th Annual Art & Earth Juried Exhibit

11th Annual Art and Earth Juried Exhibit
The juror’s selections are in for the 11th Annual Art and Earth Juried Exhibit and the accepted artists and their works are posted on the Berkeley Arts Council Web site, http://www.berkeleyartswv.org.  This year, there were a total of 122 works submitted by 55 artists in 18 states.  The juror, Paula Phillips of the Maryland Institute College of Art, selected 47 works by 38 artists in 16 states.  A Phillips states, “All works submitted are recognized as passionately rendered and inspiring, lending credence to the hands and stout hearts of artists who work diligently, skillfully manifesting their artistic visions, life experiences and values within the physical / earthly realm, each in their own ways and for their own reasons.”  The works chosen represent a synchronistic whole in depth and breadth of mediums and palates, dimensions, visions and articulations. 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg. Hours Thursday-Friday, 11am-5pm; Saturday, 11am-4pm. https://wp.me/pDwaf-1×1


Art Classes Via Zoom
Due to the  coronavirus emergency, we have suspended in-person classes until further notice. We are currently offering online classes via Zoom.

Join us for free 1-hour art workshops on Zoom:

  • Intro to Watercolor Pencil Painting (No1): Thursday, April 8, 7-8pm
  • Intro to Watercolor Pencil Painting (No2): Friday, April 9, 2-3pm
For details and online registration visit https://berkeleyartswv.org/instruction/

Four Week Zoom Art Classes

Beginning Colored Pencil Class on Zoom
Tuesdays April 6, 13, 20, 27; 2-4pm (Four Weeks)

Instructor: Judith Becker

Class introduces beginners and those with some experience to the process of creating a painting with colored pencils.  It explores the many effects possible with the pencils including mixing colors, blending for smoothness, making various textures plus much more.  A variety of painting surfaces are explored and participants create several small painting using the techniques learned. $80; Registration required. For details and registration, visit https://berkeleyartswv.org/instruction/

All About Color II (on Zoom)
Mondays April 12, 19, 26 and May 3; 6:30-8:30pm (Four Weeks)

Instructor: Judith Becker

This class is designed for students who have taken the first color class and is a requirement  for participation. $80;

Registration required. For details and registration, visit https://berkeleyartswv.org/instruction/

Beginning Watercolor Pencil on Zoom (Section 1)
Thursdays May 6, 13, 20, 27; 6:30-8:30pm (Four Weeks)

Beginning Watercolor Pencil on Zoom (Section 2)
Fridays May 7, 14, 21, 28; 2:00-4:00pm (Four Weeks)

Instructor: Judith Becker

This class is appropriate for students who have no watercolor painting experience as well as those who currently paint with watercolors, but who want to expand their techniques.  Students will learn how to lay down colors to create multitudes of variations of hues, of achieving many different textures, and of the ease of using the pencils when traveling, journaling, making their own greeting or note cards, or when sketching as well as painting entire compositions. $80; Registration required. For details and registration, visit https://berkeleyartswv.org/instruction/


Berkeley Art Works
Call for Artists:  PHOTO 21 National Juried Photographic Art Exhibit

The Berkeley Arts Council invites artists to participate in PHOTO 21, a national juried photographic art exhibit, to be held June 3 – July 3, 2021.  The exhibit is open to all artists throughout the continental United States, over the age of 18, working in any photographic medium or technique (digital, film, alternative, or antique photographic processes).  The theme for the exhibit is open; 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional* artwork is welcome.  Work must be original, completed within the last three (3) years, and must not have been exhibited previously at the Berkeley Art Works. (*3-D work where a photographic technique is used as the main medium.) 

Our juror is Robert M. Hein, Associate Professor of Art at Frostburg State University, Frostburg, MD, where he teaches Photography, History of Photography, Digital Imaging, and Mixed Media.  Professor Hein has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ball State University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati. 

The entry fee for the exhibit 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 ($500) and others, for a total of $1,000 in prizes.  More information, deadlines, and instructions for submitting work are on the Berkeley Arts Council Web site, https://wp.me/pDwaf-1w0.


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/


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!


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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Of course, we encourage you to support local businesses whenever you can, but if you shop on Amazon.com, 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 smile.amazon.com. 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!


Hours at the Berkeley Art Works
Starting April 1: Thursday-Friday, 11am-5pm; Saturday, 11am-4pm

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
Now Through April 17
Youth Art & Young at Heart!
Celebrate youth and art and spring at the Berkeley Arts Council’s Youth Art and Young At Heart exhibit, which blends the art of kids with one who educates kids in art, and celebrates the youth in us all!  The exhibit features the artwork of the Boys and Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle’s Art Club, and the art and creative work of Mr. Joe Santoro, owner of Wonderment Puppet Theater and the Black Sheep Art Gallery.  The Art Club kids use art to express themselves and learn about history, culture and Art.  Joe is an art instructor at Hedgesville Elementary School, where he teaches his students about creativity through exploration of different types of materials and learning about various art media in imaginative but meaningful ways.  This exhibit is a celebration of the creative mind as our region wakes from a cold winter and warms into spring.  Full of bright colors and good energy, the artworks on display will fill your heart with hope and the promise of spring blooms! 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg. Hours Thursday-Friday, 11am-5pm; Saturday, 11am-4pm. https://wp.me/pDwaf-1xy

April 9 through May 30
Bringing in the May. Faeries and related Nature Spirits take over the main gallery of the Ice House as we present a show inspired by these whimsical creatures. Come celebrate Spring! Show is curated by Bibi Hahn. Morgan Arts Council at The Ice House, Berkeley Springs, WV. Fri-Sun, 11-5; Free! 304-258-2300. macicehouse.org or eddy (at) macicehouse .org

April 9 through May 30
Staying In/Breaking Out. The Appalachian Pastel League fills 2 floors of the Ice House with beautiful pastels. The hallway galleries will be bursting with color! Morgan Arts Council at The Ice House, Berkeley Springs, WV. Fri-Mon, 11-5; Free! 304-258-2300. macicehouse.org or eddy (at) macicehouse .org

Berkeley Art Works
Opening on Earth Day, April 22
11th Annual Art & Earth Juried Exhibit

The juror’s selections are in for the 11th Annual Art and Earth Juried Exhibit and the accepted artists and their works are posted on the Berkeley Arts Council Web site, http://www.berkeleyartswv.org.  This year, there were a total of 122 works submitted by 55 artists in 18 states.  The juror, Paula Phillips of the Maryland Institute College of Art, selected 47 works by 38 artists in 16 states.  A Phillips states, “All works submitted are recognized as passionately rendered and inspiring, lending credence to the hands and stout hearts of artists who work diligently, skillfully manifesting their artistic visions, life experiences and values within the physical / earthly realm, each in their own ways and for their own reasons.”  The works chosen represent a synchronistic whole in depth and breadth of mediums and palates, dimensions, visions and articulations.116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg. Hours Thursday-Friday, 11am-5pm; Saturday, 11am-4pm. https://wp.me/pDwaf-1×1


Special Events

April 12
Black Women’s Struggle for the Vote: Part Two. The second installment of this two part series hosted by the Byrd Center and the Contemporary American Theater Festival, this event features Lizan Mitchell, who portrayed Mary Church Terrell, one of the nation’s most prominent Black suffragists – in Deborah Brevoort’s “My Lord, What a Night” at CATF in 2019. This discussion will address how art can amplify voices and stories of Black women. Online; Contemporary American Theater Festival N/A. To register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ymw0LD-ASYyLNb71Up-eag?dm_t=0,0,0,0,0

April 13
Remote Astrophotography Rip Smith will discuss Astrophotography Using Remotely Controlled Telescopes. Rip will cover data acquisition, file formats, and the general workflow for combining filtered greyscale images to color. He will demonstrate the process on two different images and provide information about the different websites where remote telescope imaging is available. Jefferson County Photo Club at ZOOM session. 7PM; Free. 703-509-5646.

May 1
Blue Ridge Arts & Crafts Festival at beautiful Sam Michael’s Park in Harpers Ferry, WV! Free admission, door prizes, kid’s games, 60 Blue Ridge artisans with 100% handcrafted gifts, live music, and food trucks! Location: 235 Sam Michael’s Lane. Harpers Ferry, WV. Sat. 11am to 5pm; free. 202-525-6076.https://www.facebook.com/events/462555131158441/ or wvblueridgefestival (at) gmail.com


Dance

Through 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. Dancewv.com 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


How to Submit an Arts Event

Each participant in The Berkeley Arts Bulletin helps spread the news about the wealth of arts events in Berkeley County and the surrounding region. By combining forces each organization becomes stronger. Here’s what you need to do:

Submit details about your arts event by using the online form at www.berkeleyartswv.org/bab/
The page includes instructions.

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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