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New Berkeley Arts Council Children’s Classes

We get requests for art for kids pretty often and now have something fun and educational to offer. Many parents and kids will know our instructor: Joe Santoro! He’s the creative force behind the Wonderment Puppet Theatre, but he’s also an art instructor in local schools. Now he’ll be leading our Saturday morning sessions starting January 20, featuring paperfolding projects and storytelling activity. Joe has at least a hundred ideas to get imaginations revved up.

Paperfolding and Storytelling (ages 6-10)
Saturdays January 20, 27, February 3, 10; 10:30-12noon (Four Weeks)
Instructor: Joe Santoro

Using basic paperfolding tips and tricks, students will decorate their creations and use them as the basis for storytelling activities. Lots of individual creativity with a different project each week.

Taking Control of Your Digital Camera (Age 16 and up)
Saturdays January 20, 27, February 3, 10; 1-4pm (Four Weeks)
Instructor: David Rehor

Producing better photographic images through creative “manual” control of a digital camera. Students are required to have some experience with the basic functions of their particular digital camera.

Please visit https://berkeleyartswv.org/instruction for details, online registration.


BAC Membership Renewal

BAC — going strong into our ninth year! We think that’s pretty remarkable and our members have been a key to that success. We count on your support going into the winter, with the challenges of weather and, frankly, the slow shopping months.

Your membership dues are still the same: $35 for an individual, $25 for senior (62 and up.) An additional contribution, if you choose, is tax deductible as BAC is recognized as 501(c)(3).

You can join or renew on our website [berkeleyartswv.org/join-us]. You may download our membership form or simply come in to the Art Works to pick up a form and make your payment. Please let us know if we need to update your contact information.

Call for Artists

And, if you join or renew and pay your dues by January 13, 2018 you are eligible to display two pieces of work in the annual membership exhibit:

2018 Berkeley Arts Council Members’ Exhibit
All artists who are members of – or who join – the Berkeley Arts Council for 2018 are invited to exhibit one or two art works in the Berkeley Art Works gallery, January 17 through February 24, 2018. There will be a reception on Friday, January 19 from 5-7pm.
The exhibit is not juried. Artists members may join or renew online or at the gallery when the artwork is delivered for the exhibit. There is no entry fee other than membership dues. For details visit https://wp.me/pDwaf-Un

Eighth Annual Art and Earth Juried Exhibit
The Berkeley Arts Council announces the Eighth Annual Art and Earth Juried Art Exhibit. The exhibit has the theme ‘Art and Earth: My Art – My World’. Entries should reflect the artist’s view of nature, the environment, or reflect an Earth Day related theme. For the full prospectus and online entry visit https://berkeleyartswv.org/art-and-earth/


ART leads the way in downtown Martinsburg!

Our new sign in front of the Art Works will lead visitors to our gallery and the Holiday Market. We have the first installation of a sign as provided in the revised City sign ordnance. BAC worked through the steps from design, Main Street consultant’s visit, re-design, Historic Commission review (twice) and approval, building permit and finally installation. Tell your friends how to find us!

Berkeley Art Works New Sign!


You Can Help Amplify the Arts!
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. (berkeleyartswv@gmail.com).

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

Do you shop on Amazon?
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!

Holiday Hours at the Berkeley Art Works
Wednesday 11-5; Thursday 11-5; Friday 11-8; Saturday, 11-4; Sunday 12-3.
(or by appointment)


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Art Exhibits

Berkeley Art Works
Continuing through December 24
Berkeley Arts Council Students; Works by students who have studied various media with Berkeley Arts Council Teaching Artist Judith Becker. Exhibit will show examples of a variety of media that has been taught over the past year. Gallery hours Wed-Fri 11-5, Sat 11-4; In the Back Space gallery at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg.

Continuing through December 17
West Virginia Railway Art. Exhibit of West Virginia Railway Art from a collection on display in Elkins WV. Gallery Place, 140 West Main, Wardensville,WV Fri. 1pm-6pm Sat. Noon -7pm, Sun. Noon-6pm. Free. Wardensville Arts Foundation 304 874 4409; or galleryplace2017 (at) frontier .com

Continuing through December 24
Washington Street Artists Co-op Holiday Show and Sale; 108 North George St., Charles Town; Gallery hours Thursday-Friday 12-5, Saturday, 10-3, Sunday, 1-5. washingtonstartists.org/; 304-724-2090

November 30 – December 10
Potomac River Artists Group show at Charles Town Olde Opera House. An assortment of fine art paintings will be on display and for sale. 204 N George St. Charles Town, no fee 304-376-8103; www.potomacriverartistsguild.com

Special Events

December 12
Speak Story Series Presents Adam Booth’s award-winning, original storytelling blends folklore, music and awareness of contemporary Appalachia. Reynolds Hall (Shepherd University) 109 N. King Street, Shepherdstown, WV 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Speak Story Series $12.00; free to Shepherd University Students with ID; www.speakstoryseries.com or info (at) speakstoryseries .com

Music and Dance

Music

December 2
Masterworks Chorale ‚ Mendelssohn Psalm 42 & Fauré Requiem. Masterworks Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Rachel Carlson, will present two beloved works from the choral-orchestral tradition, with orchestra. Frank Center Theater Saturday 8 p.m. Shepherd University Department of Music $15 general admission; $10 for faculty, staff, alumni, seniors,18&under 304-876-5555; www.shepherd.edu/music or music (at) shepherd .edu

December 4
Composition recital. A variety of completed works, works in progress, and arrangements by talented young composers in the Shepherd University Music Dept Frank Center McCoy Rehearsal Hall Monday 7 p.m. Shepherd University Department of Music; Free. 304-876-5555; www.shepherd.edu/music or music (at) shepherd .edu

December 9
Berkeley Community Chorus 6th Annual Holiday Concert featuring new compositions for Christmas, traditional holiday favorites, and an audience sing-along! The Historic Apollo Civic Theatre 8 PM;$10/Adults, $8/Seniors, Free for children 12 & under 540-431-8422; www.berkcommchorus.org, facebook/berkeleycommunitychorus or jtpoland (at) frontier .com

December 9 – 10
Tidings of Joy. This holiday musical tradition features the Shepherd Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Singers, Women’s Camerata, Men’s Choir, and Concert Choir. Frank Center Theater Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 3 pm Shepherd University Department of Music $15 general admission $10 faculty, staff, seniors, 18 & under 304-876-5555; www.shepherd.edu/music or music (at) shepherd .edu

December 14
The Apollo Jazz Orchestra presents The Nutcracker Suite. The Apollo Jazz Orchestra presents The Nutcracker Suite (Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn suite) Apollo Civic Theatre 128 E Martin St Martinsburg, WV 7:30pm;$12 in advance, $15 at the door 304-263-6766; apollocivictheatre.org or act (at) apollocivictheatre .org

December 17
Museum Consort Concert. Join us for our free holiday concert! This concert features the musical instrument the recorder. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts Sunday, December 17 at 2:30 PM Free 301-739-5727; http://wcmfa.org/concerts-lectures-2/ or educ.marketing (at) wcmfa .org

December 19
All-County Middle and High School Orchestra Holiday Concert. Holiday Concert for the family by members of the All-County Middle and High School Orchestra Spring Mills High School Auditorium 7 PM Berkeley Co. Orchestra Program; donations welcome 304-268-2195; bc-strings.weebly.com or delgalloviolin (at) gmail .com

December 23
Renaissance Holiday Concert. 4 Centuries of Sacred and Secular Music on Early Instruments with Tina Chancey (bowed strings) and Brian Kay (lute, percussion, voice). St Peters Lutheran Church, Shepherdstown, WV 8 – 10 PM Shepherdstown Music and Dance; Advance Tickets: $20 adult, $18 senior, $15 SMaD members, $10 student 304-263-2531; http://smad.us or upperpotomac (at) gmail .com

Dance

December 9
Belly Dance Workshop. Learn to belly dance at this open level, retreat-style workshop with live drumming and refreshments. Beginners welcome! MAC Ice House, Berkeley Springs, WV Saturday, 12 – 2 p.m. $50 Jensuya Belly Dance 304-258-7647; https://www.facebook.com/JensuyaBellyDance/ or raqs (at) tarabraqs .com

December 7 and 8
Plan ahead for your classes: Nutcracker K-12 Performances. Part 1 features a seminar at your school on dance history, music and theater ettiquette. Part 2 features a 60 minute performance of The Nutcracker. Musselman High School Thursday 9:30 and 11:00am, Friday 9:30 and 11:00 am Inwood Dance Company $5.00.  304-229-3209; www.inwoodperformingarts.com or wsmith2954 (at) aol .com

December 15 – 17
Laura’s Winter Wonderland. An original ballet set around an a young dancer’s audition for The Nutcracker and a magical journey into a winter wonderland.  Old Opera House – Charles Town 7 pm Friday; Saturday 1 pm & 5 pm; Sunday at 2:30  pm  Old Opera House Arts Centre $15 Adults, $12 Students 304-725-4420; www.oldoperahouse.org or ooh (at) oldoperahouse .org

Theatre
Apollo Civic TheatreDecember 7 – 17
Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” an original adaptation. Apollo Civic Theatre 128 E Martin St Martinsburg, WV Thurs 7:30 pm, Fri/Sat 8 pm, Sun 2:30 pm Adults $17, Senior/Military/Student $14, Children $12 304-263-6766; apollocivictheatre.org or act (at) apollocivictheatre .org

Continuing through December 10
Annie the musical. A classic musical treat based on the comic strip Annie, set at Christmas time in the 1930s.   Old Opera House – Charles Town  7:30 pm Thurs; 8 pm Fri/Sat.; 2:30 pm Sun. The Bennett Agency & the Old Opera House Theatre Company $22 Adults, $15 Students; $19 Seniors 65+; $19 College & Military 304-725-4420; www.oldoperahouse.org or ooh (at) oldoperahouse .org

December 15 and 17
A Christmas Carol, A Live Radio Play. Beloved holiday classic comes to life in a vintage style radio broadcast. Admission includes Wine, Cheese and Hors d’ouevres. Handley Regional Library Auditorium, Winchester, VA. Fri 6p; Sun 1p Winchester Little Theatre and Handley Reginal Library $25 540-662-3331; wltonline.org or wlt (at) wltonline .org

Continuing through December 24
The Nutty Nutcracker
Best holiday show for the entire family. Call for reservation.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

December 2
Snakes, Snickerdoodles, and Santa. Join us for one of our most anticipated events of the year! Enjoy the reptile show, snickerdoodles, and meet the real Santa Claus. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts; Saturday 10:30 am; $5. 301-739-5727; http://wcmfa.org/snakes-holiday-reception/ or educ.marketing (at) wcmfa .org

Opportunities: Classes, Workshops, Calls for Artists

Berkeley Art Works

2018 Berkeley Arts Council Members’ Exhibit
All artists who are members of – or who join – the Berkeley Arts Council for 2018 are invited to exhibit one or two art works in the Berkeley Art Works gallery, January 17 through February 24, 2018. There will be a reception on Friday, January 19 from 5-7pm.
The exhibit is not juried. Artists members may join or renew online or at the gallery when the artwork is delivered for the exhibit. There is no entry fee other than membership dues. For details visit https://wp.me/pDwaf-Un

Eighth Annual Art and Earth Juried Exhibit
The Berkeley Arts Council announces the Eighth Annual Art and Earth Juried Art Exhibit. The exhibit has the theme ‘Art and Earth: My Art – My World’. Entries should reflect the artist’s view of nature, the environment, or reflect an Earth Day related theme. For the full prospectus and online entry visit https://berkeleyartswv.org/art-and-earth/

Berkeley Art Works
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

Berkeley Art Works

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

January Classes (Registration now open)

Paperfolding and Storytelling (ages 6-10)
Saturdays January 20, 27, February 3, 10; 10:30-12noon (Four Weeks)
Instructor: Joe Santoro

Using basic paperfolding tips and tricks, students will decorate their creations and use them as the basis for storytelling activities. Lots of individual creativity with a different project each week.

Taking Control of Your Digital Camera (Age 16 and up)
Saturdays January 20, 27, February 3, 10; 1-4pm (Four Weeks)
Instructor: David Rehor

Producing better photographic images through creative “manual” control of a digital camera. Students are required to have some experience with the basic functions of their particular digital camera.

Our Arts Partners and Supporters
City National Bank
Apollo Civic Theatre
Trails and Trees Studio Tour
West Virginia Commission on the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts

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.net/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.

You can contact us by email at
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or by phone at 304-620-7277.
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Berkeley Arts Council, PO Box 984, Martinsburg, WV 25402.

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