Berkeley Arts Bulletin


Berkeley Arts Bulletin
Serving the Panhandle Region Since 2009

November 2019

Berkeley Arts Council News

Berkeley Arts Council 2009-2019

In November, 2009 The Berkeley Arts Council announced its first open house to introduce our officers and Board members and present our developing plans to the public. The meeting was held at the Martinsburg Library. The BAC announced a series of workshops aimed at helping artists develop their businesses, in line with the stated goals of supporting practicing artists and artisans. We invite you to follow along with our progress and explore the blog archives on our website:

Mark Your Calendars!
St Nick’s Holiday Market” is about to open










Have you got that Christmas list in hand?  Searching for unique handmade gifts from local artists?  Are your weekends packed with activities with no time to shop?  The Berkeley Arts Council has the answer for you.  

Beginning Wednesday Nov 20th and running through Dec. 28th, our gallery area in 116 N. Queen Street will be transformed into a holiday shopping delight. In addition to our great co-op artists we are offering a selection of special curated gifts from +35 local artists and crafters. That brings us to nearly 45 talented creators. We have many new artists that were not part of the event last year. 

This curated market offers a long list of mediums including, but not limited to; ceramics, jewelry, toys, quilts, woodwork, baskets, glass, children’s books, metalwork, clocks, photography, acrylic art, woodcuts, and more.  We have extended our hours:  Wed-Thur 11-5,  Fri 11-8,  Sat 11-4,  Sun 12-3.

Check in to our Facebook page and watch for new posts of product pictures.  

Classes At the Berkeley Art Works

Details are posted at

Next Level All About Color
Fridays November 1, 8, 15, 22; 1-4pm (Four weeks)
Instructor: Judith Becker

Beginning Acrylic Painting
Saturdays November 8, 16, 23, December 7; 1-4pm (Four weeks)
Instructor: Robert Howard

Using the Color Wheel
Thursday, November 21 9:00am-4:00pm (1 Hour Lunch Break)
Instructor: Judith Becker

Berkeley Art Works
Artist Opportunities

The Berkeley Art Works, a project of the Berkeley Arts Council, has an opening for one 3-dimensional artist in the Berkeley Art Works co-op gallery. For more information, please visit or email berkeleyartswv (at) gmail .com

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.

Do you shop on Amazon?

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!

Regular Hours at the Berkeley Art Works

Located at 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg (Map)
Wednesday 11-5; Thursday 11-5; Friday 11-5; Saturday, 11-4.
(or by appointment)

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Art Exhibits

Continuing through November 2
Zac Benson: Installation and Sculpture. Phaze 2 Gallery at Shepherd University hosts a powerful installation and sculpture exhibition by internationally exhibiting artist Zac Benson.  Reception for Benson’s show on October 7 at 4PM. free and open to the public.  92 W Campus Drive, Shepherdstown, WV.  1-6PM Monday-Thursday, 1-5PM Friday;  Free.  orEBoggess (at) shepherd .edu

Continuing through November 3
Photographs by Copper Range and Wood Art by John Robson. Photography by Copper Range of birds, raptors and other wildlife. Wood art by John Robson includes tables, sculpture, mirrors framed in custom designed frames. Galley Place Wardensville Arts Foundation at Gallery Place 140 West Main St Wardensville, WV.  Friday-Saturday 10AM-5PM Sunday 11AM-4PM;  304-874-4409.  galleryplace2017 (at) frontier .com

Continuing through November 3
TRAsh ART- Redefining Recycling. Curated by Joe Crow Heller, this show includes the work of a number of artists working in various mediums while transforming recycled materials into imaginative works of art. Opening reception on September 14 at 7:30 pm.   Morgan Arts Council at The Ice House, Berkeley Springs, WV.  Thu-Sun 11 am-5 pm;  304-258-2300.  eddy (at) macicehouse .org;

Continuing through November 3
“I cannot see myself from where I am seeing.” Jake Ricci fills two floors of the Ice House with his imaginative creations- paintings in acrylic and oil, Japanese lamps and much more!   Morgan Arts Council at The Ice House, Berkeley Springs, WV.  Thu-Sun 11 am-5 pm;  304-258-2300.  eddy (at) macicehouse .org;

Berkeley Art Works
Continuing through November 9
The Berkeley Arts Council presents “Craft in the Eastern Panhandle” exhibit, continuing through November 9 at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. In conjunction with American Craft Week, which is held each year in early October, this exhibit is a month-long celebration of contemporary fine craft and highlights the work of ten artists living and working in and around the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.  These artists are master craftspeople working in a variety of media including basketry, clay, metal, textiles, and wood.  Their work represents the high quality of craft being created in our region.

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Continuing through November 16
Ice Abstracts: Photographs by Kirsten Lee in the Back Space at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg.

Continuing through November 22
Omar Williams – Through the Viewfinder. Omar Williams, recently juried into the Berkeley Arts Council’s Emerging Artists and Human Form exhibits, is exhibiting a suite of 20 digital photographs in the T41 Art Space at the Blue Ridge CTC Tech Center, 5550 Winchester Ave, Martinsburg, WV 25405.  Viewing is possible during the Tech Center’s weekday hours of operation, M-F, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM.  5550 Winchester Ave, Martinsburg, WV 25405.  M-F 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM; Free .  703-901-3331 orgbergel (at) blueridgectc .edu

November 1 – December 1
“Dragons, Fairies and Fantasies”. VAA members will exhibit their art work on the theme of “Dragons, Fairies and Fantasies”   Valley Art Association at Mansion House, City Park, Hagerstown, Md.  Fridays & Saturdays 11 am to 4 pm, Sundays 1 to 4 pm;  Free.  or  valleyartinfo (at) gmail. com

November 1 – November 23
Photographic Exhibit. The Jefferson County Photography Club will be having an exhibit of their photographic work at the Washington Street Gallery.  This exhibit projects an eclectic group of images ranging from people shots, black & white, to unusual scenics, and some local photos. It is an interesting mix of color, and the absence of color. Join members at a reception on Nov. 9;  5 – 7 pm    Thurs.-Fri. 11 – 5 pm  Sat. 10-4 pm;  Free.  703-509-5640. orKracke (at) usa .com

November 3 – December 22
Lon Anderson Photography. Photography by Lon Anderson.  Lon is well known in the DC, Virginia and Maryland area for his photographic work and prize winning work. He will exhibit photos of Dolly Sods, Tangier Island and locations in other parts of the world,  Gallery Place at Wardensville WV 140 W Main St.  Thurs-Sat 10AM-5PM Sunday 11AM-4PM;  None.  304-874-4409.  galleryplace2017 (at) frontier .com

November 8 – December 29
A Season of Wonder. The annual Holiday gift show in the Ice House Gallery. The work of over 25 artists will be featured. Something for everyone on your gift list!   Morgan Arts Council at The Ice House, Berkeley Springs, WV.  Thu-Sun, 11-5; Free!. 304-258-2300.  oreddy (at) macicehouse .org

November 8 – 10
Fall Fine Art Show and Sale 2019. The Potomac River Artists Guild will be covering the walls with original paintings at the Shepherdstown Community Club, Friday Nov. 8 thru Sunday Nov 10. There will be a variety of art, framed and unframed, from realistic to abstract. Come and enjoy this event and purchase a piece for your self or a gift for a friend.  Shepherdstown Community Club German and King Street , Shepherdstown, WV.  Fri 10am to 8pm Sat 9am to 8pm; “Meet the Artists” Sat 3 to 5pm; Free and open to the public.  304-279-9880.  orjwhorst (at) aol .com

November 11 – January 16
Mark Webber: Paintings. Figure composition paintings by Mark Webber will be featured.  From the artist: “My figures are invented and the compositions evolve over time…. I’m chiefly interested in visual play.”  Phaze 2 Gallery at Shepherd University at 92 W Campus Dr. Shepherdstown, WV.  1-6PM, Monday – Thursday, 1-5PM Friday;  free and open to the public.  orEboggess (at) shepherd .edu

Special Events & Announcements

Trails n Trees Studio TourNovember 2 – 3
Trails and Trees Studio Tour. Join us for the 9th Annual Trails and Trees Studio Tour! The Free, Self-Guided Tour includes 18 artisans at 11 studios. Meet the makers, learn about the artwork, and purchase a handmade treasure! Download a brochure and map at Visit Creativity Where It Lives!   Trails and Trees Studio Tour at Berkeley County, WV.  Sat and Sun 10-5; trailsandtreesinfo (at) gmail .com;

November 6
Math-A-Magic. Comedy, Magic, Audience Participation and Math, presented by Hagerman the Magician. Fun for all ages.  Morgan Arts Council at The Ice House, Berkeley Springs, WV.  Wed 7 pm;  Free!.  3042582300.  oreddy (at) macicehouse .org

November 9 
The Art of Magic. The Morgan Arts Council’s annual Art and Elegance Gala. Enjoy a delicious dinner, beautiful art, entertainment, and a magical performance by Michael Cantori. Help support Morgan County’s premier non-profit arts organization.   Morgan Arts Council at The Country Inn, Berkeley Springs, WV.  Sat 6pm; $250.   304-258-2300.  oreddy (at) macicehouse .org

November 12 
Speak Story Series presents Bill Harley. Bill will present “Growing Up Is A Full-Time Job: stories about childhood from an adult who survived it.” Accompanied by his guitar, his narrative songs and stories, both original and traditional, are a celebration of our common humanity.  Speak Story Series at Reynolds Hall, 109 N. King Street, Shepherdstown, WV.  7:30 pm – 8:30 pm;  $12 (free to full time Shepherd University Students).  Diane Niedzialkowski. www.speakstoryseries.cominfo (at) speakstoryseries .com

November 29 – December 22
Washington Street Artists’ Cooperative Holiday Market. Arts and crafts from regional artists will be on display, with perfect gifts of all kinds, both serious and whimsical, in all price ranges, and all hand made by a bevy of creative folks.   Washington Street Artists Cooperative at 108 North George St. Charles Town, WV.  Thurs. & Fri. 11-5, Sat. 10-4; Washington Street Artists Cooperative.  304-258-4046.  orsusanparker (at) frontier .com

Music and Dance


November 2
Jazz Poetry- Celebrating Langston Hughes. Baritone Charles Williams and electric guitarist Gary Prince will perform in this special program honoring Langston Hughes and the literary art form of Jazz Poetry.   Morgan Arts Council at The Ice House, Berkeley Springs, WV.  Sat 7:30 pm; $20/$18 MAC members/$15 students.  304-258-2300.  oreddy (at) macicehouse .org

November 10
American Old Time, Celtic and South American Music. Happy Retreat, the historical Washington home, welcomes Tina Bergmann and Bryan Thomas, nationally noted husband & wife duo musicians, to play traditional music on Hammered Dulcimer & Bass.   Happy Retreat, 600 Mordington Ave., Charles Town, WV 225414.  Sunday, November 10, 2:00 pm;  $30.  304-725-8832.  or info (at) happyretreat .org

November 10
Tina Bergmann & Bryan Thomas Concert  Hammered Dulcimer and Bass. This will be a concert of old time American, Celtic and South American Music played on hammered dulcimer and bass.   Friends of Happy Retreat at Happy Retreat, 600 Mordington Ave. Charles Town, WV 25414.  2:00 PM; Friends of Happy Retreat$30.00 .  304 724 7956.  or info (at) happyretreat .org

November 23
Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra Concert. Entitled “Magic and Majesty,” the concert will feature three works: Mendelssohn’s overture to “The Fair Melusina” (an opera based on a folk tale about a little mermaid who longed for human form); Manuel de Falla’s score for “El Amor Brujo” (a ballet about a gypsy woman haunted by the ghost of her deceased husband); and Beethoven’s 8th Symphony.    Friends of Music at Trinity Episcopal Church, Shepherdstown WV.  Saturday, 7:30 pm; Friends of MusicFree to Friends of Music members; others $30.  204-876-5765.  orinfo (at) friendswv .org

December 14
Holiday Concert. The Berkeley Community Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Poland, will present its 2019 Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 14th at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be held at St. Leo Catholic Church located at 2109 Sulphur Springs Road, Inwood, WV. The concert will include Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols and a wide variety of seasonal selections.  Sat 7:30pm. Tickets for the concert will be sold at the door for $10 Adult, $8 Senior, and children 12 & under free of charge.  540-431-8422.  orberkeleycommunity chorus (at) gmail .com


December 12 – 13
K-12 Nutcracker Field Trip. Registration open now. Students will be educated in Russian dance history, music and art; proper theatre etiquette; as well as see a live performance of The Nutcracker. These performances help introduce students to career opportunities in the arts through the many guest artists who participate. Teachers and staff are free. Inwood Dance Company at Musselman High School. Thursday 10am Friday 10am;  1-304-229-3209.

December 14 – 15

Nutcracker Public Performances; Enjoy the magic of the ballet classic The Nutcracker featuring Matthew Helms, Principal dancer with the Boulder Ballet. $18 and up adults, $13 and up students; Saturday 5pm, Sunday 2pm; At Musselman High School


November 1 – 10
Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Shepherd University’s Rude Mechanicals Medieval & Renaissance Players present A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare’s comedy about love, marriage, and theater itself.   Reynolds Hall, Shepherd University.  Fri/Sat 7:30 pm; Sun 3 pm; Thurs 8:30 pm;  $10 general admission; $2 students.  304-876-5208.  orbellzey (at) shepherd .edu

November 2
“Sword of the Spirit” A one-act play based on the life and letters of John Brown and his wife Mary. Brought to the Old Opera House stage by Harpers Ferry National Historical Park & Harpers Ferry Park Association  Charles Town. 7:30pm, Old Opera House Theatre Company; $15.00.  304-725-4420. 

November 8 – 16
“Orlando” by Sarah Ruhl . The Theater program in the Department of Contemporary Art and Theater announces the fall production of Orlando, Sarah Ruhl’s epic, full-length adaptation from Virginia Woolf’s famed novel of the same name. A funny and poignant meditation on time, gender, and sexuality.  Shepherd University’s Department of Contemporary Art & Theater at Marinoff Theater, Shepherd University .  Nov. 8, 9, 14, and 15 at 7:30pm / Nov. 16 at 2:30pm;  Free for Shepherd students; $5 for Shepherd faculty/staff and non-Shepherd students; $8 for seniors and military members; $10 general admission.

November 8 – 23
“Theft” by Eric Chappell. One part whodunnit, one part who’s who, an altogether witty comedy-thriller, packed with one-liners, daring reversals and comments on marriage, money and crime.   Winchester Little Theatre  at 315 W. Boscawen St. Winchester, VA 22601.  Thu-Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm; Winchester Little Theatre Please see website for ticket information.  540-662-3331.

December 5 – 15
“Kris Kringle” the Musical . From the top of the world in the North Pole, Kris Kringle teams up with Santa and Mrs. Claus, the beautiful Evelyn Noel, a band of hilarious Apprentices and Elves, and magical Toys to remind us what Christmas is really all about: hope, family, and forgiveness.   Old Opera House Theatre Company at Old Opera House – Charles Town.  7:30pm Thursday, 8:00pm Fri & Sat; 2:30pm Sunday; Old Opera House Theatre Company$22 Adult, $19 Senior/Military/College; $15 Youth.  3047254420.   orooh (at) oldoperahouse .org

‘specially for Kids

November 9 – December 22
“The Nutty  Nutcracker”. The nuttiest Christmas when King Rat tries to steal wishes from the Nutcracker   Wonderment Theater at 412 W. King Street, Martinsburg, WV.  Saturday and Sunday. Doors open 12:40. Show time 1 pm; Wonderment Theater $6.50 for 2 years and up.  304-258-4074.  orWondermentpuppets (at) yahoo .com

Apollo Civic Theatre
November 15 – 18
“SHREK”, Jr the Musical!. presented by the Apollo Youth Theatre Company. Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical.  It’s a “big bright beautiful world” as Shrek leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance. Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family.   the Apollo Civic Theatre at 128 East Martin, Martinsburg WV.  Friday 7:30, Saturday 1:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:30;  $7-$12.  304-263-6766.  oract (at) apollocivictheatre .org

November 30
Holiday Abracadabra Magic Show. Featuring Michael T and the West Virginian Wizards Assembly 1 Fellowship of Entertainers.  This afternoon of magic is sure to delight the entire family!  The Apollo Civic Theatre.  Saturday 2-4; the Apollo Civic Theatre $5.  304-263-6766.  oract (at) apollocivictheatre .org

Artist Opportunities

Berkeley Art Works
The Berkeley Art Works, a project of the Berkeley Arts Council, has an opening for one 3-dimensional artist in the Berkeley Art Works co-op gallery. For more information, please visit or email berkeleyartswv (at) gmail .com

Classes & Workshops

Berkeley Art Works
Classes At the Berkeley Art Works

Details are posted at

Next Level All About Color
Fridays November 1, 8, 15, 22; 1-4pm (Four weeks)
Instructor: Judith Becker

Beginning Acrylic Painting
Saturdays November 8, 16, 23, December 7; 1-4pm (Four weeks)
Instructor: Robert Howard

Using the Color Wheel
Thursday, November 21 9:00am-4:00pm (1 Hour Lunch Break)
Instructor: Judith Becker

November 8 – 10
“Celebrate the Colors of Fall” Watercolor Workshop with Jaimie Cordero. Celebrate the rich tapestry of Fall Colors in this Hedgesville, WV Watercolor Workshop. Instruction with nationally recognized artist Jaimie Cordero includes Color Layering, Tips for Great Photographs, and Plein Air Sketching (weather permitting). Aquarelle Studios and Galleries at Hedgesville, WV.  FRI, SAT, SUN 9 am – 4 pm; Aquarelle Studios and Galleries; $195 .  786-303-5293.   orWDJaimieC (at) aol .com

November 30
The Art of Cheese. Taught by Regina Aamacha, owner of Fleur de Lis Cheese Shop in Berkeley Springs, this class will provide you with an in-depth look at cheeses of the world. Eat cheese, drink wine and build a beautiful cheese plate to take home.   Morgan Arts Council at The Ice House, Berkeley Springs, WV.  Sat 2-4:30 pm; Morgan Arts Council$35/$30 MAC members.  304-258-2300.  eddy (at) macicehouse .org;

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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