Berkeley Arts Bulletin

Berkeley Arts Bulletin

Serving the Panhandle Region Since 2009
January 2023

Berkeley Arts Council News

Opening January 11
My Home Town Juried Photography Exhibit

The Berkeley Arts Council announces My Home Town, a national juried photographic art exhibit.  The exhibit will be on display from Wednesday January 11 to Saturday February 18, 2023.  The exhibit is being presented in coordination with the Apollo Civic Theater's production of "Kodachrome", on stage February 3-12.

Capturing the essence of a town and its inhabitants, its neighborhoods, architecture, local businesses, the downtown district, etc., brings us a sense of history, memory and nostalgia.  Do you live in a town or community that retains the look and feel of a bygone era?  We are looking for your photos of everyday life in a small town of today against a backdrop of earlier times.

The juror for this exhibit was Gary Bergel, a teaching artist on the adjunct faculty of Blue Ridge Community and Technical College in Martinsburg, WV.  He teaches courses in Art History (prehistoric to contemporary), Creativity, Color and Design, Digital Photography and he mentors students in Independent Study.  He holds an MA degree in Fine Arts in mixed media, photography, ceramics and installation from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  Gary is a multi-disciplinary artist and exhibits his work locally, regionally and nationally.  He has been granted a number of awards, solo exhibitions, and has works in private, university, and regional museum collections.

A full list of accepted artists is on the website at:

Upcoming Exhibits
February 22: Berkeley Arts Council Members' Exhibit
The Berkeley Arts Council Annual Members' Exhibit will open February 22. Now is the time to join or renew your membership in the the Berkeley Arts Council. Then prepare one or two pieces to show in the Berkeley Arts Council Members' Exhibit that will open on February 22. There is no entry fee except for your membership dues! Watch your email or the BAC website for details about how and when to submit your work. In the meantime, here are the details about BAC membership:

Coming in April: 13th Annual Art and Earth Juried Exhibit
The call for Artists will be announced soon for our flagship national juried exhibit and competition. Cash prizes will be awarded for Best in Show plus Merit Awards and Honorable Mentions.

Art Instruction

For details, materials lists, schedules, class prices, and to register, visit  Pre-registration is required and space is limited.  Classes are held at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 N. Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV.

We maintain compliance with current federal requirements with regard to Covid-19 protocols. Additional proof of vaccination or masking requirements may be enforced at the individual instructors’ discretion.

Upcoming Classes in the New Year:

For more information and registration links please visit

Don’t Be Afraid of Watercolor

Saturday, January 21, 2023; 1-3pm
Instructor: Jeanne Marie McClure (Info)

Students will get an introduction to this often-mysterious art medium. They will experiment with different watercolor techniques such as wet on wet, wet on dry, dry brush, gradients, use of masking fluid, salt effect, sgraffito, lifting and other ways to create with water color.

Tuition $25 for two hours (2 hours)
Pre-registration required

Oil, Cold Wax, and Palette Knife Painting

Saturday, January  28, 2023; 10:30-12:30, (Lunch Break 12:30-1), 1-3pm (Four hours)
Instructor: Yoyi Fogarty Bennett (Info)

Cold Wax is a medium (paint additive) used in conjunction with many materials. It allows for greater creativity, layering and texture effects.  It feels like painting with cake frosting! In this workshop, the student will explore mixing cold wax with oils on canvas paper and applying it with assorted sizes of palette knife. This technique brings a new dimension to all forms of art, including landscape, abstract, still life and many more.

Tuition $60 for four hours
Pre-registration required

Creating Collage

Wednesdays February 1,8,15,22, 2023; 1-4pm (Four weeks)
Instructor: Jeanne Marie McClure (Info)

Create colorful art pieces by cutting and gluing a variety of paper and ephemera. Students will explore types of material that can be used, making their own color sheets, planning the layout, and choosing a theme for their collage work.

Tuition $132 for four weeks (12 hours)
Pre-registration required

For more information and registration links please visit

Berkeley Art Works
Would You Like to Teach for the Berkeley Arts Council?
We are looking for qualified individuals to teach classes, events and workshops.  Ideas and class proposals for all age groups, abilities, interests, and skill levels in all arts, including visual, music, performing, literary arts and more are welcome.  Instructors are paid.  Programs may be taught via Zoom, in-person, or by a hybrid method.  Interested?  Please send an e-mail to with the subject line:  “Instructor”.

Berkeley Arts Council Gift Cards
Got someone on your list that’s hard to buy for?  We have gift cards, which can be purchased in any amount.  They can be used to purchase artwork from our co-op or exhibits, or even class tuition.

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

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  Saturday, 11am-4pm
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Arts Around the Region

Art Exhibits

January 3 through February 28
Life Is Beautiful South Jefferson Library announces 95th show in our Art in the Library series, a photography exhibit featuring the work of Tina Snyder.  A reception will be held on Sunday, January 15, from 2PM to 4PM in the Library Meeting Room, to enable the public to meet the photographer. M-Th 9am-6pm; Fri Closed; Sat 10am-2pm; Sun 1-5pm. free. 304-725-6227; or floyds (at) sojeffersonlibrary .com

Continuing through January 14
Joseph Holston: Color in Freedom, Journey along the Underground Railroad.  Noted contemporary artist Joseph Holston brings his graphic power and vision to creating a powerful imagined journey along the Underground Railroad. More than 50 paintings, etchings, and drawings evoke the courage and tenacity of enslaved peoples struggling toward freedom. Color in Freedom is a metaphor for the conclusion of their journey. Continues through Jan. 14, 2023.   at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, 401 Museum Drive, Hagerstown, MD. Tue-Fri, 10-5; Sat 10-4; Sum 1-5; Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. Free. 301-739-5727 or cschelle (at) wcmfa .org

Continuing through January 29
From the Pages of Pan: Art Nouveau Prints, 1895 -1900. This exhibition features brilliant lithographs, etchings, and woodcuts by renowned artists such as Auguste Rodin, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Signac,  Aubrey Beardsley, among others. PAN was an avant-garde periodical that sought to represent an overview of cutting-edge international graphic art.   at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts . Tues-Fri, 10-5, Sat 10-4, Sun 1-5; closed Nov.24-25, Dec. 24-25 and Dec. 31, Jan . 1; Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. Free. 301-739-5727 or cschelle (at) wcmfa .org


December 30
Appalachian Chamber Music Festival: Works to Warm Us Join us for an evening of holiday cheer in the inspiring acoustics of Camp Hill-Wesley United Methodist Church in Harpers Ferry. Enjoy beloved works such as "Winter" from Vivaldi's Four Seasons paired with Piazzolla’s tango-inspired “Winter” from the Southern Hemisphere. Come on a journey from darkness into light with Golijov’s “Tenebrae” an audience favorite from our 2021 season. Camp Hill-Wesley United Methodist Church 601 Washington Street Harpers Ferry, WV. Friday, 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Adults $25, Students $15; or manager (at) appalachianchamber .org

December 31
Appalachian Chamber Music Festival: Fire and Ice Ring in the new year with a journey from darkness into light. Inspired by cellist Janos Starker's moniker "Fire and Ice", this Slavic-influenced program features works that will both comfort and excite you as you reflect on the past year as well as provide inspiration for the year to come. Program to include the world premiere of composer Chris Rogerson's "Arietta for bass and string quartet." War Memorial Building 102 East German Street, Shepherdstown, WV. Saturday; 2:00 – 3:30 pm. Adults $35, Students $15. or manager (at) appalachianchamber .org


January 13 – 28
“Nuts” by Tom Topor A psychiatric competency hearing is being held for a high-priced call girl charged with killing one of her clients. Motives and family secrets are revealed as her parents push to have her declared mentally incompetent and she counters to prove she is not “nuts” in this gripping courtroom drama. This show contains mature themes and content. Thu-Sat 8pm;  Sun 2pm. Adults- $21, Seniors (62+)- $19, Students (K-12, College) $14. 540-662-3331 or wlt (at) winchesterlittletheatre .org

February 3 – 12
Ken Ludwig's comedy “Leading Ladies” Two down-on-their-luck English actors don female attire and attempt to pass themselves off as the beloved nieces of an old lady in order to collect a large inheritance.  Romantic entanglements abound. The perfect Valentine's date.  Old Opera House Theatre Company – Charles Town  8 pm Fridays & Saturdays, 2:30pm Sundays. $22 Adult, $19 Senior, $15 Students 304-725-4420;   or ooh (at) oldoperahouse .org

January 11 -12
Auditions! The Rude Mechanicals Medieval & Renaissance Players announce auditions for a short medieval comedy & 3 plays written by Shepherd University students– 8-10 pm in Reynolds Hall of Shepherd University, 8-10 pm. free. 304-876-5208; or bellzey (at) shepherd .edu

January 14
Stage Combat Workshop. Students have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of unarmed stage combat, including: Proper technique of fist fighting; How to safely fall; Acting through a fight; Development of the fight partnership. The Apollo Civic Theatre, 128 East Martin Street   10 am – 5 pm. $35. 304-263-6766; or act (at) apollocivictheatre .org

'Specially for Kids

Wonderment Theatre
See website for current shows. Wonderment Theater, 412 W. King Street, Martinsburg WV. Sat and Sun. Doors open 12:40 Show time 1pm. $7.50 for 2 years and up. 304-258-4074; or wondermentpuppets (at) yahoo .com

Partners and Supporters

WV Commission on the ArtsBerkeley County Convention and Visitors Bureau
Trails n Trees Studio TourBerkeley Community Chorus
National Endowment for the Arts Main Street Martinsburg

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