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Berkeley Arts Council News
Our 12th Year! Now Open through Christmas Eve!
Ho, ho, ho my goodness! The Berkeley Arts Council’s St. Nick’s Market is open for business Wednesday November 24 through Friday December 24, 2021. The gallery at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 N. Queen Street, Martinsburg, is transformed into a festive holiday market displaying the work of more than 30 local and regional artists and artisans as well as our year ‘round co-op artists. No supply chain issues here – there’s a variety of items for great selection and fun shopping. There is a mix of fine art and craft items for the home, including basketry, ceramics, glass, wood, photography, painting and mixed media; cards, and clocks; even local honey! There’s art to wear, including woven fibers, warm face masks, jewelry and more – all wonderful and thoughtfully made! Extended business hours November 24 – December 24 will be Wednesdays/Thursdays 11am – 5pm, Fridays 11am – 8pm, Saturdays 11am – 4pm and Sundays 12pm – 3pm.
First Friday Art Walk
It’s the last Art Walk of the Season and a great opportunity to find that perfect handmade gift. After you stop in at the Berkeley Art Works, travel on down to the other art businesses in our community. There’s something for everyone.
The Berkeley Art Works and St Nick’s Market will be in full swing during Saturday’s Main Street Martinsburg’s Christmas on Main event. Stop by at 116 North Queen Street. In addition to the items inside St Nick’s Market, there will be outside canopies with handmade items and a selection of art supplies and art books.
Call for Entries: Berkeley Arts Council Annual Members Exhibit
The Berkeley Arts Council’s Annual Members’ Exhibit opens January 12, 2022. All artists who are active members of the Berkeley Arts Council for the 2022 calendar year are invited to participate in the Annual Members’ Exhibit. There is no entry fee other than membership dues. The exhibit is open to visual artist members working in any medium. The exhibit is not juried; however, work must be properly framed or professionally presented and ready for display, and must not have been exhibited at the Berkeley Art Works previously. Participation in this annual exhibit is a benefit of membership in the Berkeley Arts Council. More information is on our Web site.
Call for Entries: Reflections of Gratitude
In observance of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day in March, the Berkeley Arts Council (BAC) will present Reflections of Gratitude, a collection of works about women. The exhibit will be on display at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 N. Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV from February 23 through April 2, 2022.
The goal of this exhibit is to honor women whose achievements and contributions have enriched our lives and bettered our world. They are our role models, influencers, sources of strength, beacons of hope. They may be artists, educators, preachers, healers, engineers, scientists; they are mothers, sisters, grandmothers, friends; they exist in many roles and vocations, in public and private life. Whether historical or contemporary, who has that woman been for you? Entries for this juried exhibit should pay tribute to women who have been influential in your life.
The exhibit is open to all visual artists throughout the continental United States, over the age of 18, working in any fine art or fine craft medium or technique, in 2- or 3-dimensions, representational, abstract, or non-representational. Entries must be original works of art that have been completed within the last three (3) years, and have not been exhibited at the Berkeley Art Works previously. More information is on our Web site.
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? Call us during business hours at 304-620-7277 and ask for Judith, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: “Instructor”.
Support the Berkeley Arts Council on Giving Tuesday or Any Day
The Berkeley Arts Council works to ensure a vibrant, vital arts environment in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. As a recipient of our monthly bulletin, you have followed us and seen us work for 12 years to support frequency, quality and variety of arts-related events in our community and our region.
Last year was the first time we participated in GivingTuesday and we received a generous response. This year we are again asking for support. Over the past two years, but especially this year, income from class tuition, co-op and exhibit sales, and membership are down, leaving us unable to grow our programming as we had planned.
Let’s face it, most of us don’t like asking for help, but in order to expand our programs, especially in these challenging times, we do need additional support. Making a monetary donation is easy. Visit our Web site and scroll down to locate the Donate button on the right side of our main page. On your mobile device, select About the Berkeley Arts Council from the menu at the top of the screen and scroll down. Click or tap the button and follow the steps. Thank you!
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.
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/
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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Holiday Hours at the Berkeley Art Works
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.
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Arts Around the Region
Continuing through December 24
St. Nick’s Holiday Market opens Wednesday, November 24 for holiday gift giving season. The Berkeley Art Works gallery will be transformed into a holiday market with the work of fine art and fine craft artists from around the region. Extended business hours November 24 – December 24 will be Wednesdays/Thrusdays 11am – 5pm, Fridays 11am – 8pm, Saturdays 11am – 4pm and Sundays 12pm – 3pm.
Holiday Open House: Wild Rose Soap Co Wild Rose Soap in Shepherdstown, WV! Shop for holiday gifts, enter to win a door prize gift basket of handmade soaps, bath bombs, and more! Enjoy refreshments and tour our soap making studio. Wild Rose Soap Co: 173 Ashley Dr. Shepherdstown, WV. Sat, 1-4pm free. 202-525-6076 www.mywildrosesoap.com or mywildrosesoap (at) gmail .com
December 4 – 5
Glad Tidings! — A Shepherd Celebration. The Annual Holiday Concert by Shepherd University School of Music including Shepherd Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Singers, Camerata Soprano/Alto Choir, Vocal Quintet, Ramblers Gospel and Pop Choir, Guitar Ensemble, and Piano Ensemble. Program includes holiday music with traditional favorites and contemporary arrangements, and a very merry holiday sing-along. Shepherd University Wellness Center Arena. Saturday 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 3 p.m. $15 general admission; $10 Shepherd faculty, staff, alumni, senior citizens, active duty military, students age 18 & under. 304-876-5555 www.shepherd.edu/music; music (at) shepherd .edu
Shepherd Community Orchestra and Shepherd Youth Chorus Concert Shepherd Youth Chorus directed by Dr. Austin Showen, and the Shepherd Community Orchestra, directed by Camilo Peréz-Mejía, present their first concert of the season. Frank Arts Center Theater. Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. $5 general admission. 304-876-5711 www.shepherd.edu/music/community-program; communitymusic (at) shepherd. edu
The Berkeley Community Chorus Christmas Concert is back! The date is Saturday, December 11 at 7:30 pm. The location is Westview Baptist Church on Louisiana Avenue in Martinsburg. Masks are required for attendance. After 16 months of inactivity due to the pandemic, the BCC began rehearsals in October for its ninth season of December and May performances. For the holiday concert the chorus looks forward to performing sacred and secular selections including familiar titles such as “Silent Night”, “O Little Town of Bethlehem”, “Carol of the Bells”, “Sing We Now of Christmas”, and much more. In addition to a cappella songs, the chorus will be accompanied by a string quartet, soprano saxophone, piano, organ, and percussion instruments. Tickets at the door only are $10 Adult, $8 Seniors 65+, and free of charge for children 12 and under. More information about the chorus and concert is on our website www.berkcommchorus.org, and on Facebook/berkeleycomunitychorus.
December 17 – 19
The Nutcracker Tchaikovsky’s classic will feature over 75 member cast including guest artist, Matthew Helms, principal Boulder Ballet. Don’t miss the beloved holiday classic sponsored in part by the Marion Park Lewis Foundation. Shepherd University. Friday 7pm, Saturday 5pm Sunday 2pm $30 and up. 1-304-229-3209 www.inwoodperformingarts.com or info (at) inwoodperformingarts .com
December 18 – 19
“Clara’s Candy Land Adventure” presented by Turning Pointe Dance Company at the Apollo Civic Theatre. Saturday 7 pm- Sunday 2 pm $. 304-263-6766, Apollocivictheatre.org or act (at) apollocivictheatre .org
December 9 – 12
“A Very Apollo Christmas” at the Apollo Civic Theatre. A fun filled family event with an hour of crafts and a gift shop and pictures with Santa and Rudolph! Followed by an interactive Holiday comedy, where the audience will sing carols too!.128 East Martin Street, Martinsburg, WV 25401. 6:00 crafts 7:30 show 11th and 12th crafts 1:00 show 2:30 $12-$17. 304-263-6766 apollocivictheatre.org or act (at) apollocivictheatre .org
‘Specially for Kids
Through December 26
“The Nutty Nutcracker” Little Clara Marie has a magical nutcracker, but King Rat wants it , too. Who will get it? Come see this nutty show. Wonderment Theatre, 412 W.KingStreet, Martinsburg, WV. Saturday and Sunday show time 1pm Doors open 12:40 $7.50 for two years and up. Under 2 free. 304-258-4074 www.wondermentpuppets.com; wondermentpuppets (at) yahoo .com
Partners and Supporters
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/
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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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