Art and Earth Exhibit Accepted Artists Announced


Juror Judith Becker has selected 42 works by 39 artists for the 13th Annual Art and Earth Juried Exhibit.

The exhibit will open April 12 at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, WV and be on display through May 20.

Juror’s Statement:

Jurying a body of art work can be both exciting and daunting.  Exciting in that the jurist has the opportunity to examine each piece carefully and evaluate against his or her list of criteria established to level the playing field in terms of selecting the works which have greater value than others.  Daunting because the jurist must take out the selection process his or her own biases towards various art styles, preferences for the subject matter, etc. 

This Art and Earth call produced art pieces which reflected many interpretations of artists’ views of this broad theme.  There were many works which reflected traditional subjects and many which were more creative interpretations of the theme.  I enjoyed studying all of them with the theme in the forefront of my evaluations.  Secondly, as an art teacher, I looked at how well the artist incorporated good art techniques such as composition/design, use of color and values, and techniques.  The ones selected for this exhibit demonstrated good command of the fundamentals of good art.   

Lastly, in deciding which pieces would be selected for our awards, I looked for pieces of art that had that “Wow” factor.  These are the art pieces that you want to look at for more than a glance, the ones that prompt the viewer to linger a while and be amazed at the overall impact of the art.

I want to thank the Berkeley Arts Council for giving me the opportunity to select these wonderful pieces of art to exhibit at our gallery.  I am honored to have a part in what I think will be an amazing exhibit.

– Judith Becker

Below is a list of the accepted artists and their works.

First name Last name Title Material
Mary Alice Bowers The Wild Acrylic on canvas
Linda Cahill Sheep Oil on canvas
Nancy Cahill The Living Sea Wood, paper
Claire Capron Blueridge Morning Glory  Oil on linen panel
Bruce Chandler Mendocino, Ca Coast #3 Oil on Canvas
Abbie Chessler Calm Beauty – Caution Series Acrylic on canvas
Susan Cranford Tuscarora Creek Reflection Acrylic paint and matte medium with palette knife on black mixed media paper.
Megan Davies Abroad Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
Lisa Devore Stripes Oil Pastel on Paper
Mark Dierker Soul Windows Digital C-Print matted and framed
Daniel DuBravec Antelope Canyon Arizona Watercolor Pencil on L’Aquarelle Hot Pressed Paper
Edwin Fichter Lavender Gouache and Colored Pencil
Theresa Fitzpatrick Fall Encaustic pigmented beeswax
Michele Frantz Sunlight Pastel
Michele Frantz Valley View! Watercolor
Brandon Fuller Star Commander  Acrylic and marker on stretch canvas 
Claudia Giannini Red Trillium watercolor on paper mounted on wood panel
Vic Gladstone Respect and Trust Matted and framed print
Martha Hanley The Thread Spirals On WC, acrylic , tissue paper, twine on paper mounted on canvas
willis janssen Reaching-for-light Watercolor Paper
Kayla Jones Beautiful Chaos Design printed on hahnemuhle german etching paper with a black frame and matte
Doug Kinnett All Creatures Great & Small Acrylic on canvas 
Melissa Lettick Opening Colored pencil and tempera on black paper
Ellen Maidman-Tanner Old Norway Maple Oil on Canvas
Corinne McAuley Daisies Glass Beads
Jeanne McClure Blue Brood Monoprint and collage acrylic
Maria Melean Eva and the Sea of Plastic Recycled plastic stones, clay resin, wood, paint
George Miller No Trespassing Translucent steatite -stone
Holley Morrison Reflecting in the water Mix media (watercolor and colorpencil)
Mickey Parker Fish Please Seed beads, glass beads, crystals, plaster statue
Mickey Parker Summer Necklace Seed beads, gold freshwater pearls, Czech glass, sterling silver clasp, mother of pearl cabocho
Lisa Patterson Entangled Photograph on canvas
Mia Pisano Decompose Ash, recycled found materials
Ray Snouffer Forest Cascade Traditional transparent watercolor – no white or black
Ray Snouffer Contrast In Thalo Traditional transparent watercolor – no white or black
Byron Tripp Spirit of Yosemite  Oil on canvas 
Elisabeth Vismans Creek in Colorado Oil on canvas
Flo Wilbik Sun/Showers/Bugs/Flowers Stained and broken glass, rocks, resin
Omar Williams New Jersey American Plaster, Metal, Wood
Patricia Wilt On High Alert Soft Pastel
Mark Zimmerman Cosmic Cloud Wood Bowl Cherry wood
Ellen Zimmerman Mysteries Within Framed Photographic Print

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Extended Entry Deadline! 13th Annual Art & Earth Juried Art Exhibit

Updated Deadline March 17, 2023

The Berkeley Arts Council (BAC) announces the 13th Annual Art & Earth Juried Art Exhibit. The exhibit will be on display from Wednesday April 12 to Saturday May 20, 2023 at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV.

Description: 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.

Eligibility: 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 previously at the Berkeley Art Works.

Juror: The Juror is Judith Becker,

Judith received a BS in Design, Certificate in Art Education , University of Michigan and a MS in Education, Monmouth University. She started her work career as an art teacher for grades K-12. She then took a break to raise her children. She then spent over 25 years working in management for Macy’s and for Citicorp Credit Services, lastly as VP of Human Resources and Management Training. Upon her retirement, she returned to teaching by instructing mostly adults in a wide range of art design disciplines. She has taught art classes for both the Garrett County, MD art association and the Berkeley Arts Council, Martinsburg. She also had the honor to be a juror for the Waynesboro Studio Art Club and Berkeley Arts Council. In addition, she served on the Board of Directors for Alpine Lake Property Association, Terra Alta, WV, the Gerrardstown Presbyterian Church Session as a ruling elder, is a juried member of Tamarac, “The Best of West Virginia” and serves as a member of Board of Directors of the Berkeley Arts Council.

Judith specializes in using colored pencils, pastels and watercolors as well as being a specialist in color theory and composition and design. She primarily paints landscapes, hardscapes, florals, wildlife and still lifes. She is most inspired by nature, landscapes and scenes from her travels. Her work generally exhibits vibrant colors, strong compositional elements and interesting visual stories.

Entry Fee: 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: Best in Show, Merit Award and Honorable Mention. Total prize fund up to $1,000.

Notification of Accepted Work: Notification of the juror’s selections will be announced by e-mail and posted on our web site on or about March 22, 2023. Detailed delivery instructions and schedules will be provided when the accepted artists are announced.

Extended Deadline for Entries: Midnight Friday, March 17, 2023.

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2022 Holiday Market Now Open!

Holiday hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays 11:00am to 5:00pm; Fridays 11:00am to 8:00pm; Saturdays 11:00am to 4:00pm and Sundays 12pm – 3pm.

2022 Holiday Market

The Berkeley Arts Council’s St. Nick’s Market is open for business!  The gallery at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 N. Queen Street, Martinsburg, is transformed into a festive holiday market displaying the work of local and regional artists and artisans as well as their year ‘round co-op artists.

There’s a variety of items for great selection and fun shopping:  a mix of fine art and craft items for the home, including ceramics, glass, wood, photography, painting and mixed media; holiday cards, and clocks – all thoughtfully made!  Check your lists and be sure to visit St. Nick’s Market at the Berkeley Art Works this year! 

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“An Evening With the Arts”


We held our first "Evening with The Arts" on Saturday, November 12 and it was a wonderful gathering of supporters of The Arts and the Berkeley Arts Council. There was good food and music to create the atmosphere, and the awarding of more than 40 works of art for those who participated in the "Tombola" raffle/auction.

Many thanks to the artists, who donated their work, the sponsors, who supported the event, and the Board and members of the Berkeley Arts Council, who put a great effort into making the event successful.

Why your participation in "An Evening With the Arts" is important:

The Berkeley Arts Council has been working in Berkeley County and the Eastern Panhandle area to bring arts-related programming since 2009.  During our 13 years, we've held 2 successful Arts Expos.  We helped the Berkeley Community Chorus get its start.  We created a student dance competition.  We've built a local artists' cooperative.  We've published a Bulletin of arts happenings every month without missing a month - even during the worst of Covid.  We create exhibition opportunities for visual artists and changing exhibits for the public to enjoy 9 times per year.  We've built up an instruction program of foundational art classes and workshops for all ages.  We work in the community with other creative and arts establishments to bring people downtown for First Friday Art Walks.  These are just a few examples of what we've accomplished.

We want to continue this important work and do more for the community!  Whether you purchase tickets for the event, or you want to be a business sponsor, proceeds will benefit our future programming.  We are recognized as a 501(c)3 nonprofit by the IRS.  We appreciate your support!

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Call for Artists: ‘My Home Town’

Deadline Extended: Monday December 12, 2022 (Midnight)

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. 

Description:  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?  There is beauty in the small moments of everyday life.  We are looking for your photos that portray the activity in a town of today against a backdrop of earlier times.

Eligibility: 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).

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Call for Entries: 10th Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit

Deadline Extended

Extended Deadline for Entries
Midnight Wednesday August 3, 2022

The Berkeley Arts Council announces the 10th Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit, to be displayed in the Berkeley Art Works gallery, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, WV from August 31 to October 8, 2022.

Eligibility – The exhibit is open to artists over the age of 18 who reside in one of the eight counties that comprise the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia: Berkeley, Jefferson, Morgan, Hampshire, Hardy, Grant, Mineral, and Pendleton.

Theme – The theme for the exhibit is open. Works in any medium or technique, in 2- or 3-dimensions, abstract, representational or non-representational subject matter are welcome. Entries must be original works of art that have been completed within the last 3 years and have not been exhibited previously at the Berkeley Art Works.

Juror – Jenna Gianni (MFA) is a ceramic artist and educator based in Maryland. She currently teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Ceramics at Hood College in Frederick, MD where she has previously worked as the Director of Galleries. In addition to her work at Hood, Jenna is also part owner at Washington Street Studios, a community pottery studio in Harpers Ferry, WV providing ceramics classes and studio space to artists in the MD, VA, and WV area.

Entry Fee – The entry fee for one or two works is $25. Additional works may be submitted for a fee of $10 for each additional work, up to a total of four works.

Awards – Best in Show, Merit Award and Honorable Mention.

Entries – Two-dimensional work must be suitably framed and must not exceed 48 inches in width, including frame. Framing must be equipped with wire, ready for hanging (no sawtooth or single loop hangers, please). Please use plexiglass instead of glass. Three-dimensional work must not exceed 72 inches in height and 36 inches in width or depth, and must be free-standing.

Image Submission – Entries for the exhibit must be submitted as digital images for jurying. You may submit up to four works to be juried for this exhibit; one image per work. One additional image to show detail for 3-dimensional work is allowed.

The image file format should be normal (baseline) JPEG. Do not save as ‘progressive’ JPEG. The images should be 1200 pixels on the long dimension with the other dimension proportional. Save at 72 PPI/DPI at high quality setting (8 out of 10 or 80% is good). Set the filename to lastname_title_WxHxD_entrynumber.jpg (example: jones_pretty girl_11x14x1_no1.jpg).

Notification of Accepted Work – Notification of the juror’s selections will be announced by e-mail and posted on our Web site on or about Monday August 8, 2022.  Make sure your e-mail address is current in Entrythingy and check your e-mail (including SPAM folder) and our Web site around this date!


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Call for Artists Contemporary Printmaking

On display from June 29 to August 6, 2022
Deadline for Entries: May 22, 2022 at midnight

Open to all visual artists throughout the continental United States, over the age of 18, working in any printmaking technique, representational, abstract, or non-representational subject matter. Works in any of the following printmaking techniques: engraving, etching, lithography, linoleum or woodcut, screen printing.  Photomechanical, digital or mixed media processes may be incorporated as long as the primary technique is one of printmaking. Entries must be original works completed within the last three (3) years, and have not been exhibited previously at the Berkeley Art Works.

Juror:  Matthew McLaughlin is a mixed media artist and curator who explores the human relationship with their environments, specifically urban and suburban spaces.  He is a Senior Lecturer and teaches printmaking at the University of Maryland.

Entry Fee:  $35 for the first two works. Artists may submit one or two additional works for $10 each, for a maximum of four works.

Awards:  Best in Show, Merit Award and Honorable Mention. Total prize fund up to $1,000.

Deadline for Entries: May 22, 2022 at midnight

Entries Closed