Artists Mary Jo Sims and John Turner at Berkeley Art Works

Retirement Idyl:  Artwork by Mary Jo Sims and John Turner is an exhibit of paintings, drawings, collage, prints and mixed media artwork by two Berkeley Arts Council members, on display at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg.

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John Turner loved to draw during his grade school years.  Until he attended classes through the Berkeley Arts Council, he had never taken an art class, or received formal art instruction.  “My experience with the instructors has stimulated a strong desire on my part to explore, risk, and discipline my artistic efforts.  The courses are conducted in such a manner that the studio time is encouraging, educational and socially engaging,” he says with enthusiasm.  He finds great pleasure in line drawings and vibrant colors.  Mixing media such as watercolor, ink, acrylic and colored pencil allows him to connect representative elements in an organic manner with more abstract vignettes.

Mary Jo Sims majored in fine art in college, where she was influenced by American Abstract Expressionists.  After reading Wassily Kandinsky’s Concerning the Spiritual in Art, she became interested in the deep connection between the spiritual and the aesthetic. She explored that connection while attending Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, in their Department of Religion and the Arts.  “I continue to resonate especially with Kandinsky’s improvisations, pieces that are divorced from subject matter and rely completely on color, line, and shape for meaning.  Color, and the lines and shapes formed by the juxtaposing and mingling of colors, provide the meaning of my recent works.  While there is some intentionality to the color application, I allow the initial flow of color on the paper surface to dictate much of the direction of the painting.”

The exhibit displays several of their individual works, but John and Mary Jo also collaborate on work and gain inspiration from each other.  Collaborative works in the exhibit show a beautiful harmony in their artistic styles and interests.  Retirement Idyl:  Artwork by Mary Jo Sims and John Turner is open until August 7th.  Business hours at the Berkeley Art Works are Wednesday – Friday, 11am to 5pm and Saturday 11am to 4pm.

The Berkeley Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) non‐profit organization incorporated in West Virginia working to ensure that Berkeley County has a vibrant, vital arts environment by promoting awareness, understanding and appreciation of the literary, visual and performing arts in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.  The Berkeley Arts Council supports local and regional artists, brings quality arts experiences to the community, and provides a wide range of arts learning experiences for local residents, artists and artisans.

Deadline Extended! PHOTO 21 National Juried Photographic Art Exhibit

The Berkeley Arts Council announces PHOTO 21, a national juried photographic art exhibit. The exhibit will open Thursday June 3, 2021 and will be on display through Saturday July 3, 2021.

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). The theme for the exhibit is open; 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional* artwork is welcome. Work must be original, completed within the last three (3) years, and must not have been exhibited previously at the Berkeley Art Works. (*3-D work where a photographic technique is used as the main medium.)

Our Juror: Robert M. Hein is Associate Professor of Art at Frostburg State University, Frostburg, MD, where he teaches Photography, History of Photography, Digital Imaging, and Mixed Media. In his teaching, he emphasizes the development of technical proficiency, the ability to work with traditional and digital media, knowledge of the history of the photographic medium, and a visual literacy in contemporary and historical artists’ work. About his own work he states, “I believe the photograph to be a pliable form of art, not necessarily defined by pre-existing standards for what makes a photograph true to its medium. I do not have a strict agenda to process for my personal work, and I don’t find myself traveling extensively, or working with exotic subject matter to find content. Each project tends to have individual ideas I am interested in pursuing.”

Robert has a BFA from Ball State University and an MFA from the University of Cincinnati. He was awarded the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in 2012 and 2015. He was a semi-finalist in the Gran Prix De La Decouverte, Paris, France. His work was included in the Masur Museum’s 58th Annual Competition, The Print Center of Philadelphia’s 88th Annual International Competition, and has had solo exhibitions in our region. He has also been a guest speaker at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts and the Allegany Arts Council.

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.

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EXTENDED DEADLINE for Entries: Tuesday, April 27, 2021 (Midnight)

Notification of Accepted Work: The juror’s selections will be announced by e-mail and will be posted on our Web site on or about Friday May 7, 2021.

Awards: Best in Show $500; total prizes $1,000.

Calendar:

Deadline for digital entries: Tuesday, April 27, 2021 (Midnight)
Notification of acceptance e-mailed & posted: On or about Friday May 7, 2021
Hand delivery & shipment of accepted works Berkeley Art Works: Monday May 24 – Saturday May 29, 2021
Exhibit Dates: Thursday June 3 through Saturday July 3, 2021
Reception: Awards/reception to be announced.
Pick Up Work at End of Show: Saturday July 3, 2021 between 11:00am and 4:00pm

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Berkeley Arts Council Opens Exhibit to Celebrate Green Hill Historic African-American Cemetery

Fresh Visions:  An Exhibit to Celebrate the Green Hill Historic African-American Cemetery will open February 19 through March 20, 2021 at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 N. Queen Street, Martinsburg. 

The idea for the show was proposed by Berkeley Arts Council member and GHHAAC volunteer Charles Mortensen.  His purpose is to bring attention to the cemetery and the GHHAAC Committee, a not-for-profit group of volunteers who organized to clean up and care for the cemetery site located on the east side of Martinsburg.  The exhibit is also a fundraiser for the GHHAAC Committee.

Several themes are represented in this show, including revitalization and preservation activities at the site; preservation of the history and identity of the cemetery; and commemoration and remembrance of souls buried there.  The show includes the work of twelve artists from as far as Baltimore, MD.  There are approximately 20 works of art with a range of media and techniques represented, including drawing, painting, photography, woodworking, stained glass, clay, mixed-media, assemblage, collage, and gravestone rubbing, as well as historical artifacts.  Current hours at Berkeley Art Works are Friday and Saturday, 11am – 3pm.  Images from the exhibit will soon be posted on the Web site https://berkeleyartswv.org.

The Berkeley Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) non‐profit organization incorporated in West Virginia working to ensure that Berkeley County has a vibrant, vital arts environment by promoting awareness, understanding and appreciation of the literary, visual and performing arts in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.  The Berkeley Arts Council supports local and regional artists, brings quality arts experiences to the community, and provides a wide range of arts learning experiences for local residents, artists and artisans.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: 11th Annual Art & Earth Juried Exhibit

DEADLINE EXTENDED: TUESDAY MARCH 9, 2021

The Berkeley Arts Council (BAC) announces the 11th Annual Art & Earth Juried Art Exhibit. The exhibit has the theme ‘Art and Earth: My Art – My World’. The exhibit opens Thursday April 22, 2021 in the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV. The exhibit will be on display through Saturday May 29, 2021.

Entries should reflect the artist’s view of nature, the environment, or reflect an Earth Day related theme. Any medium or technique, 2-dimension or 3-dimension, is acceptable. The exhibit is open to visual artists throughout the continental United States, over the age of 18, working in any media. Entries must be original works of art that have been completed within the last three (3) years, and have not been previously exhibited at the Berkeley Art Works.

Juror:

The Juror is Paula Phillips, Faculty & Residency Coordinator for the MFA in Community Arts Program, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). She is a former director of MICA’s Community Arts Partnerships (CAP) program, and has been a full-time member of the teaching faculty in the MA and now MFA in Community Arts Program since 2004. She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees from Huston-Tillotson College (1971) and Texas Wesleyan University (1994), and a Master of Fine Arts degree from MICA’s Hoffberger School of Painting (1996).

Phillips is a practicing studio and community artist, a social justice advocate and activist. She specializes in mixed-media paintings that embrace social justice issues, actualized through personal experiences and cultural and professional relationships. She incorporates the disciplines of painting, fibers, photography, ceramics, and sculptural form in her work. Her artwork has been exhibited along the Eastern Seaboard, primarily in the Baltimore-Washington areas.
Phillips is a recipient of MICA’s 2018 Trustee Award for Teaching Excellence and the 2007 Distinguished Service Award. She has been recognized by the Maryland State Department of Education for curriculum development of summer programs for Baltimore City children, youth and teens and received citations from the Baltimore City and the State of Maryland. She served three years as coordinator of MICA’s Community Arts Convening & Research Project.

Deadline for Entries: Midnight Tuesday March 9, 2021

Entries are closed

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 $500 Total prizes $1,000.

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Call for Artists: Fresh Visions: An exhibit to celebrate the Green Hill Historical African-American Cemetery

The Berkeley Arts Council will host an exhibit of artworks in support of the Green Hill Historical African-American Cemetery (GHHAAC) in Martinsburg, WV, from February 18 through March 20, 2021 at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 N. Queen Street.

The purpose of the exhibit is to highlight the work of the GHHAAC Committee, a nonprofit organization formed in September 2017, to restore the long-abandoned African-American cemetery located on the east side of Martinsburg. The exhibit is open to all artists in the region, over the age of 18, working in any medium, including visual, literary, music, and performing arts. The subject of work may focus on any of the following themes:

– Revitalization and preservation of the cemetery grounds,
– Preservation of the history and identity of the GHHAAC, or
– Commemoration and remembrance of souls buried there.

Visual Arts: Work in all visual arts media, including drawing, painting, photography, mixed media, assemblage, sculpture and graphic arts; fine craft media, such as clay, glass, metal, wood, fibers are welcome. To participate, deliver one or two art works to the Berkeley Art Works gallery, 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, February 11, 12 and 13 from 11am to 3pm.

Artwork must be properly framed or otherwise professionally presented and ready for display.  All 2-dimensional artwork framed up to 48 inches in width, is eligible. Framed work must be wired for hanging (no saw tooth or single ring hangers, please).  Three-dimensional fine art and fine craft up to 72 inches in height and 36 inches in width or depth must be free-standing. Larger visual works or works in a series are welcome, but will require prior arrangements to ensure sufficient space in the gallery. Film or documentary work can be provided in DVD format. A DVD Player and TV screen can be provided at the gallery.

A signed consignment form for the exhibit must be submitted when the work is delivered. An identification tag must accompany each piece and must include the artist’s name, title of the work and price, if the work is for sale. The Berkeley Arts Council will retain a 30% commission on sales of work during the exhibit. The Berkeley Arts Council does not insure art work while in the gallery. Although the Berkeley Arts Council will take reasonable measures to ensure the safety of the entries in the gallery, the BAC is not responsible for loss of, or damage to, the artwork and the artist is responsible for his/her own insurance if desired.

Literary, Music and Performance Arts: Artists interested in submitting literary, music and performance work are strongly encouraged. Due to covid-19 restrictions, live performance will not be possible; however, arrangements for virtual presentation of these works will be made, if there is sufficient interest. Project proposals are required in advance and are due by Saturday, February 13, 2021.

There is no entry fee to participate in this exhibit; however, a donation to the GHHAAC Committee is appreciated. Donations may be made when artwork is delivered to the gallery, in cash or check payable to GHHAAC.

Please direct questions via e-mail to berkeleyartswv@gmail.com, with “GHHAAC” in the subject line and be sure to provide contact information so our exhibits committee can respond to you.

Entry Forms:

Visual Arts Consignment Form (PDF)

Literary, Music and Performance Arts Proposal Form (PDF)

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Trails and Trees Studio Tour at Berkeley Art Works

The Berkeley Art Works is hosting the Trails and Trees Studio Tour this year.  The group of artists made the decision to cancel the usual, self-guided event for the health and safety of visitors, volunteers and artists.

“I offered the idea of a ‘pop-up’ venue at the Art Works to the group.  It’s a win-win for everyone.  The Berkeley Arts Council gets to fill their exhibit space with great work and exercise their tag line, ‘We Amplify the Arts’, and Trails and Trees gets a venue for their fall show,” said Anna Howard, who is a Trails and Trees Studio Tour member and the president of the Berkeley Arts Council.  “This year marks the 10th anniversary of Trails and Trees.  Members of the group have built the Tour into an important annual event.  Last year’s tour was a great success so we didn’t want to lose momentum,” said Howard.

Artists working in clay, glass, wood, fibers and other media are included in the exhibit.  There is functional pottery, blown and stained glass work, furniture, baskets, clocks, jewelry, quilts – even honey – all useful and handmade locally.  Being at the Art Works gives visitors a full month to appreciate the artists’ work, and do some early shopping for the fall and fast-approaching holiday season.

Visit the Berkeley Art Works at 116 N. Queen Street, Martinsburg and spend time with the art of Berkeley County.  The “Studio Tour at the Berkeley Art Works” is open until November 14; gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday, 11:00am to 4:00pm.  For more information contact berkeleyartswv@gmail.com, or call 304-620-7277.  The Trails and Trees Studio Tour is planning to be back as usual November 6 & 7, 2021.

The Berkeley Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) non‐profit organization incorporated in West Virginia working to ensure that Berkeley County has a vibrant, vital arts environment by promoting awareness, understanding and appreciation of the literary, visual and performing arts in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.  The Berkeley Art Works, a project of the Berkeley Arts Council, supports local and regional artists, brings quality arts experiences to the community, and provides a wide range of arts learning experiences for local residents, artists and artisans.

September Featured Artist: Joe Bourgeois

September Featured Artist:  Joe Bourgeois
By Annette Verna

Joe Bourgeois is a furniture and cabinet maker from Bunker Hill, WV.  His earliest experience working with wood was when he was 6 or 7 years old.  He and his brother decided they would add a room on to their house in Massachusetts.  “My mother found us with a hammer (missing half the handle), a few bent nails and a couple of short pieces of wood.  We were building a room on the house and were making the doorway.  She suggested we build the room first.  ‘How do you build a room’ was my question.”  That question stayed with him.

A Room and A Life

Joe started working with a cabinetmaker when he was 12.  “He showed me how to sand the edges of doors and round off the sharp corners.  I learned how to support heavy materials going through the table saw – he pushed, I held them up.  I learned in the summer to start at seven and quit at seven.  In other words, it became a life for me.”  

It wasn’t a paying job, but it was a valuable experience and Joe continued to work with the cabinetmaker until it was time for college.  He went off to Harvard and in the following years, he taught history, and then served as a United Methodist preacher.  At 40, he turned back to the idea of that room from many years ago, became a licensed construction contractor, and then a furniture and cabinet builder. 

The cabinetmaker from his youth appears in a few of Joe’s “Shop Musings” on his Web site (https://bourgeoisfurniture.com).  The cabinetmaker passed away more than 40 years ago, but it is clear he left a lasting impression.  Joe most enjoyed the times he would get to do something new.  “I would go to one end of the bench, and he would go to the other.  I learned to watch him and thus learned the new task.”  As Joe grew his own business, it was his customers who influenced new experiences.  “I have always been excited about tackling a new thing.  I like it when customers ask me for new work.  In a way, it puts me back in that shop at the other end of the bench.”

Joe builds tables, chairs, beds, bureaus, desks, work centers, kitchen cabinets and other things.  He is currently working on a full set of kitchen cabinets.  His furniture includes inlays with wood, glass and tile.  If you’ve been to the Berkeley Art Works, you know he also makes sculptural art pieces and small art objects. 

 

A Relationship with Wood

Joe enjoys pushing the envelope with each new project and does his best to meet the challenges that come.  “I have no family tradition, or other strength that I can draw on.  I am just trying to continue forward,” he says.  When you read his musings, you will quickly learn that his relationship with wood goes deeper than this modest statement.  “Wood strikes many people as inert – unmoving and unchanging, passive, waiting for our touch to bring it to beauty.  This is a deep misunderstanding of the relation between wood and woodworker.  In the process of a project the change is at least equal, if not more on the woodworker’s side.  Wood changes our stance and alters our being.  It gets into our brain and unleashes forces which lift our vision and release our feelings.  The relationship between the woodworker and wood may be likened to that of a wave crashing onto the rocks.  The wave comes in and is metamorphosed into force and spray, and is redirected ultimately to itself and its source of energy.  When I start a project, I pick the size and shape that seem right for the purpose I have selected.  As I come incrementally closer and closer to the wood, my vision clears and feelings are released.  I am reoriented to my project and suddenly it is me reacting to the wood.  I am mixed with it.  This is important because wood is my way of communicating with others, and in a way it takes an equal part.  The brain of a woodworker is changed by wood.  Finally, that is good because it brings out a more authentic person.”

An Artisan’s Journey

Joe is an artisan – a combination of craftsperson and businessperson.  As a craftsperson he has focused on acquiring the practical skills necessary to master his medium.  No matter how simple or elementary a task, doing it properly takes practice (time) and skill (patience).  “Skill goes in two directions: one not only must know what one wants to do – cut, bore, turn – but one must know why one wants to do it – how does this action fit into the other actions one must perform to execute a specific design?”  The business side brings a different dimension to the questions of making.  The tasks of running the business must balance with the making.  “I want to be serious about finding mastery in my craft and allowing the business side to develop in coordination with that craft.  As the business side grows within this perspective, it feeds the craft side, revealing new challenges.”

Today, with years of experience, Joe seeks to growth in working with wood.  His motto:  “Every day put your hands on the wood.”  It is the road to the best growth and all creative people know they need to do the hard work to both grow and maintain a level of work.  “Wanting to be better, or to be at all, is not enough.  Some effective contact must be achieved.  With wood, meaningful contact involves the hands.  It involves investing oneself through manipulation.  This does not mean I ignore reading or thinking about wood, styles, etc.  These activities are good for a certain kind of perspective, but without hands-on experience, no real progress occurs.” 

Joe writes, “Wood has always been all around me – in the trees in the forest, in building construction, in furniture, sculpture and art….  Things have happened to me which have caused me to get a perspective on it beyond my first surround.”  He continues to question and search for meaning in his work and his creative life.  He strives to be the best craftsperson he can – every day.  “As I navigate my life and craft, I am looking for my job, my life-giving and identifying task.  It has brought me in contact with many good people and made me friends.  It has helped to plumb my own depths and potential.”  

As evidenced by his work and the people who seek it, Joe has built more than a “room” and a “life”.  Through his work and his journey, he shows us all the importance in finding, meeting and stretching the possibilities given to us, and the depth and richness of growth that comes in artistic development.

Come to the Berkeley Art Works anytime this month to see Joe’s work featured in our front window!  You can also see photos of his work on the Berkeley Arts Council Web site at https://berkeleyartswv.org/artists-at-the-works-galleries/.  And of course, you can always come into the gallery Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays between 11am and 3pm to see what else is up in the co-op.  To see more, visit Joe’s Web site noted above as well as his Facebook page.

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[UPDATE: Awards Announced] Eastern West Virginia Exhibit

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The Berkeley Arts Council announced the award winners for their 8th Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit on display at the Berkeley Art Works. A virtual “reception” was held to recognize the participants and award winners. Congratulations to Laura Robertson from Kearneysville for her fabric piece, “Fly Eyes”, which was selected for Best of Show. Heather Hendry from Bunker Hill received the Merit Award for her pastel drawing “Sunflowers in Blue Vase”. Honorable mentions were given to Carina Elhordory, Martinsburg, for her acrylic painting “Untitled”; Tracey Donnelly Franklin, Shepherdstown, for her assemblage “War Heron III”; Omar Williams, Kearneysville, for his digital photograph “Out of My Element”; and Tom Nebel, Shepherdstown, for his oil painting “Je Marche Dans Les Fleurs.”

This year, 58 works were submitted primarily from Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties, from which the juror Mr. Evan Boggess of Shepherd University selected 24 works in drawing, painting, photography, fibers, mixed media, assemblage and sculpture. He commented that there were a lot of excellent, technically proficient works from which to select, representing very interesting subject matter. His aim was to select works that demonstrated longevity and that kept the viewer thinking about them long after seeing them. The Berkeley Arts Council thanks Mr. Boggess and all the artists who submitted work for consideration in this show. This annual juried exhibit is open to artists 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.

The exhibit is on display until October 10, 2020 at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV and is open Thursdays through Saturdays, 11:00am to 3:00pm. For more information about the Berkeley Arts Council and the Berkeley Art Works, visit us on the Web at https://berkeleyartswv.org and our Facebook page.

Juror’s Statement

As a juror and fellow artist, I am always trying to articulate the unique, intangible, and persistent qualities of elevated works of art.  What is it about a particular painting, sculpture, photograph, video, print, or installation that remains in our thoughts seconds, minutes, days, months, years after seeing it?  Artwork that exhibits elevated technical skills, subject matter, and formal command are certainly deserving of recognition, but these individual aspects on their own are relatively easy to rank.  Instead, I am drawn to pieces that manage to combine these aspects in surprising ways to create new, lasting visual experiences.   –  Evan Boggess

Congratulations to all of the accepted artists. Email notifications and instructions for delivery of artwork will be sent within shortly.

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Submissions Extended: Berkeley Arts Council’s “Mask-a-Palooza”

Call for Artists!

Decorate wearable coronavirus MASKS
with your original ideas
(purchased or homemade)

Help protect against Coronavirus transmission

Prizes Awarded:
$100 – I Can’t Live Without You
$ 50 – Stayin’ Alive Spectacular
$ 25 – Simply Marvelous

The Berkeley Arts Council is holding a “Mask-a-Palooza” decorated Coronavirus face mask contest and exhibit, September 12 through November 13, at the Berkeley Art Works gallery, 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg.

The Berkeley Arts Council is looking for original designs using hand-made or purchased masks.  Make them fun, glamorous, intriguing, surprising … but the end result must be a functional, wearable mask.  We’re trying to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, after all.

Cash prizes will be awarded for the top 3 designs!

The contest is open to the community and there is no entry fee.  The masks will be on display in the front window of the Berkeley Art Works gallery.

Submission Extended Deadline: September 15, 2020
(No Entry Fee!)

It’s easy to submit! Just click on the link below and enter the information.

Entry Form

(Or you may pick up an entry form at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. Currently open Thursdays, Fridays & Satiurdays, 11-3.)

Then, bring decorated masks to the Berkeley Art Works after the submissions close (date will be announced.) You may offer your mask(s) for sale – or not. A 30% commission on the retail selling price established by the artist shall be retained by BAC.

Each mask must have a tag securely attached with youir name, an ID number, and price (if for sale.)

After the exhibit, masks should be picked up a the Berkeley Art Works November 13-14, 2020.

The Berkeley Art Works Reopens in June!

We are pleased to announce that we are re-opening the Berkeley Art Works gallery to the public for limited hours starting Saturday, June 6.  The gallery will be open on Saturdays from 11am-3pm.

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.  The number of guests in the gallery at one time will be limited and we will require our staff and visitors to wear masks.  We are monitoring Berkeley County Coronavirus information daily to determine whether we can continue to expand our hours and offerings in the coming months.

The gallery will be open for retail sales and visitors will be able to view the current exhibition, the 10th Annual Juried Art and Earth Exhibit, which will be on display until July 4.  The exhibit went “virtual” on the Web site, https://berkeleyartswv.org, in April.

While we have had to cancel exhibits scheduled for the summer months, we are announcing a special summer members’ exhibit for July, which will be followed by our Eighth Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit in September.

Our regular classes have been cancelled for the immediate future; however, we are preparing virtual and limited attendance/social distancing solutions to continue to offer educational programs to the community.

Remember to watch your email or visit the Berkeley Arts Council’s web site and Facebook page for information on our activities and programming; questions can be directed to the Berkeley Arts Council e-mail address, berkeleyartswv@gmail.com.

 

Art and Earth Exhibit Goes Online

Tenth Annual Art and Earth Juried Exhibit
Online Gallery

Perhaps there is a lesson in the developing world-wide catastrophe known as COVID-19 that could be summed up with the old joke, “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature.” For ten years the Berkeley Arts Council has sponsored the Art and Earth juried art exhibit, seeking work from artists who express how they view the natural world and the environment with the goal of expanding the awareness about these things.

Due to the emergency, we will not be able to open the gallery at this time showing of the Art and Earth artwork. We remain hopeful that this is temporary but in the meantime, we wanted to share the great artwork that was selected by Juror Janis Goodman.

Accepted Artists: Art and Earth Exhibit

The juror’s selections are in for the Tenth Annual Art and Earth Juried Exhibit and we are very pleased to announce the accepted artists. The juror, Janis Goodman, selected 42 works by 39 artists out of 194 works submitted by 78 artists from 19 states. The full list of accepted artists and works is below. The exhibit will be on display from April 1 – May 16, 2020.

Juror’s Statement:

I was so pleased to find so many of the submissions visually interesting and compelling. As a juror, I look for three things and how they balance each other: content, imagery and technique. I additionally use this criteria for critiquing my students work at the Corcoran College of Art. In many cases the narrative or description was very interesting but I felt the work did not hold up craft wise. In other instances, the technique was strong but the imagery was not convincing. All of the works submitted contained strong reasons for inclusion, unfortunately space limitation is a factor.
Each one of the artists chosen possesses a notable affinity with the subject of Art and the Earth or My art-My World. It is no small thing to tackle such a huge topic with integrity, innovation and skill.  The environment is a precious thing which we as artists must honor and protect.

I believe the artists selected represent an interesting range of mediums, views and images. I think the works will communicate with one another and reinforce this idea of the artist as steward of the planet and valuable citizen.  – Janis Goodman

Congratulations to all of the accepted artists. All are invited to the opening reception and awards presentation on Sunday, April 5  from 2-4pm at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, WV.

(For accepted artists: After the break (below) is important information regarding the shipping/delivery of the work.)           

Accepted work:

Carolyn Albracht The World In Which We Live
Alba Baez Florida
Alex Barbour Palm Oil
Honorable Mention
Judith Becker Wild Fancy
Leah Bennett Until The Mighty River Breaks Us Apart
Ann Darling Rhythms
Deborah Digel Bison
Tracey Donnelly Franklin War Heron III
Phil Dunn Abandoned
Naomi Dwyer Cell Side Table Barrage Balloon
Justine Godown Poppies
Nancy Hausrath Bubbles
David Heatwole Box of Realities
Deborah Herndon Reverie
Laurie Hoen Weather the Storm
Juliet Hossain Self Portrait of the Sentient Earth
Mahera Khaleque Enormous
Jessie Knirsch Microbial Mat
Jessica LeMere Maya’s Gift
Corinne McAuley Fall Fire
Honorable Mention
Jeanne McClure Jewels of the Garden
Bonnie McDermott Dad’s Place
Jane Michael Wasatch Folds
Dan Morro Hommage
Dan Morro Confined Gloaming
Best in Show
Erin Murray Beyond Our Facade
Sally Myers Wren Leaving the Forest Floor
Alice A Newton The Turtle Doctors at Work
Jim Pearson Anonymous Bone Noise: Harbor
David Pittenger Soon To Seed
Ping Shen Lily Magnolia Blossom (2)
Honorable Mention
Karen Smith Floral Waters 1
B. Berne Smith There!
Rachel Crockett Smith All That’s to Come
Merit Award
Rachel Crockett Smith Eyes Wide Open
Derek Walter Pliocene XXIX
Carol Williams Deporting the Doves of Peace
Honorable Mention
Omar Williams Avon House
Patricia Wilt The Sheep Shearer
Mark Zapico Territory
Jane Zich In The River
Honorable Mention
Jane Zich The Great Melt

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