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”

Update:

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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Contemporary Printmaking Exhibit(Update: Awards)

The Berkeley Arts Council (BAC) announces the award winners for the Contemporary Printmaking juried exhibit, an exhibit of works in various printmaking techniques. The purpose of the exhibit is to introduce the community to the versatile medium of printmaking.

The exhibit is on display from June 29 to August 6, 2022 at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV. The gallery is open every Wednesday – Friday, 11-5 and Saturday 11-4.

The juror, Matthew McLaughlin, selected five award winners.

 

The Best of Show went to Brandon Williams from Nashville, Tennessee for his copper plate etching entitled, “From the Ground Up”.

Merit Awards were given to Mitch Eckert from Louisville, Kentucky for his copper plate etching “Still Life with Inedibles”, and Ginny Fielding from Midlothian, Virginia for her lithograph “Upper Crust”.

Honorable Mentions went to “Downstream” a lithograph by Elizabeth Fontenot from Beaumont, Texas and “They’re Near You When You Sleep”, a zinc plate monotype by Mark Goodmanson from Crystal Lake, Illinois.

The 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. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fine Arts from Ringling College of Art and Design and his Master of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking from Arizona State University.

There are 26 works by 19 artists from 15 states in the exhibit. “In making my selections, the versatility and breadth of printmaking and its processes continued to surprise me. For an art form to have such a wide range of capabilities and be able to produce such a variety of imagery astonishes me again and again. The submissions for the exhibition did not disappoint either. With pieces created through so many processes, it was difficult to decide upon the selections for the exhibition. The prints spoke to me in many ways. For some it was through their craft and cleanliness, while for others it was their gestural quality. Whether it be the crisp quality of a relief print or the tonal subtlety of photogravure, the scope of what an artist can accomplish with print continues to expand with each generation. In the exhibition, I choose to emphasize the range of printmaking’s abilities through the pieces. From photographic work to abstract, from small scale to large, the works bring forward the full gamut of the medium in both process and concept.”

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

Berkeley County, WV: Future, Present, Past Exhibit [UPDATE] Award Winners Announced

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May 18 – June 25, 2022

The Berkeley Arts Council is celebrating the 250th anniversary of Berkeley County, WV with a visual art exhibit entitled, Berkeley County, WV: Future, Present, Past.  Congratulations to the following:  Best of Show: Sterling “Rip” Smith for his photo “B & O Roundhouse”; Merit Award: Claudia Giannini for her painting “Dalmanites”; Merit Award: Gary Bergel for his photo “Green Hill Historical African American Cemetery, Feb. 2021”; Honorable Mention: Kelli Myers for her series of 3 wire sculptures of apple trees; and Honorable Mention: Tom Nebel for his painting “Harlan Springs”.

Awards were selected by Dr. Doug Kinnett, local artist and former member of the art faculty at Shepherd University, where he coordinated the Art Education program.  Doug has been an exhibiting artist/painter and printmaker since the 1970s, with a long list of local, regional and national shows to his credit.

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Thirty-five original 2-D and 3-D works by regional artists address “future”, “present” and “past” themes in a variety of media.  The exhibit is on display from May 18 to June 25, 2022 at the Berkeley Art Works.  The gallery is open every Wednesday – Friday from 11-5 and Saturday from 11-4.  The Berkeley Arts Council thanks the Berkeley County 250th Commemoration Steering Committee for their generous support of this exhibit.

 

Deadline Extended: Berkeley County, WV: Future, Present, Past Exhibit

May 15, 2022 marks the 250th anniversary of the founding of Berkeley County, West Virginia! The Berkeley Arts Council is commemorating this milestone by presenting an expanded exhibit entitled, Berkeley County, WV: Future, Present, Past. This exhibit is one of the of the official events selected and supported by the Berkeley County Council. The exhibit will be on display May 18 to June 25, 2022 at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV.

Located at the gateway to the Shenandoah Valley in the heart of the Eastern Panhandle, Berkeley County is known for its unique history, beautiful scenery, robust industry, and more. Formed in 1772 from neighboring Frederick County, Virginia, Berkeley County once spanned from the Blue Ridge Mountains in Jefferson County to the famed springs at the Town of Bath (Berkeley Springs) in Morgan County. Throughout its history, Berkeley County has been an epicenter of engagement, growth, and community.

The Berkeley Arts Council invites you to celebrate and honor this unique area with your art! We are asking you to use Berkeley County, WV – its vistas, history, cultures and communities – as inspiration for your work. We hope to build a rich perspective of Berkeley County through interpretations by artists in all arts; from all cultures, identities and viewpoints.

The art exhibit is open to all 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 work in all media, including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, mixed media, assemblage, sculpture and graphic arts; fine craft media, such as clay, glass, metal, wood, fibers, etc., are welcome. Entries must be the original work of the artist. Artists do not have to be current residents of Berkeley County; however, they must reflect a future vision, or a present or past adventure, event, memory, experience, etc., in Berkeley County, WV.

Entries Closed

“Capturing the Light” Watercolor Workshop by Lynn Ferris, AWS, NWS, TWSA

May 14 and 15, 2022

Berkeley Arts Council, Martinsburg, WV is pleased to offer an exciting and unique watercolor workshop by Lynn Ferris, AWS, NWS, TWSA, nationally and internationally known artist and instructor.

“Shadow Play” by Lynn Ferris

“Capturing the Light”

Bring your work to the next level. Light and shadow shouldn’t be after thoughts in our paintings. In fact, good use of light and shadow is one of the best ways to take a painting from ordinary to extraordinary.

In her signature workshop “Capturing the Light,” Lynn will show students how to use light and shadow to design stronger compositions and bring drama to a variety of subject matter. Students will gain new skills and confidence working with shadows, light sources, creating glow, and more. Lynn provides handouts, reference materials, and lots of personal attention.

Location:
Holiday Inn Martinsburg
301 Foxcroft Ave, Martinsburg, WV 25401
304-267-5500 (Ask for special workshop rate)

Times:
May 14 9am – 4pm
May 15 9am – 4pm

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12th Annual Art & Earth Juried Exhibit Opens at Berkeley Art Works

The Berkeley Arts Council’s 12th Annual Art & Earth Juried Art Exhibit is open today through May 14 at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg.

The exhibit has the theme “Art and Earth: My Art – My World.”  Thirty-seven pieces in this exhibit represent a wide range of media, including watercolor, acrylic, oil and wax painting, pastel drawing, mixed media, photographic processes, clay, wood, metal, cardboard and plastic.

The juror, Alison Helm, is the director of the School of Art and Design at West Virginia University, where she is a professor of sculpture.  As the juror for this exhibit she said, “I found strong work in all of the areas of art making.  I found it inspiring to view all of the different interpretations and re-imagined landscape and our human relationship to it.  There were many extremes, from the Amazon fires to reflections on calm water to experience and enjoy.  There were many personal messages of hope and exuberance.  It is very gratifying to see the high quality of work being produced in the region.”
 
The Berkeley Art Works is open every Wednesday – Friday, 11am to 5pm and Saturday 11am to 4pm.

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Call for 12th Annual Art and Earth Juried Exhibit

Call for Artists: 12th Annual Art & Earth Juried Art Exhibit

The Berkeley Arts Council (BAC) announces the 12th Annual Art & Earth Juried Art Exhibit. The exhibit will be on display from Wednesday April 6 to Saturday May 14, 2022 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 Alison Helm, Director of the School of Art and Design at West Virginia University, where she is a professor of sculpture. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art. She also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in New York.

Professor Helm has exhibited her work at many galleries, museums and sculpture parks throughout the United States, Japan, Taiwan, and Mexico. Ms Helm has received two NEA Grants for Underserved area artists from the Cultural Center in Charleston, WV. She has received several awards, including the Outstanding Research Award for Creative Activity from West Virginia University in 2001 and was nominated for the Claude Worthington Benedum Distinguished Scholar Award. She won the West Virginia Division of Culture and History Governors Award in 2015 and Best of Show at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Society of Sculptors 80th annual exhibition. She recently won a Governors Award in the 2021 WV Juried Exhibition. Her work is represented in numerous private and public collections and she has completed various sculpture commissions including “Splendor of the Seas” for the deck of one of the largest cruise ships in the world owned by Caribbean Cruise Lines, and two commissions for the Clarksburg Veterans Memorial Hospital, Memorial Garden, Clarksburg, WV.

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 5, 2022. Detailed delivery instructions and schedules will be provided when the accepted artists are announced.

EXTENDED Deadline for Entries: Midnight Sunday February 27, 2022

Entries Closed

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Call for Artists Deadline Extended: 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 exhibition 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.

Entry Fee: $35 for the first two works and $10 each additional work up to a maximum of four.

Awards: Best in Show, Merit and Honorable Mention.

Notification of Accepted Work – The exhibit will be juried by the Berkeley Arts Council. Selections will be announced by e-mail and posted on the BAC Web site on or about Friday, January 21, 2022. Delivery instructions will be provided when the accepted artists are announced.

EXTENDED Deadline for Entries
Midnight Friday January 21, 2022.

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‘Watercolor Expressions’ 2021 Accepted Artists (UPDATED: Awards)

Lynn Ferris

The juror’s selections are in for the Watercolor Expressions national juried exhibit and we are pleased to announce the accepted artists. There were a total of 63 works submitted by 26 artists in 9 states. The juror, Lynn Ferris, selected 32 works by 23 artists.

Juror’s Statement
“Watercolor Expressions” 2021

While judging this show I was inspired by the creative energy, the many points of view, creative techniques, and insightful observations of the artists. There were more award worthy paintings than awards, making my decisions exciting but also difficult.

As a judge, the first thing I look for is a painting that is compelling; one that draws me in. It may be a powerful design, a quiet voice, or sheer observation of beauty. Sometimes it’s a sense of place, an emotion, or a unique vision. Sometimes it’s an intriguing narrative. In other words, a strong painting has a point of view. Technical accomplishment is important, but it’s not the sole goal. It provides the language to tell the story, but it is not the story.

Thank you to everyone who participated and thank you for having me as your judge.

Happy Painting!

Lynn Ferris, AWS, NWS, TWSA

The exhibit will be open beginning Wednesday, October 13 through Saturday, November 20.  Awards will be announced and a virtual awards presentation will be scheduled while the exhibit is in the gallery.  You will be notified when the date is set, and a Zoom link will be sent out closer to the event.

Watercolor Expressions Accepted Artists

First Name Last Name Title
Ronda Albright Lenten Rose
Ronda Albright Rose in Blue Vase
Teresa Anderson Cold Creek
Belinda Botzong Crocosmia Biochrome Watercolor Impressions
Mary Alice Bowers Floral
Jessica Buckholtz Picked Flower
Shannon Cronin Self (Merit Award)
Shannon Cronin Luna
Shannon Cronin Change of Plans
Jane deGruchy Savannah Sun (Best in Show)
Michael Gouker New Mexico River Stones
Steve Griggs Tuesday Morning in Crested Butte
Steve Griggs Time for a Ride (Merit Award)
John Grinstead Wheat Field
Richard Hagerty Dance of the Unicorn
Bro Halff Curve by the Ocean, Poipu, Kaua’i
Kathleen Jamieson Shooting Star Over Bioluninescent Sea
Kathleen Jamieson Color Imagination II
Sonja Jones Little Falls
Nancy Kautz Hollyhocks
Kitty Messner German Window
Lannie Mullenax Blue Ridge
Tom Nebel Walkersville Farm
Jes Reger Davis Flutter
Jes Reger Davis Feelin’ Blue
Ray Snouffer Sunning
Ray Snouffer A Burst of Light (Honorable Mention)
Ray Snouffer A Hint of Autumn
Glenn Tomlinson Precious Little (Honorable Mention)
Monica Wilkins In the Rough
Patricia Wilt New Neighbors
Patricia Wilt Driving Home

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