Berkeley Art Works Reception July 22, 5-7pm

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Selection of portraits on display at the Berkeley Art Works.

Now showing at the Berkeley Art Works is “The Art of the Portrait”, an exhibit of portraits by local and regional artists. Also on display in the “Back Space” gallery is “Square Seasons” a exhibit of 20 square-format photographs by Gary Bergel reflecting, documenting, and exploring squared-off seasons, days, and moments natural, cultural, pyschological, and spriritual.

Image by Gary Bergel
Image by Gary Bergel

The gallery, which is located at 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, WV, is open Wed-Thu 11-5, Fri 11-8 and and Sat 11-4.

There will be a reception on Friday, July 22, from 5-7pm to view the artwork and meet some of the artists. Light refreshments will be available and the reception is free and open to the public.

The Berkeley Art Works, a project of the Berkeley Arts Council, is the realization of the long-held dream of the arts community in Martinsburg and Berkeley County West Virginia: to have a community-based arts facility that supports local and regional artists, brings quality arts experiences for the members of the public, and provides a wide range of arts learning experiences for local residents, artists, and artisans. The Berkeley Arts Council is on the Web at http://www.berkeleyartswv.org.

Berkeley Arts Council Announces Award Winners

The Berkeley Arts Council has announce the winning art works in the Sixth Annual Art and Earth Juried Exhibit. The exhibit, which is produced by the Berkeley Arts Council is on display in the Berkeley Art Works gallery at 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg.

The Best in Show award went to Mary Hurst of Lewisburg, West Virginia for her oil painting, “Matrix”. Merit Awards went to Thomas Mitchell of Holden, Missouri for his photograph, “High Water Mark Buckskin Canyon”, and to Dimitrina Kutriansky of Collinsville, Illinois for her oil painting, “By the Pond”.

Four Honorable Mention Awards went to Nathan Taves of Columbia City, Indiana for his oil painting, “Black Curve”, David Pittinger for his photograph, “At Rest”, Linda DeGraf of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia for her quilted fabric wall hanging “Heron”, and Gary Bergel off Charles Town, West Virginia for his digital photograph “Dayflower-It Blooms But a Morning”.

The awards were presented by Berkeley Arts Council President Malinda Shaver at the reception in the gallery on Saturday, April 9.

The exhibit is on display in the Berkley Art Works through April 30. Gallery hours are Wed 11-5, Thu 11-5, Fri 11-8, Sat 10-5, and Sun 12-3. Mon-Tue closed.

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Following the awards presentation, Juror Doug Kinnett gave a talk about his work with his “crit group” of artists who meet to discuss their work and support each other.

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 is on the Web at http://www.berkeleyartswv.org.

15% Off All Artwork at the Reception 4-6pm Tonight at the Berkeley Art Works

"World Turtle" by Jessica Amsley
“World Turtle” by Jessica Amsley

Helping visitors to hold on to some “Green”, the Berkeley Arts Council will honor guests at a reception on April 9 from four to six p.m. with a 15% discount on all purchases of artwork. The reception marks the sixth annual presentation of art work created by artists and artisans from West Virginia and other states on the theme of “My Art – My World”. Admission to the reception is free.

Also during the reception, BAC will present awards to several participants, and juror Doug Kinnett will offer thoughts on his experience working with other artists in a mutual critique group. The presentation is planned for 5:00 p.m.

The Art and Earth exhibit is on display from March 30 through April 30 in the Berkeley Art Works gallery, located at 116 North Queen Street in downtown Martinsburg. Regular hours are Wed./Thurs. from 11 to 5; Fri. from 11 to 8; Sat. 10 to 5; and Sun. 12 to 3.

For a list of participating artists and details on the exhibit and other Berkeley Arts Council activities, visit www.berkeleyartswv.org. Note: The discount offer is only valid between 4 and 6pm on Saturday April 9 and does not apply to classes, workshops or membership fees.

Berkeley Arts Council Presents Hand-Made Clocks by Anna Howard

The Berkeley Arts Council presents “Off the Shelves”, a select collection of hand-made clocks created by Anna Howard, a mixed media collage artist who specializes in clock making. The exhibit will be on display May 4 through June 4 in the Back Space Gallery of the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. A reception, free and open to the public,  will be on Saturday, May 14 from 4-6pm at the gallery. Gallery hours are Wed 11-5, Thu 11-5, Fri 11-8, Sat 10-5, Sun 12-3.

“Off the Shelves” is a focused look at how unassuming everyday items not only can become artful functioning clocks in a context of a larger story.  Repurposing is still an important part of the design process, but it is no longer the prime motivation of the design.  “Second time round” items have become part of the pallet in eliciting an emotional response.

She has found that she could not get away from her favorite medium, fabric.  The granddaughter of a tailor/farmer and a member of an extended family that “breathes fabric”, her “out of left field” concept has begun redirecting itself with the increased use of fabric.

Though bringing a smile to an individual’s face is the major motivator in her creations  Anna is beginning to integrate subtle story lines into her art clocks.   This exhibit will introduce some of those stories.

Anna is a member of the Berkeley Arts Council and an active member of the local arts community.

The Berkeley Art Works, a project of the Berkeley Arts Council, is the realization of the long-held dream of the arts community in Martinsburg and Berkeley County West Virginia: to have a community-based arts facility that supports local and regional artists, brings quality arts experiences for the members of the public, and provides a wide range of arts learning experiences for local residents, artists, and artisans. The Berkeley Arts Council is on the Web at www.berkeleyartswv.org.

“Art and Earth” Exhibit to Welcome Reception Visitors with a Discount

"World Turtle" by Jessica Amsley
“World Turtle” by Jessica Amsley

Helping visitors to hold on to some “Green”, the Berkeley Arts Council will honor guests at a reception on April 9 from four to six p.m. with a 15% discount on all purchases of artwork. The reception marks the sixth annual presentation of art work created by artists and artisans from West Virginia and other states on the theme of “My Art – My World”. Admission to the reception is free.

Also during the reception, BAC will present awards to several participants, and juror Doug Kinnett will offer thoughts on his experience working with other artists in a mutual critique group. The presentation is planned for 5:00 p.m.

The Art and Earth exhibit is on display from March 30 through April 30 in the Berkeley Art Works gallery, located at 116 North Queen Street in downtown Martinsburg. Regular hours are Wed./Thurs. from 11 to 5; Fri. from 11 to 8; Sat. 10 to 5; and Sun. 12 to 3.

For a list of participating artists and details on the exhibit and other Berkeley Arts Council activities, visit www.berkeleyartswv.org. Note: The discount offer is only valid between 4 and 6pm on Saturday April 9 and does not apply to classes, workshops or membership fees.

Youth Art Month Exhibits On Display at the Berkeley Art Works

The Berkeley Arts Council’s Youth Art Month exhibits include photographs from the four Berkeley County high schools and a selection of middle school art from the six Berkeley County middle schools. The exhibits are on display at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg through March 26. There will be a reception on Friday, March 11 from 4-6pm. The reception is free and open to the public and all are encouraged to come and show support for the young artists. The gallery is open Wednesday-Friday 11-5, Saturday, 10-5.

Each of the four high schools art programs are represented by ten framed photographs that show a variety of styles and techniques. Images include portraits, landscapes and creative fine art in color and black and white.

Each of the Middle Schools provided four works by students and are on display in the Back Space gallery in the Berkeley Art Works.

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 is on the Web at http://www.berkeleyartswv.org.

Berkeley Arts Council Members’s Exhibit

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More than 35 works are on display in the Berkeley Council Annual Members’ exhibit, on display February 6. Join us for a reception Friday, January 15 from 4-6pm at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg.

Winter gallery hours are Wednesday-Friday 11-5 and Saturday 10-5.

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 is on the Web at www.berkeleyartswv.org.