Explore Creativity With The Artisans at the Berkeley Art Works

A Facilitated Discussion of Creativity
with the Exhibiting Artists

Sunday, October 20 from 2:00 – 4:00pm
Light refreshments will be served.

Berkeley Art Works
116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg

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Join us for a facilitated discussion about creativity with artists participating in the Craft in the Eastern Panhandle show.

We’ll be posing questions to these craftspeople in an effort to get at the heart of what it means to make objects.

  • How did they start making craft?
  • What makes them want to create – what’s the “pull”?
  • What draws them to their given medium or method of working?
  • Where does their inspiration come from?
  • Where or how do they continue to seek artistic growth?

Come to participate in the discussion, or just to listen – all are welcome!

 

[UPDATE: Award Winners]Accepted Works: Eastern WV Juried Exhibit

The Berkeley Arts Council in Martinsburg, West Virginia announces the accepted artists for the Seventh Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit, to be displayed in the Berkeley Art Works Gallery, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, WV. The exhibition will be on display September 4 – October 5, 2019.

26 works from 24 regional artists were selected from 58 submitted works by Juror Judith Becker.

Juror’s Statement:

There were many creative and interesting pieces entered into the exhibit. Selecting the best to show the talent and diversity of the wonderful artists of our area of West Virginia was a challenge. Our exhibit space does not allow for every entry to be accepted and shown. Therefore, some pieces could not be accepted and is no reflection on the value of the work(s) you submitted but did not get selected.

I selected pieces which exemplified excellent creativity, elements of good composition and design and technical acumen. This will portray to the visitors to the exhibit the high level of talent each accepted artist has.

Congratulations the artists whose work were accepted to this great annual juried art exhibit.

Judith Becker, BS Design, Cert. of Education and MSE

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Berkeley Arts Council Anniversary Update


Happy Ten Year Anniversary!

We are proud of the continuous programming we’ve created in the ten years since the Council was incorporated on August 14, 2009 and we’re about to launch another year of arts, with an exciting schedule of exhibits, more community activities and our most comprehensive schedule of classes to date!

Ten Years Ago: Malinda Shaver Looks Back

In a conversation with Annette Verna, founding member and past-President Malinda Shaver reflects on the Arts Council’s beginnings ten years ago.

Malinda worked in the Arts in Montgomery County, Maryland, starting in community theater. With her partner and co-founder, Rip Smith, they saw an opportunity to bring the various arts organizations and interests in Berkeley County together to share resources and benefit from a common purpose.

Malinda: “From Rip’s and my earliest association with the arts here, we heard of the wish of local artists to contribute to a desirable and economically healthy but still historic downtown.”

One early inspiration came from Cumberland, MD. In February, 2009, then Executive Director Andy Vick of the Allegany Arts Council made a trip to Martinsburg and spoke to the City Club and other local arts groups about how arts had bolstered the revitalization of that town. That led to the development of the Berkeley Arts Bulletin to promote networking and let the public know what we were trying to do.

They discussed ideas with other organizations, including the Heritage Craft Center and the ArtBerkeley organization as well as numerous individual artists.

From the start, practicing artists were always the primary focus of our efforts and we could see how they could benefit from having an Arts Council. Besides building community, we could provide them exhibition space to show their work, and we also offered Artisan Resource workshops in cooperation with the Tamarack Foundation, to help artists build business and professional skills to strengthen their careers.

Malinda: “Some thought it was not a good time to launch an arts council, since funds were almost non-existent. But sooner or later we felt improvement was coming. Our discussions indicated there was strong support for moving forward, so we jumped in with both feet, incorporating the Berkeley Arts Council in August of 2009: With this foundation we would be ready to take advantage of whatever new opportunities came along.”

We hope to continue to tell the story of the past ten years, reviewing the successes and challenges, as we also plan for the next ten years. In the meantime, you can go back in time and explore our blog archives on our website:

https://berkeleyartswv.org/2009/09/

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Coming in October:

We are excited to announce our first “Craft in the Eastern Panhandle” exhibit, October 9 through November 9 at the Berkeley Art Works. In conjunction with American Craft Week, which is held each year in early October, this exhibit, curated by Annette Verna, is a month-long celebration of contemporary fine craft and highlights the work of ten artists living and working in and around the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. These artists are master craftspeople working in a variety of media including basketry, clay, metal, textiles, and wood. Their work represents the high quality of craft being created in our region.

Co-op Space Available

We have space for one 2-dimensional artist and one 3-dimensional artist in the Berkeley Art Works co-op group. Details about jurying and membership (including downloadable forms) are on the BAC web site at: https://berkeleyartswv.org/artists-at-the-works/#opencall. If you have any questions, please reply back to this email and we’ll fill you in.

Meet Barbara Neece: Fused Glass Artist

(by Annette Verna)

Barbara Neece is a member of the Berkeley Arts Council’s Artists at the Works co-op, which is part the the Berkeley Art Works gallery and she’s our featured artist for August/September.

Barbara started working with fused glass about 15 years ago while living in Henderson, Nevada. Her interest in glass started when her husband and her sister were working with stained glass. She thought she’d give it a try too, but soon found that stained glass wasn’t her “thing.” She happened upon some fused glass pieces one day, and decided that was what she wanted to do.

And so her journey into working with fused glass began. The community where she lived in Henderson has a large arts and crafts club. She joined their fused glass group and started learning. The large community had great facilities and equipment. An added benefit was close proximity to Las Vegas for the annual Glass Craft and Bead Expo, which attracts people from all over the world. It’s a great learning and networking opportunity. Barbara says that members of the group supported each other by taking classes and workshops and then teaching what they learned to the rest of the group. Continue reading

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Seventh Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit

EXTENDED Deadline August 19, 2019

Seventh Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Art Exhibit

The Berkeley Arts Council in Martinsburg, West Virginia announces the Seventh Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit, to be displayed in the Berkeley Art Works Gallery, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, WV. The exhibition will be on display September 4 – October 5, 2019.

Eligibility

The exhibit is open to artists in all media who reside in one of the eight counties that compose what is known as the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Those counties are Berkeley, Jefferson, Morgan, Hampshire, Hardy, Grant, Mineral, and Pendleton. Continue reading

[UPDATED EXTENDED DEADLINE “Art of the Human Form” Juried Exhibit

Call for Artists: “Art of the Human Form” at the Berkeley Art Works

*** No Entry Fee ***
(Accepted artists are asked to make a donation when the work is delivered.)

The Berkeley Arts Council announces Art of the Human Form, a juried art exhibit open to all 2-D and 3-D works which depict the many ways the human form can be amazing and beautiful. May include people of all ages engaging in common and even uncommon activities like dance, music, sports and even at rest. Submissions must be suitable for viewing by all audiences including children.

All 2-dimensional artwork framed up to 36 inches in the long dimension, including but not limited to painting, photography, and mixed media is eligible. 3-dimensional works are acceptable up to 36 inches in any dimension. The exhibit will be displayed from July 17 – August 19, 2019 in the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, WV.

Work accepted for the exhibit must be properly framed, including wires for hanging, or otherwise prepared for display.

Entries are by digital images. Digital images should be at least 1200 pixels on the long dimension.

Begin by entering the information about yourself and your submissions.

Entries Closed

When you submit the form you will be given a link to upload your digital images.

Deadline for entries July 8, 2019. There is no entry fee. Accepted artists will be notified by email. Accepted artists are asked to make a donation to support the gallery at the time work is delivered. Jurying of the digital submissions will be done by a committee of Berkeley Art Works artists by June 29 and work is to be delivered to the gallery between July 10 and July 13. Detailed instructions will be provided at the time of acceptance. For more information email berkeleyartswv@gmail.com or call 304-620-7277.

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.

[UPDATED: DEADLINE EXTENDED] Call for Entries: “Young Emerging Artists” Juried Exhibit

Young Emerging Artists

Juried Exhibit
*** No Entry Fee ***

Deadline May 22, 2019

(Accepted artists are asked to make a donation when the work is delivered.)

The Berkeley Arts Council announces “Young Emerging Artists”, a juried art exhibit to showcase the creativity of the young artists in the region. The exhibit is open to students 10th grade through senior year of college, including public and private high school, community college, and home school students. The exhibit will be displayed June 5-July 7, 2019 in the Back Space at the Berkeley Art Works 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg.

2-dimensional artwork framed up through 36 inches in the long dimension, including but not limited to painting, photography, and mixed media is eligible. Small 3-dimensional works will be considered. 3-D work must be no larger than 12 inches in width or depth and 24 inches in height.

Work accepted for the exhibit must be properly framed, including wires for hanging, or otherwise prepared for display. 3-D work must be free standing to be displayed on a pedestal.

Entries are by digital images. Digital images are recommended to be at least 1200 pixels on the long dimension.

Begin by entering the information about yourself and your submissions.

Enter Here:

Entries Closed

When you submit the form you will be given a link to upload your digital images.

There is no entry fee. Accepted artists will be notified by email. Accepted artists are asked to make a donation to support the gallery at the time work is delivered. Jurying of the digital submissions will be done by a committee of Berkeley Art Works artists by May 24 and work is to be delivered to the gallery between May 29 and June 1. Detailed instructions will be provided at the time of acceptance. For more information email berkeleyartswv@gmail.com or call 304-620-7277.

 

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.