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.

[UPDATED with Awards]Accepted Artists: Art and Earth Juried Exhibit

The juror’s results are in for the Ninth Annual Art and Earth Juried Exhibit and we are very pleased to announce the accepted artists for this year’s exhibit. The juror Jay Pastore selected 38 works by 34 artists out of 167 works submitted by 73 artists from 17 states. The exhibit will be on display from April 3 – May 4, 2019.

Juror’s Statement:

It was an honor to have been asked to serve as the juror for the Ninth Annual Art and Earth Exhibition, sponsored by the Berkeley Arts Council.  For this year’s exhibition, seventy-three artists submitted one hundred and sixty-seven works (both 2 and 3-dimensional) from seventeen states for review.  All of the submissions, created in a wide variety of artistic media, were spawned by keen observational skills and nurtured with artistic talent.  Themes include various elements of nature, the natural environment surrounding the artist, mankind’s footprint on this planet, and global climate change.  Selecting a small number of works from a such a large field is challenging.  In addition to demonstrating a high-level of conceptual and technical skills, it is the mood and energy created by and within the works in the final selection that set them apart.

Jay Pastore received a Masters of Arts in Exhibition Design from the Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington, DC.  He currently serves as Design Consultant at the Roberto Clement Museum, in Pittsburgh, PA (2014-present).  Past positions include Artistic Director, Rehoboth Art League, Rehoboth Beach, DE (2014-18); Principal owner and Director, Gallery 50, a contemporary art gallery, Rehoboth Beach, DE; and Juror for numerous regional fine art and craft exhibitions, including the Delaware Coastal Camera Club Final Awards Competition (2014-18), and the Artists Selection for the Delaware Division of the Arts Mezzanine Gallery.

Accepted artists must ship or deliver the work between March 25 and March 30. Accepted artists have been notified by email with detailed instructions about the delivery of the work.

Click to view full list of accepted work and awards: Continue reading

Call for Entries: “In the Abstract” Juried Exhibit

(From the Temple Series
by Doug Kinnett)

Call for Artists: “In the Abstract” 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 “In the Abstract”, a juried art exhibit to showcase the many variations of abstract art. 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 May 8 – June 8, 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

Watch for the announcement of the accepted artists!

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

Deadline for entries April 15. 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 April 19 and work is to be delivered to the gallery between April 29 and May 4. 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.

Youth Art Month

Youth Art Month Exhibit: The Berkeley Arts Council again is hosting the annual Youth Art Month exhibit featuring artwork from the four Berkeley County High School art programs. They will hold a reception on Wednesday, March 6 from 5-8pm. 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. Gallery hours are Wed-Fri 11-5, Sat 11-4.

Entries Closed – Ninth Annual Art and Earth Juried Exhibit

The Berkeley Arts Council announces the Ninth Annual Art and Earth Juried Art Exhibit. 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. Any medium or technique, 2-dimension or 3-dimension, is acceptable.

The exhibit will open April 3, 2019 in the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. The exhibit will be on display through May 4, 2019. There will be a reception at the gallery on Sunday, April 7 from 2-4pm.

The exhibition is open to all visual artists throughout the continental United States over the age of 18 in all media. Entries must be original works of art that have been completed within the last three (3) years, and have not been previously exhibited in The Berkeley Art Works.

Juror: The juror for the 2019 exhibit is Jay Pastore, currently a design consultant to the Roberto Clemente Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He previously served as the Artistic Director of the Rehoboth Art League, Rehoboth, Delaware, where he oversaw all aspects, from conception to deinstallation, of over thirty exhibitions each year.

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.

EXTENDED
DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES:
March 1, 2019 (Midnight)

Entries Closed

Notification of Accepted Work: The notification announcing the juror’s selections will be sent by email and be posted on our web site (this page) on or about March 6, 2019.

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

Entries: Entries for the Art and Earth exhibit must be submitted as digital images for jurying. You may submit up to four works to be juried for this exhibit. Continue reading

February 23 Members Exhibit Closing Reception – Open House

Berkeley Arts Council Members’ Exhibit is on display through February 23.

Come in and vote for your “Fan Favorite!”

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again! Our January 13 open house was wiped out by the weather and the January 20 exhibit reception was limited by the weather so we are going to try again to get everyone together on Saturday, February 23. from 12-4pm at the Berkeley Art Works.

This will be the closing day for he members exhibit and will be the last chance to view the exhibit and vote for your “fan favorite” award, which will be announced at the end of the day.

It’s free and open to the public to to come in and meet some of the artists and Berkeley Arts Council Board Members. We will have information about the BAC’s programs, exhibits and classes, including new opportunities for artists and opportunities even for folks who are not artists but wish to find ways to support the arts.

Gallery hours are Wed-Fri 11-5, Sat 11-4. Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg.

 

Call for Artists:Berkeley Arts Council Members Exhibit

Call for Artists: 2019 Berkeley Arts Council Members’ Exhibit

(Selection of artwork from 2018 Members Exhibit)

All artists who are members of – or who join – the Berkeley Arts Council are invited to exhibit one or two art works in the Berkeley Art Works gallery, January 16 through February 23, 2019. There will be a reception on Sunday, January 20 from 2-4pm.

The exhibit is not juried. Any current member (2019) of the Berkeley Arts Council may participate in the exhibit. Artists who are not current members may join or renew online or at the gallery when the artwork is delivered for the exhibit. There is no entry fee other than membership dues. Participation in the exhibit is a benefit of membership.

To participate, deliver one or two art works to the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg during regular hours on Wednesday, January 9 (11-5pm), Thursday, January 10 (11-5pm), Friday, January 11 (11-4pm), Saturday, January 12 (11-4pm), or Sunday, January 13 (2-4pm) during our Open House.

Although the exhibit is not juried, work must be properly framed or otherwise well presented for display. Framed work must be wired for hanging. Three-dimensional fine art and fine crafts are welcome. An identification card or tag must be attached to each piece.

If for sale, the tag must indicate the price of the work. The Berkeley Art Works will retain a 30% commission on sales of work in the exhibit. Please direct questions via email to berkeleyartswv@gmail.com or 304-620-7277.

Membership applications are available in the gallery or online at berkeleyartswv.org/join-us/.