Call for 2020 Berkeley Arts Council 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 8 through February 1, 2020. There will be a reception on Sunday, January 12 from 2-4pm.

The exhibit is not juried. Any current member (2020) 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 Thursday, January 2 (11-5pm), Friday, January 3 (11-5pm), or Saturday, January 4 (11-4pm).

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/.

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

May 2 and 3, 2020

Berkeley Arts Council, Martinsburg, WV is pleased to offer an exciting and unique watercolor workshop by Lynn Ferris, AWS, NWS, nationally and international known artist and instructor.  Ms. Ferris’ workshop, titled “Capturing the Light” will show students how to use light and shadow to design stronger compositions and bring drama to a variety of subject matters.  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.

“Colorful Porch” 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 totake 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 avariety 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. Continue reading

Call For Artists: “Watercolor Expressions

Deadline for Entries: April 15, 2020

Berkeley Arts Council, Martinsburg, WV is pleased to announce a call for artists for its Juried Watercolor Exhibit, ‘Watercolor Expressions” to open May 20, 2020 at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg.  The exhibit is open to all artists using watercolor as a critical component of their work and includes portraits, figures, landscapes, still lifes, animals, abstracts and floral themes. The exhibit will open May 20, 2020 at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 N Queen Street in Martinsburg and will be on display until July 4, 2020. There will be a reception and awards presentation at the gallery on Sunday, May 31 from 2 – 4 pm.

Exhibit is open to all watercolor artists throughout the continental United States over the age of 18.  Entries must be original works of art that have been completed within the last three (3) years, and have been previously exhibited in the Berkeley Art Works.

Juror: Nationally and internationally known artist and workshop instructor, Lynn Ferris, AWS, NWS, will be the juror of this Exhibit.  Ms. Ferris is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, and Florida Watercolor Society.  Her work was the subject of a feature article in “Watercolor” magazine, can be seen in  “Watercolor Magic” and the prestigious “Splash” series of books published by North Light.  Her numerous awards include “Best in Show” in both the Florida Watercolor Society and Tallahassee Watercolor Society annual exhibits.  She has been an award winner in “The Artist’s Magazine” All-Media Competition, and her work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach.  Lynn teaches to sold out workshops both nationally and abroad.


Also open for registration:

“Capturing the Light”

May 2-3, 2020

Lynn’s signature workshop “Capturing the Light,”
that shows students how to use light and shadow
to design stronger compositions and bring drama
to a variety of subject matter.
Click Here for Details


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.


START YOUR ENTRY HERE

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES:
April 15, 2020 (Midnight)

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 April 27, 2020.

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

BAC Update, November 2019

In November, 2009 The Berkeley Arts Council announced its first open house to introduce our officers and Board members and present our developing plans to the public. The meeting was held at the Martinsburg Library. The BAC announced a series of workshops aimed at helping artists develop their businesses, in line with the stated goals of supporting practicing artists and artisans. We invite you to follow along with our progress and explore the blog archives on our website: https://berkeleyartswv.org/2009/11/

Berkeley Arts Bulletin Delivery IssuesYou should be receiving the Berkeley Arts Bulletin each month. If you are not receiving it, it is possible your email program is sending it to your spam folder. We are using an email service (Vertical Response) that is supposed to keep that from happening, but they tell us they have had some problems, especially with Gmail. We are working to resolve those issues. If you missed the November Bulletin, you can view it here: https://berkeleyartswv.org/bulletin/ and every month the Bulletin is posted on that link on the web site.

In the Gallery

As the Berkeley Arts Council moves into its second decade, we also mark the 10th annual Holiday art and craft market. The first, in 2010, was in the very space that the Berkeley Art Works now lives.

After Holiday Markets in 2011 and 2012 in another location, we moved into the Berkeley Art Works full time, and the Markets have continued every year.  The market is always carefully curated to offer creative gifts by some of the best local artists and artisans.

“Capturing the Light” Lynn Ferris Workshop

We are pleased to be able to offer an exciting and unique watercolor workshop by Lynn Ferris, nationally and internationally known artist and instructor.  Ms. Ferris’ workshop, titled “Capturing the Light” will show students how to use light and shadow to design stronger compositions and bring drama to a variety of subject matters.  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.  Mark your calendar now for the the workshop dates May 2 and 3, 2020.  Further information regarding this art improvement opportunity will be found on the Berkeley Arts Council website by early December. Watch for the announcement.

Dates Set for Berkeley Arts Council’s 10th Annual Art & Earth Exhibit

The Berkeley Arts Council announces the dates for the Tenth Annual Art and Earth Juried Art Exhibit.  The exhibit has the theme “Art and Earth: My Art – My World” and will from April 1 through May 16, 2020 in the Berkeley Art Works. Entries are now being accepted; the submission deadline is February 26, 2020 at midnight. For full prospectus and entry information, please visit https://berkeleyartswv.org/tenth-annual-art-and-earth-juried-exhibit/

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Tenth Annual Art and Earth Juried Exhibit

10th Annual Art and Earth Juried Art Exhibit

The Berkeley Arts Council in Martinsburg, West Virginia is pleased to announce the Tenth 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 1, 2020 in the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. The exhibit will be on display through May 16, 2020. There will be a reception at the gallery on Sunday, April 5 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 2020 exhibit is Janis Goodman, Professor of Fine Art, Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, The George Washington University, Washington, DC.

Janis Goodman is a Washington, DC-based artist and one of the founders of the arts group, Workingman Collective. She was awarded a Franz and Virginia Bader Award and DC Commission on the Arts Grant in 2018. She is also the art reviewer for the ‘Around Town’ feature on PBS Channel 26 WETA, Washington, DC.

Ms. Goodman’s drawings and paintings move between the narrative and the deconstructed. Years of hiking national parks and kayaking rivers along the east coast have formed the backdrop for her work. Her paintings are based on intuition and first-hand experience and her fascination with natural phenomena fuels her interest in movement, line, image and color. Ms. Goodman’s work follows the invisible energy paths connecting the dots between the observed, imagined and remembered. Ms. Goodman was an artist-in-residence for 3 years at the Shoals Marine Lab on Appledore Island, ME. Her work there further developed her interest in ecology and the paths of nature. Continue reading

BAC Update October, 2019

October, 2009 saw the fully formed Berkeley Arts Council Board of Directors begin to develop plans. The stated goals of the Berkeley Arts Council are to champion the arts in Berkeley County, to support practicing artists and local art organizations, to encourage economic development through the arts, and to facilitate the growth of our community into a regional arts destination. We invite you to follow along with our progress and explore the blog archives on our website: https://berkeleyartswv.org/2009/10/

… AND THE NEXT 10 YEARS …

About a month ago Malinda gave us a recounting of how the Arts Council started and where we’ve progressed in the past 10 years.  The keyboard has been passed over to me, as the current president, to say a few words about our direction in the next 10 years.

Simply put the main direction is growth.  Growth as artists, growth as an organization, and growth of art in our community.  A quick check on Thesauraus.com gives 44 synonyms for the word “growth”.  What does it mean for the Arts Council?

“Increase.” The first and major direction is membership growth.  2020 will bring a new push to expand our membership numbers.  The Arts Council is reaching out to a wider and broader audience.  One such example is, this coming February we will be hosting an exhibit of tattoo art.  The Council is looking to promote arts of all mediums; visual, performing, decorative, graphic, and written.  We need  and want everyone, especially our current member, to encourage artists and those who support the arts to join our ranks as members.

“Germination.”   An increase of members will increase germination of ideas for new programs and activities.  Along with the ideas will come new hands to  turn the ideas into real events.  Our past 10 years has put us on firm ground for exhibits, but there’s always room for expansion.  We have plenty of room to grow in classes, workshops, and “one-shot events”.  All ideas are welcome.  Please let your thoughts be known.

Maturation.”   Growing older doesn’t necessarily mean a person or organization is maturing.  As an organization the Council is working to increase its interaction in the “organizational community”.  While not a “lobbying” organization the Council plans to make sure the Arts are recognized as a vital section of a thriving community.   Regarding the individual artist, the council plans on developing “drop-in” sessions for artists to gather and discuss topics of their choosing.  Interacting  together to hone skills or simply build comradery.   FYI, we need a name for these type of “get-togethers”.  Suggestions anyone.

No need to worry that I’m going to go through all 44 of the synonyms, but I’ll close with, “Rise.”  This is the all-important point.  An organization doesn’t succeed just because it has a name.  It’s rises because there is an interest from its members to support it functions.  We don’t have the answers for the next 10 years,  but with continued and increased support we will continue to highlight the artistic community of the Eastern Panhandle.

Watch for more specifics.  And please send us  suggestions at  berkeleyartswv@gmail.com.

You can give me a call at home 304-271-8872

Regards,

Anna Howard
President

Berkeley Arts Council


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Curator’s Statement

Making objects makes us human.

It’s in our nature to want to make things with our hands. Before the Industrial Revolution, all things were made by hand and those hand-crafted objects connected the events of daily life to basic materials and the elements of nature.

The making of craft connects the past to the present. Objects once made out of necessity have developed today into sophisticated art and design. Fine craft artists keep culture and tradition alive by using the same basic materials and techniques while interpreting modern-day ideas into beautiful works of useful art.

The power of hand-made objects is not just that they are incredibly beautiful, but they connect us to other times, to other places and most importantly, to other people.

An object that is made by another person’s hand deepens our experience with it and the event for which it is used. We make memories by engaging with hand-made objects and we pass those memories and the objects themselves along to future generations.

Craft is tactile and dimensional; it exists in the real world as opposed to the virtual world to which our society has become accustomed.  Hand-crafted objects are the result of physical activity, mastery of medium, focused attention, curiosity, and passion.

I hope you’ll spend time looking deeply at the objects in this exhibit. Consider how they were made, consider what they are made of, consider the traditions they represent, consider the sense of purpose, skill and passion that went into making them. Enjoy their beauty and let them tell their stories.

Annette Verna, October 2019