Accepted Artists: “In The Abstract”

A committee of seven Berkeley Art Works artists reviewed 44 submitted works from 25 artists. The group selected 28 works by 21 artists for inclusion in our first juried abstract exhibit. The exhibit is the first of several exhibits the Berkeley Arts Council is sponsoring this year that have no entry fee and are encourage artists to submit work to allow us to open up technique and styles that are new to our arts community.

Accepted artists are asked to make a donation (the amount of their choice) to support the gallery at the time the work is delivered.

Thanks to the generosity of one of our members, there will be a “Fan Favorite” Award of $50 that will be announced at the end of the exhibit.

Click to see the list of the accepted works and artists: Continue reading

Berkeley Arts Council May Art Classes

The Berkeley Arts Council continues to expand its educational program with new classes and topics in May, including a Saturday class for children 4th grade and up. Classes are held at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg.

Leah Bennett will teach “Mixed Media Journaling” Wednesdays from 1-4pm starting May 1. Participants learn how to express themselves by creating  dynamic backgrounds to support various drawings, textures, poems, verses, etc. using wet or dry media.

Judith Becker will teach “4 in 1 Class: Trees, Rocks, Textures and Backgrounds” Thursdays from 1-4pm starting May 2. Each week, participants will learn to draw and paint that week’s subject in various ways.

Becker will also offer “Creative Approaches to Painting Landscapes” Fridays starting May 3. Learn to paint landscapes with that “WOW!” factor.

For the younger set, Jane Ping will tach “Mixed Media Mashup” for students 4th grade and up on Saturdays starting May 4 from 9-10:am. Students will discover a new art approach each week ! Have fun with handmade papermaking, experiment with ink drawing and colorful painting, get excited about printmaking, and create awesome tissue paper collage.

Class and registration details are on the BAC web site at https://berkeleyartswv.org/instruction/. For more information email instruction@berkeleyartswv.org.

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.

[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

[Updated]BAC Expands Spring Art Classes

The Berkeley Arts Council has added new instructors and several new classes for April. Leah Bennett has joined the instruction team and will offer “Sketching in Ink” in April and Robert Howard will lead an “Oil Painting Open Studio”. Judith Becker offers “Beginning Watercolor Pencil Painting” and “Painting All Kinds of Animals”.

Dates and times are:

Oil Painting Open Studio
Tuesdays April 2, 9, 16, 23; 1-4pm (Four weeks)
Instructor: Robert Howard

Beginning Watercolor Pencil Painting
Wednesdays April 4, 10, 17, 24; 1-4pm (Four weeks)
Instructor: Judith Becker

Painting All Types of Animals
Thursdays April 4, 11, 18, 25; 1-4pm (Four weeks)
Instructor: Judith Becker

Sketching With Ink
Fridays April 5, 12, 19, 26; 1-4pm (Four weeks)
Instructor: Leah Bennett

4 in 1 class: Trees, Rocks, Textures, Backgrounds
Thursdays May 2, 9, 16, 23; 1-4pm (Four weeks)
Instructor: Judith Becker

Creative Approaches to Painting Landscapes
Fridays May 3, 10, 17, 24; (Four weeks)
Instructor: Judith Becker

Mixed Media Mashup (4th Grade and Up)
Saturdays May 4, 11, 18, 25; 9-10:30am (Four Weeks)
Instructor Jane Ping
(Tuition $60.)

Four week class tuition $90. Pre-registration required.

Details and registration information are posted at https://berkeleyartswv.org/instruction

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.

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.

Berkeley Art Works Upcoming Exhibits

BAC strives to provide opportunities for local, regional, and national artists to show their work through the “Artists at the Works” co-op group and various juried and curated exhibits. Along with that goal, BAC works to present a high quality and diverse program of art presentation for the public in Martinsburg, Berkeley County, and throughout the tri-state region.

The Art Works has three display spaces. The front of the gallery is devoted to the “Artists at the Works” co-op group, which currently represents 13 local and regional artists and artisans. Media presented includes painting, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, and jewelry. Behind the co-op is what we call the “main” gallery and then we have a smaller space called the “Back Space”.

The following exhibits are planned now through October:

  • February 27 – March 30: Youth Art Month: Berkeley County High School Art Program
  • April 3 – May 4: Ninth Annual Art and Earth Juried Exhibit (Deadline for Entries February 25. Enter Here.)
  • May 8 – June 1: Solo exhibit by Janet Hockman (Back Space)
  • May 8 – June 9: “In the Abstract” Juried Exhibit (Main Gallery – Deadline for Entries April 15. Enter Here.)
  • June 5 – July 7: “Young Emerging Artists” Juried Exhibit (Back Space)
  • June 12 – July 14: “Transformations: 4 Women Artists” curated by Martha Hanley (Main Gallery)
  • July 10 – August 4: “Alternative Process Photography” Juried Exhibit (Back Space)
  • July 17 – August 11: “The Art of the Human Form” Juried Exhibit (Main Gallery)
  • August 7 – August 31: Printmaking Juried Exhibit (Back Space)
  • August 14 – August 31: Boys and Girls Club Photography (Main Gallery)
  • September 4 – October 5: Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit (Main Gallery)
  • September 4 – October 5: Photgraphy (Theme TBD) Juried Exhibit (Back Space)
  • October 9 – November 9: American Craft Week Invitational (curated by Annette Verna)
  • October 9 – November 9: (Back Space TBD)
  • November (TBD) – December 31: Tenth Annual Holiday Art and Craft Market

Some titles  and dates are tentative.)

The Berkeley Art Works is located at 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. Gallery hours are Wed-Fri 11-5, Sat 11-4. The Berkeley Arts Council is on the Web at https://berkeleyartswv.org/ or contact us at berkeleyartswv@gmail.com.