In Our Gallery – Boys & Girls Club Annual Photography Exhibit

The Berkeley Arts Council is hosting the work of the Boys & Girls Club Annual Photography Competition from August 11 through 28 at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 N. Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV.

The Council has hosted this exhibit since 2014.  There are 13 young artists from the Boys & Girls Club of Berkeley County represented, ages 12 to 18, and 37 photographs created using conventional black & white and color film processes, as well as digital photography.  Subjects range from portraits to landscapes; still life, product shots and architecture.

The exhibit comes straight from the 74th Annual Berkeley County Youth Fair, where the work was displayed for judging from July 31 through August 7.  This year features work completed in 2020 and 2021.  There are 13 blue ribbons and numerous awards displayed in the show, including First Premium Award for “Mrs. Vicky”, by Travis Evans, Second Premium Award for “Secluded Glen”, by Aiden Murphy, and Third Premium Award for “Three Sopranos”, by Dakota Fiery.

The photo competition is part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Image Makers National Photography Contest, from which the Berkeley County Club has won several awards over the years.  In 2020, the Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle’s photography program was recognized with a Governor’s Award for Arts in Education.

Accepted Artists: Eastern WV Juried Exhibit

The 9th Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit features artwork by artists in the eight counties that comprise the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia: Berkeley, Jefferson, Morgan, Hampshire, Hardy, Grant, Mineral, and Pendleton.

The Juror’s selections are in and the Juror, Ally Christmas, selected 21 works by 18 artists from 48 works submitted by 23 artists.

Here is the statement from the Juror:

“It was truly a pleasure to see such a wide variety of works from this community. I found it quite difficult to narrow down the selections as there was so much talent present throughout the entries. Ultimately, I honed in on a couple threads of commonality that led to this final grouping of works. After a year that has felt like 5 years, I found myself gravitating towards the pieces that invoked either a sense of peacefulness or a sense of whimsy – perhaps surreality or wonder, too. When brought together, these artworks may provide an escape from our harsh reality and offer some respite, no matter how brief. They are needed.”

The exhibit opens September 1 at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg and will run through October 9, 2021.

The accepted artists and works are:

Nathan Altier Shattered Adoration
Paul Berryhill Going Home 
Tracey Donnelly Franklin Dreamer
Lisa Fisher My Strawberry Milkshake
Angela Giraldi Red Bud Special
Martha Hanley Star Stream
Heather Hendry Spring
Chan Jackson Pointy Coneflowers
Susan Loonsk Sanctuary Moon 
Jeanne McClure 17 Years to Light
Dawn Moore Sapphire Trio
Lannie Mullenax Bear Rocks Morning
Tom Nebel Ethereal
Tom Nebel Windswept
Judith Pharr ‘Bold’-er
Martha Rowley Springtime
Sterling Smith Continental Divide
Sterling Smith Mountain Light
Carol Wilks Sunday Afternoon in Vermont 
Carol Williams Zug Island On the River Rouge
Carol Williams Mourning In America

Artists Mary Jo Sims and John Turner at Berkeley Art Works

Retirement Idyl:  Artwork by Mary Jo Sims and John Turner is an exhibit of paintings, drawings, collage, prints and mixed media artwork by two Berkeley Arts Council members, on display at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg.

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John Turner loved to draw during his grade school years.  Until he attended classes through the Berkeley Arts Council, he had never taken an art class, or received formal art instruction.  “My experience with the instructors has stimulated a strong desire on my part to explore, risk, and discipline my artistic efforts.  The courses are conducted in such a manner that the studio time is encouraging, educational and socially engaging,” he says with enthusiasm.  He finds great pleasure in line drawings and vibrant colors.  Mixing media such as watercolor, ink, acrylic and colored pencil allows him to connect representative elements in an organic manner with more abstract vignettes.

Mary Jo Sims majored in fine art in college, where she was influenced by American Abstract Expressionists.  After reading Wassily Kandinsky’s Concerning the Spiritual in Art, she became interested in the deep connection between the spiritual and the aesthetic. She explored that connection while attending Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, in their Department of Religion and the Arts.  “I continue to resonate especially with Kandinsky’s improvisations, pieces that are divorced from subject matter and rely completely on color, line, and shape for meaning.  Color, and the lines and shapes formed by the juxtaposing and mingling of colors, provide the meaning of my recent works.  While there is some intentionality to the color application, I allow the initial flow of color on the paper surface to dictate much of the direction of the painting.”

The exhibit displays several of their individual works, but John and Mary Jo also collaborate on work and gain inspiration from each other.  Collaborative works in the exhibit show a beautiful harmony in their artistic styles and interests.  Retirement Idyl:  Artwork by Mary Jo Sims and John Turner is open until August 7th.  Business hours at the Berkeley Art Works are Wednesday – Friday, 11am to 5pm and Saturday 11am to 4pm.

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 supports local and regional artists, brings quality arts experiences to the community, and provides a wide range of arts learning experiences for local residents, artists and artisans.

Call for ‘Watercolor Expressions’ Juried Exhibit

Extended Deadline: Midnight Monday September 6, 2021

Shadowplay by Lynn Ferris

The Berkeley Arts Council (BAC) announces Watercolor Expressions, a national juried exhibit, to be displayed at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, WV from October 13 through November 20, 2021.

Eligibility – The exhibit is open to all artists throughout the continental United States, over the age of 18, working in any watercolor medium or technique, in 2- or 3-dimensions. Mixed media where watercolor is the primary medium is also welcome.

Entries – The theme for the exhibit is open. Work must be original, completed within the last three (3) years, and must not have been exhibited previously at the Berkeley Art Works. Two-dimensional work must not exceed 48 inches in width, including frame and must be equipped with wire, ready for hanging (no sawtooth or single loop hangers, please). Three-dimensional work must not exceed 72 inches in height and 36 inches in width or depth, and must be free-standing.

Lynn Ferris Head Shot SmallJuror – Lynn Ferris, AWS, NWS, TWSA is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. Her work was the subject of feature articles in Watercolor magazine and The Art of Watercolour and can be seen in the prestigious Splash series of books published by North Light. She has served as a judge for the Brevard Watercolor Society “A Splash of Watercolor” exhibit, The Miami Watercolor Society, The Mid-Southern Watercolorists, and numerous others. Her many awards include “Best of 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. Look for Lynn’s instructional articles in the The Artist’s Magazine and Watercolor Artist. A sought-after instructor, Lynn teaches to sold out workshops both nationally and internationally.

Entry Fee – The entry fee for one or two works is $35. Additional works may be submitted for a fee of $10 for each additional work, up to a total of four works.

Awards – Best in Show, Merit Award and Honorable Mention. The projected prize fund for the exhibit is $1,000. Additional prizes may be determined by the number of entries.

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PHOTO21 Online

The Berkeley Art Works is now open Wednesday to Saturday so we hope that if you live in the Eastern WV region, you will be able to drop by to see the work in this very interesting show in person. But if you live too far away to make it in to the gallery, we want to share the great work of the artists whose work was selected for this exhibit.

To view a short video presentation of the 32 accepted works, click on the image below. The video will introduce you to the work in the exhibit but it is not a substitute for the experience of seeing the work in-person if you can make it into the gallery.

(Turn your sound on to hear the music. Please Note: The video is a large file.  Unless your mobile device is on an unlimited data plan, you should use a Wi-Fi network connection to avoid excessive data use charges on your cellular account. )

[UPDATED] Photo21 National Juried Photography Exhibit Awards Announced

The Berkeley Arts Council’s PHOTO 21 juried national photographic art exhibit is open and runs through July 3 at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 N. Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Friday, 11-5, Saturday 11-4.

It has been 3 years since the Berkeley Arts Council last held a show focusing solely on photographic art.  The exhibit call for artists was open to all artists throughout the continental United States, working in any photographic medium or technique, including digital, film, alternative, or antique photographic processes.  Two- and 3-dimensional work (where a photographic technique is used as the main medium) was included.  Our juror, Robert M. Hein, selected 32 works from a total of 70 entries by 27 artists.  The works selected are by artists residing in 10 states.  This exhibit includes a variety of techniques ranging from digital and film photography, inclusion of graphics, photo illustration, and mixed media.  There is a variety of printing techniques represented, using archival paper and inks, printing on metal, fabric and mounting on wood.

About the jurying process, Professor Hein noted “There was quite a wide variety of subject matter and approaches to the medium that I appreciated very much.  I found myself going back to particular images to make sure I was finding what I was looking for.  From my background in the education of photography, I’m always looking for technical achievements and the artist’s point of view – this helps me connect with the intentions of the work when at times I don’t know where the work may be originally ‘coming from’.  Searching for this is a pleasure when looking over such an event as [the Berkeley Arts Council has] gathered, I congratulate you on retaining such a wide berth of artistic output in the current state of photographic arts practice!”

The following photos were selected by our juror to receive awards:

Best in Show “Perish” by Gabrielle Flanary
Merit Award “Traces” by Margaret Clingan
Merit Award “Rabbit in Cornfield” by Lynne Breitfeller
Honorable Mention “Twilight on Botany Bay, SC” by Susan J. Mullins
Honorable Mention “Derek” by Peter Foiles
Honorable Mention “Closed Sign” by Karen Smith
Honorable Mention “American Dreams:  Store” by Sarah Haig

Congratulations to the winners and congratulations to all the participants on a really nice show!  The awards reception will be held on Saturday, June 26 at 2:00pm.  Be on the lookout for a Zoom link.

Deadline Extended! 9th Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit

Extended Deadline August 1, 2021 Midnight

The Berkeley Arts Council in Martinsburg, WV announces the 9th Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit, to be displayed in the Berkeley Art Works gallery, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, WV from September 2 to October 9, 2021. The extended deadline for entries is Sunday, August 1, 2021 (Midnight).

Eligibility

The exhibit is open to artists over the age of 18 who reside in one of the eight counties that comprise the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia: Berkeley, Jefferson, Morgan, Hampshire, Hardy, Grant, Mineral, and Pendleton.

Theme

The theme for the exhibit is open. Works in any medium or technique, in 2- or 3-dimensions are welcome. Entries must be original works of art that have been completed within the last 3 years and have not been previously exhibited at the Berkeley Art Works.

Juror

Ally Christmas is a visual artist currently living and working in Shepherdstown, WV, where she teaches lens-based arts and coordinates the Photo Bachelor of Fine Arts program at Shepherd University.  Much of her work revolves around notions of selfhood, virtuality, and lived experience.  Her hybrid practice involves a number of forms including digital video, still photography, tintypes, palladium prints, bookmaking, gifs, cinemagraphs, and installation.  Her work has been shown at a variety of venues, including Bitforms gallery in New York City; aCinema’s aDifferent Festival in Milwaukee; ATHICA in Athens, GA; Marcia Wood Gallery in Atlanta, GA; the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO; and the Alternative Film Festival in Toronto, where her video piece, Syncing, won the festival award for Best Web Series.  Christmas earned a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from the University of Virginia.  In 2018 she received her Master of Fine Arts in Photo/Video from the University of Georgia, after which she spent two years teaching video art and photography courses at Grinnell College as the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Video and New Media.

Entry Fee

The entry fee for one or two works is $25. Additional works may be submitted for a fee of $10 for each additional work, up to a total of four works.

Awards

Best in Show, Merit Award and Honorable Mention. The projected prize fund for the exhibit is $350. Additional prizes will be determined by the number of entries.

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Photo 21 Accepted Artists Announced

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The Berkeley Arts Council announces the accepted artists for the Photo21 juried photography exhibit.

The juror selected 32 images out of 70 submitted from 27 artists in 13 states. Here is the list of accepted work:

First Name Last Name Title
Elaine Alibrandi Passing
Gary Bergel Banana Tracks
Lynne Breitfeller Untitled
Lynne Breitfeller Rabbit in Cornfield
Ginger Brookover Self Portrait
Margaret Clingan Traces
Jamal Davis The Future
Sara Drower The Cook
Gabrielle Flanary Perish
Gabrielle Flanary Escort
Peter Foiles Derek
Brandi Foster The Dance
Sarah Haig Bubbles
Sarah Haig American Dreams: Store
Ellen Hardesty Nectar Noch
Deborah Herndon Tripod  & Mid – Mod
Terri Jackson Whimsy
Elizabeth Kayl Papas Chair
Kirsten Lee Memories and Daydreams
Susan J Mullins Abandoned
Susan J Mullins Twilight On Botany Bay, SC
Paul Murray Enormity
Alice A Newton The Eye
Valerie Ordas Rat Life
Judith Pharr Flights Canceled
Arthur Really April Showers Impressive
Karen Smith Closed Sign
Sterling Smith Heavenly Statue of Liberty
Siobhan Vicens Dupont Circle
Siobhan Vicens Dupont Circle 11
Omar Williams Self Portrait # 5
Kristin Zimet Walnut Planet

Still Openings in Beginning Watercolor Class

All Berkeley Arts Council classes and workshops are conducted via the Zoom application.  Pre-registration is required.  For the full schedule, information, materials lists, class prices, and to register, visit https://berkeleyartswv.org/instruction/#zoom.  Direct questions via e-mail to berkeleyartswv@gmail.com or call 304-620-7277. 

Summary of current offerings:

  1. Beginning Watercolor Painting:
    Section 1 Closed: Thursdays, June 3, 10, 17, 24 2021; 2:00-4:00pm (Four Weeks)
    Section 2 Wednesdays, June 9, 16, 23, 30; 6:30-8:30pm (Four Weeks)

Details:

“Beginning Watercolor Painting” will be a four week Zoom class on starting Wednesday, June 9. This is an interactive class with the instructor for those with little or no experience in painting with watercolors. Students will learn starting with the most essential basics and developing skills leading to accomplishing good watercolor painting techniques. 

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Instructor Judith Becker is a professional artist with degrees in design and education.  She specializes in painting with colored pencil, pastel and watercolor.  She often combines media in her own work for unusual effects.  Judith’s deep knowledge of color, style, and technique will help you build on your current experience to progress in your artistic skills!

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 supports local and regional artists, brings quality arts experiences to the community, and provides a wide range of arts learning experiences for local residents, artists and artisans.

Berkeley Arts Council Announces 11th Annual Art & Earth Juried Exhibit Award Winners

The Berkeley Arts Council announces the award winners for the 11th Annual Art & Earth Juried Exhibit.  The Council received 122 entries from 55 artists, from which the juror selected 47 works by 38 artists.  The following works were selected to receive awards:

  • Best in Show“Quiet Reflection”, photograph by Stephanie Boss, Hagerstown, MD
  • Merit Award“Garden of the Haves and Have-nots”, fiber art by Carol Williams, Shepherdstown, WV
  • Merit Award“Planet Earth”, mixed-media/painting by Amanda June, Old Forge, PA
  • Honorable Mention“Wash Your Hands and Wear Your Mask”, pastel by Patricia Wilt, Hyndman, PA
  • Honorable Mention“Heaven and Earth”, photograph by Mark Dierker, Dubuque, IA
  • Honorable Mention“I Put My Faith in Crows”, computer-generated images/painting by Jan Donley, Boston, MA
  • Honorable Mention“Rockin’ Desserts on Tray”, acrylic painted rocks by Lisa Mortensen, Martinsburg, WV

The works in the show represent a wide range from fine art drawings and paintings, to photography, digital and graphic arts, to contemporary applications of mixed media and assemblage, and finally craft media including glass, wood, metal, clay and fibers. A video presentation of the accepted works is now posted on the Berkeley Arts Council Web site, https://berkeleyartswv.org.  The video serves to introduce viewers to the work in the exhibit, but is not meant as a substitute for viewing the work in the gallery.  Please Note: The video is a large file and should be viewed over a Wi-Fi network connection to avoid excessive data use charges on your cellular account. 

Now in its 11th year, the annual Art & Earth exhibit is open to visual artists throughout the continental United States, working in any medium or technique, in 2- or 3-dimensions.  This year, 16 states are represented in the selected works, all of which are original works of art that reflect the artist’s view of nature, the environment, or reflect an Earth Day-related theme.  The exhibit runs through May 29 at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 N Queen Street, Martinsburg.  Gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays from 11:00am to 5:00pm and Saturdays from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

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 supports local and regional artists, brings quality arts experiences to the community, and provides a wide range of arts learning experiences for local residents, artists and artisans.

11th Annual Art and Earth Juried Exhibit Now Open

The Berkeley Arts Council’s 11th Annual Art & Earth Juried Exhibit is open as of April 22 and will run through May 29 at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 N. Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV. The exhibit consists of 47 works by 38 artists. The works represent a wide range from fine art drawings and paintings, to photography, digital and graphic arts, to contemporary applications of mixed media and assemblage, and finally craft media including glass, wood, metal, clay and fibers. The Berkeley Art Works is open Thursdays and Fridays from 11:00am to 5:00pm and Saturdays from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

To view a short video presentation of the 47 accepted works, click on the image below. The video will introduce you to the work in the exhibit but it is not a substitute for the experience of seeing the work in-person if you can make it into the gallery.

(Turn your sound on to hear the music. Please Note: The video is a large file.  Unless your mobile device is on an unlimited data plan, you should use a Wi-Fi network connection to avoid excessive data use charges on your cellular account. )

Take an Art Class in May from the Berkeley Arts Council

The Berkeley Arts Council announces its May virtual class schedule with instructor Judith Becker.  Judith’s popular classes and workshops cover many art techniques to enhance the skills of beginners and experienced artists alike.

Have you ever wanted to work with watercolor pencils?  “Beginning Watercolor Pencil” is a 4-week class for students with little or no watercolor painting experience, or those who want to expand their techniques.  Learn to lay down colors to create variations of hues and achieve different textures.  Watercolor pencils are easy to use when traveling, for journaling and sketching, for painting entire compositions, as well as many other applications.  Two 4-week sessions are offered; choose the one that fits your schedule – beginning on May 5 from 6:30 to 8:30pm, or beginning May 14 from 2:00 to 4:00pm.

Judith will also be offering two 3-hour workshops in May.  “The Art of Sketching” will be held on Tuesday, May 18 from 6:00 to 9:00pm.  Learn the art of sketching with pencil and fine-tip markers.  Judith uses the principles of enhancing creativity using the right side of the brain, combined with solid, basic design to help students improve their drawing and sketching abilities.  Students will learn basic methods to improve drawing skills and sketch with confidence!  “What to do with My Backgrounds?” will be held on Tuesday, May 25 from 6:00 to 9:00pm.  Are you puzzled when faced with decisions about how to treat the background in your compositions?  Learn a variety of approaches to dealing with backgrounds as well as how to choose the best solution for your design situation.  This workshop encourages participants to ask questions and show examples of their work that they feel need assistance to address the background.  Through interaction and class discussion, learn a variety of approaches to dealing with backgrounds as well as how to choose the best solution for your design situation. 

Instructor Judith Becker is a professional artist with degrees in design and education.  She specializes in painting with colored pencil, pastel and watercolor.  She often combines media in her own work for unusual effects.  Judith’s deep knowledge of color, style, and technique will help you build on your current experience to progress in your artistic skills!

All Berkeley Arts Council classes and workshops are conducted via the Zoom application.  Pre-registration is required.  For the full schedule, information, materials lists, class prices, and to register, visit https://berkeleyartswv.org/instruction/#zoom.  Direct questions via e-mail to berkeleyartswv@gmail.com or call 304-620-7277. 

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 supports local and regional artists, brings quality arts experiences to the community, and provides a wide range of arts learning experiences for local residents, artists and artisans.