The Berkeley Art Works Reopens in June!

We are pleased to announce that we are re-opening the Berkeley Art Works gallery to the public for limited hours starting Saturday, June 6.  The gallery will be open on Saturdays from 11am-3pm.

For the safety of our volunteers who sit the gallery, and our visitors, sanitization procedures are in place and the gallery has been arranged for safety and proper social distancing.  The number of guests in the gallery at one time will be limited and we will require our staff and visitors to wear masks.  We are monitoring Berkeley County Coronavirus information daily to determine whether we can continue to expand our hours and offerings in the coming months.

The gallery will be open for retail sales and visitors will be able to view the current exhibition, the 10th Annual Juried Art and Earth Exhibit, which will be on display until July 4.  The exhibit went “virtual” on the Web site,, in April.

While we have had to cancel exhibits scheduled for the summer months, we are announcing a special summer members’ exhibit for July, which will be followed by our Eighth Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit in September.

Our regular classes have been cancelled for the immediate future; however, we are preparing virtual and limited attendance/social distancing solutions to continue to offer educational programs to the community.

Remember to watch your email or visit the Berkeley Arts Council’s web site and Facebook page for information on our activities and programming; questions can be directed to the Berkeley Arts Council e-mail address,


DEADLINE EXTEDED Eighth Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit

Extended Deadline August 17, 2020

The Berkeley Arts Council in Martinsburg, West Virginia announces the Eighth 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 Saturday September 5 – October 10, 2020.


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

Berkeley Arts Council Congratulates Graduating 2020 Seniors

The Berkeley Art Works is helping Main Street Martinsburg support our 2020 high school graduates by displaying the portraits of the graduating class of Faith Christian Academy in our front window.

Congratulations to all: Abigail Adams. Emily Boehler, Madison Crampton, Maria Cuccio, Tyler DeOms, Brett Dunham, Deanna Hercules, Kathlyn Hess, Jadah Hester, Jessica Horn, Colby Kief, Danielle Moran, Elisabeth Rankin, Heather Scribner, Lyndsay Taylor, Shalin Thomas, Alicia Tucker, Eric Woo.

Berkeley Art Works Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Earth Day _

Earth Day 50th Anniversary installation by Gary Bergel in the window of the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg.

In conjunction with the Art and Earth exhibit, the display window at the front of the Berkeley Art Works Gallery at 116  North Queen Street celebrates the 50th anniversary of the founding of Earth Day with some notable details provided by Teaching Artist and Arts Council member Gary Bergel.  The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970, marking the birth of the modern environmental movement.  Gaylord Nelson, then-Senator from Wisconsin, proposed a national teach-in to send a message to Washington that the public supported a political agenda to address environmental issues.  Inspired by the activism and energy he saw on college campuses in the 1960s, he recruited students to help him obtain recognition for a national day (

Nelson intended Earth Day to be a grassroots, local action to bring more attention to the environment.  Individuals and communities were empowered to participate in Earth Day, which drew media attention and ushered in an era of bold environmental legislation.  In 1970, it is said that 20 million Americans – 10% of the U.S. population at the time – participated in the first Earth Day.  Today, Earth Day is a global concern marked by more than a billion people every year to influence changes in human behavior and environmental policy (

The window provides thought-provoking information to promote awareness of environmental issues and the Earth Day idea.  If you happen to be downtown, stop and take a look. You can do so without breaking the “social distancing” rules and we hope you will be inspired in some way to partake in your own Earth Day observance this year (within safe, social guidelines of course).  And if you do, let the Arts Council know about it. You can reach BAC at


Art and Earth Exhibit Goes Online

Tenth Annual Art and Earth Juried Exhibit
Online Gallery

Perhaps there is a lesson in the developing world-wide catastrophe known as COVID-19 that could be summed up with the old joke, “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature.” For ten years the Berkeley Arts Council has sponsored the Art and Earth juried art exhibit, seeking work from artists who express how they view the natural world and the environment with the goal of expanding the awareness about these things.

Due to the emergency, we will not be able to open the gallery at this time showing of the Art and Earth artwork. We remain hopeful that this is temporary but in the meantime, we wanted to share the great artwork that was selected by Juror Janis Goodman.

David Heatwole

(The Berkeley Art Works is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 emergency but we want to continue to support our artists in whatever way we can. We invite you to meet David Heatwole and, when the emergency is passed, come by the gallery to view his work.)

(Written by Annette Verna)

“Life is amazing when you start looking at it,” says David Heatwole, one of the Berkeley Arts Council’s Artists at the Works co-op members and our featured artist this month.

David comes from a long line of artists and he always knew he’d follow that path. He is a trained illustrator and commercial artist. His father, John Heatwole, was a wood sculptor whose work in fantasy and science fiction subjects has influenced his work. As a youngster, David would buy books to read because he liked the cover art. He didn’t realize that later, through his father’s gallery connections, he’d get to see the originals and meet the artists in person! In his early career, he produced drawings, worked mostly with dry or “hard” media, and added paint. Today, his primary medium is paint. One day, in a friend’s garage, he started dripping house paint on cardboard. He’s been a painter ever since.

“I’ve always been fascinated by logos, icons and symbols.” He is always thinking about art; processing the imagery he sees daily and thinking about their meanings and metaphors for life and faith. His work deals with energy, synergy, synchronicity and the metaphysical – the connections that we share, but are beyond what can be perceived by the senses, and perhaps can’t be defined. He sees the negative space as well as the positive space (the unseen vs. the object). Forces are always at work, energy is all around and moving; things are always changing. “I try to explain that nothing is permanent.” The paintings on display at the Art Works are all about the metaphysical realm. They are a mix of studies for his 3-D paintings and some finished pieces, all of which he hopes illustrate the sense of connection he wants to communicate.

David participates in the regular Critique Group that meets at the Berkeley Art Works on the third Friday of each month. “The critique meetings are a good place to be with other creatives; the environment is positive and there’s energy and inspiration to be had from the other participants.” He has always been interested in creating art, collecting art, and bringing artists together to work and show. He enjoys being a member of the co-op and the opportunity to have his work seen by a wider audience. Learn more about David and view the archive of his work by visiting

BAC Activities and COVID 19

Berkeley Art Works

BAC Activities and COVID 19

If you are like me your “in box” is filled with updates on the changes caused by the current state of affairs being brought about by COVID 19.  So straight to the point here’s what’s happening and not happening at the BAC.

*   March 20th “Third Friday Open Crit” night is POSTPONED until further notice.
*   Berkeley Art Works  Hours – The gallery and co-op at 116 N. Queen St will be closed until April 1st.
*   Current “Tattoo & Beyond Exhibit” at  Berkeley Art Works closed.  Artists participating in the show will be receiving specific information.
*   Upcoming “National Art & Earth Exhibit” opening April 1st scheduled to open as planned.  Artist participating in the show will be receiving specific information.  Opening reception and awards presentation has been postponed to a date yet to be determined.

One last note.  While we might be curtailing events at the Art Works.  This is a perfect time for our artistic spirits to soar.  Personally, have So many ideas flowing through my head not sure where to start.

Please watch our Facebook page in the next week  I have a new idea coming on for sharing the art of our community.

On behalf of the Berkeley Arts Council we wish everyone to stay safe.

Virtual Hugs to all.Anna Howard
President – Berkeley Arts Council

3rd Friday Open Critique Evening POSTPONED

3rd Friday Open Critique Evening, POSTPONED

Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg.

Dr. Doug Kinnett, BAW noted painter and former coordinator of Shepherd University’s Art Education Program, will introduce this month’s theme: WHEN IS A PAINTING FINISHED? Doug will share insights from celebrated painters such as: Keith Haring, Janet Fish, Mark Rothko, Fernando Botero, Elizabeth Murray and others.

Visual artists and creatives working in any medium are invited to bring and show a work in progress each month to gain critique and positive feedback from a team of BAW and regional exhibiting artists.

Snacks and beverages. Open and free to all.

You, your friends, and your associates are cordially invited.

New Spring Classes at the Berkeley Art Works











Details are posted at

Beginning Drawing and Painting Animals and other Fauna
Thursdays March 12,19, 26, April 2 2020; 1-4pm (Four weeks)
Instructor: Judith Becker

Nature’s Elements: Rocks, Trees, Waters, Textures and Backgrounds
Fridays March 13, 20, 27, April 3 2020; 1-4pm (Four weeks)
Instructor: Judith Becker

Introduction to Cold Wax Painting Technique
Saturday, March 14 9 am to noon, (Three Hours)
Instructor: Leah Bennett

“Splish-Spash!” Make Handmade Papers
Mondays, 9 am to 11am, March 16, 23, 30, 2020 (6 hours)
Instructor: Jane Ping

Cold Wax Painting Technique
Tuesdays, 9 am to noon, March 24, 31, April 7, 14; (Four Weeks)
Instructor: Leah Bennett

Basic Drawing Techniques Using Charcoal
Wednesdays March 25, April 1, 8, 14; 12 Noon; (Four weeks)
Instructor: Leah Bennett

Drawing and Painting Architecture with Perspective
Thursdays April 16, 23, 30, May 7 2020; 1-4pm (Four weeks)
Instructor: Judith Becker

Level II All About Color
Fridays April 17, 24, May 1, 8 2020; 1-4pm (Four weeks)
Instructor: Judith Becker

Mixed Media Abstractions
Tuesdays, 9 am to noon, April 21, 28, May 5, 12; (Four Weeks)
Instructor: Leah Bennett

Creating with Ink and Watecolor
Wednesdays April 22, 29, May 6, 13; 9:00am-Noon (Four Weeks)
Instructor: Leah Bennett

Special Workshop

“Capturing the Light” Watercolor Workshop by Lynn Ferris
May 2-3, 2020
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 a variety of subject matter. Details at:

Tattoo and Beyond Highlights the Art of Local Tattoo Artists

“Heart and Eye” by Kim Taylor

Opening February 5, the Berkeley Arts Council will showcase the designs and artwork of more than 10 local tattoo artists with shops in historic downtown Martinsburg.  The exhibit called “Tattoo and Beyond”, will feature tattoo designs as well as work in other media by several local artists.  Tattoo art has enjoyed increased popularity over the past several years.

The exhibit will include artwork by owners and artists from these seven parlors:

  • Ambition and Ink
  • Black Pearl Tattoo Studio
  • Boomtown Tattoo
  • Burke Street Tattoo and Gallery
  • Cherry Bomb Tattoo & Body Piercing
  • Drawin’ Attention tattoos
  • True Love Tattoo

The idea for the exhibit came about with the help of the Martinsburg city Department of Economic Development as a way to feature the talent of these local artists and business people.

The show will run from February 5 through 29, 2020, at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg.  Show off your “Ink” at the opening reception on Sunday, February 9 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.  Also in conjunction with the show, join us at the Art Works on Friday, February 21 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm to hear participating artists discuss their work.

The Berkeley Art Works is open every Wednesday through Friday, 11am – 5pm, and Saturdays 11am – 4pm.

New BAC Open Critique Program

We are excited to announce a new series of open art critique sessions, starting Friday, January 17th at 6:30 to 8:30pm at the Berkeley Art Works. The group will use the historic Edmund Burke Feldman approach to art appreciation. The first session will open with an introduction to the Feldman Method by Dr. Doug Kinnett, painter, member of the Artists at the Works co-op, and former coordinator of Shepherd University’s Art Education Program.  He will guide the group through a critique of Pablo Picasso’s historic painting, Guernica, which was completed in 1937.

“Guernica” by Pablo Picasso

Open critiques will be held the 3rd Friday evening of every month, from 6:30 to 8:30pm.  Visual artists and creatives working in any medium are invited to bring a work in progress to gain critique, encouragement and positive feedback from a team of Berkeley Arts Council’s Artists at the Works co-op members and regional artists. The critique series is free and open to all, so mark your calendars and come to the Art Works!