Katrina Brees: Creating a Life’s Meaningful Conclusion through Art

A Special “Meet the Artist” Event
Katrina Brees: Creating a Life’s Meaningful Conclusion through Art
Friday, September 15 – 6:00 – 8:30 pm.

Admission is free but a donation to the Berkeley Arts Council is appreciated. Pre-registration is requested using the form below.

Offering a casual evening get-together, the Berkeley Art Works invites you to learn about one artist’s personal voyage to a unique, creative and personal expression, one that you may be inspired to pursue.

Katrina Brees

Katrina Brees comes to the Eastern Panhandle where she is currently an artist at the North Mountain Residencies south of Hedgesville. Based in New Orleans, Katrina explores the creative possibilities of funeral practices from around the world, drawing inspiration that can be applied in planning a personally meaningful conclusion to one’s earthly presence. She has integrated skills and experience gained from the New Orleans traditions of parade groups, such as the Krewe of Kolossos, which she founded. (For more, visit fantasticcasket.com.)

There is a growing openness today to choosing a personal approach to what is necessary at the end of life. Brees is pursuing a goal of empowering individuals and families to choose what feels correct spiritually, and financially. In this workshop-type presentation Ms. Brees will show examples of burial options and casket traditions from around the world and discuss perspectives on death related to biology, statistics, finance, ecology, and of course ritual and family practices.

This foundation opens a discussion on designing our own fantasy burial vessels and funerals. Learn your rights, your options and your power to undertake a fresh approach to death.

Follow up by downloading documents and worksheets to plan your own funeral as well as casket patterns by Brees.

Planning our own fantasy funerals is a journey that will bring us to new understandings about death and ultimately teach us what we value about our lives. Like the quintessential jazz funeral’s “second line” we can choose new customs, as Bress encourages, to put the Fun in Funeral.

Our Friday, September 15 workshop begins at 6:00. You may register at berkeleyartswv.org; no fee is required but a donation to the Berkeley Arts Council is appreciated. For more background on Katrina Brees, visit fantasticcasket.com.


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Berkeley Arts Council Announces Fall Classes

Judith Becker Teaching at the Berkeley Art Works

The Berkeley Arts Council has announced its schedule of fall classes to be offered at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. Teaching artist Judith Becker  will offer a varied program of instruction in painting and drawing.

Judith’s classes include “Spritzilism”, Color Theory, and Drawing. Also included are classes in color pencil and watercolor for beginners, as well as a “Continuing Art Studio” for intermediate and advance artists.

(The photography classes previously announced will not be possible as David Rehor has been offered a great opportunity out of the area and will be moving away. We thank David for the work he has done with us and wish him well.)

All of these classes run 4 weeks and the tuition is $90. Pre-registration is required. Full details and online registration is available at berkeleyartswv.org/instruction/.

March Instruction at the Berkeley Art Works

Judith Becker teaching
Judith Becker working with students at the Berkeley Art Works

The Berkeley Arts Council announces art classes for March at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg.

Starting March 2, Teaching Artist Judith Becker will offer “Creating and Painting Still Lifes with Symbolism and Dynamic Composition”. Students will explore the limitless opportunities to create beautiful still life paintings with interesting composition and intriguing symbolism. Class is designed for intermediate to advanced students and can be worked in any 2 D medium. The classes will be held Thursdays 1-4pm, March 2, 9, 16, 23.

Starting March 3, Becker will offer “Continuing Art Studio – Unlocking Creativity.” This studio class is designed for the student who has advanced beyond the beginning stage and who now wants to work at advancing in his/her chosen medium. The classes will be held Fridays 1-4pm, March 3, 10, 17, 24.

Starting March 11, professional photographer David Rehor will again offer his popular course, “Taking Control of Your Digital Camera.” The digital photography workshop is designed to teach users how to customize the functions of their DSLR or mirrorless cameras and lenses. Students will learn how to navigate the camera menus and properly operate buttons and dials for optimum creative control. The classes will be held Saturdays 10am-1pm, March 11, 18, 25, and April 1.

The tuition for each four week class is $90 and pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Details and online registration is available at https://berkeleyartswv.org/instruction/. Deadline for registration is three days before the start of the class.

Berkeley Arts Council November Classes Open for Registration

The Berkeley Arts Council’s November classes are open for registration.

Starting November 10, Judith Becker will offer “Beginning Watercolor Pencil – Creating Holiday Cards.” This class presents the pleasant watercolor painting process of using watercolor pencils instead of traditional watercolor painting techniques to create beautiful holiday cards. This is a four week class held Thursdays November 10,17, December 1, and 8 from 1-4pm. Continue reading

Berkeley Arts Council Announces September Classes

Judith Becker Teaching at the Berkeley Art Works
Judith Becker Teaching at the Berkeley Art Works
The Berkeley Arts Council will offer two new classes in September at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. The classes are taught by Judith Becker.”Beginning Watercolor Painting” is for those with little or no experience in painting with watercolors, but who want to learn starting with the most essential basics and developing skills leading to accomplishing good watercolor painting techniques. The class class takes all the mystery and fear out of the process and shows the student of any level of expertise how to be successful in this beautiful process. The four week class will meet Fridays 1 – 4 pm; September 16, 23, 30, and October 8. Tuition is $90 and pre-registration is required.

In “Painting Beautiful Water and Seascapes in Any Medium”, participants will learn to paint various types of water scenes including reflective ponds and lakes, rushing streams, gentle seaside coasts and crashing waves! The four week class will meet Thursdays 1 – 4 pm, September 15, 22, 29, and October 6. Tuition is $90 and pre-registration is required.

For details and online registration visit http://artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/instruction/.

For July: Art Student Continuing improvement Workshop

Art Student Continuing improvement Workshop

Thursdays, 1-4 PM. July 14, 21, August 4, 19 (Four Weeks)*
Instructor: Judith Becker (About Judith Becker)

Judith Becker Teaching at the Berkeley Art Works
Judith Becker Teaching at the Berkeley Art Works

Unstructured workshop for art students who want to continue working on their art projects under the guidance of art instructor, Judith Becker.  Casual and laid back painting time among company of others who also want to improve their art abilities.  Participants are free to paint with any medium.  Great way to keep one’s skills sharp during the summer months.

* (Make-up dates July 22 and August 26)

Supplies: Any art materials needed in order to paint whatever one is working on.

Tuition $90 for four weeks (12 hours)
Pre-registration required

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Berkeley Arts Council Announces May Classes

The Berkeley Arts Council announced two new classes for May to be held at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg.

Jean Kellogg Teaching at the Berkeley Art Works
Jean Kellogg Teaching

Jean Kellogg will be teaching “Acrylic Textures & Technical Know-How!” on Wednesdays from 1-4pm starting May 4. There are certain textures that can make, or break a painting…a few of these can be found in Flowers, Feathers, Foliage, Fur, Fins and Hair! Of course, there are many more, but having an idea of how to execute them successfully can make a great difference in expressing your subject matter. The class runs for six weeks through June 8.

Judith Becker Teaching at the Berkeley Art Works
Judith Becker Teaching

Judith Becker offers “Creative Approaches to Painting Landscapes” on Thursdays from 1-4pm starting May 19. Learn to paint landscapes with that WOW! factor.  Working from the same landscape reference photo of your choice each week, instructor will present different approaches to paint the same landscape scene but with vastly different results.  This is a unique way to push your own art into new dimensions, all the while learning composition and color  theory beyond the usual.  You will surprise yourself with your ability to advance your own art expertise. The class runs for four weeks through June 9.

For details and online registration Visit http://www.berkeleyartswv.org/artworks/instruction/. Pre-registration is required.