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 (nelsonearthday.net).

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 (earthday.org).

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 berkeleyartswv@gmail.com

 

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 www.davidheatwoleart.com.

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.

Accepted Artists: Art and Earth Exhibit

The juror’s selections are in for the Tenth Annual Art and Earth Juried Exhibit and we are very pleased to announce the accepted artists. The juror, Janis Goodman, selected 42 works by 39 artists out of 194 works submitted by 78 artists from 19 states. The full list of accepted artists and works is below. The exhibit will be on display from April 1 – May 16, 2020.

Juror’s Statement:

I was so pleased to find so many of the submissions visually interesting and compelling. As a juror, I look for three things and how they balance each other: content, imagery and technique. I additionally use this criteria for critiquing my students work at the Corcoran College of Art. In many cases the narrative or description was very interesting but I felt the work did not hold up craft wise. In other instances, the technique was strong but the imagery was not convincing. All of the works submitted contained strong reasons for inclusion, unfortunately space limitation is a factor.
Each one of the artists chosen possesses a notable affinity with the subject of Art and the Earth or My art-My World. It is no small thing to tackle such a huge topic with integrity, innovation and skill.  The environment is a precious thing which we as artists must honor and protect.

I believe the artists selected represent an interesting range of mediums, views and images. I think the works will communicate with one another and reinforce this idea of the artist as steward of the planet and valuable citizen.  – Janis Goodman

Congratulations to all of the accepted artists. All are invited to the opening reception and awards presentation on Sunday, April 5  from 2-4pm at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, WV.

(For accepted artists: After the break (below) is important information regarding the shipping/delivery of the work.)           

Accepted work:

Carolyn Albracht The World In Which We Live
Alba Baez Florida
Alex Barbour Palm Oil
Honorable Mention
Judith Becker Wild Fancy
Leah Bennett Until The Mighty River Breaks Us Apart
Ann Darling Rhythms
Deborah Digel Bison
Tracey Donnelly Franklin War Heron III
Phil Dunn Abandoned
Naomi Dwyer Cell Side Table Barrage Balloon
Justine Godown Poppies
Nancy Hausrath Bubbles
David Heatwole Box of Realities
Deborah Herndon Reverie
Laurie Hoen Weather the Storm
Juliet Hossain Self Portrait of the Sentient Earth
Mahera Khaleque Enormous
Jessie Knirsch Microbial Mat
Jessica LeMere Maya’s Gift
Corinne McAuley Fall Fire
Honorable Mention
Jeanne McClure Jewels of the Garden
Bonnie McDermott Dad’s Place
Jane Michael Wasatch Folds
Dan Morro Hommage
Dan Morro Confined Gloaming
Best in Show
Erin Murray Beyond Our Facade
Sally Myers Wren Leaving the Forest Floor
Alice A Newton The Turtle Doctors at Work
Jim Pearson Anonymous Bone Noise: Harbor
David Pittenger Soon To Seed
Ping Shen Lily Magnolia Blossom (2)
Honorable Mention
Karen Smith Floral Waters 1
B. Berne Smith There!
Rachel Crockett Smith All That’s to Come
Merit Award
Rachel Crockett Smith Eyes Wide Open
Derek Walter Pliocene XXIX
Carol Williams Deporting the Doves of Peace
Honorable Mention
Omar Williams Avon House
Patricia Wilt The Sheep Shearer
Mark Zapico Territory
Jane Zich In The River
Honorable Mention
Jane Zich The Great Melt

UPDATED Information for Accepted Artists: Continue reading

New Spring Classes at the Berkeley Art Works

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Details are posted at https://berkeleyartswv.org/instruction

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: https://berkeleyartswv.org/capturing-the-light/

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!

Artists’ Opportunities in the New Year

As the Berkeley Arts Council moves into its second decade, we are pleased to build on the first ten years announcing opportunities for artists to exhibit and learn.

Berkeley Art Works
2020 Exhibit Opportunities

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. For details visit: https://berkeleyartswv.org/call-2020-members/

Tenth Annual Art and Earth Juried 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. For details visit: https://berkeleyartswv.org/tenth-annual-art-and-earth-juried-exhibit/

Watercolor Expressions

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. For details visit: https://berkeleyartswv.org/call-for-artists-watercolor-expressions/

Berkeley Art Works Co-op Gallery

The Berkeley Art Works, a project of the Berkeley Arts Council, has an opening for one 3-dimensional artist in the Berkeley Art Works co-op gallery. For more information, please visit https://berkeleyartswv.org/artists-at-the-works/ or email berkeleyartswv (at) gmail .com


2020 Classes and Workshops

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

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. For details visit: https://berkeleyartswv.org/2019/12/01/capturing-the-light/


New Classes At the Berkeley Art Works

The Berkeley Arts Council is offering an expanded list of classes and workshops for 2020 at the Berkeley Art Works. Classes in January include Creating with Ink and WatercolorFigure Drawing using CharcoalDrawing Portraits using CharcoalLevel 2 Watercolor and a special Mixed Media Mashup for Kids and Adults.

Then in February we will have All About ColorChild Portraiture in Colored PencilMixed Media Journaling, and Acrylics with Palette Knife.

For all the details and registration information, please visit https://berkeleyartswv.org/instruction/

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/.