The “Critters” exhibit opens today featuring paintings, photographs and mixed media work depicting a wide range of animals, from the sinister to the whimsical. Work by 17 local and regional artists will be on display through September 30 at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. There will be a reception for the artists on Friday, September 8 from 5-7pm.
Berkeley Art Works gallery hours are W-F 11-5, Sat 11-4.
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 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.
Please pre-register by filling out this short form:
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/.
The Berkeley Arts Council in Martinsburg, West Virginia announces the Fifth 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 October 4 – November 11, 2017.
The juror’s results are in. Neal Rantoul selected 26 images from 23 artists from 12 states. Neal provided the following Juror’s statement:
I am very pleased to have been selected to jury this year’s National Juried Photography Exhibit and was very impressed with the wide diversity of the work of this year’s entrants.
Photography is distinguished in recent years by an amazing variety of different approaches, motivations and final results, many if which you see here in this exhibition. At the same time, more conventional traditions such as craft, care and concern for quality are still important. If you didn’t get accepted I would encourage you to work on these disciplines for photography is now very easy to practice adequately but still virtually impossible to be truly excellent at. It may be this, the sheer difficulty of mastering our medium that keeps us going. If you were accepted, you have my heartfelt congratulations and if not, don’t be discouraged. Keep photographing!