Berkeley Arts Council FY2020 Officers and Board Members

The Berkeley Arts Council Board of Directors held its first meeting of the 2020 fiscal year this week and elected new officers and members for the coming year. Effective July, 2019 the following officers were elected:

President – Anna Howard
Vice President – Judith Becker
Secretary – Gary Bergel
Treasurer – Malinda Shaver is a founding Board member and has served as President for the past 9 years.

Additionally, the following people will serve as board members:

Rip Smith – Founding Board Member
Susan Parker
Jeff Molenda
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Special Plein Air Workshop: Alpine Lake

Alpine Lake

Plein Air/Painting On Location 2-Day Workshop

Thursday-Friday, September 19 and 20, 2019
Instructor: Judith Becker (About Judith)

Workshop Location:

Alpine Lake Resort, Terra Alta, WV;

Description: Participants will paint four different beautiful scenes at Alpine Lake Resort, in the mountains of West Virginia while improving their art skills under the direction of instructor.  Processes such as choosing the best view for the best layout, redesigning the view, capturing the light, painting efficiently, utilizing limited colors, capturing a mood and expressing oneself will all be objectives.  In most cases, the location of each site will have facilities in case of inclement weather. Continue reading

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Seventh Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit

EXTENDED Deadline August 19, 2019

Seventh Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Art Exhibit

The Berkeley Arts Council in Martinsburg, West Virginia announces the Seventh 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 September 4 – October 5, 2019.


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

[UPDATED EXTENDED DEADLINE “Art of the Human Form” Juried Exhibit

Call for Artists: “Art of the Human Form” at the Berkeley Art Works

*** No Entry Fee ***
(Accepted artists are asked to make a donation when the work is delivered.)

The Berkeley Arts Council announces Art of the Human Form, a juried art exhibit open to all 2-D and 3-D works which depict the many ways the human form can be amazing and beautiful. May include people of all ages engaging in common and even uncommon activities like dance, music, sports and even at rest. Submissions must be suitable for viewing by all audiences including children.

All 2-dimensional artwork framed up to 36 inches in the long dimension, including but not limited to painting, photography, and mixed media is eligible. 3-dimensional works are acceptable up to 36 inches in any dimension. The exhibit will be displayed from July 17 – August 19, 2019 in the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, WV.

Work accepted for the exhibit must be properly framed, including wires for hanging, or otherwise prepared for display.

Entries are by digital images. Digital images should be at least 1200 pixels on the long dimension.

Begin by entering the information about yourself and your submissions.

Entries Closed

When you submit the form you will be given a link to upload your digital images.

Deadline for entries July 8, 2019. There is no entry fee. Accepted artists will be notified by email. Accepted artists are asked to make a donation to support the gallery at the time work is delivered. Jurying of the digital submissions will be done by a committee of Berkeley Art Works artists by June 29 and work is to be delivered to the gallery between July 10 and July 13. Detailed instructions will be provided at the time of acceptance. For more information email or call 304-620-7277.

The Berkeley Art Works, a project of the Berkeley Arts Council, is the realization of the long-held dream of the arts community in Martinsburg and Berkeley County West Virginia: to have a community-based arts facility that supports local and regional artists, brings quality arts experiences for the members of the public, and provides a wide range of arts learning experiences for local residents, artists, and artisans. The Berkeley Arts Council is on the Web at

Abstract “Fan Favorite” Winner

Ellegy to Carl Rogers by Doug Kinnett

Congratulations to Doug Kinnett who was awarded the “Fan Favorite” award in the recent “In The Abstract” exhibit at the Berkeley Art Works.

Visitors from the gallery were encouraged to vote for their favorite piece in the exhibit, making a $1 donation for each vote. Doug will receive a cash award of $50 thanks to a generous anonymous donor.

Other artists whose work received votes were Kirsten Lee, Joe Mayer, Kristina Hoffman, Gary Bergel, Susan Loonsk, Mary-Jo Bennett, Mary-Jo Sims, and Jenny Wilson.

Thanks to all of the artists who participated in the exhibit and those who voted for their “Fan Favorite”.


The Transforming Power of Art

Art has the power to heal and transform both artist and audience. An upcoming exhibit, “Transformations,” demonstrates how art offers restoration, renewal, and growth

The exhibit, on display June 12 through July 14 at the Berkeley Art Works in Martinsburg, WV, will feature the work of four local women artists making art as they meet life’s challenges—embracing new ideas, coping with loss, surviving illness, taking care of loved ones, and other transitions.

Martha Hanley, retired from public school service, is dealing with the loss of a partner. Having started with watercolor 27 years ago, she found renewal and inspiration with collage and assemblage. Kristin Camitta Zimet, lifelong poet and professional editor, is dealing with issues of health and caregiving; she has been using her computer to transform photographs into surrealistic visions. Sally Myers, retired university art teacher, is recovering from brain surgery; she is finding new ways to do her metal and clay sculptures. Marty Matheson retired and cared for her mother. After a period of working with acrylics on colorful abstracts, she has rediscovered pen and ink.

The women came together a year ago with a commitment to create an exhibit and to support and challenge one another in taking risks, exploring new themes and media.

There will be a reception on Sunday, June 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. Each of the artists will share a few thoughts on her creative process and recent work.

The Berkeley Art Works is located at 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. Gallery hours are Wed-Fri 11-5, Sat 11-4.

Young Emerging Artists Exhibit

June 5 – July 6

The Berkeley Arts Council announces “Young Emerging Artists”, a juried art exhibit to showcase the creativity of the young artists in the region. The selection of student work will be on display in the Back Space Gallery June 5-July 6. Work includes paintings and photographs by students in the high school through college age.

The exhibiting artists are Kris Parrott of Neavitt, MD, Sophia Smith of Charles Town, WV, Omar Williams of Kearneysville, WV, Isaac Sams of Buckhannon, WV, Layne Williiams of Martinsburg, WV, Honor Martin of Martinsburg, WV, and Antonia Capriotti of Charles Town, WV.

Join us for a reception on Sunday,June 23 from 2-4pm at the gallery at 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg.