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October 2-26, 2014: Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit
Reception Saturday, October 11, 5-7pm

BruceChandler_CoastalRocks-500pxThe Second Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Art Exhibit will open on October 2 at the Berkeley Art Works in Martinsburg. A reception for the artists will be Saturday, October 11 from 5-7pm in the gallery at 116 North Queen Street.

Juror Diane Sibbison, selected 33 art works from 25 artists out of more than 100 art works submitted from 38 Eastern West Virginia artists. Ms Sibbison said that she “worked to include as many styles, media and subjects as possible and that the selection was difficult due to the many excellent pieces in every media. The resulting exhibition showcases contemporary art, expressing what is best in the creative urge that draws people from many backgrounds to participate.”

October 2-26, 2014: “Dance Works: The Photographs”
Reception Saturday, October 11, 5-7pm

Photo by Rip Smith

Opening October 2, The Berkeley Art Works will present a selection of photographs from the March, 2014 Dance Works Festival. The images capture the sense of grace and movement as well as the concentration and determination of the approximately 100 young women and girls as they participated in a number of Master Class workshops in several styles of Dance.

Photographer Rip Smith started out to document the activities for the Council but found that the intensity of the workshops went beyond a simply recreational exercise. Ultimately Smith decided to finish the images in black and white to concentrate the viewer’s attention on the creative work that was being done. Additional images by Mary-Jo Bennett of the closing performance program are displayed in color.

The two day Dance Works festival was sponsored by the Berkeley Art Council in cooperation with several local dance schools and the Berkeley County Parks and Recreation Department. The event was held at Musselman High School.

 

The Berkeley Art Works will offer a new workshop taught by photographer Rip Smith entitled “Photographic Composition and Creative Vision.

Saturday October 11, 12:30-4:30; 4 hrs
Composition and Creative Vision Part One

What is it that makes one picture of a particular subject ordinary while another image of the same subject is a work of art? This workshop will explore how composition, light and shadow, form and texture can work together to express something beyond merely recording a scene. The workshop will start with a discussion of the basic concepts of composition and then, through an analysis of some of Smith’s images, will demonstrate how those concepts are applied in practice from conceptualizing the image in the viewfinder to the final adjustments on the computer.  Students who wish to move on to Part Two of the workshop will be given assignments to put the ideas and techniques into practice.

Saturday October 25, 1:30-4:30; 3 hrs)
Composition and Creative Vision Part Two

During the two week interval between part one and part two, Students will take their cameras out to practice the ideas and techniques discussed in Part One. They will bring in a selection of images for discussion and “gentle critique” during the second session.

Tuition: Parts 1 and 2 $90; Part 1 only $60 (Pre-Registration Required)

This workshop is offered by the Berkeley Arts Council and will be held at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, WV. Pre-registration is required.

For more information and registration information visit artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/workshops#pccv

BAC-FB-SquareTry your hand at sewing and embroidery and learn the basics to create your own fabric doll. On the first day, participants will learn how to cut and sew the doll, and in the second class, the doll’s clothes will be created. The class is taught by professional artist, Hilda Eiber, who has taught several doll making courses, including at the Washington County Museum in Hagerstown. This is a hand sewing course to learn how to create a cloth doll and clothing improve sewing and embroidery stitches too. This is a great class for Mom’s and grandmothers who like to make a holiday gift for their children or  grandchildren, or encourage creativity and new skills, for a  teen working on their basic sewing skills. The course is open for students 12 years to adults.

The workshop is sponsored by the Berkeley Arts Council and will be held at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, WV. The dates are Mondays, October 6 and  October 13 from 6:30-8:30pm.

Pre-registration is required. For details and online registration, visit http://artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/workshops/.

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 suppors 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 www.berkeleyartswv.org.

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Photography Teacher Pat Murphy with his students whose work is being exhibited at the Berkeley Art Works.

Photography Teacher Pat Murphy with his students whose work is being exhibited at the Berkeley Art Works.

“Youthful Visions II”, an exhibit of the best of the Martinsburg Boys and Girls Club photography competition opened at the Berkeley Art Works with a reception at the gallery Friday evening. There was a great turnout of the young artists/photographers, parents and friends.

Seeing their framed prints hanging on the wall in a gallery was exciting for these young artists and everyone was impressed with the quality and creativity in the images.

The photos were scored by a panel of eight judges to select the images that will represent Martinsburg and Berkeley County in regional and national competitions.

The exhibit will be on display through Sunday, August 31. The Berkeley Art Works is located at 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. Gallery hours are Thursday 11-5, Friday 11-8, Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 12-3.

Judith Becker explains painting with pastels in the video http://vimeo.com/103647330

Judith Becker explains painting with pastels in the video http://vimeo.com/103647330

Judith Becker will be doing a live demo of my pastel painting techniques on Friday, August 22nd from 11 am to 4 pm at the Berkeley Art Works in downtown Martinburg.  Judith’s subject will be botanicals, most likely Stargazer Lilies.  If you are curious about what is involved with painting with pastels, you are invited to visit Judith at the gallery at that time.  We have a 4 week class in pastels coming up in September, and this might be a good way for you to see if you are interested. She will be available to discuss the process, answer questions  and address any other class related questions that come up.

The Berkeley Art Works is located at 116 North Queen Street. Gallery hours are Thursday 11-5, Friday, 11-8, Saturday 10-5, and Sunday 12-3.

The Berkeley Art Works presents”Youthful Visions II”, the best from the 2014 photography competition at the Martinsburg Boys and Girls Club. The exhibit will open Thursday, August 21. The photos were scored by a panel of eight judges to select the images that will represent Martinsburg and Berkeley County in regional and national competitions. Come and meet these fine young artists at a reception on Friday, August 22 from 5-7pm. The photos will be on display through Sunday, August 31.

The Berkeley Art Works is located at 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. Gallery hours are Thu 11-5, Fri 11-8. Sat 10-6, Sun 12-3. For more information email berkeleyartswv@gmail.com or call 304-620-7277.

Check out our new video introduction to painting with pastels

Early Bird Special Available for three more days: Register and pay for any September class by midnight Wednesday August 20 and receive 10% cash back at the first class session.

Here are our new classes starting the week of September 1

Special Topics in Acrylic Painting: Textures & Techniques
Thursdays 6:30-9:00 pm; September 4, 11, 18, 25
Instructor: W. J. Gilbert Kellogg (Jean)

Full Spectrum Mixed Media: Paint, Prisma, & More
Tuesdays 6:30-9:00 pm; September 9, 16, 23, 30
Instructor: W. J. Gilbert Kellogg (Jean)

Beginning Pastel Painting
Wednesdays 5:30 – 8:30 pm; September 3, 10, 17, 24
Instructor: Judith Becker

(Click “HD” if you want to view the video full screen.)

Beginning Watercolor Painting
Fridays 9:30 am – 12:30 pm; September 5, 12, 19, 26
Instructor: Judith Becker

Beginning Colored Pencil
Fridays 1:00 – 4:00 pm; September 5, 12, 19, 26
Instructor: Judith Becker

For details and online registration visit artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/instruction/. Email berkeleyartswv@gmail.com or call 304-620-7277.

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