Is “Write a Book” one of the things on your bucket list—that list of things you want to do before you kick the bucket? Got a story in your head that you’ve always wanted to write? Thought about writing the great American novel? Or just a memoir to pass to your grandchildren? Here’s a workshop for people who have thought about writing a book but aren’t sure how to get started. The workshop will be at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg on Saturday, November 8 from 9am-12 noon.

If you’ve got to “write a book” on your bucket list, this is the class to get you started. Best-selling author Lauren Carr will share her experience in writing and publishing to get you started on your story. In this three-hour workshop, Lauren will pass on the secrets that most professional authors had to learn the hard way about how to check “Write a Book” off that list. Among the secrets she will divulge:

  • Where and How to Get Started on Your Book
  • Making Time for Writing
  • Identifying Time-Thieves
  • Getting Past the 40-Page Block
  • The Secret Behind Getting Over Writer’s Block

Lauren Carr is the best-selling author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, which take place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, editor, cover and layout designer, and marketing agent for independent authors.

For details and online registration, visit artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/workshops/. For more information email berkeleyartswv@gmail.com 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 www.berkeleyartswv.org.

There was  great turnout for the reception for the Second Annual Eastern WV Juried Exhibit at the Berkeley Art Works in Martinsburg.

Visitors viewed the 34 art works in the exhibit and the photography from the Dance Works Festival, and browsed the work of the 18 artists and artisans in the “Artists at the Works” co-op.

In addition, eight awards were passed out for the exhibit participants.

Arts Council president Malinda Shaver presents the Best in Show Award to Bruce Chandler for his painting "Coastal Rocks"

Arts Council president Malinda Shaver presents the Best in Show Award to Bruce Chandler for his oil painting,“Coastal Rocks”

BruceChandler_CoastalRocks-500pxOther awards were:

Merit Award: “They Keep Going Up” by Roxanne Crouse
Merit Award: “Transmission #10” by Nancy McLoughlin
Honorable Mention: “The Story the Blackbird Told” by Rebecca Grace Jones
Honorable Mention: “Watering the Potatoes” by Alice Newton
Honorable Mention: “Cherry Burl Bowl” by Neil Super
Honorable Mention: “Luminous Glow” by Monica Wilkins
Honorable Mention: “Long Shadows-Setting Sun” by Virginia Winston

The exhibit is on display until October 26.

Also, in the Back Space gallery through October 26 is “Dance Works: the Photographs”, an exhibit of photographs of the March, 2014 Dance Works Festival by Rip Smith, with additional photography by Mary-Jo Bennett.

The gallery is located at 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, WV. Gallery hours are Thursday 11-5, Friday 11-8, Saturday 10-5, and Sunday 12-3.



The Berkeley Arts Council announced three new art classes for November. Classes are held at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. Full details and online registration is available at http://artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/instruction/.

"Blue Heron" by Judith Becker (Colored Pencil)

“Blue Heron” by Judith Becker (Colored Pencil)

Beginning Watercolor Pencil

Tuesdays, November 4, 11, 18, December 2; 9:30am – 12:30pm (No class November 25)
Instructor Judith Becker

Class presents the pleasant watercolor painting process of using watercolor pencils instead of traditional watercolor painting techniques.  Students will learn how to lay down colors to create multitudes of variations of hues, of achieving many different textures, and of the ease of using the pencils when traveling, when sketching as well as painting entire compositions. Tuition $85; Pre-registration required

Beginning Colored Pencil

Tuesdays, November 4, 11, 18, December 2; 5:30-8:30pm (No class November 25)
Instructor Judith Becker

Class introduces beginners and those with some experience to the process of creating a painting with colored pencils.  It explores the many effects possible with the pencils including mixing colors, blending for smoothness, making various textures plus much more.  A variety of painting surfaces are explored and participants create several small painting using the techniques learned. Tuition $85; Pre-registration required

Design and Composition

Thursdays, November 6, 13, 20, December 4; 5:30-8:30pm (No Class November 27)
Instructor Judith Becker

A work of art has a plan—its design. The artist creates visual order using the elements of design, the ingredients, to hold interest and express the artist’s purpose. A composition organizes the elements according to the principles of design. Instructor Judith Becker explains and clarifies these tools of the artist in a twelve-hour course that helps guide the student in using color, texture, shape and form; value and color harmonies. Included are principles of balance, unity, contrast, emphasis, and rhythm, and more. Artists working in any medium will learn to create stronger works using the understandings presented in this class. Tuition $85; Pre-registration required


The Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, WV (Map) will host a Third Friday Photographic Salon* on Friday, November 21 from 6:00 – 8:00pm. This is an informal gathering of photographers to share work, give and receive feedback, ask and answer questions about any aspect of photography.

Bring some prints and get feedback. Bring your new gear to show off. Have a question about some aspect of photography? Come in and ask it. There will likely be someone there who can answer it. Or just come to chat and talk photography with like minded people.

Open to anyone interested in photography. All experience levels welcome. (Admission is free but donations to support the Art Works are appreciated.)


* (The term, “salon” comes from the French “salon” refers to informal gatherings of artists or other “intellectuals” where areas of common interests were discussed. Later, the term was used to indicate major art exhibitions.)

The Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg presents “Second Friday Poetry Reading: Yours or Another’s” on Friday, October 10 from 6:30-8:00pm. Sign in at 6:30pm.


The reading takes place in the gallery surrounded by great art. This month it’s the Second Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit. The evening is free and open to the public. (Donations to support the Art Works are appreciated.)

Readers will present their selection in the order they register. If there is a high turnout, readings will be limited to 30 lines. You may read your own poetry or the work of another poet if credit is given.

For more information call Eldon Winston at 304-264-4783.

Open Studio Sessions start in October

Students and instructors have been asking for it, so here it is: The new “Open Studio” program at the Berkeley Art Works begins in October and artists of all skill levels are invited to come by and enjoy the collaborative atmosphere along with some on-on-one coaching by our experienced instructors. While this is not a formal instruction program, it’s a great opportunity to continue to practice what you have learned in other classes, revitalize those rusty skills, get some help with a stubborn composition, or just take the time for yourself to focus on your artwork with fewer distractions and some expert advice!

Come for a particular instructor, or choose a session that fits your schedule. Each instructor has primary subjects but all excel at teaching the basics as well. In addition to Jean Kellogg and Judith Becker, this fall we’re adding watercolor specialist Mikkey Tarantino to the roster.

A fee of $25 (cash or check) covers each three-hour session, and may be paid when you arrive and sign in. There’s no preregistration so it’s a good idea to claim your seat early. Plan to bring the materials and supplies you need for your particular project.

All sessions are held at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, WV. For more information email berkeleyartswv@gmail.com or call 304-620-7277.

Here’s the schedule:

Open Studio with Judith Becker

Giant Milkweed by Judith Becker

“Giant Milkweed” by Judith Becker

Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 15 , 29, Nov. 12: 1 pm_to 4 pm
Wednesday evenings, Nov. 5 and 19, 5:30 to 8:30 pm

Judith Becker is an experienced artist with dual degrees in design and education. She has recently moved to the Eastern Panhandle, but previously taught a variety of classes in Garrett County, Maryland. Judith specializes in painting with colored pencils, pastels and watercolors and often mixes her media for unusual effects. Her subjects mostly are botanical s and scenes from her travels. Her popular classes cover many art techniques targeted for both the beginner and the more experienced painter.

Open Studio with Jean Kellogg


By Jean Kellogg

Sunday, October 12, 1-4pm
Sunday, November 9, 1-4pm
Sunday, December 7, 104pm

Jean Kellogg teaches acrylic painting and multimedia for BAC, but has a broad background and training in art.

Jean Kellogg is an award-winning regional fine and commercial artist, art instructor for arts organizations, and for county and state continuing education programs; also an illustrator, writer and artisan. She works in a wide variety of media, such as Prismacolors, charcoal, conte’, oil & acrylic paints, and mixed media; she also creates toys, costume jewelry, textile goods and other crafts which are marketed locally through various venues.

Open Studio with Mikki Tarantino

"Welder 2" by Mikki Tarantino

“Welder 2″ by Mikki Tarantino

Tuesday November 4, 1-4pm
Tuesday December 2, 1-4pm
Tuesday January 6, 104pm

A new addition to BAC’s roster of instructors, Mikkey moved from oils to watercolor and has studied with passion ever since, developing a realistic style that exhibits strong drawing and strong color choices. She is an elected member of the Garden State Watercolor Society, The New Jersey Watercolor Society  and the Baltimore Watercolor Society.  The American Artist Watercolor Magazine selected Mikkey as one of ‘Twenty Emerging Artists’ in their Fall 2007 publication. Her website is mikkeyart.com.

Call for Artists and Artisans
Open Jury Session for the Berkeley Arts Council’s
Fifth Annual Holiday Art and Craft Market

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Berkeley Arts Council is seeking artists and artisans who wish to participate in the Fifth Annual Holiday Art and Craft Market, to be held at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. The Market will be set up in the Special Exhibit gallery space in the Art Works and will be open starting November 6 and be open 4-5 days per week through Christmas. Participants are asked to help sit in the gallery for several days during that period (the schedule will be flexible). There is a fee of $40 that covers the Market period and the Arts Council will retain a 20% commission on all sales. Space is limited.

Artists and artisans wishing to submit work to be juried should download the jury form and agreement and submit the work according the schedule in the instructions.

Please email berkeleyartswv@gmail.com or call 304-620-7277 if you have any questions.


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