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Contact: Berkeley Arts Council

berkeleyartswv@gmail.com

304-620-7277

Call for Artists: PHOTO 21 National Juried Photographic Art Exhibit

The Berkeley Arts Council invites artists to participate in PHOTO 21, a national juried photographic art exhibit to be held June 3 - July 3, 2021. The exhibit is open to all artists throughout the continental United States, over the age of 18, working in any photographic medium or technique (digital, film, alternative, or antique photographic processes). The theme for the exhibit is open; 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional* artwork is welcome. Work must be original, completed within the last three (3) years, and must not have been exhibited previously at the Berkeley Art Works. (*3-D work where a photographic technique is used as the main medium.) 

Our juror is Robert M. Hein, Associate Professor of Art at Frostburg State University, Frostburg, MD, where he teaches Photography, History of Photography, Digital Imaging, and Mixed Media. In his teaching, he emphasizes the development of technical proficiency, the ability to work with traditional and digital media, knowledge of the history of the photographic medium, and a visual literacy in contemporary and historical artists' work. About his own work he states, “I believe the photograph to be a pliable form of art, not necessarily defined by pre-existing standards for what makes a photograph true to its medium. I do not have a strict agenda to process for my personal work, and I don't find myself traveling extensively, or working with exotic subject matter to find content. Each project tends to have individual ideas I am interested in pursuing.” Professor Hein has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ball State University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati. He was awarded the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in 2012 and 2015 and was a semi-finalist in the Gran Prix De La Decouverte, Paris, France. His work was included in the Masur Museum’s 58th Annual Competition, The Print Center of Philadelphia’s 88th Annual International Competition, and has had solo exhibitions in our region. He has also been a guest speaker at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts and the Allegany Arts Council.

The entry fee for the exhibit is $35 for the first two works. Artists may submit one or two additional works for $10 each for a maximum of four works. Awards will be given for Best in Show ($500) and others, for a total of $1,000 in prizes. More information, deadlines, and instructions for submitting work are on the Berkeley Arts Council Web site, http://www.berkeleyartswv.org.

The Berkeley Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in West Virginia working to ensure that Berkeley County has a vibrant, vital arts environment by promoting awareness, understanding and appreciation of the literary, visual and performing arts in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. The Berkeley Arts Council supports local and regional artists, brings quality arts experiences to the community, and provides a wide range of arts learning experiences for local residents, artists and artisans.

Contact: Berkeley Arts Council

berkeleyartswv@gmail.com

304-620-7277

 Take an Art Class this Spring from the Berkeley Arts Council

 Get ready to capture the colors of spring!  Brighten up your art skills with a colorful class from the Berkeley Arts Council with instructor Judith Becker.  Judith is a professional artist with degrees in design and education.  Her popular classes cover many art techniques to enhance the skills of beginners and experienced artists.  She specializes in painting with colored pencil, pastel and watercolor, and often mixes her media for unusual effects.  Judith’s deep knowledge of color, style, and technique will help you build on your current experience and progress in your artistic skills!

 “Beginning Colored Pencil” starts April 6, from 2:00 to 4:00pm.  This 4-week class introduces beginners and those with experience to creating a painting with colored pencils.  Explore the many effects possible, including mixing colors, blending, and creating textures.  A variety of painting surfaces will be used and participants will create several small paintings. 

 Also in April Judith will offer a free workshop, “Introduction to Watercolor Pencil Painting.”  Choose your date and time on either Thursday, April 8 from 7pm to 8pm, or Friday, April 9 from 2pm to 3pm.  In this one-hour overview, Judith will demonstrate how to use watercolor pencils for creating paintings as well as how the pencils can be used to augment other mediums.  Watercolor pencils are very versatile - learn how they can be used for fine detail work as well as for covering large areas.  

 If you are interested in working more in-depth with watercolor pencils, take Judith’s 4 week class, “Beginning Watercolor Pencil”.  This class is appropriate for students who have no watercolor painting experience as well as those who paint with watercolors, but want to expand their techniques.  Learn to lay down colors to create variations of hues and achieve different textures.  Watercolor pencils are easy to use when traveling, for journaling, for making note cards, or when sketching as well as painting entire compositions.  Two four-week sections are offered beginning on May 5 from 6:30 to 8:30pm, or May 7 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. All Berkeley Arts Council classes and workshops are conducted via the Google Zoom application.  Pre-registration is required.  For the full schedule, information, materials lists, class prices, and to register, visit https://berkeleyartswv.org/instruction/#zoom.  Direct questions via e-mail to berkeleyartswv@gmail.com or call 304-620-7277. 

 The Berkeley Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in West Virginia working to ensure that Berkeley County has a vibrant, vital arts environment by promoting awareness, understanding and appreciation of the literary, visual and performing arts in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.  The Berkeley Arts Council supports local and regional artists, brings quality arts experiences to the community, and provides a wide range of arts learning experiences for local residents, artists and artisans.

Youth Art & Young At Heart - A New Exhibit at the Berkeley Art Works

 Celebrate youth and art and spring at the Berkeley Arts Council’s Youth Art and Young At Heart exhibit, which blends the art of kids with one who educates kids, and celebrates the youth in us all!  The exhibit features the artwork of the Boys and Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle’s Art Club, and the art and creative work of Mr. Joe Santoro, owner of Wonderment Puppet Theater and the Black Sheep Art Gallery.

The Boys and Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle’s “Art Club” got its start in 2019.  Vanice Colas, the Jefferson County Unit Director would draw, color and paint with the kids.  “Since they were always asking me to teach them to draw, one of them suggested we start an art club,” she says.  “Kids use art to express themselves.  In the Art Club, we use art as a means to learn about culture, history, emotional learning, and of course - Art!”  During pre-Covid days, the kids went on art trips, participated in community art projects, and created individual artwork.  Since Covid, they’ve been unable to attend Art Club and they miss their fellow Art Club members.  “Several of them make art at home, but without the Club, they haven’t had ready access to paints, canvas and other supplies.”  

Joe Santoro is an art instructor at Hedgesville Elementary School.  He helps his students explore different types of materials and learn about various art media in imaginative but meaningful ways.  Joe uses many types of media in his own artwork, which includes paintings, illustrations and 3-D wall pieces.  As the proprietor of Wonderment Puppet Theater and Black Sheep Art Gallery, Joe puts a lot of creative energy into developing and producing his puppet shows.  Joe truly exists in a world of wonderment and his creative world can be experienced fully at his theater at 412 W King Street. 

This exhibit is a celebration of youth and art and the creative mind as our region wakes from a cold winter and warms into spring.  The pandemic of the past year has been a winter of sorts and as we emerge from it, hope is waiting to bloom.  Full of bright colors and good energy, the artworks on display will fill your heart with hope and the promise of spring!

Youth Art & Young At Heart is on display Friday, March 26 through Saturday, April 17 at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 N. Queen Street, Martinsburg.  Hours are Friday and Saturday March 26 and 27 from 11am to 3pm.  Beginning in April, hours at the Art Works are Thursdays and Fridays 11am to 5pm, and Saturdays 11am to 4pm.

The Berkeley Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in West Virginia working to ensure that Berkeley County has a vibrant, vital arts environment by promoting awareness, understanding and appreciation of the literary, visual and performing arts in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.  The Berkeley Arts Council supports local and regional artists, brings quality arts experiences to the community, and provides a wide range of arts learning experiences for local residents, artists and artisans.