Berkeley Art Works

About the Berkeley Art Works

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.

Information for visitors to Berkeley Art Works

If you require assistance during your visit, please call 304-620-7277 in advance to let us know of your needs, or speak to a representative as you arrive. Parking is free after 5 pm. The city parking lot one block east on Burke Street offers plentiful parking. There are several restaurants downtown offering specialties and homestyle favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Artists At The Works

The Berkeley Art Works is the Martinsburg home for a select group of local and regional artists, whose work is on display and for sale in the gallery during our business hours. Meet the Artists at The Works here.

116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV - 304-620-7277
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Hours: Thursday, 11am-5pm, Friday, 11am-8pm, Saturday, 10am-5pm, Sunday, Noon-3pm

What's In The Works?


October 2-26, 2014: Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit
Reception Saturday, October 11, 5-7pm
Accepted Artists are Announced! Click Here.

The 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 34 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

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.

Special Events

Second Friday of Every Month; 6:30-8:00pm
Second Friday Poetry: Yours or Another's

The Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg presents “Second Friday Poetry Reading: Yours or Another's” on Friday, November 14 from 6:30-8:00pm. Sign in at 6:30pm. 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.

Third Friday Photography Salon: Friday October 17
Third Friday Photographic Salon

The Berkeley Art Works 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. 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, which 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.)

New! Open Studio Program

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.
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Saturday, November 8; 9:00am - 12:00
Writing the Bucket List Novel
Instructor: Lauren Carr

Is "Write a Book" one of the things on your bucket—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?

If you've got "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

Tuition $45; Pre-registration required; (More Information)

Classes for November

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

Basic Principles of Great Drawing, Composition, and Design

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

An important class for all who wish to elevate their art work from just good to terrific. Students learn easy tricks to accomplish effective drawing skills or improve how they currently draw. They learn all the fundamentals of great composition and design and successfully accomplish artwork which incorporates perspective elements.
Tuition $85; Pre-registration required