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?


Septermber 4 - 28

West Virginia Watercolor Society Signature Exhibit

The Berkeley Arts Council will host the 2014 West Virginia Watercolor Society (WWVS) Signature Exhibition in the Berkeley Art Works Gallery, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, West Virginia. The exhibit will open Thursday September 4 and will run through Sunday September 28. A reception to meet the artists will be on Saturday, September 6 from 5-7pm. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Thursday 12-5, Friday 12-8, Saturday 12-5, and Sunday 12-3.

The Signature member holds the highest status, and has achieved a superior level of skill in painting with watercolors. Signature Members of WVWS have risen up through the ranks of the Society through rigorous jurying, and review of their work and are judged to have mastered the composition, techniques of the medium.

More Information about the West Virginia Watercolor Society Signature Exhibit

October2-26, 2014: Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit
Reception Saturday, October 11, 5-7pm
Accepted Artists are Announced! Click Here.

Special Events

Second Friday of Every Month; 6:30-8:30pm
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, September 11 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.


Mondays, October 6; 6:30-8:30pm, October 13; 6:30-8:30pm
Fabric Doll Creation and Doll Clothes
Instructor: Hilda Eiber

Create your own fabric doll.  Try 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.

Tuition is $35 plus $15 for materials. Pre-registration required; (More Information)

Saturdays, October 11; 12:30 - 4:30pm, October 25; 1:30-4:30pm
Photographic Composition and Creative Vision
Instructor: Rip Smith

Second session is recommended but optional.

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.

Tuition $95 for both sessions; $60 for Session 1 only.
Pre-registration required; (More Information)

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)