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?

*** Opening November 6 ***
The Fifth Annual

We’re getting our “holiday” on early at the Berkeley Art Works! To make sure you have plenty of time to choose among the original designs and handmade creations offered in this year’s Holiday Art and Craft Market, we’re stocking the tables and shelves this week, ready for our first sales day on Thursday, November 6.

Yes, that’s early. (But there are only four weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas.) Come and enjoy shopping while the selection is fresh. We’ll have pottery and glass, ornaments, jewelry and accessories, wonderful wood treasures, baskets, greeting cards, clocks, vases, framed or matted paintings and photos and more.

Join us for our Open House on Saturday, November 15 when our artists will welcome you, show you around and help you discover something special. The Berkeley Community Chorus will warm the scene with carols, and of course there will be holiday goodies available.

Watch for it! Black Friday shoppers can avoid the Mall and head to downtown Martinsburg where there will be lots going on. And we’re planning big doings at the Works for Shop Local Saturday, November 29. All the details will be in a special edition of the Bulletin.

Catch the holiday spirit at the Berkeley Art Works. Your shopping benefits local artists and artisans, and helps support the Berkeley Arts Council’s activities throughout the year. (By the way, we are a 501(c)(3) listed organization and your holiday donation would be a wonderful thing!)

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)

Sundays, November 30, December 7, 1:00-3:00pm
(Two 2-hour sessions)

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.   The class is taught by professional artist, Hilda Eiber, who has taught several doll making courses, including at the Washington County Museum in Hagerstown.

Tuition $35 (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