The Ice House is the center for the visual, music, media and performing arts in Morgan County. In addition to hosting concerts, plays, lectures, festivals and arts education events, the Ice House also has several galleries and a retail shop.
The Ice House Artist Co-Op Gallery
The Ice House Artist Co-Op Gallery, located at the corner of Independence and Mercer Streets, is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11am – 5pm. For more information please call 304-867-3073. www.icehousecoop.com
The Ice House Artist’s Co-Op is a unique gallery showcasing and selling the work of more than 30 local and regional artists. The Co-Op Gallery is housed at the Ice House, home of the Morgan Arts Council and center for visual and performing arts of all media. The Morgan Arts Council’s formal gallery is adjacent to the Ice House Artists’ Co-Op, in the same building, and keeps the same hours of operation. The Ice House is located in the heart of historic Berkeley Springs, one of the 100 best small art towns in America.
The Ice House Artists’ Co-Op Gallery was opened in April 2000, in conjunction with the efforts of the Morgan Arts Council, which owns the Ice House and is transforming it into a responsive and creative arts center. The Artists’ Co-Op relies on the volunteer support of its members and the friendly help of the docents. The artists pay a monthly fee to staff the co-op; 20% of each sale is returned to the Morgan Arts Council for use of their gallery space.
Arts Education – School of the Arts
Since 1978, the Morgan Arts Council has provided arts education programming within the community. When the Ice House was acquired in 1996, art classes in visual arts and theater soon took hold as a complement to new gallery and community theater space. In 2005 a dance studio was added. Youth art education evolved into after-school classes, summer art camps, and artist residencies along with arts integration programming in local public schools.
The Visual Arts have been a central focus of the Morgan Arts Council since the organization’s beginning. The Ice House is home to several gallery spaces including the Ice House Artists’s Co-op Gallery, the Ice House Special Exhibit Gallery, The Hall of Dreams and the Carr-Kelly Gallery. Arts education classes in the visual arts take place throughout the year with programming available for all ages, for artist and non-artist alike.