Our 3 Most Powerful New Tools to Advance Your Creative Practice


In late 2015, we received 500 responses to a survey asking professional artists and creatives working in West Virginia what their greatest needs are. Three basic needs were repeated many times: Creating a stronger climate of support for creative entrepreneurs Gaining access to viable market opportunities and new customer-bases Breaking through the sense of isolation that can happen as a result…

See the Video: On Being a Creative Professional in West Virginia


Watch ceramicist Norma Acord (Athens, WV); publishing and multimedia agency owners Josh and Mary Baldwin (Lewisburg, WV); woodworker Bruce Fransen (Shepherdstown, WV); glass artist Ron Hinkle (Milton, WV); painter Newman Jackson (Charleston, WV); and fine artist, jewelry-maker and gallerist Elizabeth Turner (Charleston, WV) discuss the importance of creative businesses to West Virginia’s economy, legacy, and the enrichment of each of…

Creatives Pay it Forward: Advice for Finding Success at National Trade Shows from Joseph Elbert


Joe Elbert, artist-elected Tamarack Foundation board member, Rural to Urban Markets program participant, and owner of fine furniture company Joseph Elbert, is having a very good year. On a staff trip to Baltimore, MD to attend the American Craft Council show earlier in 2016, we had the pleasure of witnessing enormous success for Joe at his highly trafficked trade show booth….