News & Updates

Revitalizing West Virginia’s Small Town Downtowns


For the foundation’s ongoing “Creative Perspectives” series, we invite guests to speak to ideas impacting West Virginia’s creative communities. Here, former WV Community Development Hub executive director Kent Spellman revisits the speech he gave to attendees to kick off the “What’s Next for West Virginia Artists?” conversation at our recent Arts Business Think Tank.  The historic downtowns in many West…

Emerging Artist Fellows Visit Wheeling (Part 1)


Tamarack Foundation for the Arts Emerging Artist Fellows Rosalie Haizlett and Hannah Lenhart are traveling the state for their creative project Teapots and Time Capsules. They will be sharing a series of posts with us about their adventures. Follow their journey on our blog and on Instagram – search the hashtag #teatimewv. It’s difficult to put into words how beautiful…

Market & Presentation Opportunities in February


WEST VIRGINIA *NEW* FestivALL Art Fairs Call for Artists Deadline: February 15 (early); March 15 (final) Location: Charleston, WV Fee: Varies, see details (early deadline provides reduced fees) Artwork Accepted: See details More Information Charleston Mayor Danny Jones and FestivALL Director Brittany Javins invite you to apply for the 13th annual FestivALL Capitol Street Art Fair and/or the 5th annual FestivALL Harvest…

Artist Susan Feller Looks Forward to Think Tank


When Susan Feller had a long weekend or when she just had had enough of all the billboards and cars around her New Jersey home, she and her husband would close down their art gallery, framing shop and drive to West Virginia. South they would go until they reached Hampshire County, just 20 miles or so outside of Romney to…

Introducing Think Tank Keynote Speaker: Master Artist Ron Hinkle


Ron Hinkle slept in his garage, guarding his family from the monster furnace he’d built. It burned on through the night, just feet away from where he slept. If the furnace blew up, Hinkle thought, he’d be close enough to do something about it or at least run into the house and wake his wife and kids. “I was so…

Emerging Artist Fellows to Travel West Virginia


The foundation’s Emerging Artist Fellows, ceramicist Hannah Lenhart and designer/illustrator Rosalie Haizlett, are preparing to travel the state for their new collaborative project Teapots and Time Capsules. The project is an artistic exploration of West Virginia that will take the fellows to five areas of the state where they will meet with members of the arts and humanities communities, such as local historians and artists,…

Market & Presentation Opportunities in January


WEST VIRGINIA *NEW** Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia Jury Session in Charleston Deadline: January 28 Location: Online + Charleston, WV Artwork Accepted: See details More Information Tamarack is looking for the Best of West Virginia. Every item sold in the Tamarack facility is first approved through a jury process. In this process, an artist’s work is critiqued by a panel of master craftspeople…

Market & Presentation Opportunities in December


WEST VIRGINIA *NEW* ArtsMon Women’s History Month: Call for Proposals Deadline: December 30, 2016 Location: Morgantown, WV Artwork Accepted: All More Information In March 2017, ArtsMon will celebrate National Women’s History Month, with an exhibit and series of events dedicated to women in West Virginia’s history. Artists and arts organizations of all genres, media and level are invited to submit visual, performance, literary,…

Creative Spotlight: Doug Kreinik and Jane Gilchrist Connect through the Creative Network


Doug Kreinik of thread and yarn manufacturer Kreinik in Parkersburg, WV reached out to the team at the foundation earlier this year to share how he was using the West Virginia Creative Network to connect with textile artists around the state. He had hit upon a good lead with Jane Gilchrist of LoomyLadi Handwovens and found that they were both…

Workshops and Classes in November


Business Development MAKE:OVER Creative Business Consulting November 17, 6-8 pm Registration Does your creative energy stop when you need to focus on the business end of your art business? The challenges of running an arts or creative business, at times, can be overwhelming. The constant demands of just creating the art make it hard to keep focused on the priorities…