News & Updates

Foundation U: How & Where Should I Invest My Time in Digital Marketing Efforts?


We have created a new system to bring our business education and training efforts to you. As part of Tamarack Foundation U, we will dive deep into a topic for three months – covering a wide variety of angles through blog posts, webinars, Q&A’s with experts, articles added to our Resource Library, and more. Our training efforts will be summarized…

Market and Presentation Opportunities for April


Each month, we curate a list of market and presentation opportunities available to West Virginian artists and creatives. To receive these opportunities as well as upcoming workshops and classes; a round-up of our top blog posts; updates on recent additions to resource library; and more in your inbox each month, sign up to receive our monthly Tamarack Foundation U Dispatch. Select that…

Workshops and Classes for April


Each month, we curate a list of upcoming workshops and classes available to West Virginian artists and creatives. To receive these opportunities as well as market and presentation opportunities in West Virginia and beyond; a round-up of our top blog posts; updates on recent additions to resource library; and more in your inbox each month, sign up to receive our monthly Tamarack Foundation…

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….

Creative Spotlight: Elizabeth Braun of Elizabeth’s Glassworks LLC


In early 2016, we sent Elizabeth Braun, owner of the creative business Elizabeth’s Glassworks, LLC based in Slanesville, West Virginia, along with Staci M. Leech Cornell (read her interview here), on a scholarship to attend the 2-day intensive Arts Business Institute workshop in Washington, D.C. We interviewed Elizabeth to ask about the most important takeaways that she learned at this workshop and to learn more about…

Advice from a Master Artist: Jeff Fetty’s Blacksmithing 101


For the first article in our new series Advice from a Master Artist, master blacksmith and photographer Jeff Fetty gives his tips for getting started with this creative practice. Jeff is the owner of the blacksmithing business Jeff Fetty Designs where he produces fine craft and functional pieces, such as candleholders, furniture and fireplace tools, as well as offering custom work on commission….

Creative Spotlight: Staci M. Leech-Cornell of Still Maybe Studios


In early 2016, we sent Staci M. Leech-Cornell, owner of the creative business Still Maybe Studios, on a scholarship to attend the 2-day intensive Arts Business Institute workshop in Washington, D.C. We interviewed Staci to learn more about the most important takeaways that she learned at this workshop and also, of course, to share about her small business and what fuels her…

A Closer Look at Our Refreshed Programs and Services


Systems-based thinking and long-term planning are essential modes of success. We have developed an 8-point value system for programming driven by three central tenets: inclusivity, accessibility, and reliability. Building on this fresh start, we’ve expanded the scope of our services considerably. Our new and refreshed programming and services include: Skills Development Online Resource Library: A regularly-updated library of articles and…