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Creative Perspective: Tighe Bullock on Preserving History and Building a Future for the Arts


Historic buildings are a tangible amalgamation of time. Every piece of wood carved, every stone cut to its exact dimensions, represents human labor trapped in a physical structure. I remember the first time I walked through the abandoned Staats building, the future home of the Tamarack Foundation for the Arts. The gaping hole in the roof, busted windows, and destroyed…

Nominations Open for New Emerging Artist Fellowship


The foundation is creating a new opportunity for students from West Virginia colleges and universities to translate academic successes into real-world business advantages. The Emerging Artist Fellowship supports early-career West Virginian artists who demonstrate mastery in their craft and an aptitude for professional success. Fellows will take part in a mentoring program designed to help them on topics such as…

A Renewed Vision for West Virginia


In the mid 1990s, an appalachian river town was feeling the effects of the country’s industrial decline. It was touted as the most polluted city in America. People were leaving at alarming rates, home prices were falling, and businesses were relocating. Twenty years later, this same city is a lauded destination for outdoor recreation and startup companies.This place is seeing…

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…