Creative Perspective: Advice for Getting Your Handmade Product into Shops and Galleries from Wild Mountain Soap Company


Mary & Phillip Peelish of Fayette County, West Virginia   Phillip Peelish, Tamarack Artisan Advisory Board member, and co-owner of Wild Mountain Soap Company says business is booming. We asked Phillip and Mary to share their thoughts with us on how other artists working in West Virginia may learn from her successes. Tell us a little bit about Wild Mountain…

Creative Perspective: What is Creative Placemaking; and How is it Changing the Face of Our Communities?


foundation | May 2018 Leonardo Vazquez of The National Consortium of Creative Placemaking Leonardo Vazquez is a national award-winning planner who is a leader in two emerging fields in urban planning: creative placemaking and cultural competency. He has two decades of experience in community development, community engagement, small group facilitation, local economic development, leadership development and strategic communications. He has…

Emerging Artist Fellows Visit Wheeling (Part 2)


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. This post is the second in the series…

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…

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…