Emerging Artist Fellows Visit Lewisburg (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. This post is the first in the series about…

WV Jeweler Christine Keller Lands Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity in China


Tamarack Foundation for the Arts artist-appointed board member and jeweler Christine Keller is currently taking part in a once in a lifetime opportunity to further her business. Christine has taken on a contract as designer of a high profile jewelry line being manufactured and sold in stores across China. Christine is also a graduate of the foundation’s Rural to Urban…

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…

Creative Spotlight: Morgan Richards of Morgan Rhea


We are proud to welcome Morgan Richards, co-owner, CEO, and head designer of the West Virginia-based luxury leather goods company Morgan Rhea, as the newest member of the Tamarack Foundation for the Arts board of directors. Morgan attended Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College where she received her Associate Degree in Fashion Merchandising and went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts in…

Spotlight on a New WV Artist Residency Program


On a 400-acre, former family apple farm just outside the little town of Shanghai, WV in the Eastern Panhandle, John Labovitz and Susanna Battin run the North Mountain Residency each summer. The now two-year-old residency program welcomes artists of many stripes, working at every stage of their career. Artists are selected during an open application process held each winter, and…

Creative Spotlight: HepCatz Design’s Brenda Pinnell


Baily Turner is currently interning with Tamarack Foundation for the Arts, assisting the foundation staff with building West Virginia’s creative economy during the summer months. Next year, she will begin her senior year at Marshall University studying public relations at their school of journalism. Here, Baily interviews foundation program participant and West Virginian creative entrepreneur Brenda Pinnell.   All she needs is…

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…

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…