The Tamarack Foundation was organized in 2000, to foster artisan entrepreneurship in West Virginia, while preserving its unique cultural history.  Since then, the Foundation has provided artists and makers with assistance in entrepreneurial training, marketing, capacity building and access to new markets. We work to build the creative economy of West Virginia.  We are a statewide organization that has services for all West Virginia artists to build businesses, access new buyers, and increase visibility.  We believe that creative innovation is a vital piece of our economy moving forward, and our organization helps artists realize West Virginia as the best place to start and grow an artist business.



To create an empowering ecosystem that provides artists, businesses, and communities the tools and support needed to learn, connect and thrive.


West Virginia artists prosper from their creative practice and make meaningful contributions to the well-being of our communities.


Tamarack Foundation for the Arts is an economic and community development organization working to build stronger communities, neighborhoods, and economies by utilizing the arts.

We seek to nurture a vibrant arts community, foster artistic excellence, and bring people together for powerful shared experiences that inspire a creative exchange of ideas.



The business of being an artist

Create Entrepreneurs – build your business

Create Markets – access new buyers

Create Community – find your network

Create Visibility – get the word out


Renée Margocee, Executive Director

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Renée Margocee has served as the Executive Director of the Tamarack Foundation for the Arts since March 2017. Renée received her B.A. in English Literature from Marshall University and studied ceramics at West Virginia University. With a background in liberal arts and arts administration, she is also an accomplished ceramic artist. She is at the forefront of growing West Virginia’s creative economy by promoting quality of life, economic development, social equity and connecting artists and creatives to their communities in new ways that truly raise the value of art and creativity. Her nonprofit affiliations include Americans for the Arts West Virginia State Captain for National Arts Advocacy, the Friends of West Virginia Public Radio, BB&T Community Development Committee, National Consortium for Creative Placemaking 2018 Leadership Summit Planning Committee, and grant reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mid-Atlantic Foundation, the Kentucky Arts Council and the Beckley Area Foundation.

Board of Directors


Dr. Eunice Bellinger, Board President, President, BridgeValley Community & Technical College (Montgomery)

Charlotte Karges, Board Vice President, Owner, Etc. Gallery (Wheeling)

Rachel Houston, Board Treasurer, Director of Community Impact, United Way River Cities (Huntington)

Michael Doig, Professor/Artist, Davis & Elkins (Elkins)

Susan Feller, Artist, ArtWools Studio (Augusta)

Pam Harvit, The Harvit Group (Charleston)

Amanda Lester, Artisan Manager, Tamarack: The Best of WV (Beckley)

Marlo Long, Senior Vice President & Community Development Specialist, BB&T (Charleston)

Judy Moore, Director, WV Hive (Beckley)

Cathy Smith, Owner/Artist, Unique Silks (Daniels)

Thomas Wharton, Artist (Wheeling)