The Tamarack Foundation Fellowship is the highest award offered by the Foundation. Thanks to generous support, past awards were made possible by gifts from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and individual donors. Ability to continue this vital recognition program is dependent on the availability of funding. Since the inaugural awards in 2006, the Tamarack Foundation has offered three (3) awards annually to individual artisans in recognition of their lifelong achievement in the arts. Eligible artisans must be juried into Tamarack and will be evaluated on artistic excellence, accomplishment, dedication to discipline, lifelong community achievement and involvement in promoting and fostering the arts.
SUSAN FELLER CARTER TAYLOR SEATON PAUL CORBIT BROWN
Gary Shaffer, Ceramics, Summers County
John Wesley Williams, Furniture, Greenbrier County
Gary Bowling, Fine Art, Mercer County
Made in WV Awards
The Tamarack Foundation sponsored the inaugural WV Living Magazine's Made in WV Awards, in which nearly 100 contestants entered for the chance to win the $1,000 grand prize provided by the Foundation to further their businesses. These awards showcased some of the best of West Virginia's products embodying craftsmanship, creativity, quality, beauty, and innovation. A panel of experts selected the best artisans in home decor, fashion and accessories, art and design, and food and drink.
Below are the winners of the 2012 Made in WV Awards.
Home Decor Winner: Jim Probst, probstfurniture.com
Runner up: Charles Steven Adams, charlesstevenadams.com
Runner up: Jerry Smith, etsy.com/shop/jlwoodturning
Food & Drink Winner: Shepherd's Whey Creamery, shepherdswheycreamery.com
Runner up: Ellie Conlon, thistledewfarm.com
Runner up: Ernestine Atkinson, Three Little Pigs
Fasion & Accessories Winner: Nikki Butler, nikkibutlerdesign.bigcartel.com
Runner up: Tatiana Rakhmanina, trhats.com
Runner up: Heather Ayers, facebook.com/heatherayersjewelry
Art & Design Winner: Patricia Anderson, patsglassdesign.com
Runner up: Zachary Orcutt
Runner up: Stephen Cassle