Mountain Line Transit Authority General Manager David Bruffy is one of 14 artists and artisans recently juried into TAMARACK: The Best of West Virginia.
Bruffy said Tamarack accepted a set of West Virginia postcards featuring 20 photographs he has taken around the state.
The art and craft facility, located off I-64/77 in Beckley, held its most recent artisan jury session on Aug. 28.
Becoming eligible to sell handmade products to Tamarack is a dream-come-true for fiber artist Jane Gilchrist, of Cabell County.
Tamarack accepted Gilchrist's overshot potholders and her Leno scarves, which feature an open weave that's manipulated on the loom and are made using beads though there are no beads in the final product.
Overshot is “a traditional weaving pattern seen on coverlets,” Gilchrist explained. “When you learn about Appalachian textiles, you see geometric designs on bed covers. This is a pattern that translates it and puts it on an 8-by-8 square potholder.
“I moved to West Virginia about 10 years ago and really got serious about weaving,” Gilchrist said. “I remember sitting at the loom making the overshot potholders and thinking ‘someday I'm going to make these for Tamarack'.”
Tamarack seeks artists and crafters through the jury process twice a year, said Robin Watson, artisan services coordinator.
“Tamarack has a three-step process for those interested in selling their product to Tamarack,” Watson said. “Submitting digital images of their work for review is the first step. If their product meets our criteria for quality, consistency and marketability, artisans' are asked to come in for a one-on-one counseling session. If the artisan is successful at the second step, they are asked to return to a jury session where the artisans' work is critiqued by a panel of master crafts people.” All jurying information is available attamarackwv.com.
“Two artisans were accepted with conditions, which means they have a little work to do,” she said. “They will be brought into the system once they have completed revisions required by jurors.”
Tamarack artisans are eligible for wholesale and consumer shows, as well as training activities and other opportunities, sponsored by the Tamarack Artisan Foundation located in Charleston.
The crafts should be available for sale in time for holiday shopping, after Oct. 1, Watson said.
“Fine Art work will be available in future shows,” she said. “Shows have a theme and if a particular artist's work falls into that theme they are asked to submit work.”
Tamarack is open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. For more information, call 1.88.TAMARACK or visitwww.tamarackwv.com.
New Tamarack artists and crafters are: