Tamarack’s David L. Dickirson Fine Arts Gallery represents over 500 juried West Virginia artists. Every six to eight weeks, the gallery hosts a new and unique exhibition, giving artists throughout West Virginia the opportunity to showcase their incredible talents. The gallery proudly features a variety of subjects and mediums that truly represent the Best of West Virginia.
Still the One
Portraits and Still Lifes
Exhibition Run: January 24 – March 2
Pastel and Present: Pastel Colors
Pastel hues have been embraced in artistic expressions for centuries. These subtle colors, ranging from soft pinks to muted greens, are emblematic of serenity, sensitivity, and timeless beauty. Pastels have left their distinctive marks in renowned artworks such as those by Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, and Édouard Manet.
From this rich history emerges the theme “Pastel and Present” – a term that celebrates both the historical usage and the modern adaptations of these soothing shades. This theme is characterized by its quiet elegance, portraying everything from serene seascapes to intimate portraits. While artworks in this category might reflect nostalgic memories or vintage aesthetics, they often seamlessly meld with contemporary elements, grounding them firmly in the present.
To honor the tranquil beauty of this theme, Tamarack Marketplace is seeking original pastel-infused artwork to grace our gallery and captivate our guests.
Image Submission Deadline: Sunday, February 11
Decision Notifications (sent via email): Wednesday, February 13
Drop Off Deadline for Accepted Work: Friday, March 1
Work Pick Up Deadline: Friday, April 19
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 16
The Life Art-quatic: Aquatic & Marine Life
Spanning back to ancient civilizations, art inspired by the water realm has always held a mystic allure. From the rhythmic dance of seaweed gardens to the majestic strides of whales, aquatic and marine life has captured the imaginations of artists for generations. This deep-seated fascination finds reflection in works by famed artists like Hokusai, with his ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa’, and Winslow Homer’s seaside scenes.
Diving into this tradition is our theme “The Life Art-quatic” – a term that submerges us into the wondrous world beneath the waves. This theme explores the myriad colors, shapes, and motions of aquatic beings, showcasing everything from intricate coral mosaics to awe-inspiring depictions of deep-sea creatures. The pieces in this collection might bring forth age-old legends of mermaids and krakens,
In celebration of the ocean’s boundless beauty and mystery, Tamarack is seeking original art that plunges deep into marine life to enchant our gallery and immerse our guests.
Image Submission Deadline: Sunday, March 17
Decision Notifications (sent via email): Wednesday, March 20
Drop Off Deadline for Accepted Work: Friday, April 19
Work Pick Up Deadline: /
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 4
16th Annual Best of West Virginia
The 16th Annual ‘Best of West Virginia’ exhibition for 2024 celebrates the unmatched talent and vision of all West Virginia creatives and is open to ALL artists in the state! The renowned David L. Dickirson Fine Arts Gallery at Tamarack Marketplace is now calling on all artists to bring their standout works to be part of this anticipated. premier art event.
This exhibition includes a judging process to select the top three artists chosen by a panel of expert jurors where awards will be during the opening reception. Also, visitors, guests and customers will have the chance to vote for People’s Choice through the exhibition’s closing.
Image Submission Deadline: Sunday, May 19
Decision Notifications (sent via email): Friday, May 24
Drop Off Deadline for Accepted Work: Friday, June 7
Work Pick Up Deadline: /
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 22
Face the Music: A Tribute to Music
For centuries, music has been the soul’s voice and humanity’s universal language. Its emotional impact is undeniable, shaping cultures and eras. This profound impact has been echoed in art, with masters like Wassily Kandinsky, who believed in the synthesis of sounds and colors, and Picasso, with his guitar-themed cubist compositions.
Striking a chord with this rich tapestry is our theme “Face the Music: A Tribute to Music” – a term that embodies the intimate dance between visual art and auditory melodies. This theme captures the essence, energy, and emotion of music, illustrating everything from electrifying rock concert moments to serene sonatas being played in a dimly lit room. While pieces in this category might evoke the nostalgia of a bygone musical era, they also celebrate the ever-evolving soundscape of contemporary music. In harmony with the timeless allure of melodies and rhythms, Tamarack Marketplace is seeking original art that resonates with the spirit of music, aiming to serenade our gallery and resonate with our guests.
Image Submission Deadline: Sunday, July 7
Decision Notifications (sent via email): Wednesday, July 10
Drop Off Deadline for Accepted Work: Friday, August 9
Work Pick Up Deadline: Friday, September 27
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 10
The Art of Illusion: A Celebration of Magic
From the mysterious rites of ancient sorcerers to the spellbinding tricks of modern-day magicians, the allure of magic has transcended time and cultures. It speaks to the human desire for wonder, for the unexplained, and the spaces between reality and fantasy. This mystique has been echoed in art, with enigmatic figures like Hieronymus Bosch painting surreal landscapes and René Magritte challenging our perceptions with his thought-provoking compositions.
Emerging from the smoke and mirrors is our theme “The Art of Illusion: A Celebration of Magic” – a term that invites viewers into a world where the impossible becomes possible. This theme delves into the enchanting, and the mysterious, showcasing everything from charming sleight of hand movements to dreamlike realms that defy logic. While artworks in this category might draw inspiration from age-old tales of wizards and witches, they also weave in the modern fascinations with illusion and perception.
Summoning the spirit of wonder and awe, Tamarack Marketplace is seeking original art that transcends the ordinary, aiming to bewitch our gallery and captivate our guests.
Image Submission Deadline: Sunday, August 25
Decision Notifications (sent via email): Wednesday, August 28
Drop Off Deadline for Accepted Work: Thursday, September 19
Work Pick Up Deadline: Monday, November 18
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 5
Small Packages 2024
Tamarack Marketplace presents our signature exhibition that has been a fan favorite in years past. The exhibition of small dimensions is ready to make a glorious impression once again just in time for gift giving season. We are on the hunt for artworks no larger than 12in x 12in (or up to 144 square inches – for any queries, please get in touch). As the festive season approaches, these petite masterpieces make the ideal gifts. Let your imagination run wild; any theme is welcome! Just remember to adhere to our gallery’s guidelines and embrace the festive spirit by crafting wonders within compact confines.
The David L. Dickirson Fine Arts Gallery invites artists to present two- and three-dimensional creations that, although small, leave a lasting impression.
Image Submission Deadline: Sunday, October 20
Decision Notifications (sent via email): Wednesday, October 23
Drop Off Deadline for Accepted Work: Saturday, November 9
Work Pick Up Deadline: Sunday, January 12
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 23