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Upcoming Exhibitions

Upcoming Exhibitions

Dream Home

Image Submission Deadline: September 30, 2019
Decision Notifications (sent via email) October 3-4, 2019
Drop Off Deadline for Accepted Work: November 4, 2019
Exhibition Run: November 9, 2019 - January 5, 2020
Work Pick Up Deadline: January 11, 2020

Fine craft and art transforms living quarters into an inspiring space. How we choose to decorate our homes communicates our tastes and style to our guests. When we curate unique artistic items we are choosing to enrich our daily lives. Even the mundane task of washing dishes can recall a special gift from a loved one. This exhibition of one-of-a-kind art and craft will inspire our collectors and guests to add these artworks to daily lives.   
Tamarack's David L. Dickirson Fine Arts Gallery seeks original entries of unique two and three dimensional fine art and fine craft works, in any media, that will turn a house into a dream home. The artwork can be purely decorative, if so please explore the themes of home and dreams to inspire your artwork. We are also encouraging submissions of functional artwork; including, but not limited to furniture, tableware, quilts, rugs, light fixtures, planters, etc.

Critters & Hollers:
Art Celebrating the Beauty of Appalachia

Image Submission Deadline: December 2, 2019
Decision Notifications (sent via email): December 5-6, 2019  
Drop Off Deadline for Accepted Work: January 6, 2020
Exhibition Run: January 11 - February 23, 2020
Work Pick Up Deadline: February 29, 2020

The flora and fauna of a place are, simply put, its plants and animals, or even more simply put:  its critters and hollers! Both are very important part of our ecosystem and environment and both are themes that have been celebrated in art for centuries. The wildlife of a region can tell its outsiders so much about not only the physical landscape but of the people that live there. As West Virginians it is easy for us to take our local plants and animals for granted but Tamarack’s David L. Dickirson Fine Arts Gallery is inviting you to celebrate the wild and wonderful plants and animals that reside in our never-ending mountains. From our beautiful rhododendrons to the prehistoric hellbender salamander that resides in our cold, clear, creeks and streams, we can’t wait to see your interpretation of the abundant critters and hollers of Appalachia.

Tamarack's David L. Dickirson Fine Arts Gallery is seeking both representational and non-representational original two and three dimensional works that bring flora and fauna to the forefront and celebrate the beauty of the plants and animals in West Virginia.  

Kitsch Me Like You Mean It!

Image Submission Deadline: January 20, 2020
Decision Notifications (sent via email): January 23-24, 2020  
Drop Off Deadline for Accepted Work: February 24, 2020
Exhibition Run: February 29 - April 5, 2020
Work Pick Up Deadline: April 11, 2020

Although Jeff Koons, the King of Kitsch himself, prefers the term banal, “kitsch” has made its home in the art world the same way that pop art has. We hear people make mention of what is and isn’t art all the time but it’s rare that we ever hear “why isn’t it art?” This exhibition is all about looking at art, not through the critical eye of an artist but through the eyes of a viewer who embraces the oddity, humor, and “banal” of kitsch and the irony that surrounds it. After all, good jokes incorporate irony and, as Elizabeth Taylor once said “If you can’t laugh at yourself, you’re cooked!”

Tamarack's David L. Dickirson Fine Arts Gallery is seeking original two and three-dimensional works that bring kitsch to the forefront and celebrate the beauty of the “banal”.

Vividly Chromatic

Image Submission Deadline: March 2, 2020
Decision Notifications (sent via email) March 5 - 6, 2020  
Drop Off Deadline for Accepted Work: April 6, 2020
Exhibition Run: April 11 – June 14, 2020
Work Pick Up Deadline: June 20, 2020

June is pride month; please join us this year in celebrating with art! From early Greek art to the iconic American pop artist, filmmaker, and graphic designer, Andy Warhol - LGBTQ artist have shaped art as we know it, something that should be commended, recognized and celebrated.

In this exhibition we are asking artists to create their most colorful 2D and 3D works to celebrate this year’s Pride Month. We will be installing this exhibition based upon color and we aim to have a fully immersive exhibition that transforms the David L. Dickirson Fine Arts Gallery into a rainbow as soon as you step through our doors. Monochromatic works are not required but are encouraged to help us with this goal.

12th Annual Best of West Virginia Open Juried Exhibition

Image Submission Deadline: April 20, 2020
Decision Notifications (sent via email) May 22, 2020  
Drop Off Range for Accepted Work: June 1 - 15, 2020
Exhibition Run:  June 20 – August 2, 2020
Work Pick Up Deadline: August 8, 2020

TAMARACK: The Best of West Virginia celebrates West Virginia artists by showcasing their creativity and talent in this special juried competition.  This show, which opens near West Virginia Day, is the only exhibition hosted by the David L. Dickirson Fine Arts Gallery that can be entered by any artist or artisan who is a West Virginia resident. Participants compete for four monetary awards  -  Reward details to be released at a later date.

 Tamarack’s David L. Dickirson Fine Arts Gallery is seeking original two and three-dimensional artwork, in any media and subject matter. This exhibition is open to all West Virginia’s residents, 18 years or older. Artists do no need to be juried Tamarack artists to submit artwork for consideration, though they must be a current resident of West Virginia, and work must adhere to our Gallery Guidelines.

 All submissions are juried online with a 4 point rubric based on the following aspects, Creativity, Technique, Craftsmanship, and Visual Impact. The amount of work included is based on top scores and capacity of artwork for the gallery space. The top three prizes are chosen in person after the exhibition is installed. The People's Choice award is chosen with guest ballots and given at the close of the exhibition.

Back to Our Routes

Image Submission Deadline: June 29, 2020
Decision Notifications (sent via email) July 2 - 3, 2020
Drop Off Deadline for Accepted Work: August 3, 2020
Exhibition Run: August 8 – September 20, 2020
Work Pick Up Deadline: September 26, 2020

In a state where our people are as sweet as our mountainous views, West Virginia can pride itself on the compassion we have for our community. West Virginia is known for its adventurous destinations and the enchanted environment that surrounds it. Almost heaven, West Virginia is a mystic place of wonder and enchantment, a place that feels far away from the stressful effects of life and a little closer to heaven. Our community is like no other, For those of us that have lived here for a large amount of time, can contest to sweet attachment the people of West Virginia have to our wonderful state and the scenic mountains we call home, as John Denver said, “Country Roads Take Me Home”.

Tamarack's David L. Dickirson Fine Arts Gallery is seeking original two and three-dimensional work that showcases West Virginia’s most beautiful attributes whether that be of representational routes or abstracted emotions connected to WV, be creative and have fun showcasing our admirable state.


Image Submission Deadline: August 17, 2020
Decision Notifications (sent via email) August 20-21, 2020
Drop Off Deadline for Accepted Work: September 21, 2020
Exhibition Run: September 26 – November 1, 2020
Work Pick Up Deadline: November 7, 2020

Like art, identity is perception; perception of self, of others, and how the elements in our life continue to develop that perception and identity over time. We define ourselves with every choice we make, every action we take, and every work we create. This exhibition gives the artist the chance to express, explore and question their own ideas about identity and reveal their own perceptions of themselves and the world around them. 

Tamarack's David L. Dickirson Fine Arts Gallery is seeking original two and three-dimensional work, of any subject and media that represents the artist's own expression and ideas about their identity.


Image Submission Deadline: September 28, 2020
Decision Notifications (sent via email) October 1-2, 2020
Drop Off Deadline for Accepted Work: November 2, 2020
Exhibition Run: November 7, 2020 – January 3, 2021
Work Pick Up Deadline: January 9, 2021

Repetition is a part of our daily lives, whether it is our morning routine or the way we make art, repetition and pattern is constantly surrounding and influencing us. When looking back our heroes of contemporary art we can see how artists are always using a variation of repetition, pattern, and rhythm to make their work more dynamic and give it a sense of movement.

 Motif is looking for 2D and 3D submissions of work that you feel consists of some sort of repetition, pattern, rythm or motif. The term repetition can be taken literally in the sense of a visual pattern of shape, color, line, etc. Or more loosely in the way that something is made through a pattern of physical repetition- for example: the way a weaver, potter, or printmaker would exemplify repetition by using the same pattern of motion and movement to create their brilliant artworks. Have fun with the way the patterns in your life can be perceived.

For more inspiration and examples please see this article in Widewalls Magazine:

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