The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Sunday Profile

June 29, 2014

The Best of West Virginia

2014 Tamarack Juried Art Show

Tamarack’s Seventh Annual Best of West Virginia Juried Exhibition has been deemed a success, according to Gallery Curator Molly Halstead.

If sales, comments and attendance at the opening are indicators, the exhibition is the most successful juried show to date, Halstead noted.

This year’s exhibition, which opened June 15, includes more than 100 accepted pieces from West Virginia artists.

“Judges used the words sophisticated, emotional, evocative and world class,” she said. “It was the longest time judges have taken to select the award winners, and they said they felt like they’d been on a creative journey, a discovery of Mountain State’s best art.”

The gallery received 270 pieces from 120 individuals who were eager to earn their way into the 2014 show. Awards were given for Best of Show, $1,500; Second Place, $1,000; Third Place, $500; and four Merit Awards of $250.

Halstead found the entries as a group extremely compelling.

“The work in this exhibit is particularly diverse; prominent mediums include painting, photography, sculpture and woodworking, but mixed-media pieces, drawings, glass works and pottery are also represented.

“Most of the comments concluded that in West Virginia, at the show in particular, the art created is world class,” she said.

The artists themselves were both thrilled to be accepted into the show, and impressed with the level of work.

Artist William T. Gambill commented, “It is my honor and privilege to be a part of such a prestigious event. This show exemplifies everything that is outstanding in our little corner of the world. It does my heart well to know that great people and great organizations like yours are there to help our artisans shine with equal power and light as others from around the world.”

Major awards were sponsored by Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia and the Tamarack Artisan Foundation.

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