Mountain State artisans are known worldwide for creating unique handmade crafts and beautiful masterpieces, but those are not the only cultural offerings you’ll find here. In West Virginia you can experience all kinds of theater, music, museums, culinary offerings and much more.
Arts and crafts
What makes West Virginia crafts so unique? Perhaps it’s the state’s isolated beauty that has contributed to the resourcefulness of its people: To survive within the mountainous terrain, early pioneers had to rely upon determination and ingenuity – skills that are evident in many Appalachian crafts today. For example, because large swaths of cloth were far too expensive and difficult to obtain, women would sew together bits of clothing and older blankets to make a “new” quilt.
Today, Mountain State artisans are known worldwide for creating unique handmade crafts and beautiful masterpieces. Visit local shops, galleries, arts and crafts shows and fairs and festivals to discover one-of-a-kind pottery, dazzling jewelry, custom woodwork, elaborate quilts and hand-blown glass.
Fairs & Festivals: West Virginia’s many fairs and festivals are as rich and diverse as her heritage. These events throughout the state celebrate Appalachian music, arts and crafts and delectable food that make West Virginia almost heaven food. Take in the festivities. Then browse through a collection of Appalachian crafts and traditional art for items such as handmade pottery, quilts and glass.
Learn more: see a list of West Virginia Fairs & Festivals.
Mountain Made: While the isolation of the mountains preserves West Virginia’s heritage and rich natural beauty, it can make it difficult for our skilled artists and craftspeople to gain access to the best markets in which to sell their work. Mountain Made helps creators of fine West Virginia arts and crafts gain access to you, the consumer. Their main store is located in Thomas, WV. A Mountain Made gift shop is also located at Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, WV. You can also shop online at www.mountainmade.com.
Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia is the nation’s first retail showcase of handcrafts, fine art and regional cuisine. Comprised of working studios for five resident artisans, a fine art gallery, a theater, A Taste of West Virginia food court, and Conference Center, Tamarack is open daily except Christmas. Tamarack is located beside the Travel Plaza along the I-77/I-64 corridor in Beckley, WV. You can also shop online at www.tamarackwv.com.
Learn more: see a list of Mountain Made gift ideas.