Published On: Fri, Sep 6th, 2013

Tamarack artisans compete in Martha Stewart contest

Tamarack artists are well represented in this year’s Martha Stewart Audience Choice Award Competition. Eleven artists are nominees, accepting online, Facebook and/or twitter votes until Sept. 13.

According to marthastewart.com/americanmade, the six category winners will be announced on Sept. 16. The Audience Choice Award Grand Prize Winner will be announced on or before Oct. 7. Winners are determined solely by popular vote of the public.

The one Grand Prize consists of a trip for the winner and a guest to New York City, NY, Oct. 15-17. Six category (Garden, Style, Crafts, Design, Food, and Technology) prizes will be awarded.

Tamarack artisans are competing for votes in the categories of Craft, Design, and Style.  Craft nominees are “Quilters, paper crafters, stationers, printers, needleworkers or knitters, ceramicists, basket weavers, sewers, candle makers, and any other crafters who fall into the decorative-arts.” Design nominees create “cutting boards and tables, light fixtures and rugs, etc., including furniture, tabletops, lighting, and textiles.” Style nominees make “accessories, clothing, jewelry, cosmetics, and skin-care items.”

The five Tamarack artisan nominees in the craft category are: Chrizart Creations by Christine Keller of Buckhannon; Jeff Fetty, metal smith, from Spencer; Zack Orcutt, Z Pottery, from Parksburg; Jamit!Baskets from Pickaway; and Christine Ingersoll, ornate seed and husk dolls, from Huntington.

The one design craftsperson is well-know furniture artist John Wesley Williams from Renick.

In the style category, five Tamarack artisans are among the Martha Stewart Audience Choice nominees: Pat’s Glass, recycled glass bottle jewelry, Ripley; Tatiana Rakhmanina, boutique hats, Hinton; Merideth Young, upcycled tin can jewelry, Second Creek; Nikki Butler, original fabric designs and accessories, Williamstown; and Christy Nicholas, Green Dragon beaded jewelry, Morgantown.

Voters may vote for their favorites up to six times per day from any one email or Facebook address. Each link features a photography of the artisan and product, an artisan statement, and information about what makes each product unique.

“We are proud of all our artisans, creating handmade products which deserve recognition and awards everyday,” said Ron DeWitt, retail director. “I hope our state votes in support of each of these innovative and talented entrepreneurs.”

To vote for Tamarack artisans in the Martha Steward Audience Choice Awards, follow these links:

Craft – CHRIZART CREATIONS – http://www.marthastewart.com/americanmade/nominee/82264; Jeff Fetty – http://www.marthastewart.com/americanmade/nominee/82048; Z Pottery – http://www.marthastewart.com/americanmade/nominee/82013; Jamit! Baskets – http://www.marthastewart.com/americanmade/nominee/81961; CHRISTINE INGERSOLL – http://www.marthastewart.com/americanmade/nominee/81106

Design – JOHN WESLEY WILLIAMS – http://www.marthastewart.com/americanmade/nominee/81991

Style – PATRICIA ANDERSON – http://www.marthastewart.com/americanmade/nominee/82481; TATIANA RAKHMANINA – http://www.marthastewart.com/americanmade/nominee/81992; MERIDETH YOUNG – http://www.marthastewart.com/americanmade/nominee/81982; NIKKI BUTLER – http://www.marthastewart.com/americanmade/nominee/81968; CHRISTY NICHOLAS – http://www.marthastewart.com/americanmade/nominee/81953