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Tamarack Foundation recognizes artists as part of 10th anniversary celebration

Nov. 01, 2013 @ 07:22 AM

A textile artist, a global humanitarian photographer, and a sculptor/author received the Tamarack Foundation’s highest honors as part of the organization’s 10th Anniver­sary celebration.

Susan Feller of Augusta, Paul Corbit Brown of Oak Hill, and Carter Taylor Seaton of Hun­tington were presented with Tamarack Foundation Fellow­ship awards of $2,000 each for their artistic excellence, life­long community achievements and commitment to promoting and fostering arts in West Vir­ginia .

Carter Taylor Seaton: Using clay and pen to reveal our stories

Carter Taylor Seaton is inspired by the human condi­tion as a visual artist and as an author. She discovered her artistic creativity after her children were grown and she began to take art classes. She began forming faces on porcelain mugs, studying figurative sculpture with worldrenowned sculptors, and eventually earned commissions for portrait busts. Her life-size portrait busts often are carved and embellished with objects she has found. They have a bronze patina or are washed with color. Seaton also works as a free lance writer. She received her bachelor's degree in Business and English from Marshall University.

"Receiving the fellowship validates that my efforts have made a difference, and the award would enable me to share my non-fiction work both inside and outside West Virginia," Seaton said.

Her book, "Hippie Homesteaders: Arts, Crafts, Music, and Living on the Land in West Virginia," celebrates the accomplishments of dozens of West Virginia artists who came to the state as part of the back-to-the-land movement.

Susan Feller: Honoring tradition with 21st century advantages

Working with fibers connects Susan Feller with the spirits of artists from past generations. Due to the slow processes required in her art, Feller has time to dwell on the natural subjects and the material selected. A self-taught textile artist, Feller creates utilitarian rugs, jewelry and contemporary framed artwork. Her rug-making techniques including hooked, punched, needle felted and surface design. She is the owner of Ruckman Mill Farm in Augusta. The writer and curator has a bachelor's degree in art and history from the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She attributes living in West Virginia to coming full circle – back to the farm and the rural lifestyle of her youth.

Paul Corbit Brown: Giving a voice to humanitarian issues

Paul Corbit Brown discovered photography at age 12. Because of it, he became the first male in his family to not work as a coal miner. The native West Virginian uses his camera to give voice to those least often seen and heard, and he strives to use photography as a tool to educate, illuminate and inspire. His photographs record humanitarian issues throughout the world, including locations in the United States, Mexico, Kenya, Rwanda, Haiti, and Northern Iraq. His aesthetic sureness has a seductive force that propels the viewer into confronting troublesome spiritual and moral issues.

He has collected and distributed thousands of dollars worth of camera equipment to help train street children to use photography skills to support themselves f i na ncia l ly.

Brown supports himself through his work with numerous Human Rights organizations as well as freelance work for countless publications and the sale of his prints. He has had significant exhibitions throughout the country.

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