West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.

Business

West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.

Education

West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.

Employment

West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.

Family

West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.

Health

Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.

Tourism

Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 First Lady Tomblin Introduces 2013 Governor's Mansion Holiday Ornament

10/18/2013
First Lady Tomblin and artist Shelley Goodman present the 2013 Governor's Mansion limited-edition holiday ornament at the Culture Center.
First Lady Tomblin and artist Shelley Goodman present the 2013 Governor's Mansion limited-edition holiday ornament at the Culture Center.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin today introduced the 2013 West Virginia Governor's Mansion limited-edition holiday ornament during a reception at the Culture Center in Charleston. This year's ornament is the fourth in First Lady Tomblin's holiday ornament series and is hand-painted by Logan native and Alum Creek resident artist Shelley Goodman. The clear glass ornament features three leaves from West Virginia's state tree, the Sugar Maple, as well as an elegant rendition of the state butterfly, the Monarch.

"It was a pleasure working with Tamarack and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History again this year. It is always exciting to help Shelley choose the design for the ornaments and decide which state symbols will be featured each year," First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin said. "Shelley has a wonderful way of bringing our state symbols to life through her colorful artwork. She is extremely dedicated and pays such close attention to detail, and as always, we are honored to have her bring her creative touch to this year's holiday ornament."
The limited-edition Governor's Mansion holiday ornament features three leaves from West Virginia's state tree, the Sugar Maple, as well as the state butterfly, the Monarch.
The limited-edition Governor's Mansion holiday ornament features three leaves from West Virginia's state tree, the Sugar Maple, as well as the state butterfly, the Monarch.
Goodman is a self-taught artist who uses enamel paints to create detailed nature and floral paintings. She most often adds her touch to glassware used in kitchens, but she also enjoys the challenge of designing and executing the Governor's Mansion holiday ornaments each year. Her works, titled "Designs by Shelley," are sold at Tamarack in Beckley, and at many of West Virginia's most popular fairs and festivals throughout the year. Goodman also designed the 2010 Governor's Mansion holiday ornament featuring the Cardinal, the 2011 ornament featuring the Rhododendron and last year's ornament featuring the Black Bear and Honey Bee.

The Tamarack Foundation provided support for the Governor's Mansion ornament with a grant that helped with packaging. Dunbar artist Steve Cassle's drawing of the Governor's Mansion is featured on the ornament card.

This year's ornament sells for $24.00. A portion of each sale will be donated to the West Virginia Governor's Mansion Preservation Fund to help preserve the mansion for future generations. The limited-edition ornament is available at the West Virginia State Museum Shop at the Culture Center (304-205-7911) and at Tamarack in Beckley (1-88 TAMARACK) as well as online at the Tamarack website, www.tamarack.com.

Contact Information

Tina Amburgey
304-558-3588