FRANKFORT KY (2/14/12) – Buyers from retail galleries and stores across the U.S. and Canada will be impressed when they visit the Kentucky Crafted booth (#2616) at the Buyers Market of American Craft in Philadelphia, Pa., Feb. 18-21.
Kentucky’s exhibiting artists arrive in Philadelphia after a triple selection process. They first have to be accepted into the Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Crafted Program based on artistic excellence. Then they are selected to be a part of the Kentucky Crafted booth at the Buyers Market based on market readiness. Finally, they are approved by the Buyers Market of American Craft for quality. This rigorous process gives buyers the opportunity to stock their shelves with the work of some of Kentucky’s most outstanding craft artists producing jewelry, woodwork and ceramics.
Kentucky Crafted artists exhibiting at the 2012 market are: Rachel Savané, Savané Silver, Lexington; Marvin Schnoll, Red Oak Crafts Inc., Louisville; Melissa Senetar, PhbeaD, Berea; Amelia Stamps, Stamps Pottery, Lexington; Jordan Stapp, K & M Crafts of Kentucky, Campbellsville.
This is a premiere showing at the Buyers Market of American Craft for Savané Silver, PhbeaD and Stamps Pottery. The Kentucky Crafted booth serves as an incubator for artists considering showing at the Buyers Market of American Craft independently.
The Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Crafted program enables Kentucky artists and craftspeople to reach regional, national and international markets through state-sponsored wholesale and retail promotional venues, including the Buyers Market of American Craft and Kentucky Crafted: The Market.
Kentucky Crafted: The Market, at the Lexington Convention Center in downtown Lexington, is where tradition meets cutting edge in paintings, prints, jewelry, wearable art, home decor, furniture and artisan foods along with Kentucky-related books, CDs and DVDs. The state-sponsored wholesale-retail arts marketplace will be open exclusively to the trade March 1-2 and then to the public March 3-4, 2012. For more information, go to http://1.usa.gov/Market2012.
The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Information provided by the KY Arts Council
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