Buyer registration open for Kentucky Crafted: The Market
FRANKFORT, Ky. — Buyers and representatives of retail businesses interested in offering fine art and Kentucky-made products to their customers can register now to attend Kentucky Crafted: The Market 2016 at the Lexington Convention Center.
Produced for 34 years by the Kentucky Arts Council, The Market is open exclusively to the trade from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 4.
“The Market wholesale day is an important opportunity for buyers to be able to interact with our artists in a relaxed setting the day before we open our doors to the general public,” said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. “Every year there are businesses, interior designers, gift buyers and others who find just the right treasures among the Kentucky Crafted artists. Having the best in Kentucky art and craft under one roof makes it easy for buyers to take it all in.”
Buyers who attend The Market can place wholesale orders directly with any of more than 200 producers of art, craft, regional food products and books who will exhibit at the show.
Market preregistration for buyers is open until 11:59 p.m. Eastern time, Feb. 29, by visiting the, arts council buyer registration website. Buyer registration is free, but buyers are required to provide credentials at the door. Required credentials are listed on the website.
Any business that resells products at retail may register for the exclusive wholesale day. Other representatives from businesses who qualify to attend that day include:
- Corporate gift buyers
- Art galleries
- Clothing stores
- Craft galleries
- Department stores
- Drug stores or pharmacies
- Garden centers
- Gift shops
- Greeting card shops
- Home furnishings
- Hospital gift shops
- Hotel/resort gift shops
- Interior designers
- Jewelry stores
- Mail order/catalogs
- Museum gift shops
- Music stores
- Specialty food stores
- Toys/children stores
- Owners or employees of businesses who have the power to initiate purchasing contracts with artists.
The Market will be open to the public 9 a.m.-7 p.m. March 5 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 6. General admission is $10 for a one-day ticket and $15 for both days. For more information on Kentucky Crafted: The Market, visit http://artscouncil.ky.gov/KentuckyArt/Event_Market.htm.
Kentucky artists who exhibit at The Market are all juried participants in the arts council’s Kentucky Crafted Program. In addition, select artists from other states are invited to exhibit at the show. The Market, a nationally recognized show, serves as the No. 1 destination for wholesale buyers who are interested in purchasing Kentucky art and craft for resale.
The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, fosters environments 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. The arts council, along with the NEA, is celebrating 50 years of service in 2015, which the arts council is recognizing as the Year of the Arts in Kentucky.
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