Kentucky Crafted artists bring “wow!” to Buyers Market of American Craft
FRANKFORT, Ky. — 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. They are then 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 in fiber, wood and ceramics.
Kentucky Crafted artists exhibiting at the 2011 market are: Kelley and Bruce Hoefer, Turning Wheel Pottery, Berea; Pamela Mattei, DyeSigns by Pamela, Louisville; Hanns-Georg Reck, New World Woodworking LLC, Louisville; Marvin Schnoll, Red Oak Crafts Inc., Louisville; and Jordan Stapp, K & M Crafts of Kentucky, Campbellsville.
This is a premiere showing at the Buyers Market of American Craft for Turning Wheel Pottery and New World Woodworking.
Kentucky Crafted is a program of the Kentucky Arts Council that enables Kentucky artists and craftspeople to reach regional, national and international markets through state-sponsored wholesale and retail promotional venues. Acceptance into the program is based on artistic excellence in design and technique, originality (or authenticity for traditional work) and marketability. There are currently 509 juried visual and craft artists in the Kentucky Crafted program.
The Kentucky Arts Council also produces its own trade show, Kentucky Crafted: The Market. It was voted by the readers of AmericanStyle magazine as the Top Fair and Festival in the nation for the second year in a row. This annual state-sponsored wholesale/retail marketplace brings more than 200 exhibitors of traditional and contemporary fine art and craft, books, musical recordings, films and specialty food products to South Wing B of the Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, Ky., March 17-20, 2011. For more information about Kentucky Crafted: The Market 2011, go to www.kycraft.ky.gov
The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency that 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.
NOTE TO EDITORS: Print quality photos of products by Kentucky Crafted exhibitors at the Buyers Market of American Craft are available by clicking on thumbnails below.
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