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KENTUCKY ARTS COUNCIL NEWS RELEASE
Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet

Jan. 27, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Tom Musgrave
Communications Director
502-564-3757, ext. 489
tomr.musgrave@ky.gov

Deadline is Feb. 29 for buyers to register for
Kentucky Crafted: The Market

FRANKFORT, Ky. — There’s still time for buyers and representatives of retail businesses to register 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 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 4 exclusively to business owners and other buyers interested in offering fine art and Kentucky-made products to their customers.

Buyers who attend The Market can place wholesale orders directly with the many 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
  • Bookstores
  • Clothing stores
  • Craft galleries
  • Department stores
  • Drug stores or pharmacies
  • Florists
  • Garden centers
  • Gift shops
  • Greeting card shops
  • Home furnishing stores
  • Hospital gift shops
  • Hotel/resort gift shops
  • Interior designers
  • Jewelry stores
  • Mail order/catalog
  • Museum gift shops
  • Music stores
  • Specialty food stores
  • Toy/children store
  • Owners or employees of a business 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. In 2016 the arts council celebrates the 50th anniversary of its establishment by the Kentucky General Assembly.

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