Event begins March 6 in Lexington
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 6, 2015) — 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 2015 at the Lexington Convention Center.
Produced for more than 30 years by the Kentucky Arts Council, The Market is open exclusively to the trade from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 6.
“The Market, year after year, proves to be a fantastic opportunity for not only our artists, but also buyers,” said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. “The program showcases the talent of more than 150 Kentuckians in one location, making it easy for buyers to find the finest art and craft created in the Commonwealth for their retail collections.”
The wholesale trade day at The Market gives Kentucky and out-of-state businesses the opportunity to select merchandise from a high concentration of Kentucky-made products in one location.
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 midnight EST, Feb. 27, by visiting Kentucky Crafted: The Market online. Buyer registration is free, but buyers are required to provide credentials at the door.
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/catalog
- Museum gift shops
- Music stores
- Specialty food stores
- Toys/children store
- Owners or employees of a business who have the power to initiate purchasing contracts with artists.
Kentucky artists who exhibit at The Market are all juried participants in the arts council’s Kentucky Crafted Program. In addition, select artists from surrounding 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.