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American Craft Wholesale Show To Showcase New Children's Lines

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The American Craft Council will present approximately 30 new artists and launch a new CHILDREN’S LINE at the 31st annual American Craft Wholesale Show, formerly the Baltimore Wholesale Craft Show, Feb. 20-22 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Selected through a rigorous jury process, more than 800 new and established artists will offer high-quality, handmade jewelry, clothing, furniture, home décor and more. The 30 new artists to the Council’s wholesale show will travel from across the country to present their latest work in a variety of media including glass, clay, wood, metal, and acrylic, among others. Exhibitors and buyers alike will find the latest retail trends and insights, innovative ideas on merchandising and other initiatives to help them grow their businesses, including the Council’s first-ever CHILDREN’S LINE. “As the children’s retail market continues to soar, we’ve noticed more and more artists responding to the trend by crafting clothes, toys, and other accessories - jewelry, furniture, home décor - for young children and newborns,” said Carmine Branagan, executive director of the American Craft Council. “What better place to launch the new CHILDREN’S LINE but at the most anticipated wholesale craft show in the country – in Baltimore.” In its 31st year, the American Craft Wholesale Show sets the standard for all high-quality, contemporary craft shows across the United States. The show will also feature a series of educational opportunities including lectures, demonstrations and tours given by leaders in the craft and design field. Details to be announced. The American Craft Wholesale Show is only open to wholesale buyers who may pre-register at www.craftcouncil.org/wholesale or by calling 800-836-3470. The AMERICAN CRAFT COUNCIL is a national, nonprofit public educational organization founded in 1943 by Aileen Osborn Webb. The mission of the Council is to promote understanding and appreciation of contemporary American craft. Programs include the bimonthly magazine American Craft, annual juried shows presenting artists and their work, a 2006 leadership conference on craft, the Aileen Osborn Webb Awards honoring excellence, a specialized library, workshops and seminars. www.craftcouncil.org/wholesale

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