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Buyers Market of American Craft Celebrates 25th Anniversary

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On February 16, 2007, the American craft community reaches a major milestone as the Buyers Market of American Craft celebrates its 25th anniversary. Running February 16-19, 2007, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pa., the semiannual Buyers Market presents the work of 1,500 American craft artists in glass, ceramics, jewelry, wood, furniture, mixed media, and decorative and wearable fiber. To help celebrate the anniversary, seven exhibitors from the original 1982 show will return as featured Buyers Market alumni. Those exhibitors are: Sergio Lub (booth 202, www.sergiolub.com) Murphy Design (booth 1112, www.murphy-design.com) Pearce Design (booth 1102, www.pearcejewelers.com) Julie Shaw (booth 1207, www.julieshawdesigns.com) Danica Design Candles (booth 1705, www.danicacandles.com) Van De Lune (booth 1302, no website) Wildflowers by Cricket (booth 3512, www.crickettileart.com) Joining these alumni exhibitors will be approximately 175 new exhibiting artists, including Stiles in Clay (booth 4328, www.stilesinclay.com), Steve Sizelove (booth 5213, www.stevesizelove.com), Kino Guerin (booth 3406, www.kinoguerin.com), and RedStart Design (booth 1509, www.redstartdesign.com). Since 1982, the Buyers Market has provided artists with a professional venue to build long-term business relationships with qualified wholesale craft buyers. Buyers Market founder and president Wendy Rosen estimates that the show has helped more than 7,000 artists and 15,000 retailers create profitable craft businesses. “The Buyers Market’s anniversary is as much about the future of American craft as it is about our artists’ and retailers’ past success,” says Rosen. Anniversary festivities include a special Retailer BOOT CAMP seminar with retail consultant Rick Segel, a Celebrate Silver! 25th anniversary party, and the 2007 NICHE Awards ceremony. Retailers interested in attending the Buyers Market should visit www.AmericanCraft.com or call 800.432.7238 ext. 211. About the Philadelphia Buyers Market of American Craft The Philadelphia Buyers Market of American Craft is produced by The Rosen Group, a Baltimore-based arts marketing, publishing and advocacy firm. The Rosen Group also publishes NICHE magazine, the exclusive trade publication for retailers of fine craft art, and AmericanStyle magazine, the arts lifestyle magazine for enthusiasts, collectors and travelers.

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