FRANKFORT, Ky. — Buyers and representatives of retail businesses interested in offering fine art and craft produced in the Commonwealth to their retail customers can register now to attend Kentucky Crafted: The Market 2014 at the Lexington Convention Center.

The Market, produced for more than 30 years by the Kentucky Arts Council, is open exclusively to the trade from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 7. 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, books and music who will exhibit at the show.

"Buyers will see more Kentucky products at The Market than they'll see at any other show," said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. "Kentucky is known for its top-notch art and craft. If your business has any retail component – large or small – and you'd like to carry Kentucky-made products, you should definitely come to Kentucky Crafted: The Market."

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.

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 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.
Market preregistration for buyers is open until midnight, Feb. 28, at http://artscouncil.ky.gov/KentuckyArt/2014MarketBuyerReg.htm. Buyer registration is free.

Buyers must bring two forms of business ID to registration the day of the show. Acceptable forms of ID include: federal tax return for the business; a Sales and Use Certificate; and a business card.

For more information or to register as a buyer for Kentucky Crafted: The Market, visit http://artscouncil.ky.gov/KentuckyArt/Event_Market.htm.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, 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.

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