FRANKFORT, Ky. — Five Kentucky artists will exhibit at the nation's largest wholesale trade show for artists who make their work by hand through a business and marketing initiative sponsored by the Kentucky Arts Council in partnership with the Kentucky Small Business Development Center.

Buyers Market: The American Made Show attracts more than 7,000 buyers from retail galleries and stores across the United States and Canada. The show is Feb. 16-18 in Philadelphia, Pa.

"This initiative is designed to introduce artists to national wholesale marketing and the Buyers Market," said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. "The long-term goal is for artists to graduate to exhibiting on their own at the show."

The five artists, all adjudicated participants in the Kentucky Crafted Program, are:

Artists are selected to exhibit in the Kentucky Crafted booth at the Buyers Market based on market readiness. They are approved by the Buyers Market based on their ability to produce high-quality work.

The arts council's Kentucky Crafted Program enables Kentucky artists and craftspeople to reach regional, national and international markets through state-sponsored wholesale and retail promotional venues. They are the only Kentucky artists who are eligible to exhibit at Kentucky Crafted: The Market. All five artists participating in the Buyers Market will also exhibit at The Market.

Kentucky Crafted: The Market, at the Lexington Convention Center March 1-3, is the arts council's annual wholesale and retail showcase of fine art and craft, Kentucky foods, books and CDs. The state-sponsored arts marketplace will be open exclusively to the trade March 1 and to the public March 2-3. For more information, visit http://artscouncil.ky.gov/KentuckyArt/2013Market.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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