Buyers Market of American Craft moves to August

The Buyers Market of American Craft will hold its annual summer show August 6-8, 2004. The 2004 winter show will be held February 13-16 with a jewelry and art-to-wear preview to be held the afternoon of February 12.

Summer show dates were changed from July to accommodate artists and buyers who travel from city to city to participate in multiple shows in a matter of days. In addition, research showed that many buyers were unable to leave their businesses during July for the three-day show.

“The new dates will hopefully relax artists who often feel rushed traveling between shows as well as provide retailers with more time to shop. This change enhances our mission to aid in the development of solid business relationships between artists and retailers,” says Wendy Rosen, president of The Rosen Group.

The Buyers Market of American Craft, the world’s largest wholesale craft show, is held twice a year in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The summer show features nearly 800 American artists exhibiting handmade craft in glass, ceramics, jewelry, fiber, art-to-wear, furniture, wood, metal, and mixed media. More than 5,000 buyers from across the country attend representing department stores, boutiques, museum stores, galleries, small craft stores, and mail-order catalogs.

The Buyers Market of American Craft, www.americancraft.com, is produced by The Rosen Group, a Baltimore-based arts marketing and publishing firm.