Merit Award winners selected for Buyers Market Summer Show

The Rosen Group has selected four promising new artists as 2007 Merit Award winners for the summer Buyers Market of American Craft show, Aug. 4-6 in Philadelphia. The four artists were selected from hundreds of applicants.

The four winners selected in four categories are as follows:

Jewelry
Fritz & Mischell
Mischell Maldonado
Charles “Fritz” Pearce
Sonoma, Calif.

Ceramics
YogaGoat Pottery
Amanda Ryznar
Rochester, Vt.

Glass
Island Glassworks
Geoff Lee
Kailua, Hawaii

Mixed Media
Alec-Reid Design
Craig Siebeneck
Kalida, Ohio

The Merit Award is designed to help emerging artists successfully enter the wholesale marketplace. Winners receive booth space at a reduced cost and are assigned a mentor to guide them through their entrance into the wholesale American craft community.

To be considered for the award, the artist must be new to the wholesale marketplace and have innovative designs, creative works and market viability. The Baltimore-based Rosen Group, producer of the Buyers Market of American Craft, selects winners for the summer wholesale show.