Nearly 2,000 artists are expected to participate in the 23rd annual Philadelphia Buyers Market of American Craft, being held Feb. 18-21 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The wholesale-only craft show features American and Canadian artists displaying new designs in wood, ceramics, jewelry, mixed media, kaleidoscopes, decorative and wearable fiber, metal, and glass. Jewelry buyers have the opportunity to shop early when the show opens with the Jewelry Preview, Feb. 17, 4-7 p.m.
The Premier Jewelry pavilion boasts nearly 80 designers working in platinum, high karat gold, diamonds, and precious gemstones. In addition, the Inspired Interiors pavilion exhibits over 45 American and Canadian furniture, lighting, home accessory, and art-for-the-wall designers displaying works based on tradition, invention, and the promotion of contemporary home design.
Daily seminars for retailers and artists address timely topics such as the Internet¹s role in the craft industry. Other seminars offered at the show cover jewelry display lighting, insurance for artists, creating a thriving arts community, public relations tactics, and ad campaigns.
Special events include a party for Buyers Market participants Feb. 17 and the annual NICHE Awards ceremony and reception at Feb. 20, honoring the most innovative craft artists in the United States and Canada.
The Philadelphia Buyers Market of American Craft is produced by The Rosen Group, an arts marketing and publishing firm based in Baltimore, Md. The Rosen Group also publishes NICHE magazine, the exclusive trade publication for retailers of fine craft art, and AmericanStyle magazine, the arts and lifestyle magazine for collectors of fine American craft.