Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Big Opportunity for Polymer Clay Artrepreneurs

The applications are open for the ACRE’s of Opportunity program sponsored by the National Polymer Clay Guild. This is a chance for members of the guild, who are interested in expanding or jumpstarting, their wholesale business. Three artists will be selected to exhibit in the American Craft Retailers Expo (ACRE), in Las Vegas, April 26 to 28, 2008. The selected artists will share a 10 x 15 ft. booth space, and will be able to take orders for their work from retailers from across the country who will be visiting the show. There will be no cost to the artists for the booth space.
In order to apply, visit CaFE, and submit your application for ACRE’s of Opportunity. You will need to upload five digital images to apply. The information about the image format and size can be found on the CaFE site. The fee for entry is $35. The deadline is October 31, 2007. Notification will be sent out by the end of November. This competition is open only to members of the National Polymer Clay Guild. The work to be exhibited and sold at the show must be made predominantly from polymer clay.
For those artists who are selected, it will be like Willie Wonka, and the Golden Ticket! A golden opportunity to move your business forward, and minimize the risk of doing your first wholesale show. Too bad I don't qualify! Artists who have done a major wholesale show in the past are not eligible to apply for this opportunity. But anyone else, who has had dreams of getting into wholesale, or taking the next step to grow their wholesale business, ....what are you waiting for?? These kinds of opportunities don't come your way every day. Good luck!

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