As you may have read at either of our websites, the Covid-19 restrictions announced by North Carolina’s Governor Roy Cooper, as well as the Omni Grove Park Inn’s own safety regulations, have effectively eliminated the possibility of us holding a successful in-person 34th National Arts and Crafts Conference & Shows in 2021.
Rather than simply walking away from the momentum we have all created for the Arts and Crafts Revival, we have been working to create the largest, most successful virtual Arts and Crafts Conference possible in February.
In addition to seminars, discussion groups, tours, demonstrations, book clubs, and exhibits, we will be hosting Arts and Crafts selling shows — not just for three days, but for the entire month of February. And they will be free to the public, so we anticipate our shows will continue to remain popular.
How Can I Become a Virtual Exhibitor?
For the past 33 years, the National Arts and Crafts Conference Shows at the Grove Park Inn have set the standard by which other shows have been judged. Collectors of every caliber, from national museums down to new beginners, have learned to trust the exhibitors we select. Those same collectors will know they can do the same for our virtual Arts and Crafts Show.
More than any other Arts and Crafts event, we advertise and promote the National Arts and Crafts Conference and Shows across the country, and will continue to do so, utilizing our own ArtsAndCraftsCollector.com website to attract new collectors, as well as everyone who has now become more accustomed to buying online.
At our conference website, we will create an Exhibitor Profile Box for each of our registered exhibitors under your choice of four categories: Arts and Crafts Antiques, Contemporary Craftsfirms, Organizations & Historic Sites, and Related Services, which includes architects, designers, auction houses, restorers, and appraisers.
Your Exhibitor Profile Box will include a picture you provide (either of your merchandise or yourself), as well a 30-word description of your merchandise, service, or significance, and your important contact information. Customers can read your Profile and contact you easily by phone or email or by clicking on the link taking them to your website or online store.
What makes it even easier is that we are making access to our Exhibitor Shows completely free, which means anyone with even just a casual interest in Arts and Crafts can access your Exhibitor Profile without paying a show entry or registration fee.
Your Exhibitor Profile Box will be active starting February 1st, the first day of the show and remain up 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until March 1st. The cost is a flat fee of $150 for the entire month-long period. Exhibitors can purchase an Exhibitor Profile Box in more than one of the shows by filling out a separate registration form and paying $100 for each show you want to be listed in as an exhibitor.
The Exhibitor Profile Boxes will be arranged in rows, 4 Boxes to a row, on a first come, first serve basis. We will include a “search” field in each show so users can type in what they are looking for. We will begin by filling the first row, then proceed to the second, third and subsequent rows in each of the four separate shows.