Meet the NICHE Award Finalists!
BALTIMORE, MD (December 17, 2010) – NICHE, the trade magazine written exclusively for retailers of American and Canadian craft, has named the finalists for its 2011 NICHE Awards competition.
You can view the finalists’ entries online and in person: A complete list of the finalists is posted at www.NICHEAwards.com.
Also, all of the finalists have been invited to display their entries in a NICHE Awards exhibit at the Buyers Market of American Craft, the nation’s premier wholesale tradeshow of fine craft, February 18-21, 2011, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
The finalists will gather at the Buyers Market for the annual reception and awards ceremony, where NICHE magazine will reveal the names of the winners. These festivities will take place on Friday, February 18, from 6-9 p.m. Admission is free for the finalists and for all registered attendees at the tradeshow.
The NICHE Awards competition annually recognizes excellence and innovation in North American craft made by professionals and students. Jurors have selected 230 finalists out of almost 1,600 entries (combined total of professional and student entries).
The professional division was judged by: Paige Riley, owner of Hillyer House gallery in Ocean Springs, Miss.; Diane Shelly, executive director of the Florida Craftsmen in St. Petersburg; David W. Cochran, CEO and president of Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America (MJSA) in Attleboro Falls, Mass.; Tara Gentile, editor of the craft blog Scoutie Girl; Cheryl Hartley, general manager of Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia gallery in Beckley; and Oanh Nguyen, president of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA).
The student division finalists were determined by the editors of NICHE and AmericanStyle magazines and the staff of the Buyers Market of American Craft.
The professional division finalists will be featured in the Winter 2011 issue of NICHE magazine.
The award winners in the professional and student divisions will be featured in the Spring 2011 issue of NICHE.