February 16, 2005
(Innovation, Trade and Rural Development)

Local artist wins at Halifax show

Local artist Kevin Coates has been awarded Best New Product at the recent Atlantic Craft Trade Show (ACTS) in Halifax. The award is judged by industry peers and is awarded to new exhibitors. ACTS is a wholesale show that attracts buyers from Canada and the United States. Approximately 162 producers were in attendance at this year�s show, held February 5-7, with 26 producers representing Newfoundland and Labrador.

Held in Halifax each February, ACTS is a cooperative effort among the four Atlantic provinces. The Department of Innovation, Trade and Rural Development, in conjunction with the other Atlantic provinces, is actively involved in the organization of the annual show. The department also sponsors a booth called �Crafts of Character� and acts as a representative for Newfoundland and Labrador producers who are unable to attend the show.

"The benefit of participating in ACTS is immeasurable in terms of the exposure it offers artists like Mr. Coates," said Kathy Dunderdale, Minister of Innovation, Trade and Rural Development. "By being actively involved in the organization of such shows, the department is opening doors for local craftspeople, exposing them and their work to new audiences and markets."

Mr. Coates� wooden carvings capture the stories of daily life in his hometown of Winterton, Trinity Bay. Inspired by his neighbours, Mr. Coates� art reflects a fondness for their lives and traditions.

"It is a great honour to be recognized by my peers for my work," said Mr. Coates. "I am very grateful for the opportunity to showcase my products in a larger venue and to a wider market. It would have been impossible to win this award without the support of the department."

As the 2005 winner, Mr. Coates� products will be featured on the cover of the 2006 ACTS show guide. Next year�s show is scheduled for February 4-6, 2006.

Media contact: Lynn Evans, Communications, (709)729-4570 or (709) 690-6290

2005 02 16                         4:30 p.m.

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