SOURCE: Artfest International, Inc.

January 13, 2010 10:52 ET

Dr. Ernest Vandeweghe Joins Artfest Board of Advisors

Ex-NBA player, former Owner of Los Angeles Lakers, and Prominent Sports Medicine Doctor to Support Expansion of Artfest's Sports Business

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - January 13, 2010) - Artfest International, Inc. (OTCBB: ARTS), a leading edge arts distribution company, announced today that Dr. Ernest Vandeweghe has joined its Board of Advisors. Dr. Vandeweghe played for the NBA's New York Knicks while also studying to become a physician at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He went on to serve in the United States Air Force.

As a business person, he is a former majority owner of the world renowned Los Angeles Lakers. Dr. Vandaweghe is currently on the board of the NBA Legends. As a sports physician, Dr. Vandeweghe served as Chairman of the President's Council for Physical Fitness and Sports as well as serving on the Olympic Sports Commission under President Gerald Ford.

Dr. Vandeweghe's passion for sports carried on to his children. His son Kiki Vandeweghe is a former NBA All Star and played for the Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers, New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Clippers. Kiki Vandeweghe went on to become General Manager of the Denver Nuggets and is currently General Manager of the New Jersey Nets. Dr. Vandeweghe's daughter, Tauna was an Olympic swimmer and son Bruk medaled in beach volleyball at the Goodwill Games.

Dr. Vandeweghe commented on joining Artfest, "What Artfest is doing for sports through its Charity Sports Distributors subsidiary is good for athletes and fans alike. The promotion of sports and fitness, particularly in today's world, is helpful to society and in line with my life's work in bringing health and athletics to wider audiences. I am pleased to advise and play a role in bringing key NBA and other sports contacts to Artfest."

"We are honored that someone of Dr. Vandeweghe's stature believes in and supports our efforts in the sports education and memorabilia business. We welcome his support of our company," added Artfest CEO Edward Vakser.

About Artfest International, Inc.

Artfest International, Inc. is a publicly traded Company under the stock symbol "ARTS." Artfest brings together artists, investors, decorators, designers, private collectors and art galleries. Artfest International's corporate site is www.artfestinternational.com. Artfest's subsidiaries are Art Channel, Inc. www.artchannel.tv, and Art Channel Galleries, Inc. www.ArtChannelGalleries.com, and Charity Sports Distributor Inc., www.csdsportsframing.com offering the most exciting Art and Memorabilia products and rewards program in the history of direct sales marketing.

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