SOURCE: Artfest International, Inc.

March 01, 2010 08:10 ET

Artfest International, Inc. Appoints Six Time Woman's Football All-Star to Its Board of Advisors

Company Signs Jen Welter as the First Woman Athlete for Its New E-Commerce Website

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - March 1, 2010) - Artfest International, Inc. (OTCBB: ARTS) is pleased to announce that the Company has signed Jen Welter, a six-time Independent Women's Football League (IWFL) All-Star, to its board of advisors. Jen Welter is also the first woman athlete whose sports memorabilia will be available to consumers through the Company's new e- commerce website www.artfestdirect.com. The new site will launch on March 8, 2010, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Jen Welters sports memorabilia through Arfest's new e-commerce website will go directly to The Jen Welter Foundation, whose mission is to support other female athletes in the pursuit of their dreams and to help mentor young women.

Jen Welter played ten seasons in the IWFL with three different teams, winning four World Championships, selected All-Pro, and a six-time League All-Star. In addition, Ms. Welter received her B.S. degree in Business from Boston College, a Masters degree in Sport Psychology, and is currently working on her dissertation to receive a PhD in Psychology. Jen is also well respected in the fitness industry, in which she has over 13 years of experience as an aerobics instructor and personal trainer.

"I'm excited about joining the Artfest team," stated Jen Welter. "This is a great way to not only promote awareness for my foundation, but also allows me the opportunity to connect with fans."

For the first time, Artfest International's new website will enable consumers to purchase fine sports art as well as sports memorabilia and collectibles directly from their favorite teams, players, and athletes. According to a January 2010 report by the research firm, Inside Network, the U.S. market in 2010 for virtual goods is expected to reach $1.6 Billion, with $835 Million of which will be from social gaming and sports memorabilia.

"We are excited about the addition of Jen Welter to our Company's Advisory Board," stated Edward Vakser, CEO of Artfest International, Inc. "Her sports memorabilia will be a great addition to our Artfest Direct website and will help us expand in the multimillion dollar sports memorabilia market."

About Artfest International, Inc.

Artfest International, Inc. 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), offering the most exciting product and rewards program in the history of direct sales marketing.

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