SOURCE: Artfest International, Inc.

June 18, 2009 08:33 ET

Artfest International, Inc. Has Secured the Licensing Rights to Rhupert, a Character Created by the Internationally Acclaimed Artist D. Arthur Wilson

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - June 18, 2009) - Artfest International, Inc. (OTCBB: ARTI) is pleased to announce that the Company has secured the licensing rights to the ostrich character, Rhupert, created by D. Arthur Wilson. Rhupert was just approved to be the official logo and D. Arthur Wilson, the official artist, for World Peace Project ( Art Channel Galleries™ (, owned by Artfest International, will fund and produce four, 30 minute, pilot episodes of Rhupert.

The official release of the children's book titled: "Little Red Rhupert," which was written and illustrated by D. Arthur Wilson, will occur at Artfest's second "Sizzling Summer Saturday" art extravaganza at the Company's 52,000 square foot Expo Center in Dallas, Texas. The event will take place on June 20th, 2009 from 11 am to 7 pm CDT.

The Artist will be present and will participate in a "live drawing" session at noon. At 2:00 pm CDT, Mr. Wilson will give a talk about the "Evolution of Rhupert" and at 3 pm the artist will have a book signing, followed at 4:00 pm with another "live drawing" session. There will be a number of other nationally known artists participating in the day's events. To see a complete listing of artists and events, please visit the Company's Web site.

"I believe that Rhupert has the potential to be the next Barney the Dinosaur phenomenon. The character Barney and his ancillary products were generating royalties of $250 million per year in the early 1990s," stated Edward Vakser, Artfest International, Inc. CEO.

Artfest International, Inc. will be hosting a nationwide teleconference June 23, 2009. There is expected to be a high demand for the call-in lines for this Nationwide Teleconference and space will be limited. Please call 1-407-389-5900 to reserve your place and receive the information that will enable you to participate in the conference. In addition, Artfest invites you to email a question to; a select number of submitted questions will be answered during the Nationwide Teleconference.

Attendance to the Grand Opening and "Sizzling Summer Saturday" expo on June 20, 2009 is Free and is open to the public, but you must register to be admitted. Please visit and go to "Events" to register online.

Artfest International, Inc. brings together artists, investors, decorators, designers, private collectors and art galleries. Artfest International's corporate site is Artfest's subsidiaries are Art Channel, Inc. (, and Art Channel Galleries, Inc. (, offering the most exciting product and rewards program in the history of direct sales marketing.

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