SOURCE: Artfest International, Inc.

July 06, 2010 10:07 ET

Artfest International, Inc.'s Subsidiary Signs Distribution Agreement to Launch World Renowned Artist, Thomas Kinkade's "Inspiration of Israel" Collection

Artfest Direct to Provide Accompanying DVD Along With the Nine Piece Collection

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - July 6, 2010) -  Artfest International, Inc., (OTCBB: ARTS) is pleased to announce that the company's subsidiary Artfest Direct has signed a distribution agreement, where Artfest Direct will launch exclusively on its website the nine piece collection, "Inspiration of Israel," by world renowned artist Thomas Kinkade. The collection will be available for purchase by July 11, 2010 on www.artfestdirect.com. Artfest Direct is also collaborating with Michael Jay Solomon, an accomplished producer and director, to provide a DVD about this exclusive collection with each piece purchased. This program is part of Artfest Direct's "Treasures from the Holy Land" collection. Artfest will be featuring this new High Definition, Thomas Kinkade video series on Time Warner Cable and other participating Networks this fall season.

The documentary program "Thomas Kinkade: Impressions of the Holy Land," by Michael Jay Solomon, follows born-again Christian painter Kinkade as he journeys to Israel, searching for inspiration for his latest series of tableaux and insight into the geographic origins of his spiritual beliefs. Artfest Direct is moving towards bringing world's biggest artists and high end art sellers. Along with some of the most celebrated artist like Rodan, and Picasso, Artfest Direct is bringing out the highest selling "living" artist of our time. Kinkade sold over a Billion Dollars in art and licensing in the past decade.

Michael Jay Solomon began his career in film distribution by loading films onto trucks for United Artists at the age of 18 in 1956. He joined United Artists' International Division in 1959 and by 1960 was selling theatrical films from Panama to Central America and later Bogotá, Colombia. At age 24, he became the youngest field manager in the history of the motion picture industry when he headed up United Artists' office in Lima, Peru. In 1964, he started up MCA's Latin American Television Division while based in Mexico and later Brazil. By age 30, Mr. Solomon became MCA's youngest vice president, and eventually had international responsibilities.

In 1978, he co-founded Telepictures Corporation, which went on to become the largest U.S. television syndication company and one of the largest international television distribution companies, as well as the owner and operator of six television stations in the U.S. Telepictures became a NASDQ company after only 14 months under the leadership of Mr. Solomon as Chairman and CEO.

"We anticipated robust sales with our new Thomas Kinkade collection, and we feel that the Thomas Kinkade Collection will increase the sales of other artist through this new television push," stated Scott Tassan, VP of Production, Artfest International.

"We continue to deliver shareholders value and improve our asset base by introducing the top shelf product and artists to our membership," stated Edward Vakser, CEO of Artfest International, Inc.

New members are encouraged to visit www.artfestdirect.com and join this great home based business opportunity.

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 Artfest Direct, Inc. (www.Artfestdirect.com), offering the most exciting product and rewards program in the history of direct sales marketing.

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