SOURCE: Artfest International, Inc.

December 09, 2009 10:26 ET

Artfest Launches Art Channel Galleries Direct Sales Network to Revolutionize the Way Art and Memorabilia Is Bought and Sold Worldwide

First-of-Its-Kind, Propriety Global Arts Marketing System Projected to Ramp Revenues to $60,000,000 in Two Years

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - December 9, 2009) - Artfest International, Inc. (OTCBB: ARTS), a leading-edge arts distribution company, announced today the launch of its revolutionary, proprietary direct sales network, Art Channel Galleries, on Saturday, December 5th, 2009.

"Deploying a highly effective, Internet and multi-media-based network marketing system is the best way to place products into the marketplace. Our proprietary software enables arts and memorabilia distributors to become re-sellers of our branded products, significantly expanding our global marketing reach at minimal cost to Artfest, while creating secondary income streams for arts and memorabilia enthusiasts," stated Edward Vakser, CEO and Chairman of Artfest International.

Based on the direct marketing performance of companies including Herbalife, Mary Kay, Avon, and Home Interiors, Inc., Artfest anticipates its current membership of 500, acquired during beta-testing of its proprietary system, will increase to over 2,000 by the end of the first quarter of 2010. The company expects membership will eventually grow to 10,000 by the end of 2011. With estimated per-member revenues of $6,700 per year, Artfest projects annual revenues of approximately $60,000,000 by the end of 2011 from its Art Channel Galleries segment.

Membership growth will be fueled by traditional direct marketing methods in conjunction with other multi-media drivers including Artfest TV, the company's syndicated TV program, Artfest Auctions, online art auctions, Artfest Galleries, the company's up and coming brick and mortar galleries, as well as CSD Sports, Artfest's sports and memorabilia distribution subsidiary.

"Artfest's improved software makes the sales process as easy as possible for members. We believe that people who are drawn to our website through Artfest TV, Artfest Auctions, Artfest Galleries and CSD Sports will want to join our community when they see this automated, turn-key business solution with incredible rewards in their reach," added Angie Tassan, Artfest Chief Marketing Officer and Multimedia Supervisor.

Art Channel Galleries' new fully automated, self-replicating website features full back office support including a merchant account, just-in-time inventory and fulfillment, allowing members to work smarter, not harder, while providing Artfest quality control and operational efficiencies.

The proprietary software system enables members to set up their own fine art and collectibles business with minimal effort. Upon joining, members have access to a personalized automated website, self-replicating galleries and a simplified authenticated delivery system so they can begin to buy, sell, and trade art. In addition, the software provides sales training and presentations for members to familiarize themselves with sales techniques and processes.

Members receive commissions from individual sales and from each new member they enroll in the program. Artfest distinguishes itself from other direct sales companies through not only its proprietary system's unprecedented ease-of-use but also the innovative and revolutionary compensation plan. The patent-pending protected Commissions Reward Card provides many valuable incentives for members. This, in turn, breeds member loyalty, boosts member morale and overall marks a considerable advancement for the company in the fine art direct sales business. For more information, please visit

"We launched this new upgrade in anticipation of our new CFO joining our company and taking a leadership role in our Network Marketing Sales Division, Art Channel Galleries," explains Shirley Casavant, new members development and sales.

About Artfest International, Inc.

Artfest International, Inc. is a publicly traded company under the symbol "ARTS." Artfest connects artists, investors, decorators, designers and private collectors and galleries. Artfest's corporate website is ( Artfest owns the subsidiaries Art Channel, Inc. (, and Art Channel Galleries, Inc. ( offering the most exciting product and rewards program in the history of the network marketing and direct-sales industry (DSA). Other subsidiaries include Charity Sports Distributors, Inc. ( and Luxor International (

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