I asked about this very same organization about a year ago (though I
see they have redesigned their website since then) and received very
little feedback. I also had some correspondence with a representative
from Kennedy Promotions which I never found very convincing.
Ultimately I did not participate.
At the time, they advertised that their books were or would be
available via Amazon.com but I was unable to find any there. As far
as I can see, they don't make that claim any more (though I didn't
read every page on the website) but just for the hell of it, I
searched Amazon.com for "Best of New York Artists and Artisans 2005"
and came up empty.
On the Prizes page, it says...
And we are finalizing the following:
The book will be for sale in a number of art museums around
the country. A number of Galleries from around the country will
receive an online copy.
In other words, at this point in time, the books are not being
nationally distributed, though the Virginia book is available at
Borders... IF you happen to be able to get to the Borders in Newport
News, VA, that is. And that same book "will be" carried by the
Chrysler Museum shop in Norfolk but apparently isn't yet. So,
basically, the books are available through the BestofArtists.com
On the other hand, I looked at the list of winners/artists for the
NY and CA books and recognized the names of a couple of prominent
jewelers: Sergey Jivetin (NY) and Christine Dhein (CA). The CA book
isn't out yet but you might want to contact Sergey to see what his
experience has been.
Here's my take on this: Kennedy Promotions has come up with a great
way to make money! It's not a scam: they seem to do what they say
they're going to do (eventually). If you look at their books as just
another way to advertise your work, then your $30 might be well
spent, but that's how I think you have to look at it.