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AmericanStyle magazine suspends publication

AmericanStyle magazine, a quarterly publication catering to consumers and producers of fine crafts, has suspended publication and is seeking a buyer, its Baltimore-based publisher announced this week.

The magazine has had trouble maintaining advertising sales, said Jean Thompson, a spokeswoman for the magazine's publisher, The Rosen Group, a marketing firm focused on helping North American artists expand their businesses.

Many of the magazine's advertisers are art galleries, Thompson said. The recent economic slowdown caused demand for fine crafts to dry up and galleries cut back on their marketing budgets, she said.

"These are things people do not invest in when they're going through a recession," Thompson said.

The Rosen Group is in discussions with two potential buyers for the magazine, which has circulation "well into the five figures," she said. It is not clear whether the magazine's operations would remain in Baltimore following a sale, she said.

The magazine was launched in 1994 and its current publisher's final print issue was last year. The magazine's electronic newsletter also has been suspended, the publisher said.

The Rosen Group's president and publisher, Wendy W. Rosen, ran for Congress last year as a Democrat in Maryland's 1st Congressional District. She lost to the incumbent, Republican Andy Harris.

In December, Rosen was charged with illegally voting in two elections. She faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

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