24th Annual ARTS Awards Winners Announced

DALLAS – Jan. 20, 2013 – Dallas Market Center and ART, the creative home furnishings network, announced the winners of the 24th annual ARTS Awards during a gala event held Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. The ARTS Awards is the premier awards program for the home industry and is held each January during the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market.
 
ARTS Awards presenters included: John Gidding, designer and TV host who has appeared on the popular HGTV series “Curb Appeal: The Block” and Shay Geyer, interior designer of IBB Designs and design trend and style maven, who appears regularly on WFAA TV’s “Good Morning Texas.” Also, Dallas Market Center representatives included President and CEO, Bill Winsor and COO Cindy Morris along with Mindy Lowack, Dallas Market Center leasing director and executive vice president of ART, and Sharon Davis, ART’s executive director.

“Congratulations to all of this year’s ARTS Awards winners,” said Bill Winsor, president and CEO, Dallas Market Center. “The ARTS Awards is a highlight of our January Market each year and we are honored to celebrate each of the winners’ extensive accomplishments.”

This year, Dwell with Dignity was honored with the inaugural Visionary Award that recognizes industry innovation and excellence – qualities best represented by the nonprofit group for its tremendous contribution to help families and communities as well as its inspirational impact on the design and home industries. Lisa Robison, founder and president and Kim Turner, vice president and executive director of Dwell with Dignity accepted the award on behalf of the organization.
 
The Cooper family of Uttermost received the Academy of Achievement Award that recognizes companies and/or individuals that have made significant contributions to the industry. Founded by Bob and Belle Cooper in 1975 and currently led by their son, President Mac Cooper, Uttermost manufactures products in a range of categories including accent furniture, mirrors, wall décor, art, lighting, permanent botanicals and more. Uttermost also includes best-selling products from Austin Reproductions and the entire line of Timeworks clocks. Mac Cooper accepted the award on behalf of his family.

Upon entering the ballroom at the Hilton Anatole for the dinner and awards ceremony portion of the ARTS Awards, guests were greeted by a glittering 14-foot-tall crystal strand curtain lining the stage and a custom-made, crystal embellished podium by SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. Guests found tabletop favors at their place settings of custom-designed, crystalline wine glass stem charms as mementos of their evening.

The 24th annual ARTS Awards are sponsored by EnLIGHTenment, Gifts & Decorative Accessories, Giftware News, HFN, Home Accents Today, Home Fashion Forecast, Overcoffee, Residential Lighting, Sustainable Furnishings Council and SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.
 
24th ARTS Awards Winners

Sales Representatives

East/Atlantic
Nancy Foster – Creating Atmospheres

Midwest/Southwest
Richard Alan – Richard Alan & Associates

West
Lucha Bott – Lucha Bott Sales

Product Designer

Beth Lacefield – Lacefield Designs

International Retailer

Multi Luminaire – Laval, Quebec, Canada

Rising Star Retailer

Clive Daniel Home – Naples, Fla.

Retailers

Furniture Store
LOFT Home – Austin, Texas

Home Accents Store
East/Atlantic
J Banks Design – Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Midwest/Southwest
Heather Scott Home & Design – Austin, Texas

West
Interior Illusions – West Hollywood, Calif.

Lighting Showroom
East/Atlantic
Elements - Distinctive Lighting & Home Furnishings – Carle Place, N.Y.

Midwest/Southwest
Hinsdale Lighting – Hinsdale, Ill.

West
Elume Distinctive Lighting – Park City, Utah

Manufacturers

Accent Furniture
Worlds Away – Memphis, Tenn.

Area Rugs
Company C – Concord, N.H.

Home Accents
Creative Co-Op – Memphis, Tenn.

Home Textiles
Pine Cone Hill – Pittsfield, Mass.

Lighting Fixtures
Visual Comfort & Co. – Houston, Texas

Outdoor Living
Sunset West – Vista, Calif.

Portable Lamps
Arteriors Home – Carrollton, Texas

Tabletop
Beatriz Ball Collection – Harvey, La.

Wall Décor
Leftbank Art – La Mirada, Calif.

Green Manufacturer
Loloi Rugs – Dallas, Texas

About Dallas Market Center
Founded in 1957, Dallas Market Center is the world’s most complete wholesale marketplace. Within its marketplace of more than five million square feet, retailers from around the globe source products ranging from home furnishings, gifts, decorative accessories and lighting to textiles, fashion accessories and men's, western, women's and children's apparel. With more than 50 markets each year attended by more than 200,000 retail buyers from all 50 states and 78 countries, Dallas Market Center offers hundreds of events and seminars geared toward helping retailers expand business and increase profits. As a result, more than $8 billion in estimated wholesale transactions are conducted annually within the Dallas Market Center complex. The Dallas Market Center website is available at http://www.dallasmarketcenter.com/.

About ART
ART is the creative home furnishings network representing manufacturers, retailers, representatives and other individuals and companies interested in promoting and enhancing the market position of the home furnishings industry. Each year ART sponsors programs such as ART conference, regional educational seminars, the ART card and ARTS Awards. The ART website is available at http://www.accessoriesresourceteam.org/.

About the ARTS Awards
The ARTS Awards is the premier awards program dedicated to the home industry. Twenty-five categories exist under the headings Manufacturer, Retailer, Product Designer, Sales Representative, Rising Star, Green, Academy of Achievement and Visionary. Anyone in the industry can nominate including manufacturers, retailers, sales representatives, designers, suppliers, consultants and other industry officials. Academy of Achievement and Visionary honorees are selected by an ARTS Awards committee each year. Companies that have won an ARTS Award five times are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame members are: BJ’s Home Accents, C.S. Wo & Sons, Distinctive Designs International Inc., Feizy Rugs, Fine Art Lamps, Global Views, Montaage, Natural Decorations Inc., Palecek, Paragon, Robb & Stucky and Schonbek Worldwide Lighting.