24th Annual ARTS Awards Finalists Announced

 DALLAS – Aug. 24, 2012 – Dallas Market Center and ART, the creative home furnishings network, today announced the 24th annual ARTS Awards finalists. The ARTS Awards is the premier awards program for the home industry and is held each January during the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market (Jan. 16–22, 2013). The awards will be presented during a gala event on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel.

“Congratulations to the finalists for this year’s ARTS Awards,” said Bill Winsor, president and CEO, Dallas Market Center. “It’s an honor to celebrate the home industry’s finest manufacturers, retailers, product designers and sales reps.”

The finalists will submit a digital presentation to a panel of distinguished judges previously announced, including Melanie Belew, interior designer and owner of Belew Design Studio; Cheryl Holland-Bridges, director of the Center for Retailing Studies and executive professor of marketing at Texas A&M’s May Business School; Ignaz M. Gorischeck, vice president of store development at Neiman Marcus; Jena Hall, president and CEO of Jena Hall Associates; Leslie Newsom Rascoe, who helped launch VERANDA and held various editorial positions including fine arts editor and decoration and design editor; and Susan Inglis, producer, importer, sourcing agent and broker in the home furnishings, fashion and gift industries.

Digital submissions vary based on category and may consist of company history, philosophy, product development, marketing, merchandising or customer relations. In November, the panel of judges will convene in Dallas for two days to review each individual or company’s submission. Once all components of judging are complete, a designated accounting firm will tabulate and secure the scores until the winners are announced in January.

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

For additional information regarding the ARTS Awards, please contact Lindsey Villarreal at 214-655-7654 or lvillarreal@mcmcmail.com.
24th ARTS Awards Finalists

Sales Representatives

Brian Slater – Brian Slater & Associates
Nancy Foster – Creating Atmospheres
Susan Wagner Carter – Michael Boyd & Associates

Holly Marshall – Western Reps
Richard Alan – Richard Alan & Associates
Theresa Deniz – CODARUS

Farida Kornbluth – F.E.M. Sales
Lucha Bott – Lucha Bott Sales
Robert J. Barrett – R.D. Barrett & Associates

Product Designers

Beth Lacefield – Lacefield Designs
Carolyn Kinder – Carolyn Kinder International
Dennis Beard – Generation Brands/LBL Lighting
Sergio Orozco – Sergio Orozco Designs

International Retailers

Design Lighting – Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Multi Luminaire – Laval, Quebec, Canada
Norburn Lighting and Bath – Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

Rising Star Retailers

Clive Daniel Home – Naples, Fla.
Gray Living – McKinney, Texas
Melissa Jeffrey Home – Boerne, Texas
Redefined Home Boutique – Atlanta, Ga.


Furniture Store
Bartholet Home Furnishings – Conroe, Texas
GDC Home – Charleston, S.C.
LOFT Home – Austin, Texas
Outrageous Interiors – Suwanee, Ga.
The Arrangement – Dallas, Texas

Home Accents Store
Carolina Furniture – Greenville, S.C.
J Banks Design – Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Marty Mason Collected Home – Atlanta, Ga.

Chic to Chic – Corpus Christi, Texas
Heather Scott Home & Design – Austin, Texas
Room 22 – Oklahoma City, Okla.
StellaDallas – Dallas, Texas

Interior Illusions – West Hollywood, Calif.
Le Potager – Fullerton, Calif.
Savannah Home Store & Studio – Escondido, Calif.

Lighting Showroom
Candelabra – Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
Elements - Distinctive Lighting & Home Furnishings – Carle Place, N.Y.
Hi-Light – Yonkers, N.Y.

Hinsdale Lighting – Hinsdale, Ill.
Lighting Unlimited – Houston, Texas
Passion Lighting – Grapevine, Texas
Texas Bright Ideas – Harker Heights, Texas

Elume Distinctive Lighting – Park City, Utah
Foundry – West Hollywood, Calif.

Accent Furniture
Hillside Furniture Co. – Pacoima, Calif.
IMAX Worldwide Home – Tulsa, Okla.
PALECEK – Richmond, Calif.
Worlds Away – Memphis, Tenn.

Area Rugs
Company C – Concord, N.H.
Feizy Import & Export – Dallas, Texas
Loloi Rugs – Dallas, Texas
Surya – Calhoun, Ga.
The Rug Market – Culver City, Calif.

Home Accents
Creative Co-Op – Memphis, Tenn.
K & K Interiors – Sandusky, Ohio
Katherine’s Collection – Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Lazy Susan USA – New York, N.Y.

Home Textiles
BHD Australia – Los Angeles, Calif.
Pine Cone Hill – Pittsfield, Mass.
Square Feathers – Austin, Texas
Villa Home Collection – Vernon, Calif.

Lighting Fixtures
Crystorama – Westbury, N.Y.
DVI – Concord, Ontario, Canada
Swarovski Lighting Business – Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Visual Comfort & Co. – Houston, Texas

Outdoor Living
Emissary Trading Company – Atlanta, Ga.
Jay Scotts Collection – Dania Beach, Fla.
Sunset West – Vista, Calif.
The HEN-FEATHERS Collection – Gladwyne, Pa.

Portable Lamps
26th & Soho – Amarillo, Texas
Arteriors Home – Carrollton, Texas
Couture – Marion, Ark.
Flambeau Lighting – Baton Rouge, La.

Arte Italica – Hicksville, N.Y.
Beatriz Ball Collection – Harvey, La.
TAG – Chicago, Ill.
The Royal Standard – Baton Rouge, La.

Wall Décor
Crestview Collection – Memphis, Tenn.
Leftbank Art – La Mirada, Calif.
Studio Artique – San Clemente, Calif.
Viz Glass – San Leandro, Calif.
Wendover Art Group – Clearwater, Fla.

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 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.