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Annual ART Conference heats up New Orleans

For three days last month, members of the Accessories Resource Team convened in New Orleans for the annual ART conference.
     The event featured seminars from noted celebrity designers John Gidding and Barry Dixon, as well as sessions on color trends, social media, time management, consumer shopping trends and more.
     The event also included a number of social events and peer networking opporunities, as well as a community service project to decorate four homes in the city's Ninth Ward, the area hard hit by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 (see story, page 68).
     International Market Centers was the Triple Diamond sponsor of the event. Other sponsors included other market centers and show organizers, vendors, home accents retailers, sales agencies and industry trade magazines, including Home Accents Today.

Barry DixonNoted interior designer Barry Dixon on “The Bespoke Process to the Individual Interior.”
John Gidding, host of HGTV’s Curb Appeal: The Block, talked about the importance of accessories in his designs.
John Gidding
David GebhartDavid Gebhart, Global Views, with Lynn Brandon, professor at the University of North Texas.
Janice Lassiter, Home Accents Today; Jamie Coward, MMPI; and Julie Messner, International Market Centers.
Janice Lassiter
Cody HutchesonCody Hutcheson, Codarus, and Susan Andrulis, Imax.
Sharon Davis, Accessories Resource Team, and Susan Andrulis, Imax.
Sharon Davis
Shannan Harris

Shannan Harris and Kathy Kelly, Moments on Main.

Carmen Herndon, Ballard Designs; Chris Hyun, Leftbank Art; and Karen Greaber, Americasmart.
Carmen Herndon
Mindy LowackMindy Lowack, left, and Lauren Henderson, both of Dallas Market Center, with Steve Crowder, Guildmaster.
Cody Hutcheson, Codarus, and Kellee Hollenback, Troy CSL Lighting.
Cody Hutcheson
Nicole BarnesNicole Barnes and Holly Heine, both of the Jericho Road Housing Initiative with Bill Fortson, BJ’s Home Accents.

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