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Design Fair 2011 kicks off this Wednesday with a free lecture!
Lawndale Art Center

March, 2011

4912 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002 | 713.528.5858 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              713.528.5858      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Lawndale Art Center Newsletter
Monday, March 28, 2011

In This Issue
Design Fair 2011
Design Fair Events
Dealers & Designers
Sponsor Design Fair


Preview Party
tickets on
sale now!
preview party

Click here for details and to pre-purchase tickets!

Thanks to Our Generous Sponsors 


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Support Lawndale

Lawndale Art Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and relies on individual donations and memberships, along with government and foundation grants to support annual exhibitions and programming.


More Ways to Support Lawndale

A percentage of your purchases at both Kroger's and Randall's grocery stores can be designated to go to Lawndale. If you are a Kroger shopper, download the Kroger Neighbor to Neighbor Program letter and bring it with you on your next shopping trip. Randall's shoppers, link your Randall's Card to #11622.

Design Fair 2011  

March 30 - April 3, 2011


Design Fair 2011 features vintage modern objects of the 20th century as well as cutting edge contemporary design. The best in design for furniture, glass, ceramics, lighting, books, metalwork and fashion will be for sale to collectors and enthusiasts alike.

An exciting feature in 2011 is the expanded The Texas Co-Op, curated by UH Art Collection Curator and artist, Michael Guidry who brings his unique perspective to Texas design. The Co-Op is an excellent way to experience, learn and collect the newest Texas design.

Honorary Chair: Internationally recognized and award winning interior architect, Lauren Rottet, FAIA, IIDA

Chairs: Eleanor L. Williams, Adam Gibson and Vernon Caldera

Curator: Michael Guidry

Design Fair Events  

Free Lecture
Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 6:30PM
at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Brown Auditorium

James Zemaitis - Inspiring Design: 20th and 21st Century Design Masterworks, Rarities and Oddities, from Tiffany Studio to Studio Job

When it comes to the auction market for design, not all masterworks are created equal. Why is one Noguchi stool worth $100,000 and another Saarinen stool worth $10? Join Sotheby's James Zemaitis as he discusses issues of provenance, rarity and the fluctuations of the market using case studies ranging from American mid-century modern to the evolving contemporary design market.

Free lecture presented in partnership with The MFAH Design Council at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Please R.S.V.P. at or 713-528-5858 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              713-528-5858      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.


Preview Party
Friday, April 1, 2011, 6 - 9PM

Preview Party Chairs: Saba Jawda and Sarah Jawda

$60 per person for Lawndale members
$75 for non-members
(includes admission throughout weekend)

Attire: Contemporary Cocktail
Featuring: DJ MIKE C and Smith Opticians' Photobooth

Shop early for the best modern and contemporary design at Lawndale Art Center. Sip on cool libations and nibble on tasty treats amongst the finest selection of furniture, glass, ceramics, lighting, books, metalwork and fashion. You won't want to miss this chance to pickup your next treasure.

Purchase your Design Fair Preview Party tickets today
(members please call 713-528-5858 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              713-528-5858      end_of_the_skype_highlighting for discounted rate)

Catherine Anspon
Narguess Arjomand
Adriana Banks
Kristy Junco Bradshaw
Randall Davis
Courtnay Elias
Nick Espinosa
Alton LaDay
Apama Mackey
Federico Bauder Mantellini
Carlos Meltzer
Paula Murphy
Samira Salman
Claudia Solis
Annina Stefanneli
Laura Umansky


Fair Days

Saturday & Sunday, April 2 & 3, 2011, 10AM - 5PM

General Admission : $5

Shop among a special selection of vintage modern objects of the 20th century, as well as cutting edge contemporary design.  Specialist dealers will offer furniture, glass, ceramics, lighting, books, metalwork and fashion for sale to collectors and enthusiasts alike.


Special Exhibition
April 1 - 3

Lawndale is proud to present the work of University of Houston's Industrial Design Program during Design Fair 2011. Two featured designs will be on display by the students. RAW Collective and esq design group will showcase their inventive and multifunctional seating designs. 

Designers & Dealers 

Dealers & Designers
Dealers interested in participating in this year's market, please email or call 713.528.5858 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              713.528.5858      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

Carol Piper Rugs
CrOp by David Peck
Coronation Vintage
Don Browne
Exquisite Corpse, Booksellers
Mecox Gardens
Michael Wilson
Morgan Elizabeth Designs
Peter Glassford
Smith Opticians
Sunset Settings / Carolyn Brewer

David Tsai
Gertrude Barnstone
Jawda and Jawda Inc.
Left Brain Right Brain Design/ Vernon Caldera
The Local Paper
Myan Duong
plodes studio/John Paul & Roya Plauché
Robertson Design


Selven O'Keef Jarmon
Be the first to pick-up a one-of-a-kind, hand decorated t-shirt designed exclusively for Lawndale Art Center by Selven. All sales benefit Lawndale.

Frank Fuzzy Paris
Signage throughout Lawndale was generously donated by Frank Fuzzy Paris.

Sponsor Design Fair 2011 

Design Fair has become a favorite event and one of Lawndale's most important annual fundraisers. Funds raised for this event help underwrite the cost of Lawndale's free public programs. These include exhibitions throughout the year, educational outreach and the Lawndale Artist Studio Program.

To find out more about making a donation to this year's event, please download our Donor Packet or contact us at 713.528.5858 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              713.528.5858      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or by email at

Sponsors (names as of March 28, 2011):


Bruce Eames
David R. Graham / Felvis Foundation
Scott R. Sparvero

GE Foundation
Martha Gurwit & Dave Snyder
Ann Harithas
Diana Hudson & Lee Kaplan

Central Market
Jeareann Chaney
Aida Araissi Phillips
Judy Sauer
H. Irving Schweppe Jr. M.D.
Smith Opticians

Heather Brown & Hank Segelke
Minnette & Peter Boesel
Bill & Romayne Cox
Natalie Davis
G Gallery
George and Mary Hawkins
M. Ford & Associates, Inc
Gundi McCandless
ph Design Shop
Supreme Value
Eleanor L. Williams
Katherine and Mark Yzaguirre

Cindi Strauss and Chris Ballou
Michelle & Brandon Blossman
Nancy Illback Cook
Michael Dale
Rob Greenstein
Kerry Inman
MKG Art Management, LLC
Kathleen McAlpine
H. Russell Pitman
Annina Stefanelli
Mary Ross Taylor
Cynthia Toles
Laura & Michael Umansky
Jayme Cox & Freddy Warner 

Black Hole Coffee House
Catering by Culinaire
Dripping Springs Texas Vodka
Frank Fuzzy Paris
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Selven O'Keef Jarmon
PaperCity Magazine
Rottet Studio
Saint Arnold Brewing Company


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