(Las Vegas) – Tuesday, January 22, 2013 – A juried collection of handmade and one-of-a-kind works by more than 15 Las Vegas artists and designers will be showcased, and offered for sale, in a special “18b” temporary installation at the winter GIFT+HOME at Las Vegas Market, January 28 - February 1, 2013.
This first-of-its-kind partnership between International Market Centers (IMC) and 18b, a non-profit association representing the Las Vegas Arts District community of artists, designers, and makers, will be presented in a 2,500 square foot showroom at Las Vegas Market, alongside a dynamic collection of home décor suppliers on C3.
“Las Vegas is well-known for gaming and other attractions, but the city also has a vibrant community of artists and designers,” said Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift & Home Décor, International Market Centers (IMC). “We are delighted to partner with 18b to showcase local talents.”
A wide variety of art, sculptures, custom furnishings and boutique items will be offered for sale during the market. Participating artists include Alios Lighting; Assemblage Studios, Eric Strain; Brett Wesley Gallery, Brett Wesley; CoLab, Amy Finchem; Hayley Hunter, Hayley Hunter; Inside Style, Jill Abelman; Retro Vegas, Bill Johnson; Todd VonBastiaans & ByanMcCormick; Trifecta, Marty Walsh; and Vexed by Design, Marlene Reid.
“Las Vegas is so much more than neon lights,” said Marc Abelman, president of 18b. “Discover what the locals already know—the soul of the Las Vegas community can be found in the 18b Arts District.”
Arising from the original 18 blocks designated as the Las Vegas Arts District, the 18b Las Vegas Arts District Neighborhood Association serves to encourage the creative development of artists and designers. The neighborhood, which is a pedestrian-oriented community located in historic downtown Las Vegas approximately half a mile from the World Market Center Las Vegas, is home to an eclectic mix of galleries, boutiques, working studios and creative design space. The neighborhood is bordered by Commerce Street, Hoover Avenue, 4th Street, Las Vegas Boulevard and Colorado Avenue.
GIFT+HOME at Las Vegas Market is a leading gift and home décor marketplace in the western U.S., presenting 800+ gift and home décor resources in an unrivaled market destination. Las Vegas Market features thousands of furniture, gift and home décor lines allowing for cross-category commerce among the gift, furniture, home décor and accessory industries. The Winter 2013 Las Vegas Market runs January 28-February 1, 2013, at the World Market Center. For more information, visit GiftandHomeLV.com.
About Las Vegas Market and International Market Centers, L.P. Las Vegas Market is an international furnishings showcase that combines style, inspiration and productivity in an unrivaled, world-class destination. Situated on World Market Center Las Vegas’ state-of-the-art campus, Las Vegas Market features a comprehensive array of new product from thousands of leading manufacturers and lines in furniture, mattress, lighting, decorative accessories, floor coverings, home textiles and more—delivering Today’s Total Marketplace. Retailers and designers can shop product offerings from trend-setters in all home furnishings categories as well as benefit from complimentary educational, networking and hospitality events. With two markets each year, Las Vegas Market is the only major home furnishings market in the western U.S. offering a unique cross-section of suppliers and buyers spanning the home furnishings, décor and gift industries. For more information, visit www.lasvegasmarket.com.Find us on Facebook and Twitter.
World Market Center Las Vegas is a property of International Market Centers, L.P. (IMC), the world’s largest operator of premier showroom space for the furnishings, home décor and gift industries. International Market Centers owns and operates 11.5 million square feet of world-class exhibition space in High Point, N.C. and Las Vegas. IMC’s mission is to build and operate an innovative, sustainable, profitable and scalable platform for the furnishings, home décor and gift industries. For more information on IMC, visit www.imcenters.com.