Commercial real estate mogul Charles S. Cohen made one of his regular visits to Houston from home base in Manhattan recently to host the Decorative Center Houston annual Spring Market. The day-into-evening fling was chock full of inspiring opportunities including book signings, lectures and new product presentations.
Interior Magazine's editorial director Michael Wollaeger kicked off the day with a panel discussion on interior design with headliners interior design guru Timothy Corrigan, interiors product designer Kyle Bunting and award-winnng interior designer Nina Magon.
Buzz of the day centered on the annual Stars of Design and Stars on the Rise awards program that saluted a number of local talents in several fields. Among those taking bows were Pamela Pierce and Ginger Barber for interior design, Dillon Kyle for architecture, Howard Sherman for art, Karen Sachar for photography, Lana Rigsby and Thomas Hull for graphic design, Gregory/Henry for landscape design and Elaine Turner for her handbag designs.
Early in the evening, activities turned more social as acclaimed West Coast photographer Nancy Ellison and her husband Bill Rolnick hosted the opening reception for her photographic exhibit "Altered Egos." The exhibition features more than 100 intimate, empathetic photographs of leading Hollywood stars and will be on open to the public through August. The show will benefit M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Checking out the photography exhibition were Bill Stubbs, Ginger Barber, Valentina Ovalle, Mary Grace Gray, Scott Boyd, Dean Giuffre and Catherine Brooks Giuffre, Sheri O'Leary, Leo Jaimes, Patrick Bell, Kelli and Eddy Blanton, Jennifer Burgess Loh, Sharmeen Maresdia and Ginger Barber.