Tuesday, September 6, 2011


Dallas - August 31, 2011 -

District, a creative neighborhood host to world-renouned museums and performance halls located in the heart of downtown Dallas. And to Bryan Embry, Owner and Director of the Ross-Akard Gallery inside the Fairmont, it only  made sense to tackle a redesign of the hotels' famous Arts District Suite. Bryan approached the hotel with a vision to spotlight the immense creative talents that Dallas has to offer. Bryan brought in artist and designer, Nicole Cullum Horn of Modern Relics to collaborate on the redesign of the suite. The Fairmont Dallas stands alone as the only premier hotel in the Artse. "In designing the Arts District Suite, our goal was to capture the essence of the city and the spirit of the Dallas art scene," said Bryan Embry, owner of the Ross Akard Gallery. "We wanted to create a space that reflects the vision and diverse range of talent that we see in the arts district today ."  "It was critical to us to bring in the feeling of home and luxury for our guests. We wanted them to feel like they stepped off the plane and into a friends home; better yet a friends home with an amazing art collection and keen eye for design." -Nicole Cullum Horn
Every piece in the suite was designed and made by Dallas artists.  Drawing from both the Fairmont's Artist in Residency program, (founded by Embry which hosts regional and national artists who reside in the hotel to work in an onsite studio for a three-month period) and hand-selected creative professionals, each piece has it's own story steeped in Dallas culture. The unique décor of the Arts District Suite pairs modern elegance with rare vintage treasures, including a 1930s-era sofa, and  repurposed red oak hardwood floors. Special pieces by former Artists-in-Residence include a custom headboard and coffee table by Sean Springer, a metal installation by George Fowler, as well as work from MK and Hugo and Zach Saucedo. The suite also features works by Erik Glissmann of Measured Improvements, Gary Buckner of Stash Design, Julie McCullough Kim of Make & Made and IndieGenius, and Erica Felicella of Erica Felicella Photography. The collection of art in the suite will be changed twice a year in order to accommodate new pieces from future artists who participate in the Artist-in-Residence program, including current artist Hobbes Vincent.  

Guests who reserve the Arts District Suite are invited to peruse a special commemorative book detailing the history of the suite's featured artists, artwork and furniture. Accommodation in the suite will also be offered as a part of the Arts Immersion Package, which offers a weekend experience of art education and culture.For more information about the Arts District Suite or to book the Arts Immersion Package, please visit www.fairmont.com/dallas.
About The Fairmont Dallas
Located at 1717 N. Akard, The Fairmont Dallas is situated in the heart of the Downtown Dallas Arts District, just steps from fine dining, shopping, arts and entertainment. The hotel's 545 elegant guest rooms and luxury suites combine hospitality, comfort and that special Texas flair for an unrivaled experience.  Fairmont Gold, an exclusive lifestyle experience, is designed to fulfill the needs of the discerning business executive and leisure traveler, with many of the comforts of home and more. The Fairmont Dallas hotel can accommodate your lodging needs for business or leisure, grand events, weddings, conferences, or intimate meetings. For more information about The Fairmont Dallas, visit www.fairmont.com/dallas.

About Bryan Embry:
Bryan Embry is the owner of Dallas Arts District's first art gallery in over three decades. Born and raised in Dallas, Bryan dedicates his gallery to the promotion of regional, national and international artists.  Bryan co-founded the Fairmont Dallas' Artist in residence program which features artists of multiple disciplines in quarterly rotation. The residency provides guests a rare opportunity to view artists at work in the Fairmont Studio located on the O level of the hotel.  Bryan dedicates his time to organizations that foster social awareness and promote environmental issues through fine art including Art & Advocacy, Taste of Nations, and TEDxSMU, among others.Please contact him at bryan@rossakard.com or www.rossakard.com
About Nicole Cullum Horn:
Nicole Cullum Horn is a visual artist and entrepreneur, devoted to contemporary design, painting, and sculpture.  In 2009 Nicole founded Modern Relics, a  marriage of her artistic skill and passion for the up-cycle and re-use movement.  Modern Relics specializes in transforming new or used furniture into stunning custom showpieces.  Nicole brings over five years experience in high-end design coupled with a BFA in painting from the University of Kansas.   Her fledgling company has helped designers, homeowners, and commercial companies across the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex create artisan designed pieces that accentuate any project. In addition to curating the Magnolia Gallery since 2006 she is affiliated with La Reunion TX, Art Conspiracy, Better Block, bigBANG! TX, and the Ross-Akard Gallery, among others.
Nicole is passionate about great furniture and believes that a gorgeous finish combined with artisan design can give the owner a whole new sense of enjoyment. If you have a project in mind, please email her at ModernRelicsDallas@gmail.com or visit her website at www.ModernRelics.net.

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