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Publish Date: 25-Mar-2012

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Dallas – March 2012 – In July 2010, The Fairmont Dallas launched its Artist-in-Residence program in collaboration with Bryan Embry, Director of Ross Akard Gallery in the hopes of fostering arts education and supporting talented local artists and designers. In 2012, the Artist in Residence program was expanded to encompass the tenure of Ms. Isabel Varela, the program’s inaugural Designer-in-Residence. In honor of her three-month residency, The Fairmont Dallas and Ross Akard Gallery will host a closing reception on Thursday, March 29th from 7-10 p.m. at Ross Akard Gallery. Varela will unveil an illustration of a special gift for the hotel commemorating her residency – a custom suit for The Fairmont Dallas’ concierge, which will reflect classic yet modern style with Varela’s signature architectural references. Designs from her 2012 Fall/Winter IZAVEL collection will also be on display at the reception.
Throughout her three-month residency, Varela has been working in an on-site glass-front design studio while creating her debut collection IZAVEL. “My residency has been an extraordinary experience,” said Varela. “I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work in my own professional design studio and to raise awareness of the IZAVEL collection.”
WHAT:  Celebration of Isabel Varela’s three-month tenure as the Artist in Residence program’s inaugural Designer in Residence and unveiling of a preview a custom suit for The Fairmont Dallas’ concierge. Champagne and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
WHO:  The Fairmont Dallas’ Inaugural Designer in Residence, Isabel Varela
WHERE:  Ross Akard Gallery (Located on the lobby level of The Fairmont Dallas) 1717 N. Akard, Dallas, Texas 75201
WHEN:  Thursday, March 29, 2012 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

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