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Exhibitors, attendees return to Atlanta for DECOR expo

Exhibitors, attendees return to Atlanta for DECOR expo – The Scene

ATLANTA–DECOR expo returned to Atlanta in September for the first time since 2000 due to the post-9/11 cancellation of last year’s show. Officials have deemed the 2002 edition a success and said the show broke exhibitor and attendance records. All told, more than 11,300 buyers visited 688 exhibitors, up from the 644 companies that had signed up for the 2001 show. The exhibitors this year took up 1,904 booths, an increase from the 1,440 booths reserved for the 2001 show.

“We were thrilled that so many exhibitors took their booths to the next level, raising the bar in terms of presentation and promotions,” said Eric Smith, vice president of the art and framing group at Pfingsten Publishing.

Highlights of the show included a Meet the Artists party on opening night; an industry breakfast featuring Thomas Krens, director of the Guggenheim Museums Worldwide; the well-attended educational seminars of EdExpo; and the first-ever Showcase Frameshop & Gallery, featuring art, framing equipment and supplies and staffed by industry professionals. Off-site were several exciting industry events, including a party at Deljou Fine Art celebrating the company’s state-of-the-art new headquarters, a reception celebrating the 25th anniversary of Bruce McGaw Graphics and a party celebrating the centennial of Crescent Cardboard. The show also featured meetings of the Art and Framing Council, the Art Publisher’s Association and the newly formed Art Copyright Coalition.

Overall, exhibitors reported satisfaction with the show. John Chester of Wild Apple said he noticed more cautious buyer this year but was impressed by the layout of the show and the creativity of the exhibitors. “It was a good show,” he said. “I thought it was well done and quite attractive–the industry has continued to grow up. I think the mood reflects a certain caution in the overall economy. But people were upbeat, and there was a lot of creativity and new products out there.”

DECOR Expo Atlanta 2003 is scheduled for Sept. 5 to 7 at a new state-of-the-art hall at the Georgia World Congress Center.

1 Marc Segal, Jeff Schiffman and John Cavanagh of Animated Animations

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2 Collectors Editors featured live-action painters in the booth to celebrate the launch of the new Disney Art Collection

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3 Partygoers joined Nancy and Bruce McGraw to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Bruce McGaw Graphics at a reception at the Ritz.

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4 Artist Magie Le and Michael taha of Atlas Publishing in Palm Desert, Calif., were first-time DECOR expo exhibitors.

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5 Dan Lou and artist Cao Yong Editions present his latest print “Freedom,” commemorating the heroes of Sept. 11.

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6 John Chester participated in a colourful magic act as part of the launch of Wild Apple’s new “Art is Magic” campaign.

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7 Alan Blazer of Blazing Editions and Newly signed artist Pat Lambrecht-Hould present her new giclees.

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8 Thomas Arvid, with his son Jimmy, takes a break from painting live for exhibitors.

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