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August 2011  
IFDA Washington Chapter Newsletter
In This Issue
Resources 2011 Sign Up Before 9/2!
Avery Studios Tour
Ina Mae Kaplan Grant
From the President
We Would Like To Thank The Following Sponsors:  -----
Benjamin Moore & Co.
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Charles Luck Stone Center
HOME & DESIGN Magazine
Petro Design/Build
Salvations Architectural Furnishings 
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Welcome to Our August Newsletter!
Can you believe we are almost headed into the Fall season? It's amazing! As we wrap up summer and start thinking about fall, there are great events coming up in the next few weeks so be sure to read about Resources 2011, the Avery Studios Tour and the IFDA Symposium!  

Save Money: Register for Resources 2011 Before 9/2 For Best Pricing! 

Discount pricing for this great event has been extended for only a few days! Save the date for Tuesday, October 4th, from 12:00pm - 4:00pm. IFDA Washington is teaming up with Home & Design magazine for its annual Resources Tabletop Trade show, which will be held at Westwood Country Club. 


Event Highlights:

Tabletop exhibits, complimentary lunch from 12pm to 2pm, networking opportunities, a portfolio review by distinguished designers, book signings by Barry Dixon and Solis Betancourt and a door prize!


Click here for more information

Click here to register for Resources 2011 as an Exhibitor or an Attendee!


Event: Avery Studios Workshop Tour! 

Help us kick out the final heat of summer and enjoy an early harvest. Come and see the Old World European Workshop of Avery Studios on Wednesday, September 21st, from 3pm - 6pm. Observe the artisans at work in their craft while socializing and catching up with your peers.  

Avery Workshop
Avery Studios Workshop In Alexandria 

Feel free to bring other industry members, just be sure to RSVP through the Constant Contact invite, which will be coming soon!

Light Hors d'oeuvres will be provided.



100 South Early Street 

Alexandria, VA 22304-6311
(703) 823-3935


We look forward to seeing everyone soon!


Please contact Laura Fox at for additional questions.

Ina Mae Kaplan Grant Awarded 

The IFDA Education Foundation recently awarded its Ina Mae Kaplan Grant for Historic Preservation to Jeanne Blackburn and Virginia Jacobs McLaughlin.  

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Jeanne Blackburn, right, received the IFDA Ina Mae Kaplan Grant for Historic Preservation for her work toward publishing a book featuring the historic murals of Virginia McLaughlin, left.

Jeanne is VP of Communications for the DC Chapter and Regional Editor for Meredith Corporation - Better Homes and Gardens/ Traditional Home, et al. She is a magazine features writer who first interviewed Virginia over ten years ago, and has since written numerous features about her and her murals for national and regional publications. The grant will be used to fund Virginia's book which Jeanne is writing.


Virginia McLaughlin, whose business cards identify her as an itinerant painter, is a muralist whose talent and works have graced over 100 homes and public buildings since she began painting murals over 30 years ago.  Many are in private, historically significant homes but others can be seen in such public places as The Inn at Mt. Vernon, and The Silver Maple Restaurant in Braddock Heights, Maryland. Visit her website - and prepare to be inspired.

2011 IFDA Symposium Approaches!








Thursday, September 15 - Saturday, September 17

Sofitel Hotel

120 South 17th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103




From the President - Jackie Passaro

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WOW!  It's hard to believe that summer is coming to and end.  I hope you have all enjoyed the past couple of months and were able to take some time off from your busy schedules.  I plan to represent the Washington Chapter at the annual Council of President's Meeting on September 13 and 14 in Philadelphia and will also attend Symposium later during that same week.  I look forward to having plenty of great information to share with you upon my return. 

Respectfully Submitted,  

Jackie Passaro, President 

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