Roger Thomas’ work showcased at art gallery

The work of Roger Thomas, executive vice president design for Wynn Design and Development, will be the focus of new exhibit at Heather James Fine Art in Palm Desert, Calif.

For the exclusive exhibit, Thomas will include limited editions of his furnishings and lighting, each created with hand drawings inspired by the 18th century French decorative arts that influence his work. Each edition is limited to five, with two artists proofs.

Some of the furnishings in the exhibit were created for the Architectural Digest Green Room at the 2010 Academy Awards. In addition the exhibition will include 12 hand-embroidered silk textiles and 12 pastel gestural drawings of architectural details on fine handmade paper.

For 30 years, Thomas has created unique and trendsetting environments for Steve Wynn’s resorts including the Bellagio, Wynn Las Vegas and Encore.

The exhibit, Roger Thomas: A Perfected World, opens Friday and continues through May 30. An opening reception is planned from 6-8 p.m., preceded by an artist talk with Thomas at 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Emily Friedman at

The gallery is located at 45188 Portola Ave.

History of flowers, floral tips topic of design center speaker

Paige Dixon, who served as the floral director at Wynn Las Vegas for six years, will be the guest speaker at the May 7 First Friday event for design professionals at Las Vegas Design Center.

Dixon, who now has her own company, Paige Dixon Designs, and is the exclusive design consultant for Wynn, will discuss the history of flowers and secrets of floral design. Her presentation will begin at 10 a.m.

Among the topics she’ll discuss are the healing power of flowers, the origins of floral design and the history of flowers .

“We use flowers on an everyday basis but we don’t really know the healing power of them and their history,” Dixon said .

As an artist, she is inspired by many things, especially French and English fashion magazines, which give her insight on color trends.

The seminar will be held in C-176 at World Market Center Las Vegas, 495 S. Grand Central Parkway. Reservations are requested and can be made by e-mailing rsvp@lvdesign

For additional information, e-mail LVDC@LVDesign or call 599-3093.

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