The Decorative Arts Society (DARTS), a Newport Beach-based charitable organization dedicated to art appreciation and supporting local nonprofits primarily benefiting women, families, and children in need, announced its 2022-23 presentation series.
Featuring a lineup of renowned interior designers and writers, the annual speaker series returns to Regal Edwards Big Newport this fall.
Free for DARTS members, $75 for non-members.
“We are excited about this season’s speaker series, which will bring a range of respected art and interior design experts to the community,” said DARTS President Madeline Hayward. “These inspiring speakers Known nationally and internationally for their style, design and the books they write, we look forward to hearing their stories and insights.”
DARTS membership fees help fund their grants program, which has given more than $3.6 million to Orange County women, families and children’s charities since its inception 25 years ago.
DARTS recently announced a $275,000 donation to Orange County nonprofits.
DARTS 2022-23 Speaker Series:
Tuesday, October 11: Philip Mitchell
Philip Mitchell is known as a master of modern minimalism. Known for his enthusiasm and energy, Mitchell’s approach to design is contemporary with a unique, casually elegant, layered style. His almost encyclopedic knowledge of design, architecture, art, textiles and historical references makes for an unforgettable journey for clients around the world as they collaborate on projects of any size.
Mitchell has twice been named one of the Top 100 Designers in the World by the Andrew Martin Awards and has been named one of the Top 25 Designers by House & Home Magazine in a row. His passion for restoration has been recognized by numerous historic preservation awards, and he has twice been invited to the Kips Bay Decorator Show House.
Mitchell’s work has been acclaimed in magazines, newspapers, books, and the web, including Veranda, Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and more. He founded his own design firm in 2002 and now has offices in New York City, Toronto and the East Coast of Canada.
Tuesday, November 8: Suzanne Tucker
Suzanne Tucker is recognized as one of America’s leading interior designers. Tucker is known for his personal approach, enduring style, attention to detail, and passion for architecture and decorative arts. She believes that through thoughtful design and timeless architectural authenticity, we can enrich and enhance our quality of life.
Architectural Digest has repeatedly honored Tucker on the AD100 Top Designers list, and she is listed on the Elle Décor A-list and Luxe Gold List. Working under the legendary Michael Taylor and often referred to as his protégé, she and her husband/partner Timothy F. Marks founded Tucker & Marks in 1986. Suzanne Tucker Home launched her line of textiles, tabletops and homewares in 2010.
She has published two books and a third, Suzanne Tucker – Extraordinary Interiors, will be published this fall. Tucker has won several awards over the years and in 2020 received a Doctor of Humanities degree from the University College of the Arts.
Tucker is a board member of the Hearst Castle Conservation Foundation and the Garden Conservation Society’s West Coast Committee.
Tuesday, February 14: Lisa Fine
Lisa Fine, a former contributing editor at Elle Décor and House Beautiful, is an internationally acclaimed textile designer specializing in hand-printed linens. Influenced by her extensive travels and particular passion for Indian and Eastern cultures, Fine produces a range of exotic and traditional designs. Her coveted designs have been adopted by many of the world’s leading interior designers.
Fine has launched three India-inspired collections: her eponymous textile collection; Irving & Fine, a fashion label in collaboration with Carolina Irving; and Langham & Fine Rugs, her limited-edition dhurries with Richard Keith Langham.
She is also the author of Near and Far, which showcases her homes in New York, Dallas, and Paris, as well as many other designers and fashion icons. For as long as she can remember, Fine has been passionate about colors, patterns, old-world vibes and exotic elements that ignite the romance of far-flung lands.
“I love beautiful, layered rooms that draw you in and make you want to stay,” she says. “As a little girl in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, my favorite activity was touring homes. I’m not a decorator, but I’ve always been obsessed with decorating my own home.” Professional training would be irrelevant. Fine has an innate talent for doing everything she does in ways that cannot be taught.
Tuesday, March 14: Francis Schultz
Frances Schultz is a writer and artist turned certified Martha Baker Wayfinder life coach and master coach during the pandemic. An aficionado of decor and design, food and entertainment, travel and fashion, Schultz conducts creative and personal development workshops and retreats at her homes in California and around the world. Her mission is to bring light to the world and guide others to do the same in any way that brings meaning, purpose and joy.
Schultz is the author of several books, including “The Story of the Bee Hut – How I Murdered and Decorated My Way Back to Happiness” and “California Cooking and Southern Style.” She is also a West Coast contributing editor for Flower Magazine and a contributor to Balcony Magazine. Schultz has also written for Beautiful Home, The Wall Street Journal, Town & Country, and more. She was the host of the award-winning cable show Gift of Southern Living for six years and was named one of the 2019 Sharon Neil’s 100 Top Party Hosts in the Country.
Tuesday, April 11: Aldous Bertram
Aldous Bertram is an artist, illustrator, author and interior designer living in Charleston, South Carolina. His interior designs have been featured in Beautiful Homes and other design publications. He received a Ph.D. From the University of Cambridge, specializing in the historical influence of China on British garden design and architecture.
An art historian and artist, Bertram has long been drawn to Chinoiserie, a term for Western art and design inspired by a largely fictional vision of China. Marco Polo’s sensational account of his 13th-century visits to the exotic East sparked a fascination with China that reached a fever pitch in the 18th century and continues to this day. Bertram’s book Dragon and Pagoda: A Celebration of Chinoiserie is a nod to his appreciation for this design style.
Founded in 1995, the Decorative Arts Society is a membership organization that provides an annual lecture series by renowned national and international experts in the decorative arts, including interior design, architecture, landscape, fashion and other arts. Through subscriptions, donations and other fundraising efforts, the Decorative Arts Society provides grants to Orange County charities serving women, children and families.
For more information on the Decorative Arts Society, membership opportunities and speaker series tickets, visit www.decorativeartssociety.net.