Meet the Furnishings and Home Decor Judges
Born, raised and currently residing in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Michelle Atkinson is an internationally recognized graphic designer with over 30 awards throughout her 15+ year career. A reputation for strategic thinking and practical design with a commitment to continued education, she is constantly adding to her skills which benefit her passion – art. A warm glass art practice influenced by the landscape of Western Canada is a growing enterprise where she creates award winning home decor as well as sculptural fine art.
Atkinson’s Impression Series glass bowls were a furnishings and home decor category winner in the 2019 Made in Alberta Awards.
Photograph courtesy of Michelle Atkinson
Dallas Gara is a geophysicist in the day and a passionate woodworker on evenings and weekends. He takes inspiration from woodworkers like Sam Maloof and Hal Taylor and does his best to build furniture that will last for decades using the most amazing wood he can find. He likes to build a lot of different pieces but his focus over the past five years has been sculpted chairs and rocking chairs. Gara loves to design new and interesting chairs that are both comfortable and beautiful.
Gara’s Sam Maloof-inspired rocking chair was a furnishings and home decor category winner in the 2019 Made in Alberta Awards.
Photograph courtesy of Dallas Gara