The 12th Set Decorators Society of America luncheon was held March 6, 2005 at L.A.’s Skirball Cultural Center. Tim Colohan, chair of the board, opened with welcoming remarks, and introduced Daryn-Reid Goodall, president of the SDSA.Prior to the luncheon was a reception, during which, in an upstairs room, a silent art auction showcased many SDSA members’ original art and sculptures.This event honored Marvin March, with production designer Albert Brenner presenting the seasoned set decorator with a lifetime achievement award. Highlighting the presentation was a montage of Marvin March’s exemplary work in the craft of set decorating showing clips from his career that included the 1960s television series Star Trek, feature films Mame, Silver Streak, Ghostbusters, The Presidio, Peggy Sue Got Married, The General’s Daughter and numerous others.One of the highlights of the luncheon was an outstanding video history of set decoration narrated by actor Bill Paxton, who was once a set decorator himself. The voiceover accompanied a fascinating array of cinematic snippets showing contributions of clever, complimentary set decorating and the art department’s creative genius impacting film history.The new board members announced at the 2005 SDSA luncheon were as follows: Joe Armetta, Joanne Baker, Ellen Brill, Mae Brunken, Tim Colohan, Donald Elmblad, Julieanne Getman, Daryn-Reid Goodall, Peter Gurskie, Michele Harding-Hollie, Jason Howard, Mark Johnson, Jerie Kelter, Brenda Meyers-Ballard, Jan Pascale, Natalie Pope, Laura Richarz, Hilton Rosemarin, Robinson Royce, Ann Shea, David Smith, Shirley Starks, Tara Stephenson and Kate Sullivan.
Written by April MacIntyre