Artisans, allies gear up for decorative concrete demonstrations, exhibits

The Concrete Decor Show, September 25-29 at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center in San Diego, will feature decorative concrete workshops and seminars by leading industry authorities, plus a three-day trade show with indoor or outdoor displays and demonstrations.

The Bannister Family House work will include a two-part workshop, “From Concept to Completion: Bas-relief Public Mural,” during which Studio by Cindee Lundin integrates concrete with texturing, sculpting, coloring and design techniques. Participants will help apply, color, texture and carve

As part of the event, a nonprofit organization is selected to receive a makeover, complements of show organizer, Concrete Decor magazine and Eugene, Ore.-based ProTrade Publications. This year’s recipient is the Bannister Family House, which provides a home-like environment for people with family members in long-term or critical care at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center. Improvements will include a built-in barbecue, carved concrete rock features, and a decorative concrete patio complete with a stained tree of life-like design and inlaid LithoMosaic. San Diego-based architect Amanda Conahan and flatwork ace T.B. Penick & Sons have created the Bannister Family House conceptual concrete designs.

In addition to concrete-centric classes and displays, the Paint Decor Annex will feature exhibits, demonstrations and workshops devoted to decorative painting and faux finishing techniques for floors, furniture, walls or ceilings. Coatings professionals and concrete artisans can take advantage of classes sponsored by the International Decorative Artisans League to improve their skills and discover new products. ProTrade Publications, 877/935-8906;