ACC Show and Synergy Wrapup

There were over 700 artist vendors participating in the ACC Show at the Baltimore Convention Center a couple of weeks ago. Since we were a little pressed for time because we were meeting friends for dinner, we walked the show in an hour and fifteen minutes. There were so many beautiful art pieces that caught my eye but I could only stop and savor a few.


Carol Owen creates “Spirit Houses” from all sorts of ephemera and mixed media. “My Spirit Houses are shrines to family memories. They make sacred those shards of the past that have made us what we are.” I found myself so drawn to these little shrines, wanting to open the doors and peer inside. In our dreams, the house can be a symbol for ourselves and each room a different aspect of who we are. So, I think I loved her work so much because it reminded me of my dreams. I love this quote from her website:

“Every spirit builds itself a house, and beyond its house, a world, and beyond its world, a heaven. Know then that a world exists for you.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson


Karen Smith creates jewelry combining fiber, stones and metal. I found myself very drawn to her work because it reminded me of ancient tribal pieces. It spoke to something very deep within as I gazed upon the rich weavings encasing gorgeous stones. I was so disappointed to see that she doesn’t have a website or a blog because I wanted to read more about her work. I am so intrigued by the idea of incorporating fiber into jewelry pieces.


Kimberly Willcox makes the most amazing sculptures, as described on her business postcard “A Contemporary Spin on Primitive Form”. She shares with us: “My goal is to create a unique art form that shares a seamless integration between the world and the human spirit.”

I think that she accomplishes her goal quite wonderfully. Her sculptures seems to incorporate all sorts of materials including but not limited to wood and metal. I wonder what she uses to sculpt her faces.

To see the work of more ACC artists, you can read my friend, Amy’s, account here.

So, that concludes my account of all of my experiences at the 2008 Synergy Conference.

A huge thank you to all of the fabulous artists who worked so hard to make this event come true!

7 comments on “ACC Show and Synergy Wrapup

  1. Frivolitea says:

    I absolutely love the work of Carol Owen. I took a workshop with her and have since made several small “shrines” of my own. Thank you for sharing the lovely image of her work and drawing your reader’s attention to this talented artist.

  2. artandtea says:

    Oh, you’re welcome! How wonderful that you had the opportunity to have taken a workshop with Carol. I loved her work.
    Have you posted the photos of your shrines on your blog? I’m going to look!

  3. Frivolitea says:

    Hi! Send me your email address and I will email you photos of my Carol Owen inspired shrines! My email address is noted on my blog. Best to you!

  4. Dora says:

    Thanks, Karen, for the ‘tour’ of the AAC show ! You featured the work of some terrific artists…

  5. artandtea says:

    You’re welcome Dora!

  6. I so wished that I was able to go to the Synergy Conference and AAC show. I hope they are planning another one for next year so that I can go. Thank you very much for sharing, between you and the others that have posted on Synergy, I at least have a feel for what transpired there.

    Cindy Lietz
    “I learned by making mistakes… Now you don`t have to.”

  7. artandtea says:

    Thanks Cindy. I believe there are plans for a Synergy 2010. Hope to see you there!

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