Musings from the Moonroom

Thoughts on Art, Inspiration, Creativity and Spirit

The American Craft Council Show Part 2


Here are 10 more artists from the ACC show with stunning work.

John Christopher Borrero:  John is a mixed media/found object artist.  He creates paintings, illustrations, and sculptures inspired by mythology, archeology, anthropology, and theology.

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Carol Owen:  Carol is a mixed media artist who creates altered books, spirit houses and shrines.  She is also the author of the book Crafting Personal Shrines.  I first discovered Carol’s work through her book and find it very inspiring.  It was wonderful to meet her and see her work up close.

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Virginia McKinney:  Virginia creates sculptures and vessels from earthenware clay and fabricated steel.  The idea of home or a dwelling is a recurring theme in her work, often being presented with quirky personalities.


Kimberly Willcox:  Kimberly creates what she calls “3-dimensional objectes from transformed materials.”  Many of her pieces are influenced by the human form.  Several of her sculptures are kinetic.  Please visit her web site to see her awesome work.

Laura Peery:  I first saw Laura’s work here in Boston at the Craft Boston show.  She makes these lovely decorative teapots from porcelain clay.


Christine Kaiser:  Christine describes her work as being created from “hardwork, decent tools, and time.”  Her mixed media pieces are fairytale-like and humorous.

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Christina Goodman:  Christina creates delicate handpainted minatures and jewelry.  She draws inspiration from landscapes by Giovanni Bellini, Lorenzo Lotto, Jan Van Eyck and utilizes 14th and 16th century gilding and painting techniques.


Reina Mia Brill:  I fell in love with Reina’s work when I first saw it on Polymer Clay Notes and it was a joy to see her work in-person.  Reina creates fantastic knitted wire sculptures that bring a smile to your face, followed by a giggle.  As Reina says, she “illustrates a world of childhood memories and experiences” from wire.

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Thomas Wargin:  Thomas is a sculpture whose pieces begin as sketches that are sculpted and then cast in bronze and aluminum.  Thomas says his work represents the merger of man into the modern world.  He draws inspiration from Michaelangeo, Da Vinci, and Picasso.



McNally Instruments:  Bob McNally “had a dream” that people would learn to play music on an instrument that anyone could play…even those with little musical training or ability.  Out of this dream was born The Strumstick, an instrument that reminded me of a guitar and a ukele.  Strumsticks incorporate a combination of diatronic scale and drone tuning.  I don’t completely understand what that means but when you play the Strumstick, it sounds really good!


Phew!  And those are only artists from half of the show.  If you ever have the opportunity to visit the ACC show, I encourage you to do so.  Wear a pair of comfy shoes and buy a bottle of water to stay hydrated.

I hope you are inspired by these artists.  I know I am.

3 thoughts on “The American Craft Council Show Part 2

  1. I’m totally overwhelmed by the creativity of these artists, and the inspiration I feel is almost crowded out by wondering how my mind could ever conceive these fantastic creations, let alone make them happen. I suppose one would need to start at a very basic and simple level and hope to build on that. I do feel I would like to do some mixed media something or other. I am inspired by artists who have a totally recognizable and consistent style. It must have been quite awe-inspiring to see the actual art.

  2. Amy, Thank you so much for sharing some of the wonderful work from artists who took part in the ACC show. I only managed to spend about 45 minutes there and I could have spent days. The artwork is so inspiring! I’m so glad you enjoyed Synergy as much as I did!

  3. Hi Brenda and Kim,

    The inspiration from seeing these artists is amazing. The show was quite a visual feast.

    I’m glad you enjoyed my review.


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