In 2008 I missed the Synergy banquet due to illness. I vowed that would not happen this time around. This final post features pictures taken on the night of the closing banquet.
Before we sat down for the keynote, dinner and the auction, everyone gathered for drinks, a book signing, and conversation.
Around 6:30 the doors opened to the “Mirror Room” for the final event.
Lisa Pavelka introduced the IPCA’s secret handshake:
On one side of the banquet room:
And the other side of the banquet room:
Alison Lee of Craftcast was our keynote speaker. Alison shared one of her favorite books, Mike and His Steam Shovel as a reminder to take on a challenge, to think creatively, and develop alternate solutions. (This also brought back memories of watching Captain Kangaroo and listening as he read this story.)
The banquet ended with Tracy Holmes leading a rousing auction of wonderful polymer artwork.
Synergy2 attracted over 175 attendees representing several countries including:
- The United States
- The United Kingdom
- The Netherlands
- The Czech Republic
New friendships were formed and old friendships were reestablished. Synergy2 truly represented its theme of Exploring Connections.
For more thoughts on Synergy2, visit these blogs:
Iris Misly at Polymeri Online
Janice Abarbanel at Exploring the Art of Polymer Clay
Susan Lumoto at Daily Art Muse