By Sydia Bell

The American Craft Council Show (ACC) is returning to the Cobb Galleria Centre from March 15-17 for its 23rd annual Atlanta Show. More than 240 of the country’s top will exhibit and sell one-of-a-kind jewelry, clothing, furniture and home decor.

The three-day event, which draws nearly 10,000 visitors, is an opportunity for collectors and craft enthusiasts alike to meet, explore and become inspired by the best in the industry.

This year, the ACC is showcasing the work of four Intowners as they collaborate to transform a blank 10 x 10 white space that reflects the designers’ vision while integrating pre-selected craft piece in the Make Room: Modern Design meets Craft Show. The team includes Michel Boyd, owner of SmithBoyd Interiors, Grant Park resident Bryan Russell and Ormewood Park resident Staffan Svenson with Dencity, and Downtown resident Katherine Dunatov with TVS Interiors (all pictured).

In addition, woodworker Stephen Evans and textile artist Karen Tunnell both make their debuts at the largest juried events of its kind in the Southeast. Evans, a Castleberry Hill resident, was influenced by his mother, an antique dealer, began his career restoring furniture before deciding to build his own. Created largely of reclaimed urban timber commonly found in historic Atlanta neighborhoods, Evans says the ACC is allowing him to “re-discover his creative drive.”

Midtown artist Karen Tunnell will show off her quilts, which have been exhibited across the country. “Being apart of the ACC is as good as it gets,” she says. After devoting herself to crafting full-time over the past five years, Tunnell is excited about displaying some of her most recent work. Influenced by the developing urban communities in Atlanta, Tunnell’s pieces make statements about environmental issues and healthy lifestyles.

The ACC Show takes place Friday, March 15 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 16, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, March 17, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular on-site admission is $13 for one day, $20 for a 3-day pass, with a special Friday evening admission of $5 after 5 p.m. Parking is also free at the Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Cobb Galleria Parkway.

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Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.