On the macro level, what struck me was the prevalence of three elements: color, size and surprise.
Bold colors were everywhere, pushed to the absolute maximum, even in materials such as ceramics which normally feature more muted colors. Here's Fred Stodder's teapot.
Size leaned toward BIG with many 6, 7, or 8 foot pieces in some of the galleries. This echoed what I've been hearing, that big, expensive pieces are selling better than moderately priced and sized works. Of course, I don't know what will wind up selling at this show but the big pieces were definitely dramatic. Here is one 6'x4' piece by Red Wolf that was particularly beautiful and dramatic. The way he layers color together gives this almost colorless piece great depth and warmth.
Surprise came in a lot of ways ... blending of process such as the ceramic collages offered by Sara Post to the painting on recycled materials offered by South African Fortune Sitole but my favorite was Kue King who blurred the line between making art and being art. Kue combines the soft fragility of feathers with hard, twisted metal wire to form whimsical trees that wave in a gentle breeze. But Kue is himself a work of art, unique and engaging.