Last year’s inaugural Handmade Hopewell Makers Street Fair was so successful, organizers Beth Judge and Jennifer Ghannam are bringing it back for a second year.
Artists and artisans will be hoping for sunshine as they line Seminary Avenue on May 7 to display their wares. Judge, of Beth Ann Designs, and Ghannam, of Sticks and Stones Toys, both have shops on Seminary Avenue.
“We wanted something in particular on our street, just to bring people to discover more about the town,” Ghannam told the Hopewell Express last year. “We love handmade stuff and Hopewell’s so full of crafty and artsy people. While you don’t have to be from Hopewell to be a part of the fair, we have such a pool of talent that we can bring in down here.”
More than 40 booths will be set up for the fair offering a wide variety of goods, making this year’s bigger than last. Those expected to take part include Saadia Abbasi of Glass Temptation, Hollis Bauer of Hollis Jewelry Design, Michael Bender of State Plate Signs and Susan Bishop of Sun River Arts jewelry.
Marissa Bunting of Marissa Blossom, Maria Cartwright of 222 Creations, Erin and Chris Csernica of Mount Lebanon Soap Company and Edye Dumhart of Edy’s Naturals have also taken booths for the fair. So have Jonathan Fisk of Bearded Goat Fine Foods, Dar James of Dar’s World painting, Dan and Kaitlin Kassel of Hopewell Creative Arts Studio and Leah Kaspar Knoll of Urban Flea upcycled furniture and accessories.
Jonathan and Julia Kielar of Tree of Life Honey, painter Sara Kornbluh, Nelly Kouzmina of Feltinelli wearable fiber art and Meghan Lynch of Urban Flea furniture and accessories are expected to take part, as are Jessica Mueller of Source Elements Designs jewelry and Emily Muschinske of Emily Muschinske Design and Illustration. Marla Nierenberg Hanan of Blue Lotus Family Wellness will be on hand selling handcrafted teas.
Lindsay Norlen of Snorlen Workshop rope baskets, photographer Cydney Perske, ceramic artist Debbie Reichard and Ellie Rock of Little Satsuma zakka-style children’s crafts will be there, as will Rebecca Rodriguez of Dirtsa Studio handmade home goods, Julie Rosenthale of JRose Works encaustics, Tiffany Ruocco of Sorella Scents aromatherapy products and Maggie Schreiter of Squishy Things.
Others set to participate include Janice Schroeder of Occasions Paperie ceramics and paper cards, Liza Lina Schuck of Bala Doci jewelry, Melissa Schulz of Melissa Schulz Creative jewelry, Chris Schuster of Burton Bungalow sculpture and Sally and Ric Stang of Stang Work wood-turned vessels and pressed botanical collage.
Rounding out the fair will be painter Nancy Stark of Filling Station Studios, book- and boxmaker Mindy Trost of Carta Books, signmaker Truestar Urian of Truestar Designs, fiber artist Janneke Van der Ree, photographer Sharon Vecchiarelli, basketmaker Shana Weber of Wild Rabbit Sweetgrass and painter Ellie Wyeth.
Handmade Hopewell is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. The event is free to attend and will take place rain or shine.
More information is available at handmadehopewell.com.