HOPEWELL: Local artisans to showcase their wares this weekend

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Liza Lina Schuck

By Lea Kahn, Staff Writer
More than three dozen artists and artisans – from the makers of handmade soap and handcrafted teas to photographers, jewelry designers and sculptors – will display their wares on Seminary Avenue in Hopewell Borough at the second annual Handmade Hopewell Makers Street Fair, set for May 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Beth Judge, who organized the inaugural event last year with Jen Ghannam, said the street fair was so successful that they decided to do it again. Both women have shops on Seminary Avenue, which runs between East Broad Street and Columbia Avenue., “It’s a whole warm, fuzzy Hopewell Borough thing,” Judge said of the street fair., The Handmade Hopewell Makers Street Fair is a juried show, which means artists and artisans are invited to apply, Judge said. The applications are reviewed, and those who are accepted are invited to participate. Those who have been accepted are professional artists, she said., “The focus is on high quality work. There will be a nice balance of painters, sculptors, makers of fabric arts, jewelry designers and other crafts people,” Judge said., The artists and artisans will display their items underneath tents on Seminary Avenue, which will be closed to cars for the day, she said. There will be live music, but no food vendors, she said. There are restaurants nearby., Some of the business owners, such as herself and Ghannam, will open their shops and studios to fair-goers, she said. Judge is a jewelry designer and Ghannam has a store that specializes in toys. Both women live in Hopewell Borough., Among the arts on display will be custom signs made from discarded license plates, signs and furniture from reclaimed wood, glass art, place mats and floor cloths, as well as handmade soap, and handmade sauces, compound butters and dressings.