Maplewood has claimed well-earned bragging rights for its beautiful downtown, and amazing shops and restaurants. Now, this distinctly artistic town has another thing to be excited about: 40 of the most talented local artists, crafters and collectors will gather on December 3 at the Studio B Holiday Bizarre Bazaar.
Chosen from nearly 100 applicants, the artists chosen for the Bazaar this year will bring their handmade jewelry, fine art, sewn and knitted textiles, paper goods, amazing vintage finds, tutus for kids, holiday delights, eclectic evening bags, home décor, handmade clothing and a thousand things beyond description. The only thing that all of these items have in common? They are all 100 percent unique.
“This is a chance to see the work of our incredible local artists, and – even better – to take it home with you,” says Jenny Turner Hall, Studio B co-founder and Honcho. “This event is our way of celebrating the work of so many creative people.”
Studio B, a local non-profit organization that focuses on local artists, is known for producing standing-room-only, high caliber events. The Holiday Bizarre Bazaar was started five years ago as a way to engage local visual artists with a wider audience. “Every year, we’re amazed at how many applications we receive. There are more working talented artists and crafters here than we ever dreamed,” says Marcy Thompson, Studio B’s other Honcho.
The sale has become a favorite county-wide, bringing in an ever-growing audience – including many residents from Montclair and beyond. Both Turner Hall and Thompson encourage shoppers to spend the day in Maplewood, and make stops at all of this community’s one-of-a-kind stores. “This sale is one stop on a fantastic day of shopping and eating in Maplewood – everyone should come out and see what the fuss is about.” Says Turner Hall.
Back again this year is the loveable Abominable Snowman, who will gladly let you snap a selfie with him on his Woodland throne – for just a $5 donation to Studio B. The Bizarre Bazaar is made possible through the generous sponsorship of the Maplewood Department of Cultural Affairs.
The Holiday Bizarre Bazaar
Sunday, December 3, 10am-4pm
The Woodland (60 Woodland Road)