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Maplewood & South Orange Bustled with Holiday Boutiques

There were scores of activities going on in South Orange, Maplewood and environs Sunday — including several holiday shows featuring one-of-a-kind local art, handcrafted and vintage items.

More than 40 local artists, crafters and collectors set up camp at Maplewood’s The Woodland for the Studio B-sponsored “Bizarre Bazaar,” where a large, enthusiastic crowd browsed a selection of handmade jewelry, fine art, textiles, handbags, handmade clothing, paper goods, vintage finds, home décor and more.

Also on hand was the ever-charming Abominable Snowman, who was offering his handsome mug for selfies at just $5 a pop (proceeds went to Studio B). The Able Baker provided coffee and scones for the merchants, while Cedar Ridge Cafe & Bakery sold yummy Frito Pies (Fritos topped with chili, for the uninitiated –don’t knock it ’til you try it), delectable chocolate peppermint cookies, and hot cocoa.

Studio B co-founder Marcy Thompson said business had been brisk throughout the day.

Over in South Orange, the Friends of the South Orange Library hosted a holiday gift sale featuring the work of local artisans. The sale filled the main floor with arts, crafts and treats for all. The Friends sponsored the holiday sale, and each vendor returned a portion of the proceeds to the library.

Back in Maplewood, Springfield Avenue’s 1978 Arts Center was the site of BANG IX: A Small Artworks Exhibition and Sale, presenting small scale original artwork by over 40 local and regional artists, affordably priced for collecting and gifting. The sale continues next weekend.

“There were lots of sales and a few new artists that are just starting out and are selling well,” said gallery administrator Joy Yagid. Artists include Peggy Excell, Chrissy McIntyre and Louis Toledo. “There are many blank spaces on the walls – but don’t worry,” said Yagid. “The artists are bringing in more work” for Wednesday (11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.) and this coming weekend from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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