Artisan Fair

BYRAM. Local artists had a venue for their handcrafts last weekend in an event designed to spotlight local, handmade art.

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  • Patricia Mueller of Lake Hopatcong demonstrates spinning Cotswold sheep wool into yarn at the Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council's Artisan Fair, held Saturday, May 25, 2019 at the Byram Township Fire Department. (Photos by Mandy Coriston)

  • Anna Lock (L) with her daughter Monika and sister-in-law Katie Lock sell Anna's handcrafted candles at the Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council's Artisan Fair, held at the Byram Township Fire Department on Saturday, May 25, 2019. 

By Mandy Coriston

The Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council (SCAHC) served as a venue for local painters, jewelry-makers, chandlers and more to display and sell their handcrafts at the SCAHC’s inaugural Artisan and Craft Fair held Saturday, May 25, at the Byram Township Fire Department (BTFD).

SCAHC’s Andrea Moore coordinated the event, which featured artists from northern New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. There was also music, pet adoptions by Gateway Regional Rescue, and tarot card readings from Kendra Khawaja of Channeling Insight.

Moore was grateful to the BTFD for their support for the event, which she said was designed to put the spotlight on handmade art.

“Everything for sale in this room was handcrafted and created by the seller,” Moore said, “We wanted to give all kinds artists a stage to show off their work. And the fire department was really gracious in helping up set up the space. Right here on 206 is a great location.”

Anna Lock of Glowing Embers Candles was selling her wares with an extra purpose. Her long-time friend, 29-year-old Katelyn Breiner, recently suffered a brain aneurysm, and Lock is putting a portion of the proceeds of her sales towards aneurysm research.

“I wanted to come out today and be with other artists and crafters, and hopefully be able to raise a little money, too, Lock said.

Moore said the Artisan Fair was a great way to make handcrafted art available to the public, and they’ll be holding another event in October. The SCAHC has plenty of other activities and workshops coming up this summer, including their annual Skylands Juried Art Exhibit and hands-on classes on painting, crafting, and flower arranging. Yoga classes will also be starting soon. The SCAHC Gallery in Newton is open to the public, and they’re always welcoming new members. Information on all upcoming events can be found at

“We’re really trying to expand the variety of our programming,” Moore said, “We want to offer classes and exhibits for all kinds of interests.”

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