The COVID-19 pandemic has upended nearly every aspect of our lives since the start of 2020. Now, more than two years after the first cases arrived in New Jersey, the Haddonfield Crafts and Fine Art Festival is set to return for its 28th year.
The free two-day event drew more than 100,000 visitors to Kings Highway in Haddonfield each summer, and while it’s hard to say what impact the pandemic hiatus has had on the festival, residents of Haddonfield and art lovers making the trip next weekend can expect quite a large crowd.
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Sponsored by Subaru, the Haddonfield Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 9 and from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 10. Catch over 200 art vendors along Kings Highway between Washington Avenue and Haddon Avenue along Tanner Street for Euclid Avenue and Kings Court.
Artists from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia and Maryland will exhibit a wide range of works including ceramics, glass, jewelry, wood, fiber, paper, drawings, paintings, photography and wearable art.
Haddonfield town center will be transformed into a wide festival corridor, with outdoor cafes and performers’ tents all weekend.
Although a full list of art vendors is listed here by The Partnership for Haddonfield, here is a small selection of artists who will be featured at the weekend festival.
• SheCre8s (Sewell, New Jersey): SheCre8s turns silverware into jewelry and other crafts. Started in South Jersey by Barb Thompson, the business is continued by her daughter and son-in-law.
• Creative capes (Elkton, Maryland): Holly Hagan founded Creative Capes to encourage self-esteem in children. Her personalized capes are personalized with initials for children and adults.
• Oba-Gami Origami Housee (Marlton, New Jersey): Handcrafted origami as home decor and wearable jewelry made by Saya Winkler, who moved to New Jersey from Japan 20 years ago.
• Metallic Art Graphics (Richmond, Virginia): Graphics on metal using photographic image transfers.
• Supernatural (East Hampton, New York): Jewelry made with sustainable materials, including citrus peels, seeds and nuts harvested from the Amazon rainforest.
• Beneficial candles (Harrison, New York): Handmade candles that give back to cancer research
• Wire people here (Plymouth, PA): Wire sculptures of divers, hikers, pets, and more
In addition to the art festival, sponsor activities include the Adopt-a-Pet Station with Misfit Angels in partnership with Subaru of Cherry Hill, Haddonfield Farmer’s Market, a cookie contest with Downtown Cookies, and children’s activities. You can view a map and brochure of this year’s festival by clicking here.