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Pens To Pillows: Creativity Drives Ho-Ho-Kus Craft Show

Fort Lee artist Barry Shiff with one of his ship paintings. He will be one of 75 artists at the 12th Annual Outdoor Craft Show at the historic Hermitage Museum Saturday.
Fort Lee artist Barry Shiff with one of his ship paintings. He will be one of 75 artists at the 12th Annual Outdoor Craft Show at the historic Hermitage Museum Saturday. Photo Credit: Facebook
A scene from last year's craft show at the Hermitage in Ho-Ho-Kus.
A scene from last year's craft show at the Hermitage in Ho-Ho-Kus. Photo Credit: Courtesy of PJ's Promotions
Wood pens by Andy Doyle of Haledon.
Wood pens by Andy Doyle of Haledon. Photo Credit: Courtesy of PJ's Promotions

HO-HO-KUS, N.J. — The 12th Annual Outdoor Craft Show at the historic Hermitage Museum in Ho-Ho-Kus on Saturday, Aug.13, introduces browsers and buyers to crafts that enhance their daily lives.

On the tree-shaded front lawn of the historic landmark, more than 75 artist exhibitors will display their wares.

Their handiwork ranges from gourmet pet treats to natural car fresheners, wooden pens to paintings, jeweled boxes to handmade pillows.

The $4 cost of admission for the juried event, which runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., benefits the Hermitage. Children under 12 are free.

The site features a Gothic Revival home where Aaron Burr, the third vice president of the U.S., met and married Theodosia Bartow Prevost.

The picturesque backdrop complements the work of the exhibitors.

Andy Coyle of Haledon uses at least 25 species of wood in his shop to make bowls, pens, bottle stoppers, and cutting boards. He’ll be selling them all.

“It’s refreshing to see people come through. You get to tell them about what you do,” he said. “Sometimes they talk to you about what they do.”

Coyle, a computer consultant, is moving more deeply into the wood business, which he considers a birthright. When he was 13, he and his father, a carpenter, built a house together.

His wife, Maureen Harris Coyle, will be selling her all-natural soaps, made with a four-ingredient recipe, and essential-oil car and room fresheners.

In the meantime, Barry Shiff of Fort Lee will sell, among other watercolor and oil paintings, a calendar of his paintings of local train stations.

A native of New England, Shiff also paints sailing ships, including clipper ships and frigates, World War II submarines, battleships, aircraft carriers, and more.

He also has rendered more than 400 historic places in New Jersey and New York, including, most recently, the Flatiron Building and Washington Square Park Arch.

“I find out so many interesting things about the past,” Shiff said, “that I love working in it.”

Other participating Bergen County artists include Rosalie Fischetti of Cliffside Park (mixed media); Helen Detko of Fair Lawn (florals); Jeff Barr of Saddle River (handmade aprons); Paul Karoyan of Waldwick (olive oils); Christine Cooks of Montvale (jewelry).

Also, Nancy Cerdas of Ridgefield Park (jewelry); Vicky Fallon of Ridgewood (gourmet pet treats); Carolyn Ironside of Ridgewood (quilts); Peter Dabal of Wyckoff (tie dye;, and Kristen Hertel of Franklin Lakes (jewelry).

From Passaic County are Denise Calderone of West Milford (florals); Sue Harris of Ringwood (jewelry); Sue Beck of Woodland Park (decoupage plates); and Mary Mahon of Hawthorne (pottery).

The event will be held, rain or shine, according to Pat Tita of PJ’s Promotions .

During the show, the Hermitage will be open for complimentary tours.

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