Whoopie pies, scary therapy among highlights of Morristown CraftMarket, through Oct. 21

Dena Baker of 'To the Queen's Taste' bakery of Newton, MA, at the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Dena Baker of 'To the Queen's Taste' bakery of Newton, MA, at the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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What do therapists do for therapy?

If you’re Shenna Shepard of Pepperell, MA, you make macabre art pieces from doll heads, tin containers and assorted bric a brac.

Creation of Shenna Shepard of Pepperell, MA, the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Creation of Shenna Shepard of Pepperell, MA, the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

“For me, it’s therapy, and maybe for people who come to my booth. They giggle and laugh. It brings a little lightness to life,” said Shepard, whose works are among the quirkiest for sale this weekend at the 42nd annual Morristown CraftMarket.

Some 160 artists from 25 states are featured in the juried show, which runs through Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, at the Morristown Armory. Proceeds benefit charities of the Kiwanis Club of Randolph

“Visually stimulating, that’s the effect we go for,” show Director Geoff Price said at Friday’s opening.

The taste buds aren’t overlooked, either. Price pointed us to Dena Baker of To the Queen’s Taste, a Newton, MA, specialty bakery that is one of 68 first-time exhibitors at the 2018 CraftMarket.

Baker, who studied music at Fairleigh Dickinson University, got her culinary start 30 years ago making Eccles cakes, currant-filled pastries banned by the Puritans in 1653. Her offerings now include the Big Ben (buttery brioche bread with chocolate covered ganache), North Country Apple Tarts and Wimbledon Strawberry Shortcake.

We sampled the Whoppie Goldberg Classic Whoopie Pie and the Coconut Snow Cream Macaroons. Both are to die for… which is to say, they are murder on dietary discipline. They melted this correspondent’s will to resist faster than you can say “Thank you, ma’am, may I try another?”

Slideshow photos by Kevin Coughlin; hover / click on image for captions:

Creation of Shenna Shepard of Pepperell, MA, the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Shenna Shepard of Pepperell, MA, the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Dena Baker of 'To the Queen's Taste' bakery of Newton, MA, with her whoopi pies at the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Sycamore art by Christopher Buonomo of Philadelphia, at the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Sculptor Christopher Buonomo of Philadelphia, at the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Copper art by Studio Yates of McDonough, NY, at the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Copper artist Elizabeth Yates of McDonough, NY, at the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
David Fernandez of Seagrove, NC, at the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
David Fernandez' ceramic putters, at the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Show Director Geoffrey Price clinks glasses with vendor Najda Adman of Centerport, L.I., at the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Jewelry designer Sharon Rosenthal of Philadelphia at the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Necklace beads by Sharon Rosenthal Design of Philadelphia at the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Creation of Shenna Shepard of Pepperell, MA, the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Artsy insects from Bennett Glass Art of Virginia, at the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Sally Rothchild Pottery of Mount Tremper, NY, at the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Shoppers Marion Filler of Morristown and Tjelda Van Der Meijden of Mendham peruse an art photo at the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Shopper Tjelda Van Der Meijden of Mendham and photographer Michael Chen of NYC at the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Photo-on-tile by David Stern of Brookline, MA, at the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
David Stern of Brookline, MA, specializes in photos on tile; at the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Guitar art by John Crutchfield of Richmond, VA, at the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Metallic artist John Crutchfield of Richmond, VA, at the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlinat the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Painted Paws by Alexandra Cech of North Wales, PA, at the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Alexandra Cech of Painted Paws at the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Claudia Nelson, organizer of silent auction to benefit neonatal intensive care unit at Morristown Medical Center, and show publicist Krista Coughlan, at the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Ceramics by Arey Artistry Studio of Amesbury, MA, at the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Ceramics by Arey Artistry Studio of Amesbury, MA, at the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Ceramics by Arey Artistry Studio of Amesbury, MA, at the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Shoppers Maxine and Emily Wolper of Morristown with their treasures, at the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Shopping trio: Beth Shirley of Chatham, center, is flanked by Maxine and Emily Wolper, at the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Mini-Madison Square Garden, by Pip's Parks of Churchville, PA, at the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Tom Pippet, right, of Pip's Parks, at the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Jeanella Mitchell, left, helps her mom, clothing designer Clara Applewhaite-Mitchell of Glen Ridge, at the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Clothing designer Clara Applewhaite-Mitchell of Glen Ridge, at the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlinat the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Mixed media work by Tomas Savrda of Kent, CT, at the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Dena Baker of 'To the Queen's Taste' bakery of Newton, MA, at the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Decorative metal art by Orami Inc. of Tamarac, FL, at the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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Another curious find was Pip’s Park. Tom Pippet of Churchville, PA, has created miniature models of virtually every stadium and arena in America except… Notre Dame Stadium.

“Notre Dame would be my No. 1 seller everywhere I go. But they have not granted us licensing rights,” lamented Pippet. Ah, where is the Gipper when you need him?

A few booths down, Christopher Buonomo of 13 Degree Studios in Philadelphia showed sculpted sycamores, maples and cherrywoods. He loves frightful forecasts–they mean more dead trees for his art.

“Nor’easters are the best,” he said.

Shoppers Maxine and Emily Wolper of Morristown with their treasures, at the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Shoppers Maxine and Emily Wolper of Morristown with their treasures, at the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Shoppers Maxine and Emily Wolper, a mother-daughter tandem from Morristown, appeared content with storm-proof, portable purchases.

Maxine found fingerless gloves from Functional Funware 4Ever of West New York. Emily bought a red clutch bag from Stephanie Bee of Matawan.

“We are crafts fair junkies,” confessed Maxine.

Emily likes the CraftMarket because “it’s a little more down-to-earth” than other shows. Plus, it supports community charities.

Shenna Shepard of Pepperell, MA, the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Shenna Shepard of Pepperell, MA, the 2018 Morristown Craftmarket. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

“And they have wine,” she said. Their friend Beth Shirley chimed in that she is awed by the vendors’ creativity.

“There are probably 36 jewelers here,” she said, “but nobody does the same thing. Everything’s different.”

Which brings us back to Shenna Shepard.

Does the Rutgers-trained psychologist decorate her office with her artistic creations?

“No! It might freak my patients out,” Shepard said. “Some might think they’re a little nightmarish.”

The 2018 Morristown CraftMarket continues from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday, Oct. 20, and from 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday, Oct. 21. Admission: $10, or $12 for the whole weekend. A silent auction benefits the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of Morristown Medical Center. The Armory is at 430 Western Ave. in Morris Township. Parking is free.

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