Marion Junction artist Laura Spencer arranges a display of her handmade soaps and lotions on a table at Sturdivant Hall Friday afternoon in advance of next weekend's Artisans' Fair.
Marion Junction artist Laura Spencer arranges a display of her handmade soaps and lotions on a table at Sturdivant Hall Friday afternoon in advance of next weekend's Artisans' Fair. -- Jay Sowers

Sturdivant Hall prepares for annual Artisans’ Fair

Published 12:35am Saturday, November 23, 2013

One week before the annual Artisans’ Fair, preparations are well underway at Selma’s historic Sturdivant Hall.

Mary Hansell, director at Sturdivant Hall was working Friday getting everything in order for the event, which will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, but she made sure to make time and get a first look at some of the works made by local artists.

“I just walked into the front room to see some of the pottery and soaps, and there are several things I have not seen before,” Hansell said. “I just love the homemade stuff like this, and there is just so much talent here in Selma.”

This is the third year Sturdivant Hall, which was completed in 1856 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, will be hosting the event.

Marion Junction resident Laura Spencer will be selling some of her homemade goats milk soaps, lotion and other all-natural skincare products, and was setting up her display in one of the front rooms Friday.

Spencer said she is looking forward to the annual showcase of local artistic talents.

“I’ve been here all three years, and I just love it here,” Spencer said. “This is my favorite place I go throughout the year.”

Other local artists will be displaying and selling a wide-range of crafts including jewelry, music boxes, doll clothes and doll beds, carved Christmas trees and snowmen, as well as drawings and paintings.

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