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New Hope Gallery and Print Shop moves in

DAVID CAMPBELL



The New Hope Gallery and Print Shop has been open since March at 20 S. Main St., New Hope. Steve Honchar moved the business from Stockton, N.J., and added an art gallery to the space.

Steve Honchar has a little longer commute now from his Stockton, N.J., home, where he ran Large Format Digital Printing of New Jersey for about five years.

It’s not like his new commute is burdensome, though.

“I’ve been better than expected,” said Steve Honchar, who thrust open the doors to the New Hope Gallery and Print Shop at 20 S. Main St. (downstairs), New Hope, on March 1. “Moving to New Hope was a fabulous choice for a million [reasons]. I’m closer to my customers, first of all. My artists are typically in New Hope and Lambertville, N.J. They don’t have to drive up to Stockton now.”

Honchar added an art gallery to the printing business in New Hope.

“Our motto is, ‘We’re not your typical art gallery,’ ” he said. “We’re not a gallery with white walls and a few paintings in here and things like that. We like to have various artists in the location and really promote the artists and have a good time while we’re doing that.”

Honchar brings in a new artist every two months. New York artist Keng Lau’s work is permanently exhibited in Honchar’s space. Lau, one of the gallery’s partners, is known for his 3D art and his work is considered Blue Chip Art. His work can be seen in only three galleries.

Rotating artists rent the space from Honchar. A reception is held for each artist.

The New Hope Gallery and Print Shop is also home to pieces of sculpture and stained glass.

On the fine art printing side, Honchar utilizes one of the company’s five printers based out of Randolph, N.J., to process requests. Honchar claims he can print on just about anything: “Wood, metal, glass, you name it. And the difference between what I do and what other people do is I print directly on those materials.”

“I decided after 30 years of packaging that I wanted to be a printer,” Honchar said. “My friend was working selling printers. I saw it, I fell in love with it and taught myself the whole business.”

Honchar said he outgrew the space in Stockton and began searching for a larger location. He wanted something in New Hope or Lambertville.

“As soon as I walked in,” Honchar said, “I just felt the energy in this room and said, ‘This is gonna work for me. It’s gonna be a good place.’ ”

Customers have evidently found Honchar.

“The printing business is growing fabulously down here,” Honchar said, “and on top of that, I’m selling art, which is fun.
“People love it from the standpoint that they can buy art,” he continued, “and then once they discover that they can print their iPhone photos on all these different things, I gain printing business, as well.”

The business may not be in Honchar’s backyard any longer, but he has no complaints.

“My commute went from a 30-second walk down the hill to, ‘Ah, I have to drive now five minutes down the road,’ ” he laughed.

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