WHEATONARTS FESTIVAL OF FINE CRAFT – A SHOW FOR THE COLLECTOR, ART ENTHUSIAST, DISCERNING SHOPPER AND HOLIDAY GIFT GIVER
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MILLVILLE, NJ – The WheatonArts Festival of Fine Craft offers two days of an art and shopping experience for the entire family. Show-goers can expect to see over 130 artists, including Joyce McCullough, who will present and sell traditional and contemporary works. The event features veteran artists as well as artists never before seen at the Festival plus interactive craft experiences, live music, hands-on family activities, the popular “Glass Pumpkin Patch,” a variety of concessions, and, new this year, a Beer and Wine Garden (beer provided by Flying Fish Brewery Company, Somerdale, NJ, and wine by Auburn Road Vineyard and Winery, Pilesgrove, NJ.)
The diversity of work ranges from studio glass, jewelry, wearables, painting, photography, furniture, home décor pieces, to functional and sculptural work in ceramics, glass, metal, wood and mixed media.
■ Daniel and Kate Johnston (wheel-thrown pottery), Seagrove, NC. (Kate served as a WheatonArts volunteer in 2002. In 2004 she earned an internship with WheatonArts resident potter, Terry Plasket.)
■ Pauletta Berger, Handwovens By Pauletta (weaving), Vineland, NJ
■ Robert Broschart (woodturning), Petersburg, NJ
■ Allan Feinberg, Art In Coin (coin jewelry), Highland Park, NJ
■ David Field, Field Musical Instruments, Haddonfield, NJ
■ Doug Starry, Starry's Woodshop (chair caning), Gettysburg, PA
■ Alex Alessi and Carmel Verrastro, Alessi & Verrastro Painted Silk (painting on silk), Leeds Point, NJ
■ Jim Sharpless (mold making), Millville, NJ
■ Marie Wuelfing, Fused Glass and Bead Jewelry (flameworking), Clarksboro, NJ
■ Amy Blevins, Bead and Glass Boutique (Bead Weaving), Pitman, NJ
■ Dr. Sam Moyer, Ph.D, “Jersey Jerry Broomsquire,” Mt. Laurel, NJ
■ WheatonArts Volunteer Glassblowers
■ The Third Star Fibre Artists Guild from Salem, NJ
Three hands-on opportunities (additional fees apply) will be offered: Make Your Own Basket with Mary May; Paint Your Own Silk Scarf with Ebru Rich Silk Designs; and Aluminum Casting Scratch Mold Workshop with Steve Morse of Sea Robin Studio.
Family hands-on activities take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. They are: Scarecrow Construction; Paper Beads;Faux Stained Fall Leaves; Day of the Dead Masks; Felt Jack-O-Lanterns; Beaded Spiders; and Sidewalk Chalk.
Musical entertainment both days from noon to 4 p.m. by PackageGoods Orchestra, a music group from Galloway Township, NJ, and The Cheat Mountain Boys, a dulcimer musicians group.
In addition, visitors can sample and purchase a wide choice ofaward-winning premium and ultra-premium wines from Balić Winery in Mays Landing, NJ. East End Foodies from Suffern, NY, will offer gourmet balsamic vinegars and specialty flavored olive oils.
Hundreds of glass pumpkins in all shapes, colors and sizes will be available for purchase in the “Glass Pumpkin Patch” located across from the Glass Studio.
During the Festival visitors have the opportunity to visit the Museum of American Glass, Glass, Pottery, Paper and Flameworking Studios and Museum Stores. The Glass Studio artists will conduct special demonstrations at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. both days.
Food enthusiasts can choose from kettle corn, Italian specialties, barbeque, seafood, grilled items, salads, and gourmet desserts. The Sweets Suite Bake Shoppe Café, on site at WheatonArts, offers made-to-order sandwiches, salads, beverages and baked goods.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, rain or shine. The Festival is included in the price of admission to WheatonArts. $10.00 Adults, $9.00 Senior Adults and $7.00 Students. Children five and under are free.
Festival Special: Ticket good for both days with “Tomorrow Pass” which is available upon request. Free parking.
Learn more about the event, the participating artists by medium and hands-on activities, at http://www.wheatonarts.org/calendar/2014/fest. For more information about WheatonArts, visit wheatonarts.org or call 800-998-4552 or 856-825-6800.
WheatonArts strives to ensure the accessibility of its exhibitions, events and programs to all persons with disabilities. Provide two weeks notice for additional needs. Patrons with hearing and speech disabilities may contact WheatonArts through the New Jersey Relay Service (TRS) 800-852-7899 or by dialing 711.
Funding has been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, New Jersey Cultural Trust, and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. WheatonArts receives general operating support from the New Jersey Historical Commission, Division of Cultural Affairs in the New Jersey Department of State. Additional funding provided through a grant from the New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism.