Trick-or-Treat and interactive performances for families from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Rain or Shine). Find out why this event has quickly become a local family tradition! Trick-or-Treat in your Halloween costume at WheatonArts. Children will have a chance to meet and take pictures with traditional costumed characters, such as the Mummy, the Grymm Witches, the too-tall scarecrow and many others. Throughout the grounds, actors will perform an eclectic mix of short skits capturing the Halloween season.

This event is scare-free and family friendly. Admission is FREE! Part of WheatonArts Family Days! Presented by PNC Arts Alive!

HalloWheaton is part of “Customer Appreciation Week.” WheatonArts Museum Stores say “Thank You!” to our customers between Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, November 4, 2018.

In case of inclement weather trick or treating and shows will be inside the Event Center.

The Flowers of Legend: A Night of Chinese Huangmei Opera, Qipao Dance & Fashion Show

Held in the WheatonArts Event Center, this dynamic performance features the XiaoFang Huangmei Arts Academy and is designed to present a combination of Chinese singing styles, dances, and instrumental music. The program includes Huangmei Opera episodes and singing dialogues, a traditional costume show, an interactive Qipao dance performance, and traditional instrumental music, including a solo on Erhu (Chinese two-string fiddle) of the famous “Tears of the River.” Attendees are invited to participate in the dance and costume show. Visit wheatonarts.org for early discount tickets!

20th Annual Festival of Fine Craft

The 20th Annual Festival of Fine Craft takes place at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center on October 6 and 7, 2018, rain or shine. This event features the work of 150 juried, contemporary and traditional artists. Throughout the WheatonArts campus, artists working in clay, fiber, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed medium, wearable art, wood, and more will display and sell their work. Attendees can interact with demonstrating artists working in a variety of mediums, listen to live music, relax in the Beer & Wine Garden, and enjoy refreshments from gourmet food trucks. The crowd-favorite “WheatonArts Glass Pumpkin Patch” will be displayed in the center of WheatonArts’ campus. Hands-on family art activities will be available both days from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Festival of Fine Craft is included with General Admission to WheatonArts. Visit http://www.wheatonarts.org/calendar-eventon/festival-of-fine-craft/ for more information and event updates.

Transformations & Reflections: Chinese Paper Cuts

This exhibition in the Down Jersey Folklife Center at WheatonArts features the paper cuts, paper cut collage works and an installation created by the internationally celebrated Chinese artist, Xin Song. Many of her paper cut collages, installations and public works are presented in both China and the US, including Beijing, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. Reflections on cultural heritage and the challenges of present-day life; the search for new answers to old questions and new understandings of old wisdom are all intertwined in Song's creative exploration of cultural meanings, human values and universal connections.

Exhibition Opening Reception on Friday, October 12, at 5:30 p.m. Live demonstration by the exhibiting artist Xin Song, along with a Chinese musical performance by Qin Qian on Erhu (Chinese Two-String Fiddle) and Kurt Jung on Yangchin (Chinese Hammered Dulcimer).

New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship Awards in Visual Arts Exhibition

This exhibit showcases the visual artists who received Fellowships in 2016, 2017 and 2018 from The New Jersey State Council on the Arts in the areas of painting, works on paper, media, interdisciplinary performance, sculpture, crafts and photography.
Artist Opening Reception on Saturday, August 25, 2018 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in The Gallery of Fine Craft at WheatonArts.
The New Jersey State Council on the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship Showcase is a co-sponsored project of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center.

Exhibition Celebration & Family Activity Day

Join us as we celebrate our new exhibition, "Symbiotic Spheres: The Interlocking Worlds of Glass, Science and Art". The afternoon will be filled with hands-on activities that encourage creative learning, informal gallery talks by exhibiting artists, and a special curator’s tour giving a behind-the-scenes look at how the exhibition and artworks were created. Located in the Museum of American Glass at WheatonArts. Free with admission.

East Lynne Theater Company presents ON THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET

“Hey Big Spender,” and “I’m in the Mood for Love” are just two of many popular songs with lyrics written by the incomparable Dorothy Fields. The award-winning Equity professional East Lynne Theater Company is presenting a world premiere musical revue, "On the Sunny Side of the Street," the title taken from another Field's hit.

The idea for this exciting production celebrating Dorothy Fields came from Charles Gilbert, who arranged the luscious tunes and is accompanying the cast of four. He headed the Musical Theater Program at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia from its inception in 1990 until 2008 and served from 2008 to 2013 as Director of the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts at UArts. He is a two-time Barrymore Award nominee for his music direction at the Arden Theater.
Another Barrymore Award nominee, Karen Cleighton, is the choreographer. She currently teaches at Chartertech High School for The Performing Arts in Somers Point, NJ.

The director is Gayle Stahlhuth, who has produced over 100 shows since becoming ELTC’s artistic director in 1999.

The exceptional cast-of four includes Joilet F. Harris, Scott Harrison, Annemarie Rosano, and Melissa Zimmerman. Harris had the recurring role of Detective Massey in "The Wire." Harrison has performed in a variety of regional theaters in shows including "Cabaret." Rosano is a founding member of "America's Sweethearts," an ensemble specializing in musical vintage entertainment. Zimmerman’s television appearances include "Royal Pains."

During her almost 50-year career, Dorothy Fields wrote lyrics for more than 400 songs, worked on 15 Broadway musicals, and almost 30 Hollywood films. Her film music with Jerome Kern included them winning the Academy Award for Best Song in 1936 for “The Way You Look Tonight” from Swing Time.

Please note that the location is THE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF CAPE MAY, 500 HUGHES ST., CAPE MAY, NJ 08204.  New York is listed as the location because there is no listing for anywhere in the state of NJ.

Symbiotic Spheres: The Interlocking Worlds of Glass, Science and Art

This expansive exhibition, curated by Brooklyn artist Benjamin Wright, features over 20 contemporary artists whose work is inspired by science. The artwork on display will allow visitors to explore the role of creativity endemic to both science and art, while showcasing glass as a medium that provides a challenge to their perceived divide. At every turn, glass materially magnifies, distorts and illuminates our transdisciplinary world of wonder. Located in the Museum of American Glass at WheatonArts, Symbiotic Spheres is open through December 30, 2018.

Beauty Beyond Nature: The Glass Art of Paul Stankard

This exhibition, organized by the Robert M. Minkoff Foundation and guest curated by Andrew Page for the Robert M. Minkoff Foundation, celebrates the botanical sculptures of an American master, artist Paul Stankard. Stankard’s accomplishments come to life in this remarkable exhibition drawn from the definitive collection of Robert Minkoff, showcasing Stankard’s evolution and major developments from his first attempts at a paperweight to his most complex assemblages. Located in the Museum of American Glass at WheatonArts, Beauty Beyond Nature is open through December 30, 2018.

South Jersey Artists Draw Attention to Social Issues

Tyrone Hart pulled back the sliding-glass door to his balcony to reveal a clear view of the ocean, joking about his million-dollar view.

His Atlantic City apartment doubles as his studio and private gallery of the self-taught artist’s work.

But in spite of the view, Hart’s work is far from seascapes and picturesque scenes of the Jersey Shore. On one wall hangs a naked Eve, and another painting depicts a black man bound with the American flag — the latter painting being featured in his exhibit, “Urban Justice & Urban Life,” at the Noyes Arts Garage.

Hart, whose work appeared on the cover of the book “The Northside: African Americans and the Creation of Atlantic City” by “Boardwalk Empire” author Nelson Johnson, said he uses his art to discuss justice in America, race relations and the black experience past and present. The artist said he strives for the wow factor and even had one man approach him in tears during a show.

“He says, ‘Tyrone, you are a master. I feel everything in that painting you’re trying to tell me right now. That’s why I’m crying,’” he said. “From that, I knew right then my work was important — is important — because if I can strike one person, change your attitude toward me or my race, then I’ve done something. That’s what I stand for as an artist.”

Art isn’t just about personal expression for many artists who place activism at its core. Their work becomes a vehicle for telling stories about social issues.

A visiting international poet at Stockton University, Ahkil Katyal, said poetry can capture “the malaise, the disease of the times.”

Katyal, a professor of literature at Shiv Nadar University in India, has been writing for 10 years and is active in India’s LGBT community. Katyal is influenced by a city’s political climate, even writing a poem in his hotel following the U.S. presidential election.

Katyal, who held a three-week residency at Murphy Writing at Stockton University through the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, traveled to several cities across the United States.

“In India currently, there’s a deeply misogynist, homophobic and Islamophobic government in place. There’s nowhere in which you can be an active poet, writing and living in Delhi, without responding to that dispensation,” he said. “Even if it’s an extremely personal subject matter, even if it’s about love and loss and pain and beauty, it will, in one way or another, respond to precisely the structures you find around yourself.”

Kelley Prevard, 27, of Atlantic City, said her art became her “voice to speak about the issues” that were important to her.

“I try to challenge longstanding beliefs of gender, beauty and race in our society,” said Prevard, who recently won first place at the Economic Inequality Art Exhibit for her new piece, “Patterns of Oppression.”

Prevard has received praise for her work depicting such issues, but she’s also received pushback. But such discomfort, Prevard said, spurs change.

“I think that is the main part of using art for activism — you’ve got to be unafraid to make people too uncomfortable,” she said. “It forces us to take a look at it. I love that art has the ability to penetrate the soul of people. Sometimes words won’t do it. You can turn the page or turn the TV off.”

Photographer Nick Rayment, a 28-year-old Barnegat Township resident, would be hard-pressed to disagree.

“I think now, the problem is everyone is so busy. People don’t have the time, they don’t put the time aside to sit down and read,” he said. “I think if you can capture their eye with something interesting, it’ll cause them to stop.”

Rayment has spent several years giving a deeply personal glimpse into the lives of his family following his 21-year-old brother Zach’s cystic fibrosis diagnosis. Rayment, who said he was always geared toward street photography and even did a series covering the closing of casinos in Atlantic City, began snapping away when his brother was diagnosed in 2010.

Catching private moments of his brother’s breathing treatments and visits to the hospital, Rayment said he realized the project could be something powerful. But there was a delicate line he wanted to balance between art and advocacy.

“I wanted to advocate for it, but I didn’t want it to look like a commercial for a medication. This is my relationship with my brother who happens to have cystic fibrosis,” he said. “It’s one of the things that every so often I go back to it, I sit and write about it, and say, ‘OK, what direction is it going in?’ So it’s closely guarded, in a way.”

Rayment and Prevard said expressing themselves can be cathartic.

“Through my artwork, I’m trying to heal myself, and I hope that in my attempt to heal and understand the world I live in that it’ll connect to other people and it’ll heal other people,” Prevard said.

Christina Jackson, an assistant professor of sociology at Stockton, said she has been dealing with the idea of art and activism from both an academic point of view and through community art projects.

Jackson, who has worked with youth in Philadelphia on various art projects, said her research is influenced by the works of W.E.B. Du Bois, which has informed the way she looks at art and activism, such as its potential “to have transformative effects,” as well as its ability to “contest and challenge the social order.”

Although the arts can be used to reflect on the social issues that exist in our communities, Jackson said it can go much further.

“I think it’s also used as a way to challenge the way we connect with each other in a particular community around a particular topic and really getting at things that are maybe difficult to talk about. So in a sense, I think it’s more than reflection but a community-building tool,” she said.


Madison Russ, Staff Writer
Press of Atlantic City