Festival of Fine Craft

The 21st annual Festival of Fine Craft takes place at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center on October 5 & 6, 2019, rain or shine! This event, sponsored by Avalon Flooring and OceanFirst, features the works of 150+ juried contemporary and traditional artists and craftspeople. Throughout the WheatonArts campus, artists working in clay, fiber, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, wearable art, wood, and more will exhibit and sell their unique works of art. Visitors can interact with demonstrating artists working in a variety of mediums, listen to live music, relax in the Beer & Wine Garden, engage in complimentary family art activities, and enjoy refreshments from gourmet food trucks. The crowd-favorite “WheatonArts Glass Pumpkin Patch” will be displayed at the center of WheatonArts’ campus with over 6,000 handcrafted glass pumpkins for the picking! The Festival of Fine Craft is included with General Admission to WheatonArts. Visit wheatonarts.org for more information and event updates.


Mending a Reflection Opening Reception & Artist Talk

Rowan University Art Gallery is pleased to present Mending a Reflection, a solo exhibition of Julie Heffernan’s self-portraits, curated by Mary Salvante, Director of Rowan University Art Gallery.

The exhibit will be on view September 3 to October 26, 2019, with an artist talk and opening reception on September 12, from 5 – 7:30 pm. Artist talk begins at 5 pm with a reception immediately following.

Mending a Reflection addresses the connection between culture, mass media and personal identity through the eyes of one central female figure. Through self-portraiture, Heffernan investigates what she calls the “shared collective unconscious,” exploring the historical narratives and subliminal imagery that work to shape who we are and how we perceive the world around us.

Heffernan’s paintings help us understand how media can influence our behavior and manipulate our perspective. In her large-scale vibrant works, she pays homage to many powerful women by including them in her portraits. Taking inspiration from women activists like Anita Hill and Tarana Burke, Heffernan confronts this bias by presenting what she calls a “different sort of self-portrait,” one full of female spirit, “giving voices to women who have been silenced for too many years by the dominant culture.”

Click here to RSVP to the opening reception on September 12!


Wheaton Wednesday

WheatonArts is open late for the second Wheaton Wednesday event on Wednesday, August 14, 2019! Highlights include a LARGE-scale glass pumpkin blowing demonstration with ice cream treats in the Glass Studio, a “Tools of the Trade” curatorial touch cart & director tours of the Emanation 2019 exhibit in the Museum of American Glass, glass bubble blowing experiences, free & fee-based family art activities, Museum Store food tastings & door prizes, dinner at the GateHouse Cafe, and more. Open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with free admission all day provided by the WheatonArts “Family Days! Presented by PNC Arts Alive!” program. Visit our website for the event schedule and additional information at wheatonarts.org.


Summer Distressed Milk Jar Vase Class

Instructor: Mallorie Evans
Date/Time: Saturday, July 13, 2019 12 noon – 2pm

All materials included- milk glass, chalk paint, sandpaper, cardstock paper, floral wire, glue, scissors

Please call 609-296-8868 to register.


Wheaton Wednesday

Enjoy a day of FREE Admission at WheatonArts with extended hours! Highlights include a special Director’s Tour of the Emanation 2019 exhibit in the Museum of American Glass, going behind the scenes to meet the Creative Glass Fellows and to see the new Neon Station in the Glass Studio, the opening of the annual Museum Stores Sidewalk Sale, family art activities, & more! Free admission provided by WheatonArts "Family Days! Presented by PNC Arts Alive!"


Museum Stores Annual Sidewalk Sale

The Annual Sidewalk Sale will take place Wednesday, July 10 through Sunday, July 14, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in front of the WheatonArts' Museum Stores. The sale will feature select merchandise from the Gallery of Fine Craft, A.G. Paperweight Shop, and the General Store. This special shopping event includes handmade items and unique merchandise at 30% to 70% OFF regular prices!

The first day of the sale (Wednesday, July 10) falls on "Wheaton Wednesday" with a late night closing of 8 p.m. This is a FREE admission day presented by PNC Arts Alive, inviting the public to explore to the Museum of American Glass, Folklife Center, and Artist Studios at no cost!

It is free to shop the Museum Stores and to stroll the WheatonArts campus (except during special outdoor events). Proceeds from the Museum Stores help support art educational programming at WheatonArts!


Fantasy Faire

Join us for Fantasy Faire, a family-friendly festival of medieval folklore & fun on Saturday & Sunday, June 22 & 23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fantasy Faire features talented performers as they bring to life the “Kingdom of Wheaton” by enacting a series of interconnected shows that tell the story of the day. Interact with strolling costumed characters, portraying historical and mythical figures, throughout WheatonArts’ campus both days. Everyone is welcome to come dressed in their favorite fantasy garbs to enjoy a variety of live performances including storytellers, dancing, and drumming, as well as sword demonstrations, retail vendors, pirate games, scavenger hunts, and archery games. Four stages will host live performances from 10:30 a.m. till 4 p.m. Presented in partnership with Mystic Realms, Ltd, the event is included with general admission to WheatonArts: $10 adult, $9 senior, $7 student, children 5 & under are free.


Weddings of East Asia

Come out to WheatonArts for a FREE & enriching afternoon steeped in traditions with “Weddings of East Asia” on June 8, 2019 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Event Center! Enjoy a full program of ceremonies, music, and dances associated with East Asian traditional weddings. Stage performances will capture various moments and abbreviated versions of several wedding ceremonies from Cambodia, China, Indonesia, The Philippines, Tibet, and Vietnam, as well as a special installation showcasing the Japanese wedding tradition of “one thousand cranes.” Admission to all WheatonArts exhibits and Artist Studio demonstrations are FREE and open to the public for the day, part of WheatonArts "Family Days! Presented by PNC Arts Alive!"

 

The “Weddings of East Asia” performance is part of the Down Jersey Folklife Center’s “Near and Far: Arts and Cultures of East Asia” project, presented in partnership with Cumberland County Cultural and Heritage Commission and Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs. Major support for this partnership project has been provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Promotional image by Alman Li.


ignite! a WheatonGather

Get your tickets ready for WheatonArts for "ignite! a WheatonGather," a premier event celebrating exploration, experimentation, and fellowship on June 1, 2019. This fundraising event continues a time-honored tradition of championing the Glass Studio programs with a focus on the creative spark that fuels artistic vitality. Guest studio artist, Richard Royal, will be joined by Emanation 2019 artists Jesse Krimes, Tristin Lowe, Martha McDonald and Laura Baird, Karyn Olivier, Richard Torchia, Allan Wexler, and Jo Yarrington.

 

Event programming will include an artist panel moderated by Emanation 2019 curator Julie Courtney, studio demonstrations, an onsite and online Silent Auction, museum tours highlighted by the Emanation 2019 exhibit, and a special exhibit mounted in The Gallery of Fine Craft. Evening activities include a special Emanation 2019 Artist Reception and Fundraising Dinner, both catered by Feast Your Eyes. Ticket information and registration forms for the full "ignite!" event can be found at wheatonarts.org/support/ignite.

 

Open to the Public: From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Glass Studio, watch artist demonstrations presented by Richard Royal and Emanation 2019 artists Tristin Lowe, Richard Torchia, and Allan Wexler. (Glass Studio demonstrations during "ignite!" are included with General Admission to WheatonArts on June 1, 2019. Rest of "ignite!" event activities for registrants only.)


Spark! at The Gallery of Fine Craft

What spark ignited these exhibiting artists to create their latest works? Join us in celebrating with the artists as they push their limits while also challenging the viewer to fuel their own creative fire! This invitational exhibit includes works by Carmen Lozar, Kit Paulson, Jo Yarrington, and from featured “ignite! a WheatonGather” guest artist, Richard Royal.
Located in The Gallery of Fine Craft, this exhibit is free for everyone to experience (except during special outdoor events).

Photo: Teacups Unfurl and Unwind, 2016, found teacup and glass, by Carmen Lozar