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.


Fire Muster

WheatonArts and the Glasstown Antique Fire Brigade host the 39th annual Fire Muster and Fire Fighter’s Family Day on August 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Over 80 antique fire trucks from the Mid-Atlantic States will be on display on the grounds. Highlights include a firefighter competition to show how firefighters use their training and skills to battle fires, a water barrel fight using high-pressure fire hoses, bucket brigade, and pumping displays of fire hoses on numerous fire trucks. Admission to the Fire Muster and WheatonArts is FREE for the day, part of “Family Days! Presented by PNC Arts Alive!”


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 Antique + Food Market

Join us at WheatonArts on July 27 & 28 for the Summer Antique & Food Market, an indoor/outdoor experience featuring more than 50 antique dealers from the Tri-State area along with local food vendors and farm market proprietors. Throughout the WheatonArts campus and inside the Event Center, get lost in time as you explore a wide selection of antique furniture, books, ceramics, glass, jewelry, linens, memorabilia, paper, toys, pottery, primitives, vintage accessories, and more! Got those summer munchies? Take your pick from a variety of local food trucks, vendors, fresh farm produce, as well as lunch specialties from our new GateHouse Cafe! Picnic tables, trash bins, and recycling bins are located throughout the campus. We just ask that you do not feed the wildlife. Discount Admission: $5 per person Tickets are available at the front gate of WheatonArts. Includes access to the Museum of American Glass, Down Jersey Folklife Center, Artist Studios, & Museum Stores!


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