Wheaton Wednesday

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Open Late on Wednesday, July 10!
FREE Admission from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Enjoy a day of FREE Admission at WheatonArts with extended hours!

Highlights for the new Wheaton Wednesday event 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, dinner at the GateHouse Cafe & more!

This new event is part of WheatonArts’ “Family Days! Presented by PNC Arts Alive!

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Guided Meditation & “Sound Bath” Performance
11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Museum of American Glass Courtyard (entrance is located inside of the Museum)

Interested in the process of navigating the personal guilt of taking time for self-care in an increasingly demanding world, current Creative Glass Fellow, Sarah Max Beck, is creating an installation and performance around a series of her meditation singing bowls. Visitors are invited to collaborate on the art installation & enjoy the guided meditation. A mat or something to sit on & loose/comfortable clothing is recommended. All meditation levels are welcomed to join! Click Here to Learn More. 

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Director’s Tour of Emanation 2019
5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Museum of American Glass

Come early at 5 p.m. to view a video presentation of Martha McDonald and Laura Baird’s “Phantom Frequencies” performance. Then join the Museum’s Director of Exhibitions and Collections, Kristin Qualls, at 5:30 p.m. for a tour of the Emanation 2019 exhibit, curated by Julie Courtney. Learn how these unique installations connect South Jersey’s glass tradition to the contemporary art scene.

If you can’t make the Director’s tour, there will also be a docent tour of the Museum at 2:30 p.m.

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Studio Tours with the Spring 2019 Creative Glass Fellows
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Glass Studio
Light refreshments will be served.

Experience an up-close and personal look at the creative process behind the scenes with artists studio visits and talks. Fellowship Artists will be available within their studios to show visitors their works in progress.

New this year! Visit our newly installed Neon Station in the Glass Studio. Creative Glass Fellow, James Akers, will be available to explain how he uses neon to create both sculptures and signs.

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A young girl creating a magnet with glue and glass frit to be fused together later in the kiln.
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Hands-on Family Art Activities

(both free and fee-based)

Chinese Red Envelope Paper Lantern
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Cost: FREE!
Location: Down Jersey Folklife Center
Experience the art of making a Chinese red envelope paper lantern. During this mini-workshop, we will guide you through the steps to create a two-tiered paper lantern using decorative Chinese red envelopes. Your lantern will be ready to take home the same day. We provide all the materials. No experience is required, open to ages 6 & above. Children, age 6 to 11 must be accompanied by an adult for the entirety of the class.

Make a Seed Bomb!
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Cost: FREE!
Location: Pottery Studio
Ceramic artist Amy Peseller will show you how the flatten a clay disk, fill it with soil and native seed mix, and close it up to create a unique seed-starter. Take it home to plant or let it dry and smash it in your backyard! Available while supplies last.

Fused Glass Pendants
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Experience Fee: $10 per person
Location: Education Studio
Create your own fused glass pendant! Begin with a pre-fused glass blank, then using small pre-cut pieces of glass and an assortment of accessory glass, including frit and stringers, create a design to be “tack fused.” After your glass is fired, our artists will glue a bail to the back. Completed glass pendants will be ready to be picked up or shipped (for a fee), within one week.

Baubles & Beads: Jewelry Design
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Experience Fee: $5 per person
Location: Classroom (next to the Pottery Studio)
Create your own bracelet or decorative keychain while be guided by our jewelry artists. An assortment of beads and findings will be available for you to choose from!

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