150+ Juried Artists • Artist Demonstrations • Hands-On Family Activities • Musical Entertainment • Specialty Foods • Glass Pumpkin Patch • Beer and Wine Garden*
Mark your calendars for the 21st annual Festival of Fine Craft
October 5 & 6, 2019
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., both days (rain or shine)
Below are details from the Festival of Fine Craft in 2018. We will update this page as programming for 2019 becomes available. Please check back as the event gets closer.
$9.00 Senior Adults (62+)
Children 5 + under are free
Ticket good for both days with a “Tomorrow Pass” which is available upon request.
Please note: Only service animals are allowed on the grounds.
Veteran & emerging artists display their unique creations in a beautiful scenic setting. From inspired paintings, decorative ceramics, and novel jewelry, to innovative wood sculptures and vibrant wearables, the festival offers something exciting for everyone!
Enjoy live Musical Entertainment both days from noon to 4 p.m.
Relax in the Beer & Wine Garden! Featured local winery and brewery coming soon. *Must be 21 years of age or older.
Fee-Based Activities (2018):
Aluminum Casting with Iron Woman Studios
Basket Making with Mary May’s Baskets
The Festival of Fine Craft offers two days of an art and shopping experience for the entire family with 150+ juried artists & craftspeople displaying and selling their works, special artist demonstrations, hands-on family art activities, a Beer & Wine Garden*, giant Glass Pumpkin Patch, live music, and more!
WheatonArts Annual Glass Pumpkin Patch
View more than 6,000 handcrafted glass pumpkins of all shapes, sizes, and colors! Pick your favorite as they will be available for purchase outside the Pottery Studio in a special pumpkin patch. All proceeds from the patch go to supporting arts educational programming at WheatonArts!
Show off your favorite picks with the hashtag: #WAglasspumpkins
COLLABORATE + CREATE:
ART MAKING EXPERIENCES
Join us in a collaborative creating experience at the Festival of Fine Crafts. (2018 Activities)
Day of the Dead Face Masks
Celebrate the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead (Dia de Los Muertos) by decorating your own mask. During the traditional celebration, participants often wear masks that are elaborately decorated to honor a passed loved one.
Grab a chair in front of a tabletop easel and begin to paint, draw, and create. A selection of acrylic paints and oil pastels will be available.
Live and accessorize “Green” by making recycled beads! Learn how to use strips of scrapbook paper to create colorful beads. Finished beads can be used to make wearable jewelry or keychains.
Protect your fall crops or decorate your home with a handmade scarecrow! Choose an outfit from an assortment of shirts and pants or bring your own outfit to stuff with straw.
Play games or create works of art using sidewalk chalk!
Learn the art of weaving! During this activity, you will learn the basics of weaving using a cardboard disc and colorful yarn.
A Variety of Artist Demonstrations
Visit the WheatonArts Travelling Volunteer Glassblowers outdoors, and discover the arts of jewelry making, silk painting, spinning and weaving, chair caning, woodturning, wheel-thrown pottery, broom making and more.
(2018 artist demos below)
Broom Making, Jersey Jerry Broomsquire
Chair Caning, Starry’s Woodshop
Coin Cutting, Allen Feinberg
Glass Mold Making, Holly City Art Glass
Intaglio Etching, CopperPlate Studio
Spinning & Weaving, Third Star Fiber Artists
Traditional Rug Hooking, Pineland Rug Hookers
Weaving, Pauletta Berger
WheatonArts Traveling Glassblowers
Wood Carving, Art Parkin & Hop Edwards
Wood Carving (Event Center), Mark Bair
Wood Turning, Tom Cambria
Win Door Prizes!
There will be Door Prizes from the Festival Artists every hour during the Festival! You can sign up to win one at the Information & Door Prize Booth after you enter through the front gate. Then keep an eye out for your name on the Prize Board throughout the day!
Stop by the Glass Studio at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. both days for a chance to win a beautifully handcrafted glass vase or plate similar to the one being created during the demonstration! Only those inside the studio at the scheduled times can win. Example pieces are pictured to the left. (2018)
(2018 *Permit #60984)