Festival of Fine Craft

125 Juried Artists  •  Artist Demonstrations  Hands-On Family Art Activities  •  Live Music  •  Specialty Foods  •  Glass Pumpkin Fundraiser    Beer & Wine Garden* 

Visitors take a stroll in a row of vendor tents at the Festival of Fine Craft.

Festival of Fine Craft
October 2 & 3, 2021

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. rain or shine!

The 22nd annual Festival of Fine Craft offers two days of an art and shopping experience for the entire family with 125+ juried artists & craftspeople displaying and selling their works, special artist demonstrations, hands-on family art activities, a Beer & Wine Garden*, Glass Pumpkin Fundraiser, live music, and more!

For the health and safety of our artists, staff, and audiences, and based on the recommendations of the CDC, masks must be worn indoors regardless of vaccination status. Masks will also be required outdoors when social distancing is not possible. Follow our Facebook page for engaging updates & highlights on our Festival plans. We look forward to seeing you all again soon!

ADMISSION

$12.00 Adults
$11.00 Senior Adults 
(62+)
$7.00 Students
Children 5 & under are free

This is a Rain or Shine event! Please note only service animals are allowed on the grounds.

FESTIVAL SPECIALS

Buy your tickets in advance online & save $2.00 per ticket!
Offer ends on Sept. 26, 2021.

Make your ticket good for both days with a “Tomorrow Pass,” available upon request when exiting the Festival on Saturday.

Artists & Craftspeople

125 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!

WheatonArts Glass Pumpkin Fundraiser*

orange glass pumpkins on display

Browse limited-edition handcrafted glass pumpkins of all shapes, sizes, and colors! Pick & purchase your favorites outside the Pottery Studio in a special pumpkin patch. *Please Note: due to limited production time during COVID restrictions, pumpkin quantities are limited. All proceeds from this fundraiser go to supporting arts educational programming at WheatonArts!

Beer & Wine Garden*

Take a seat and relax in the Beer & Wine Garden, featuring Cape May BreweryBellview Winery
*Must be 21 years of age or older. Permit #89212.

Live Music

Enjoy live musical entertainment by South Jersey’s PackageGoods Orchestra band, both days of the Festival from noon to 4 p.m.

Visitors sit in the Beer and Wine Garden at the Festival of Fine Craft.
Three examples of the Beaded Fall Corn craft. The beads in red, yellow, white, and brown, wrap around brown, orange, and yellow pipe cleaners.
A child smiles wide as they work on a craft with pipe cleaners and beads.
An adult and child work together to build a scarecrow at the Festival of Fine Craft.

Collaborate + Create: Art-Making Experiences 

Join us during the Festival for a series of complimentary hands-on experiences for all ages.

Paper Bowl Scarecrow Face
Scarecrows are iconic symbols of the fall season. Create a playful scarecrow face using simple materials, including a paper bowl, buttons, and construction paper. 

Tissue Paper Stained Glass Apple
Create the illusion of stained glass using a colorful assortment of tissue and construction paper. Use our template to create an apple-shaped frame to fill with small pieces of tissue paper and hang it in a window once you get home.

Beaded Fall Corn
Mini beaded fall corn is fun to create and is a festive craft the whole family can do. These adorable beaded corns can be turned into fall garland or given as gifts to family and friends at the Thanksgiving table. 

Scarecrow Construction
Our scarecrow construction tent is a fall family tradition! Protect your fall crops or decorate your home with a handmade scarecrow. Choose an outfit from an assortment of shirts and pants, or bring an outfit to stuff with straw.

Sidewalk Chalk
Play games or create works of art using sidewalk chalk!

Artist Demonstrations

Discover the arts of glassblowing, jewelry making, silk painting, spinning and weaving, chair caning, woodturning, wheel-thrown pottery, broom making, & more! Talk and interact with the artists while learning about the skills and tools needed to create each craft.  Due to the size of the Festival audiences and the inability to present indoor artist demonstrations safely, the WheatonArts Glass Studio, Pottery, and Flamework studios will be closed for the weekend. Ceramic and Glass Blowing demonstrations will be held outside during the Festival.

Broom Making, Jersey Jerry Broomsquire
Coin-Cut Jewelry Making, Art in Coin
Copper Flame Painting, 222 Creations
Guatemalan Weaving, Armando Sosa and Angélica Lôpez 
Jewelry Making, Davala Designs
Paper Cutting, Hou-Tien Cheng
Pottery Demonstrations, Clay College of RCSJ
Spinning, Felting, & Weaving, Third Star Fiber Artists
Traditional Berry Basket Making, Mary’s Baskets
WheatonArts Traveling Glassblowers
Wheel Throwing, Amy’s Pottery
Wheel Throwing, Clint and Sue Hunter
Wood Carving, Hop Edwards and Ray Yoast
Wood Turning, Tom Cambria Woodturning

An adult helps a child weave a small basket during the Festival of Fine Craft at WheatonArts

Community Arts Project:
Maya Sawdust Carpet

12 p.m. to 4 p.m. both days

Did you know sawdust has been a traditional art medium for over 500 years? Participate in creating a Guatemalan sawdust carpet during this two-day community arts project led by the Master Guatemalan artist Ubaldo Sánchez. The activity takes place outside the Folklife Center’s building. The piece will be themed around stories and images associated with the Mayan fiber arts, images of Ixchel (Goddess of the moon, fertility, medicine, and patron of weavers), and Guatemalan Maya people dressed in traditional regional garments.

Artist Residency:
Guatemalan Weaving

12 p.m. to 4 p.m. both days

Discover the materials, techniques, and aesthetics of today’s Guatemalan textile arts first hand! Engage with Guatemalan master weavers Armando Sosa and Angélica López as they provide hands-on demonstrations with different weaving techniques employed by Guatemalan artists for centuries. Angélica López will use a backstrap loom for her demonstration. Armando Sosa will use tabletop looms (a smaller version of the treadle loom) for his demo and visitors willing to try the technique. Located outside the Down Jersey Folklife Center.

One black glass vase with white detailing, one marbled pink glass vase, and one light purple glass plate on display stand.

Win Door Prizes! 

Stop by the information table when you enter through the gates and sign up for a chance to win a variety of WheatonArts door prizes.

Please check this page for updates as the event gets closer. Thank you.

Food Vendors

Lumpy’s Barbecue  •  Three Guys Rolling Pies  •  Matty G’s Hot Dogz  •  Potato Patoto (Sunday only)  • Twisted Lemonade  •  House of Cupcakes  •  Pirate Pere’s  •  Manino’s Cannoli Express  •  Karen and the Nut  •  Blackbird Local    •  Frostbite

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