Festival of Fine Craft 2010
October 2 & 3, 2010
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The Festival was named a “Top 100 Event in North America” in 2008 by the American Bus Association.
The Festival draws thousands of visitors from the Mid-Atlantic region. This year’s event offers visitors exposure to works of art from 145 juried artists in the Event Center, in a large tent and throughout the grounds. There are presentations of studio art glass, stained glass, creative jewelry designs, unusual metal sculptures, innovative wearables and accessories, intricate baskets, sculptural and functional clay pieces, woodcarvings and turned vessels, handcrafted furniture, and two-dimensional art and photography.
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Majority are women, mostly the 34-59 demographic
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How many years has the Festival been presented?
This (2010) is the eleventh year.
What are the hours?
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
Will you have the Festival if it rains?
Yes. Exhibitors are under cover of the Event Center or the Festival Tent or they each have their own tent
What does it mean that the artists are “juried?”
The artists are required to submit examples of their work and booth. WheatonArts staff and artists select the artists who will participate in order to continue the event’s high quality reputation.
Does an admission ticket include access to all of the WheatonArts facilities?
Yes. Visitors to the Festival can also visit the Museum of American Glass, Down Jersey Folklife Center, all of the Artist Studios and museum stores.
What’s special this year?
In the Glass Studio each day, WheatonArts artists will create large glass pumpkins. Glass pumpkins of all shapes, sizes and colors will be available for purchase outside the Glass Studio in the “Pumpkin Patch.” Plus, children of all ages can participate in the “D/Zine A Glass Ornament” competition in the Glass Studio.
Also, on Sunday, October 3, all children 17 and under will be admitted free of charge. Made possible by a grant from PNC Arts Alive.
What kind of craft demonstrations will I see?
WheatonArts Ceramics Studio – Pottery
WheatonArts Woodcarvers Studio – Woodcarving
WheatonArts Glass Studio – Pumpkin blowing will be continuous throughout the day with narrated demonstrations at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Outdoors On the Grounds
WheatonArts' Volunteer Glassblowers
Alessi & Verrastro - Hand Painted Silk
Seth Barchowsky - Blacksmith
Third Star Fiber Artists - Spinning and Weaving Silk
Pauletta Berger - Weaving
Bob Broschart - Woodturning
Allan Feinberg - Art in Coin
David Field - Dulcimer and Harp Maker
Mary May - Basket Making
The Jersey Jerry "Broomsquire" - Brooms
Jim Sharpless - Mold Making
Doug Starry - Chair Caning
Are there activities for children?
Yes. Family activities take place throughout the day.
They include: Create A Scarecrow With Your Family; Children’s Crafts; Beginner Basket Making (nominal fee applies); Create A Mural (children of all ages); Facepainting; and Blow A Glass Bubble with the guidance of WheatonArts’ Glass Studio artists.
Is there entertainment?
Yes. Bill Kerwood, strolling magician – Saturday and Sunday, Noon to 4 p.m. Package Goods Orchestra – Saturday and Sunday, Noon to 4 p.m.
“Cambodian Music and Dance” with Chamroeun Yin on Sunday only from 1:30 p.m. to 3p.m. This is a performance-demonstration of Cambodian court dances plus a presentation about the music accompanying them. The performance will also include a Cha Banchoh (chabunchos) set consisting of slow, fast and ending movements. The musical recordings include various pieces performed by traditional Khmer orchestras.
What kind of food will be at the Festival?
D & D Funnel Cake, Everything About Crepes, Granny's Kettle Korn (Sat. only), Ike's Famous Crab Cakes, La Gelato Café, Lumpys BBQ 1, Myro Dog, Pappy's Kettle Korn (Sun. only), Looking Glass, Sweet Rose's Twisted Lemonade,The Sweet Tooth
“I’ve been to the Village many times over the years…wonderful place. The Festival is the Best. I have been to two of them and will be there this year. I love the arts and do some myself. I always walk away inspired to try new things and add ideas to what I do. Also I come home with gifts for me…I do Christmas shopping early, also Birthday gifts. You got to Love it.”
See you soon,
“What I like best about WheatonArts' Festival of Fine Craft is the variety and quality of the crafters at a fair that is not too big or too small but just the right size. We come to the fair every year to enjoy not only the fair itself but also the Wheaton stores, the galleries and the restaurant right next door.”
“What I like best about WheatonArts' Festival of Fine Craft is it is a fun filled, interesting and relaxing day. Fun because I got to spend time with my sisters, interesting to see the demonstrations and various works of art and craft, and relaxing to just leisurely stroll around listening to music, eating kettle corn and buying (or admiring) unusual works of art. I can't wait to attend again!”