130 Artists Display One-Of-A-Kind Fine Crafts At Wheatonarts’ Festival Of Fine Craft
September 2, 2015 – MILLVILLE, NJ – The Festival of Fine Craft at WheatonArts is a juried show with a 16 year reputation for excellence. The festival is bringing together over 130 artists from around the country for two days of exhibiting and selling their works, including one-of-a-kind jewelry, clothing and accessories, home décor pieces, painting, photography, as well as functional and sculptural works in ceramics, glass, metal, wood and mixed media.
Event Coordinator, Doris Abeling, explains, “This is strictly a juried show and categories are limited in each craft. This makes the quality and integrity of the festival consistently high.”
“This festival began as a small local show, but now that it’s well established, it’s become one of the most popular destination events in the region,” said Janet Peterson, WheatonArts Marketing and Public Relations Director.
Visitors will be able to interact with artists through demonstrations and booth chats. Among the artist demonstrations:
■ Pauletta Berger, Handwovens By Pauletta (weaving), Vineland, NJ
■ Robert Broschart (woodturning), Petersburg, NJ
■ Maryann Cannon, Copperplate Studio (Intaglio Etching), Millville, NJ
■ Allan Feinberg, Art In Coin (coin jewelry), Highland Park, NJ
■ Doug Starry, Starry’s Woodshop (chair caning), Gettysburg, PA
■ Alex Alessi and Carmel Verrastro, Alessi & Verrastro Painted Silk (painting on silk),
Leeds Point, NJ
■ Jim Sharpless (mold making), Millville, NJ
■ Amy Blevins, Bead and Glass Boutique (Bead Weaving), Pitman, NJ
■ Dr. Sam Moyer, Ph.D, “Jersey Jerry Broomsquire,” Mt. Laurel, NJ
■ WheatonArts Volunteer Glassblowers
■ The Third Star Fibre Artists Guild from Salem, NJ
Flying Fish Brewery Company in Somerdale, NJ, and Auburn Road Vineyard and Winery in Pilesgrove, NJ, will host the Beer and Wine Garden.
Three hands-on opportunities (additional fees apply) will be offered: Make Your Own Basket with Mary May; Paint Your Own Silk Scarf with Ebru Rich Silk Designs; and Aluminum Casting Scratch Mold Workshop with Steve Morse of Sea Robin Studio.
Family hands-on activities take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. They are: Scarecrow Construction; Watercolor Resist Painting; Day of the Dead Masks; Beaded Spiders; and Sidewalk Chalk.
Two special demonstrations will take place in the Education/Folklife Center on Saturday only from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Marquetry: The Art of Painting in Wood with internationally renowned marquetarian, Gregg Perry, and Decorative Woodcarving with Tania Angelova.
The Paperweight Shop will host a Caithness Trunk Show both days. Visitors can meet Orlando Gencarelli, U.S. Sales Manager for Caithness and Dartington, on October 3, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Margaret Bradley, Regional Sales Manager for Caithness and Dartington, will be in the store on October 4, 2015 from Noon to 4 p.m. Caithness produces handcrafted modern paperweights and art glass. (http://www.caithnessglass.co.
PackageGoods Orchestra, a music group from Galloway Township, NJ, will play from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.
In addition, visitors can sample and purchase a wide choice of award-winning premium and ultra-premium wines from Balić Winery in Mays Landing, NJ. East End Foodies from Suffern, NY, will offer gourmet balsamic vinegars and specialty flavored olive oils.
A wide array of hundreds of glass pumpkins in all shapes, colors and sizes are available for purchase in the “Glass Pumpkin Patch” located across from the Glass Studio
During the Festival visitors have the opportunity to visit the Museum of American Glass, Glass, Pottery, Paper and Flameworking Studios and Museum Stores. The Glass Studio artists will conduct special demonstrations at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. both days.
A variety of food vendors line the grounds. They include kettle corn, Italian specialties, barbeque, seafood, grilled items, salads, and gourmet desserts. The Sweets Suite Café, on site at WheatonArts, offers made-to-order sandwiches, salads, beverages and baked goods.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, rain or shine. The Festival is included in the price of admission to WheatonArts. $10.00 Adults, $9.00 Senior Adults and $7.00 Students. Children five and under are free.
Festival Special: Ticket good for both days with “Tomorrow Pass” which is available upon request. Free parking.
Learn more about the event, the participating artists by medium and hands-on activities, at https://www.wheatonarts.org/calendar-eventon/events/festival-of-fine-craft/. For more information about WheatonArts, visit wheatonarts.org or call 800-998-4552 or 856-825-6800.
WheatonArts strives to ensure the accessibility of its exhibitions, events and programs to all persons with disabilities. Provide two weeks notice for additional needs. Patrons with hearing and speech disabilities may contact WheatonArts through the New Jersey Relay Service (TRS) 800-852-7899 or by dialing 711.
Funding has been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, New Jersey Cultural Trust, and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. WheatonArts receives general operating support from the New Jersey Historical Commission, Division of Cultural Affairs in the New Jersey Department of State. Additional funding provided through a grant from the New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism.
With a history spanning four decades, WheatonArts has earned regional, national and international recognition for its unique collections and programs. The Museum of American Glass, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, houses one of the most comprehensive collections of American glass in the country…from the first glass bottles made in America to celebrated works by Dale Chihuly and other contemporary artists who work in glass. Visitors experience the art of glassmaking, ceramics and flameworking in the Artists Studios. From April through December the Museum of American Glass and Gallery of Fine Craft present special exhibitions. WheatonArts also offers traditional and multi-cultural programs, classes, workshops, performances, and weekend festivals. The award-winning Museum Stores offer traditional and contemporary art and craft in all mediums.