2011 News Releases
Family Fun Day
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Janet Peterson, Marketing and Public Relations, Director
TEL: (856) 825-6800, Ext. 108
FAX: (856) 825-2410
MILLVILLE, NJ –The museum stores at WheatonArts will pay tribute to South Jersey artists on July 17 through programs specifically designed for children and South Jersey’s rich arts culture. No admission ticket is required to participate.
The day is also a PNC Arts Alive "Family Fun Day” where all children 17 and under are admitted free to the Museum of American Glass, Folklife/Education Center and the Artist Studios. (WheatonArts received a $35,000 PNC Arts Alive grant by The PNC Foundation. Through this grant WheatonArts offers free admission to all children 17 and under every Sunday through December 18. “Family Fun Days” features diverse arts/cultural programming, including changing hands-on activities, a variety of indoor/outdoor events, exhibits, and artist demonstrations. With the art of glassmaking as the backdrop, the program’s goal is to provide both familiar and exciting new arts experiences for all ages.)
The day begins with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 1:00 p.m. in the Brownstone Emporium and Boutique to kick off a "Bead Release" by local artist Deb DiMarco and her fellow glass bead artists at WheatonArts. A bead release is an ongoing voluntary effort in conjunction with the International Society of Glass Beadmakers to share a love of glass beads. A number of glass beads will be carefully hidden on the grounds for visitors to find.
The Gallery of Fine Craft will present a "Children's Gallery Walk" at 1:30 p.m. of the new exhibit, "WheatonArts and Southern New Jersey Artists." The tour will be specifically geared toward children and will recognize the exhibit’s highlights. It will be followed by light refreshments. The Artists Reception to officially open the exhibit will take place from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Artist Alyce Laufer, from Collingswood, NJ, will be contributing to the bead release and will be in the General Store during the day to talk about bead making and the jewelry she creates from her beads. Laufer will also demonstrate the art of macramé with yarn that is handcrafted and hand dyed (with Kool-Aid) by fiber artist Gina Allewelt, a Millville resident. Any visitor who finds a bead can return to the General Store and string it on a complimentary handcrafted macramé necklace. The General Store will also provide a little treat from Granny's Kettle Korn for children who stop in the store that day.
WheatonArts is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., through December 31, 2011. For more information about the museum stores or WheatonArts, call 1-800-998-4552 or 856-825-6800, or visit online at www.wheatonarts.org. Shopping and strolling is free. An admission ticket is required to visit the Museum of American Glass, Folklife/Education Center and Artists Studios. Adult $10.00, $9.00 Senior Adult and $7.00 Student. Children five and under are free.
WheatonArts strives to ensure the accessibility of its exhibitions, events and programs to all persons with disabilities. Provide two weeks notice for special accommodations. 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, 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.