Nicolina F. Wilson
Millville, New Jersey
I just retired after teaching art for 31 years in the public school systems of Millville, Woodstown and Adelaide, South Australia. Now I can paint, blow glass, garden, read and help my parents and grand children. Life is great!
I have been volunteering in the Glassfactory for the last 14 years. I narrate the 11:00, 1:30 and 3:30 shows there on Saturdays. When the glassblowers go to lunch between 12:00 and 1:00, I get the bench and make glass pieces to please and challenge myself. It is so much fun.
I love people and I love glass. There are so many nice people working and visiting the Village. Being exposed the creativity of the glass artists has enriched my life tremendously.
Collingswood, New Jersey
My background is Work-Print, but I have always been a people person, interested in whatever group I was involved with to see things from different points of view. Somewhere I found WheatonArts and became a Member. I still remember the time I emailed WheatonArts a suggestion that some one be available to guide people through the grounds . Doris Abeling e-mailed back and asked me when would I be starting. That was over five years ago.
I have taken full advantage of the resources at WheatonArts. I have taken the docent classes in the Museum of American Glass and have narrated the demonstrations in the Glass Studio. While watching the artists at work, I learned a lot about the movement of hot glass and knew I wanted a part of it. I took a course at Salem Community College in lamp working and have volunteered in the Flameworking Studio for two years. It’s fun to explain to the visitors as I work making beads. I have enjoyed dealing with the public and am comfortable knowing that if I don't have an answer some one will help out.
Sarasota, Florida (October to May)
Vineland, New Jersey (May to October)
I hold a Masters Degree in Administration and Supervision. My interests include tennis, reading and being a lecture "Junkie" in particular, anything that has to do with the arts (music, ballet, opera, books, theater, etc).
I volunteer at the Museum of American Glass, orienting visitors as they arrive. I also help at the desk with various projects. I did volunteer as a Docent for a few years, but being away for the winter has made me no longer comfortable with that part of the job. I love interacting with the visitors while keeping abreast of new things happening in the art glass industry. I really love the feel of the old glass on display.
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
By profession, I am a teacher of students with learning difficulties, although I am now retired. My interests include gardening, stitching, reading, caring for my pets, and of course GLASS ; researching, learning, reading, collecting, and just plain admiring!!
At WheatonArts, I have worked in the library located in the Museum of American Glass, as well as a variety of tasks at special events. I have earned my Docent credentials, but to date, I have not led a tour.
I enjoy volunteering at WheatonArts most of all because I LOVE the people working there. I don't see or talk to everyone nearly often enough, but I value their enthusiasm, their laughter and their friendship. I also love the history, the grounds (so beautiful!) and, of course, the GLASS!
Nicolina F. Wilson
Salem, New Jersey
I am a retired R.N., who now is a fibre artist with a sheep farm and president of Third Star Fibre Artists Guild.
I volunteer in the Museum of American Glass. WheatonArts is a beautiful place to be and all the people here are friendly. I am continually learning all aspects of glass.
I love the fact that Art and History flourish locally in South Jersey and it’s lucky for me personally as well. As a practicing artist I was always drawn to WheatonArts, in Millville, NJ, so much so that in 1992 I began volunteering. This consisted of narrating three live glass blowing show, explaining the procedure of glass blowing and teaching the rich history of this amazing art and craft.
As an art educator from nearby Vineland, I never dreamed I would be able to learn this craft for myself. When I became a Vineland High School teacher, I exposed my students to as much glass art and volunteerism as possible. Upon retirement I continue to volunteer and I also do extended workshops teaching crafts at WheatonArts.
After developing my
skills of paperweight making, I created a very popular solid glass business
card holder paperweight that includes my own unique style. These business card
holders are now available at The Gallery of Fine Craft at WheatonArts.