125+ Juried Artists • Craft Demonstrations • Hands-On Family Art Activities • Live Music • Specialty Foods • Glass Pumpkin Fundraiser • Beer & Wine Garden*
Festival of Fine Craft
October 7 & 8, 2023
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine!*
Celebrating 23 years of artistic excellence! At this crowd-favorite South Jersey two-day event, engage with a diverse collection of 150 artists exhibiting and selling their handcrafted works of art. Experience unique crafting demonstrations, relax in the Beer & Wine Garden*, and create with hands-on family art activities. Listen to live music in the food court with a selection of gourmet food vendors and specialty food trucks. WheatonArts signature Glass Pumpkin Fundraiser* opens during the Festival as well! The Festival is included with general admission to WheatonArts.
WheatonArts remains concerned about the health & safety of our artists, staff, and audiences. Due to the recent increase in Covid-19 cases, masks are encouraged when inside crowded buildings. For more information about current Covid-19 precautions please visit CDC Covid-19 Guidelines.
$11.00 Senior Adults (62+)
Children 5 & under are free
*This is a Rain or Shine event! Any unused tickets can be used for general admission to WheatonArts after the event. Please note only service animals are allowed on the grounds. Must be age 21+ to enter the Beer & Wine Garden area.
Make your ticket good for both days with a “Tomorrow Pass,” available upon request when exiting the Festival on Saturday.
Artists & Craftspeople
Engage with 125+ veteran and emerging artists displaying their unique creations in a beautiful scenic setting. From inspired paintings, decorative ceramics, and novel jewelry to innovative wood sculptures and vibrant wearables, this diverse collection of artists have interesting one-of-a-kind treasures for everyone to enjoy! Click on the button below to explore the list of juried artists and crafts people for 2023.
WheatonArts Glass Pumpkin Patch Fundraiser*
Explore an outdoor installation featuring thousands of beautiful glass pumpkins of all shapes, sizes, and colors—each individually handcrafted by WheatonArts’ Glass Studio Team! Pick & purchase your favorites outside the Pottery Studio in a special pumpkin patch. New colors & patterns are available every year!
*Please Note: Pumpkin quantities are limited as our Glass Studio Team creates every pumpkin by hand. All proceeds from this fundraiser go to supporting arts educational programming at WheatonArts!
From noon to 4 p.m., enjoy live musical entertainment during the Festival by South Jersey’s PackageGoods Orchestra band near the food court and acoustic tunes by local favorite Chris Lax in the Beer & Wine Garden.
Collaborate + Create: Art-Making Experiences
Join us during the Festival for a series of complimentary hands-on experiences for all ages, presented by PNC Arts Alive!
Spider Finger Puppets
Design & decorate a whimsical spider companion that comes to life at your fingertips using vibrant colors, googly eyes, and sparkly accents. This activity is perfect for fostering imaginative storytelling and fine motor skills.
Spider Web (tissue paper) Suncatchers
Craft a suncatcher that brings the elegance of spider silk and the brilliance of sunlight together. Using the techniques of cut and torn paper applique, carefully layer and arrange tissue paper inside a paper frame. A mesmerizing web will emerge, ready to catch the sunlight and cast a kaleidoscope of enchanting hues in any room.
Coffee Filter Bats
Transform ordinary coffee filters into flying bats using markers, water, clothespins, and string. Watch the colors blend & bleed as you spritz water onto the filters, creating a fun watercolor effect. Clip a clothespin onto your colorful filters to make the bat’s body, and add a string for hanging. Watch them dance & flutter with the slightest breeze!
Our scarecrow construction tent is a fall family tradition! Join the fun in protecting your fall crops or decorating your home with a handmade scarecrow. Choose from an our assortment of shirts & pants, or bring an outfit from home to stuff with straw!
Play games or create works of art using sidewalk chalk! Grab a piece of chalk, let your ideas flow, and watch the pavement become a whimsical world of color.
Discover the arts of glassblowing, jewelry making, paper cutting, spinning & weaving, chair caning, woodturning, wheel-thrown pottery, broom making, and more! Talk & interact with the artists while learning about the skills & tools needed to create each craft.
Basket Making, Mary May’s Baskets
Bead Weaving, Davala Designs
Chair Caning, Starry’s Woodshop
Chinese Paper Cutting, Master Hou Tien Cheng
Coin-Cut Jewelry Making, Art in Coin
Copper Flame Painting, 222 Creations
Intaglio Etching, La Bottega of Art
Pottery Wheel, Clay College of RCSJ
Pysanky, South Jersey Pysanky
Spinning, Felting & Weaving, Third Star Fiber Artists
Tapestry Bead Weaving, McPaul Bead Scenes
Watercolor Texture Painting, DC Gallery & Studio
Wire Weaving, Perfect Duo
Wood Carving, Ralston “Hop” Edwards
Wood Carving, Ray Yoast Wildfowl Carving
Wood Carving, Sina Kurman Wildlife Art
Wood Turning, Tom Cambria Woodturning
Peruvian Mask Making
1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Folklife Center:
Yolanda Alcorta, co-founder of “Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas,” invites Festival goers to view the Peruvian masks on display in the Folklife Center and learn about their associated dances. She will then demonstrate how to use alternative materials to create dance masks of your own!
Win Door Prizes!
Stop by the information table when you enter through the front gates and sign up for a chance to win a variety of WheatonArts door prizes. Multiple winners are pulled twice each day of the Festival!
Beast of the Street • Chef Steve’s Popcorn • Everything About Crepes • Frosbite • Ike’s Famous Crabcakes
Karen and the Nut • Lumpy’s Barbecue • Macs & Munchies • Mannino’s Cannoli Express • Matty G Dogz
Pirate Pete’s Soda Pop Company • 3 Guys Rolling Pies • Shepp’s Cosmic Kitchen • Top Shelf Mobile Cuisine
The Festival of Fine Craft is sponsored in part by OceanFirst.
*This is a Rain or Shine event! Any unused tickets can be used for general admission to WheatonArts after the event. Please note only service animals are allowed on the grounds. Must be age 21+ to enter the Beer & Wine Garden Area.