WheatonArts’ “Wheaton Wide Open Weekend” On September 11, 12 and 13 Includes A Host Of Activities

MILLVILLE, NJ – WheatonArts’ Wheaton Wide Open Weekends are a series of selected three-day weekends which began in July and continue through January 3, 2016. All visitors receive free admission each day. The next weekend is September 11, 12 and 13 and the theme is “Literacy.”

The series is made possible by grant funding provided through the PNC Arts Alive! initiative. The organization has partnered with local service organizations each weekend. In keeping with the goal of PNC Arts Alive!, through these partnerships WheatonArts hopes to expand the arts to new audiences by offering enhanced programming, artist demonstrations and hands-on family activities. Visitors will be invited to engage in a creative process which is educational, culturally diverse and fun.

Each day visitors experience the Museum of American Glass exhibitions, “Emanation: Art + Process” and “Creativity Ascertained: The Art of the Fellowship;” “Lighten Up! Artists’ Interpretations of the Ubiquitous Lamp” exhibit and sale in the Gallery of Fine Craft; artist demonstrations in the Glass Studio at

11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.; and ongoing artist demonstrations in the Ceramic and Flameworking Studios. The Paper Studio will be open Friday and Saturday.

Featured activities include:

September 11 – Special Edition WheatonArts Bead Set. Collect all three (ceramic, polymer clay and paper) when you visit the Pottery and Paper Studios. Exclusive to the first 300 visitors.

September 12 – Local partners, Cumberland County, Vineland, Millville and Bridgeton libraries, will set up information booths and offer their own children’s activities. Cumberland County Library will have “Story Time and Craft” from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cumberland County Habitat for Humanity from Vineland, NJ, will have an information booth on site and their activity is “Craft a Card.”  WheatonArts’ hands-on family activity is “Bookmaking” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

September 12 and 13 – A Contemporary Marble Show hosted by Paul Katherman, Katherman Glass Studios (http://www.kathermanglass.com), will be in the Event Center. Over 40 artists from across the country are participating.

September 13 – Opening reception for the Gallery of Fine Craft exhibit and sale, “Lighten Up! Artists’ Interpretations of the Ubiquitous Lamp,” from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Light refreshments will be available.

WheatonArts is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open Labor Day. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. General admission: Adults $10.00, $9.00 Senior Adults and $7.00 Students. Children five and under are free. Free to shop and stroll except during outdoor special events. For more information about WheatonArts, call 856-825-6800 or 800-998-4552, or visit wheatonarts.org. For more information about PNC Arts Alive! and the grant recipients visit www.pncartsalive.com.

WheatonArts strives to make exhibits, events and programs accessible to all visitors. 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.

About WheatonArts

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.