MILLVILLE, NJ – Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center began its winter operating schedule on January 5. In January, February and March the museum stores will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday only from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. No ticket required to shop and stroll. The Museum of American Glass and the Artist Studios are closed during these three months. The museum and the studios will reopen on April 1 when WheatonArts returns to its six-day operating schedule.
WheatonArts is a participant in Museums on Us®, a customer-benefit program offering free admission for a Bank of America cardholder to the finest museums and cultural institutions from coast to coast on the first full weekend of each month of 2015. In February and March, each Bank of America customer that shows their Bank of America card and their I.D. on the program dates will receive a “20% Off A Single-Item” coupon valid in one museum store.
WheatonArts will present the Mid-Winter Antiques Show on February 7 and 8. This show attracts over 40 quality dealers and hundreds of visitors from the Mid-Atlantic region. Located in the Event Center, attendees explore a wide selection of antique furniture, books, ceramics, glass, jewelry, linens, memorabilia, paper, toys, pottery, primitives, and vintage accessories. Hours: Saturday, February 7 – Members Preview at 9:30 a.m. General Public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, February 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5.00 per person. The Museum Stores will be open both days and food and refreshments will be available for purchase from Sweets Suite Bake Shoppe Café.
WheatonArts will present “Make Your Own Art Materials Weekend” on February 14 and 15. Families will learn how to make play dough, sidewalk chalk and stickers. Homemade is a frugal and environmentally friendly alternative to many commercial art materials. Participants will use simple materials that most families already have in their home, making these easily adaptable for at-home art projects. Children will enjoy making their art supplies just as much as they enjoy using them. All workshops are free and take place in the Stained Glass Studio. Reservations are encouraged. Walk-ins welcome if seats are available. To reserve a seat call 856-825-6800 or 800-998-4552.
The schedule for the day:
■Homemade Play Dough Workshop. 10 a.m. to Noon. 25 project seats available. (If parents will be working on their own project they will need to reserve their seat). Suggested Ages: 3 years and above (with parental assistance). Participants will make this classic, kid-friendly sculpting medium which will last for two weeks. A recipe for stovetop play dough (that has a shelf life of a few months) will be handed out during the workshop for an at-home project. The workshop begins with a demonstration at 10 a.m. Participants are asked to arrive at the beginning of the workshop.
■Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Workshop. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 25 project seats available (If parents will be working on their own project they will need to reserve their seat). Suggested Ages: 3 years and above (with parental assistance). Create a colorful batch of sidewalk chalk using a few basic ingredients. Recipe cards will be available to take home for more chalk-making fun.The workshop begins with a demonstration at 1 p.m. Participants are asked to arrive at the beginning of the workshop.
■Homemade Stickers Workshop. 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. 25 project seats available (If parents will be working on their own project they will need to reserve their seat). Suggested Ages: 3 years and above. Create a set of custom, hand-drawn stickers. Children may trade their stickers with friends, use them to cover their favorite notebooks, or use them to decorate a gift. The workshop begins with a demonstration at 3 p.m. Participants are asked to arrive at the beginning of the workshop.
For more information about WheatonArts, call 1-800-998-4552 or 856-825-6800, or visit online at wheatonarts.org.
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, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey Cultural Trust. WheatonArts receives general operating support from the New Jersey Historical Commission, Division of Cultural Affairs in the New Jersey Department of State, and is supported in part by 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. WheatonArts is home to the Museum of American Glass with one of the most comprehensive collections of American glass in the world…from the first glass bottles made in America to celebrated works by Dale Chihuly and other contemporary artists who work in glass. In the Studios, visitors watch artists demonstrate the art of glassmaking, ceramics and flameworking throughout the day. The Center also operates award-winning Museum Stores. The Creative Glass Center of America, a 30 year-old artist residency program, has hosted over 330 Fellows, in one of the nation’s first public-access, amphitheater-style hot glass studios. CGCA with other studio programs exemplify a dynamic community of resident and guest artists from around the world, who share skills and vision with public audiences, and provide unique educational programming for both children and adults. WheatonArts presents special exhibitions, programs, workshops, performances and several weekend festivals throughout the year.