MILLVILLE, NJ (December 31, 2019) – Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center begins its winter operating schedule on Wednesday, Januray 1, 2019. During the months of January, February, and March, the Museum Stores will only be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. No ticket is required to shop and stroll the grounds. The Museum of American Glass, Artist Studios, and Folklife Center will be CLOSED during these three months for exhibition changes and repairs. They will reopen on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 when WheatonArts returns to its seasonal 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 2020. During the first weekend of January, February, and March, each Bank of America customer that shows their Bank of America card and their I.D. will receive a “20% Off A Single-Item” coupon valid in one Museum Store.
During the 2020 winter season, WheatonArts will be offering free hands-on Family Art Workshops every other Saturday, part of the ongoing “Family Days! Presented by PNC Arts Alive!” program. All workshop materials will be provided. These workshops include Origami Gift Boxes on Saturday, January 11; Friendly Monster Watercolor Blow Art and Illustrations on Saturday, January 25; Pointillism Paintings on Saturday, February 8; Cardboard Painted Self Portraits on Saturday, February 22; Paper Tube Koi Fish on Saturday, March 7; and Nature Impressions in Clay on Saturday, March 21. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling or visiting the WheatonArts Family Days webpage. Walk-ins are welcomed if seats are available.
WheatonArts will present the Mid-Winter Antiques Show on January 25 and 26. This show attracts over 40 quality dealers and hundreds of visitors from the Mid-Atlantic region. Located in the Event Center, attendees will be able to explore a wide selection of antique furniture, books, ceramics, glass, jewelry, linens, memorabilia, paper, toys, pottery, primitives, and vintage accessories. Show hours are as follows: Saturday, January 25 – Members Preview at 9:30 a.m. General Public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, January 26 – from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Museum of American Glass and Artists Studios will be open both days of the Antique Show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $6.00 per person.
On March 14 and 15, The Garden Patch Quilters will present the biennial “A Garden of Quilts” Quilt Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The event will showcase over 150 traditional and contemporary quilts in the WheatonArts Event Center. This judged Quilt Show recognizes quality work and provides quilters with an evaluation of their work. Visitors will be able to see a wide variety of quilt displays, specialty fabric and supplies merchants, quilting and embellishing demonstrations, and other unique quilt-related exhibits. Admission for this event is $6.00 per person.
Dedicated to the mission of engaging artists and audiences in an evolving exploration of creativity, WheatonArts is proud to partner with the New Jersey Theater Alliance’s Stages Festival and the Pushcart Players to offer a free afternoon of performing arts. At 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, the Pushcart Players will perform a free production of The Velveteen Rabbit in the WheatonArts Event Center. The Stages Festival is the state’s largest annual theatre festival, offering discounted and free theatre performances, workshops, and events for all ages. More information about The Stages Festival can be found at www.njtheatrealliance.org and www.stagesfestival.org.
For more information about WheatonArts’ programs, call 856-825-6800 or 800-998-4552, or visit wheatonarts.org. Winter hours at WheatonArts run January through March, with only the Museum Stores open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through December, WheatonArts is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
WheatonArts strives to ensure the accessibility of its exhibitions, events, and programs to all persons with disabilities. Please 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.
WheatonArts and Cultural Center, founded as Wheaton Village in 1968, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to engage artists and audiences in an evolving exploration of creativity. The mission will be advanced through the interpretation of collections and exhibitions; education initiatives and culturally diverse public programs; residencies and other opportunities for artists. Celebrating a history spanning five decades, WheatonArts has earned regional, national and international recognition for its unique collections and programs. The Museum of American Glass is at the heart of the Center, housing the most comprehensive collection of glass produced in America – from the first glass bottles made in America to celebrated works by Dale Chihuly, Paul Stankard, 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.