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Festival of Fine Craft, October 7 and 8
October 7 - October 8
Celebrating 24 years of artistic excellence, Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center hosts the anticipated annual Festival of Fine Craft on October 7 and 8, rain or shine. This crowd-favorite event features the work of over 125 juried contemporary and traditional artists, unique craft demonstrations, a Beer & Wine Garden, family art activities, WheatonArts signature Glass Pumpkin Fundraiser, and live music.
From inspired paintings, decorative ceramics, and novel jewelry to innovative wood sculptures and vibrant wearables, the Festival offers interesting one-of-a-kind treasures for everyone.
Yolanda Alcorta, a co-founder of “Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas,” joins the craft demonstrations this year, leading a Peruvian mask-making creation at the Folklife Center during the festival. Additional craft demonstrations include Pysanky egg painting, intaglio etching, copper flame painting, and more!
“Scarecrow Construction” is a favorite family activities each year, with a wild assortment of clothing and plenty of straw to create life-size scarecrows to take home. Experience the creative process with additional complimentary art-making activities (spider finger puppets, spider web tissue suncatchers, and coffee filter bats), thanks to a special PNC Arts Alive grant. Other fee-based artistic hands-on opportunities, such as basket weaving and make-your-own glass projects, will be available throughout the grounds.
WheatonArts signature Glass Pumpkin Fundraiser will be located across from the Pottery Studio; all glass pumpkins will be available for purchase, with proceeds supporting arts educational programming at WheatonArts.
Visitors 21 years and older can grab a seat, or a hay bale, to enjoy the Beer & Wine Garden with selections from Glasstown Brewing Company and Bellview Winery. Various gourmet food vendors and specialty food trucks will line the food court with refreshments for purchase. Additionally, visitors can enjoy live musical entertainment from South Jersey’s own Package Goods Orchestra.
The festival is included with general admission to Wheaton Arts. Hours are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. both days. Admission at the gate is $12 adults, $11 senior adults, $7 students, and free for WheatonArts members and children ages five or younger. Buy tickets in advance online to save $2 per ticket (offer ends 9/22). Admission ticket special: Ask for a “Tomorrow Pass” upon exiting the Festival on Saturday to get free access to the Festival on Sunday (available by request only). Parking and shuttle service are available free of charge.
Festival programming is subject to change. 856-825-6800 or 800-998-4552, or wheatonarts.org