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WheatonArts and Cultural Center Celebrates the Best of American Craft


Scope out the local art scene and have some family fun at the Festival of Fine Craft at WheatonArts in Millville, New Jersey on Saturday, October 2 and Sunday, October 3. This tented craft show attracts thousands of visitors from the East Coast. Held in the Event Center, the show features the work of 125 juried artists who stain glass, design baskets, sculpt with metal and clay, build furniture, carve wood, paint, take photographs, and design clothes and accessories.

The Festival of Fine Craft encourages visitors of all ages to feel passionate and curious about art. Parents and children can take advantage of interactive opportunities such as “Create A Scarecrow With Your Family,” “Beginner Basket Making,” and other family friendly projects.

Outdoor artist demonstrations such as weaving, wood flameworking, basket making, and painting on silk will be on display. Both days of the event feature an opportunity for visitors to watch glass artist Deborah Czeresko create large glass pumpkins, which will be available for purchase during the “Colossal Pumpkin Blow.” On Sunday at 1:30, attendants can watch Asian dancer Chamroeun Yin’s presentation of “Cambodian Music and Dance,” a demonstration of Cambodian court dances and the music accompanying them. A music group called PackageGoods Orchestra and a strolling magician also entertains visitors.

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, you won’t have far to look for a good meal. Indulge in delicious food — like seafood, barbeque and other grilled items — while meandering throughout the craft tent. The food and refreshment area even serves delectable desserts and snacks such as kettle corn, fresh fruit, and Italian specialties.

The festival operates from 10am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday and is included in the price of admission to Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center. Admission costs $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, and $7 for students. Children five years of age and under are admitted free. All visitors under 17 are admitted free on Sunday.

For more information about this event and the WheatonArts and Cultural Center, visit www.wheatonarts.org.

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