WheatonArts Announces Dates for Wheaton Wide Open Weekends

MILLVILLE – WheatonArts has announced that it will open its holiday season on Friday, November 27th.
This year’s holiday season will include a series of special “Wheaton Wide Open Weekends” which will be offered each weekend in December as well as Saturday, January 2nd and Sunday, January 3rd, 2016. Each event is offered with free admission and the program is presented by PNC Arts Live, a multi-year, multi-million dollar initiative of the PNC Foundation.
Registration is also open for the Jewelry Clinic, instructed by Amy Lemaire, on Saturday, December 5th and Thursday, December 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. WheatonArt members pay $85.50 and non-members pay $95.00. The registration closing date is Saturday, November 28th
The full schedule, as well as details for each event are included below:
The Weekend of Friday, November 27th
The Annual Holiday Studio sales opens in the Event Center on Friday, November 27th and will feature WheatonArts prototypes, seconds, and overstocks, studio glass by Melanie and David Leppla, and a wide selection of pottery by WheatonArts artist, Terry Plasket, and his assistants. Discounts will be offered, ranging from 30 to 70 percent. The event will include a WheatonArts Member Preview Reception at 9:30 a.m. and the sale continues through Sunday, December 6th. Artist Deborah Czeresko will create a turkey from hot molten glass on Friday, November 27th for the “Big Glass Blast.” Visitors are welcome to observe. Children are also welcome to Make Your Own Toys: Play Dough on the same date from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The Weekend of Friday, December 4th
Guests are invited to the Make Your Own Toys: Bird Marionette event from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 5th only. Additionally, the Jewish Federation of Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Counties will present, “Hanukkah Celebration of Glass, Light, Music, Crafts, and Potato Latkes,” from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 6th only. The program is free to the public and will include the lighting of the large glass menorah which was built by WheatonArts glass studio artists. Guests will also enjoy traditional food including potato latkes and apple sauce, and children’s games and crafts.
The Weekend of Friday, December 11th
Plasticine Stamp Printing from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 12th only.
The Weekend of Friday, December 18th
Block Printing: Make Your Own Wrapping Paper from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 19th only.
The Weekend of Friday, December 26th
Knitting/Crocheting Circle from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, December 26th only.
In addition to extra activities during each weekend, the standard “Wheaton Wide Open Weekends” and the operating hours of Tuesday through Sunday includes:

  • The Museum of American Glass exhibitions, “Emanation: Art + Process” and “Creativity Ascertained: The Art of the Fellowship. Tours of the collection are offered at 2:30 p.m. each day (included in the price of admission).

  • The Gallery of Fine Craft exhibit and sale, “All Good Things Great and Small, Handcrafted Holiday Gifts.” Gifts in this holiday-themed show range from $1.50 to $150.00 and include metal ornaments, garden art, wooden instruments, clocks, jewelry, and brightly colored ceramics. The exhibit ends Thursday, December 24th.

  • Ceramics and Flameworking Studio demonstrations from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Paper Studio demonstrations. (The Paper Studio is open Wednesday, Saturday ,and Sunday only.)

  • Shopping in the Museum Stores: The Gallery of Fine Craft, General Store, Brownstone Emporium Boutique, and the Arthur Gorham Paperweight Shop. Free packaging is available. The stores will be open seven days a week beginning Friday, November 27th through Sunday, January 3rd, 2016 (closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day).

For more information about WheatonArts, visit their website at www.wheatonarts.org or call 856.825.6800 and dial extension 100 or 106.

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