Building a miniature ship inside a bottle is impressive, but not as impressive as forging a giant glass shell around yourself and waiting for your family to come home and find you. Do something crafty with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $10 for admission for two to the WheatonArts Festival of Fine Craft ($20 value)
- $20 for admission for four to the WheatonArts Festival of Fine Craft ($40 value)
Those who attend the first day of the show on Saturday, October 5 can request a tomorrow pass at the festival, and bring it back for free admission on Sunday, October 6.
Click here to view this year's list of more than 125 artists and their mediums. The festival also includes artist demonstrations, food vendors, musical entertainment, activities for kids such as building a scarecrow and painting a mural, and the annual pumpkin patch featuring glass pumpkins of all shapes, sizes, and colors.
WheatonArts and Cultural Center
When Frank Wheaton, Jr. first visited the Corning Museum of Glass in the early 1960's, it caught his ire. On display were many marvelous works of glass—treasures forged of sand, wood, soda ash, and silica that represented the dawning of the American glass industry. Frank's problem? Those shiny, fragile masterpieces were being exhibited in New York and not where they were birthed: New Jersey.
As the grandson of glass magnate Dr. Theodore Corson Wheaton—whose glass pharmaceutical bottles were instrumental in giving rise to the Millville glass monarchy of Wheaton USA—Frank claimed his birthright and created the WheatonArts and Cultural Center. Sprawling across 65 wooded acres, WheatonArts features a fully functioning glass studio with daily demonstrations of glassblowing wizardry; artist studios where craftsmen branch out into pottery and woodworking. The jewel of the WheatonArts retreat, and the fulfillment of Frank Wheaton's dream to usurp New York, is the [Museum of American Glass(http://www.wheatonarts.org/museumamericanglass). The magnum opus of luminescence charters the history of the medium from its brittle infancy to its latest mutations. The circulating collection typically includes up to 7,000 objects, ranging from early American bottles and mason jars, clever Art Nouveau creations, and stunning works from Dale Chihuly and other contemporary glass-working artists.