Located about 35 miles west of Atlantic City is the
historic Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center (formerly known
as Wheaton Village or the Village of Wheaton). Also known
as WheatonArts, it is a large arts center featuring glass
art and craft demonstrations, a museum, and stores featuring
unique and beautiful glass and craft gifts handmade at
the Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center. The mission of WheatonArts
is to preserve the South New Jersey tradition of glass
and craft making by demonstrating their craftsmen’s skills
to the public and putting the blown glass art, among other
things, on display in the Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center
art glass gallery.
One of the most exciting aspects of the Wheaton Arts
and Cultural Center is their famed Museum of American
Glass where visitors can experience a panorama of 6,500
different glass-art objects on display in sun-lit galleries.
The museum displays blown glass art and glass art work
as well as utilitarian glass objects from a variety of
different periods and maintains exhibits from the early
glass period, the 19th century, the Victorian
periods, the Art Nouveau, and on up into contemporary
times. Visitors will be amazed to watch WheatonArts craftsmen
demonstrate glass blowing techniques where they are able
to create beautiful blown glass art from what look like
blobs of molten glass.
The Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center is also an important
center for New Jersey artists as well as artists from
around the world interested in preserving the tradition
of glass art work. WheatonArts offers 12 fellowships per
year to artists working in glass from all over the globe
and perseveres in their attempt to preserve blown glass
art techniques and to innovate new ones in their workshops.
Besides blown glass art, the Wheaton Arts and Cultural
Center also maintains a center called the Down Jersey
Folklife Center, dedicated to preserving expressive folk-life
traditions of South New Jersey. Programs at the Folklife
Center include research projects, ongoing displays and
exhibits, music, dance, craft demonstrations and workshops
presenting traditional artistry and folk-life.
A ticket is required from the months of April through
December, but other times of the year, visitors to WheatonArts
will be glad to note that there is no admission fee to
shop or stroll through the Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center
except during outdoor events. Visitors can feel free to
browse the unique and wonderful blown glass art and craft
items and are encouraged to ask questions about any and
all items for sale. The Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center
also offers free parking.