May 20, 2022

Charlie Doodle

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Beloved glass pumpkins for sale again as the Festival of Fine Craft returns to WheatonArts (PHOTOS)

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The Festival of Fine Craft at WheatonArts in Millville resumed this weekend following a cancelation of last year’s event due to COVID-19.

Paintings, ceramics, wood sculptures, jewelry, wearable art and other works by more than 125 artists and craftspeople were on display and for sale at the Cumberland County show.

Guatemalan master weaver Angélica López demonstrates a backstop loom technique during the 22nd annual Festival of Fine Craft at WheatonArts in Millville, Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021.Joe Warner | For NJ Advance Media

Several artists demonstrated their crafts, from broom making and basket making to wood carving to wheel throwing. Armando Sosa and Angélica Lôpez provided hands-on lessons on different weaving techniques employed by Guatemalan artists for centuries.

All demonstrations were held outside with some attendees wearing masks.

People waited in long lines for the always popular WheatonArts Glass Pumpkin Fundraiser, where limited-edition handcrafted glass pumpkins of all shapes, sizes, and colors were displayed in a pumpkin patch of sorts. Sales from the fundraiser support arts education programming at WheatonArts, a non-profit arts organization focused on glass.

Festival of Fine Craft at WheatonArts in Millville, Oct. 2, 2021

Handcrafted glass pumpkins are display in the glass pumpkin patch during the 22nd annual Festival of Fine Craft at WheatonArts in Millville, Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021.Joe Warner | For NJ Advance Media

Live music by South Jersey’s PackageGoods Orchestra is performed daily from noon to 4 p.m. Several food vendors, such as Three Guys Rolling Pies, Matty G’s Hot Dogz, Potato Patoto, and House of Cupcakes, were onsite. There was also a beer and wine garden, featuring Cape May Brewery and Bellview Winery, for guests 21 and older.

The Festival of Fine Craft continues Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. Tickets can be purchased at the gate: $12 for adults, $11 for seniors (62+) and $7 for students; children 5 and under are free.

According to the event’s organizers, masks must be worn indoors regardless of vaccination status, and will also be required outdoors when social distancing is not possible.

Festival of Fine Craft at WheatonArts in Millville, Oct. 2, 2021

Wheaton arts Traveling Glassblowers give a glass bowling demonstration during the 22nd annual Festival of Fine Craft at WheatonArts in Millville, Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021.Joe Warner | For NJ Advance Media

Festival of Fine Craft at WheatonArts in Millville, Oct. 2, 2021

Customers wait in long lines to purchase limited edition handcrafted glass pumpkins during the 22nd annual Festival of Fine Craft at WheatonArts in Millville, Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021.Joe Warner | For NJ Advance Media

Festival of Fine Craft at WheatonArts in Millville, Oct. 2, 2021

Large crowds flock to the 22nd annual Festival of Fine Craft at WheatonArts in Millville, Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021.Joe Warner | For NJ Advance Media

Festival of Fine Craft at WheatonArts in Millville, Oct. 2, 2021

Jersey Jerry Broomsquire broom making demonstration during the 22nd annual Festival of Fine Craft at WheatonArts in Millville, Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021.Joe Warner | For NJ Advance Media

For more photos of the Festival of Fine Craft, click on the gallery below.

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