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Festival of Fine Craft, Philippine culture scheduled at Wheaton

By On Deck Staff

This year’s Festival of Fine Craft at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center will be held Oct. 3-4.
The American Bus Association (ABA) designated the festival of as one of the “Top 100 Events in North America for 2008.”
The ABA award recognizes events that offer excellent entertainment value to both tour groups and individual travelers from around the world.
Each year the event draws thousands of visitors from the Mid-Atlantic region.
The show offers visitors exposure to works of art from 125 juried artists in the Event Center, in a large tent and throughout the grounds.
There are presentations of studio art glass, stained glass, creative jewelry designs, unusual metal sculptures, innovative wearables and accessories, intricate baskets, sculptural and functional clay pieces, woodcarvings and turned vessels, handcrafted furniture, and two-dimensional art and photography.
Family activities take place throughout the day, including Create A Scarecrow With Your Family; Children’s Crafts; Beginner Basket Making (nominal fee applies); Create A Mural (children of all ages); Facepainting; and Blow A Glass Bubble with the guidance of WheatonArts’ Glass Studio artists.
Visitors will be entertained both days by a strolling magician and PackageGoods Orchestra.
In addition, the music band, Alay Philippine Performing Arts Rondalla, will perform on Saturday, from 1 to 2:15 p.m. and from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. in the Event Center.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The event is included in the price of admission to WheatonArts. Admission is $10 adults, $9 senior adults and $7 students. Children five and under are free.
The Down Jersey Folklife Center at WheatonArts presents, “Understanding Others: Philippine Traditional Arts and Culture,” a new exhibit continuing from Sept. 29 through Dec. 31.
The exhibit provides visual insights into Philippine folklore, mythology, and religions, and represents a wide range of regional folk arts and crafts.
It focuses on the diversity of beliefs, ceremonies, celebrations, and everyday activities of the Philippine people as interpreted by master folk artists working in a variety of media.
For more information, call 1-800-998-4552 or 856-825-6800, or visit www.wheatonarts.org.

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