Top glass artists headed to South Jersey this weekend

 (Screen capture from WHYY TV;s Friday Arts segment

(Screen capture from WHYY TV;s Friday Arts segment "Inside WheatonArts and Cultural Cultural Center")

Glass Weekend returns to the Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center in Millville this weekend.

The biennial event brings some of the world’s most renown glass artists, serious collectorsand museum curators to South Jersey, a region with a rich heritage in glass making.

This year’s featured artists include Shelley Muzylowski Allen, Rik Allen, Matthew Szösz andLucio Bubacco.

Susie Silbert, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Glass at the Corning Museum of Glass willdeliver the keynote address discussing the landscape of contemporary glass on Saturday. Shewill also moderate a curator’s panel immediately following her presentation.

Also on the schedule are numerous artists’ talks, 5000 square foot gallery exposition space andtwo special exhibitions, The Boroff Collection (contemporary glass art goblets) and Emanation 2017(new glass works developed and crated at WheatonArts)

The cost of Glass Weekend is a hefty $450 for those interested in the entire weekend of exhibitions,lectures, panel discussions and hands-on demonstrations.

However, WheatonArts day visitors are also welcome to check out the glass studio demonstrationsand gallery exhibits, which are included in the admission price ($10 adults, $9 seniors and $7 studentswith ID).

Glass arts are a staple at the center. WheatonArts houses the Museum of American Glass, considered the most comprehensive collection of glass produced in America.

Glass became a key industry for the local economy as South Jersey emerged as the center of U.S.commercial glass manufacture.

Friday, June 9, 10a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Jun 10, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday, June 11, 9 a.m.to 4 p.m. – 1000 Village Dr., Millville, N.J.

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