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Arts & Culture
The Arts come alive in Cumberland County!

BAY ATLANTIC SYMPHONY: Bridgeton. A professional union orchestra performing year-round throughout southern New Jersey. Concerts, led by Music Director Jed Gaylin, are compelling in scope, vigorous, & rich in detail. Community programs are a potent force in South Jersey. The Bay Atlantic Symphony shares and develops love and appreciation for live concert music in the southern New Jersey community through performance and education. The Bay Atlantic Symphony wants to make transcendent, live concert music in the southern New Jersey community through performance and education. The Symphony has administrative offices in Atlantic City and Bridgeton, NJ, allowing it greater access to communities throughout its large service region. BAS is a performance and an education organization with its artistic vision driven by the philosophy that music is essential to life. The Symphony provides access to excellence in performance, music training and teaching that enhances the performers, presenters and the participants. 31 W Commerce St., Bridgeton, NJ 08302. 856-451‑1169. www.bayatlanticsymphony.org

CARLISLE SCHOOL OF GLASS ART: Millville. Under the direction of Mary Dougherty and Frank Dougherty III, The Carlisle School of Glass Art was created giving artists of all ages the opportunity to learn and hone their skills under the instruction of many well-known and talented lampworking artists. The 2400 square foot facility was completely designed and built on site with a state of the art ventilation system. Each student is outfitted with an all stainless steel workstation, individual overhead lighting and choice of Carlisle torch along with all the necessary tools to give the student an excellent environment to learn flameworking arts. Classes range from 4-hour torch orientations for beginners to week long workshops in all levels of flameworking. 412 S Wade Blvd, Millville, NJ 08332. 800-922-1167. www.carlisleschoolofglassart.com

CLAY COLLEGE: Millville. Clay College is a spacious 150 feet long facility that's equipped with 15 pottery wheels and four kilns. The gallery located at the entrance showcases the work of students as well as local and regional artists. The studio is open every day and is available for students to work outside of class time. Clay College is bustling during classes and Third Fridays, an ongoing celebration in the Millville Arts District. Clay College is an incredible creative environment for experienced clay artists and newcomers alike. Both credit and non-credit students learn the process of pottery and the ceramic arts at Cumberland County College's Clay College, located at 108 North High Street in the Millville Arts District. Students form distinctive pottery and sculpture by using various hand building techniques including pinch, coil slab and the pottery wheel. Clay College's credit and continuing education ceramics courses are popular among young and old students who take the courses during the day, in the evening and on weekends. Students can take ceramics courses with a career in mind or for personal enrichment. Please be sure to check out their non-credit offerings. 108 N High St, Millville, NJ 08332. 856-765-0988. www.cccnj.edu/arts-innovation/clay-college

CUMBERLAND PLAYERS: Vineland. The Cumberland Players, formerly the Little Theatre of Vineland, originated in February 1946 as an offshoot of the Vineland Community Arts Group. True to their roots, they remain a group made up entirely of volunteers who are amateurs in the true sense of the word. They produce shows only for the love of theatre and the desire to share their talents with the community and offer opportunities for grassroots participation among young and old theatre lovers. 66 E Sherman Ave, Vineland, NJ 08360. 856-692-5626. www.cumberlandplayers.com

DELSEA DRIVE-IN THEATRE: Vineland. The Delsea Drive-In was built in 1949, closed in 1987, and reopened in 2004. Located in Vineland, New Jersey, it is New Jersey's only drive-in movie theatre. It is less than a one hour drive from Atlantic City, Philadelphia, and Delaware. Combining the nostalgia of the drive-in movie theatre with modern technologies and healthier food choices, the Delsea Drive-In offers affordable family fun for all ages. The number of drive-ins has fallen from over four thousand to less than four hundred over the past few decades, but you can still experience the nostalgic at the Delsea Drive-In. 2203 South Delsea Drive, Vineland, NJ 08360. 856-696-0011. 856-451-7300. www.delseadrive-in.com

GALLERY 50, INC.: Bridgeton. Gallery 50, Inc. has been serving the cultural needs of Cumberland County since the 1970's. They host at least one gallery event or showing every month. They have been instrumental in starting Bridgeton's 1st Friday Celebrations, each 1st Friday of the month they host an opening celebration for their newest exhibition. Come meet the artists that evening and enjoy light refreshments. 50 E Commerce St, Bridgeton, NJ 08302. 856-575-0090. www.gallery50.org

GLASSTOWN ARTS DISTRICT: Millville. Enjoy and experience a southern New Jersey town steeped in the history of American glass making while strolling through its downtown Arts District. You'll find 20th and 19th century buildings and homes of rich architectural history. There is a focus on fine arts at the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, a public gallery and education center. Private galleries dot the streetscape with an offering of original paintings, ceramics, glicees, mosaics, and more. Browse among speciality shops – unique gifts, antiques, books, hand-crafted fashions, candy – and indulge yourself with old fashioned personal service. You will find an excellent selection of restaurants, cafes and pubs for breakfast, lunch and dinner! The fare includes classic Americana diner-style food, Euro-California cuisine, great subs and pizza, pub fare, Sushi and Chinese, and fine dining in luxurious atmosphere. You'll want to enjoy the Wild and Scenic Maurice River as you walk along the 700 foot river walk or enjoy a picnic in the Captain Buck Riverfront Park. There is convenient parking located in the one block that separates the downtown and the river. While in Millville you'll want to include a visit to Wheaton Village and the Millville Army Airfield Museum. Both are teeming in the rich history that has shaped the lives of the residents that are proud to be a vital part of this community. Make your visit a memorable one with a trip to the Glasstown Arts District in Millville. 22 N. High St., PO Box 609, Millville, NJ 08332. 856-293-0556. www.glasstownartsdistrict.com

LANDIS THEATER: Vineland. The Landis Theater, in Vineland, NJ, had its grand opening in March of 1937. Originally, an Art Deco style movie theater, the Landis Theater also showcased many Vaudeville acts including Abbott and Costello. In 1987, after many years serving the Vineland community, the Theater closed its doors. The restoration of the Landis Theater is the cornerstone of a major redevelopment plan for Main Street Vineland. The Landis Theater Performing Arts Center seats 750 patrons and includes an elevator to the luxurious mezzanine. The Landis Theater Performing Arts Center hosts its own events including professional entertainment, national touring artists, cultural and multi-cultural enrichment programs, dance, classical music, jazz, doo-wop, musicals, drama, local talent, and productions by The Landis Theater Actors. 830 E Landis Ave, Vineland, NJ 08360. 856-794-4100. www.landistheater.com

LEVOY THEATRE: Millville. The century old Levoy Theatre of Millville is run by a non-profit organization and is a first-rate performing arts center that serves and educates a wide audience in South Jersey. The theatre holds culturally diverse programming and performing arts shows throughout the year. There is also a children's Summer Theatre Camp for students. The Junior Camp is for incoming 2nd grade students through 8th grade students, and the Senior Camp is for incoming 9th through 12th grade students. The Levoy Theatre is committed to supporting performing arts education for all ages and abilities in Southern New Jersey and the surrounding area. 126-130 N High St, Millville, NJ 08332. 856-327-6400. www.levoy.net

LUCIANO THEATRE AT THE GUARACINI PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: Vineland. The Fine and Performing Arts Center enhances the learner-centered philosophy at Cumberland County College by providing and supporting diverse programs in the visual and performing arts. 3322 College Drive, Vineland, NJ 08360. 856-691-8600. www.cccnj.edu/fpac

PAT WITT'S BARN STUDIO OF ART: Millville. Nestled on rustic wooded acreage in Millville, New Jersey, The Barn Studio of Art is housed in a former hay barn and flower shop. For more than 50 years The Barn has been a draw for the southern New Jersey art community. The originator and driving force for The Barn is Patricia Vanaman Witt, who reflects a positive art spirit and offers all students a warm haven for their creative outlets. Born February 10, 1927, Pat Witt began studying art in 1937, attending the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Glassboro State College. She has had many one-woman shows, and has been part of group shows for more than 40 years at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Art Alliance, The Noyes Museum, Brian Parent Center, and as part of the American Painters in Paris Bicentennial in 1976 in Paris, France. The Barn Studio is considered on of Pat's biggest works of art. She founded it in 1962 and has taught and inspired thousands of children and adults with her enthusiasm for the arts. Recognized for her many achievements, her biggest reward comes from her students who have gone on to become accomplished freelance artists, painters, potters, architects, photographers, commercial artists, illustrators, graphic designers and art teachers. Pat and The Barn associates have taught thousands of students, from 4 years old to over 80 years of age, taking classes in painting, both nature and still life, drawing, pastels and pottery. Not just a studio but a sanctuary, The Barn is surrounded by trees, plants, flower gardens, and its very own pond. Inside The Barn is light and airy, filled with plants, easels, antiques, costumes, statuary, a cat a dog or two and boxes of recyclable. All are utilized to build a still life or backdrop for experiments and masterpieces. Classes are available weekdays, evenings, and Saturdays, during the fall, winter and spring, as well as with guest instructors for summer classes. The Barn offers unique opportunities for a limited number of students each year through apprentice and mentoring programs. 814 Whitaker Avenue, Millville, NJ 08332. 856-825-5028. www.barnstudio.org

RIVERFRONT RENAISSANCE CENTER FOR THE ARTS: Millville. The Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts (RRCA) was the pioneering organization in the establishment of the Glasstown Arts District in 2001. The arts center first began as an idea developed collaboratively by artists, the city’s leaders and community members in 1999. What was once an abandoned men and boy’s store on a “main street” of vacant stores was creatively rehabilitated as a gallery and art center. Its neighbors consist of new restaurants and pubs, galleries and studios, murals and sculptures, a theatre, parks and an array of other small businesses. together they make up the Glasstown Arts District. That once semi-abandoned “main street” has blossomed into a community comprised of businesses and people who care and help one another and who have two common goals: to bring people together with the arts and to help the area re-emerge from economic uncertainty into a vibrant downtown. The RRCA has four gallery spaces, with monthly exhibits. 22 N High St, Millville, NJ 08332. 856-327-4500. www.rrcarts.com

VINELAND REGIONAL DANCE COMPANY: Vineland. The VRDC has a belief in the value of dance in all forms, styles and disciplines. The VRDC is committed to both the dancers and the sponsoring community. To the dancers, they provide quality professional training, choreography, dance education, stage performances and career opportunities. To the sponsoring community, the VRDC introduces unique expressions of dance and provides high quality caliber performances. The VRDC inspires audiences and forces them to notice that dance does enhance the quality of life and stimulate economical growth and vitality. Their contemporary, modern, jazz and classical styles challenge the elements of space and time. The VRDC is dedicated to artistic excellence and supports the creative process in dance. It is committed to making dance available to everyone, and has a deep-rooted belief that homegrown talent is the best way to bring New Jersey to the forefront of the dance world. 2388 North East Ave., Vineland, NJ 08360. 856-691-6059. www.vrdc.org

WHEATONARTS & CULTURAL CENTER: Millville. WheatonArts is a not-for-profit arts organization, and a leading resource of American craft with an emphasis on the medium of glass, a stronghold in New Jersey's cultural history. Programs include museum and gallery exhibits. interpretive demonstrations in various craft mediums. an artist fellowship program. outreach and on-site school programs. and collector's seminars. All serve to educate a multi-level audience on the role of the crafts in both traditional and contemporary life. Today, WheatonArts consists of over 60 acres with 20 buildings. The Museum of American Glass houses over 6,500 objects, both historic and contemporary. The fully operational glass factory presents daily, interpretive demonstrations for the public with artists showing traditional and contemporary glassblowing techniques. In the Craft Studios artists demonstrate the traditional southern New Jersey crafts of pottery, wood and flameworking. The Museum of American Glass houses one of the world's largest collections of American glass. Over 6,500 pieces are on display in the 20,000 square foot exhibit area. The Glass Studio in the T. C. Wheaton Glass Factory is a fully functioning glass studio architecturally modeled after the original 1888 factory. Studio artists using both traditional and contemporary techniques work side by side in this studio, recognized throughout the country as a valuable resource to the glass art community. The Down Jersey Folklife Center researches and documents regional expressive traditions in New Jersey's southern eight counties. The Gallery of Fine Craft is dedicated to excellence in the development of studio glass art and regional craft through the representation of established and emerging artists. 1501 Glasstown Rd. Millville NJ 08332. 856-825-2410, 856-825-6800 or 800-998-4552. www.wheatonarts.org

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