WheatonArts to Host ‘Eco Fair’ on Saturday, May 5

MILLVILLE – WheatonArts and Cultural Center, in partnership with the Cumberland County Improvement Authority, presents “ECO Fair: Artful Living, Handmade & Homegrown” on Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. “ECO Fair” is a free Wheaton Wide Open event featuring the handmade works of New Jersey artists, locally grown native plants, herbs and vegetables from local nurseries and gardening clubs including Rutgers Master Gardeners of Cumberland County, environmental groups, live music and more! Eco-themed hands-on crafts and activities for families are available throughout the day, and children can feed and learn about butterflies in the Rutgers Master Gardeners live Butterfly Tent. Learn how to make a native solitary bee hotel at the CU Maurice River booth, and join their knowledgeable naturalists along the WheatonArts Nature Trail for a scavenger hunt from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

“ECO Fair” Keynote speaker Heather Holm (presented by CU Maurice River and sponsored by Eastern Fresh Growers) will present on the fascinating world of native bees and the plants that support them at 1:30 p.m. in the WheatonArts Event Center, with a book signing following the presentation. Visitors can also meet with bio-artists Robert C. Beck and Sarah Max Beck at 12:30 p.m. as they explain the art of their aquaponics permaculture installation in the Museum of American Glass, part of the new ‘Symbiotic Spheres’ exhibition. Additionally, the NJ Watershed Ambassador will be hosting hourly hands-on demonstrations on the benthic macroinvertebrates living within our local rivers and streams, a vital part of our ecosystem.

Admission to all WheatonArts exhibits and artist studio demonstrations are free and open to the public during “ECO Fair.” For more information about WheatonArts, call (856) 825-6800 or visit wheatonarts.org. For more information about Cumberland County Improvement Authority, call (856) 825-3700 or visit ccia-net.com.