During this leg of our journery, A. Paul and I had the opportunity to walk High Street and visit the few open businesses/galleries along the road followed by a drive to nearby Wheaton Arts Center. Both visits were informative and inspiring.
At Wheaton Arts Center, we resourcefully poked around until we caught the attention of someone in one of the main studios. As it happened, it was the glass studio within the center. The center closes at the start of January but the main entrance to the quasi-Victorian village is still open for museum viewing during Jan - March, when the season begins again for the Arts Center, thus why we were able to poke around.
|Kerry Filiberto and Andrew Newbold|
The large space surrounding the major central kiln can seat 50+ people and in season the studio is most commonly used as a working demonstration center where apprentice and laymen learn the secrets of glassmaking, though one is hands on and the other through viewing. Though none of the artists we spoke to actually have their own website, you can read about the history of the Wheaton Center and Don Friel is a featured artist on the site http://www.wheatonarts.org/
|A. Paul with Don Friel, left|
|Clay College Ceramic Studio Sharon (r) and Jean (l)|
White beaches, victorian style houses, and fun. Though the town itself was in hibernation, it is easy to see that Cape May is a quaint, fun loving beach town. Long stretches of white sand balance the colorful rows of new and revived victorian homes that dot the main beach road. About two blocks into town is a walking-only shopping district.
After a short frolic on the beach, we headed to N. Cape May to catch our hour twenty minute ferry ride across the Delaware Bay. The ride was a bit cool and bumpy but we simply bundled up in the car and headed out with the sun on our faces.