The Croft Farm Art Center several events and helped featured talented township artists, Gaye Pino, chair of the Cherry Hill Arts Board, said.
Local artists flocked to the township, and the Croft Farm Art Center
was bedecked with artwork as residents and visitors enjoyed the weeklong event.
This was about the 15th time the township has hosted the event, Pino
said, which has grown each year it's been held.
About 120 pieces of artwork were submitted for the festival, Pino
said, which were whittled down to about 60 from a juror class that consists of local art professionals.
The first year the festival was held, only about 25 pieces were submitted, she
The events are the highlight of the week, Pino
said, and have proved to be very popular.
Many of the events sold out, she
said, and were enjoyed by the visitors.
The music actually brought up old memories for the visitors, Pino
"I went through the crowd, and there was an older woman on a walker, crying.
said, 'this reminds me so much of when I was young.
'I'm just having such a good time.
It's making me so happy,'" Pino
The festival was completely run with the help of volunteers and members of the arts board, Pino
Ticket sales for the different events completely cover the cost for the annual festival.
"All the arts programs are crying, closing and dying because they're not getting financial support.
"We're managing to keep the arts alive in Cherry Hill and expanding without any cost to the taxpayers," Pino
"We're doing it because of the volunteers and the support from the mayor and Council.
We're making a lot of people happy without having a lot of financial resources available.