In 1970, the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts (1048 Washington St., Cape May; 609-884-9053) was formed to preserve the landmark Emlen Physick Estate, a magnificent 18-room Victorian mansion built in 1879. Today this historic home is the headquarters for the Mid-Atlantic Center fo the Arts. Here they host craft fairs, antique shows, and special events throughout the year.
Perkins Center fo the Arts (395 Kings Highway, Moorestown; 856-235-6488, http://www.perkinscenter.org) housed in a beautiful 1910 Tudor mansion, hosts six art exhibitions throughout the year, displaying the work of emerging and accomplished artists in media such as watercolor, photography, pottery, and works on paper. They also offer classes and workshops.
Peters Valley (19 Kuhn Road, Layton, 973-948-5200, http://www.pvcrafts.org), a tiny community in the Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area, is a craft education center. There you can take workshops and see exhibits by artists from around the world. You won’t wan to miss Peters Valley’s annual craft fair, which is held in the last full weekend in September. It’s one of the largest craft fairs in the coutnry, hosting over 160 artists who work in a variety of media.