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Welcome to West Michigan Glass Art Center! Contact Us: 269-552-9802


Vote for us now at Keep Your ArtsAlive! Art Hop, Friday August 1 @ 5 PM!





VOTING IS NOW OPEN!

Last year the West Michigan Glass Art Center raised over $14,000; placing in the top five fundraisers. With your help, we hope to do even better this year. And we’ve even got an incentive! Two generous donors have offered a $5,000 matching donation. So if you help us raise the first $5,000 it automatically doubles to $10,000! And voting couldn’t be easier. Just Click Here!



This Summer... There's always something to do! 

Try one of these classes, registration still available!
July 12- One-Day Lampworking
July 25- One Day Dichroic Jewelry
July 31- Stained Glass Lamps
August 5- Galaxy Pendants
August 7- Encased Opal Pendants






Come discover the ancient art of glass blowing!  Glassblowing lessons and
classes, right here in Kalamazoo, Michigan!  Our state-of-the-art glass
art studios is the perfect way to become hooked!  Try an Evening with Hot Glass!


Click below for classes!

Glassblowing
Glass Casting
Kiln Fusing
Flameworking
Bead Making
Stained Glass and Mosaic
Multi-Studio Classes
Youth or Parent/Child

Fun things to do
 in Kalamazoo







Create your own unique mold and modules from Kaiser Lee Board that can be used over and over again to create a variety of different projects. You will also make your own design elements like kiln formed stringers, raked glass, frit cookies, painting on glass with paints and powders, strip design and many more.
This workshop is limited to 16 students!
Click for more info and to register!



 

  

Shop our Reflections Gallery/Gift Shop!

Our Reflections Gallery, located within West Michigan Glass Art Center, has a wide variety of affordable glass art and gifts created by local artisans.   Delight someone special with a beautiful piece of handmade art!  You'll be amazed at the stunning array of sparkling jewelry, exquisite vases, blown glass and flameworked sculptures and so much more! We have something for everyone in all price ranges, so stop by today for a friendly smile and gifts that promise to tug on your heart strings. 

Open Mon-Thurs, 9-4:30 p.m., Fri 9-3:30 p.m. & Sat noon-5 p.m.  (No Sat. Hours June - August)




Call to schedule a class or workshop as a private party or team building event!


Bronson Journey Beads-Help Us Make A Difference In a Child's Life!     



LOGO BEADS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT:
West Michigan Glass Art Center and Plata y Oro located in downtown Kalamazoo at 125 S. Kalamazoo Mall.
Journey Beads


                                     Bringing the healing power of art to children who are fighting cancer.  Journey Beads symbolize significant milestones in a child's cancer treatment.

How Can You Help?
We need experienced and aspiring artists to help us meet the need for beads!
See below for open studio dates and blog.
For more info, click here!





This film was generously created by Michael Story, Director of Photography at ImageStream.


Want to take a class?


Click here for our online class catalog payable via paypal
or call us for class descriptions and to register at 269-552-9802.

Note:
If you are interested in a class that won't work with your schedule
or is full, some classes can be scheduled as a party for your group!


A Huge "Thank You" to our 2014 Sponsors!



Thanks so much to the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, The Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, National Endowment for the Arts, Kalamazoo Community Foundation and Allegan County Community Foundation.  You make everything possible!!

Click here for more info on our valued sponsors and how YOU could sponsor the West Michigan Glass Art Center!



 

West Michigan Glass Art Center is located in downtown Kalamazoo, close to the Radisson hotel, Western Michigan University and a variety of great restaurants.  We are close to Portage, MI and about 30 miles from Battle Creek, Michigan.  We are located about 1 hr south of Grand Rapids, MI and about 2 1/2 hours west of Detroit and 2 1/2 hours east of Chicago.  We are the hotspot for fun things to do in Kalamazoo and Southwest Michigan! Visit our Reflections Art Gallery and gift shop for great handmade quality glass artwork created by our local members.  Make us one of your attractions when visiting Kalamazoo.  We have many fun family activities too!  We can create a program just for your family on a schedule and budget that works for you!


 

West Michigan Glass Art Center Wish List:
Bubble wrap, bubble bags.  Tape: Blue, masking, electrical, packing. Color Wheels

Contact Us: 269-552-9802
Located in Downtown Kalamazoo in the Park Trades Center
326 W. Kalamazoo Ave. Suite 100
Kalamazoo, MI  49007

Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Office is closed Saturday & Sunday

*Classes and programs however, are held
during the day, weekends, evenings and on
your schedule! Call us today at 269-552-9802.
                                            Gallery Hours
Contact Us:  269-552-9802
Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  Saturday 12-5 p.m. (Closed June- August)
Closed Sunday






West Michigan Glass Art Center!

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 What is West Michigan Glass Art Center?
We are a non-profit art organization located in
downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan.  Our mission
is to teach, create and promote glass art and
artists.   We teach glass art classes and
programs to adults and youth in glassblowing,
kiln casting, cold working, flameworking,
stained glass, bead making and kiln fusing.
We offer team building events, parties, art
hops and educational programs to teachers
and groups.  Our instructors can also bring
glass art to your classrooms or meeting place! 
Catalog classes,  programs and activities can
also be scheduled to fit your calendar, interest
and budget.  Call us today at 269-552-9802.
CREATE LASTING MEMORIES TOGETHER!

Events

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Park Trades Building (map)
This month the Reflections Gallery is full of beautiful examples of the types of work our instructors and members create in and out classes. Save time to tour the studios, see live demonstrations and get inspired to sign up for the classes in our Fall Catalog, available now!
Park Trades Building (map)
Kiln Forming becomes an adventure when working with Kaiser Lee Board molds and modules. They are reusable countless times and can be used for slumping, draping and castings. Nearly anything you can think of can be realized with KL-board. It enables us to make some of the most unusual glass art objects with surprisingly little effort. KL-board is versatile and will expand your pallet of kiln worked glass. In this workshop you will use them to make projects like wall pocket vases, fountains, cast ...
Park Trades Building (map)
Renowned glass artist Petra Kaiser will be giving a slideshow presentation of her work and glass casting techniques at 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Come early to tour the Reflections Gallery and stay late to watch live glassblowing demonstrations in the Hot Shop. Petra Kaiser has taught workshops all over the United States and abroad, you may know her from her popular books, Introduction to Glass Fusing, Fuse It and Glass Forming with the Mold Block System. She specializes in ...


ART HOPS! 5-9 p.m. FREE!
A Kalamazoo tradition!  Explore the Park Trades Center in Downtown Kalamazoo the first Friday of every month to discover a variety of art!  Enjoy GLASSBLOWING demonstrations and shop our Reflections Gallery!  

June 8th -- August 9
Carnegie Center for the Arts Group Show
Carnegie Center for the Arts, Three Rivers, MI


August 1st Art Hop
Ice Cream Social! Cool off with a scoop of ice cream in a glass bowl created by youth in our 2014 Summer Glass Camp. This event is in collaboration with the People's Food co-op. Enjoy glassblowing demonstrations and the exhibit in our Reflections Gallery.

September 5th Art Hop
Fall Classes Preview! This month the Reflections Gallery is full of beautiful examples of the types of work our instructors and members create in and out classes. Save time to tour the studios, see live demonstrations and get inspired to sign up for the classes in our Fall Catalog, available now!

October 3rd Art Hop
Stunning and Sculptural, Fun and Functional. Renowned glass artist Petra Kaiser will be giving a slideshow presentation of her work and glass casting techniques at 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Come early to tour the Reflections Gallery and stay late to watch live glassblowing demonstrations in the Hot Shop.

October 3 -- 5, Visiting Artist Workshop
Create your own unique mold and modules from Kaiser Lee Board that can be used over and over again to create a variety of different projects. You will also make your own design elements like kiln formed stringers, raked glass, frit cookies, painting on glass with paints and powders, strip design and many more.

November 7th Art Hop
All that Glitters! Take a look at all that glittering glass to kick off the Holiday Season! Stroll through our members' displays, set your eyes and cheeks aglow with live glassblowing demonstrations, and visit the Reflections Gallery for beautiful gifts for everyone on your list!


GIFT CERTIFICATES!
The perfect gift for the artist in your life!  Available
in any denomination.  Redeem for classes, workshops, membership and the Reflections Gallery.  Buy Gift Certificates here! via Paypal or a major credit card. Or call us at 269-552-9802.  




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Thanks so much to the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, The Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, National Endowment for the Arts, Kalamazoo Community Foundation and Allegan County Community Foundation.  Click here for more info on our valued sponsors and sponsorship information.

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