The West Michigan Glass Art Center has been closed for about a year to settle its roughly $60,000 debt. Starting next week it will reopen to the public - with a new name and a new look. But the recently renamed Glass Art Kalamazoo still has an uncertain future.
It’s been quieter than usual at the West Michigan Glass Art Center. Since September, the center has closed to the public. It’s stopped all classes and private events. The only people there on a given day are employees and artists renting the studio.
On Saturday, Kalamazoo glass artists and Bronson Hospital staff will make beads for child cancer patients. They’re called “Journey Beads,” and each one represents a type of treatment or therapy the kids have gone through.