BRIDGMAN — There’s a new haven for glass artists in Bridgman.

Fusion Gallery and Studio, operated by local glass artists Pam Bower of Paw Paw, Cindy Fielding of Benton Harbor and Carolyn O’Hearn of St. Joseph, recently held its grand opening at 9723 Red Arrow Highway (in the Monogram Center).

Fielding said Fusion focuses on fused glass and metal art, with some other mediums also in the mix.

“We felt that there are a a lot of glass artists in the general area and we wanted to promote them,” she said.

In addition to the Gallery and Studio’s owners, all of whom are art glass artists, works by the following are featured at Fusion: blown glass vessels by Judy Hallisy of Saugatuck; fused glass art by Catherine Pampalone of Stevensville, Candy McClung of Lawton and  Suzanne Fortenbacher of St. Joseph; mosaic wall art by Greta Hurst of Baroda; flame-work jewelry by Carol Blumenberg of Bridgman; stain glass art by May Schultz-Reed of Eau Claire and Barbara Hogarth of Fennville; metal wall art and hand crafted sterling silver jewelry by Stephanie Buysse of Mishawaka and boro baskets by Jim Woerdeholf.

Three years ago, Bower, Fielding and O’Hearn started “Glass on the Go” teaching beginning fused glass classes at various restaurants and wineries in the area. Now that they have gotten so many people excited about creating

fused glass they felt they needed to get a home base for students wanting to learn more.  

This summer beginner glass classes will be held at their new gallery at 10 a.m. every Tuesday and Saturday, and drop ins are welcome for those classes.

The classes are $35 and includes instruction, all materials and firing their project. Visitors to the area are welcome to join in the fun and they will be happy to mail your projects home if needed.

Advanced classes are also being offered one Saturday a month. For more information, call Fielding at (773) 882-9407 or go to “Glassonthegoclasses.com” for a complete schedule.

Fielding said the gallery’s “design corner” section includes smaller versions of large-scale works by Fusion artists. The owners and several other artists are available to work with clients creating one-of-a-kind pieces for commercial or residential needs. Wall art, indoor, outdoor and hanging glass sculptures, murals, back splashes and stain glass panels are some of the range they can offer.

Gallery hours for June are currently 10 a.m. Tuesday and Saturday mornings for beginner classes. Open 11 a.m. Friday and Saturday and at noon on Sunday, and happy to open by appointment Monday, Wednesday and Thursday (just call 773-882-9407).

The Monogram Center complex, located at the corner of Red Arrow Highway and Lake Street in Bridgman, includes four Monogram Inn & Suites full-size suites above Fusion and the Early Bird restaurant, with the Inn and other shops including the Clothes Horse, Klippers Family Salon, and Rochefort’s The Next Generation around the corner toward Lake Street. Next door to the Studio & Gallery is the new Hummingbird clothing shop.

Owner Marty Mason said there are a total of 11 Monogram Inn & Suite units in the complex. For information on availability go to(monograminnandsuites.com).

“There’s a lot going on, It’s a neat corner,” he said.

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