When most people used to drive past 5200 Delmar, they saw an abandoned 1930’s gas station — a forgotten lot of nothing but bricks and concrete. But Jim McKelvey and Doug Auer saw so much more. With the help of a few other glass enthusiasts, they lovingly renovated the 12,000-sq-ft structure into the largest public glass art center in not just St. Louis but within a 300 mile radius.
Third Degree Glass Factory, is a is a public-access glass art education center that, according to their website, seeks to “promote contemporary glass art by offering education, studio rental for artists and students, and work for sale by local glass artists.”
The state-of-the-art establishment has a super cool open house they throw every third Friday of the month. Third Friday offers lots of demonstrations, music, refreshments and fun activities for peeps of all ages. The four-hour event begins at 6 p.m.
Studio rental programs are available for creating glass art and honing budding or established skills. And people can also watch glass artists at work or amble through the galleries during our normal business hours which are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. According to the site, “artists are generally working on a daily basis but we do recommend calling ahead to see if someone will be working during your visit. We can schedule private narrated demonstrations as well as interactive glass art activities.”