The WV Museum of American Glass (WVMAG) took receipt of a recent major purchase designed to enhance and expand the museum collection. Fourteen display cabinets, purchased from a recently closed museum in North Carolina were delivered and installed.
Museum Director Tom Felt said that the display cases were obtained for $300 a piece, and noted that the cost for a similar new cabinet would normally be around $2,500, making the purchase highly cost effective for WVMAG.
Felt added that WVMAG was considering using the cabinets to house pieces that were produced in North Central West Virginia all in one place to create a cohesive local collection section for the facility.
Felt also sought to put rumors of the museums close, which briefly circulated on social media last week, to bed saying that the rumor could not be further from the truth, and adding the was doing better than it had ever done before.
Felt noted in a email later that he felt the rumor was born out of confusion, with people confusing museum with Scott Meyer’s West Virginia American Art Glass studio which he said had recently closed.
The arrival of the new display cabinets at the museum coincided with the yearly visit from the Phoenix and Cosolidated Glass Collectors Club. This makes the third visit to WVMAG for the club, which is located near Pittsburgh in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania which has supported the museum by donating pieces either for display or to be sold to raise funds.
Club members, in a show of continuing support for WVMAG voted to pay for one of the recently purchased display cabinets.