In the middle of the main block of downtown Roanoke is Katharos Art & Gift shop. Owners Kathy and Chris Bailey have worked very hard to fix up and improve the building and it is now an inviting shop full of charm.
Filled with different types of artwork from more than 15 different artists, Kathy says she likes to be able to showcase and help display work, especially from artists that haven’t shown before. We showcase work from local talent and probably 95% of what is in the shop is local Northeast Indiana. We also like to find unique and unusual items that I haven’t seen around here and have added some artists from a little further away with hand crafted pieces including metal and ceramic clocks and wire sculptures. There are oil, acrylic, watercolor, and photography works to hang on walls; there is jewelry and pottery for sale to use; and there are also textiles with quilts, scarves, pillows and aprons; items that are knit, sewn, and pieced. Nicely displayed on antique pieces of furniture, the shop has a warm and comfortable feel.
Kathy makes fused glass pieces, a talent she developed from an interest in creating jewelry from lamp work beads. With the purchase of a kiln, she expanded to art fairs and then galleries in Indiana, Chicago, Michigan and Ohio. Wanting to display her work herself and not have to travel to shows, led Kathy to locate both personally and professionally here in Roanoke. “We love being here in Roanoke and enjoy being part of a smaller community,” she says. In addition to her jewelry, she makes larger items such as art glass pieces for interior design and functional pieces like plates, platters and candle holders.
The shop is divided into two sections with the front being the area to display the works of art and the open back half reserved for classes. Classes include tips on hanging and arranging artwork, making a fused glass pendant and creating a Christmas bracelet with charms and basic wirework, bead frames and caps. Kathy books small groups with private classes whether a group of Girl Scouts working on their jewelry badge or a group with an interest in learning to make something new. The minimum number to book a class is 5 and the space can handle up to 10-15 depending on the activity and the age of the participants.
- Phone: (260) 676-2445
159 N. Main St
Roanoke, IN 46783
PO Box 358
Roanoke, IN 46783