Explore Beautiful Local Art Along Kokomo’s Walking & Biking Trails

If you are looking to experience more of Kokomo’s local art and culture, look no further than the trails!  Cheryl Sullivan, photographer and Kokomo Art Association President, was gracious enough to share some of her great photos with us taken along the Wildcat Creek Walk of Excellence and the Industrial Heritage Trail.

Now that spring is upon us, what a great time to get outdoors to walk, jog, or ride your bike while enjoying beautiful murals and pieces of public artwork, many created by local artisans. Check out Kokomo’s trails to explore those shown below and many more!  You can also find local art by Kokomo Art Association artists at the Kokomo Artworks Gallery in Downtown and the Kokomo Art Center.

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Kokomo Artworks: A New Downtown Jewel

Kokomo Artworks, a co-op of artists within the Kokomo Art Association, recently moved to a beautiful new gallery in Downtown Kokomo.  While the entrance from the outside looks like a typical downtown shop, what you see inside is anything but ordinary! 

A variety of artwork, ranging from watercolor, photography, to ceramics are all wonderfully displayed throughout the two story gallery, perfect for browsing with a morning cup of coffee or for holiday shopping.  Art classes are also given for those that want to try their own hand at painting or other forms of art.

In addition to individual artwork displays, Little Town Glass Company has a glass studio on the second floor featuring stained glass art, glass jewelry, and steampunk gears (a very fun moveable art) and more.  This family business (father & sons) hand-selects glass locally made at the Kokomo Opalescent Glass Company to make their unique and exquisite glass creations.

Little Town Glass Company's owner Michael West works in his glass studio inside Kokomo Artworks

Also, both Kokomo Artworks and Little Town Glass are part of the Indiana Glass Trail, which features several stops in the Kokomo area as it winds through the state.  For more information on the Indiana Glass Trail, visit www.IndianaGlassTrail.com or call the Greater Kokomo Visitors Bureau at 800-837-0971.  

Artworks is located at 210 North Main Street in beautiful Downtown Kokomo.  Hours are Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. & Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  For more information, call 765-459-4579 or visit their website.
 
Because often a picture can say more than words, here are some photos taken this week at Artworks.  Make time this holiday season to visit this new downtown jewel!

Travel Along the Indiana Glass Trail

The Indiana Glass Trail was launched in 2010 and is a showcase for talented Hoosier artisans and glass blowers who create magic with glass.  The trail connects several communities throughout the state, including Anderson/Madison County, Columbus, Hamilton County, Kokomo/Howard County, and Muncie/Delaware County.  Glass factories, galleries, museums, studios, festivals, and workshops can be found in these communities along the trail.

Kokomo offers several attractions featuring glass.  Take the fascinating tour at the Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory, America’s oldest art glass company.  Watch as molten glass is poured and rolled into colorful sheets of art glass and shipped all around the world.  Demonstrations by skilled glass blowers can also be seen.  Public tours are given weekdays Tuesday through Friday at 10 a.m.  The Op Shop offers beautiful and unique glass items to purchase, including vases, suncatchers, serving boards, perfume bottles, and paperweights.

Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory

Kokomo Art Association’s Artworks, located in the Kokomo Mall, carries the work of several glass artists, such as glass jewelry among other unique items.  Greentown and Jenkins glass can be seen at the Greentown Glass Museum and Seiberling Mansion in multiple exhibits.  The Greentown Glass Museum houses a vast number of pieces of glassware produced by the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Company in Greentown between 1894 and 1903.  For more information on glass in Kokomo/Howard County, call 800-837-0971 or visit www.VisitKokomo.org.         

Explore The House of Glass in Elwood, offering factory tours on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  In addition, their gallery features a stunning collection of glass art created by their skilled craftsman, including antique and modern style paperweights, animal sculptures, vases, lamps, and glass jewelry to purchase.  For more information, call 765-552-6841 or visit their website.

Dale Chihuly Glass Chandelier at Columbus Visitors Center

Columbus is home to two original works of glass by world-reowned artist, Dale Chihuly.  The stunning 900-piece neon chandelier  is on display in the Columbus Visitors Center and Chihuly Sun Garden Panels in Suspended Circle are uniquely featured at the Columbus Learning Center.  A variety of unique and colorful glass items are available to purchase in the Columbus Visitors Center gift shop.  Glass art can also be seen at Zaharako’s restaurant, Exit 76 Antique Mall, and used in a variety of ways in architecture throughout Columbus.  For more information, call 800-468-6564.

Purchase Glass Items at the Columbus Visitors Center Gift Shop

In Hamilton County, stroll the Carmel Arts & Design District to find glass-filled antique shops and galleries featuring contemporary glass art.  Glass can also be found throughout Hamilton County’s eight great towns.  For more information, call 800-776-8687 or visit their website.    

Muncie is renowned for its glass history beginning with the Ball family.  Art glass is plentiful from beadwork to sculpture.  Plan to visit the Ball State University Museum of Art and the Minnestrista Center.  Visit the website for festivals and glass artists in the Muncie area or call 800-568-6862.

"Catalyst" Sculpture (made of limestone, stainless steel, and dichroic & plate glass) at Muncie's Minnetrista Center

For more information on the Indiana Glass Trail, visit www.IndianaGlassTrail.com.  If you would like to receive the Indiana Glass Trail brochure, call 800-837-0971 or email information@visitkokomo.org.

Free Art Exhibits Feature Photography & Multi-Media in March

The Kokomo Art Association will present the 16th Annual Open Photography Competition Exhibit on March 2-27 at the Kokomo Art Center.  The exhibit is open Tuesday – Saturday from 1-4 p.m.  Admission is free.  A reception and awards ceremony will be held on March 28 at the Kokomo Art Center at 2 p.m.  For more information, call 765-457-9480.

Don’t miss the 3rd Annual Multi-Media Show at the Indiana University Kokomo Art Gallery!  The exhibit will be open March 6-25.  Hours are Tuesday & Thursday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Saturday Noon – 4 p.m.  Admission is free.  Contact 765-455-9523 or visit their website for additional information.

Usher in the start of Spring with a celebration of the arts in Kokomo!  For more information on Kokomo attractions and events, check out www.VisitKokomo.org.