Art should be accessible, say the owners of the new Galleria Evangelia. That's why the Clintonville shop is part gift shop, part art gallery.

Art should be accessible, say the owners of the new Galleria Evangelia. That's why the Clintonville shop is part gift shop, part art gallery.

"We wanted people to be able to come in here, find something that speaks to you and is in your price range, and walk out with it," co-owner Kathleen Dlabick said. "Whereas otherwise, you might just walk in, sigh and walk out."

Her outdoor photography prints, which are showcased around the gallery in room-anchoring size, are also available unframed and as greeting cards - a perfect example of the gallery's commitment to affordability.

The merchandise ranges from oversized glass bowls that evoke Chihuly and scratchboard prints to felt monster puppets for kids and handmade soap. Everything's made in Central Ohio.

"They're awesome artists," said the store's co-owner and namesake Evangelia Philippidis. "They're all interesting people, they all have interesting stories, and I make sure when the customers come in that they know those stories."

Philippidis and Dlabick aim to offer pieces that are both made by hand and meet a high level of quality. And they're happy with their current group of artists, who were recruited from among the duo's circle of acquaintances and has expanded since the gallery opened.

Many of the artists don't have a retail outlet otherwise.

"I think that there's a lot of really beautiful work being done locally," Dlabick said. "And I think there's a lot of people who sort of toil in obscurity."

Right now, the selection includes intricate chainmail jewelry by Stephanie Varney, fun graphic designs from Jason K. Burke and intricate paper ornaments by Tom Baker.

The selection will rotate regularly, occasionally focusing on certain themes. Dlabick and Philippidis are planning a Valentine's-centric weekend in February that will include related works by gallery artists and workshops on how to write a love letter or make your own Valentine's Day card, with a calligrapher on hand.

And after they finish getting the other half of the building up to snuff, the gallery will double in size and begin offering workshops in jewelry making and other skills, allowing patrons to get involved in making art themselves.