Well-wishers filled the new Bottle & Bottega art and wine concept studio at 1016 Davis St. Wednesday night for a grand opening celebration that included wine, hors d’oeuvres, and the creation of works of art.
Owner and event hostess, Lynette Martin says her Downtown Evanston studio is about bringing out the creative side in everyone - regardless of skill - through art and wine gatherings. “Our customers are pushing aside their iPhones and laptops and coming together to make paintings in a fun and supportive environment,” Martin says. “All they need to bring are their friends and a bottle of wine.”
Top: Evanston residents Anne Marie Carli and Dawn Welch at work on their art. Above: Lynette Martin of Bottle & Bottega.
The Bottle & Bottega grand opening also served as a fundraiser for Girls in the Game, a non-profit organization providing health education and leadership training. WMAQ-TV Sports Reporter, Peggy Kusinski, who sits on the Girls in the Game board, was on hand as celebrity painter for the celebration.
WMAQ-TV Sports reporter, Peggy Kusinski painting with party attendee and author Kathleen Maguire.
Event attendees, Anne Marie Carli and Dawn Welch, both of Evanston, enjoyed making their own ‘masterpieces’ during the party. “I have no artistic skill whatsoever, but the in-house artists are giving me step-by-step guidance,” Carli says. “It’s amazing that I have actually created something I like.” Welch agrees. “When there is someone to guide you along, the process feels very safe," says Welch. "This is especially good for people who don't think of themselves as artists.”
Bottle & Bottega offers a variety of ‘bring-your-own-bottle’ art making opportunities throughout the year. Their 'Calendar of Events' offers nightly ‘Public Painting Parties’ with an instructor on-hand to guide the process. The studio is also a venue for any type of private party, including bachelorette parties, baby or bridal showers and corporate team-building events.
Martin says she’s thrilled to be opening her new art and wine gathering space in Downtown Evanston. “We launched Bottle and Bottega a year ago as a mobile concept – offering it at different venues on the North Shore,” explains Martin. “I love that we now have a permanent brick and mortar home in Evanston.”
The Davis Street opening marks the fifth Bottle & Bottega concept studio franchise in the Chicago area, according to Bottle & Bottega co-owner and COO, Stephanie King-Myers. “We are growing into new communities and providing a reprieve from the rigors of everyday life,” King-Myers says. “Bottle & Bottega is a great alternative to a night out at the movies – groups of friends can come spend an evening with us.”