Bottle & Bottega’s South Loop location celebrated its grand opening in late August by hosting three celebrity artists for public events to benefit charities. In addition, the celebrity whose painting receives the most votes on the company’s Facebook page will win $250 for his or her selected charity. Voting for each charity painting will take place on the South Loop location’s Facebook page at facebook.com/BottleBottegaSouthLoop through Oct. 8.
The celebrity guests–Stefanie Safran of “Stef and the City,” Rochelle Vayo-Adkinson of Chicago’s “Bring It Home” and Karl Sponholtz from the sixth season of “Design Star”–each painted one of Bottle & Bottega’s new heart series images and selected a charity to benefit. Sponholtz’s painting will be replicated for the public on Sept. 24, Safran’s on Oct. 1, and Vayo-Adkinson’s on Oct. 8. A portion of all proceeds from those public event registrations will benefit the Center on Halsted, the La Porte Hospital Foundation and the American Cancer Society, respectively.
Bottle & Bottega offers BYOB, “bring your own bottle,” art classes and parties for birthdays, bridal and baby showers, bachelorette parties, and team-building events. The events take place in studios; off-site partner locations like restaurants, bars or wine shops; private homes; and corporate venues. Most classes are $35 and include all art supplies. Guests bring their own beverages and enjoy an instructor-led evening of art creation.
Only three years in business, Bottle & Bottega is taking off fast. The original Bottle & Bottega is located in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. In addition to the new South Loop company-owned location, Bottle & Bottega’s first Illinois franchised locations opened this summer in Glen Ellyn, La Grange and Evanston. Bottle & Bottega also has one franchised location in Denver, Colo. Franchises start out as mobile businesses, then open a studio location within six months of signing the franchise agreement.
“We’re a kind of liaison between local artists and the community,” Stephanie King-Myers, founder and president of Bottle & Bottega, said. “It’s our job to find something our guests connect with—an artistic medium, event or cause—and bring them together for a fresh, unique party where guests have a lasting memory to take away.”
As the only art party concept that focuses on multiple art forms and themed events as part of its regular business offerings, Bottle & Bottega’s “art parties” may focus on painting a canvas, creating a mosaic, painting a wine glass or making jewelry. Each studio has its own special classes, including themes such as “Monday with the Masters,” “Taco (or Tapas) & Art Tuesday,” “Couples and BFF Night” and “Wine Down Wednesday.”
For more information about Bottle & Bottega, call 773-313-9133, view the company on the Web at bottleandbottega.com or visit 2900 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago, in addition to its other locations.
About Bottle & Bottega
Bottle & Bottega's hands-on art sessions allow anyone to uncork their inner artist and create something of their own. Get inspired by original works of art, an on-site artist's guidance and of course, a glass of wine.