Nights out, either alone or with friends, no longer need to be spent in the usual bar or tavern. Chicago's Arts n Spirits dares to be different by offering an alternative form of entertainment by letting guests enjoy a drink while painting during open art sessions or private events.
“Here at Arts n Spirits, we want to make the creation and enjoyment of art accessible to those who believe they have little or no artistic talent,” Vikas Chokshi of Arts n Spirits said. “We replace the technical aspects of art instruction with a fun, relaxed and stress-free environment where your creative side can flourish, and you might become aware of abilities you didn’t know you possessed.”
Evening art classes typically start at 7 p.m. from Wednesday to Saturday (please check the calendar for specific details), during which students are taught to paint by replicating a featured artwork chosen for the night. The painting featured for July 13, for instance, is Edvard Munch's “The Scream.” The $40 fee is inclusive of all materials: a 16-inch by 20-inch canvas, paint, brushes, easel and apron. All guests have to do is book in advance and bring the drink of their choice (BYOB).
For those who wish to paint during the day, Arts n Spirits offers an Open Art session from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays (unless the venue is booked for a private event).
“During Open Art, the studio is open for anyone to walk in and be creative,” Chokshi said. “The $25 fee includes all materials, and you can spend as much time as you want creating your masterpiece. A lot of people don't have the supplies or the space to paint on an everyday basis, so we provide both to them.”
Because Arts n Spirits recognizes the enjoyment of painting with friends and family, the company also hosts private gatherings, such as birthday parties, reunions, fundraisers, corporate and club events, and other special celebrations. There is a 10-guest minimum, and each person costs $45. For children under 12, the cost is $30 per child. Food may be catered or brought in, in addition to BYOB.
“When you rent us out for a private event, you also get to choose the painting you want instructed,” Chokshi said. “If there is a painting that you want instructed during your private party that is not one of the ones that we regularly instruct, we have the ability to create it and then instruct it for you.”
For more information about Arts n Spirits’ services, call 773-772-3877, view the shop on the Web at www.artsnspirits.com or follow Arts n Spirits on Facebook and Twitter. Arts n Spirits is located at 1921 North Damen Ave. in Chicago.
About Arts n Spirits
Arts n Spirits is Chicago's newest venue for an entertaining night out on the town. It's the perfect place to get together with friends and family to relax, unwind and enjoy time painting together while sipping a favorite beverage (BYOB). Arts n Spirits seeks to make the creation and enjoyment of art accessible to those who believe they have little or no artistic talent.
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