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Wine and canvas studio to open in Geneva

GENEVA – A wine and canvas studio is headed to Geneva, with an opening planned next week for The Chilled Palette, at 500 S. Third St., Geneva.

Owner Miriam Kuta is awaiting the Geneva City Council's final approval of her beer and wine bar liquor license – expected on Monday – and plans to open up shop the next day on May 20.

"I love Geneva," said Kuta, a Crystal Lake resident. "And I think people down there would welcome something like this."

The business is built around the idea of having a drink and painting for recreation. Kuta said it would be available for private parties, such as ladies nights out, bachelor parties, children's parties and date nights.

Her website, which still is under construction, also would offer a schedule of paintings that anyone could attend, she said.

"Every night is a different painting. You pick the painting you like, and somebody is walking you through it step by step," Kuta said. "And in two hours, you have painted a 16-by-20 canvas. It's your own canvas."

Kuta said the studio is large, at 2,200 square feet, so it can be divided up to accommodate more than one party. Those who attend can bring their own snacks or cater a private party. Kuta said she does not have a permit to make food, but can have prepackaged snacks such as pretzels.

Kuta said people are surprised that she does not consider herself an artist.

"I'm a recreational artist," Kuta said. "That's what this is, recreational art. It's healthy for people to create their own thing and not be judged on it. You do not have to be an artist to do this."

On a date night, the couple would each work on the same painting, but once completed, it would be a diptych, which is a series of two paintings.

"And when they hang it, it's one painting,"  Kuta said.

This is not Kuta's first business. She said she owned a paint-your-own ceramic studio, which she sold and a candy store, which she closed six years ago, both in Crystal Lake.

Kuta said she has been coming to Geneva for 35 years. A brother and a friend live in Geneva, and her mother lives in Wayne.

But besides that, she chose Geneva for her business because of the downtown.

"They do a lot with the downtown. Everybody I know loves to go to Geneva," Kuta said. "The Chilled Palette will be a good fit for what is there already."

Information is available by calling the studio at 630-208-0276 or visiting its Facebook page. 

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