Arts in Action
Bottega's mixing up the art and music scene
Originally from New York, ADDIE WUENSCH’s introduction to BOTTEGA ART & WINE was as a server. Now, two years after buying the business, Wuensch is turning it into a space for local art and talent to flourish.
Wuensch used to work at Bottega for a long time before she bought it. She worked at the original Princess Street location for almost ten years. Prior to working at Bottega, she worked with individuals with special needs.
She decided to buy the business because she loved it and the community it created.
“I bought it when it was at the Princess Street location as it was closing, and I moved it to the Fourth Street location,” Wuensch says, referring to the current spot at 723 North Fourth Street. “I just loved the business, and I’d worked there for a long time. I loved the people, the customers, the artists, and the art community, and I just couldn’t bear to see it closed pretty much.”
Wuensch is an artist herself and says that she has always been interested in promoting the work of other artists.
“I like to work with musicians and artists,” she says. “I like business, so it’s like the perfect fit for me.”
Wuensch says that her booking talent involves brainstorming different kinds of things to present to the Wilmington community. She thinks about different things that people can do artistically, musically, with poetry or film, and then tries to incorporate that into her events at Bottega.
“I’ll reach out to people and ask them if they’re interested in doing an event,” Wuensch says. “Or, people will usually Facebook me or call me and tell me what kind of event they’re thinking about, and I’ll look at dates.”
Wuensch likes to host multimedia events, such as incorporating poetry and music together, or screening films and showcasing live music.
As for Bottega’s current endeavors, they are teaming up with WHQR to present Bottega Live every fourth Friday of the month from 8 to 9 p.m. It’s an hourlong program recorded at Bottega. The program was created by Wuensch, her friend Jeremy Webster, and his father Vince Winkel, of WHQR. It airs in conjunction with Wilmington’s Fourth Friday Gallery Walk, a free monthly event where studios and art galleries downtown open up to the general public.
“Bottega Live is a live music recording and then an interview with the artists,” Wuensch says. “We were inspired by NPR’s Tiny Desk and we thought it would be cool to like showcase the local talent since there is a lot of local talent here.”
Wuensch, Webster, and Winkel pitched it to the public radio station and worked on the idea for six months before giving it a test run.
Wuensch is excited by this new endeavor as well as the other opportunities she is creating with Bottega. For her, the arts programs and events allow her to share aspects of the Wilmington art and music scene with everyone.
“I just think it’s really important to embrace art, especially with everything that’s going on in the world,” Wuensch says. “And we need to have an art community where people can express themselves. I just think it makes people happy.”
To view more of photographer Terah Wilson’s work, go to terahwilson.com.
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