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Art for the mind and heart.

Owner Message
  • The Genuine Article, located in Wheaton, IL, is not just your typical new retail store on the block. It is a studio, a workshop, a gallery, a bead shop and a hands on classroom.

    That may be a lot in one store, but we have something no other store has: Betty James. For more than 30 years, Betty has been a professional artist and art instructor whose expertise has ranged over many different facets of the art world. From sketch drawing to lamp work bead making, she has nearly done it all.

    From this life-long journey and passion the idea of The Genuine Article was born. It is an eclectic space furnished by Betty and contains the art that is closest to her heart, while still allowing her to create custom products and display local and international artists who share the passion for the same.

    Supplies and services we offer:

    ? Beading and beadwork supplies and tools
    ? Lampworking supplies and tools
    ? Polymer clay supplies and tools
    ? Kaleidoscope supplies and tools
    ? Books
    ? Workshops and classes
    ? Free demonstrations

    One of the corner stores of this unique space is our workshop, where classes are taught by Betty on a one-on-one or a group basis. The Genuine Article Gallery offers an array of captivating designer originals from kaleidoscopes to whimsical Art Nouveau chairs, frogman sculptures and many pieces you may have seen, but did not know where to find.

    So whether you are looking to broaden your art horizons or find a gift for the person who has everything, The Genuine Article is the place. We are open late Thursday nights, and private parties are available by appointment. Return policy: for store credit only.

    Call or visit today!. Art|Beading and Beadwork Supplies and Tools|Books|Chains|Classes|Customizing|Design|Free Demonstrations|Jewelry|Kaleidoscope Supplies and Tools|Lampworking Supplies and Tools|Phone Orders|Polymer Clay Supplies & Tools|Workshops|Workshops & Classes

Additional information
  • Hours: Sun Closed;Mon Closed;Tue: 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.;Wed: 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.;Thu: 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.;Fri: 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.;Sat: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.;
  • Payments: Cash, Discover, Visa, Master Card