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Franklin Street Works launches "Wine Garden: Contemporary Pouring, Contemporary Pairings, Contemporary Art" on Friday nights this summer

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Stamford, CT - Franklin Street Works, a not-for-profit contemporary art space and café in the heart of downtown Stamford, Conn., is pleased to announce a new summer culinary event, "Wine Garden: Contemporary Pouring, Contemporary Pairings, and Contemporary Art." The Wine Garden, which features a curated wine list and expanded menu, will be open Fridays, 5:00-10:00pm, June 30 through August 25, 2017.

Wines chosen by local sommelier and restaurateur Mary Schaeffer will be paired with a selection of light bites by chefs Erin Emmett and Will Heyne. Highlights from the new menu include: Manchego Soppressata Fig Tarts paired with a Tuscan Contrada di San Felice Sangiovese, Turkey Chili Bean Dip and Corn Tortillas paired with Tilia Malbec from Argentina, Ham and Swiss Croquettes paired with a hand-crafted Bridge Lane Chardonnay produced in Mattituck, and Warm Spiced Nuts paired with Zardetto Private Cuvee Prosecco.

Pairing wine and food with contemporary art, Wine Garden will feature a tour of the current exhibition, The Work of Love, The Queer of Labor, by Franklin Street Works creative director Terri C Smith.

Weather permitting, the Wine Garden will take place on Franklin Street Works' tree canopied back patio, complete with a communal style picnic table and community garden. For rainy days, the event will move indoors to the art space's airy and cozy cafe.

With Wine Garden nights Franklin Street Works continues to pair art and eating — reflecting trends of New York museums that focus on providing unique dining experiences for visitors.

“We are excited to be activating our back patio space this summer by pairing wine, food and art, giving the Stamford community cultural and culinary content that simultaneously entertains and enriches,” says Bonnie Wattles, executive director of Franklin Street Works.

Franklin Street Works is a not-for- profit contemporary art space and café whose mission is to manifest contemporary art projects in a professional and welcoming setting. Franklin Street Works aims to broaden community participation in the arts, contribute to a larger arts dialogue, and cultivate emerging artists. To date, the organization has exhibited the work of more than 250 artists, curated 22 original exhibitions, and organized approximately 120 programs, including talks, tours, and performances. Their work has received national and regional support, including a two-year grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and two matching grants from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. Exhibitions have been recognized with positive reviews in major publications such as Artforum online, Art Papers, Modern Painters, Hyperallergic, Bomb blog, the Daily Beast, and

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