Delaware Art Museum Pairs Wine with Sculpture

Enjoy Art through a New Dimension at Fundraiser in the Sculpture Garden

The Delaware Art Museum debuts a new al fresco fundraiser on Saturday, October 2, 2021, 3-5 pm. Sips and Sculptures celebrates the changing seasons with live jazz, individual charcuterie plates and 24 wines selected by FranksWine. The event will connect people to art outdoors and feature wines paired with the Museum’s outdoor sculptures. Proceeds benefit the Museum. Rain date is October 3.

“The Museum continues to find ways to engage the community in outdoor events, and this is a unique opportunity to see our sculpture garden in a new light – with wine pairings!” says Maggie Oda Lyon, Director of Advancement for the Museum. “Guests can roam at their leisure and chat with wine experts and Museum guides at each of the six sculptures we’ve included in the pairings.”

Oenophiles and aesthetes will appreciate the unique characteristics of the three-dimensional art identified to match the grapes, terroir and other features of the wines.

“FranksWine was thrilled to be offered the challenge of pairing wines with sculptures,” says Frank Pagliaro, Owner of FranksWine. “We engaged many of our favorite industry peeps to help us further elevate both art forms—the art of vinification and the fine art of sculpture.”

Pagliaro began by reaching out to Scott Phillips of Bouchaine Wines to create pairings with Crying Giant by Tom Otterness. This piece is the focal point of the Copeland Sculpture Garden, so named after Gerret and Tatiana Copeland, owners of Bouchaine Vineyards in Napa Valley, Calif.

Another example of a wine coupling includes Protecting the Future by Domenico Mortellito, paired with organic, sustainable and natural wines selected by Pagliaro and John Toler of Dreadnought Wines.

Attire is “fall casual” chic. Guests may bring chairs and blankets, and some will also be available on site. Guests take home their individual cheese boards and souvenir wine glasses.

Tickets must be purchased in advance at The cost is $55 for Members and $65 for Non-Members. Guests must be at least 21 years of age. Featuring fine food and beverages by Jamestown Catering.

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This event is presented by FranksWine. This organization is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on

WHAT: Sips and Sculptures
WHEN: Saturday, October 2, 2021, 3-5 pm
WHERE: Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, De 19806
COST: $55 Members, $65 Non-Members

About the Delaware Art Museum

For over 100 years, the Museum has served as a primary arts and cultural institution in Delaware. It is alive with experiences, discoveries, and activities to connect people with art and with each other. Originally created in 1912 to honor the renowned illustrator and Wilmington-native, Howard Pyle, the Museum’s collection has grown to over 12,000 works of art in our building and sculpture garden. Also recognized for British Pre-Raphaelite art, the Museum is home to the most comprehensive Pre-Raphaelite collection on display outside of the United Kingdom, and a growing collection of significant contemporary art.

Under the leadership of our Board of Trustees, the Delaware Art Museum is implementing a comprehensive approach to community and civic engagement. This exciting new strategic direction requires that we increase our value and relevance to all audiences. Visit to for the latest exhibitions, programs, and performances or connect with us via social media.