Selma Art Guild mixes wine, art for unique experience

Published 8:09 am Thursday, October 17, 2019

Scores of people piled into the Selma Art Guild’s headquarters on Selma Avenue Friday evening for an event featuring local art and wine and a wide selection of savory bites.

“The Art of Wine” event featured the work of Pamela Stewart, whose art hung from the walls during the festive affair, and wine made by her husband, Roger Stewart, which was paired with the heavy hors d’oeuvres being served.

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Pamela Stewart was born and raised in Selma, but said that she has spent most of her married life away from her hometown – she and Roger Stewart moved back to the city about five years ago.

“I love being back,” Pamela Stewart said. “It’s like I never left.”

For his part, Roger Stewart says he fell into the wine-making craft when a heart problem left him stuck at home – the amateur vintner said he needed something to do and stumbled upon wine.

“It’s a hobby of mine,” Roger Stewart said. “It’s a lot of fun.”

Roger Stewart laughed when asked how much revenue his adopted hobby generates.

“I give so much of it away it’s unreal,” Roger Stewart said with a laugh.

While Roger Stewart tends to sell himself short when it comes to his wine, the local vintner offered a wide variety of wines to those who attended Friday’s event, including a Riesling to be paired with cheeses and fruit, and a Cabernet Suvignon to be enjoyed with heartier offerings, such as beef stew or steak.

Tickets for the event were $25, with all of the proceeds going toward the Selma Art Guild.