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culturalpenthouse FEATURING JAMES GORTNER AT STAMFORD TOWN CENTER

STAMFORD, CT — In partnership with Stamford Town Center, the Clementina Arts Foundation will soon debut a brand new art installation: FLAG+Up Spaces’ culturalpenthouse. A reception to officially launch the public exhibition will be held at the Town Center on Sunday, February 11 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The free exhibit will be on display at the shopping center through June 15, 2018.

After a successful launch of a Sprouting Spaces studio at the Wilton River Park Shopping Center in Wilton, CT on December 17, the Clementina Arts Foundation begins the New Year continuing to deliver on its promise: building community through the arts. On Sunday, February 11, CAF’s program FLAG+Up! Spaces will launch culturalpenthouse at Stamford Town Center. This exhibit, located on the mall’s upper level 9, aims to enhance the already strong architectural features that will serve as a fitting backdrop for a curated show.

By displaying emerging and mid-career artists in the space, CAF and Stamford Town Center hope to draw shoppers and pedestrians alike to the lofted top floor. Knowing an integral element of this is community involvement, CAF approached Stamford Town Center with the idea of turning their non-retail space into an exhibition floor. Culturalpenthouse will open with exhibits by Columbia Graduate and Harlem based contemporary artist, James Gortner. By working with CAF, Stamford Town Center furthers its commitment to creating extraordinary retail environments.

Parking: Park anywhere and any elevator will take you to Level 9 for check-in.

“We will turn this never-used top floor space into a ‘cultural penthouse,’ promoting the visual arts for the 10-million plus visitors the mall welcomes every year.” Alvarez adds, “The arts and giving back to the community has been our language since 2009 — way before anyone spoke of merging community and the arts. We are excited to user our knowledge, track record and brand to transform this space into a place that draws the community in, and up.“

For more information, please contact info@clementinaarts.org. Photos and curatorial notes are available on request.

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ABOUT STAMFORD TOWN CENTER

Stamford Town Center features over 100 distinct contemporary stores including Armani Exchange, J. Crew, Brooks Brothers, H&M, Macy’s, Michael Kors, Pottery Barn, Saks OFF 5TH, Uniqlo, Williams-Sonoma, XXI Forever and Zara. The shopping center’s pedestrian-friendly restaurant Plaza features an assortment of fine dining and fast-casual eateries such as Rascal Flatts, The Capital Grille, The Cheesecake Factory, Kona Grill, Plan B Burger Bar and Pieology. For a complete list of stores, restaurants, hours of operation and promotions, visit www.shopstamfordtowncenter.com and follow www.facebook.com/stamfordtowncenter.

ABOUT CLEMENTINA ARTS FOUNDATION

The Clementina Arts Foundation (CAF) is a newly formed arts non-profit that seeks to build community by supporting artists’ careers from the studio-level all the way to the museum-level: locally and internationally. It was named after its founder’s, Fernando Luis Alvarez (director and founder of Stamford’s Alvarez Gallery), grandmother and young daughter, Chloe Clementina. Mr. Alvarez was born in the US but lived with his grandmother, Clementina, in Medellin, Colombia from the ages 3-months to 12 years. They lived in a lowerincome community — despite having means to be in a more affluent neighborhood — as his grandmother believed in using one’s strengths to elevate the lives of those less fortunate. Working hand-in-hand with his grandmother during his most formative years inspired Mr. Alvarez to continuously give back to his community later in life.

CAF funds three crucial programs, with three distinct objectives: 1) Kid+Contemporary – to engage students in contemporary art, collecting and creative expression; 2) Sprouting Spaces – to grant studio space to emerging artists by partnering with landlords who have vacancies; and 3) Special Situation Funding – to give back at its own reach to museums.

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