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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – (JUNE 17, 2014) – Café Perfecto, a single origin, Direct Trade Colombian coffee company, today announced it will partner with the Colombian Consulate of New York to sponsor artist Edwin Gil’s latest Upcycling exhibit Celebrating Colombian Coffee: An Artistic View of ‘Farm to Cup’ Through Upcycling. The opening will take place on Thursday, July 17 in advance of Colombia’s Independence Day from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Colombian Consulate of New York, 10 E 46th Street, New York, NY 10176. Gil, a Colombian native who uses discarded and recycled pieces of glass as his medium, will create pieces that trace Café Perfecto’s journey from the El Socorro Family Farm where its grown to the coffee cup here in the United States. Thousands of mosaic-like pieces of glass are hand painted, which will give way to 10 4’ X 4’ pieces that will hang in the Consulate through July 30.

“Colombia’s Independence Day is on July 20, so what better way to commemorate this upcoming special occasion than celebrating one of our finest exports that’s known throughout the world for its quality and taste,” says Mauricio Villegas, Gallery Coordinator, Colombian Consulate of New York City. “Colombia is one of the top three coffee producing countries in the world, while the United States is the largest coffee consumer. It was a natural partnership to collaborate on this art exhibit because our two countries have such close ties when it comes to coffee.”

“Upcycling is the process of reusing discarded objects in such a way as to create a product of a higher quality or value than the original,” says artist Edwin Gil. “The marriage of Upcycled art and coffee was seamless for me since both are very near and dear to my heart. I remember drinking my first cup of coffee when I was just a boy and believe this artistic expression that’s distinctly Colombian opened the doors to other creative outlets like working with my hands and ultimately becoming an artist.”

“When we started Café Perfecto just last year, we knew that community involvement and good corporate citizenship were part and parcel to what we wanted to be,” says Café Perfecto, Partner & CMO. “By co-sponsoring this event, we were able to combine two of our loves – art and coffee – all while creating a fun event that honors the people of Colombia who work tirelessly to bring extraordinary tasting coffee to all of us here stateside.”

Light hors d’oeuvres and a signature Café Perfecto espresso martini will be served as part of the evening’s event. Speakers from the Colombian Consulate, Café Perfecto and Edwin Gil will give a brief overview of this collaborative effort.



Artist Edwin Gil will donate his time and talent to the Humane Society of Charlotte’s Ties & Tails Gala on Saturday, October 20. As part of the live auction, Gil will provide a specially commissioned Upcycled piece of the winner’s pet to be completed after the gala. The total worth of this project is $7,000 and is uses Gil’s new medium of recycled glass. Gil’s two pet chihauhaus serve as the inspiration behind one of his current pieces and his way of demonstrating his love of pets to the community at during the Ties & Tails Gala. “The love of an animal is unconditional and it is my hope by donating my skills as an artist to the Humane Society and one lucky winner that we can bring attention to the animals that change our lives,” Gil says. “I’m thrilled to be a part of the Ties & Tails Gala and just as art saved my life, I intend to work with the Humane Society as they save the lives of our four-legged family members.”

Lolita and Rosita

Lolita y Rosita “Upcycling”

The Ties & Tails Gala is an elegant, black-tie optional evening fundraiser featuring a cocktail reception, live entertainment, an open bar, dinner and dancing, and both a silent and live auction. Guests celebrate the Humane Society mission and recognize those that make a difference in the lives of homeless pets. Best of all, canine companions can attend with attendees! They will be treated like VIPs (Very Important Pooches) as they enjoy: their very own dog concierges, a souvenir “red carpet” photo with the “pawparazzi,” strutting their stuff with their owners in the Pet Promenade, and having their photo displayed at the event!

The fundraising goal l for this year’s Gala is $100,000, which will help the Humane Society of Charlotte continue its work of bringing love and hope to all animals by ensuring the humane treatment of companion animals through adoption, spay/neuter and education.In 2011, the community helped them serve over 15,000 pets and their owners. They hope to celebrate even more “Happy Tails” in 2012, but your is greatly needed!

About Humane Society: The Humane Society of Charlotte is working with you to create a world where there are no more homeless and unwanted animals. As a “space available shelter,” our policy is that all animals at the Humane Society of Charlotte are offered the opportunity of a safe and loving home. For every animal adopted, another animal comes in. The Humane Society of Charlotte is a private, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization supported by the generosity of many animal lovers, grants, bequests and fees for services.

About Edwin Gil: Born December 11, 1971 in Itagui, Colombia, Edwin Gil is a contemporary conceptual artist best known for his vibrant colors and proprietary paint technique used to achieve depth and movement in his works. Gil combines his post-graduate studies in Psychology, as well as knowledge gained by working with great Colombian artistic masters like Hector Favio Castaño and Jorge Botero Lujan, to find meaning in the ordinary. In doing so, he has developed three fundamentals for painting – for fun, for love, for life – that can be seen throughout his work. After moving to the U.S. in 2000 and a short stint in Miami, Gil established himself in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he became the principal focus of Hispanic art.