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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – (December 19, 2014) – Colombian artist Edwin Gil and business partner in Charlotte based Café Perfecto will have his art exhibit – Celebrating Colombian Coffee: An Artistic View of ‘Farm to Cup’ Through Upcycling – on display at Joe Van Gogh through January 30.

Gil, a Colombian native who uses discarded and recycled pieces of glass as his medium, created artwork that traces 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 were hand painted to give way to his 4’ X 4’ pieces that celebrate one of Colombia’s finest exports known throughout the world for quality and taste.

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Sherwin-Williams (NYSE: SHW) announces its partnership with renowned Latino artists, Edwin Gil and Alexander Mijares, during Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) as they use Sherwin-Williams colors to complete community art projects in Charlotte, NC and Dallas, TX. Gil, a Colombian native who calls Charlotte home, will use the paint in his international anti-bullying art enterprise, Faces of Diversity. Mijares, a Miami native with Cuban and Spanish roots, will help headline the grand opening of LAB ART Texas on September 18 at 7pm, at 315 Cole Street, Dallas, TX 75207.

Mijares also completed a special collaborative project earlier this month with artist MAR at Taverna by Lombardi using Sherwin-Williams paint.

“Sherwin-Williams’ support of Faces of Diversity is proof positive they believe in the power of color and art to transform our communities,” says Gil. “Sherwin-Williams continually builds up Hispanics and arms them with the tools, in this case color, to affect positive change in schools that ultimately reshape the minds of our children by addressing the dire consequences of bullying.” Read more

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Despues de retornar a Casa y sentarme a recordar las experiencias vividas el jueves durante el opening de mi exhibición, es imposible no escribir algunas palabras de agradeciemiento para Ustedes.

En Mis obras se ve reflejado como con trozos de vidrio puedes crear la más hermosa obra maestra, construir “Arte” con pedazos de diferentes tamaños, formas, y colores es el reflejo exacto de la vida; La vida está llena de situaciones diferentes, algunas más brillantes que otras, tonos claros y oscuros vemos a diarios con nuestras experiencias vividas, momentos que Al final hacen parte de una obra maestra “nuestra vida”.  hoy, estoy seguro que el opening fue un trozo de brillo para mi obra:  brillo,  porque en mi vida resaltará por  siempre lo grato de compartir con ustedes y celebrar el arte upcycling. Read more

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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.

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NATIONS FORD STUDENT BECOMES LATEST FACES OF DIVERSITY INSPIRATION
Little Boy’s Courage During Adversity Sets Tone For Amazing Art Piece

 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – (December 19, 2013) – Faces of Diversity, an international art enterprise that breaks down stereotypes using art, today announced Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools’ (CMS) Nations Ford Elementary School will become the latest school to receive a Faces of Diversity by artist Edwin Gil. As part of the CMS’ Making It Better character development initiative, Faces of Diversity uses experiential art activities to encourage respectful dialogue and understanding among students, staff, and the community. Gil collected more than 700 Nations Ford Elementary School student thumbprints during the week of December 16 and created a giant 8′ X 8′ face, which will be unveiled on December 20, 2013 at Nations Ford Elementary School, 8300 Nations Ford Road, Charlotte, NC 28217 at 10:00 a.m.

“We are honored to be a part of such an amazing project that addresses bullying in our schools,” says Omar Jorge, Partner at Compare Foods Supermarkets and Faces of Diversity Corporate Sponsor. “Nations Ford Elementary is a very diverse school, so initiatives like Faces of Diversity are crucial in promoting inclusion, acceptance and respect among students.”

“Faces of Diversity continues to build student confidence as it helps to ensure all students are valued regardless of their station in life,” says Brian Cockman, President of Rooster Communications and Faces of Diversity Co-Creator. “Partnering with the CMS’ Making It Better initiative was a natural fit since both programs seek to unite students and the communities in which they live.”

Edwin Hernandez was selected as Nations Ford Elementary’s face in the Faces of Diversity program. Hernandez was chosen to represent the school as result of his work ethic, perseverance, respect for his fellow students, and courage amidst a serious medical condition. He has overcome many obstacles in his life and is a first generation U.S. citizen of Mexican decent. Hernandez confronts these medical challenges head on and never makes excuses. He treats all students equally, does not ask for special treatment, and does so because he believes it is the right thing to do. His actions and maturity make him an excellent role model for all Nations Ford students.

The CMS Making It Better Initiative works with Faces of Diversity to tell the stories of 10 students within the district who stood for a cause.  The entire student body gets involved, hearing Edwin Gil’s own story, while becoming an integral part of the art piece with their thumbprint.

Most recently, Faces of Diversity has worked with Harding University High School in Mecklenburg County and Iredell-Statesville Schools’ Statesville High in addition to Union County Public Schools. Its international reach extends to Medellin, Colombia in which a team of volunteers worked with pre-school children and their families. For more information on Faces of Diversity, visitwww.EdwinGil.com.

 

About Nations Ford Elementary School: Nations Ford Elementary School offers a positive and nurturing environment that provides meaningful opportunities for overcoming adversity and developing students’ strengths that produces leadership,responsibility, and academic success.

 

About Faces of Diversity: Faces of Diversity helps promote diversity and multicultural awareness through hands on art activities and thoughtful conversation. It reaffirms a sense of unity and connection among diverse groups by demonstrating how our differences should be respected and celebrated. Contemporary, conceptual artist, Edwin Gil, shares his personal story of triumph over tragedy, leads workshops, and creates a large 8′ X 8′ piece of artwork using participant thumbprints. The ‘face of diversity’ is gifted to each participating organization and serves as a reminder that our collective strength comes from our individual talents and unique personalities.