ABOUT THE COLLECTION:
One of the best parts of living in the United States is being able to enjoy all four seasons, something I was never able to do in Guatemala, which has only a wet winter and a dry summer. Spring is one of my favorite times, with its refreshing mornings and bursts of color. It is a wonderful season to enjoy the beautiful symmetry and design of Washington, D.C.
FROM THE ARTIST:
I was born in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. I came to the United States in 2006 in search of a better life and have worked in the hospitality industry since I arrived. In 2015, I proudly joined the team at GCDC Grilled Cheese Bar in Washington DC.
I’m a self-taught amateur photographer. I learned the basics by reading articles and books, by watching instructional videos, and by observing and talking to other photographers. I started with a simple DSLR and now use a Sony mirrorless camera.
I’m an outdoors guy, and so I love to explore DC on foot and on my bike during all four seasons, looking for the perfect shot! I hope you like my work as much as I like creating it. My latest exhibition was at the National Portrait Gallery where my work was showcased for a day.
I’m super excited about this exhibit and thankful to my boss Bruce Klores, and to my family and friends for encouraging me. 10% of the sales from this show will be donated to Hogar de Nino Minusvalido Hemano Pedro in my home town which provides food and clothing to kids with disabilities.
For more information on how to purchase a print go to MikeFuentesPhotography.com
It’s time for a celebration! GCDC will celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day and our 3rd BIRTHDAY on Wednesday, April 12th, 2017. “The Young American ®”, our most popular grilled cheese made with our own American cheese blend, tomato, and bacon on sourdough bread will be available for just $3 along with $3 draft beers for everyone in line by 12:30 pm (One sandwich per customer). Pictured is our segment on Fox 5 News April, 2017.
Yumiko Hirokawa was born and grew up in Osaka, Japan. Yumiko is a 2003 graduate of the Corcoran School of Arts and Design. She also graduated from the Doshisha University in Kyoto. She has exhibited her art in Japan, China, Korea, and the US.
During and after the tragic events of 9/11, I was a student of the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC. To commemorate the loss and sadness several fellow students and I did a mural size drawing on a wall of the campus. When we finished the drawing, after many hours of work, we lit candles and prayed for world peace. I realized now that 9/11 made a deep impression on me and became the guiding inspiration for my work. My hope is that my art will, in some small way, contribute to world peace.
All art can be purchased directly through the artist at www.yumiko-hirokawa.com
Sabiha Iqbal was born in Pakistan, but has spent most of her life in the Washington DC area. She earned her Ph.D in economics from the University of Maryland and has been a professor of economics for twenty five years. She studies painting and drawing at the Corcoran School of Art and Design at George Washington University and at Winterpalace Studio in Georgetown. Her primary work is oil on canvas and her interests includes floral abstracts, landscapes and portraits. Sabiha has shown her work in solo and group shows at the Glenview Mansion, The Writers Center, the Corcoran Gallery, and Brookside Garden. Her paintings are housed in many private collections. She now devotes herself full time to art.
Recently my interest in drawing has inspired new work in the form of abstract figuration. These paintings are a unique avenue of expression for me about the human condition. Abstraction has allowed me great freedom to express the essence of things….in particular, light, energy and movement. I hope my work translates the joy of making and the joy of living onto the canvas or paper and calls the viewer to slow down and see.
All art can be purchased directly through the artist at firstname.lastname@example.org
This month’s featured exhibit as part of GCDC’s Local Artist Series is Kip Patrick.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
DC resident Kip Patrick is a longtime travel writer and award-winning photographer whose work has been published by National Geographic, CNN, and Men’s Journal. When not working next door to GCDC at the United Nations Foundation, Kip can usually be found traveling and taking pictures far from home with his wife Liz and one-year-old son Wyatt. Prior to his most recent return to DC (and becoming a dad), Kip and Liz spent 16 months volunteering across Asia, Africa, and Central America, for which they were named National Geographic Travelers of the Year.
ABOUT THE EXHIBIT
This exhibit includes a tiny selection of the more than 50,000 photos they shot during their around-the-world trip, as well as a few recently-shot images from around Washington.
CAMEL TRADER AT DAWN
A camel trader warms as the sun rises over India’s Pushkar Camel Fair, an annual festival that has become the world’s largest showplace to buy, sell, or trade camels. Herdsmen travel from miles around to attend the event, some driving their animals days at a time, resulting in a landscape packed with up to 50,000 noisy, smelly, and seriously flatulent camels.
In addition to the business end of the fair, the event also features camel races, parades, a longest-mustache competition and, best of all, a most-beautiful camel contest. If this one’s not on your bucket list, add it…right after you finish your grilled cheese.
Visit 1of7.zenfolio.com to see additional photos or come Meet the Artist at his opening reception on Tuesday, February 21 from 5-7 pm at GCDC Grilled Cheese Bar (1730 Pennsylvania Ave NW).
BOOK YOUR INAUGURAL PARTY AT GCDC
It’s that time of year!
Book a private party at GCDC with flexible options for grilled cheese flights, cheese & charcuterie boards, cheese & wine pairings or open bar specials to celebrate with your staff and colleagues … Or, let us bring it all to you with GCDC catering!
For either choice, please contact our Events & Marketing Director, Emily Robins, at email@example.com or (443) 574-7853.