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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Geralyn Maloney
503-444-1301 geralynmaloney@gmail.com
SAN DIEGO ARTIST J. RAYMOND MIRELES OPENS A CROSS CULTURAL EXHIBITION AT IMPERIAL GROUNDS IN LOGAN HEIGHTS

(San Diego, CA – May 26, 2016) Imperial Grounds Coffee will open a photographic exhibit featuring San Diego artist J. Raymond Mireles on Friday, June 17, from 6-8 p.m. His new work entitled The “Evolution of American Culture: The Afro Pick from 1962 to 2016” consists of five individual images of the afro pick as developed and mass produced by the San Diego hair cutter and innovator Willie Morrow. The cumulative work uses the evolution of the locally born afro pick as a metaphor to describe the commercialization of American culture. Mireles and two special guests will be at the opening to share the story behind the picks and their effect on African-Americans throughout the years.
The photographs will be displayed from June 17 to July 22. If you would like to arrange for an interview or speaking engagement about the exhibition, please contact Geralyn at: geralynmaloney@gmail.com or 503-444-1301.
J. Raymond Mireles has been photographing and documenting the American experience for 25 years now. Beginning as a commercial photographer in the 1990’s his roster of advertising clients has included Fortune 500 companies like DuPont, Intuit and Pfizer. Mireles has pursued documentary projects about the oil boom in North Dakota, life in the contemporary art hub of Berlin, economic disparity in the California desert, and the people and places that make up the central New Mexico of his ancestors. His public exhibition of large format portraits, entitled Neighbors, is presently on view in Logan Heights.
Owners Michele Gonzalez and Steven Williamson opened Imperial Grounds Coffee this year in Logan Heights, a thriving historic community just east of downtown San Diego. They wanted to create an anchor for the community and a friendly place for people to meet. The coffee bar features expertly crafted cappuccinos, macchiatos, espressos and more, offering fair trade, organic coffees and teas from Cafe Moto. In addition to caffeinated specialties, a selection of gourmet pastries and treats are available, with planned pop-up events and guest offerings. Imperial Grounds Coffee is located at 2920 Imperial Avenue, and is open seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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