Views from the American Whiskey Trail Exhibit Opens at National Press Club

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “Views from the American Whiskey Trail,” a collection of paintings by Scottish artist Ian Gray showcasing the culture and heritage of America’s distilled spirits, opened today for the first time in the United States at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., according to the Distilled Spirits Council. Gray’s collection of paintings captures scenes from America’s most celebrated and significant whiskey distilleries, many of which are National Historic Landmarks. The images focus on the distilling process and unique character of each distillery including Maker’s Mark, Jim Beam, Woodford Reserve, Wild Turkey and Jack Daniel’s. “While touring the distilleries of Kentucky and Tennessee, I was captivated by the beauty and the legacy of the distilled spirits culture and heritage in America,” said Gray, whose paintings will be on display through Friday, April 7. Views from the American Whiskey Trail will mark Ian Gray’s first exhibit in the United States. Gray’s work has been featured in galleries in London, Germany, Canada and Scotland. His unique style of art has been recognized worldwide for his mix media technique of photography of paints. Gray’s clients include German Parliament, the Singapore Government, Citibank, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, and Glenmorangie among others. “Views from the American Whiskey Trail is a journey into the cultural heritage and history of spirits in America,” said Peter Cressy, Distilled Spirits Council President. “This series provides a glimpse into the fascinating role distilled spirits have played in our nation’s history.” The American Whiskey Trail (sm) is a national heritage and tourism initiative, featuring historic sites and museums in 5 states that showcase whiskey and distilling. The Gateway to the American Whiskey Trail is George Washington’s Distillery at Historic Mount Vernon, which is currently being reconstructed and will be open to the public in April, 2007. To take an online tour of Gray’s Views from the American Whiskey Trail, please visit: /trail/.