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Gallery Showing at Cafe Nirai, Okinawa Japan

Cafe Nirai will showcase the photography of John R. Burgreen III from April 17 through 22. Though well known for his award-winning artistic layouts and HDR Photography, this is the first exclusive viewing of John's work.

Virginia US ( Freightnet ) native of Virginia, John joined the United States Marine Corps shortly after high school and was assigned duties as a graphic designer. Already an accomplished illustrator and painter, John expanded his artistic training at the Defense Information School at Ft. Meade, Maryland in 1998. After which, he was sent to Camp S.D. Butler on Okinawa, Japan for duty ( ). John served two years on Okinawa and another year at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina before being honorably discharged from the Corps. After serving as a U.S. Marine, John joined the ranks of MCCS Okinawa, a military morale, welfare, and recreation program that serves eight military bases and approximately 60,000 American service members and families on Okinawa and at Camp Fuji, Japan, as a Senior Graphic Designer and Publication Art Director for Okinawa Outdoors and Okinawa Living Magazine.

John has been shooting since early 2006. Largely self-taught in the field of photography and design, his work has garnered awards worldwide, including gold and silver awards from Association for Publication Excellence (APEX), Magnum Opus (Missouri School of Journalism), and the International Academy of the Visual Arts. John and his wife, Tomoko, reside on Okinawa, Japan.

Large and small photographic prints ( ) showcasing the beauty of Okinawa and Japan will be on display. Photographers and art enthusiasts are encouraged to stop by to view the pieces. All 16x20 and 20x30 prints will be signed and numbered. All prints in this show will be available for the first time and will be numbered "1".

Cafe Nirai is located in Mihama, near the Sunabe Seawall. Head north on Highway 58, passing Camp Lester. Turn left at Hamagawa intersection). Pass two stop lights. After the second light, make an left. Follow the road until iyou reach a T-intersection and make a right at that T. Cafe Nirai will be one block down, on the right and is the building with the wooden deck. A map to Cafe Nirai is available at

John Burgreen




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