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The U.S. Embassy is grateful to Michael Contino for lending us his talent and hard work through a series of "Sketch Workshops" that took place at the American Art Space, located in the Al Riwaq Art Gallery. His efforts have increased America's profile in the Bahraini arts communities and made us contacts that we would not have otherwise made.

It was our pleasure to watch Michael's class progressing from mark-making to the basics of portraiture. Each class built on the previous one, exploring a basic technique using exercises to deepen the students' understanding of these principles. It is a testament to Michael's talent that his classes grew with week, ending as a standing room only event.

we would be grateful for Michael to return and hold another art series, building on the work and leadership he has already shown.


Tom Tanner Public Affairs Officer U.S. Embassy Manama, Bahrain

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