Early November this year, I have been invited by US Ambassador to Bahrain, Justin Siberell, a native Californian from Hillsborough, to participate in the Cultural Exchange Program through the Art in Embassies. My husband, Goetz, who is an architect, was also invited to give a lecture on sustainability in architecture in the US.

Goetz and I returned from our trip with unforgettable impressions and memorable experiences of the Bahraini culture. Art in Embassies has provided us with an incredible opportunity to connect and exchange with Bahrainis through art: I held 5 workshops where I taught water color to high school and university art students as well as to emerging artists. The Embassy also partnered with Bait Al Salmaniya Cultural Center to exhibit my recent oil paintings for a month. These pieces were also showcased at the Ambassador’s home for the reception, where Bahraini artists and business representatives attended.

(L to R) US Ambassador Justin Siberell, Bernadette Jiyong Frank, Goetz Frank, Ezmeralda Kabbani, Italian Ambassador and his wife, and Mrs. Arnie Siberell

Water color workshop with art students of University of Bahrain

It was an intensive 5-day program filled with enriching encounters, and I would like to share our experiences with you through our photo journal. I invite you to take a virtual tour of Bahrain and our cultural exchanges with schools, artists, craftsmen, and leaders of the cultural organizations by clicking on the link below.