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Gallery Pioneers Educational Program for Local Artists

Through its ground-breaking Artist Leadership Program, Al-Bareh Gallery has expanded its mission to include not only exhibiting great art but also developing great artists. Conceived by Al-Bareh founder Hayfa Aljishi and sponsored by Tamkeen and the Economic Development Board of Bahrain, the program aims to further the education of young Bahraini artists.

Given the local absence of both art school and a strong tradition of criticism, most are self-taught and lack access to the resources available to their artist peers elsewhere. To fill in these gaps, a curator-in-residence conducted workshops for thirty local artist. Two exhibitions of their works followed, with others to come.

Al-Bareh, one of the first modern art museums in the Gulf, aims to re-invent the function of an established art gallery for both artists and the general public and is currently planning a second edition for 2014 that will build on the foundation laid this year.

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Jennifer MacKenzie

Poet, writer and teacher Jennifer MacKenzie grew up on Bloomcrest Dr. in Bloomfield Hills, MI, which inspired her to wonder about places with patterns other than floral. Following her education at Wesleyan University's College of Letters and the University of Iowa's Writers Workshop, she followed a zig-zag course that included a pilgrimage across the top of Spain and a long sojourn in Syria in pursuit of the language of Muhammad al-Maghout and Moudthaffar al-Nawwab. While in Damascus she completed the books of poems "Distant City" and "My Not-My Soldier" (forthcoming from Fence Books) and edited the magazine Syria Today. Her poems and essays can be found in numerous journals including the Kenyon Review online, Guernica, Quarterly West, and Lungfull. She currently lives in New York.

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