US Consulate staff creates Saigon painting to celebrate diplomatic ties

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Staff members of US Consulate and artists in Ho Chi Minh City pose with an oil canvas of Ho Chi Minh City they created on March 18, 2015. File photo Staff members of US Consulate and artists in Ho Chi Minh City pose with an oil canvas of Ho Chi Minh City they created on March 18, 2015. File photo

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Staff members of the US Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City joined local artists on Wednesday to create paintings of the city and Washington DC to celebrate 20 years of Vietnam and US’s normal relations.
Artists from Ben Thanh Art and Frame walked the consulate staff through the creating of the paintings, which will hang in a public area at the Consulate General, according to a press release.
Preparations started two months ago when the US General Consulate decided to celebrate the 20th anniversary of US-Vietnam bilateral relations through art.
It chose iconic buildings in Washington DC and Ho Chi Minh City as the subjects of the paintings, including Ben Thanh Market and HCMC's tallest building Bitexco.

US Consulate staff members and HCMC painters pose with a logo especially designed to mark 20 years of Vietnam-US relations. File photo
Consul General Rena Bitter said the anniversary is significant because “as Secretary of State Kerry said on his most recent visit to Vietnam, no two countries have come further together faster than the US and Vietnam.”
President Truong Tan Sang and President Barack Obama in 2013 signed a comprehensive partnership agreenent between the two countries, marking a breakthrough in the relationship, she said.
 

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