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Consul General Grace W. Shelton’s Remarks at

the opening of the U.S.-Bermuda Friendship Photo Exhibit at Masterworks

March 1, 2012 

Good evening Madame Premier, Ministers, ladies and gentlemen.  I’m so glad that you all are able to join me to celebrate the abiding friendship between the United States and Bermuda, as depicted in these photographs.

First off, I’d like to thank Masterworks for hosting this exhibition and for the creative advice and assistance provided by Tom Butterfield and Elise Outerbridge.  We couldn’t have done it without you!  Paul, Kate and Susie have also been a big help – thank you.  Thanks also to David Sousa from KodakExpress and Chris Mitchell from Island Press for their work.  And thank you to Astrid Black who did a fantastic job putting this all together.

We collected the photos from U.S. and Bermudian archives, including some from private collections in U.S. presidential libraries.  The photo of the Clintons in Bermuda was taken by Dr. Peter Perinchief.  Thank you.

The exhibit consists of 26 photos taken since 1946, but I want to point out that our friendship actually spans 400 years, and continues today.  To me, this exhibit puts a human face on diplomatic relations.  Our connections run deep in people-to-people interactions.

I have my favorites and I hope you’ll find some that appeal to you.  Thank you for coming and please enjoy the exhibit.