A LOCAL artist is hosting an exhibition of her work at the Irish Arts Centre in New York which features the border area of Louth, Monaghan and Armagh.
Born in Crossmaglen, Kate Arslanian says the area of North Louth and the border are what inspired the work which feature in the art mecca of New York.
“It’s abstract and about the area I love and which touches the three border counties. This area is the centre of everything with it’s beauty on every road and field.
“The catalogue frontpiece for the Irish Arts Centre is of “Federna” which is a bogland about 2 miles out of Cross heading towards Courtbane in Co Louth a place which no words can describe.”
The opening is the 26 January with between 60 and 100 people invited for a drink by the Irish Arts Center and Kate will give a talk on the night.
“It’s a new experience to do a solo in New York where there are around 14 paintings. It was a worry as some of them are over 1.5 metres long and could get damages en route. I arrive on the 21 January with my daughter Régina who is joining me, and we will hang the works the next day.
“I was born Harvey in Crossmaglen and have been living between Ireland and France for over 36 years and it is a place I treasure.I have two brothers, Terence and John, who live in the Crossmaglen area and two sisters Freda in Dromore and Paddy (Patricia) in Navan. I live half the year in Paris where I have my studio am married to Grégoire and have two grown children, Régina who lives in Switzerland and Stéphane who lives in Paris.”
Her show will be in the Iontas, Castleblayney following New York.