Beach beauty cap­tured in lat­est mu­ral by artist Kate

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS - By CATHY LEE

THE peo­ple of Gorey have re­sponded well to the lat­est ad­di­tion to the wall at Goreys Civic Square’s Pav­il­lion area which sees the artis­tic tal­ents of Kate Kos as well as the nat­u­ral land­scapes of county Wex­ford cel­e­brated in the form of a colour­ful mu­ral.

Kate’s sec­ond mu­ral to be com­pleted this year was com­mis­sioned by Gorey Tidy Towns with the sup­port of a com­mu­nity en­hance­ment grant.

It con­trasts the town land­scape in her last mu­ral she painted dur­ing spring time, and the Gorey Goat by vis­ual artist James Kir­wan com­pleted in Septem­ber.

Kate ex­plained that she had the view­ers of Wex­ford in mind as she was work­ing on her lat­est cre­ation.

‘I wanted to cre­ate a sea scape rather than a town scape, and paint some­thing to­tally dif­fer­ent to be­fore.

‘I knew this one would be clos­est to the road on the Av­enue, and I wanted it to be a sub­ject that would be vis­able and recog­nis­able,’ she said.

Bas­ing the piece off a pho­to­graph of a Wex­ford beach taken dur­ing the sum­mer, Kate said that she had the peo­ple of Wex­ford’s fond mem­o­ries of the sum­mer­time at heart.

‘Peo­ple are try­ing to recog­nise what beach it is and they have been ask­ing me, but although I worked from a pho­to­graph, I changed the rocks and some other de­tails.

‘Artists should be listening to their view­ers and let­ting them have a bit of an in­put, but on this one I had to to­tally go with my own gut.

Although Kate thought about adding char­ac­ters in the form of swim­mers or beach go­ers, she thinks the piece works well as a stand alone image.

‘It feels like it’s work­ing al­ready as it makes peo­ple think of their favourite beaches dur­ing sum­mer and sunny days, even in the rain,’ she said.

Although Kate said that the rain wasn’t a chal­lenge when she was com­plet­ing the work, with the days be­ing shorter she had to try com­plete the mu­ral quicker, but thank­fully she got there in the end.

A spokesper­son for Gorey Tidy Town’s com­pli­mented the lat­est mu­ral say­ing ‘It high­lights the scenic beauty of North Wex­ford’s beaches, made pos­si­ble thanks to a com­mu­nity en­hance­ment grant’.

This was the third mu­ral com­mis­sioned by Gorey Tidy Towns this year. The Gorey 400 Mu­ral, a view from

Clonat­tin painted in April by Kate Kos was funded by a com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment grant, while the sec­ond, fea­tur­ing the goat cre­ated by James Kir­wan in Septem­ber, was paid for by the Av­enue Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion.

‘We are es­pe­cially grate­ful to the res­i­dents for their gen­eros­ity,’ said chair­man Billy Hal­ford.

‘It meant that we now have a very im­pres­sive art wall which we hope to com­plete with the help of an­other artist, when more funds come avail­able.’

Artist Kate Kos with mem­bers of Gorey-Kil­muck­ridge Mu­nic­i­pal District at Gorey’s Civic Square.

Artist Kate Kos with her new mu­ral.

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