2016 Contraband Days Poster
2016 Poster artist Katie Arimua
Introduction of Artist
Katie Arimura, a New Orleans artist, was born in Japan. She moved to New Orleans in 1955 , where she introduced IKEBANA to the area and published a book called “Discovery of Ikebana”. Katie also began teaching classes in various organizations including Tulane University.
Mrs. Arimura graduated 1977 from Newcomb College Institute of Tulane University in art. After graduation she painted for her own enjoyment and shortly thereafter her talent was recognized by others. Soon after, her abstract painting was accepted by a prestigious art show in Japan and exhibited at the National Museum in Ueno, Toyko in 1979.
Katie continued her studies at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts. She has actively participated in national and international shows including the Annual Exhibition for the Audubon Artist as well as the American Artist Professional League in New York. After being selected as one of the Top 26 painters out of more than 2,000 at Viridian Artists in New York in 2001 and winning first place at the International Art Show in California in 2003, Katie continued displaying her artwork. She won many more prizes in numerous National and International Exhibitions. Katie also exhibited in the New National Museum in Tokyo, Japan and winning a prize in 2006. She is a member of Oil Painters of American since 2002, American Artist Professional League since 2004 and a member of New Orleans Art Association.
“Oil paining is my best friend, offering an ideal way of expressing myself. Like Zen meditation, painting provides me with ongoing mental training. When I face the canvas, I am not overly concerned about the image in front of me because I am completely immersed in a feeling of joy and comfort as the worries of my everyday life evaporate. It is my hope that others find in my paintings something similar to poetry that refreshes our mind...bringing something positive for their lives, like joy, comfort, energy and encouragement.”
Jean Lafitte 2016 Craig Dupont, Dr. Jerry & Mrs. Susan Dunn Arimura, the poster artist's son and daughter-in-law, and Gumbeaux Gator.