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First Lady of France Visits the Invisible Dog Arts Center

By Heather Holland | September 25, 2012 3:06pm | Updated on September 26, 2012 4:56pm

BOERUM HILL — The First Lady of France Madame Valerie Trierweiler took a private tour of the galleries and studios at the Invisible Dog Arts Center on Tuesday morning, and took the time to meet and greet the artists-in-residence there.

Hours before the president of France Francois Hollande was due to speak at the UN, his partner — Trierweiler and Hollande are not married — took a two-hour tour of the Invisible Dog Arts Center during her one-day visit in New York City, said Lucien Zayan, the center’s director.

“It was very exciting for us,” said Zayan. “Her stay in the city was very short so it was an honor that she chose to come here.”

Trierweiler began the visit with a tour of the center’s current exhibit “Shaboygen,” before visiting eight other artists in their studios.

“We are honored to have Madame Trierweiler visit us and thrilled that she loved our building, our art and our artists,” said Zayan. “We also just launched our first fundraising campaign and I am hoping this will help us reach our goal. It was very important support for us.”