'Color Happy' exhibit now on display; reception Nov. 14

Artist Catherine Querin brings her colorful, full-of-texture creations to the Mildred Harrison Dent Fine Arts Gallery in the latest exhibit, “Color Happy: 365 Days of Expression.”

Querin is a Spartanburg native and parent to two Spartanburg Day School students, Grace and Nicholas. When not creating art, she teaches yoga and co-owns a jewelry business.

A self-taught artist, Querin works intuitively with no expectation or idea of an end product. She enjoys painting in the abstract and experimenting with different mediums including acrylic paint and polymer, oil sticks and oil pastels, pencils, charcoal and wax crayon. 

“I have always been curious and creative,” she said. “There is an exploration of line, shape and color, and a constant moving and evolving from each brushstroke and mark made.”

Her “Color Happy” exhibit is a reflection of the last 365 days.

Sam Mitchell, coordinator of the Mildred Harrison Dent Fine Arts Center, called Querin a “hidden gem who is polished and ready to shine.”

“I am enamored by the wealth of artistic talent we harbor within our walls at SDS,” Mitchell said. “Last year I asked if she would like to exhibit and without hesitation, she agreed, but little did I know I was asking her to produce her first solo exhibit. ‘Color Happy: 365 Days of Expression’ is the culmination of Catherine's creative thought process applied to over 45 canvases.”

A reception will be held Thursday, Nov. 14, from 5:30-7 p.m. The exhibit will be on display in the gallery through Dec. 6.