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In the Gallery: Catherine Hearding

May – June 2023:

View “Waterworks” in the gallery by artist Catherine Hearding.  Exhibit is on display at the library from May through June and is viewable during library hours. Meet the artist at her reception on Thursday, May 4, 2023 from 6:30 – 7:30 PM.

“In looking at my body of work for the past decade, it becomes apparent that a large majority of my paintings include water as a subject or at least in a supporting role. I have spent many hours seeking to understand patterns and colors of water in all its forms. It is a dynamic subject dependent on light and atmospheric changes. It is a moving target and never the same, so each time it is painted, the artist must rethink the approach. It challenges me to consider movement, patterns, values, color, and edges to capture the ever-changing nature of this element.” -Catherine Hearding

Catherine is a landscape painter who uses watercolors to demonstrate the elements of color, shape, value and light, inviting the viewer to see the subject from a unique perspective. Catherine is a self-taught artist with more than 40 years of experience painting in watercolor. She earned a BA degree in zoology and botany from the University of Montana. For a number of years, Catherine designed and marketed a line of watercolor notecards featuring her designs. In the 1990s, herfocus shifted to painting the landscape and she began exhibiting her paintings locally in 2001. In 2006, she first entered her work in national exhibitions.

Catherine is a past president of the Minnesota Watercolor Society and holds signature status in the American Watercolor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Watercolor USA Honor Society, Louisiana Watercolor Society, Missouri Watercolor Society, Minnesota Watercolor Society and Red River Watercolor Society. She has received many local awards and a number of national awards, including: American Watercolor Society (High Winds Medal, 2019), Adirondack National Exhibition of American Watercolors (Finer Family Award, 2016, Pulsifer Award, 2014 and Trails and Streams Medallion, 2011), Louisiana Watercolor Society (President’s Award, 2013), Watercolor USA (Museum purchase award, 2011), Missouri National Watercolor Exhibition (Sutherland Lumber Co. Award, 2010), Red River Watercolor Society (Silver Award, 2009). Her work is found in many private and public collections including the Springfield Art Museum (Springfield, MO).

Catherine’s work has been published in International Artists Magazine (December 2021), Watercolor Artist Magazine (February 2014) and American Artist Watercolor Magazine (Summer 2008). Her work has been included in Northlight Books “Splash 14” and “Splash 16.”

Catherine has been teaching courses in basic watercolor techniques since 2004. She also teaches a full schedule of classes and workshops in color theory, landscape painting and composition. She works from her home studio in Lake Elmo, Minnesota.

View pdf brochure of exhibit. Read more about Catherine and her work at her website: