Each year local artist Opal Black and her students display their work at the Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council’s River North Gallery.

This year’s exhibit, which opened Friday, will run through Oct. 31.

“From breathtaking sunsets to incredible flowers, Opal’s vibrant watercolors capture the vivid colors God give us in nature,” said CTFAC Executive Director Julie Crouch Smith. “She and her students have been busy this summer preparing for this exhibit and we are so excited to see their new works.”

Black has been studying art since she was a child.

“Beginning the study of art in childhood and on through university has enabled me to pass on to others what was given to me,” Black said. “The joys of teaching this many years have been many. Friendships have been formed, and the challenge of keeping classes fresh and inspiring has kept me reaching and stretching my own abilities.”

An artist reception for Black and her students will be held from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept 16, at the River North Gallery.

Don’t miss your chance to meet the talented artists at the come-and-go reception, which is free and open to the public.

“My students have blessed my life,” Black said. “I paint and teach to bring a little beauty into their lives and to the recipients of our talents, for I believe beauty nourishes the soul and enriches life.”