Exhibit Explores the Wonders of Watercolor


"Two Hundred Mile Radius — the Art of Carol Flori" is now on display through October 28 at the Regional Arts Center, 321 4th Street, Texarkana.

An opening reception is set for Thursday, September 14, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

After a 40-year career as a neonatal registered nurse, Flori made the leap from hobbyist to professional artist and began to create watercolor paintings in earnest. Self-taught, she spent every opportunity learning and painting. Inspired by the large amount of watercolor exhibits at the Watermedia 2000 event in Houston, Texas, Flori soon became obsessed with the medium. The artist uses her own still-life set-ups, photographs, sketches, and plain-air studies to create her work.

Flori desired to pass on her knowledge and experience to help other artists avoid the pitfalls and difficulties of working with watercolors. While she has taught classes and workshops, Flori has also written an instructional book on the subject. She strives to continue to elevate awareness and appreciation of watercolor as a viable medium. It is Flori’s belief that watermedia will always entertain, educate, and uplift the viewer.

Flori has entered many local, regional, and national art competitions. Of all the awards she has won, Flori is most proud of her six People’s Choice awards. She is currently on the Arkansas Artists Registry and was twice selected to show her work in the Arkansas Governor's mansion. She was also selected to have work in the 2016 Arkansas Artist Calendar and was included in the Arts Section of the Arkansas Encyclopedia. Flori recently won first place in a still-life art competition in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Her paintings have been purchased for both private and corporation collections.

Flori is a diamond signature member of the Mid-Southern Watercolorists, a signature member of both the Louisiana Watercolor Society and the Southern Watercolor Society, as well as a past signature member of the Texas Watercolor Society. She is currently pursuing membership for the American Watercolor Society.

The Regional Arts Center is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission is always free.

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