The 2014 Stars of Texas Juried Art Exhibit awards ceremony was held Saturday night, in conjunction with a reception for the artists and event luminaries. In addition to the recognition of the award winning artists and their works, Saturday's event was the official opening of the exhibit.

Of the 86 artists and 144 works selected to participate in the exhibit, 15 received were chosen by the juror, Benito Huerta, as the top pieces of the show. Stars of Texas, thanks to their many and generous sponsors, was able to award $7,000 to the winners of this year's events.

Receiving the honor of being named the winner of the Dorothy Mayes Best of Show award, along with $1,000, was Erin Medellin of Weatherford, with her oil painting titled "Ready for My Close-up, Mr. DeMille."

The Texas State Optical Juror Award, and it's $750, went to Carolyn Wood of Brownwood, with her acrylic painting, "The Celebration of Rose." 

These, the other winners, and all of the 144 works selected for the exhibit will be on display to the public, beginning at 1 p.m. today. The gallery will be open until Feb. 15, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., weekdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sundays.

This year's sponsors of the Stars of Texas Juried Exhibit include the Arts Council of Brownwood, City of Brownwood, Barr Fabrication LLC, Jane Ellen Jamar, Margaret and Stuart Coleman, Big Country Ford Lincoln, Stanley Dodge, Texas State Optical, Kohler Co., J.Hite Homes Inc., Betty Martin, the family of Mary Cadenhead, the family of R.T. and Annis Allen, Marcia Elling, Marla Stanley, and Charles and Kay Beth Stavley.

Approximately 70 pieces, not accepted to the Stars of Texas exhibit, are displayed in the Salon des Refuses, hosted in the Brownwood Art Association gallery, located at 215 Fisk Ave. That gallery's hours will correspond with those for the Stars exhibit.

Other awards presented Saturday night were,

$500 Don C. Martin Memorial Sculpture Award - Esteban C. Apodaca of San Angelo, "Dad and I" in clay and wood

$500 Kohler Award - Jenna Murray of Denton, "Tell Tail Sign" in mixed medium

$500 Kay Beth and Charles Stavley Merit Award - Robert Priddy of Priddy, "Patience?" in graphite

$500 Larry J. Elling Memorial Photography Award - Randy Hall of San Angelo, "Taoist Temple"

$500 Mary Cadenhead Pastel Award - Kit Timmins of Brownwood, "Wait! That's Not Mine"

$500 J. Hite Homes, Inc Merit Award - Robert W. Cook of Granbury, "Chimneys of Auch" in watercolor

$500 Oil Medium Award (anonymous donor) - Ben Sum of San Angelo, "Wudang Morning"

$500 Rufus F. Stanley, Jr. Memorial Watercolor Award - Cathie Tyler of Mason, "House Mountain"

$100 Stanley Dodge Honorable Mention - Ryan McKerly of Austin, "Oval Bowl" in porcelain

$100 Stanley Dodge Honorable Mention - Britt Stokes of Fort Worth, "Piazzo San Marco, Venice '13" photo

$100 Stanley Dodge Honorable Mention - Martha Middleton of Brownwood, "Tea Master" in oil

$100 Stanley Dodge Honorable Mention - Jason Page of Corpus Christi, "Sunset on Lake Brownwood" photo

$100 Honorable Mention - Polly Jones, Abilene, "Carnival Glass" mixed medium