After a week of anticipation, the artists and the public will finally learn which pieces captured the eye of the Benito Huerta, the juror for the 2014 Stars of Texas Juried Art Exhibit. The winners will be announced Saturday night and the public will have their first look at the exhibit, Sunday.

Huerta, co-founder, Executive Director, and Emeritus Board Director of Art Lies, a Texas Art Journal, was confronted with the challenge of selecting winners from a pool of 126 artists and 257 works. In the end, 144 works from 74 artists were selected to be displayed in the three rooms, on the west end of the center. 

Artists from around the state participate in the annual exhibit. This year, the artist traveling farthest came from Corpus Christi and the next farthest from Katy. Brown County artists entered 92 pieces, with 54 accepted to the exhibit. Overall, Brownwood topped the list of entries, with 70, followed by Abilene with 32, and Granbury with 28. 

The artists are competing for the $7,000 in award monies, in eleven categories, including the top award of $1,000 for the Dorothy Mayes Best of Show title. 

The Stars of Texas exhibit will host it's Ninth Annual Paint-Off, with registration from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Depot. Artists may offer their works for sale by private auction. Judging will begin at 3:30 p.m., so all bids must be in prior to that time. Awards for the contest will be announced the same day. The public is invited to observe the artists and visit the exhibit, that day. 

All 2D media, except photography, is accepted and artists may work from life, plain air, personal photo, or value study. The registration process include the stamping of the painting surface. Work must be complete and entered for jury by 3:30 p.m. All artists must furnish their own easel, for display.

Artists whose pieces were not accepted to the exhibit were invited to display and offer their work for sale in the Salon des Refuses, at the Brownwood Art Association gallery, located at 215 Fisk Ave. Those pieces are available for viewing by the public from Feb. 1 - 15. 

Beginning Monday, the Stars will host art demonstrations at the Depot, each weekday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Each day, three accomplished artists will demonstrate their personal techniques and styles to the public. Monday's artists will be featured in the Sunday edition of the Brownwood Bulletin, with introductions and previews of what will be presented. Various painting techniques, stencil art, sculpting, jewelry design, and photography are but a few of the presentations visitors can expect to see. In addition to the Bulletin previews, the daily schedule of demonstrations is available at www.starsoftexasjuriedartexhibit.com.