Each weekday of the Stars of Texas juried Art Exhibit, at the Depot Civic and Cultural Center, area artists will demonstrate their skills and techniques, in a variety of media. 29 artists are scheduled for demonstrations over the course of the exhibit, which runs Feb 2 - 15. Demonstrations are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Scheduled for Monday, Feb. 3, are the following artists.

Demonstrating techniques for micro-mosaics is Jana Herndon, a glassblower from Abilene, Texas.  She specializes in pendants for jewelry, marbles and Micro Mosaics.  While she traveled Italy, she found a desire to learn the art of micro mosaics.  Many of the old pictures have been made into micro mosaics in the Vatican to preserve the artworks which were deteriorating.  She found glass blowing classes in Atlanta and started to learn the process.  She thought that she would learn to pull the glass to make the pictures, but found an entire new world in marbles and pendants.

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Rising Star sculptor, Sleepy Gomez, will demonstrate procedures for wood sculpting. Gomez is a past winner of the Don C. Martin Memorial Sculpture Award, altho eh Stars of Texas Juried Art Exhibit. He uses the natural shapes of the wood, such as a mesquite tree limb, to create his sculptures. Gomez works with mesquite wood (crafted from the tree as it grew, no joints, no glue) and in copper lighting fixtures. He began working in these mediums 1965. At that time he had an agent in the Dallas Trade Mart as well as agents in San Francisco and Atlanta.

For about 10 years, his primary direction was in making large copper water fountains. In the mid 1970s, Gomez began working with mesquite tree figures. This was interrupted by a six years in Florida as the technical editor of a national stock car racing publication. Gomez also built race cars and raced for over 35 years. When he moved to Rising Star two years ago, Gomez resumed working in the art field. He is also an accomplished writer, having been published in numerous media.

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Paul Friske will give demonstrations in pastels. He is a 2009 recipient of the Stars of Texas Juried Art Exhibit Best of Show Award.

Friske, who has studied with Doug Dawson, Ramon Kelley and John O. Encinias, believes he has probably learned more from studying other artists’ work and learning basics from an instructor, “but you learn more painting on location or painting from a live model.”

He is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, a member of the Outdoor Painters Society and an associate member of Oil Painters of America. He is now a fulltime artist living in Texas.

Friske quotes Psalms 19:1 as his artist’s statement: “The heavens declare the glory of God: The skies proclaim the work of His hand.”

He adds, “You can stand on a mountain and look out, or watch a field of flowers in the afternoon sun, and you know it is true. I would like my work to express this in some small way.”

Friske was born in 1951 in Austin, and he and his wife, Tommie, were married in 1977. They have three children. 

*Current biographical information for Gomez and Friske was unavailable. Information is from the Feb. 13, 2010 issue of the Brownwood Bulletin.