The Stars of Texas Juried Art Exhibit continues this weekend and through its conclusion on Friday of next week. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. The Salon des Refuses, in the Brownwood Art Center, is open during the same hours.

While there are no demonstrations over the weekend, those will resume Monday morning and the demonstrators for next week will be highlighted in the Brownwood Bulletin, beginning Sunday.

On Saturday, however, visitors are encouraged to come observe, or compete in, the Ninth Annual Paint-Off. Registration is from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., requiring a $25, non-refundable, fee. The competition is open to Texas residents age 18 and over. Two cash prizes will be awarded: $500 Big Country Ford Lincoln Best Overall Award and $250 Big Country Ford Lincoln Award of Excellence.

While other rules may apply, the Stars of Texas website states, all 2D media (except photography) is accepted, limited to "tasteful subject matter." Artists may work from life, plain air, personal photo, or value study. All painting surfaces must be presented at registration and be stamped. The Paint-Off will be held in the ballroom of the Depot, with all entries completed and turned in by 3:30 p.m. Judging will begin at 3:30 and awards will be announced at 4 p.m. Artists must furnish their own equipment, including easels for displaying their work.

"It is always a very fun, loose, and friendly event," said Ann Willard, the coordinator for the Paint-Off, "with a lot of interaction between the artists, as well as between the artists and visitors."

She added, "Some of our noted and talented local artists will compete."

Past contests have seen artists from around the state, numbering from 9 to 19. Last year's Paint-Off winners were Patsy Irons, of Palestine, and Pat Chaney, of Graham.Saturday's forecast has the temperature in the low 70s, but visitors shouldn't be deterred by the finicky Texas weather, as most of the artists will set up inside the ballroom. 

Another fun aspect of the Paint-Off is the silent auction. Each artist will receive a bid sheet, to post near their work area, and will include the opening bid, themselves. Visitors will then be able to place their bid and watch the progress of the auction price. At the end of the show, the highest bidder will receive the piece.

This year's judge is Randy Hall, Associate Professor of Art at Angelo State Univ. since 2004, where he teaches coursework in Drawing, Design, Graphic Illustration, and Art Education. He holds a B.A. from Maharishi International Univ., a B.F.A. from Calvin college, and a Master of Fine Arts from Texas Christian University.

An active artist, himself, Hall has exhibited his artwork in numerous solo and group shows, on local, regional, national, and international levels.