The 19th annual Stars of Texas Juried Art Exhibit will close Friday with the 12th annual Paint-Off competition offering a total of $750 in cash prizes.

The Paint-Off has been moved to the final day of the exhibit this year, and the entry fee has been reduced to $20. The Paint-Off had previously been held during the middle of the exhibit’s two-week run.

The exhibit will continue to be open for visitors from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, and from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Friday at the Depot Civic and Cultural Center. Admittance to the exhibit is free, as is the viewing of the artists as they work on their pieces.

These hours also represent the last opportunity for viewing the Salon des Refusés exhibit, sponsored by the Brownwood Art Association, at the Art Center, 215 Fisk Ave. This show features artwork entered but not accepted into the 2017 Stars of Texas exhibit.

Today also brings the final trio of artist demonstrations to the Stars of Texas. R.J. Barnett will work in watercolors, Anthony Brown will show 3-D techniques in acrylic, and J.B. Taylor will offer instruction on applying patina to structures. Demonstrations will be offered between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. today.

Stars of Texas sponsors said the change of date for the Paint-Off is designed to attract more artists to the competition, since many will be at the Depot that day to pick up their unsold works.

Registration for artists in the Paint-Off will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, and it is open to Texas residents age 18 and older. No early set-up is allowed.

All works must be completed by 3:30 p.m. and displayed unframed on easels provided by the artists.

A $500 cash prize will be presented by Big Country Ford Lincoln to the artist of the work judged as Best Overall, and Big Country Ford Lincoln will also present a $250 Award of Excellence cash prize.

Participants are required to register and have their painting surface stamped before beginning. All tasteful matter 2-D media is accepted. Artists may work from life, plein air, personal photo, or value study. Plein air artists will have designated sites. Two light meals will be provided.

Artists may offer their Paint-Off works for sale by silent auction and set the opening bid. A 25 percent fee will be collected on paintings that sell.

All works must be completed by 3:30 p.m. and displayed unframed on easels provided by the artists. At that time, the silent auction will end and the judging will begin. The awards will be announced at 4 p.m. Friday.

Art not sold in the Paint-Off and the exhibit may be picked up from 5 and 6:30 p.m. Friday, and from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday.