The opening round of activities for the 20th annual Stars of Texas Juried Art Exhibit occurs this weekend, and a busy schedule is planned for Saturday.

The two-week art exhibit won’t open until Sunday, Feb. 4, but preliminaries get under way Friday and Saturday as artists bring their works to The Depot Civic and Cultural Center in Brownwood in hopes that their submissions will be accepted for display.

Artists who work in a wide variety of media will respond to the call for entries from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday, and again from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday. Randy Bacon, juror, from Albany will have the afternoon to make his selections, and the task will be completed by the time works not selected for the show must be picked up between 4 and 5 p.m. Saturday.

In typical years, more than 350 pieces of art are submitted, and sometimes fewer than half that number can be chosen for display at The Depot during the exhibit.

While they await the verdict, artists are invited to attend an Art Talk by Cathie Tyler from Mason. Her program, scheduled from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Adams Street Community Center, is free. Members of the public are also welcome.

Also on Saturday, photographers of all skill levels will participate in the sixth annual Digital Photo Shoot-Out with a cash prize of $250 provided by Bostick’s Auto & Truck Sales up for grabs. A digital photograph will be produced within a set period of time, and then judged by an independent juror. Registration will be from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday at the Brownwood Art Association’s Art Center, 215 Fisk, with a $20 non-refundable fee required.

The shoot-out is open to everyone interested in participating, including those who are not entering works in the Stars of Texas exhibit. It will run from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Artists, who are limited to three submissions with a $20 entry fee for each, will be vying for a total of $8,750 in awards in nine categories, in addition to five honorable mention selections. The cash prize total includes awards for the Photo Shoot-out on Saturday and a Paint-Off on the final day of the exhibit, Saturday, Feb. 17.

People’s Choice and Student’s Choice ribbons will also be awarded.

All works submitted are required to be for sale to the public. Categories considered will include painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, digital- or computer-generated art, and sculpture. No crafts, quilts, stained glass, jewelry or video arts will be accepted.

Works not chosen for the Stars of Texas Juried Art Exhibit are eligible to be included in the Salon des Refusés sponsored by the Brownwood Art Association at the Art Center, 215 Fisk.

Gallery hours for both exhibits will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday both weeks. Saturday hours will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday hours will be from 1 to 4 p.m.

Exhibits are open to the public at no charge.

Artist demonstrations will be offered each weekday at the Depot gallery. A list of demonstrators will be announced next week.

Bacon returns to Brownwood as the show’s juror to help celebrate the 20th year for the Stars of Texas Juried Art Exhibit. He previously served as the exhibit’s juror in 2011.

Born in Abilene, he now lives and works in Albany. He studied studio art at the University of Texas at Austin and earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art and Journalism from Southern Methodist University. Before choosing painting as his vocation, Bacon was president of Stuart Bacon Advertising and Public Relations in Fort Worth, a full-service agency he cofounded with Jim Stuart.

During a summer fellowship in painting at the Vermont Studio Center, Bacon had the opportunity to improve his skill and develop his personal style. His decision to return to painting full-time followed. Continuing to grow as an artist, Bacon was awarded a full scholarship at Texas Christian University, where he earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in painting.

Bacon said he has always been attracted to the quality of light, the precise colors, and the big skies of his native state. In communicating a sense of space, he often draws upon the people and venues of his life to bring about work where past, present, and future become blended, where memory and reality connect.

Tyler, who will lead the Art Talk on Saturday, is a third-generation artist born in Colorado. Since receiving her Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas in Drawing and Painting, her work has been shown in juried, invitational and solo exhibitions, and is in public, private and corporate collections throughout the Southwest and numerous other states.

She said her talk will feature a visual presentation of key influences and ideas behind her representational and abstract works. For Tyler, the visual art practices of drawing, painting, or sometimes assembling materials allow her time and focus to look at why and how one experience may stand out over others in a given time and place.

Many of the paintings and drawing are found in private, educational, and corporate collections.

She moved from Paris, Texas, to a hilltop in Mason where she devotes herself to painting and drawing at her renovated a mid-20th century ranch house. Tyler has been a demonstrator of oil painting in recent years at previous exhibits of the Stars of Texas.

Full details including entry forms are posted online at www.starsoftexasjuriedartexhibit.com.