For the last seven years, Martha Middleton has brought several talented artists to the Depot Civic and Cultural Center to lead the demonstrations during the Stars of Texas Juried Art Exhibit.
“Mrs. Cadenhead asked me to take over as the demonstrator coordinator,” Middleton said. “She was ready to serve in a different capacity and I was happy to help.”
Before the new position, Middleton had served on the Stars of Texas board for three years and helped primarily in the acceptance of the art works submitted during the two-day deadline. With the new role, Middleton spends countless hours preparing for the two weeks of demonstrations.
“It’s a year round process,” Middleton said. “I make around 80 calls to artists asking them if they would share their talents in a demonstration in order to have the 30 artists needed.”
Each year, Middleton strives to keep the demonstrations new by having a mix of traditional, contemporary and new artists.
“It’s challenging to find the right mix of art demonstrations to appeal to the broad number of interests and age groups,” Middleton said. “The demonstrations reflect on so many different art interests that there is something for everyone.”
While some of the artists may be the same, Middleton notes how they will present a different type of demonstration.
“There are a few exceptions to the rule, including Ted and Martha Shelton,” Middleton said. “They are just some iconic artists we have in Brownwood that have a good following.”
An artist herself, Middleton works with oils, watercolor, pastels and acrylics. While she doesn’t have a favorite medium, Middleton has a system in place to determine which mediums to use.
“When I look at something, I can see what medium I need to use,” Middleton said. “For example, I tend to use oil for classic pieces, watercolors for the nostalgic pieces and acrylics for contemporary works.”
She has had success in past exhibits including winning the Stars of Texas People’s Choice Award in 2008 and the Brownwood Art Association People’s Choice Award in 2011.
The come and go demonstrations will begin Monday and will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday during the Stars of Texas Juried Art Exhibit, which will be open Feb. 3-15.