Visitors to the Stars of Texas Juried Art Exhibit, held in the Depot Civic Center, will be privileged to see three new artists demonstrating their work. Guests are invited to sit and observe, as well as interact with the artists to learn new techniques.

Brownwood artist Julie Mize will demonstrate techniques for working with colored pencils. 

"I will show techniques to take the colored pencil effect beyond the basic look, with oayering, shading, and blending," Mize said.

The 1996 graduate of Howard Payne Univ. received her Master of Art Education from Texas Tech Univ. in 2006. Mize has taught art at Brownwood Middle School for 14 years, and previously at Hearne Elem. and Alief ISD, in Houston. She has also taught the photography course at HPU for the past four years.

"I have always been interested in art," Mize said, "In elementary school, I had a wonderful art teacher who inspired me to become an art teacher."

Mize believes all of the arts are important for allowing people outlets for creative impulses."The visual arts are where I express myself."


Deborah Itschner is a Hill Country artist who moved to Burnet from New Mexico. She will demonstrate painting with acrylics, Wednesday. Itschner says she developed a love for art at an early age, when she would "doodle and draw" while other were playing.

Itschner served in the U.S. Air Force from 1972 to 1978 and, while serving in England, was commissioned to paint four acrylics. She later attained an Associates Degree in Applied Arts, but commitments to job and family delayed her pursuit of a fine arts career. In the Fall of 2007, her passion to paint was reignited, while taking up painting with a friend in Albuquerque, N.M.

She and her husband returned home to Texas, where she displayed her first small inventory of paintings. Itschner shares her love for art by teaching beginner art students, in her home.

Itschner's says her paintings consist mainly of animals, florals, and birds, "with occasional landscapes thrown into the mix."

From 2011 to 2013, three of Itschner's works have been accepted to the Stars of Texas Juried Art Exhibit. She received a Merit Award and a People's Choice Award in 2013, as well as two People's Choice Awards, from the Salon des Refuses.

She is currently represented by the Prellop Fine Art Gallery, in Salado.


Sandra McSwain will demonstrate the basics of throwing pottery. She works primarily with two-dimensional media, in pastels, oils and acrylics. Now retired, McSwain developed clay as her favorite medium, while teaching high school ceramics classes.