Hundreds of artists returned to the Depot Civic & Cultural Center on Saturday afternoon to learn whether their submitted works had been accepted into the Stars of Texas Juried Art Exhibit, the prestigious annual show that will hang at the Depot in February.   

According to a volunteer, less than 100 of the 300-plus submitted artworks were accepted for the exhibit. Artists checked for their works on lists posted on the Depot windows, and those not accepted were removed from the grounds.   

Some of the unaccepted artwork will be displayed at the Salon des Refuses exhibit at the Brownwood Art Center, which runs concurrently with Stars of Texas from Feb. 4 through 17.   

Mercury, Texas resident Lidia Ostapiuk’s one submitted work was accepted into Stars of Texas. Her acrylic painting, called “Love One Another,” depicts three figures of various races joining in embrace.    

“It’s sort of semi-abstract with some realism, like German Expressionism,” Ostapiuk said. Ostapiuk comes by her European influences honestly — she was born in the Ukraine before coming to the United States as a child. She said she has been making art all her life.   

Meanwhile, local photographer and annual Stars of Texas participant Robert Priddy submitted three works and had one accepted, a picture of two silhouetted ravens he took last summer. He plans to submit his other two works to the Salon des Refuses.   

“It’s a confirmation of your art,” he said of being accepted. “You know you’re doing something that’s, say, a little above average, and that you’re progressing.”   

He said as a Brown County resident, it’s special to have the Stars of Texas exhibit in town each year. “I think it means even more [to me] because I can see how it helps the local economy, as well as creating an opportunity for local residents to see some really good art. You don’t have to travel to Dallas, Abilene or Austin. It’s really neat.”   

Painter Randy Bacon was this year’s Stars of Texas juror. Bacon was born in Abilene and now lives in Albany, where he “often draws upon the people and venues of his life to bring about work where past, present and future become blended,” according to his Stars of Texas biography.   

The exhibit will be open to the public from Feb. 4 through 17 and includes paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, digital art and sculpture.