Bob Stuth-Wade of Dublin took top prize at the Stars of Texas Juried Art Exhibit awards ceremony on Saturday night, winning the $1,000 Dorothy Mayes Best of Show award for his pastel piece “Sri Mama Uma Devi.”
His was one of 14 awards presented on Saturday at the Depot Civic & Cultural Center, as artists and art enthusiasts packed the room to see who among them would be going home with a cash prize. One hundred and fifty-four artists submitted 347 pieces to this year’s exhibit, and only 97 were accepted for the show. The artists came from 41 cities around the region including Granbury, Merkel, Georgetown, Eldorado, Meridian, Winters, Montague, Weatherford, Kerrville, Abilene and Fort Worth.
“Sri Mama Uma Devi” depicts a woman in traditional Indian garments. Stuth-Wade said “sri” is a title of honor in sanskrit. “Uma devi is a representation of a divine female in Hindu theology,” Stuth-Wade said. “That’s a spiritual name that her guru gave her.”
He said the piece came about after his artist friend Miguel Zapata died in 2014 and left him some art supplies. “I ended up with all these pigments, and I didn’t know what to do with them,” Stuth-Wade said. “I made pastels and taught myself how to use them.”
Juror Randy Bacon called the piece a "masterful use of pastel."
During the awards ceremony, Stars of Texas board member Ann Jones was also recognized with a bouquet and a special plaque for her work in establishing and running the exhibit from its inception 20 years ago.
The rest of the Stars of Texas award winners are as follows:
• $100 Honorable Mention Award: Polly Jones, “Still Life With Glass Snake,” acrylic
• $100 Honorable Mention Award: Barry Selman, “Windjammer,” watercolor
• $100 Honorable Mention Award: Teysha Vinson, “Growth at the Altar,” photography
• $100 Honorable Mention Award: Michele Bock, “Hypothetical,” photography
• $100 Honorable Mention Award: Cathie Tyler, “Wet Creek,” oil
• $500 Empire Iron Works 3-D Award: Elise Techintine, “Heal Thyself,” assemblage
• $500 Porter Insurance Oil Medium Award: Samuel Shelton, “Critic,” oil
• $500 Mary and Ernest Cadenced Pastel Award: Kathleen Cook, “Heading for Home,” pastel
• $500 Brownwood Art Association Photography Award: Martin Belli, “Copper Twilight,” photography
• $500 Don C. Martin Memorial Award: Robert Cook, “Port ‘A’ Docks,” watercolor
• $500 Charles and Katy Beth Stavley Merit Award: Anthony Brown, “Hope Rising From the Drought,” mixed media
• $500 Kohler Award: Rachel Foley, “Chiaroscuro,” acrylic
• $750 Texas State Optical Juror Award: Marlo Perez, “Elephant Walk,” acrylic
The show will open to the public Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. It runs at the Depot through Feb. 17 and will be open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.