The arrival this weekend of art being submitted for judging in the ninth annual Stars of Texas Juried Art Exhibit signals another season for one of the premier cultural events hosted by this community.
Entries for the art exhibit will be received at the Depot Civic and Cultural Center from 5 to 7 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday. The exhibit itself will be open Feb. 4-17.
The showís planners continue to refine the exhibit, and this year all entries must be offered for sale. As the popularity of the show has spread, its reputation has spread, and artists from throughout the state and beyond have the Stars of Texas on their calendars.
The extended two-week schedule remains, however, and so do the artist demonstrations planned almost every day. Talented individuals will be on hand to show and explain how they work in their specialty, and these events are well received by visitors. The demonstrations are also favorites with school children and their teachers, and itís not unusual to see several buses in the Depot parking lot each day.
For the second year, a Paint-Off Competition will be held, scheduled for Feb. 10 with a cash prize of $500. Painters will spend much of the day working on a contest entry, and the prize will be awarded that afternoon. Visitors are able to observe the artists as they work.
That contest will be held the day after the annual awards program, set for 7 p.m. Feb. 9. Thatís when the $1,000 Dorothy Mayes Best of Show Award, the $750 Stars of Texas Purchase Award, the $750 Juror Award, the $500 Kohler award, the $500 Merit Award and five Honorable Mention Awards and the Peopleís Choice Ribbon Award worth $100 will be presented.
Right now, itís up to the artists to provide the show with the works for jurist Stanley Irvin, associate professor of art at St. Edwards University in Austin, to consider. But in just a little more than a week, the show will begin.