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Burnet Art Festival captures city's essence

Diana Campbell set up her easel along Hamilton Creek during a previous Burnet Art Festival. The event draws artists from across the state. This year's event is Wednesday-Saturday, October 9-12. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

The Burnet Art Festival is October 9-12, and it's quite the draw. Artists in all media will set up their easels across the city for a chance at $2,500 in total cash prizes in the plein air and quick draw competitions

The festival also features a gallery show for art lovers.

"Plein air" means outdoors, and that's where artists will be during the festival — armed with paints, charcoals, pencils, and brushes. You can watch them work and even interact with them while they're recreating the landscapes of Burnet and the surrounding area.

An art gallery is open from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Burnet Community Center, 401 E. Jackson St. Admission is free. At the gallery on Saturday, check out demonstrations, booths, and an auction.

The quick draw competition is 11:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday within a seven-block area of downtown Burnet.

The day continues with judging, a silent auction, and an awards presentation.

The Burnet Art Festival is a part of Octoberfest, which features live music from headliner Stoney LaRue on Saturday night and a free show by Rick Trevino on Friday night. Fort Croghan Day also takes place on Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the historic grounds and museum.

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