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VAST Vision September, 2020
Note From VAST President, Barbara Lindley
First VAST Speaker/Demonstrator
to be virtual by Zoom
Dear Members, 

It has been a long hot summer here in Denton. While I have enjoyed the time to paint and read I miss seeing your faces and being together. We will be taking this fall one month at a time as we monitor the state and local guidelines for meetings. 

There is a lot going on in VAST so visit the website since it is being updated daily. Check out the collaboration with Historic Denton, Inc to add some art to street signs and the totem pole project with the Woodturners Guild. (More information below.) Both of these collaborations are fun and "out of the box" projects, everyone can employ their talent. These two art projects will be visible in Denton for the community to enjoy.

The September 2 meeting will be an online Zoom meeting featuring John Bramblitt "demonstrating a multi-sensory approach to art and how to diversify the business side of art during times of Covid." 

Hopefully, the falling numbers in Denton will continue and we will be able to meet in person in October. When we do return to face to face meetings we will follow the guidelines established by GDAC-PAAC for safety that we will follow for all gatherings. We will also continue to have our meetings on Zoom even when we return to PAAC through the fall. 

Best Regards,
Barbara Lindley
VAST President
Here is the link for GDAC Covid Guidelines.
Zoom Meeting Details
We are excited to begin this year with a ZOOM meeting that will be open to members and interested community that may want to explore a meeting from home. 

Our speaker this month is John Bramblitt.
Meeting time 6:00-9:00 pm

When: Wed Sep 2, 2020 6pm – 9pm Central Time
Who: [email protected] - organizer

Barbara Lindley is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Meeting ID: 820 1970 6212
Zoom is a way to communicate using your phone or computer to communicate with others on their computer.

First you will need to download the Zoom app (which is free) from Make sure you do this before the meeting starts so you don't have to worry about getting it downloaded the day of the meeting. Once the app is downloaded it will look like a small blue film camera on your computer or phone (shown above). 

1st METHOD: 
Click this meeting and follow the prompts. 
1. Click on your zoom icon.

2. The zoom app will open and will ask if you want to join a meeting. Click or hit "Join a Meeting."

3. Once you click or hit join a meeting, you will go to a page that has a place to enter the Meeting ID: 820 1970 6212

4. Enter your meeting ID and click or hit join. You will then be in the meeting. Make sure that your video camera is on and your audio is off during the presentation. If you have a question you would like to ask, type it in the chat box (to open the chat box, wand over the bottom of your screen with the mouse and click on the Chat icon). 
VAST September 2 Artist, John Bramblitt

John Bramblitt, local artist, will be our first Speaker and demonstrator for the VAST monthly meeting September 2 at 6 pm.  He will discuss and demonstrate how he takes a multi-discipline approach to art. Bramblitt will also discuss how to diversify the business side of art during the times of Covid.

After losing his eyesight in 2001, John Bramblitt decided to pick up a paint brush. He never expected anyone to see any of his paintings; he just knew he needed to reconnect with the visual world he had lost. Since then his work has been featured in the New York Times, Discovery Channel, most major news outlets and much more. He has worked with celebrities such as Tony Hawk, Jeff Bridges, Lyle Lovett, and many more. He has received three presidential service awards for his innovative multi-sensory art workshops. Recently, Bramblitt painted a Boeing 737 for Delta to promote the Rock-in-Rio concert, the largest concert in the world.
Not only is Bramblitt ranked as the #1 blind painter in the world, he is now the only blind muralist having completed projects in New York, Dallas and Fort Worth. He recently was named a cultural ambassador for the US. He has shared his story with audiences for the past ten years, energizing organizations and motivating people to exceed their limits. His unique journey from the dark has enabled him to connect with a visual world and act as a beacon for others experiencing struggles. John's motivational talks and art celebrate diversity and promote overcoming obstacles.

Due to the pandemic, this talk and demonstration will be held via Zoom.  

To see more of John Bramblitt's work,  
Are you bored? Want to help out a little?
Dip your toes into the "behind the scenes" of VAST.
We have a need for some special talents that are important but not overwhelming. I promise the experience of getting to know more people in VAST. Bringing your ideas and talents to the table will be rewarding! 

1. Would you like to help with VAST publicity? The Publicity Committee send PR for nine guest artists presentations, and three exhibitions to online newspapers and online venues. If interested, contact Rebecca Barham at [email protected] and Barbara Lindley at [email protected].

2. Do you like history? We do and we need a historian to sort through our files and make sense of determining what to upload to the website. Dina will actually do the archiving on the website. Contact Barbara Lindley ([email protected]) or Dina Good ([email protected]).

3. Do you have art exhibition prospectus guideline experience? How to properly capture photos that enhance your work, how to meet the proper size requirements. We would like a workshop for our membership. It may be in person or online, would you enjoy offering this type of education? There are several people that would assist if we have someone to organize. Contact Mindy Faubion ([email protected]) or Barbara Lindley ([email protected]).

4. Do you like finance and accounting, we have hired a bookkeeper and have a treasurer but would like to have another person or two to pick up mail, participate in planning projects, etc. it is a great opportunity to understand what happens with our income. Contact Blake Weld ([email protected]) or Barbara Lindley ([email protected]).
Deadline for VAST 31st Annual Members Exhibition - September 18
October 2 - 30, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
Closing Reception - October 30, 6-8 PM
400 E. Hickory St., Denton, TX 

The Visual Arts Society of Texas sponsors this annual event to offer its members an important opportunity to enter their work in a juried exhibition that showcases members only. The exhibit provides an excellent venue for the North Texas community to appreciate the high quality and diverse nature of art produced by area artists.

In the case of the PAAC closing in the fall, due to Covid19, we will still have an online members exhibit!

The entry fee is $20 for VAST members. 
Memberships can be renewed on our website through PayPal. Contact Mary at [email protected] if you have questions of membership. Artists may enter two pieces for jurying. Each entering artist will have one piece selected for inclusion in the exhibition.​ 

Images Due: September 18
Must be sent, unlike previous years of in person drop offs: 
Please email images of the work you are entering​ to [email protected]​ by September 18. ​Digital images must be jpg files with 300 pixels per inch resolution and a width and/or height on the longest side of exactly 1800 pixels/or 6 inches. Digital images that do not comply will not be accepted. ​Catalogs should be available to participating artists during the reception on October 30.

Best of Show $500, Total cash and merchandise awards $2,225

Previous year's entries can be viewed on our website.

Questions? Contact:
Mindy Faubion,​ Vice President of Exhibitions 214-450-2333 or ​[email protected]
VAST 175 Mile Exhibition (formerly 125 Mile)
November 10 - December 12
Deadline: September 16
The 175 Mile Exhibition will take place November 10th through December 12th. In case of closing in the fall due to Covid 19, we will still have an online exhibit!

The 175-Mile Exhibition, formerly the 125-Mile Exhibition, was upgraded this year, 2020, to include artists living within 175 miles of Denton, TX. This VAST sponsored event was initiated in 2006 to establish a regional, high quality, juried exhibition for artists to compete and show their work at the Meadows Gallery in the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 E. Hickory, Denton, TX 76201.
DUE DATE: September 16
Elizabeth A. Yarosz-Ash is a nationally recognized and award-winning artist, teacher and juror. Yarosz-Ash is Professor Emeritus at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX. In 1991, she was selected for the University’s Hardin Professor Award and has been a full professor since 1992. From 2002 – 2004, Yarosz-Ash served as President of the Watercolor U.S.A. Honor Society. You can visit her gallery online at:

Nov 10 (Tues) Exhibition opens to the public
Dec 12 (Sat) Opening Reception 2-4pm, Awards Presentation 3pm
Dec 12 (Sat) Exhibition closes
Dec 12 (Sat) Return of Work to Artist from 4-6pm

Note: PAAC staff will not accept or return your work to you.
VAST charges $25.00 for work left after specified deadlines for picking up unaccepted or exhibited work.
Mindy Faubion, Vice President of Exhibitions
214-450-2333 or [email protected]
Visual Arts Society of Texas
PO Box 1281
Denton, TX 76202

You can find the 175 Mile online information HERE.

This project is supported by VAST members and contributors and in cooperation with the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center and the Greater Denton Arts Council.
DESIGN a Denton Street Sign!
Create Visual Identities for Denton Neighborhoods:
Design an Image for Sign Toppers.
Contact Jo Williams by September 15.
Historic Denton, Inc., a local non-profit organization, is in a continuing process of researching all of Denton’s historic neighborhoods and is working with the City of Denton in the creation of street sign toppers.

Visual Arts Society of Texas is working with Historic Denton, Inc. to select artists and aid in the facilitation of the artistic designs for the street sign toppers. 

Denton lacks named neighborhoods and the unity of knowing about the historical background of its neighborhoods.  
·      How do you describe the neighborhood where you live, or tell people about your neighborhood?  
·      Do you reference street names or the name of your neighborhood? 
·      Is there a clear definition of each neighborhood where you live?
Neighborhoods do have names but without use, they have been forgotten.

Artists are invited to submit designs to create a visual identity which represents each neighborhood in Denton. The designs will be used as sign toppers that will be posted on top of each traffic street sign at the corners of the streets in the neighborhoods. 

Project Goal:  Create an identity for a neighborhood which will be visualized on a sign topper. 
Artists will work with Historic Denton, Inc. to create an image or brand for a neighborhood to be used as a sign and placed atop city street signs. Historic Denton can help in the design process by sharing information about the original neighborhoods names and history, which artists can use to help create designs for the street sign toppers. The desired result will be neighborhood pride and recognition.

Neighborhoods will be asked to select the design that best represent them from designs submitted by artists.  The City of Denton will create the signs from the selected design and place the neighborhood distinctive markers on the identified mapped locations.

The design images should tell the story of Denton via the residents and neighborhoods which created our city.

VAST and Historic Denton will help you select a neighborhood. Artists may submit designs for any neighborhood; the Artist Call is not limited to artists living within a specific neighborhood. 

Residents of each neighborhood will be included in selecting the final designs.  Artist will be recognized by the neighborhoods, VAST, and with acknowledgement of their efforts by the City of Denton.

Reserve a Project Location by September 15
Reserve a Project Location: Let us know your interest for a neighborhood by writing to Jo Williams at [email protected]. You will then be given historical information and can be referred to Historic Denton, Inc. to further develop your ideas.

For more information, see the document here.

Ready for Making Sculptures with the GT Woodturners?
Here is the link to the jot form to fill out online. Please sign up! The deadline is only tentative.
VAST Line-up of Speakers
VAST Fall Speaking Schedule

September 2
Speaker: John Bramblitt (via zoom).
Subject: Multisensory Approach to Art and How to diversify the business side of art during times of Covid

October 7
Speaker: Susan Cheal (via zoom).
Subject: Critique of Art: Types and history of Critiques with Critique demonstration

November 4
Speaker: Elizabeth Yarosz-Ash (via zoom).
Subject: Discussion of current body of work, including her Covid Series. Information about residency at the Briton Museum in Big Horn, WY and her work produced during that time, along with demo of techniques.

Robin Huttash, VAST Programs
Sponsored by The Greater Denton Arts Council
The Greater Denton Arts Council proudly presents the 34th annual Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition.
Juror: Pablo Barrera
Deadline: September 30
Entries can be submitted online or through the mail. 
Awards: $1,000, $750, $500 and $250
Exhibition Dates: February 5 - May 8, 2021 
Opening reception: February 5
Entry: $30 for up to three entries. Payments must be submitted online at the time of application.
Check here for full prospectus.
For additional questions about the competition and exhibition, contact [email protected] 
Auto and Truck Images Needed
Looking for VAST members that have images of paintings of cars or trucks that could be used for the windows of the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center.

GDAC center PAAC educator has been tasked with finding car images for the windows of the center to help celebrate the car festival which will not be happening as normal this year.

Send them to Christine Sanders
Education Coordinator@dentonarts 
Christine Sanders
Education Department
400 E. Hickory Street
Denton Texas 76201 | (940) 382-2787
You sure can Renew Your Membership or Join NOW!
2020-2021 VAST Membership Levels
$17 - Student    $27 - Educator*   $37 - Individual   $47 - Family 

Download form below. Make checks payable to VAST; mail to VAST, PO Box 1281, Denton TX  76202

You may renew by the following methods:
  • Download membership form below. Dues can be mailed to VAST, PO Box 1281, Denton, TX 76202. Make checks payable to "VAST." 
  • Pay by PayPal on our website, under the "Join" dropdown menu.
  • Pay by credit card, check or cash at our meetings. Meetings start in September.

For membership questions, please contact Mary Wright at [email protected].
VAST Calendar Artist for August
VAST Calendar Artist for September
Member Workshops, Classifieds, Want Ads, Etc.
VAST Members have the opportunity to advertise art related information in the newsletter 2 times per VAST year - June 1st through May 31st. This business card-sized ad must be sent to the editor by the 15th of the month and is subject to the approval of VAST. VAST reserves the right to edit.


A Creative Art STUDIO
227 W Oak Street
Denton, Texas 76201, US

Established in 2009, A Creative Art STUDIO and Gallery is our local art gallery and studio exclusively devoted to promoting professional local Denton area artists skilled in stained glass, ceramics, fibers and fashion, prints, paintings, photography, sculptures, jewelry and more! We offer a variety of classes in painting, drawing, glass, mixed media, jewelry and yoga for adults and children art classes and after school programs. We also offer art parties and private lessons for both children and adults. Check out our online store! Robin Huttash,
Members in the News

Please submit news of exhibitions that you are involved in to [email protected] by the 15th of the month.

Nel Dorn Byrd's painting,  Decatur Back Alley, was accepted in the "Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition" in Evergreen, CO and the show hangs Sept. 11 to Oct. 24. Linda Baker served as juror & selected 65 pieces from 416 submissions.
VAST's Revolving Exhibitions
Please contact the coordinator for the exhibit(s) that you would like to be considered for.
"Off the Shelves" exhibition at Emily Fowler Central Library

New artist work up at Emily Fowler library! Dina Good's work is up at the library for approximately four months. Even though the library is not yet open to the public, the employees are enjoying the new art! Watch for the opening for patrons.

Dina’s Artist Statement:
As a Texan, I am in love with things that are big, open, and colorful, yet also subtle and nuanced. Through my artwork, I try to create tension and emotion through form, contrast, and light. Everything is captured in the spontaneous dance and movement of the paint as it connects to the canvas. While I make no attempt to portray actual places or scenes, I do want my paintings to suggest a viewpoint and create an emotion.

My work doesn’t reference recognizable form. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted. By examining the ambiguity and origination via retakes and variations, I create intense personal moments by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer round and round in circles as the meaning shifts and the emotion surfaces.

Coordinator for exhibit: Carol Stoecker 
If you are interested in showing, please contact her at [email protected].
The Emily Fowler Central Library is located at 502 Oakland Street, Denton TX, 76201

"Through the Ages" exhibition at the Denton Senior Center
Aurora Cabrera Dawson is the coordinator for this exhibition. If you are interested in showing, please contact her at [email protected].
The Denton Senior Center is located at 509 N. Bell Ave., Denton, TX 
Hours: M-F 8:00 am to 9:00 pm; Saturday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

"Stoked About Denton" Exhibition, 
608 E. Hickory St., Suite 128. 
This exhibition space is currently under construction.
Carol Stoecker is the coordinator for this exhibition. If you are interested in showing, please contact her at [email protected].
Art Around Town
A Creative Art STUDIO
227 W. Oak Street, Denton, TX
"A Creative Art Studio and Gallery" on Facebook or

Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
400 E. Hickory Street, Denton, TX 76201 
The building is currently closed. Programs and exhibitions are occurring on their Facebook and website.
For more information:
Texas Woman's University Art Galleries
East Gallery and West Gallery 
University of North Texas Art Galleries
CVAD Gallery
Paul Voertman Gallery
For more information: UNT galleries 
Opportunities and Competitions

Rockwall Art League presents its
20th Annual Fine Art Show
October 2-4, 2020
LOCATION: Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club Conference Center At The Shores
2600 Champions Circle, Rockwall, TX 75087 
ENTRY FEES: Members: $15.00 per entry or 3 entries for $40.00 (Dues for 2020 must be current) Non-Members: $20.00 per entry or 3 entries for $55.00
TAKE-IN FOR ENTRIES: October 1 from 5:00pm–7 pm, at the Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club
AWARDS: Best of Show: $500.00, In each category: 1st Place: $200.00, 2nd Place: $100.00, Honorable Mention: Ribbon

Due to Covid19 we will also be hosting our show virtually online on our website in conjunction with our show at the shores.
Texas Made Modern: The Art of Everett Spruce
The Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art (CASETA) & Texas Art Collectors Organization (TACO) invite you to join us for Texas Made Modern:The Art of Everett Spruce a virtual talk with
Shirley Reece-Hughes, Curator of Paintings, Sculpture, and Works on Paper at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art
4 p.m. on Sunday, September 6, 2020

Have a question for Shirley Reece-Hughes? Email CASETA Board Member Sarah Beth Wilson and we will do our best to include it during the Q&A as time allows!

Registration via Zoom is required to attend this virtual event. This talk will be recorded and available through the CASETA website after the event.
Shirley Reece-Hughes will describe the exhibition Texas Made Modern: The Art of Everett Spruce, which features artworks dating from the 1920s to the 1970s that convey the artist’s deep

communion with the land expressed through his sophisticated array of styles. As this talk reveals, Spruce’s childhood growing up on farms attuned him to the vicissitudes of nature and imbued him with an understanding of ecology that informs his subjects.

Examining the original motifs and spatial rhythms that Spruce devised in his work, which suggested new ideas and experiences of Texas for twentieth-century audiences, this talk will examine the artist’s interest in history, time, and place as amalgams of experience.