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VAST Vision January, 2021
VAST Board meeting - February 20, 9:30 AM, by ZOOM. Members are invited. Please reply to newsletter for information when it becomes available.
VAST January 6, 6:45pm
Join Us! Tina Marks will be our guest artist.
Members are welcome to Zoom in our January 6 VAST meeting which will start at 6:45pm on Wednesday.

Our VAST January 2021 Guest Artist Presenter is Tina Marks. Please join us on Zoom at 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6th. Members, look for the Zoom meeting link in your email.
Artist Statement: 
"My body of artwork includes in its DNA the varied professions I’ve undertaken through the years. They include fashion designer, product developer, antique dealer, small business owner, and fashion professor. In that time, two main themes stand out, interest in the past, and a passion for textiles. 

Their commonality is clothing for the human body. Fashion remains important to me, but I realize that it is cloth and the process of the making with my hands is what matters most. 

My background in fashion relied on the use of sewing machines as tools to create garments made of newly purchased materials. My artmaking therefore has evolved away from the body and functionality to become three-dimensional forms in cloth embodying moments in time and space. 

I am compelled by the brief periods of time that have stopped me mid-stride, compelling me to examine the details more closely. As a fine artist, I accomplish this by using a needle and thread on reclaimed cotton and linen textiles to draw serendipitous experiences of form and texture that are grounded in nature."

Below: Meanderings Series #1 10x10in and #2 10.5x10in cyanotype on cotton with linen stitching, weaving and crochet 2019
Enter the VAST Mini-Show!
Dear VAST Members:

The December VAST 2020 Mini-Show had 8 entered art works and 37 voting members! Thank you to all who were participants as art entrants and voters!

Our Mini-Show competitions for VAST Artist of the Month will continue to be virtual, so Welcome to the Mini-Show competition for VAST Artist of the Month - JANUARY 2021.

The December VAST 2020 Mini-Show had 8 entered art works and 37 voting members! Thank you to all who were participants as art entrants and voters!

Rules and Information on the Mini-Show: 

  • The Mini-Show competition will be accepting ONE photo per artist of any media type, between January 1 to midnight, January 18. Please email your photo to before the deadline. 

  • Please name your entry photo (jpg format please) using this style:  
(For example, January2021_Smith_Title_of_Art_Work.jpg

  • In your entry email please include these items:  
          Your Full Name
          Title of the Art Work
          Mailing Address and Phone Number
          Brief description of your media
  • The total photo size that can be accepted online is from 432 to 1800 pixels (the lower resolution is fine for online use; the higher resolution is needed particularly for print materials). For more information on taking a photo of your artwork, go to the “Exhibits” tab on and read “Preparing Digital Files for Art Exhibitions.” 

  • Mini-Show rule - once an artist receives First Place in the monthly competition, they are automatically entered into the VAST Artist of the Year Competition and are no longer eligible to enter further monthly competitions for the remainder of the VAST year (June through May). 

  • For this VAST year of 2020-2021, the VAST Artist of the Year will be chosen in June through a Survey Monkey link to the previously submitted artwork of all the monthly winners. 

  • The 2020-2021 VAST Mini-Show virtual competitions will take place December 2020, and January, February, March, April, and May 2021.

LOOK for the Survey Monkey “ballot link” email for online voting in your Inbox mid-month and be sure to vote by midnight of the last day of the month

The announcement of the winners will be at the next virtual General Meeting and on the VAST website. First and Second Place winners will be notified by email. Prizes for the First and Second Place winners will be mailed to them.
We are in need of art for our Community Art Exhibits! If you have a grouping of work to show, contact us. New Year = New Opportunities
We are looking for artists who have 8-12 pieces 
that would be ready to go up at the Emily Fowler Central Library. 
Don't Be Shy!
Get Your Work Out There!

Please contact if interested or have questions.
Carol Stoecker

Look for more exhibition spaces in the Revolving Exhibit article below.
Become a Part of the VAST Critique Group!
The critique group of VAST has an opening for 3 new members beginning in January. The group meets once a month on the 4th Thursday from 1:00 to 4:00 pm., September through December and January through May. You must be a current member of VAST. The cost for the session beginning in January is $60.00. The group currently meets in a large space at the Global Spheres Church in Corinth in a space that provides safe social distance. At this time masks are required.  

For more information contact Jackie Haugen, coordinator at email 
Interested in the Visual Arts Society of Texas
VAST Artist Day Out (VADO)?
For those interested in VADO: Open Studio by GDAC is back on Thursdays, but for a very limited number of participants. If you are interested, please contact Fran Shurtleff at Names must be submitted to GDAC on the Tuesday before. Social distancing and masks will be required.
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
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.

Members in the News
Please let us know if you have gotten in a show or publication, or are having an exhibition!
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

Dina Good's work is on display at the library.

Coordinator for exhibit: Carol Stoecker 
If you are interested in showing, please contact her at
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
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
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 
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 
Art Opportunities and Proposals
Oil Painters of America, 30th Annual Exhibition Call
Oil Painters of America will be holding its 30th National Juried Exhibition of Representational Oil Paintings, April 9 – May 16, 2021 at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido, California.
Awards: $25,000 Best of Show, over 30 awards to be given, with around $100,000 to be given out.
Juror: Master Artist Jeffrey Watts OPAM.
Deadline: January 22, 2021. 
To enter, artists must reside in the U.S., Canada or Mexico and be a paid 2021 member of OPA at an annual fee of $70. OPA is currently accepting new member applications.

National Exhibition entry fee: $30 for one entry, $45 for two entries; $60 for three entries; only one painting may be accepted. Maximum size limit is 1200 sq. in. 
For a prospectus, visit our website at
Submitted by Liz Pusch. Email:
The 36th 2021 Texas & Neighbors Regional Art Exhibition
Sponsored by the Irving Art Association
Open to all artists 18 and older living in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma.
Exhibition Location: Irving Art Center, Irving, TX
Exhibition Dates: May 15 – June 12, 2021
Entry Fee of $55 ($45 for IAA members)
Deadline: March 1, 2021.
Awards: $10,000 in prizes! Artists may also earn signature status by exhibiting in five shows.
For more information see the website:
The first annual Seattle Artist League Portrait Contest is aimed at encouraging artists to focus on and develop the theme of portraiture in their work.
Open to everyone aged sixteen and over, in recognition of the outstanding and innovative work in drawing, painting, printmaking, and mixed media.
Deadline: January 31, 2021
Entry Fee: $35
Awards: 1st Prize: $1,000 cash, 2nd Prize: $500 SAL Gift Certificate, 3rd Prize: $300 SAL Gift Certificate, Honorable Mentions: $100 SAL Gift Certificate
For prospectus: portrait
Arts Council Wichita Falls CALL for ENTRY:
17th Annual Sculpture Garden Exhibition
Event Dates: 5/8/21 – 5/5/22
Entry Deadline: 1/17/21
Entry Fee: $25.00
Location: The Arts Council Wichita Falls, 1300 Lamar Street, Wichita Falls, TX 76301 940.767.2787

The Arts Council Wichita Falls’ year-long Sculpture Garden Exhibition at the Kemp Center for the Arts is in its 17th year. The juror will accept 10 pieces for exhibition. Artwork is exhibited for 12 months. In addition to installation stipends, there are three cash prizes awarded by the juror/judge at the time of installation.
All forms of outdoor sculpture will be considered, provided it meets the requirements of the prospectus. The exhibit space surrounds a public building; artwork will be placed throughout the site at the sole discretion of the contracted installer and Arts Council staff. The juror for this event is Waco artist Robbie Barber. Mr. Barber’s resume and work can be seen on his website here:

Installation Location:
The Kemp Center For The Arts
1300 Lamar Street
Wichita Falls, TX 76301

Contact for further information.
National Portrait Gallery Is Accepting Entries for the 2022 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition
Calling all artists!
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery is hosting an open call from October 5, 2020, through January 29, 2021, for submissions to its sixth triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition.

Established in 2006, the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition invites artists living and working in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, American Samoa, and the US Virgin Islands to submit one portrait for consideration by a panel of experts.

Submissions from each finalist will form The Outwin 2022: American Portraiture Today exhibition, which will be displayed at the Portrait Gallery from April 30, 2022, through February 26, 2023, before traveling.

The triennial competition welcomes all media and focuses on broadening the definition of portraiture while highlighting the genre’s wider relevance to society. It aims to bring together works that attend to the country’s diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, and other conditions that shape the individual and collective identities of artists and sitters.

The first-prize winner will receive $25,000 and a commission to portray a remarkable living American for the Portrait Gallery’s collection. Additional cash prizes will be awarded. Past first-prize winners include David Lenz (2006), Dave Woody (2009), Bo Gehring (2013), Amy Sherald (2016), and Hugo Crosthwaite (2019).

Taína Caragol, curator of painting and sculpture and Latinx art and history, is the director of the 2022 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. Guest jurors for this competition are Kathleen Ash-Milby, curator of Native American art, Portland Art Museum; Catherine Opie, artist and professor of photography at the University of California, Los Angeles; Ebony G. Patterson, artist, Chicago; and John Yau, critic and professor of critical studies, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. Portrait Gallery jurors include co-curators of The Outwin 2022 exhibition Caragol and Leslie Ureña, associate curator of photographs, and Dorothy Moss, curator of painting and sculpture.

For more details on requirements and to apply, visit