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VAST Vision April, 2022
The VAST Board will meet on May 21. Time and location TBD. If members wish to attend, please reply to this newsletter.
Annual VAST High School Competition: April 6
VAST members will be voting on the High School artwork at Wednesday's meeting.
April 6 Meeting
Gail Cope Presentation on Artist, Natalia Goncharova
VAST Meeting - April 6, 6:45 - 8:30pm
Patterson Appleton Art Center, 400 East Hickory, Denton
No fee for members, $5 for guests

Join us for our April 6. 2022 Visual Arts Society of Texas monthly meeting at the PAAC in Denton, Texas. It will be held Wednesday from 6:45 - 8:30pm. Our speaker will be Gail Cope, member of VAST and artist of many mediums, who has a rich knowledge of Art History. While Gail Cope and a group of artists were wandering around the sites of Florence, they noticed signs advertising a major retrospective exhibition of Natalia Goncharova at the Palazzo Strozzi. “We had never heard of this artist, and after spending several hours studying her works on display, we were determined to share her exhibition with the VAST group.” Gail will present images and fun facts on Goncharova and her exhibition. 
Natalia Goncharova was a leading female artist of the 20th century and considered the leader of the Avant Garde in St. Petersburg.

The exhibition explores her unconventional life and career, presenting her rich and multifaceted artistic output with masterpieces from major international collections. 
Taking visitors on a journey from the Russian countryside to Moscow and Paris, two of the most important cities to Natalia, the exhibition features 130 artworks and gives an account of the unorthodox life of a woman who lived for her art and successfully forged her own unique fusion of tradition and innovation, of East and West, making her own work a unique example of experimentation with artistic genres and styles ranging from New-Primitivism to Rayonisme, painting and graphic art to her work for the theater. Take a step into the past to learn about Natalia’s life and works. 
2023 VAST Calendar Prospectus
Entry Submission Deadline: June 15, 2022

Entry Requirements:
  • Open to 2022-2023 VAST members
  • 2-D or 3-D work accepted
  • 2 digital images maximum per entrant
  • Format may be horizontal, vertical, or square

Entry Fee: $20 for two photos. Entry is free to those members who have paid their dues by May 31.

Juror: TBA 
Questions: Mindy Faubion, VP Exhibits (

Accepted Entries:
Artists whose work is juried into the calendar will receive one free calendar and will be responsible for the following:
  • submit a 75-word statement regarding the process used to create the accepted piece. The statement should be written in the
  • first person and could include information on the artist’s background, inspiration for the work, and/or artistic process;
  • provide an electronic signature and digital photo (headshot) of yourself upon notification of being juried into the calendar;
  • permit use of the accepted winning piece for the VAST 2021 Calendar Exhibition: Original Works – A Virtual Exhibit online
  • through the VAST website;
  • be responsible for the personal purchase of 5 calendars;
  • help to promote calendar sales at VAST meetings and in the community;
  • and assist in collation of the calendar sales packages

Copyright Information:
Images of accepted entries will become the property of VAST to be used for any printed material (including but not limited to flyers, posters, and note cards), for the VAST archives and website, and for educational purposes. Artists will retain copyright of original works.

All artwork must be original, not a copy of a painting or another image. No mechanical reproductions of original work. Only work completed in the last 36 months will be accepted. (We will only be able to exhibit 2D work, but this does not exclude the entry of 3D work.)

Please read carefully.
Note: The Exhibition Committee will make the final decision on compliance with Artwork Requirements and Entry Regulations.

If a physical exhibition space is available in the fall, the following regulations will apply:
  • 2D work must be framed and ready for secure installation – d-rings attached to the back and stretched with wire; no saw tooth hangers or uniframes (two pieces of Plexiglas held together with clamps)
  • No glass. Use Plexiglas for works under “glass”
  • Bumpers recommended for framed pieces
  • 40” maximum width dimension for 2D work
  • 40 lbs. maximum weight for 2D and 3D work
  • White or off-white mats only
  • Works on canvas must either be framed or have finished gallery-wrapped edges
March Mini Show Winners
1st Place: Tonya Littmann
Coral Castle, fiber
2nd Place: Pat Heberling
Lemons, oil
May 4 Meeting We Vote on New Officers
Y’all Come!
VAST Annual Meeting Wednesday, May 4, 2022

The annual business meeting of VAST membership will be held on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, 6:45 pm at the Patterson-Appleton Art Center.

At this important meeting we will elect new officers, recognize retiring officers, and conduct any other necessary VAST business.

Please make every effort to be there so that you can participate in the election and welcome our new officers.

Report From the Nominating Committee:
The VAST Nominating Committee has completed its work and is pleased to present the following slate of seven candidates for election to the Board of Directors that will serve through 2025.

Dan DeHart               Treasurer
Deb DeHart
Ellen Frenkel             Secretary
Carolyn Johnson      Vice President/Programs
Adam Lancaster
Becky McCollum
Mary Perry                 Corresponding Secretary

As an all-volunteer organization, the vitality of VAST depends on the willingness of its members to contribute time, energy, creativity, and financial resources. The Board of Directors and its Executive Committee are responsible for overseeing the overall health of the organization. They work behind the scenes to manage our budget, serve as our representatives in the community, and arrange the programs and workshops that benefit all of us. We thank these nominees for being willing to take us into the future by serving on the Board of Directors. THANK YOU!!

And here’s a big JOB WELL DONE to the nominating committee -  Kimberly Karl, Chair, Mindy Faubion, Carol Rowley, and Jo Williams.  Thank you for your work!
Time to Renew Your VAST Membership
Benefits of renewing between March 1, 2022 and May 31, 2022 include:
  1. A free entry of two photographs of your artwork into our annual Calendar Competition, which is juried;
  2. Many thanks from our volunteer VAST Board of Directors for allowing them to plan the upcoming year with confidence in our finances

Benefits of being a member of VAST include:
  • Free attendance at VAST monthly meetings (September through May) featuring all media speakers and art demonstrations
  • Free monthly VISION newsletter sent by email
  • Free entry to the monthly member art competition at meetings - the VAST Mini-Shows
  • Eligibility to be chosen the VAST Artist of the Year
  • Eligibility for one art work's guaranteed entry into VAST Members' Exhibit (entry fee required)
  • Discount on entry fee for Members into the regional juried VAST 175-Mile Exhibit competition
  • 20% discount on full-price purchases at Voertman’s in Denton
  • 20% discount on full-price purchases at Asel Art Supply in Dallas
  • Fun and Fellowship with fellow artists, and those who appreciate art!

Members in the News
What news do you have? Did you get in any shows? What is up with our members? Reply to this newsletter or contact Mary at We'd like to hear from you!

Karen Jacobi currently has her solo exhibition, Watercolor Journeys, at the Goldmark Cultural Center in Dallas. The exhibition will be on display from April 1 to April 29. On Saturday, April 9, a reception will be held from 1 pm to 3 pm at the J.H. Milde Gallery during the Goldmark Cultural Center’s Spring Art Walk.
Location: 13999 Goldmark Drive, Dallas, Texas
David Blow has work in the following:

Photographic Center Northwest
Reverberation; juried photography exhibition
Jurors: Jennifer L. Stoots, & Liza Faktor
Exhibition: April 7 - June 5, 2022
Artwork: Wooded Vibrations
Just 45 pieces were narrowed down from over 1200 images submitted!
900 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

April Group Art Show
Jones Gallery
1717 Walnut
Kansas City, MO 
Juror: owner David Jones
First Friday Artist Reception
April 1st, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Exhibition Dates: March 30 - April 28
Wooded Vibrations
Nel Dorn Byrd's watercolor painting, Boats Afloat, has been accepted in the 2022 Society of Watercolor Artists International Exhibition. Lauren McCracken served as juror and the show hangs in Ft Worth's downtown central library April 17 - May 22.
2022 VAST Calendar Artists

April 2022 Calendar Art
Be a Part of the Flower Mound Arts Festival
"To Celebrate the Arts, the Town of Flower Mound will have an Arts Festival at Heritage Park on May 7, 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. They are looking for artists in the Denton Community to share their art as art vendors or performers for the festival. For more information, go to 
Famous Artists and the Pets Who Inspired Their Success
From Henri Matisse’s two cats, Minouche and Coussi, to more unique pets like Salvador Dalí’s ocelot, furry companions of all kinds have spurred the creativity of notable visual artists. Below is a list of some of the most prominent artist-pet relationships, and how each contributed to their body of work.

Ernest Hemingway
American novelist and short story writer Ernest Hemingway is famous for classics like The Old Man and the Sea and The Sun Also Rises, but Hemingway is also remembered for his love of polydactyls, his six-toed cats. After a ship’s captain gifted Hemingway with his first cat, named Snowball, Hemingway was hooked. He owned 23 cats by 1945.
Hemingway named his cats after famous people, and let them roam freely about his house. He fed them generously from cases of salmon and even offered them a mixture of whiskey and milk. His love of cats inspired his creative writing, evident in his 1925 short story titled “Cats in the Rain,” which is said to be inspired by a true story of his wife encountering a stray cat on vacation.
VAST Membership News
The “VAST YEAR” runs from June 1 through May 31; Our current dues are: Individual, $37; Family, $47; Educator, $27; Student, $17. VAST starts collecting dues for the upcoming year March 1.

Some items to note:
  • Members joining for the first time on or after March 1 receive 3 months (March/April/May) free.
  • Each year renewing and new members are asked to fill out a Member Registration Form to update all member information.
  • VAST is an all-volunteer organization. Please consider sharing your time, talent, and skills with us. Projects, skills and needs are listed on the Member Registration Form. Your help is needed and wanted!

To RENEW, or JOIN for the first time, have your credit card ready to use for the payment process and go to:

Membership questions? Read or email the Membership Chair (this email is monitored twice weekly so please be patient): 

The VAST officers, board of directors, chair persons
all hope you enjoy your membership experience!
Strengthen Your Mind
Keep in Touch with us!
To be sure you receive membership news and the Vision newsletter, make sure that your electronic address book has the emails below added to your contacts list. (Or they may end up in your junk mail!) (VISION Newsletter)
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 ad must be sent to the editor by the 20th of the month and is subject to the approval of VAST. VAST reserves the right to edit.
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

The Hopper Prize is now accepting entries for our Spring 2022 artist grants.
We are offering $3,500 and $1,000 grants to artists around the world.
Grants will be awarded through an open call art competition juried by leading contemporary curators
Current jurors:
— Jody Graf, Assistant Curator, MoMA PS1
— Pamela Meadows, Curator, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

The Hopper Prize was established in order to increase the recognition of artwork created by artists and photographers. Our aim is to advance artists’ careers by providing them with unrestricted financial support that is coupled with a platform for increased visibility. We accept submissions twice a year via an open call.
We are currently accepting submissions for the Spring 2022 grant cycle.

Total Awards: $11,000.00 USD for visual artists
$3,500.00 – 2 artists will each receive a $3,500 (USD) grant
$1,000.00 – 4 artists will each receive a $1,000 (USD) grant
30 artists will have their work archived at
A selection from the submissions will be featured on our Instagram feed @hopperprize
Additional exposure will be available to winners through our Journal: Insights into Contemporary Art
Grant awards are unrestricted and may be used any way the recipients choose.

When submitting your work, you will have the option to opt-in to be considered for possible Instagram features on our feed @hopperprize, where we currently reach an audience of over 63k. Our editors will be featuring select submissions on a rolling basis prior to the application deadline.
In addition to grant awards, our shortlist, and Instagram reach, we will be providing an additional platform for exposure via our online Journal Insights Into Contemporary Art. We launched this digital publication to give artists a new channel to amplify their voice while providing an in-depth look at their work, practice, and background. Grant recipients and shortlisted artists will all receive the opportunity to publish an interview to include any work of their choosing as a means of providing continued support beyond the open call.

The Hopper Prize is open to all artists age 18 and older working in any media. There are no restrictions on genre, subject matter, or media. We welcome entries in all media.
We are committed to supporting artists from diverse cultural backgrounds at all stages of their professional careers. All artists are encouraged to apply.

Deadline: May 17, 2022
Simple Application: We made our grant application simple to reduce the stress of submitting your work and save you time. The application is short and can be completed in under 20 minutes.
To apply for a grant, you only need to submit this information:
Name & Email
Instagram Username (optional)
Up to 10 Image or Video attachments
Artwork captions
Artist Statement & Biography (optional)
$40 submission fee
Apply Now at
Artspace111 – 9th Annual Texas Juried Exhibition

Deadline: Tuesday, May 31
Fee: $35
Over $5000 In Awards, with an opportunity to participate in an Artspace111 exhibition in 2022/ 2023 Exhibition Dates: July 16 – August 27, 2022 
Juror: Daisha Board, owner and director of Daisha Board Gallery. 
Artspace111 will include all entrants to the juried exhibition in an online showcase where the artwork can be collected online by Texas art collectors! $5.00 from each submission will be donated to the Tarrant Area Food Bank. 
Dallas Center of Photography Presents: Landscapes: Photo Competition and Exhibition
Landscapes are the backdrops to our lives and the context for everything on our planet.
We invite photographers of all ages and skill levels to submit to DCP’s Landscapes call for entry. Show how you capture the land’s shapes, colors, and forms in unique ways. Abstract interpretations of landscapes are accepted, but no composite images or heavily altered photos.

Selections will be featured in an exhibition in the DCP Gallery in May 2022.
Prizes: First place: $500
Second place: $350
Third place: $250
2 honorable mentions will receive $100 each
Entry fees: $35 for up to 3 images (DCP members get a 20% discount)
Deadline: April 12
Delivery of framed work: April 21 - May 5
Reception: Thursday, May 12
GCP Gallery Exhibition Dates: May 12 - May 27
All images will be submitted through Smarter Entry.
DCP will collect a 35% commission from all prints sold during the exhibition and will pay the remaining 65% to you by check.
Juror: Laszlo Perlaky,
For information and To Enter.
The Ellen Noel Art Museum, Odessa, and the Odessa Art Association present:
64th Annual Permian Basin Juried Art Exhibition – Call for Entries
This exhibition celebrates practicing artists in West Texas and surrounding regions.
Theme: From Nature
Juror is Diana Kersey, San Antonio ceramics artist and Assistant Professor at Northwest Vista College.
Deadline: April 18th at 5:00pm. $2,000 in cash prizes will be awarded as well as the chance at a solo exhibition for the “Best of Show” winner.
Exhibition dates: June 2 - August 21
All proceeds of sales go directly to the artist. 
More information and submission guidelines can be found at
For prospectus, HERE.
The Dutch Art Gallery Call for Entry
ADVENTURE AHEAD – Travel Journal
DEADLINE: Monday, April 11th, 2022, Midnight (CST)
Exhibition Dates: Saturday, May 21 - Friday, June 17
LOCATION: Dutch Art Gallery in Dallas, TX |

Top Prize $1,000
All of our juried shows consist of 2 parts. In addition to the actual artwork, we require a written statement about the piece that describes how it fits the specific theme. This show is no different. We are looking for your favorite travel destination plus a written description of the location. The journal part of your entry can simply be the text you submit with your art that will be displayed alongside your artwork if accepted into the show. Subjects could consist of streets, cities, landscapes, statues, food, window shops, doorways/alleys, people, animals, seascapes and more.
Artwork representing a traditional travel journal is also completely acceptable. Hand-written text paired with imagery of the locale, keepsakes from the trip, maps, etc. all painted or drawn, of course. Even if text appears in your artwork, you are still required to submit a written statement specific to each entry.

Dutch Art Gallery is a gallery and frame shop in business for 56 years. Our gallery consists of a 7,000 square foot showroom and we host 2 juried shows a year.

See for more information.
Pastel Society of the Southwest’s 41st National Juried Exhibition

The Pastel Society of the Southwest is a non-profit volunteer-run art organization located in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex within Texas.  We were established in 1979 to further education, appreciation for, and encouragement for the use of the soft pastel medium. 
Juror: Sally Strand
Gallery Show: We are holding our 41st National Juried Exhibition in a gallery during the month of October at the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau located in in Grapevine, Texas. Viewing of the exhibit is free.
Awards: This show paid almost $4,000 in cash and product last year. Best of Show will pay $1,000 cash award and other prizes as available. 
Deadline: August 1
Enter via
See the prospectus for details
Awards Ceremony will be held on October 2, 2022.
Holder Dane Gallery in Grapevine Call for Artists
Holder Dane Gallery & Art Studios represents local, regional, and nationally acclaimed artists. We feature paintings, sculpture, jewelry & pottery, various workshops, and are located in Historic Downtown Grapevine, Texas. There is an immediate opening for a jewelry artist and a pottery/clay artist.
Please contact Pat Bodnyk at and send samples of your work or a link to your website plus contact info for consideration.
Elements Public Art Committee Presents its
1St Annual Elements Sculpture Garden Exhibit

Elements, an over 55 community, is located within the Viridian development in far north Arlington, Texas. The Sculpture Garden is located within the Dogwood Park just to the south of the Magnolia Lifestyle Center located at 4811 Cypress Thorn Drive, Arlington, Texas 76005. The Elements Public Art Committee aims to install sculptures that are diverse in style and media, including stone, glass, and kinetic sculpture. The Committee hopes to expose the local community to different types of art, increase local interest, and provide enrichment by offering a dynamic and engaging exhibit.

The Elements Public Art Committee is seeking up to five (5) sculptures, created by Texas artists, that are appropriate for public viewing and support the goals we have set to provide a culturally enriched environment for this north Arlington neighborhood. Sculptures remain under the artist’s ownership and are loaned to the exhibit for a one-year period. All sculptures must be “family appropriate” and pose no risk to public safety; no sexual, bloody, or violent content will be accepted. All sculptures must be constructed of materials that can withstand the harsh weather of Texas and require no maintenance.Call for Artists. It is in support of a new Sculpture Garden being developed in the neighborhood called Elements of Viridian. 

A $1,000 honorarium shall be awarded for each piece for the installation, exhibition, and removal of the artwork for a one-year period. One-half of the stipend will be provided to the artist upon selection and the remainder shall be paid upon successful installation.
One Best in Show winner shall be awarded an additional $500.
Deadline for Submissions: March 18, 2022
Public Opening of Exhibit: July 24
Exhibition Dates: July 24, 2022 July10 thru 15,
Contact Email:
Call for Artists to Exhibit at Lewisville Theater

The Lewisville Grand Theater has several spaces of varying size for displaying artwork. The Lewisville Grand Theater keeps a continuing artist call open for artists to submit possible exhibition ideas to utilize these spaces.
Solo exhibition applications are welcome. These spaces include:
  • The main gallery is a large room with about 300′ of liner wall space with two moving walls to change the room dynamics.
  • The Education Wing Gallery is located off our main lobby area by our classrooms and includes approximately 70′ of linear wall space. Artwork is displayed using a gallery hanging rod system.
  • The Administrative Hallway can accommodate smaller shows, with 8-12 hanging works, using the gallery hanging rod system.
  • The South Lobby Display Case offers the opportunity for small 3-D works to be displayed in a locking case. 2-D works can also be displayed in this space via shelf easels or in free standing frames. Height, weight, and depth limitations on works of art apply to this exhibition space.

The number of available exhibitions per space varies each year, as does each exhibition run-time. The main gallery has the most limited availability of exhibition options.
Parties wishing to exhibit artworks at the Lewisville Grand Theater (all media including sculptural) should fill out the application form. The artist will receive an invitation letter if the work meets the criteria established for the visual arts season at the Lewisville Grand Theater.
Please note: a Google account is required to submit your application. If you do not have a Google account, or if you have trouble using the form, please contact Denise Helbing, Arts Center Manager, at or 972.219.8479.
Paint & Photograph Rowlett
A fun AND challenging competition!

Show creation time runs from April 16 – April 30.
Entry Form/Fee: Postmarked no later than April 9. (Hand delivery is acceptable until April 11.)
See form for address.
Register April 16: Rowlett Public Library, 3900 Main, Rowlett, TX
Take-in April 30th; strike August 13th
Reception/awards: May 7th Best of show award of $500.

Numerous awards for two categories (Additional awards from the city of Rowlett and Rowlett chamber of commerce.)
2D — many assorted media
  • Must begin onsite from SKETCHES
  • May use reference photos
  • With or without digital manipulation

Artists handle their own sales.
Download entry forms at
Dallas Public Library Call for Artists

The J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in Dallas has multiple empty galleries that are in need of your works of art! The exhibitions committee is now accepting proposals for booking and can be reached at Reach out to us for more information but now is a great chance to display your creative works to the public at no cost!
Dallas Public Library - 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX 75201
Irving Art Association’s Cinco de Mayo Exhibit call for art
Irving Art Association is celebrating Hispanic heritage and culture this May! All area artists from young to old are invited to submit 2-D and 3-D artworks for the exhibit.
Location: large gallery of the Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, 1975 Puritan Dr., in Irving TX.
Reception & Awards Ceremony will be held during the ArtFest on Saturday, May 7th from 1-4 PM.
Drop off: Saturday, April 30 : 1-4 PM
Pick up:  Saturday, May 28 : 1-4 PM
Exhibition Dates: May 1 – 27, 2022.
Fee: $5 per artwork / limit of 3
Online Registration required. Pay by PayPal or bring a check or exact cash at drop-off.
Registration deadline April 23
No images required, but if you supply them, they will be posted online in a virtual gallery!
Pieces must be wired and ready to hang;
Size limit is 36 inches by 36 inches. Weight limit 20 lbs.
Any media, any topic or theme. No nudes.
For more details contact the Curator Rachel Gregory
The virtual gallery will be viewable starting May 1st.