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VAST Vision ___________________________ July, 2020
A Note From VAST President, Barbara Lindley
Looking Forward, 2020-2021...
Dear Members, 
While our member meetings ended early this year due to Covid-19, I hope all of you are continuing to pursue and enjoy your art. It is our current plan to resume meetings in September. 

The Merging Visions exhibition will take place in the Gough Gallery at the Patterson Appleton Arts Center or virtually depending on the current state of public health and business openings. Planning is also well underway for the 31st Annual Members Exhibition  and the "new" 175 Mile Exhibition  for the fall. 

Best wishes for a "cool" summer!
Barbara Lindley
VAST President
VAST Artist of the Year, 2019-2020
Congratulations to Dianne Jansing!

Dianne Jansing’s inspiration for the subject of her artwork comes from her love of and connection to nature. She works mainly in watercolor but also enjoys working with gouache, mixed media, graphite, and ink. She has previously displayed her work in the  On My Own Time  art exhibition and was instrumental in establishing the University of North Texas Libraries' annual employee art exhibition  Dusk to Dawn . Dianne began painting while growing up in the North Texas countryside and has continued her passion for over 40 years.

Valentina  was created on rice paper using the traditional batik process of applying layers of wax and paint. Multiple layers of watercolor were applied to produce strong colors. A wax resist was applied to preserve the lighter colors. The painting was then placed between clean newsprint and the wax was ironed out.

The flowers in the watercolor batik painting were drawn from irises given to the artist by her mother. The painting’s title, is in her memory.

Thank you again for this special recognition!
Dianne's Instagram is  @dijansing.
Get Your Work Ready for VAST's
31st Annual Members Exhibition
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  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 ​ 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 ​
VAST (Renamed) 175 Mile Exhibition
November 10 - December 12
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.

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 was 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
Visual Arts Society of Texas
PO Box 1281
Denton, TX 76202

This project is supported by VAST members and contributors and in cooperation with the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center and the Greater Denton Arts Council.
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.
Recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country, Materials: Hard + Soft began in 1987 and was originally initiated by area artist Georgia Leach Gough. The exhibition celebrates the evolving field of contemporary craft and the remarkable creativity and innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media. Since 2017, the exhibition has expanded to include works by international artists.

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 
You sure can Renew Your Membership or Join NOW!
2020-2021 VAST Membership Levels
$15 - Student    $25 - Educator*   $35 - Individual   $45 - 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
VAST Calendar Artist for July
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 submit news of exhibitions that you are involved in to by the 15th of the month.
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
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
Oak Street Studio and Gallery
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.
Gough Gallery:
Meadows Gallery: 
Festival Hall: 
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
Virtual Gallery and Museum Tours through Glasstire
Frisco Summer Splash Online Exhibition Competition
Exhibited virtually @friscoartgallery on Instagram
Theme: Summer or water related
Curated by staff within the Arts and Culture division of Parks and Recreation
Deadline: 7/14/2020
Exhibition Dates: June 20-31
Submit up to 5 images of your work to
Free to enter.

Call for Entries for Upcoming Photo Exhibition:
Elisabet Ney Museum
The museum is hosting an open call for entries to SUFFRAGE NOW: A 19th Amendment Centennial Exhibition, a photo commentary on the Centennial of the Passage of the 19th Amendment.
As the anniversaries of both the 19th Amendment and the Voting Rights act of 1965 occur in August, we would like to create a space for Texas women photographers to showcase their unique perspectives on Suffragism.

The competition is open to all women photographers living and/or working in Texas, and Texans working anywhere in the world.
Artists may submit 1-3 photos (old or new, as long as they themselves took the photo) with a 50-word explanation that details the ways in which the image comments on the centennial of the 19th amendment’s ratification. 
Deadline: June 30
Notification: by July 20. 
Exhibition Dates: August 6 to at least November 8, 2020 at least until December 31, 2020 online.
More information Here.
Dallas Metro Arts Contemporary Studio/Gallery in Plano, TX presents its National Juried Exhibition, Drawing the Line. 
DMAContemporary is a new gallery/studio dedicated to portfolio enhancement, education, consultation, and counsel. Director: Jerry E. Smith. 
Awards: $1000 First Prize.  
Deadline: August 9
Exhibition dates: Sept. 1- 26, 2020. 
Closing Reception: September 26, 6:00-8:00 pm
Entry Fee: $30 for minimum 2 entries, and $5 for each additional entry up to a total of five.  
Juror: Beth Welch, Exhibitions Curator for the Louisiana Arts and Science Museum in Baton Rouge.  
Entry and information on Call For Entry. Prospectus.
“Us: What divides us and what unites us?” International Online Call for Entries
Touchstone Gallery (founded in 1976), Washington, DC is seeking entries for an international online juried show
“Us: What divides us and what unites us?”
Exhibit online September 11 – October 30, 2020
Deadline: August 17
Awards: Three selected artworks will receive Juror’s Best in Show Prize of $300
Entry Fee: $20