Vision News and Updates                          April , 2019

Members, please do not bring art for this meeting as we will be voting on the High School Art Competition.
Artist: Lin Hampton
Wednesday, April 3, 6:45  - 9pm

Join us for our April artist presentation by oil and pastel artist Lin Hampton. Hampton will present information on painting with pastels and demo nstrate different  techniques you  can use to  get a specific effect from  
environmental to textural - that helps to elicit an emotional
response from the viewer. She uses a contemporary, distinctive stroke to render her work in a traditional view of everyday life, utilizing oils on canvas or wood panel, or pastel on board. 

"My work has developed over the years into a very distinctive process and "signature style."
What inspires me to transform a particular landscape or figure into a two dimensional image, comes from the 'spirit' of the subject. If you look closely at my work, you might sometimes find little hidden items, scenes within a scene, or a symbol created with my unique 'mark'. As I creat
e, I incorporate  my thoughts and ideas
into my work." 

Long time resident of Denton, Texas, Lin Hampton is active in the Visual Arts Society of Texas and has competed and placed in national and regional competitions, including receiving an award of the Grumbacher Gold Medallion. 

Lin Hampton's work can be seen at

Meetings are held at the Patterson-App leton Arts Center,  400 East Hickory St,
Denton, TX.
Next Meeting: May 1 , 2019 , 6:45 - 9:00 pm
Members: Free; Guests: $5

Can You Help Out With the  Merging Visions Exhibition? 

Dear VAST Members, 

Our joint exhibit with the Denton Poet's Assembly will have its opening night (before its 3 month run at the PAAC) on June 7, 2019, at 6 pm to 8 pm. It will be a grand opening reception and we encourage all member and their friends and families to put this on their calendars right now!

Thus far, to cover VAST's expenses of the reception and one-half of the printing costs of the Catalog for the  Merging Visions exhibit 2019 (less a generous grant of $1000 from Denton Benefit League this year), VAST has received donations from 7 members to a total of $570 (plus an additional very generous member donation to be applied to the catalog publication). Thank you (a lot!) to these donors.
  • We are SO LUCKY to have the sponsorship of Greater Denton Arts Council to help us with exhibit space at no rental cost to the exhibit. 
  • We are SO LUCKY to have dedicated volunteers who spent time and energy (their own!) to go before the Grants Committee of DBL to apply for and receive the group's grant money. 
  • We are SO LUCKY that we have had volunteers from both VAST and DPA who have met and worked for a full year to once again bring about this really interesting, fun, and popular exhibit.
BUT, your board of directors was counting on more members assisting in paying for this special exhibition with their donations. PLEASE consider supporting the Merging Visions exhibit 2019 with your dollars. This year, due to lack of exhibit space in the city of Denton area that is free, we have had only two exhibits. This exhibit, which will be at the start of our next fiscal year, needs your support NOW. Bring your checkbook and your credit card (I promise to have a working system by then) to the April 3, 2019 Members' Meeting at the PAAC, and let your heart lead to supporting this wonderful exhibit. ALL DONATIONS RECEIVED BY MIDNIGHT ON APRIL 3, 2019 WILL BE RECOGNIZED AS SPONSORS IN THE EXHIBIT CATALOG.

If you wish to buy a catalog only, now is the time to order one. They are $20. If you order one on PayPal the cost is $21. 

I thank you for reading this. 
Carol Rowley, Treasurer

VAST Membership Drive is Going on Now! Our VAST year ends May 31.

Members and new members who pay their dues by April 30, 2019 WILL RECEIVE A FREE ENTRY OF TWO ART WORKS FOR THE 2020 Calendar Competition.  Cost to enter the Calendar Competition after 4/30/2019 will be $20 for entry of two art works for consideration. 

Such a deal!! See Membership Info toward the bottom of the newsletter.  Come prepared to pay your dues at the April meeting. 

To Pay Dues Online

Want to pay your VAST fees, dues, donations or sponsorships at midnight in your pajamas? If you are a PayPal user, here's what to do:

Open your personal PayPal account and look for the tab saying Send or Receive Money. Send the total amount of your purchases (sponsorships & catalogs for Merging Visions, Dues, VADO Fees, Donations for the Members' Exhibit cash awards, Critique, cash donations of any kind) to the PayPal account of . 

Please be sure to put in the "note" section of your own PayPal screen:

           (1) your full name, and

           (2) EXACTLY what you are purchasing.

           Press the "send" button in PayPal and the payment is on its way to VAST.

PayPal will charge VAST 2.9% plus 30 cents in fees for a transaction. So if you are feeling kind-hearted and generous (and we hope you are!), add a little something extra to cover these fees (after all, you are saving the search for stamps, envelopes, and the midnight walk to the mailbox!). We appreciate all of you credit card holders, and we haven't raised our prices to cover our credit card expenses. Your help in paying extra will help us toe the line on our fees in general.

Artists of VAST
Member Mini Show Winners for February

First Place: Debbie Beauchamp
North Rim, watercolor

Second Place: Carolyn Johnson
Fox , watercolor

Member Mini Show Winners for March

First Place: Darla Bostick

Second Place: Barbara Lindley

50th Annual Summer Conference of the Poetry Society of Texas Presents  "Prompts & Pathways"
A Program for Accomplished and Aspiring Poets, Writers, Artists and Musicians

The Denton Poets' Assembly is pleased to host the Poetry Society of Texas 50th Annual Summer Conference, at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center, located at the new Razor Ranch commercial complex in Denton. The dates of the conference are July 11, 12 and 13, 2019

The conference will begin Thursday evening July 11 with an opening reception, entertainment by Steve Sanders and the Seadogs, the Catherine Case Lubbe manuscript award and author readings, and an end-of-day open microphone session.

Friday events will include a "prompts and pathways" writing workshop, presentations by writers of poems, verse, and song from around the state, three state poet laureates, a luncheon, a banquet with a keynote address by an internationally known poet and writer, plus "early bird" and "late night" open microphone sessions.

More exciting, educational, and inspiring events will follow Saturday morning with a live reading poetry contest judged by conference attendees, recognition and awards for 50th Summer Conference high school and college student poetry contests, and winner awards for a special 50th Summer Conference poetry contest.

For hotel information and conference registration forms: (click on Events / Summer Conference / 2019 PST summer Conference Registration Form)  or (click on DPA Hosting PST 2019 Summer Conference  or email

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.

Darla Bostick's Annual Ghost Ranch Art Workshop/Retreats
June 2 - 8, 2019 - Mixed Media (something new daily)
Sept. 29 - Oct. 5 - UNtraditional watercolor
For details:


Millie Johnson is our Sunshine Chair
Please contact her at or 940.387.7688 if you know of a member who needs well wishes sent or thoughts of sympathy.

Calendar Artist for April

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
No current exhibit.
Coordinator for exhibit: looking for coordinator
The Emily Fowler Central Library is located at 502 Oakland Street. Hours are: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 9 am to 6 pm; Tuesday and Thursday 9 am to 9 pm, Sunday 1 to 5 pm. 
502 Oakland St., Denton TX, 76201

"Outside the Box" exhibition at POINTBank Black Box Theater 
Visual Arts Society of Texas (VAST) artist Barbara Lindley is being featured with a solo exhibition, Figprint of my Imagination  at the Point Bank Black Box Theater, January 25 - May 2.  Barbara Lindley  was named VAST Artist of the Year for 2017-2018. 

At the end of a corporate career that took her all over the world, Barbara Lindley feels she has finally found her niche. While her work as a contract negotiator was challenging and intellectually stimulating, a restlessness lingered as her artistic inclinations were confined largely to cooking and gardening. Her first attempt at retirement left her feeling directionless and unfulfilled and she quickly returned to work. When she retired the second time, she knew she needed to pursue her creative aspirations. She enrolled in a painting class in 2016.

Lindley works primarily in watercolor and enjoys experimenting with non-traditional paper and pigments. Her subjects are varied and include florals, botanicals, architecture, still life, landscapes, and wildlife. She admits that she is still finding her artistic voice and augments that pursuit with continued art instruction and the study of light, composition, and color.

"Every painting is a new lesson, and it's my goal to be a lifelong student." 
Barbara Lindley

Coordinator for exhibit: Jo Williams at
The PointBank Black Box Theater Exhibition is co-sponsored by Denton Community Theater and VAST, and is located at 318 E. Hickory. For information on DCT, call 940.382.1915.
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9am - 1:00pm.  Art may also be viewed during any of the performances at the Black Box.

"Through the Ages" exhibition at the Denton Senior Center
Aurora Cabrera Dawson is the coordinator for this exhibitionIf 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, 
walking distance from the PAAC at 608 E. Hickory St., Suite 128 
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, Suite 101
Check and  here for classes.
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
400 E. Hickory Street, Denton, TX 76201 
Gough Gallery:
Outside the Box
Emerging Artists: Annual Denton High Schools Art Show
April 4 - April 27, 2019
Discover the works of talented, emerging artists in our community featuring the recent works of Denton Independent School District high school art students.

Meadows Gallery: 
32nd annual Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition & Exhibition
February 1 - May 4, 2019
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. Now in its 32nd year, the exhibition opens to international artists as we celebrate the evolving field of contemporary craft and the remarkable creativity and innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media. 
Festival Hall
No current exhibit.
For more information: 

Texas Woman's University Art Galleries
East Gallery and West Gallery 
Spring 2019 MFA & BFA Exhibition 
MFA: Betsey Gravatt, Amanda Hernandez, Gabriela Mejia Alatorre, Theresa Newsome
BFA: Gabriela Romero-Castro, Alem Vincent Delacruz, Jordan Funk, Marissa Alise Baez, Heidi Landa Washington, Clarissa Baniecki, Tori Allmendinger, Humna Ambreen Raza, Hannah Werchan, Margarita Infante
April 13 - May 12, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 13, 5-7pm   
Free to students, staff, faculty, and community members
For more information:
University of North Texas Art Galleries
University of North Texas Art Gallery
Mirror Mirror: The Prints of Alison Saar
March 8  to May 11, 2019
CVAD announces the inaugural exhibition in the new UNT Art Gallery, located in the new wing of the CVAD Building. This exhibition features sculptures and prints from 1991 to the present by Los Angeles-based artist Alison Saar. Saar's sculptures, assemblages and prints meditate on a range of experiences related to the African diaspora and explore the body as a site of identity. 
For more information:   
UNT on the Square
Scene & Heard: Selections from the Local Independent Music Initiative of Texas
April 5 -  April 28, 2019
Selections from the Local Independent Music Initiative of Texas. 
The Local / Independent Music Initiative of Texas (LIMIT) is an ongoing initiative to collect, preserve, and provide access to music that originates from Texas with an emphasis on music from the Dallas-Fort Worth-Denton metropolitan area. LIMIT is an initiative of the UNT Music Library.
For more information:  

Yes, We are on Facebook.
Search for "Visual Arts Society of Texas" on Facebook or use the link.

2018-2019 Speaker Series      
The VAST Speaker Series starts in September.
They are held on the first Wednesday of the month, Sept. through May.            
April 3 - Lin Hampton, pastels 
May 1 - Crystal Nelson,   Acrylic and Acrylic Inks      
The meeting location is the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 East Hickory St, Denton, TX.  
6:45 - 9pm.
Members: Free        Guests: $5 

VADO - VAST Artist Day Out
VADO is our name for Vast Artist Day Out. It's held the first and third Thursday of each month except November and December. VADO has undergone changes this year, but is still a great opportunity to get to know other members and enjoy the fellowship of other artists.  We meet the first Thursday at the Beulah Center at 7801 S-I35 E., Global Spheres in Corinth and the third Thursday at PAAC (Patterson-Appleton Arts Center.) The time is from 10 A.M. until 1 P.M. at the Beulah Center and 9:30 - 12:30 at the PAAC. We bring something to work on and/or to share with our VADO friends. It is not a teaching situation, but we all learn from each other!
The VADO fees for the new fiscal year, June through next May, are $55.
Please email me, Fran Shurtleff, at to let me know if you wish to come to VADO in our coming year - or if you have any questions.  
And, yes, lunch out together after VADO is always a great treat!

2018-2019 VAST Membership Levels
$15 - Student        $25 - Educator*      $35 - Individual       $45 - Family 
Make checks payable to  VAST; mail to VAST, PO,  Box 1281, Denton, TX    76202
For membership questions, please contact Mary Wright at
Link to Membership Form.
You may renew by the following methods:
  • Pay by credit card, check or cash at our meetings.
  • A membership form is available. Dues can be mailed to VAST, PO Box 1281, Denton, TX 76202. 
  • If you have PayPal, look for the "send and request" money button. Select to send your dues, VADO fees and/or donations to Merging Visions/other exhibits to "" Please type in where your money is going to, in the note field.
Make checks payable to "VAST."  For membership questions, please contact Mary Wright at

For Opportunities and Proposals :  

500X Gallery 
Applications for New Members for the 2019/2020 Season
Application Packets due April 1st, 2019

Membership includes:   Annual Solo Exhibition,  Annual Project Space to curate,  Experience working in a Gallery,  Networking Opportunities 

Membership Duties:   Monthly dues ($50),  Attendance at Monthly Meetings and Gallery Events,  Maintenance of Gallery,  Opening/Closing Gallery,  Exhibition Planning and Installing

For Information,
To Apply: HERE
Trinity Arts Guild 2019 Juried Open Show
Deadline:  April 2
Awards: $2800.00 in cash and merchandise 
Location: Trinity Arts Guild Gallery, Bedford Boys Ranch Park, 2819 R.D. Hurt Parkway Bedford, TX 76021
Fee:  First 3 entries for TAG members is $35; First 3 entries for Non-members is $ 45  ; Each  additional entry up to 6 total entries is $10

Mayjoring in Art: Higher Learning 2019
Eligible applicants must be currently enrolled in an institution of higher learning or have graduated with in the last 6 months.
Submission DEADLINE - April 1, 2019

Artists 'Round Texas 17th Small Works Juried Art Show 
Cash awards totaling over $1,000. 
Prospectus & entry form:  HERE.
Artwork no larger than 12"x12", framed size no larger than 17"x17"
Exhibition: - May 11 - August 17, 2019
SHOW VENUE & DELIVERY OF A.R.T. Rowlett Annex Conference Bldg
4004 Main, Rowlett - Behind Rowlett City Hall 
Take-in/Pay entry fee: Sat. May 11 (10am -12noon)  Hanging & Setup after take-in.
Pennelope Bisbee -
Reception: Saturday, May 18, 2-4pm, with  special  musical presentation by the Garland Symphony at  2:15pm
ENTRY FEES  MEMBERS -5 entries for $25.00. $5.00 each additional entry.  
NON-MEMBERS - 5 entries for $40.00. $10.00 for each additional entry. 
Artists may join A.R.T. at take-in for reduced entry fees. 
For questions call 972-475-1836, visit our page on Facebook or

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