Vision News and Updates                    February, 2019

First VAST Board Meeting of the New Year
Interested in seeing how our Board works? Join us!
The meeting will take place on Saturday morning, February 2 at 9:00am at the South Branch Library in Denton. The public is welcome.


The Nominating Committee welcomes VAST members to come forward for the position of Vice-President in charge of Exhibitions, and the newsletter position. For more information and questions please contact immediately: Ingrid Scobie, 940-453-5507, 
Exhibitions Vice-President 
1)   Detail-oriented computer skills plus good organizational and people skills
2)   Experience with all facets of hanging exhibitions or a willingness to learn 
      (we have 1-2 per year)
3)    Helpful but not necessary to have experience with catalog production 
4)    General oversight of several revolving exhibition locations for member work
Newsletter - To possibly share the duties, alternating months
1)    Detail-oriented language and computer skills
2)    Experience with program similar to Constant Contact (intuitive template
3)   Interest in showcasing members' accomplishments, updating the membership
      on  VAST's and outside exhibitions, and other opportunities for artists.

The Visual Arts Society of Texas is an ALL Volunteer Organization. 
Consider contributing a bit of your time! 

Speaker: Michael Holter, Watercolor
Wednesday, February 6, 6:45  - 9pm
Join us for a fun evening of art at our February 6, 2019 VAST meeting. This month we welcome artist Michael Holter, who works in both watercolor and oil. Holter's work has received numerous awards and recognition and can be found in private and corporate collections in the U.S. and several foreign countries. His current work is in two categories: figurative watercolor and oil landscapes (both plein air and studio). Although Michael Holter has been painting most of his life, his work experience spans a wide range of creative endeavors, from art teacher, creative director and businessman in fine art and commercial art.
Michael has owned and operated two galleries. Michael holds a Bachelor's Degree in Art Education and an MA in Visual Communication.
Holter is a signature member of The National Watercolor S ociet y, The Transparent Watercolor Society of America, The Outdoor Pain ter Society, the Southwestern Watercolor Society and The Society of Watercolor Artists. He is also a member of the American Watercolor Society, the Portra it Society of America and the American Impressionist Society.

Holter says, "I think of my work as impressionistic. I like to r epresent people or places and allow the painting to evolve from the structure of what is recognizable. The challenge is to balance the care needed to make the representation interesting
and perhaps believable, with the freedom, looseness and painterly quality that makes painting so unique and expressive."  ... 
"I have been influenced by artists such as Charles Reid, Richard Schmid, Burt Silverman, Frank Webb, John Singer Sargent, Ted Nuttall and many others. Even though I have an art degree, most of what I put into practice is self-taught through studying the work of these distinguished artists, and much painting." 
"My wife, Cyndy, and I grew up on the wide-open plains of North Dakota and arrived in Plano, TX by way of Minnesota (I can paint a snowy winter landscape with the best of them) prior to our east coast years in Virginia. We often travel, enjoying the beauty of God's creation.

More of Michael Holter's work can be seen at.... Michael Holter website 
This event is free and open to the public.  
Meetings are held at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 
400 East Hickory St, Denton, TX.
Next Meeting: February 6 , 2019 , 6:45 - 9:00 pm
Members: Free; Guests: $5
Artist of the 2017-2018 VAST Year

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. 

The exhibition titled Figprint of my Imagination includes a collection of watercolor and mixed media paintings. A reception honoring the artist is scheduled February 2, 2019, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. The public is welcome. It will precede the Denton Community Theater production of Blackout  

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
Materials HARD+SOFT
Exhibit Dates: February 1 - May 4, 2019
Opening Reception:  February 1, 2019  6:00 - 8:00pm 
Award Ceremony: 7:00pm
Meadows Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, Denton TX
Greater Denton Arts Council is proud to present the 32nd 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. 

Now in its 32nd year, we celebrate the evolving field  of contemporary  craft and the remarkable creativity and innovation  of artists  who push the boundaries of their chosen media. The  exhibition includes  artworks in the following media; glass, wood, fibers, ceramics, mixed media, and other non-traditional media. Artists from the DFW metroplex area and as far away as Taiwan and Germany are represented. 

This year's call for artists drew over 1,100 submissions from 12 countries around the world. Juror Janet McCall selected 68 works for exhibition at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center including works from 28 states and 4 countries including Germany, Canada, and Taiwan in varying media including metal, wood, plastic, ceramic, fiber, glass, and mixed media. 

Catalogs are available on-site and online.

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.

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 Page for February

Members in the News
Please submit news of exhibitions that you are involved in to by the 15th of the month.

David Blow will have a solo exhibition,
Nature's Vibrations, February 16 - March 30 at Pardieu Gallery LLC. The gallery is located in Allen, Texas at 550 S. Watters Road, Suite 277.

                            Image:   Texas Heat Wave 24"x16"

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 
  Artist  Barbara Lindley is being feature with a solo exhibition, Lindley is VAST Artist of the Year 2017-2018. The exhibition titled Figprint of my Imagination includes a collection of watercolor and mixed media paintings. A reception honoring the artist is scheduled February 2, 2019, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. The public is welcome. It will precede the Denton Community Theater production of Blackout.  
Exhibition: January 25 - May 2

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 
Mary Simon is currently exhibiting and will be up through March.

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:
Life Stories Told Through Quilts 
The Quilts of Barbara McCraw 
December 7 - February 15, 2019
Retired teacher and pathologist Barbara McCraw is a Master Quilter whose pieces have been exhibited across North America and Europe. She has created quilts celebrating figures like Nelson Mandela, Bishop Desmond Tutu and the Obamas. Her pieces are in numerous collections including the Smithsonian, the Denton County African-American museum, the Denton County Courthouse museum, the University of Michigan and North Carolina Central University.

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
Sam Ivie and Jonathan Reynolds 
January 11 - March 23, 2019
This exhibit features the photography of Jonathan Reynolds and the paintings and drawings of Sam Ivie. This collaboration featuring Reynolds' photographs along with Ivie's images is the result of a plan to engage in more artist-organized two-person and group exhibits. Painted or drawn portraits have a unique way of functioning with landscape photography. Displayed alongside each other, the mediums of color photography and painting form a dynamic exhibit because of their differences. Both artists use photography, with the main variant being one's work is photography and the other's use of the medium is a means to an end. For Ivie, it is reference material he uses along with imagery he primarily invents; for Reynolds, it is the medium itself.
For more information: 

Texas Woman's University Art Galleries
East Gallery and West Gallery 
2019 Adjunct Faculty Exhibition
January 19, 2019 - February 17, 2019
For more information:
University of North Texas Art Galleries
Lightwell GalleryUniversity of North Texas Art Building
(1201 W. Mulberry)
The UNT Art Gallery is closed for construction and is projected to
reopen in the spring of 2019.
For more information:  
UNT on the Square
 My Genesis by Taylor Barnes
January 15, 2019 - February 15, 2019
Fiber Work by UNT Graduate student Taylor Barnes.
Exhibition Sponsored by the Denton Black Film Festival
For more information:  

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2018-2019 Speaker Series      
The VAST Speaker Series starts in September.
They are held on the first Wednesday of the month, Sept. through May.          
February 6 - Michael Holter, watercolor
March 6 - Harlan Butt, enamels 
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 :  
We are seeking artists to display their work on our covered veranda on Spring Gallery Night 2019.
Submission DEADLINE - March 1, 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

Society of Watercolor Artists Juried Exhibition
Juror: Iain Stewart AWS, NWS
Awards:$5000 in cash and merchandise to be determined by the juror after viewing the installed works. 
Enter up to three images for $40 (SWA members $35).
Exhibition Dates: April 14th-May 19th, 2019
Submission DEADLINE - March 10 by midnight
Location: Fort Worth Central Library, Atrium Gallery, 500 W. 3rd Street, Fort Worth, Texas

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