Vision News and Updates                 September , 2019

Message From Our VAST President

Welcome to the 2019/2020 Visual Arts Society of Texas (VAST) year! Be sure to look at the calendar (included in the article below), as Robin Huttash has planned an excellent year of varied programming for our members. We will also sponsor three exhibitions, including: the VAST Annual Members Exhibition, 125 Mile Exhibition and Merging Visions - our annual collaboration with the Denton Poets' Assembly.

As this is the first of my three-year term as VAST president, my goal is to get to know each and every one of you. I believe that it is our shared passion for creativity that makes this organization so exceptional, and I welcome all suggestions and ideas. I look forward to learning and creating with you in the upcoming year!

Barbara Lindley
Notice From the Board

The VAST Board of Directors proposes the addition of the position of Correspondence Secretary to the Board. The Board is also pleased to offer Veva Vonler as a nominee for this position. 

The membership will be voting on this proposal at the October meeting.

Best Regards, 
Barbara Lindley, VAST President
VAST 2019/2020 Speaker Schedule
First Meeting is Wednesday, September 4th, 6:45 - 9pm
Participating Artist: Christie A. Wood
"Historically Significant Stained Glass in Denton, Texas"

Christie A. Wood will have a slide presentation of some of the historically significant stained glass artwork in Denton, Texas. Each of the pieces of stained glass art highlighted in this program are available to the general public for viewing. Artwork from the 1930's through present commissioned large-scale stained glass art will be discussed. Also included in 
the presentation are examples of the various types of stained glass commissions found in Denton: painted and leaded glass, copper foiled glass, fused glass, and dalle de verre (slab glass). The presentation
includes a handout of a map to all the Denton stained glass "treasures"  covered in the lecture.

Christie Wood is as interested in preserving the legacy and techniques of the thousand-year history of stained glass as she is in pushing the glass medium into new areas. She designs and constructs stained, painted, mosaic'ed, laminated, and decorative glass artwork based upon observation and imagination.  Wood says, "Glass is a medium which lives and interacts with its environment.  I find the play of light through the glass; whether that light is natural sunlight, artificial lighting, or modified through various glass techniques, as fascinating and changeable as Texas weather."

Christie A. Wood graduated from North Texas State University (now UNT) with  a Bachelor of Music Education  degree in music and  studied stained glass in Eagleville, Pennsylvania with Barbara Jack of Inspirations, Inc. I n 2015, Wood was awarded Professional status  with the Stained Glass Association of America (SGAA), and she also holds a lifetime membership with the International Guild of Glass Artists (IGGA). 

Wood has 8 CD-ROMs of her original designs for sale, and has taught computer-assisted stained glass design at the Stained Glass Association of America (SGAA) conferences. She founded her stained glass company, Art Glass Ensembles, in 1995. Art Glass Ensembles is now a full-service stained glass studio providing design, construction, installation, repair, and restoration services. Her artwork may be found throughout the country, as well as with collectors in England, Australia, and New Zealand. Christie Wood has been featured on HGTV, and participated in a collectors-invitational only art show associated with the Oscars in Hollywood in 2012. Her main work is now commissioned by churches, public art, and private collectors in the North Texas and Austin areas. 

Christie A. Wood, Art Glass Ensembles
513 Bolivar Street, Denton, TX 76201
Photo credit: Christie A. Wood

VAST meets on the first Wednesday of the month, except for January, which has been moved to the second Wednesday of the month because of the holiday. Meetings start at 6:45 and will be over at 9pm. 
The meeting location is the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 East Hickory St, Denton, TX. 
Members: Free       Guests: $5 

Artist Listing for Speakers/Demonstrations
September 4 - Local glass artist Christie Wood, owner of Art Glass Ensembles will speak on the "History of Stained Glass in Denton, Texas."
October 4  - Umut Demirguc from the College of Visual Art and Design at UNT will Lecture and demonstrate Needle Felting.
November 6  - Sudeep Kumar will share information about the International Urban Sketchers and Plein Air drawing.
December 4  - TBD
2nd Wednesday, January 8  - Randall Good, Presentation of his "old masters" style of art which is influenced by Italian Renaissance and Mannerist period.  Randall will demonstrate the process of Gold Leafing.
February 5  - Beverly Boren Lecture and Watercolor Demonstration (Beverly will also conduct a watercolor workshop February 3, 4 and 5.)
March 4 - TBD
April 1 - Liz Hill, watercolor and collage artist will lecture, demonstrate, and do a workshop. Workshop will include using live model.  High School Competition. No mini show.
May 6  - Stephen Zhang, presentation and demo on Watercolor.

Any questions or suggestions for workshop possibilities, contact Robin Huttash of 
A Creative Art Studio just off the Denton square.

VAST Sponsored Workshop
Paint Fast and Loose in Watercolor with Bev Boren
February 3, 4, 5, 2020
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Place: Patterson-Appleton Arts Center,  400 E. Hickory St.,  Denton TX
Cost: $240 (VAST Members)
          $275 (Non-Members)
Limit: 15
Deposit: $50
Remit check to: VAST, PO Box 1281, Denton, TX 76202 or
Use personal PayPal Account to remit to and designate as "Deposit for Bev Boren Workshop" 
Workshop Coordinator: Jo Williams 

Merging Visions  

People's Choice Award for 2019 Merging Visions

Carol Rowley, 
Spring Flight, paired with Beth Honeycutt (poet) "Springtime"

Lola Newell,  Lake Murray Sunrise , paired with Jorge Robert-Saavedra (poet) "Sunrise"

Olivia Walker,  Girl in the Window , paired with Betty Roberts (poet) "Grandmother's Porch"
They will receive award certificates and have their names engraved on a plaque commemorating the exhibit.

The 2019 Merging Visions Exhibit will continue to be displayed in the Meadows Gallery of the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center through September 14. At the close of the exhibit, twenty five of the forty five pieces in the exhibition will be reinstalled September 16 in the 3 branches of the Denton Public Library for the enjoyment of each library's viewing public. The Extended Merging Visions Exhibit will remain on display during regular library hours until November 16. A People's Choice Award winning pair will be located at each library. 
This exhibit has been sponsored by the Denton Poets' Assembly and the Visual Arts Society of Texas for 11 years.  Over the years, we have found that this collaboration and new perspectives have benefited members of both organizations.  Additional co-sponsors for this year have been the Greater Denton Arts Council, the Denton Public Library and the Denton Benefit League.
A Glimpse into the  Merging Visions  Summer Workshop Series, Sponsored by  Greater Denton Arts Council

To correspond with the Merging Visions exhibit, the Greater Denton Arts Council conducted three workshop days that were open to the public.  These workshops allowed participants to use their imagination and create art with artists of VAST and poets of the Denton Poets' Assembly. On August 8, activities were led by  Gail W. Cope, Beth Honeycutt and Richard Schinzel. In the exercise " Representing Words with Marks," participants experienced 
language in a new way.
Project 1.  "Representing Words with Marks"  
Long pieces of freezer paper were used to form scrolls. Each person chose one strange and rather large art instrument to use to create a mark representing a word that one of 
the poets called out. The participants had access to basic colors. After they had made their mark, the artistic implement was passed to another person, and the next word was called out. When/if they ran out of paper, new marks were created over previous images. A list of 25 words was used. One minute was allowed to make the mark and choose another mark making tool. Once the art was dry, the members of the group could take them home and glue them to dowel rods to hang like a Japanese scroll, or the art could be used for wrapping paper, etc.
Photo credit: Richard Schinzel
VADO = VAST Artist Day Out
Invitation to go to VADO, Free!

The members of VADO invite VAST members to be their guests at the meetings this summer and for September and October this fall. Just bring something to work on and plan to enjoy the time with other artists - or drop by and visit, and go with us to eat!

VADO is held the first and third Thursday of each month except November and December. This group is a great opportunity to get to know other members and enjoy the fellowship of other artists. It is an opportunity to get feedback for something you may be working on! 

The first Thursday meetings are held in the Beulah Acres Building at Global Spheres in Corinth from 9:30am to 12:30pm (August 1st, September 5th, and October 3rd.)  The third Thursday meetings are held in the PAAC craft room from 9:30am  to 12:30pm (July 18, Aug 15th, September 19th, and October 17th.)
So mark your calendars! Get feedback and enjoy good conversation with fellow artists!  Any questions? Send an email to if you can join in!

The 33rd annual Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition 
Deadline:  September 29

Juror: Beth C. McLaughlin, Chief Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts.
Exhibition dates: February 7 - May 9, 2020
Reception: February 7, 2020
Fee: $40 for up to three entries.
Entry deadline:  September 29, 2019. Enter online or through the mail.
Juror Awards:  $1,000, $750, $500 and $250. 
Works produced in any of the craft media: clay, fiber, glass, metal, paper, wood, or any combination of craft media, are acceptable.
Well Blended: A Juried Art Exhibit and Music Collaboration
Deadline: September 17

The Artists Enclave of Denton County and Lumedia Musicworks are collaborating to create a concoction of "Coffee" inspired creativity. The collaboration, titled "WELL BLENDED", uses coffee and the concept of blending as a whimsical jumping off point.

Deadline: September 17
Fees$5.00 for UNT and TWU students,  $15.00 for Artists Enclave Members,  $30.00 Non-members
Open to Anyone who resides in Denton County.
Exhibition Dates: October 4 - 15
Location: UNT on the Square in Denton, 109 N. Elm Street
Reception/Concert: October 6
Enjoy Lumedia Musicworks on Sunday, October 6th as they perform musical selections from their Well-Blended Coffee Concert. Experience the music written about coffee when coffee was making its big debut in 17th century Europe. The performance will include a small orchestra and several vocalists. During the Well Blended Art Exhibit, Lumedia Musicworks will exhibit some of their "Short Films" and Artists Enclave will provide artwork in various forms (from 2D and 3D works, photography, jewelry, fiber, mixed media and more) in which coffee, and even the humble yet versatile coffee bean, are the subject or the medium. Sometimes both!

Thi s will be the last exhibit at UNT on the Square as it is closing the end of October.
Keep in mind that this exhibit can accept multimedia submissions if approved for display at UNT on the Square. 
Contact Randall Good if you have questions about the feasibility of your idea. 
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 Artist for September

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

David Adams will exhibit until mid September.

The 2019 Extended Merging Visions Exhibit  will be installed September 16 in the 3 branches of the Denton Public Library. T wenty five pairings will be in the exhibition. The  Extended Merging Visions Exhibit  will remain on display during regular library hours until November 16. A People's Choice Award winning pair will be located at each 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. 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

"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 
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, Suite 101, phone 940.442.1251
Check and  here for classes.
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
400 E. Hickory Street, Denton, TX 76201 
Gough Gallery:
Play Hard or Go Home
May 30 - August 31
Play Hard or Go Home is a large-scale  interactive self-portrait installation of over 1,600 books and family memories by Los Angeles based artist Chrystal McConnell. 

More Time, Annette Lawrence
October 4 - December 15
Opening reception, October 4, 7 - 9 PM

Meadows Gallery: 
Merging Visions
Presented by the Visual Arts Society of Texas and the Denton Poets Assembly
June 7-September 14

30 UNDER 30  presented by First State Bank
October 4 - December 15
Opening Reception, October 4, 7-9 PM.
Denton is a town filled with amazing young talent, from students at the local universities to artists with no formal training, we are lucky to have these creative young people in our town. GDAC with sponsorship from First State Bank wants to showcase these young artists under 30 years of age, connecting them with our supportive community.
Festival Hall
Envision: The Fiber Works of Ginger Cochran
May 30 - August 24
Reception:  Thursday, May 30, 6-8 PM
For more information: 

Texas Woman's University Art Galleries
East Gallery and West Gallery 
Giovanni Valderas 
August 26 - September 27 
Reception: Thursday, August 29, 2019
For more information:
University of North Texas Art Galleries
University of North Texas Art Gallery
Abounding Dignity: Selections from the Permanent Collection
June 11 to September 7
Curated from the CVAD collection, this exhibition features paintings, prints, ceramics and sculptures that express moments of human dignity.
For more information:   
UNT on the Square
Texas International Pop Festival 50th Anniversary Exhibition
August 17

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2018-2019 Speaker Series      

The VAST Speaker Series starts in September.
September 4  - Christie Wood, owner "History of Stained Glass in Denton, Texas"
October 4 - Umut Demirguc, Needle Felting
November 6 - Sudeep Kumar, International Urban Sketchers and Plein Air drawing
December 4 - VASTFest: Come meet many VAST artists and do some holiday shopping. 
January 8 - Randall Good, Presentation of his "old masters" style of art which is influenced by Italian Renaissance and Mannerist period. Randall will demonstrate the process of Gold Leafing.
February 5 - Beverly Boren, watercolor (Beverly will also conduct a watercolor workshop February 3, 4 and 5.
March 4 - TBD
April 1 - Liz Hill, watercolor and collage ( Workshop will include live model.)  High School Competition.
May 6 - Stephen Zhang, watercolor

They are held on the first Wednesday of the month, Sept. through May. January will be the second Wednesday this next year.                 
The meeting location is the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 East Hickory St, Denton, TX.  
6:45 - 9pm.
Members: Free        Guests: $5 

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 :  

Chalk Art Fest 2019 in Downtown Denton
at the 20th Annual Arts & Autos Extravaganza - Sept. 14th
Registration ends September 10, registering after Sept. 10 or on day of event, registration fee increases $5. R egistration on day of event is based on space availability.

Entry fees for 18 Yrs & Up: $15 and includes an event t-shirt*
Entry fees for 12-17 Yrs and 7 - 11 Yrs is $5; if you want to add an event t-shirt* you must pre-register and please add an additional $7 to your registration payment; 
6 & under registration is FREE, however if you want an event t- shirt*, you must pre-register and include $7 for shirt order.

Day of show check-in begins at 7:45 am on Sat., 9/14/19 and artists should plan to begin
drawing no later than 9 am and finish by no later than 2 pm; chalk kits and check-in will be at A Creative Art Studio, 227 W. Oak St., Ste. 101
*Shirt sizes are not guaranteed and quantities may be limited. 

Día de los Muertos: Catrina and Other Memorable Ladies - call for entries
Entries Deadline: Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Exhibition: October 12 - November 16, 2019

The  Bath House Cultural Center will present the 33rd Annual  Día de los Muertos ( Day of  the Dead) art exhibition. The show features local, regional, and international artists working in traditional and contemporary styles to celebrate, explore, and honor people, things and ideas that have "passed on."  

The  Día de  los  Muertos: Catrina and Other Memorable Ladies exhibition will feature Day of the Dead altars and visual art in a variety of media. The works will be inspired by the Day of the Dead character,  Catrina, and by the legacy of other prominent women. 
Local, regional, national and international artists are eligible to submit entries. Art in all media will be considered. An entry fee is not required. Apply through CaFE

Visit to read the exhibition prospectus. The Bath House is located at 521 E. Lawther Dr., Dallas, Texas 75218

Art House Studio in Highland Village, 6100 Long Prairie Rd #800 
"Off The Wall" Painting and Sculpture Exhibition and Competition
Deadline: September 10, 11:59 PM Central Time Zone 
Fee: $30 for up to three works, artist statement for each piece
Reception: Tuesday, Oct 5 from 7-9pm
Exhibition dates:  October 1 - November 9 
Cash Prizes: 1st place $100,  2nd place $75,   3rd place $50,   2 Honorable Mention $30 each

Art priced over $5 per square inch will not be accepted. Sales of art during this time is subject to a 25% gallery commission.
Pieces should be non-flat artwork. 3-D sculptures, fine woodworking, dioramas, trompe l'oiel illusions, anything that leaps off the wall. 
Email images along with title, media, size, retail price, how the piece represents Americana, and contact information to

218 Co-op Gallery Call For Art
Location: 218 N. Guadalupe Street, San Marcos, Texas
"2019 Tiny Art of Texas" (TATx)
Eligibility:  Texas Artists
Fee:  $35.00 (Entry Fee for 1 to 3 entries)
Entry Deadline:  September 20
Event Dates:  November 7 - December 1
Awards: Best of Show $500 and solo show, Award of Excellence $200, Award of Distinction $100
Awards Reception: November 9
All 2D, 3D, and time-based artwork is eligible that does not exceed 10 inches (10") in any direction, including the frame or support. 
Apply and information on Cafe or

TVAA Gallery Art Exhibition for November 2019  (Texas Visual Artists Association)  
"Reflections of Gratitude" - 
Curator: Andrea Lamarsaude
Eligibility: This show is open to TVAA members (and/or non-members).
Awards: R ibbons will be awarded to Best of Show, 1st, 2nd, 3rd place, and Honorable Mention. Cash awards are given for Best in Show and 1st place.
All media are eligible. 
Deadline: Friday, October 18
Acceptance Notification: Friday, October 25
Deliver artwork: November 2,10am-2pm
Exhibit Dates: November 5 - November 29
Reception: November 9, 2-4pm
HALCYON call for entries
Halcyon is an open-themed, contemporary and fine art exhibition that will include small collections from each accepted artist. 
Location: The Janette Kennedy Art Gallery, in downtown Dallas, Texas
Exhibition Dates: December 4th, 2019 - January 3rd, 2020 
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 7th, 6 - 9 PM
Fee:  $35 for up to ten images. 
Deadline: November 22 (5 PM - PST) 

Upcoming Studio Tours

October 12 - 13
Various locations throughout Denton
This is our first Studio Tour! 
Submission deadline is September 1st.
We need a minimum of a dozen artists to put on the Tour. 
Please keep in mind that you can join together with other artists to be at a shared location and AE Member Brenda Walsworth has space at her home for 4-5 artists.

Cross Timbers Artists Guild 18th Annual Artist Studio Tour
November 9-10, 2019
Since the first tour in 2002, the organization has grown from 6 charter artists to 26 in this year's studio tour - including new artists - which expands the group's wide range of disciplines such as painting, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, clay, glass, fiber, furniture and even musical instruments. Providing a platform for art education in a neighborhood setting, each artist looks forward to sharing their art, knowledge, and talent with their
Studio Tour:
Saturday, November 9, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday, November 10, 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Maps for the event are accessible through the web site www.cross and at each location.
The Tour is FREE and open to the public.
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MAST: McKinney Art Studio Tour 
November 9 & 10
MAST Works connect McKinney artists and the public. 
There are 26 artist studios awaiting your visit during our two-day event. Most are conveniently clustered in downtown McKinney's Historic neighborhood. But don't let the short drive to the other studios stall you from visiting them, too. All locations will have ample street parking.

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