Vision News and Updates                       January , 2019

Speaker: Crystal Nelson, Acrylics and Acrylic Inks
Wednesday, January 2, 6:45  - 9pm

Crystal Nelson's presentation will focus on a technique for creating colorful abstract backgrounds using acrylic ink, fluid acrylics and liquid watercolor. Images are then "found" and drawn in the puddles and drips. An opaque layer of white paint is applied to the negative space to help define the image. She will then demonstrate how to add detail and pattern using various pens and ink for a unique, colorful imaginative painting experience.  

A teacher and artist, Nelson enjoys experimenting and exploring new techniques and materials. Her love of mark-making and surface design is evident in her bold and graphic mixed media paintings, prints and collage work.  Colorful botanicals are currently her image of choice. These flowers and plants reference the familiar but rely heavily on her imagination. 

Before returning to school for her BFA in printmaking and painting, she studied graphic design. Her work is still heavily influenced by her love of design. Nelson often begins her work with no clear image in mind. She allows the materials or techniques to guide the outcome. 

Her work has recently been included in the following exhibits: 125 Mile Exhibit - Honorable Mention (VAST), True to the Colors (GAVA), Wild and Free - 3rd place (VAL) Fresh Ideas - Honorable Mention (VAL), All the World's a Stage (Artists Enclave).

Her most current work can be seen at A Creative Art Studio and Gallery just off the Denton Square.
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
VASTFest was a fun and successful evening! 
 Thanks to all who participated.
Photos by Thomas Judd Photography.

Merging Visions  Extended Exhibit  and 2019 Information

Works in the 2018 Extended Exhibit  will remain hanging in one of the branch libraries until Saturday, January 18. 

Note for those participating in  2019 Merging Visions:  
The critique for artwork will be held  in the large Program Room, at South Branch Library on January 12.
The critique is being offered by VAST for the artists participating in the Merging Visions Exhibition. The critic is Laurie Weller, Professor of Art, who is also the juror for the exhibition. All the art for Merging Visions will go through a jury process where you may be asked to make adjustments to your work, so this is an opportunity to get input from Laurie in advance at no charge to the artist.
Becca's email:
Your Donations Are Appreciated

Deanna Wood, winner of the Best of Show in the 2018 Members Exhibition, would like to relay her thanks to those contributing to the Best of Show Award and to all those members who contributed to the cash awards for the 2018 exhibit in any manner. 

Thank you!
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.

2019 Calendar Focus 

A VAST Exhibit of the 2019 Calendar art will be on exhibit at the Black Box through mid January. 

Artists juried into the 2019 Calendar are Susan K. Boyle, Thomas Judd, Ellen Frenkel, Jo Williams, Lola Newell, Gail W. Cope, Carol Rowley, Tonya Littmann, Lorraine Hayes, Gary Cook, David Blow and Trish Carter (Jan.- Dec.)
Calendar Page for January

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.
New Year, we need artists for all venues!

"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 
 A VAST Exhibit of the 2019 Calendar art will be on exhibit November 9 - mid January. Barbara Lindley will then have an exhibit as VAST Artist of the Year 2017-2018.

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
No current exhibit. 
Coordinator for exhibit: Aurora Cabrera Dawson,
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.  

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
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 19, 5-7pm
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
Sculpture Exhibition 
Exhibition featuring work by Sculpture Collective students. 
December 11, 2018 -  January 9, 2019 

My Genesis by Taylor Barnes
January 15, 2019 - February 14, 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.          
January 2, 2019 - Crystal Nelson, Acrylic and Acrylic Inks
February 6 - Michael Holter, watercolor
March 6 - Harlan Butt, enamels 
April 3 - Lin Hampton, pastels 
May 1 - TBD       
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 :  

Call for Visual Artists from Conception Arts

We are currently accepting artists for our one day event in Dallas Thursday, March 21st. Join us for a fun night of networking, displaying and selling your work. We feature painters, sculptors, photographers, mixed media artists as well as specialty wood, glass and metal artisans. 

To submit your work/be contacted to have your questions answered personally please go to and choose "submit work".

Our staff will be in touch ASAP. 

See examples of participating artists and events on, facebook, and instagram @conceptionartists and @conceptionartshow.
Conception Exhibits are now taking place across the US, and have been featured in the Dallas Patron Magazine, Wall St Journal and ABC news.
Submitted by Renee Smith. Email:

Texas Wesleyan Call for Exhibition Proposals due January 28, 2019  
For Full Information,  Click Here.
Gallery location: Bernice Coulter Templeton Art Studio & Gallery
2020 Academic Year
Submission Deadline: January 28, 2019
2019-2020 Call for Exhibition Proposals  for Texas Wesleyan's Bernice Coulter Templeton Art Studio gallery. We have begun this year with some very accomplished and exciting artists showing in the gallery and are excited to begin planning our third year. 

The Bernice Coulter Templeton Art Studio invites proposals for solo, group and curated exhibitions. 

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