Vision News and Updates                     March, 2020
VAST 2019/2020 Speaker Schedule - Wednesday, March 4.
"Getting Your Art Off the Walls" 
Featuring artists Gail Cope and Mindy Faubion

There will be no Member Mini Show for this meeting. We will be voting on the High School Art Competition.

Wednesday's program will be about how to find new ways to use your art work other than exhibitions and hanging it on the walls of homes and galleries.  Both Mindy and Gail have lots of experience with alternative art sources to make your art into something special, going beyond the normal exhibition ideas.

Come for a fun evening of ideas, example and practical knowledge!

Come Early for the Getting to Know You Activity!
Come on down a bit early and have fun with this new activity in which we take the time to get to know each other a little better. 

This month's theme is the strangest art thing you have ever done... And are willing to share!

April Meeting is April Fool's Day.

Meetings start at 6:45pm and will be over at 9pm.
The meeting location is the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400  East Hickory St, Denton, TX. 
Free for Members       Guests: $5 
Grand Reopening of Creative Art Studio
Same fun art locale that Denton has enjoyed for over ten years! 
Leap Festival is February 29, activities start at 7pm.
227 W. Oak Street

Robin Huttash, VAST Workshop Chair, had been the owner of this unique store that was filled with varied artworks, musical  events and fun workshops for the community for many years.  This location at 227 W. Oak Street, just off the Denton Square is now morphing into an artist coop. Details of the Visual Arts Society of Texas' involvement in the Creative Art Studio Coop will be brought up at the March meeting. 

February 29th the gallery is taking a giant leap forward by adding many new faces to the Creative Art Studio. Along with new artists and new art, they will be offering a larger variety of art classes and new energy. 

Join them in their celebration on Saturday, February 29th. They will be open from 10 am to 9 pm with the Leap Year Festivities starting at 7 pm. Shop, meet the artists, join them for wine, snacks and beer samples from one of Denton's newest local breweries, Howling Mutt. Grab a friend and come join the fun! Location:  227 W Oak Street, Denton, Texas. This event is free. 
Our VAST Membership Drive is on!
Renew your membership by May 31 and you will get free entry into the VAST Calendar Competition. 
To renew or join, download  Membership Form here.

2020-2021 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
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, 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
"Intuitive Brush and Ink"
Watercolor Landscape and Portrait Workshop
Instructor: Stephen Zhang
May 26, 27, 28

Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Place: Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
400 E. Hickory St.,  Denton TX
Fee: $250 (VAST Members)
          $285 (Non-Members)
Limit: 16
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 Stephen Zhang Workshop" 
Workshop Coordinator: Jo Williams 940.453.0817;
Workshop Description: To watercolor artists of all levels, applying color with confident and intuitive brushwork is a critical foundation as well as ongoing exploration. In the three-day workshop, artists will explore this subject in both landscape and portrait painting. The goal is to help each individual build their own approaches to brushwork that make paint flow lively. There will be focused exercises, demos, critiques, and work sessions.
Bio: Born in China, Stephen Zhang graduated from Luxun Academy of Fine Arts and later received his MFA from UNT. Stephen has been painting in watercolor for over 30 years under the tutelage of his father Defu Zhang and the late Professor Rob Erdle. 
Stephen's work has been awarded by Signature American Watermedia International Exhibition, Watermedia Showcase, Watercolor USA, and Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Watercolor West, Splash, Art Olympia (Japan), and Chinese National Art Exhibition. He has been featured in American Art Collector, International Artist, Watercolor Artist, the Art of Watercolor. and Pratique Des Arts. 

Assistant Treasurer Needed. Duties would be to take in money and prepare for deposits at general meetings. Please contact Carol Rowley at 
2020  Merging Visions 

All art for Merging Visions needs to be completed by March 20 for review/critique by VAST Representatives; titles must be firm; digital images made for catalog. 

Merging Visions Committee: 
Gail Cope, Exhibition Coordinator & Artists' Representative,
Rebecca Hines, Poetry Coordinator & Poets' Representative, 
Mindy Faubion, Installation Coordinator,
February Mini Show Winners
First Place: Dina Good
Snow on the River, acrylic
Second Place: Kathie Chan
Flamingo, mixed media
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 February 

Please consider frequenting these businesses that sponsor our calendar. We  appreciate their support!
Members in the News
Please submit news of exhibitions that you are involved in to by the 15th of the month.

David Blow had a solo exhibition Jan 5 - Feb 9, Natures Vibrations, at All Souls Unitarian Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Blow participated in the 49th Americas Paperworks 2020, Minot State, Northwest Arts Center, Minot, ND (Jan. 13 - Feb. 24.) He is currently showing in the 35th Annual International Exhibition, Meadows Gallery, The University of Texas at Tyler TX, until March 6.
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
Artists Debbie Beauchamp, Carolyn Johnson and Bobbie Windle are currently exhibiting their work and it will be on display  until March 28. 

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

Creative Art Studio
227 W. Oak Street, Denton, TX
"A Creative Art Studio" on Facebook.

Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
400 E. Hickory Street, Denton, TX 76201 

Gough Gallery:
Youth Art Month: Recent Works by Denton ISD Elementary Students
March 5 - March 31
National Youth Art Month is a month of promoting art and art education in the United States. Families and children can enjoy the work of Denton Independent School District Elementary school students in this delightful exhibition.

Meadows Gallery: 
33rd annual Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition & Exhibition
February 7 - May 9, 2020
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 33rd 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: 
Floralis Masculus
The Photography of Robert Hold
January 23 - May 23, 2020
Opening Reception, February 7, 2020, 6-8 PM
US Air Force Veteran and recent TWU graduate Robert Hold explores the forgotten meanings of different flowers and floral arrangements. He focuses on the masculine meanings and attributes attached to flowers often forgotten, highlighting the often over looked connection between masculinity and flora.
For more information:  

Texas Woman's University Art Galleries
East Gallery and West Gallery  
17th Annual Joyce Elaine Grant Lens Exhibition
Juror: Lisa Sutcliffe
February 24 - April 13
Opening Reception: February 27, 5-8 pm, Lecture 5:30-6 pm
University of North Texas Art Galleries
CVAD Gallery
"Curated CVAD Faculty 2020 Exhibition"
Curated by Andrea Karnes, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Exhibition: Feb. 6 - April 4
Reception: Feb. 6, 5-7 p.m.

Paul Voertman Gallery
"Threads under Tension; B.F.A. Fibers student exhibit"
Reception: Feb. 20, 5-7 p.m.
Exhibition: Feb. 20 - 22
"B.F.A. Photography student exhibit"
Reception: Feb. 27, 5-7 p.m.
Exhibition: Feb. 27 - 29
For more information:   
Follow VAST on Instagram through "vastartsinsta".
Yes, We are on Facebook as well.
Search for "Visual Arts Society of Texas" on Facebook or use the link.   Link to VAST Facebook Page.
2019-2020 Speaker Series      

The VAST Speaker Series starts in September.
September 4  - Christie Wood, owner "History of Stained Glass in Denton, Texas"
October 2 - 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, Lecture and Watercolor Demonstration (Beverly will also conduct a watercolor workshop February 3, 4 and 5.
March 4 -  High School Art Competition - Mindy Faubion and Gail Cope will spe ak on "Off the Wall" -  things to do with your art besides hanging it on the wall
April 1  TBD
May 6 - Stephen Zhang, presentation and demo on watercolor

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

2020-2021 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, 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 :  

SWA Watercolor International Exhibition 
Deadline to Enter: March 8
Exhibition Dates: April 19  May 31, 2020
Location: Fort Worth Central Library, Atrium Gallery 2020 
Cash Awards: $5000 plus merchandise awards
March 19 - Notification of Acceptance (via e-mail) 
April 9 - Shipped artwork due date
April 18 - Hand delivered artwork due
April 20 - Juror Demo
April 21-24 - Juror Workshop
May 31 - Artist Reception & Awards Presentation 
Juror:  Brenda Swenson  NWWA, SDWS, WW, CWA

50th Annual Juried Art Show at the Goddard Center
Location:  Charles B. Goddard Center,  401 1st Ave SW - Ardmore, OK
Juror: Katherine Liontas-Warren, Professor of Art at Cameron University, Oklahoma
Entries will be accepted May 26-30, during regular hours of operation. 
Fee: $20. Participants are limited to 4 entries.
Cash prizes of $1700 will be awarded. The first-place winner will also receive a lobby exhibition of their work to be scheduled at the Goddard Center during the next Juried Art Exhibit.
580.226.0909 -

2020 DeWitt County Shutterbugs Annual Photography Contest/Exhibition  
Entry Deadline: Feb. 26 - Mar. 18.  All entries must arrive at the Cuero Municipal Library, 207 E. Main, between Wednesday, February 26 and Wednesday, March 18. 
Exhibition Dates: March 23 - April 30 
Location: Cuero Municipal Library, Cuero, TX
Over $1300 in prize money  will be awarded in both the adult and youth divisions. 
First place in each category will receive $50, second place will receive $40, and third place will receive $30.  First in youth receives $30, second $20, and third $10.  
A special Wildflower category features an $80 award and Best in Show has a prize of $100. Entry Fees: Adults have a $5 entry fee per photo with no limit of entries. The entry fee for youth is $3 per photo.

Photos can be taken with camera, phone, or tablet. Entrants do not have to be residents of DeWitt County. 
The youth division is open to students in 8th grade and lower and has one general category. 
In the adult division there are ten categories: Action, which is new this year, Animals, Architecture, Black and White, Birds, Flowers/Plants, Landscapes/Scenic, Miscellaneous, Portraits/People, and Creative Effects.

For more information contact Michele Bennett at 361-275-4449 via text,, or Dianna Bartosh at 361-275-6336,

Artspace111 C all for Entries:   7 th Annual   Texas Juried Exhibition
Juror: Kristen Gaylord, Assistant Curator of Photographs at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.  
Exhibition Dates: June 27 - July 25
Deadline:  May 18
A total of $5000 will be awarded to the best works in show.
First prize will include the opportunity to exhibit at Artspace111 in a separate solo or group exhibition in 2020-2021.

The City of McKinney and McKinney Performing Arts Center Call For Entries: 
9th Annual 'Unique by Nature' Juried Art Competition and Exhibition
This event was created to build a public and permanent art collection for the McKinney Performing Arts Center located in Historic Downtown McKinney.

Cash and purchase prizes totaling $8,500 will be distributed as follows:
·        One large scale work will be awarded a  $6,000 Purchase Prize and will become part of MPAC's permanent and public art collection. Eligible pieces must be 36" or more in one dimension. To be considered for the Purchase Prize,  artists must submit an online application. There is a $28 application fee to submit 3 works. All fees will be applied to prize pool and scholarships.
·         $2,500 in prize money will be divided among 5 works of art chosen by the judges. Size restrictions apply. Artists interested in submitting work to be considered for the Cash Prize must  deliver their submissions in person on Saturday, March 28. There is a $25 application fee if paid by cash/check to submit 2 works. The fee is $28 if paid with credit card. All fees will be applied to prize pool and scholarships.
Mar 20 - Online entry submission deadline at 7 p.m. - Purchase Prize entries only
Mar 24 - Notification of Finalists for Purchase Prize
Mar 31 - Delivery of work
Apr  4   - Awards Reception
Apr 4-25 - Exhibition
Apr 17-19 - Downtown McKinney's Arts in Bloom - Spring Arts & Wine Festival
To get to Full Information.

2020 Texas & Neighbors call for entries
35th  2020   Texas & Neighbors Regional Art Exhibition,  s ponsored by the  Irving Art Association  and the  Irving Arts Center .
$9,000 in Awards
Open to artists living in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. 
Entry fee of $50 ($40 for IAA members)
Deadline: March 1

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