Vision News and Updates                   February, 2020
VAST 2019/2020 Speaker Schedule - Wednesday, February 5

Beverly Boren will be our guest artist, demonstrating her fast and loose watercolor style. 

Bev Boren was born and raised in Texas and now resides in Trophy Club, Texas. She is a signature member of the Outdoor Painters Society and the Southwestern Watercolor Society.  She is also a member of the Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, and American Watercolor Society.

Her work is primarily the result of her need to paint. Inspiration can come at any time and in any place. She loves to paint a variety of subject matter as well as work in various mediums. Boren's paintings are created with things that capture her eye whether it's a still life, landscape, or capturing a person's personality. Painting is her way of connecting with the world and the people around her.

In her words "I want my work to express itself without the necessity of words. My best 
hope is that my work will stand simply on it's own, and find a connection with viewers, where words fail."
More of Bev Boren's work can be seen at

Our next meeting is March 4.

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 
VAST Board Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, February 8 at 9:30am-11:30am. It is open to interested members. Please email for the location if you wish to attend. 
Millie Giles, In Memoriam

Mildred Jo (Millie) Giles 
Born: December 10, 1949 
Died: November 26, 2019

Mildred Jo "Millie" Giles of Denton, Texas

She was the daughter of the late Samuel William Giles and June C. Giles, who survives, of Bradford. Millie married Robert L. Erdle on Aug. 21,1976; he preceded her in death on Jan. 30, 2006. She and her husband served as faculty members, together at the University of North Texas for many years. After her husband's death she was appointed coordinator of the Watercolor Concentration.

Millie Giles held the following degrees: Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing; Master of Arts in Painting; Bachelor's Degree in Art Education. At one point in her career, she served as director of the Chautauqua Art Association Galleries, in Chautauqua, N.Y. For over 25 years she was the critic for the VAST Painters of Denton, Texas. The co-owner of Watercolor World Wide Inc., she accompanied painters to exotic spots throughout the world to paint during the summer months. After retiring, she volunteered at both  the Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity. But the greatest honor of her life involved designing the 30-foot CORETEN Steel Firefighters 911 Memorial Bell Tower for the Denton Firefighters.

Although she left Bradford many years ago, Millie never forgot the sound of the oil wells pumping at night as a child and never stopped missing the hills.
Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery where she walked many an afternoon with her grandmother.
Millie Giles was honored posthumously by the City of Denton at the City Council Meeting on January 7. Mayor Chris Watts read a Proclamation and declared the day to be Millie Giles Day. This was followed by a moving film of the Bell Tower which highlighted the ringing of the bell. Friends and former students were in attendance. 
Important Notice on VADO and Gentle Yoga
Meet up for VADO, same place, 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 10:00am to 4:00pm, no fees.
Yoga is $5 weekly for VAST members

The Greater Denton Arts Council (GDAC) invites the public, including the VADO group of VAST, to OPEN STUDIO DAYS on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Classroom at the Patterson Appleton Arts Center (PAAC). Participants in any of the visual arts are invited to bring their current projects and utilize the classroom for their individual art work in the midst of camaraderie, voluntary critiques and suggestions, exploration of new art ideas, and sharing of new art techniques. At 1 p.m. Christine Sanders, Education Co-ordinator at PAAC, will join the group, including presenting new art ideas. Persons wishing to demonstrate new techniques to the group are encouraged to do so (an acrylic pour for example). There is no charge for OPEN STUDIO. There is time for a lunch break and additionally for a YOGA BREAK if desired (see further information below). 
The VAST VADO group has expressed the desire to commit to the First and Third Thursdays of each month to OPEN STUDIO DAYS. Any member of VAST that wishes to attend Open Studio Days is encouraged to do so with no fees involved. 
YOGA CLASSES - On Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon, GDAC invites the public to a YOGA session of gentle exercises and stretches at PAAC. The weekly charge for non-members is $10. The weekly charge for VAST members is $5. Come to the room upstairs at the PAAC dressed for stretching to enjoy this gentle Yoga.

Art Judges Needed in Plano! 
Can You Help?

Feb. 8, 2020  
Jasper High School
6800 Archgate Dr
Plano,TX  75024     
Site Director: Jillian Reilly 

The German Regional contest is in desperate need of art judges for the following events. It usually takes 1 to 2 hours to judge. Refreshments will be provided. The judging takes place between 9 and 12. If you could volunteer to judge in one or several of the categories it would be a tremendous help. There will be a director in charge of the contest who can answer any questions or just ask me since I have been going to this and working with it since 1972. Let me know if you can do this and I will get your names to Beth Smith the coordinator who is in a panic right now.

DATES FOR 2020 Merging Visions Exhibition 

Merging Visions Exhibition     Friday, May 15 - Saturday, July 18 
Exhibition open at 3 branches of the Denton Public Library during regular hours of operation. 

Link Available Now!   - Link to site is open for artists and poets to access the folders with images of artwork and poetry or poem synopsis. This link will open a folder with art and there is a subfolder at the top with poems. Open poems folder to view poems. There is a folder within the poems folder that includes synopsis of poems. Open that folder to view them. If there is a poem/synopsis you are interested in doing a painting for, let the poet know so you can pair with them. If there is an agreement, let Mindy know at so she can put you in the "Already in Progress" Folder. Here is the Link MV 2020 art and poems/synopsis.
  • February 15 - Pairing of art and poetry completed.
  • March 20 - ALL art needs to be completed for review/critique by VAST Representatives; titles must be firm; digital image made for catalog. (Committee review and artist's revision period is from March 20-March 31.) If help is needed for preparing the digital image there will be time to do it during the month of March. Contact the Chair of Merging Visions 2020 for help. (
  • April 17 - All art and poetry due to Gail Cope. 
  • April 17 - All sponsorship information (VAST and DPA) is submitted to Carol Rowley.
  • April 24 - All art submissions due to Tonya Littmann in final catalog ready format.
  • May 11 - Monday, 5-8pm take-in at North Branch Library (poetry and art.) Installation may begin at this location that evening.
  • May 12 - 14 Installation of artwork and poetry in 3 branches of DPL.
  • May 15 - Exhibit opens and can be viewed during regular business hours.
  • July 18 - Reception: Patterson-Appleton Art Center, 2-4pm. Silent Auction of 6"x6" paintings and poetry works during the Reception.
  • July 18 - Return of all artwork to artists at all 3 library locations: 4-6pm. 
The Merging Visions 2020 Prospectus is available  HERE and will be on our website. Please use the schedule and email in this article.

If you have questions after reviewing the prospectus, please contact members of the Merging Visions Committee: 
Gail Cope, Exhibition Coordinator & Artists' Representative,
Rebecca Hines, Poetry Coordinator & Poets' Representative, 
Mindy Faubion, Installation Coordinator,
January Mini Show Winners
First Place: Pat Heberling
Onion, acrylic and casein
Second Place: Darla Bostick
Turquoise Tipped Agave, watercolor
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.

Members Robin and Harlan W. Butt are currently a part of the exhibit Pas de deux/Step of two, A Couples Exhibition at the Gough Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Art Center in Denton. The exhibition runs from January 14 - February 22.  Their gallery talk is Thursday, February 13th, 5:30pm.
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
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

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

Gough Gallery:
Pas de deux/Step of two
A Couples Exhibition
January 14 - February 22, 2020
Opening reception, February 7, 6-8 pm
Gallery talk Schedule:
Thursday February 6th, 2020
6:30pm - Laurie Weller
7:00pm - Umut Demirguc Thurman & James Thurman
Saturday February 8th, 2020
2:00pm - Morgan Hanneken & Haley Justitz
Thursday February 13th, 2020
5:30pm - Robin & Harlan W. Butt
Pas de deux is a ballet term meaning step of two, a partner's dance that includes parts when the partners perform together but also separately in solos as part of a longer grand performance, showcasing their skills as individuals and a team.
The Greater Denton Arts Council has joined up with couples varying in age, skill, and media to present our version of a visual arts pas de deux. Couples have been invited to showcase their individual works and if they have any collaborations. The aim is to show how artists influence and support each other through their close relationships with their fellow artist.

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
University of North Texas Art Gallery
For more information:   
Workshop Opportunity with Sharon Serrago
The Visual Art League of  Lewisville  is offering a 3 day cold wax and oil abstract workshop Feb 19, 20, 21st. The Instructor is Sharon Serrago of Richardson. If interested go to the Visual Art League of  Lewisville  website and look for the information under workshop to research Sharon's beautiful work and also to register and see the supply list. The workshop is taking applicants now. 

For questions, contact Jackie Haugen 972-672-0188.
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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

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 

2019-2020 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 :  

The City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture (OAC) announces a call for entries:
3rd annual  ART214 juried exhibition
Visual artists who currently live in the DFW and Greater North Texas region are eligible
Entries Deadline: Friday, February 7, 2020 (midnight)
No entry fee.
Apply and information: and  Info PDF.
Multi Venue Location: the Latino Cultural Center, the Moody Performance Hall, the Oak Cliff Cultural Center and the South Dallas Cultural Center
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


Meadows Museum, SMU, is accepting applications for the Moss/Chumley North Texas Artist Award.
Deadline: February 14, 2020
The cash prize for the award is $2,500. 
The award is given annually to an outstanding North Texas artist who has exhibited professionally for at least ten years and who has a proven track record as an active community advocate for the visual arts. 
To be eligible, an artist must reside in one of the following North Texas counties: Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, or Wise. 
To enter, visit to download an application. 
For questions, contact Shelley DeMaria (214-768-4246; ).

Submissions are open for Provoke, our international contemporary art exhibition.
Exhibition dates:  February 24th - April 4th, 2020.
Deadline to submit work is February 4th, 2020
View the full prospectus and apply online at

Provoke will be an open-themed, contemporary and fine art exhibition at The Continental Lofts Art Gallery, in in the heart of the Deep Ellum arts district, in downtown Dallas Texas. Opening reception to be held on Saturday, February 29th, 6 - 9 PM.
Eligible media include, but are not limited to: drawing, painting, photography, mixed media, oil/chalk pastels, block/ink print, pottery/vessels, sculpture, assemblage, digital art, collage, metal work, jewelry design, fiber/textile art, wood work and contemporary craft. There is a $45 (USD) non-refundable/non-transferable fee, for up to ten (10) images.
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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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