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February, 2017
February 4 Board Meeting
The VAST Board Meeting will take place on February 4, 9am-noon, at the Denton Fire Department Central Station. It is open to the public. Location is across from the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center.
February 2 Meeting: Guest Artist, Lisa Reed
  Lisa Reed has enjoyed the creative spirit since she was a small child. After a catastrophic event that affected her eyesight and  turned her world upside down , she "saw" life even more clearly.  Reed works with the luscious media of Cold Wax painting, creating what she calls "SoulScapes".

Reed is represented by galleries in Dallas, Santa Fe, Farmington, NM, Crested Butte, CO, and Watkins Glenn, N.Y. and you can learn even more about her by exploring her website at
Lisa Reed's statement: 
"I have very secretly seen myself as an artist since I was a small child. I always knew my creativity would dominate my life and in this final third I am all in! Although it's been quite the leap to go from being an executive for a Fortune 200 company to the world of art, I have never once looked back.

I was blessed by a stroke that left me blind in one eye a few years ago. Funny how it made me see things differently and have an even greater desire to paint the world from this unique perspective.

I discovered my favorite juicy medium when I first opened a jar of cold wax and mixed it with oil. It was like painting with yummy canned frosting! The many layers that I apply, then intuitively scrape away, always reveals beautiful surprises underneath. So much like life.  The stuff that we may have layered on and covered up make us the unique individuals that we are. If we dare peel some layers away, our colorful gifts are there in all their glory. My paintings are SoulScapes."
Golden Beeches, 20"x20", oil
VAST 11th Annual 125-Mile Visual Arts Exhibition
January 13 Opening
VAST 11th Annual 
 125-Mile Visual Arts Exhibition
January 13-February 25, 2017
Gough Gallery
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
400 E. Hickory St., Denton, TX, 76201

The 125-Mile Exhibition was initiated in 2006 to establish a regional high quality juried art exhibition for artists living within a 125-mile radius of Denton, TX, to compete and show their work.

Congrats to the following artists  who received awards in the show (VAST members in bold):
Cash Awards: 

Gary Uribe,  Nature ink on paper,  Best of Show - Corky Stuckenbruck Memori al Award- $1000

Deanna Wood, Go Away found textile collage with machine and hand-stitching, F irst Place - Bill Warde Memorial Award - $500

Kathy Elliot, Embracing the Differencesmixed media, Second Place - Judith Canole and Eloise and Ray Sears Award - $400

Deborah Boschert,  Green Bowl fiber, Third Place - Marilyn Smith Memorial Award - $300

Teri Muse,  The Watchful One acrylic/collage, VAST Board of Directors Award - $300

Mindy Faubion Lichen watercolor, James J. Johnson, Jr. Founders Award - $250

Eilene Carver,  Targets on My Mind, for Frida,  oil on panel, Fourth Place - Carmen and Jervis Underwood Aw ard - $200

Amy Jenkins,  It's Called Karma Pantone acrylic, Juror's Award - Geri and John Aschenbre nner - $150

R'Lene Winters,  Abandoned Cotton Gin oil, Honorable Mention 1 - Duryea Moving and Storage, In c. Award - $100

Curtis Frederick,  Sister Grove ceramic, Honorable Mention 2 - Evelyn and Jack Miller Awa rd - $100

Navneeta Khemka,  The Musician Man acrylic, Honorable Mention 3 - The CRIT Society Award  - $100

Kimberly Schaefer, Union IIoil on Canvas, Honorable Mention 4 - Olivia Walker Award - $100

Merchandise Awards:
Robert Sparks,  Kitchen acrylic on masonite, Voertman's Award - $200

Mary Golden-Musick,  The Mud Baby acrylic, Jack Richeson and Co., Inc. - $150

Gillian Chapura,  gfc11221993 pen and pencil and watercolor on cyanotype, Asel Art Supp ly, Inc. - $100

Deanna Wood

Kathy Elliot

Deborah Boschert

Teri Muse

Mindy Faubion

Kimberly Schaefer

Robert Sparks

January Mini Show Winners
1st Place, James J. Johnson, Jr.
2nd Place, Ellen Frenkel

New VAST Revolving Exhibition to get in on!
Location: Stoke in Denton
Meet the Artists Friday
VAST is participating in  a new Revolving Exhibit in Denton.  "Stoke" is located walking distance from the Patterson Appleton Center at 608 E. Hickory St., Suite 128.

The following artists are exhibiting and their work will be up for 3 months. A "Meet The Artist" night is  this Friday  night, February 4 from  6-8 PM .

David Blow: I am photographer/printmaker and Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of North Texas. I have been engaged as a 
printmaker for forty five years and  exhibited my work in numerous national and international exhibitions including 2014 "All Creatures of our God and King" a one person exhibition at Lovers Lane UMC in Dallas,  Texas. In 2013, I had a "Retrospective Exhibition" at the University of North Texas on the Square in Denton. For more information, check 

Susan K. Boyle has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University. After graduation she worked as a commercial artist for several years in Kansas City and in New York City. After changing careers Boyle continued studying art while traveling worldwide. Susan says, "Art is my primary creative outlet, so drawing and painting people has always seemed particularly compelling to me."

Boyle has been exhibiting publicly for over seventeen years. Her work may be seen in private collections across America. 

About this Art Series: 
This series of ten paintings started with models in the studio. Working from life, Susan K Boyle created sensitive line drawings that she enlarged and transferred to canvas. Boyle's goal was to capture the mood and spirit of the individual with a minimum of lines, marks, and colors. Using simplified forms, and limited colors she created this series of thoughtful figurative work of art. Website:

Born in Houston in 1966, Deanna Wood spent most of her childhood moving around the country with her family, returning to Texas in 1982.  She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Arts in graphic design, both from Texas Woman's University. She worked as a graphic designer in a corporate environment for 14 years. She decided to leave the corporate world behind to pursue a career in fine art, receiving a Master of Fine Arts in painting from Texas Woman's University in 2004. She lives in Denton, Texas and teaches art at Texas Woman's University and encaustic workshops at her studio and The Encaustic Center. 

Carol Stoecker is the coordinator for this exhibition. If you are interested in showing, please contact her at
2017 Calendar Focus - February



GDAC Materials Hard and Soft
30th annual Materials: Hard + Soft 
International Contemporary Craft Competition & Exhibition

Presented in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts 
Opening Reception, Friday, February 3, 2017, 6-8 PM, 
Juror Awards at 6:45 PM
On view February 3 - May 6, 2017,  
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
$5 for public, FREE for GDAC members, 
students and children under 12

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 30th 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.

Opening for New Gallery in Krum,
Blue Diamond Art Gallery
The Public is Invited:
First Friday Art Opening -February 3, 6-9pm
Blue Diamond Art Gallery
137 W. McCart St., Krum, Texas * 940-482-1866
Join us & enjoy an engaging experience where the art comes to life through a wide range of styles & materials. All art and various gifts available for sale. Explore the gallery & discover new items everywhere you turn, visit with the artists & enjoy refreshments and a live art demo. 

Regular operating hours: Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 
Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  
Check out the Facebook page for events and classes. 
Blue Diamond Art Gallery will be holding First Friday Art Openings each month (First Fridays open till 9pm.) 

Gallery Artists: Chris Austin, Rebecca Boardman, Marie Hoffpauer,  Jennifer Hougbenou, Betty Hubbard, Carol LaRue, Julie Lemons, Jeanne Lloyd, Paul Parton, Linda Stephen

The gallery is owned by Julie Lemons and Jennifer Hougbenou (mother/daughter team), Krum, TX. Julie moved from Nebraska to Krum to be closer to Jennifer and to enjoy warmer weather. 

Update Your Profile on the VAST Website

Increase the visibility of VAST and its talented members! To get started updating your information, here is a link to the updated directions. If you need any assistance, Isabel Cano would be happy to help get your information on the VAST website. Isabel's email is Our website is


Please contact our Sunshine Committee Chair if you know of anyone who needs well wishes sent or thoughts of sympathy.

Millie Johnson is the chairperson for the Visual Arts Society of Texas' Sunshine Committee.  Please contact Millie at: or 940.387.7688 

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You can connect to our online community with the "Visual Arts Society of Texas" on Facebook, check this link.

Visual Arts Society of Texas' 
Revolving Exhibitions
Please contact the coordinator for the exhibit(s) that you would like to be considered for.
"Art About Town" 
exhibition at The Chestnut Tree Teahouse and Bistro, on the Denton town square.
The VAST Calendar Exhibition will be up until Feb. 9. James J. Johnson, Jr. will have work up following this display, through May 12.

The Chestnut Tree Teahouse and Bistro is locally owned and is located at 107 West Hickory Street on the Denton Square. The hours are Monday through Saturday from 9am until 3pm.
Coordinator for exhibit:  Lin Hampton at  

"Off the Shelves"  exhibition at Emily Fowler Central Library
Isabel Cano
Isabel Cano's work will be available for viewing through February. 

Isabel Cano's Statement: "I create art to share with the viewer a slice of what and how, I perceive my surroundings.
My series 'Flowers' is a study of shape, color, light and shadow.
I create these paintings to give the flowers a much longer life, in hopes that more people will get to see the ones that captivated me. The purpose of the bigger scale is to create an impact that will force as many viewers as possible, to see the beauty that would otherwise go unnoticed."

Coordinator for exhibit: Mindy Faubion,
The Emily Fowler Central Library is located at 502 Oakland Street. Hours are:  Monday, Wednesday, Frida y, 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   
Gail Williamson Cope: Exhibition of Animal Series "In Polka Dot Land" is currently on display until  February 10.

February 10 - May 12: Students of Jo Williams
An Exhibition of Watermedia

Connie Hamill,  Carolyn Johnson,  Kimberly Karl,  Barbara Lindley,  Claudia Lynch,  Clint Lynch,  Mary Maher,  Buster Maloney,  Frances May,  Diana McGimpsey,  Bonnie Merritt,  Susan Vaughan

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 & Wednesday, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Friday 10:30 am - 1:30 pm.   Art may also be viewed during any of the performances at the Black Box.

"Through the Ages"  exhibition at the Denton Senior Center

Tom Judd will be  exhibiting January through March. 

Denton, TX photographer, Thomas Judd, has been making photographs for over 35 years. What began as a hobby in the late 1960's eventually turned into a career. Growing up in the Hudson Valley region of New York State, Judd learned to develop film and make black and white prints with his dad in a home darkroom. After the family relocated a couple of times, Judd found himself in the Chicago area for his last year and a half of high school where he worked for both the school newspaper and yearbook as a staff photographer. 

Thomas Judd earned a B.A. degree in Cinema and Photography from Southern Illinois University in 1980 and has made a career as a working photographer ever since. Experienced in many areas of commercial photography, as well as having taught beginning photography mini-courses at the University of North Texas, Judd has always kept a place in his life for making photographs that are purely for artistic enjoyment.  His fine art photographs are widely exhibited, have won numerous awards, and are held in private collections throughout the United States. 

Coordinator for exhibit: Isabel Cano, 
The Denton Senior Center is located at  509 N. Bell Ave.,  Denton, TX 
Hours: M-F 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Stoke Exhibition is a new Revolving Exhibit in Denton.  "Stoke" is located walking distance from the Patterson- Appleton Center at 608 E. Hickory St., Suite 128.

Artists David Blow, Susan K. Boyle and Deanna Wood are exhibiting and their work will be up for 3 months. A "Meet The Artist" night is this Friday night, February 4 from  6-8 PM.
Carol Stoecker is the coordinator for this exhibition and can be contacted at

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

Darla Bostick has 11 pieces at Tierney's Tavern and Restaurant on Main St., in Lewisville, TX from  Jan. 8 - Feb. 26.   She also has 3 pieces in the "Artrageous Art" show with Visual Arts of Lewisville through the end of the month.

artwork was selected to appear in the 30th Anniversary Edition 2017 Cheap Joe's Art Stuff Reference Catalog. My "Warriors of Xian, China" was also chosen for the  22nd Arts in Harmony International Juried Exhibition February through March at the City Hall of Blain, MN.

"Sweet Dream" by Darla Bostick was juried into the national show, Gimme Shelter. It is hosted by Ciel Gallery: A Fine Art Collective, 128 E Park Avenue, Charlotte, North Carolina. The show will be taking donations to benefit the Humane Society Wish List. 
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.

Art Around Town 
A Creative Art STUDIO
227 W. Oak Street, Suite 101
Check and  on Facebook. for up to date information.

Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
400 E. Hickory Street, Denton, TX 76201 
Festival Hall:  
Composite of the Soul ft. Justin Archer, Dan Black, and Erik Beruvides
Opening Reception, Thursday, January 19, 2017, 6 - 8 PM
January 20 - June 3, 2017, FREE
Gough Gallery:
VAST presents the 11th annual 125-Mile Visual Arts Exhibition
Opening Reception, Friday, January 13, 2017, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
January 14 - February 25, 2017, FREE
Learn more at
Meadows Gallery: 
30th Annual Materials: Hard + Soft 
International Contemporary Craft Competition & Exhibition
Opening Reception, Friday, February 3, 2017, 6 - 8 PM, 
Juror Awards at 6:45 PM
February 3 - May 6, 2017
$5 for public, FREE for GDAC Members, students, & children under12
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 30th 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. 
For more information:

Texas Woman's University Art Galleries
East Gallery and West Gallery 
Between exhibitions.
For more  information: 

University of North Texas Art Galleries
Between Exhibitions
For more information: http://gallery.unt.e du

UNT on the Square
Christopher Blay
January 23, 2017 February 3
Currents: A Survey of Recent Work by Jerry Austin
February 8  -  March 4 
For more information:
Opportunities/Calls for Entries
The Latino Cultural Center announces a CALL FOR ENTRIES
14th Annual Hecho en Dallas Juried Exhibition
Submission deadline: Saturday, March 11, 2017 by 5 p.m. 
Not a postmark deadline. Entries received after the 
deadline will be disqualified.
There is no entry fee.
Hecho en Dallas exhibition is designed to showcase the recent work of professional artists who reside and are active in the artistic environment of the Dallas area. The exhibition was conceived by the Latino Cultural Center in recognition of the talented pool of artists whose creative endeavors give vitality to the cultural movement in DFW. Hecho en Dallas is a component of ART 214, a joint collaboration between the City of Dallas' Office of Cultural Affairs cultural centers and facilities in celebration of Dallas Arts Month 2017.
Submissions (up to three) can be entered by email at or by mail or in person at the Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak St. Dallas, TX 75204
Delivery of artwork:  March 28 - April 4, 2017, 10 am to 5 pm, Tues.- Sat.
Opening reception: Thursday, April 13, 2017, 6-8 pm
Exhibition dates: April 13 - June 30, 2017
Pick-up artwork: July 5-12, 2017, 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday -Saturday
 Artists must reside in the City of Dallas or within the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.  Art must have been created within the last three years to be eligible. Any medium will be considered.
See prospectus for specific details.
 Artist statement of 50 words or less, is required with entry.
Contact Information: Benjamin Espino, 214-671-0050 
Jessica Trevizo, 214-670-7952 Submission of entries implies agreement to terms and conditions stated on this prospectus. Submissions can be entered by email at or by mail or in person at the Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak St. Dallas, TX 75204

Center for Contemporary Printmaking: 11th Biennial International Miniature Print Competition 2017
Entry Deadline: Saturday, March 11, 2017 (POSTMARK)
Jury Notification: April 24, 2017
Exhibition Dates: June 4 - August 27, 2017 

The Center for Contemporary Printmaking is delighted to announce the 11th Biennial International Miniature Print Competition and Exhibition. This juried competition and exhibition, limited to works that are no more than four square inches (25.8 square cm), encourages artists to explore the miniature print format and provides them with an opportunity for exhibition. It is also an opportunity for artists and the public to view the current concerns of printmakers from around the world. Since its inception in 1997, the competition has attracted entries by more than 1500 artists from around the world and across the U.S.A.
The International Miniature Print Competition is held every other year, alternating with CCP's other biennial, FootPrint International (for prints measuring 12 x 12 in. exactly).

JUROR:  Freyda Spira, Associate Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
To download ProspectusClick Here.

Irving Art Association: Indian Folk Art call for art
January 29 - February 24, 2017
Reception: February 5th, 2-4pm
Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, 1975 Puritan, Irving TX 75061
Click Here. for Prospectus.
Irving Art Association invites artists to participate in the Indian Folk Art exhibition, a celebration of Indian culture and heritage. The open call exhibition is an opportunity to expose and feature mid-career and emerging artists from around the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex whose submitted works relate to themes around Indian culture and heritage. Indian paintings have a very long tradition and history in Indian art. Madhubani, Miniature Paintings, Warli, Kalamkari, Mughal, Mysore, Tanjore, Patachitra, & all traditions and styles of Indian Paintings are welcome!
DEADLINE for submitting entry: Jan. 20, 2017
Acceptance Notifications sent: January 22
Deliver work to Gallery: Saturday, January 28 10 am - 2 pm
Hanging: Saturday, January 28 1 pm - 4 pm
Gallery opens to public: Sunday, January 29
Reception: Friday, February 3 6:30 - 8:30 pm (update)
Pick up: Tuesday, February 24 10 am - 1 pm
Exhibition Dates: January 29 - Feb 24, 2017

Contact the Curator: Deepa Koshaley
Phone: 972-639-6745 Email:
Jury Fee: $5 for each entry, payable at dropoff.

The 2017 Trinity Arts Guild Winter Members' Juried Show challenge theme is "Embracing Exploration". 
Up to $1,200 in prizes and cash awards. 
Prospectus:  embracing-exploration
All entries must be presented to the Gallery between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm Tuesday, February 7, 2017. 
Registration may be either in person on Feb. 7 or prior online. See Calendar of events for early entry options. 
Online registration and information:
Location: Trinity Arts Guild Gallery Bedford Boys Ranch Park 2819 R.D. Hurt Parkway Bedford, TX 76021
Entry and Payment: First 3 entries for TAG members is $35  Non-members may pay dues and entry fees to enter the show. Each additional entry up to 6 total entries is $5,
1. Works on Canvas or Hardboard
2. Works on Paper or Yupo
3. Three Dimensional Special recognition may be given for an entry in the Three Dimensional category if it also embraces the challenge.
Challenge Category 
4. Embracing Exploration This entry should explore subjects or art forms from around the world. It may include but is not limited to exotic animals, tribal art, oriental painting techniques or works from exotic locations. Each entry must include a written artist statement about the work. The artist statement should be mounted on an 8"x10" mat board or framed to be hung with your artwork.
Calendar of Events 
 Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 9:30 am to 11:00 am Early Drop off .
 Monday, February 6, 2017 - 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm Early Drop off (Early entries dropped off on Monday night must be pre-registered on-line.)
 Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Registration and Drop off for the Embracing Exploration Show. No late entries will be accepted.
 Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - Show Opens
 Monday, March 6, 2017 - Reception and awards 6:30 pm (prior to monthly meeting)
 Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - Close of Show - all work must be picked up.

See lots more here:

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2016-2017 Monthly Programs
Feb. 2 - Lisa Reed, cold  wax technique
March 2 - Mike Mofatt, Art  Hunger - Pop Up Galleries  and more
April 6 - TBA,  MANGA/Anime Artist
May 4 - Teri Muse, encaustic, fresco 

Meetings start in September. They  are held at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 East Hickory St, Denton, TX.

7:00 - 9:00 pm

Members: Free
Guests: $3 
2016-2017 VAST Membership Levels

$15 - Student 

$25 - Educator*
$35 - Individual
$45 - Family
$50 - Mary Cassatt
$125 - Rembrandt
$250 - Georgia O'Keefe
$500 - Picasso
$750 - Leonardo
$1000 - Michelangelo
$3000 - Renoir
$5000 - Van Gogh

Make checks payable to
VAST; mail to VAST, PO
Box 1281, Denton, TX


*Educator level of
membership entitles
teachers to bring
students with them to
any monthly meeting with
guest fees waived. 
Teachers planning to
bring more than 5 students
to any meeting are requested to contact Mindy Faubion through
so the Hospitality 
Committee can plan to
have enough refreshments
on-hand at the meeting.
2016/2017 VAST 
Artist Day Out
VADO Sessions: 
Feb. 2
Feb. 16
Mar 2
Mar 16
Apr 6
Apr 20
May 4
May 18

VAST Artist Day Out is a day where members may come paint at the Arts Center from 9:00am - 3pm, approximately two mornings a month.  There is no instructor, it is not a workshop...just an art gathering. 

You may paint, sketch, quilt or what ever creative endeavor you desire in the fellowship with your artist friends.  Lunch and fellowship are the best parts!

Questions, contact: 
Mary Emerson

The cost is $10 a year, or $1 a session if you just want to drop in every now and then.  Pay with your dues, or you can send $10 to: 
PO Box 1281
Denton, TX 76202
2017 Figure Drawing
Time: 10 AM to 12 Noon
2017 Dates: 
February 23
March 23
April 27
May 25

These are the dates (usually fourth Thursday) for the monthly drawing session with a live model. This two hour open studio at the Arts Center will have no instructor. The group is available to VAST members only.

Each meeting will have both short and long poses. The model will be clothed. Participants will share the cost of the model. All participants will be responsible for putting the room back in order.

There will be no meetings in the summer: June, July, and August.

Location: The craft room at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 East Hickory Street.

Because studio space is limited, it will be necessary for interested artists to reserve a space. If you have not yet reserved your space, please contact Susan Boyle at:, or leave a message at  940-387-4376.