Vision News and Updates                          March , 2019

Artist: Har lan W. Butt, " A Walk in the Park: the Art of Wilderness"
Wednesday, March 6, 6:45  - 9pm
The Visual Art Society of Texas welcomes Harlan W. Butt as our March speaker March 6, 2019.  He is an artist with over 40 years of experience working in metal and enamel. He specializes in making vessels inspired by the human relationship to wilderness and the natural environment. At the meeting Harlan will present the  historical connection between artists and our National Parks.  

"The historical connection between artists and our National Parks has existed since their inception. In fact, artists were fundamental in the establishment of many of the parks including the first National Park, Yellowstone, in 1872. For the past fifteen years, I have been traveling to various National Parks and collecting imagery and data, which I then use to create vessels in metal and enamel that reflect my observations of the geography, flora, fauna and essence of those locations."  -  Harlan W. Butt  
During his talk he will also discuss the Artist-in-Residence programs at the National Parks and what they offer for creative people.
Butt was a Regents Professor of  Art at the University of North Texas,  where he taught from 1976 to 2017. He is past President of the  Enamelist Society , past President of the  Society of North American Goldsmiths  and a Fellow of the  American Crafts Council
Harlan Butt's work has been exhibited internationally and is represented in the permanent collections of the Enamel Arts Foundation in Los Angeles, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute, the Museum of Art & Design in New York City, the Mint Museum of Art & Craft in Charlotte, NC, the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, Denali National Park Visitor Center in Alaska, the National Gallery of Australia, the CloisonnĂ© Enamelware Fureai Museum in Ama City, Japan and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. 
Harlan lives with his wife Robin, also an artist, in Denton, Texas.  He maintains a studio in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado, where he spends the summer months. 

More of Harlan Butt's work can be seen at
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

March Starts the Renewal of VAST Membership Dues
For 2019-2020 VAST Year

Collection of VAST's June 2019 to May 2020 dues will begin MARCH 1.  Members and new members who pay their dues BEFORE MAY 1, 2019 WILL RECEIVE A FREE ENTRY OF TWO ART WORKS TO THE 2020 Calendar Competition.  Cost to enter the Calendar Competition after 4/30/2019 will be $20 for entry of two art works for consideration. 

Such a deal!!  Come prepared to pay your dues at the March meeting. 

Pay Dues Online

Want to pay your VAST fees, dues, donations or sponsorships at midnight in your pajamas? If you are a PayPal user, here's what to do:

Open your personal PayPal account and look for the tab saying Send or Receive Money. Send the total amount of your purchases (sponsorships & catalogs for Merging Visions, Dues, VADO Fees, Donations for the Members' Exhibit cash awards, Critique, cash donations of any kind) to the PayPal account of . 

Please be sure to put in the "note" section of your own PayPal screen:

           (1) your full name, and

           (2) EXACTLY what you are purchasing.

           Press the "send" button in PayPal and the payment is on its way to VAST.

PayPal will charge VAST 2.9% plus 30 cents in fees for a transaction. So if you are feeling kind-hearted and generous (and we hope you are!), add a little something extra to cover these fees (after all, you are saving the search for stamps, envelopes, and the midnight walk to the mailbox!). We appreciate all of you credit card holders, and we haven't raised our prices to cover our credit card expenses. Your help in paying extra will help us toe the line on our fees in general.

While VAST  appreciates  your dues money we also would like to hear from you - of your interests, your artwork and most especially, your volunteer interest with VAST!
Now is the Time to Donate for Merging Visions

We have only two meetings to collect the sponsorships donations for the 2019 Merging Visions, and to collect once again for the pre-payment for a catalog ($20 each tax included). Look for the Merging Visions sponsorship forms on the front tables as you enter our meeting. VAST and the Denton Poets Assembly are incredibly grateful for financial support for this important exhibit, which this year will be in the PAAC for THREE MONTHS!!! 

Here is the link for the  Sponsorship Form.


Are You Interested in Printmaking? 
The 2019 Southern Graphics Council International Conference is in Dallas/North Texas area!

Texchange 2019 Southern Graphics Council International (SGCI) conference
March 6 - 9, 2019  at Fairmont Dallas (Dallas Arts District), with programming at UNT on Friday, March 8
This document includes highlights at UNT and in Denton. For complete conference programming, locations, and sponsors, see
For the full schedule and events open for students, faculty and conferencees,  Click Here.

Friday, March 8, 2019 Denton
Free and open to the public. 

Greater Denton Arts Council, 400 E Hickory St, Denton, TX 76201 
Tu-W 11-5pm, Th 11am-9pm, F-Sa 11am-5 pm

Radical Intimacy: Taryn McMahon, Emmy Lingscheit, and Brian Spolans
Voertman's Gallery, 1314 W Hickory St, Denton, TX 76201 
M-Th 8am-6pm, F 8am-5pm, Sa 10am-5pm

Selected Impressions: University of North Texas Juried Printmaking Alumni
UNT on the Square, 109 N Elm St, Denton, TX 76201 
Reception 5-7 pm; open M-F 9am-noon, 1-5pm

Saturday, March 9, 2019
Fairmont Hotel, 1717 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 76521
Free and open to the public. 
All other conference events taking place at the hotel will require a conference badge.

Vendor / Publisher / Program Fair
Banquet Level, Regency Ballroom 8:30am-2:30pm

Open Portfolios
Banquet Level, Regency Ballroom 11am-2:30pm

For complete conference programming and locations, see
Questions? Write or

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 April

Ellen Frenkel, Denton

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
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 
Visual Arts Society of Texas (VAST) artist Barbara Lindley is being featured with a solo exhibition, Figprint of my Imagination  at the Point Bank Black Box Theater, January 25 - May 2.  Barbara Lindley  was named VAST Artist of the Year for 2017-2018. 

At the end of a corporate career that took her all over the world, Barbara Lindley feels she has finally found her niche. While her work as a contract negotiator was challenging and intellectually stimulating, a restlessness lingered as her artistic inclinations were confined largely to cooking and gardening. Her first attempt at retirement left her feeling directionless and unfulfilled and she quickly returned to work. When she retired the second time, she knew she needed to pursue her creative aspirations. She enrolled in a painting class in 2016.

Lindley works primarily in watercolor and enjoys experimenting with non-traditional paper and pigments. Her subjects are varied and include florals, botanicals, architecture, still life, landscapes, and wildlife. She admits that she is still finding her artistic voice and augments that pursuit with continued art instruction and the study of light, composition, and color.

"Every painting is a new lesson, and it's my goal to be a lifelong student." 
Barbara Lindley

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
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 
Mary Simon is currently exhibiting and will be up through March.

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:
Youth Art Month: Recent Works by Denton ISD Elementary Students
March 8 - March 23, 2019
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. Selected 2019 exhibition theme:  "You can't use up creativity. The more you use it, the more you have. -Maya Angelou

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 
Chesley Cantoinette, Montoya Williams 
February 23 - March 24
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 23, 5-7pm  
Free to students, staff, faculty, and community members
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
Select Impression: UNT Printmaking Alumni Exhibition 
March 8 - March 29 
Reception:   March 8 -  6:00pm to 8:00pm
Opening reception for Select Impressions, event is FREE and open to the public.
For more information:  

Yes, We are on Facebook.
Search for "Visual Arts Society of Texas" on Facebook or use the link.

2018-2019 Speaker Series      
The VAST Speaker Series starts in September.
They are held on the first Wednesday of the month, Sept. through May.          
March 6 - Harlan Butt, enamels 
April 3 - Lin Hampton, pastels 
May 1 - Crystal Nelson,   Acrylic and Acrylic Inks      
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 :  

Highland Village Art Festival, Saturday, May 4, 2019
Looking for artists to participate!
Join us for the Highland Village Art Festival where we'll have displays from over 30 outstanding gallery quality artists, artist demonstrations, live music and entertainment, and interactive children's art activities.

When: Saturday, May 4, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Where: The Shops at Highland Village (FM 2499 and Justin Road)
Free Admission and Parking

Participant Information:
If you are a local artist and you'd like to participate in the Highland Village Art Festival, please complete the  vendor application by March 8. There will be a limit to the number of exhibitors. Anyone interested must complete the vendor application form by the deadline and be approved for participation. 

Unfortunately there is an issue attaching multiple images to the online form. Please complete the form, submit with one photo attached. When you receive the email copy of your completed form please send it along with three other photos to

Richardson Civic Art Society (RCAS) Call for Art
Deadline: March 8
Exhibition: May 1 - May 28
Location: Eismann Center, Richardson
Fee: $35 entry fee for one piece, $10 for each additional piece (i.e., two (2) pieces for $45.00, or three (3) pieces for $55.00). Limit three (3) pieces total. RCAS members receive a 25% discount
Entry is through Call for Entry (Cafe) website  HERE.

$6000 Purchase Prize to be awarded to one large scale work. (To be considered for this,
artist must fill out online application.)
$2500 will be divided among 5 works of art chosen by judges. (These artists must deliver 
on March 30.)
Deadline: March 22: Online entry submission deadline at 7 p.m.   Purchase Prize entries only
Prospectus and Additional Information

Celebrating Irving: Irving Memories Call For Art
No Fee to Enter
Online Registration Deadline: March 28
Exhibit Location: Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, 1975 Puritan Drive, Irving
Exhibition Dates: March 31 through April 26
Theme: "Irving Memories" 

Eligible applicants must be currently enrolled in an institution of higher learning or have graduated with in the last 6 months.
Submission DEADLINE - April 1, 2019

Society of Watercolor Artists Juried Exhibition
Juror: Iain Stewart AWS, NWS
Awards:$5000 in cash and merchandise to be determined by the juror after viewing the installed works. 
Enter up to three images for $40 (SWA members $35).
Exhibition Dates: April 14th-May 19th, 2019
Submission DEADLINE - March 10 by midnight
Location: Fort Worth Central Library, Atrium Gallery, 500 W. 3rd Street, Fort Worth, Texas

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