February meeting start time: 6:45 pm 

Vision News and Updates                           February 7, 2018
February Guest Artist: Jo Williams, watercolorist
VAST Meeting: 
Wednesday, February 7, 6:45-9pm
Members and guests will be able to view the film,  LIVING ART: Jo Williams, 
Seeing the World with an Artist's Eye 
and observe Williams' demo in watercolor.

About Jo Williams: 
A native Texan, Jo Williams has been painting professionally for over thirty-five years. She is a versatile painter choosing her subjects from the natural world. Much of her work is inspired by her travels primarily throughout the southwestern United Sates.

Williams lives in Denton, TX, where she is very active in the arts community. She served for three years as President of the Visual Arts Society of Texas and six years as chair of the City Commission for Public Arts.
She has a degree in art education from the University of North Texas and has spent most of her career teaching privately. She taught week-long workshops the last three summers in Provence, France, for Artistic Gourmet Adventures. She conducts workshops throughout the southwest including Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Arizona, Oklahoma, and Mexico. She has also taught continuing education classes for the University of North Texas. In addition to teaching, she gives demonstrations for area art organizations and judge's regional art exhibits. She also teaches classes at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center in Denton.

Williams holds signature memberships in Southwestern Watercolor Society since 1991 and the Society of Watercolor Artists.  Her work has been exhibited in numerous regional and national juried exhibitions. She has won a number of awards including Best of Show in the Texas Neighbors Art Competition in Irving and the North Texas Area Art League Annual Juried Exhibition (now VAST) in Denton.
She has had several solo exhibitions including an invitational exhibit at Culver- Stockton College in Canton, Missouri and an invitational exhibit at the Center for Visual Arts in Denton. Her work is included in many private collections and public collections including Raytheon, Ben E. Keith Co., Denton Publishing Company, City of Denton, and the Greater Denton Arts Council.
About The Film:
Documentary short film LIVING ART: Jo Williams features an award- winning watercolorist and longtime resident of Denton, Texas, who, over the past 40 years, has been an active supporter of the arts in the community and beyond. Besides achieving recognition from her profession as an artist and teacher, Jo Williams has volunteered countless hours, playing a key role in the growth and diversity of the Denton arts scene. 

Enjoy this special film and get some insight into Jo's process through her demo! 

This film is the first in a series produced by Curious Dog Creative focusing on practicing artists who enrich their communities by living their art.  Funding for LIVING ART was provided in part by the Greater Denton Arts Council, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts through a 2016 Artist Microgrant received by LIVING ART Director, Susan Carol Davis.

Special features of the film include:
Watercolor paintings of Jo Williams' www.jowilliamswatercolors.com
"Texas Longhorns" written and narrated by Karla K. Morton, Texas State Poet Laureate
Original score featuring Trotline's Chris Veon and Chuck Voellinger with Jacob Dill on bass and Clare Barns Warren's classical guitar compositions performed by Polly Maynard.

LIVING ART: Jo Williams a documentary short film
director of photography MATEO AARON GRANADOS

For more information and artwork  by Jo Williams,   

Meetings are held at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 
400 East Hickory St, Denton, TX.
Next Meeting: March  7, 2018 , 6:45 - 9:00 pm
Members: Free; Guests: $5

VAST Board Meeting, and Members Needed!
We will be holding the VAST Board meeting on  February 10, 9-noon at the Fire Station, across from the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center.

We are looking for interested volunteers! VAST is an ALL VOLUNTEER organization. These jobs are not difficult and allow you to grow and meet more artists.
  • We are in need of someone to take over the Mini Show Exhibition at our monthly meetings.
  • There is a need for someone to organize the rotating exhibition at the Denton Senior Center. Please contact Isabel Cano at isabelcano@verizon.net for this opportunity.
  • We have a yearly High School Competition that we don't have a coordinator for next year. Please contact Isabel Cano for more information.
  • We are in need of a Vice President for Programs for next year. 
  • I am looking for someone to possibly split time with for the newsletter - maybe every other month. It is not difficult; we use the Constant Contact program. Must be detail oriented but it's not rocket science! Contact Mary Wright at marywright59@gmail.com.
  • In need of someone for membership as well! Not a tough job...just takes some time.
We appreciate all the help we can get! Please contact Mindy Faubion, Mary Wright or Isabel Cano if you wish to help out! 

Memorial Service for Andrea Albright

It is with sadness that we have to report that long-time VAST member, Andrea Albright, has passed away on Tuesday, January 30. Such a brave, kind, talented and generous soul. Andrea will be greatly missed.

Andrea's Memorial Service will be:
Saturday, Feb. 17, 2:00, at:
The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation
602 North Old Orchard Lane
Lewisville, Texas 75077

Merging Visions

A Few Poems Available 

There are 6 more places left for pairing artwork with poetry in t he  2018 Merging Visions Exhibit . Becca Hines will have poetry available for VAST artists to review at the February meeting of VAST. Some new poetry from DPA poets will be shown. This probably will be the last opportunity to sign-up for the  2018 Merging Visions  which will be held at the MCL Grand in Lewisville in late October.  
Images  for this exhibit will be due May 1st.

VAST 125-Mile Up Until February 24

12th Annual 125-Mile Exhibition
January 13 - February 24, 2018
Gough Gallery,  Patterson-Appleton Art Center
400 E. Hickory St.,  Denton, TX, 76201

T he  Visual Arts Society of Texas  (VAST) created this exhibition to reinstate their long tradition of showcasing 2D and 3D juried art work from DFW to southern Oklahoma. Artists living within 125 miles of Denton, TX are eligible to enter this exhibition.
Organized in 1975, VAST is based in Denton, Texas, and functions as a non-profit, professional organization dedicated to supporting artists and art lovers.

VAST Members juried into the exhibition:   David Blow,  Deborah Boschert,  Nel Dorn Byrd,  Gail Cope,  Lisa Daniels,  Kathy Elliott,  Mindy Faubion,  Thomas Judd,  Yuni Lee,  Tonya Littmann,  Eloise Sears,  Jo Williams

Thomas Judd, Resting, photography - $750 Best of Show - Corky Stuckenbruck Memorial Award

Megan Ruth Bowdon, Quilt Study 5 - Bears Bake Blocks, found embroidery, Aida - $450 First Place - Marilyn Smith Memorial Award



Nel Dorn Byrd, Fountain Feminae, watercolor - $350 Second Place - Gail Cope, Duryea Moving and Storage, and Jack and Evelyn Miller Award



David Blow, Morning Mist, photograph - $250 Third Place - Ray and Eloise Sears and VAST Members' Awards Endowment Award

Plan to visit the exhibit and see these works in person and the rest of the 125-Mile Exhibition!

Steve Miller, The Cross, soft pastel on Ampersand board - $200 VAST Board of Directors Award

Sharon O'Callaghan Shero, Supercut, photography - $200 Fourth Place - Linda Creagh and Scott Lent Award

Courtney Nixon, Beware the Consequences of your Actions, digital collage on Rives BFK - $150 Juror's Award - Geri and John Aschenbrenner Award

Crystal Nelson, Denton Wild, acrylic and ink - $100 Honorable Mention 1 - Ana Lopez Award

Yuni Lee, Alphago, washi tape and resin on wood panel - $100 Honorable Mention 2 - Kimberly Karl Award

Kady Epley, Carrot on a String, alkyd paints on panel - $100 Honorable Mention 3 - James J. Johnson Jr. Award

Gail Cope, Hippo - Hop, acrylic on canvas - $100 Honorable Mention 4 - Barbara Evans Award

Jo Williams, Brittany Village, watercolor - $100 Honorable Mention 5 - Barbara Lindley and Emile Sahliyeh Award

Merchandise Award Winners:
Noriko DeWitt, Journey Ahead, colored pencil - $200 Voertman's Gift Certificate
Buck Buchheister, Road To Nowhere, mixed media collage on canvas - $150 Jack Richeson & Co., Inc. Gift Certificate
Deborah Boschert, Limbs, Ladders, Roots and Rocks, fiber - $125 Jack Richeson & Co., Inc. Gift Certificate
Kathy Elliott, Closely Woven, acrylic - $100 Jack Richeson & Co., Inc. Gift Certificate
U Crosby, Engun Festival, acrylic - $100 Asel Art Supply, Inc. Gift Certificate   

Materials: Hard + Soft opens Feb 2nd
Detail of Erin Furimsky,
Her Labor

Materials: Hard+Soft 
February 3 - May 5, 2018 
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 
400 E. Hickory St., Denton, TX. 76201

Recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country, Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition, began in 1987 and was originally initiated by area artist Georgia Leach Gough. Now in its 31st year, the exhibition shows the top national and 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.

The 2018 exhibition drew over 1,000 submissions from 8 countries around the world. Juror Perry A. Price selected 70 works for exhibition at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center including works from 27 states in varying media including metal, wood, plastic, ceramic, fiber, glass, and mixed media.

This exhibition is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts and the City of Denton. Special thanks to Best Western Premier for their continued sponsorship. 

Millie Johnson is our Sunshine Chair
Please contact her at pairodocs25@yahoo.com or 940.387.7688 if you know of a member who needs well wishes sent or thoughts of sympathy.

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.
Immerse yourself in art at Darla Bostick's workshops: 
Ghost Ranch in  Abiquiu, NM. 
More details on darlabostick.com
Spring 11th Annual Ghost Ranch Retreat Workshop : June 4 - June 10 (textiles and dye, printing, painting, pouring and more!)
Fall 12th Annual Ghost Ranch Retreat Workshop : September 30 - October 6 --(untraditional watercolor workshop combining photography, watercolor, ink, acrylic on watercolor paper, clayboard, etc!) 

P lein air opportunities and the comfort of a group activity room with floor to ceiling vista views. The Georgia O'Keeffe Landscape Tour takes you where she painted the local magnificent area. Tour the O'Keeffe studio/home. Limited to 18 participants. New room and board pricing.  Daily demos, slide presentations, door prizes and optional happy hour. You can ride with me from Denton, TX or caravan! 

2018 January Mini Show Winners

1st Place, Barbara Lindley  
Hope, watercolor

2nd Place, Darla Bostick
Thirsty, collage/acrylic

2018 Calendar Focus - February

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

Darla Bostick's watercolor image, "Red Dragons", was selected to appear on a traffic signal box in Grand Prairie, TX. It should be completed in a few months.  During February - March she will have a watercolor, "Banana's for Sale" in the Tom Peyton 23rd Arts in Harmony 2018 Annual Juried Exhibition in Alexandria, LA.

Darla Bostick will be giving a demo February 5, 6:30pm to the Grand Prairie Art Association entitled, "Having fun with texture in watercolor." On Monday, February 19, Bostick will do a demo for the Society of Watercolor Artists in Fort Worth.

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
Carol Stoecker has work at the Emily Fowler.

Carol Stoecker:
"Art has come in many shapes and sizes in my lifetime.  After earning a Bachelor of Art Degree in Fashion Design with a Minor in Fashion Illustration, I have worked several very creative jobs, from District Home Economist, Pattern Maker, Clothing Designer, Fashion Illustrator, Floral Designer to full time Artist.  I have also volunteered in the Destination Imagination program (creative problem solving) to share some of my creative techniques with children.   
In 1999, I expanded my creative career by starting my own business painting murals and faux finishes in hundreds of model and residential homes as well as restaurants. Because my business has grown I have become a full time artist and have experienced many types of paints through my murals, fine art, pet portraits, heirloom paintings and glass painting.
What I like most about my job is the variety of people I get to  know!  I continue to be inspired by the things that create an emotional connection between each client and the pieces I
create for them."

Coordinator for exhibit: Mindy Faubion, mindyfaubion@yahoo.com
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 
The VAST Calendar Art will be on exhibit through February 17. Lisa Daniels will have work displayed afterwards, starting March 16.

Coordinator for exhibit: Jo Williams at texjo@msn.com
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

Shubha Mantri  will be showing through April.
Coordinator for exhibit: Isabel Cano, isabelcano@verizon.net.
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 
It is located walking distance from the PAAC at 608 E. Hickory St., Suite 128. 
Artist for the Stoked About Denton Exhibition is Kimberley Dietrich starting February 5.

Kimberley Dietrich: 
"I am an accountant, mom of one and a painter that primarily works in acrylics but also likes watercolor, charcoal, pastels and mixed media mediums. My art is my own unmasking of my travels through life. I have had many experiences and was "born with a suitcase in my hand." My art has a lot of symbolism and a story to tell behind each piece I create.

My work consists of the animals I have/had as pets or I have been able to see in my travels. There are so many animals in this world from the tiniest spider to large whales. They are fascinating, funny and unpredictable. I enjoy photographing them and then drawing it out to paint. Creating the painting is the most enjoyable part of the work. I use paints first and finish out details with charcoal and pastels.  
My development as an artist is rooted in my belief that there is something more to say. My inspiration is in traveling, photography of landscapes and animals along with researching how to make my art better. I am on the board of directors for the Artist Enclave of Denton County, a member of Visual Arts Society of Texas, Gainesville Area Visual Arts, Denton County Camera Club, Friends of Hagerman NWR and Nature Photography Club.  My website is www.art-by-kimberley.com ."

Carol Stoecker is the coordinator for this exhibition. If you are interested in showing, please contact her at storytimeartist@yahoo.com.

Art Around Town
A Creative Art STUDIO
227 W. Oak Street, Suite 101
Check acreativeartstudio.com and  here for classes.
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
400 E. Hickory Street, Denton, TX 76201 
Gough Gallery:
12th Annual VAST 125-Mile Exhibition
January 13 - February 24, 2018
Meadows Gallery: 
31st annual Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition & Exhibition
February 3 - May 5, 2018
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 31st 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:
Robert Jessup: Squares
February 3 - May 19, 2018
Known for his narrative paintings,  Robert Jessup  has eschewed a representational style in his recent work in order to create ambitious paintings and drawings that aim to reconfigure his world of imagery. Barely decipherable figures navigate a wild and colorful pictorial space that churns with a furious plasticity. the very visceral paint application can range from the most delicate whisperings of a fine brush's touch, to the brutal scrapings and trowelings of the widest knife. Jessup states: "the configurations arise from the battle between the charged forces of the rectangle, the impetuosity of my flailing physical self, and the persistence of my desire to configure in spite of my many doubts and dissatisfactions." 
For more information:  https://dentonarts.com/exhibitions/

Texas Woman's University Art Galleries
East Gallery and West Gallery 
In Sickness
East Gallery, February 24 - March 25
In Sickness brings together artists Jonathan Molina Garcia and Emily Peacock. Each artist deftly navigates between photography, collage, performance, installation, video, and other various modes of making. They are motivated by their own experiences and relationships, and ultimately dedicated to constructing and revealing moments of humanity through pain, intimacy, loss, and love. Curated by Benjamin Terry.
Touching Pictures: Photographs by Kristine Thompson
West Gallery, February 24 - March 25
Touching Pictures features recent photo-based work by Kristine Thompson that examines how images of death, violence, and mourning publicly circulate. The works engage photographic imagery in a tactile manner in order to question when and how pictures might elicit empathy.
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 fall of 2018. 
For more information:  http://gallery.unt.edu 

UNT on the Square
UNT Metals Exhibition
February 9  -  March 17 
The newest exhibition at  UNT on the Square shows jewelry from artists who do more than put beads on a string - alongside the work of the people who inspired them.
Opening reception:  February 9, 5:30-7:30pm

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

2017-2018 Speaker Series                              
February 7 - Jo Williams, watercolor                             April 4 - Angelia Ford
March 7 - Justine Wollaston                                          May 2 - Linka Behn, mixed media

Meetings start in September.
They 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 

VADO - VAST Artist Day Out

VAST Artist Day Out is a day where members may come paint from 9:00am - 3pm, approximately two mornings a month, usually the 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month. 

Starting next week, the VADO meeting (1st Thursdays) will be held at  7801 S-I35 E,  Global Spheres in Corinth. The 3rd Thursdays will be held at the Patterson-Appleton Art Center. 

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!

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: 
VAST,  PO Box 1281,  Denton, TX 76202
Questions, contact:  Mary Emerson,  maryem88@att.net

Life Drawing Group
VAST's monthly drawing session with a live model continues into 2018. This two hour open studio gives members the opportunity to practice drawing people. All current VAST members are invited to attend.

There is no instructor and participants may work with the drawing media they prefer. The length of the poses varies and there is a break after the first hour.

There are no studio fees, however participants will share the cost of the model. Each individual will be responsible for cleaning up after themselves, as needed. 

Group meeting day: fourth Thursday of the month
Time: 10 AM to 12 Noon
2018 Dates: 1/25, 1/22, 3/22, 4/26, 5/24.
Location: The meeting will be held in the Beulah Center at Global Spheres Center in Corinth.  Address: 7801 S-I35 E, Corinth, TX 76210.

For additional information, interested artists may contact Susan K Boyle at: susankboyle15@gmail.com or leave a message at 940-387-4376.

2017-2018 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 news.vast@gmail.com.
Link to Membership Form.
For Opportunities and Proposals :  
9 X 12 (22.9X30.5cm), Budapest
Environmental Project
Deadline: 01/03/18 (March 1, 2018)
Artworks on or of paper may be any size, but MUST fit in a 9 X 12 (22.9X30.5cm) envelope. Unmatted, unframed photography, drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media, cast or folded paper, multimedia or digital prints.
For more information and Application Form please email to:

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