Vision News and Updates                         November, 2018

The VAST Board Meeting will take place on November 3 from 9am - 11am at the Beulah Center/Global Spheres in Corinth.  (7801 S I-35 E. Corinth.  Name is on the building. Meeting is open to the public.

November 7 Meeting, 6:45-9pm
Artist Presenter: Carol S toecker Presents 
"Wait! We are hosting Thanksgiving??? Quick! Fix the house!"
Carol will be talking about places in the home that could use extra attention & the  possibilities of adding a textured/painted stone or brick to those areas. This stone & brick adds  warmth to any ar ea. She will be demonstrating step by step how she makes stone & brick & then how she paints it to give it  a realistic look.

Carol Stoecker's Statement:
Art has come in many shapes and siz es in Stoecker's lifetime.  After earning a B.A. in Fashion Design with a minor in Fashion Illustration, she worked several very creative jobs, from District Home Economist, Clothing Designer/Pattern Maker & Illustrator, Floral Designer to full time artist.  She also volunteered in the Destination Imagination program (creative problem solving) for several years to share some of her creative skills with children.   
In 1999, Stoecker expanded her creative career by starting her own business painting murals and faux finishes in hundr eds of model and residential homes. Her business grew over the years to include commercial clients like The Slalom Shop, Blue Goose, Aw Shucks, Grapes To Wine, Cowboy Up, Lantana Pediatrics, Grand Homes, Dunhill Homes, Grenadier Homes and many more in the DFW area, and residential clients in Florida, Oklahoma, California, Missouri, Illinois, Arizona and Arkansas.  
Carol Stoecker has experienced many types of paints through painting murals, textured stone, fine art, pet portraits and glass painting. She also just finished a number of painted illustrations for the first in a series of children's books "Zaboo the Great." Stoecker  was voted Best of Denton County, 4 years as an a rtist and 1 year as a custom decorative painter. 
Meetings are held at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 
400 East Hickory St, Denton, TX.
Next Meeting: November 7 , 2018 , 6:45 - 9:00 pm
Members: Free; Guests: $5

Last Tax Free Day: November 7
Calendars - cash sales: $11 per Calendar, $11.50 w/Credit Card
Visual Arts Society of Texas' Only Fundraiser

VAST will be selling its annual fundraising desktop  calendar. Featuring VAST artists, it is colorful and handy. It makes a WONDERFUL GIFT for people and "tis the season" is right around the corner. 

This year's calendar price will be $12.00, including the sales taxes VAST must pay. 

This year VAST calendars purchased with a credit card are priced at $12.50 and $11.50 each, respectively, on the sales tax and sales tax free days. 

Merging Vision Exhibit Through November 24

Merging Visions 2018: 
A Collaborative Exhibit 
of Art and Poetry 
October 20 through November 24
Medical City Lewisville 
Grand Theater 
100 North Charles Street, 
Lewisville, TX 75057
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10am-5pm 

Don't miss the opportunity to see this beautiful exhibit of art (36 VAST artists) paired with poetry from members of the Denton Poets' Assembly. While there, please take time to vote for the artist-poet pair you think did the best job of collaborating and pairing their works. The 3 artist-poet pairs receiving the most votes will each receive a People's Choice Award. Take your friends. There are good restaurants nearby. 

Copies of the Merging Visions Collections VIII catalog will be offered for sale at $20 each during the VAST meeting, Nov. 7.

Merging Visions Extended Exhibit in the branches of the Denton Public Library still has some places available. Works in the Extended exhibit will remain hanging in one of the branch libraries until Saturday, January 18. Participants who have work in the 2018 Merging Visions Exhibit should contact Becca Hines or Carol Stoecker to have their work be included and to sign a contract. Participants who have 2D work in the current exhibit will not have to pick up their work at the MCL Grand when the Release of Work occurs, Monday, Nov. 26. Artists and poets who have work in the Extended Exhibit will be notified in early December where their works are located.  

Merging Visions 2019
If you want to have work included in the 2019 Merging Visions Exhibit, sign up!
There are very few places open for the 2019 exhibit. If you are a current member of VAST and do not have more than 2 pieces under contract for this exhibition, please come to the Nov. VAST meeting, Wed., Nov. 7, to review poetry for possible selection. A contract and a prospectus with major deadlines will be offered at that time.  Images will be due Feb.1st.  After juror review, artists will be notified of acceptance of their work by mid February. Those works found not to be in compliance with VAST guidelines and expectations will be offered constructive feedback and suggestions for improvement by the juror.  Intake for the exhibit will be June 3. The exhibit will open June 7 and close Sept. 14, 2019 at the Patterson-Appleton Art Center, Denton.  
Artists who already have made arrangements to pair with a DPA poet, and both have agreed to participate in the 2019 exhibit, need to contact  Becca Hines to make sure their places in  this exhibit are reserved. Becca's email:
VAST Sponsored Workshop: Michael Holter, Watercolor Landscapes
February 4-6, 2019

Dates: February 4, 5, 6, 2019, 9:30am - 4:00pm
Place: Global Spheres, 7801 S. I35E, Corinth, 76208
Cost:  $230 VAST members
           $265 non-members
Registration Fee: The registration fee is $50.00, to reserve a place, and is due at the time of signing up for the workshop. This fee is non-refundable.

Please make checks payable to VAST and send to: 
Jo Williams, 1714 Highland Park Road, Denton, TX  76205.  
For questions and more information please call or email Jo at 940-383-1092,

Spots will be filled in order of the postmark on the mailed check.

If a participant must cancel, the VAST workshop coordinator will first attempt to fill the open spot from the official VAST waiting list.   If there is no waiting list, the canceling participant is free to attempt to fill the spot on his/her own. No refunds will be made a month or less prior to the class.  
Cancellation by VAST : If there are not enough participants to cover workshop costs or if VAST must cancel for any other reason, participants will be notified by the workshop coordinator and will promptly receive a full refund, including deposit.

Opportunity to Help: The Art Room 
Marlys Lamar, Ph.D.

Greetings VAST members!  

I am writing to introduce you to an exciting new project called The Art Room, and to ask for donations of art supplies and art books, volunteer time, or money to support The Art Room's development and opening. I am a psychologist and artist and I have a private practice office in the same building as Ravelin Bakery. Inside my office space is a large room that is The Art Room, an art studio space where people with mental health problems can create art. 
My concept is that The Art Room will be an open studio for individuals to engage in the creative process, learn about and produce art, and that this involvement in the creative process will itself be therapeutic. I am not designing this to be an art therapy project, but an "art as therapy" or "art is medicine" project:  engaging in art is the therapy. The purpose of this project is to promote emotional and psychological healing through art. The idea is that using right brain processes involved in creating art will produce greater resilience in managing stress, in developing improved emotion regulation, in creating social connections and inclusion, and in helping people become involved in a meaningful emotionally expressive experience.

Initially, The Art Room will have open studio hours 2-3 times a week, but once up and running, I hope to develop classes that might expose individuals to different media and technique, i.e. specific classes in clay hand-building, mosaic work, collage, or printmaking. During open studio hours and classes The Art Room will be staffed by volunteer mental health professionals as well as artists or art instructors. Therapist and counselors will refer individuals to this program who have serious mental health issues, as well as people who have less serious mental health problems but are in therapy and want to add another way to address and improve their mental health. 

The Art Room is a non-profit project and the studio services will be free of charge to those individuals referred to the program. I intend to seek official nonprofit status as a 501(c)3 in the near future.  There is a website that will be launched soon and the URL will be  

Should you have any donations, a desire to participate through volunteering, or any questions about The Art Room, please contact Marlys Lamar, Ph.D. at 940-566-5802  or 940-231-3986. You can also send emails to Thanks so much for any support you can give this project and please pass this information along to anyone you think might be interested.  

Congratulations to the VAST October Mini Show Winners: 

First Place: Perri Hamilton

Second Place: Ellen Frenkel
American Collapse, fiber art

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.

Nel Dorn Byrd Open Studio

Sat. & Sun.,  November 3 & 4 
10am to 5pm both days

This year I will be featuring recent watercolor paintings titled, "COLOR, CLOSE TO HOME".  
VAST members are invited to stop by my studio at 3800 Elm Bottom Circle, Aubrey, TX.   
Phone # 972-839-2993
Everyone is invited to register for an original watercolor painting to be given as a door prize.
Nel Dorn Byrd

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.

2018 Calendar Focus - November

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

We would really like to showcase our members' work in our "Revolving Exhibitions." (See Below.) You can do it in conjunction with another artist as well. 

For instance we are in need of more artists for "Stoked About Denton"! Carol Stoecker said that she can  take anyone who has 10 to 15 small to medium sized pieces (10" x 10" to approximately 18" x  24"), or 10 large pieces (30" x 40" or larger) just not super heavy. 

It is an easy and non-stressful way to get into showing your work. See below for locations and the person to contact for each.
VAST's "Revolving Exhibitions"
Please contact the coordinator for the exhibit(s) that you would like to be considered for.
Coming into the new year, we need artists for all venues!

"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 
There is no VAST exhibit at this time.  Currently Artist Enclave of Denton County has an exhibit All the World's a Stage. A VAST Exhibit of the 2019 Calendar art will be on exhibit November 9 - January 11.

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
Coordinator for exhibit: Aurora Cabrera Dawson,
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 
Carol Henry is the exhibitor until January.
See more of Carol Henry's work at  

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:
On North Texas,  DFW Photographers 
Sponsored by Greater Denton Arts Council, Film Photographic, and Denton Camera Exchange 
September 15 - November 24
Film Photographic's Jason Lee and Denton Camera Exchange's Armand Kohandani have curated a list of 18 film photographers from the DFW area to capture images of the places and spaces that are important to them. Each artist will have two pieces on display during the exhibition.

Meadows Gallery: 
I Come as One, But Stand as 10,000
Tyrone Geter
September 8 - December 8
I Come As One, But Stand As 10,000 features works by renowned Columbia, South Carolina artist Tyrone Geter. In his works Geter explores the struggles and hardships women of color have to face globally. Geter's pieces are inspired his mother and her life of dealing with the racism, intolerance, and poverty of 20th century in America. Geter's works celebrate women and their stories by making them the focal point of his pieces, but avoids the objectification of his female subjects.

Festival Hall:
Under Tension, Amie Adelman
September 8 - December 15
UNT Professor and Fibers Program Coordinator Amie Adelman returns to GDAC for the first time since completing her installation in Festival Hall's Foyer last fall. Adelman showcases her mastery of fibers on canvas and in the space, exploring patterns and colors. 
For more information:

Texas Woman's University Art Galleries
East Gallery and West Gallery 
TWU Department of Visual Arts presents Evening Salons: Panel Discussion
(A place for exchange of ideas on artistic practice and research)  
Fab Five: TWU Photo Alumni on Careers After Graduate School 
Panelists: Joy Christiansen, Kelli Connell, Carola Driedemie, Hannah Frieser, Christine Shank
Thursday, November 8
5:20-7:00 p.m. at the West Gallery, Fine Arts Building
Admission is free

TWU Department of Visual Arts presents Evening Salons: Talks
(A place for exchange of ideas on artistic practice and research)
Samplin(g) Social Justice Art Education
Featuring a dance performance by Jonathan Pattiwael
Speaker: Dr. Kathy Brown, Visiting Assistant Professor
Thursday, November 29 
5:20-6:00 p.m. at the Project Space, Basement Level, Fine Arts Building 
Admission is free

010 Student Gallery 
Bebe Gravatt: Musical Magical Molecule        
November 4 - November 17

Jordan Funk: because i was born (now i must exist)
November 18 - December 1 
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
September 28 - November 3
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.        
November 7 - Carol Stoecker,  Artistically Created Stone and Brick Accents in Home Murals 
December 5 - VASTfest  
January 2, 2019 - Crystal Nelson, Acrylic and Acrylic Inks
February 6 - Michael Holter, watercolor
March 6 - Harlan Butt, enamels 
April 3 - Lin Hampton, pastels 
May 1 - TBD       
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 :  

The Bath House Cultural Center and exhibition curator, Jose Vargas, invite visual artists to submit entries for the 25th Annual El Corazónart exhibition.

Entries Deadline:  
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Applications close at 11:59 PM, Mountain Time Zone
Exhibition Dates: February 2-March 9, 2019 
Since 1993, Mr. Vargas has organized the El Corazón art exhibition in Dallas. This popular exhibition is a beloved annual tradition at the Bath House Cultural Center that gives artists an opportunity to create various artistic interpretations of the human heart.  This passionate and eclectic exhibition features a variety of ideas, styles, and concepts inspired by the heart (El Corazón), an important and universal symbol in art. 

For more details, read the exhibition prospectus at 


Cross Timbers Artists Guild
17th Annual Artist Studio Tour
November 10-11
Maps for the event are accessible through the web site and at each location.
Saturday, November 10, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday, November 11, 12:00pm - 5:00pm
For further information and a map of the locations of the artists on tour, please visit the Cross Timbers Artists Guild website at: 

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