Vision News and Updates                          Mid - July, 2018

VAST Member Exhibition Take-In is This Week, 
July 19,  10 am - 12 noon and  4 - 7 pm
Please read prospectus for the requirements.

29th Annual Juried Members Exhibition
UNT on the Square
109 N. Elm,  Denton, TX 76201
July 24 - August 15, 2018

VAST sponsors this annual event to offer its members an important opportunity to enter their work in a juried exhibition that showcases members only. The exhibit provides an excellent venue for the North Texas community to appreciate the high quality and diverse nature of art produced by area artists.

Jennifer Spencer,  Reflection in an Autumn Pond  (vacation series)
Exhibition Calendar:
July 19 - acceptance of entries
10 am - 12 noon and  4 - 7 pm
July 21 - pick up unaccepted work
10 am - 12 noon and  4 - 7 pm
July 24 - opening reception
5:30-7:30 pm
August 16 - return of work to artists
10 am - 12 noon and  4 - 7 pm
Juror: Lynne Bowman Cravens
The prospectus can be found HERE.

Contact Info:
Deanna Wood
Vice President of Exhibitions

Please support Merging Visions now. 

Dear VAST Members, 

Please put this "SAVE THE DATE!" on your calendar for the 2018 Merging Visions Exhibit, the result of the annual combined efforts of the Denton Poets Assembly and VAST. 

Merging Vision Reception
Sunday, OCTOBER 21, 2018, 2 P.M. to 4 P.M.
Location: The Medical City Lewisville Grand Theatre,  100 North Charles Street, Lewisville

The reception for 2018 Merging Visions will be a fun and interactive event featuring our poets and artists in the beautiful arts and theater building of the City of Lewisville. We hope all of you will come and bring friends! 

Due to the unusual timing and location of 2018 Merging Visions Exhibit* VAST's plea for sponsorships of the event was poorly timed for the summertime when VAST doesn't meet formally. 

Our VAST part of the budget for 2018 Merging Visions is based upon VAST receiving $1200 in sponsorships for the event (this has been typically what VAST has received to support past Merging Visions exhibits). Thus far VAST has received $325 in Sponsorships and no members have requested to reserve a catalogs (or extra catalogs). VAST has a working deadline to raise funds of August 20, 2018.

Please consider helping our 2018 Merging Visions budget by making a sponsoring contribution or ordering your catalog[s] TODAY. You will find a Sponsorship Form HERE.  At the bottom are directions to make payment using your credit card through PayPal (to do this you must have your own personal PayPal account). You can also bring the filled out form with payment to the Members' Exhibit Take In this Thursday.

Always appreciative of the member support for our activities, 
Carol Rowley, VAST Treasurer 2018-2019

VAST Sponsored Workshop: Junanne Peck
Back by Popular Demand!
October 1-3, 2018

Junanne Peck  is a VAST member and interdisciplinary artist, with printmaking as her primary art form. She is a Demo Artist for Akua Ink ( and a seasoned educator and Teaching Artist in the DFW area. Junanne Peck is a TXO Artist (Texas  Original Artist) selected by the Texas Commission on The Arts. Her works are featured in solo and invitational exhibits. 

This workshop will  explore pattern and texture by experimenting with a variety of printmaking methods.  Monotype is one of the most direct ways of creating prints and often appeals to people that enjoy spontaneity and experimentation. Join printmaker Junanne Peck on a fun printmaking exploration. You will learn how to make wood cuts,  drypoint, monoprinting on paper and fabric,  textured prints using found objects, drawings and stencils, and discover how to build your images up in layers to create rich and colorful works of art.  Emphasis will be on color, visual texture, line and composition.

Extra paper will be available for an additional fee.
Junanne welcomes beginner and advanced students.

Please feel free to call her with any questions at 214-336-8526 or email at See her work at

Cost:  VAST Members: $275 and Non-Members $310. (Price includes $40 for a supply packet. Junanne will have additional supplies to experiment with.) 
Where : Patterson Appleton Arts Center, Denton (corner of Hickory and Bell) 
in Festival Hall
Daily Times : October 1-2, 9-4 pm; October 3, 9-1 pm
Minimum of 10 participants; maximum of 15 
Registration Fee: The registration fee is $50.00 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: 
Ingrid Scobie (Workshop Coordinator for the Junanne Peck Workshop), 1510 Oxford Ct., Denton, TX  76209.  
For questions and more information please call or email Ingrid at 940-453-5507,

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.

VAST Sponsored Workshop: Michael Holter, Watercolor Landscape 
February 4-6, 2019
Michael Holter, The Rock Pile

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.

Greater Denton Arts Council the Presents the Prospectus for: 

Exhibition: February 1 - May 4, 2019
Deadline:  September 30, 2018 (by 11:59 PM)
For more information on the exhibition,  Check Here.
For Entry Form, HERE.

The Greater Denton Arts Council proudly presents the 
32nd annual Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition. 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. The exhibition celebrates the evolving field of contemporary craft and the remarkable creativity and innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media. Since 2017, the exhibition has expanded to include works by international artists. Approximately 70 works will be selected by juror Janet McCall, Executive Director of the Contemporary Craft, for exhibition at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center in Denton, Texas. 

For additional questions about the competition and exhibition, contact 
Payment of VAST Dues - VAST Year that started June 1.

You may renew by the following methods:
  • Pay by credit card, check or cash at the Member Show take-in on July 19 (see article above.)
  • A membership form is available HERE. 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

Dues structure for 2018-19  (see descriptions of categories of membership online):
     Student membership $15
     Educator membership $25 
     Regular membership $35
     Family membership $45
Additional Fees:
      One year of VADO (Visual Artists Day Out) is $55 on top of dues
     One year of Monthly Saturday Morning Critique is $120 a year 
(check first with Jackie Haugen for available spots)

Support of VAST Exhibits is most certainly welcomed!
Support either the Members Exhibit, the 125-Mile Exhibit, or the Merging Visions Exhibit in whatever amount you choose. $100 or greater will have the opportunity of having her/his/their names associated with an award. 

Of course dues can be paid at any time of the year; however, VAST does not prorate its dues and fees during the year. So join up now and take advantage of all that VAST offers its membership!

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.

Darla Bostick's 12th Annual Ghost Ranch Workshop/Retreat
September 30 - October 6 (4 openings remain)
Un-traditional watercolor and more!
See why Georgia O'Keeffe loved Ghost Ranch for details

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 - July

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

Darla Bostick currently has work at the Richardson Public Library's  Summer Show and Sale  on Arapaho Road, and in Lewisville at  Tierney's from June 24 - 26 . Bostick  has 2 watercolor pieces in  the Botanical Art Collective of North Central Texas' first juried exhibition at  the Botanical Research Institute of Texas through August 10.

Darla Bostick's  "Ladies of Lamu, Kenya"  watercolor is included  In the Breckenridge 27th Annual Juried Art Show (July 17- August 31) and she won 1st Place  in the Trinity Art Guild's Juried Show  (3-D category.)

Kathy Elliott had three of her paintings juried into the Plano Arts 125 Show, and received a Merit Award for her painting Personal Space. The show is at the Eisemann Center in Richardson until July 30. 

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.

Coordinator for exhibit: Mindy Faubion,
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 
Jo Williams' watercolor class  is currently exhibiting "Sunflowers and other Florals"  until  until September 7. Exhibiting participants  are  Debbie Beauchamp, Carolyn Johnson, Kimberly Karl, Barbara Lindley, Claudia Lynch, Mary Maher, Buster Maloney, Frances May, Bonnie Merritt, Diana McGimpsey Carmen Underwood, Olivia Walker, and Jo Williams.
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: 
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 

Gail Cope and Mary Simon  are the new exhibitors  until August 1.

Gail Cope with her work at Stoked About Denton..

Mary Simon and some of her artwork.
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:
Structured Light
Opening Reception June 8, 6 - 8 PM
June 8 -  August 25, 2018
Texas Woman's University Associate Professor Colby Parsons explores the relationship between ceramics, light, and shadows.

Meadows Gallery: 
A Plain View - Photographs of Texas By Jason Lee
June 2 - August 25, 2018
A special exhibition for the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center in Denton, Texas featuring a selection of large-scale prints from the recently published book A PLAIN VIEW, Photographs from Texas.

Festival Hall:
God's World As I See It
June 8 - August 25, 2018
Paul Gray shares his worldwide travels with over 50 images of nature scenes, animals, and architecture.
For more information:

Texas Woman's University Art Galleries
East Gallery and West Gallery 
Wish You Were Here
June 20 - July 28, 2018 
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: 

UNT on the Square
May 21 - July 14
VAST: Visual Art Society of Texas Members Exhibition 
July 23   to  August 15 
Reception:   July 24,   5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 
Members of the  Visual Arts Society of Texas  w ill present everything from painting to fiber art at the  29th Annual Juried Members Exhibition. VAST, which was established in 1975 and boasts 142 members, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting artists and art lovers. The juror for the show is photographer LynnĂ© Bowman Cravens, who received her master's of fine arts degree from University of North Texas in 2015. 
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. 
September 5  - Mindy Faubion, ceramics        
October 3 - Junanne Peck, Printmaking Exploration  
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.
Figure Drawing Opportunity

The VAST figure drawing group has ended but this opportunity to hone your figure drawing skills is available!

VAST Members are invited to be part of a weekly life drawing "Life Drawing Meetup" in Corinth. This drawing group features a nude model from 7:00 - 10PM on Monday evenings. 

The session is open to the public so all VAST artists, and all interested area artists, are invited to attend. The charge is $25 for the three hour session. No materials are supplied. The class is mostly self-guided, but there is an instructor if you would like feedback.

The typical format for the class is a warm-up of four 5-minute poses, followed by 15-minute poses, and capped off with three or four 30-minute poses to end the night. 

Meetup host Nick Langley says:   "What we're about:
Been meaning to draw more? And meet great people too? Do both! Come, relax and learn with us. The main purpose of these meetups is to provide a  wide variety of figure drawing opportunities. Absolutely no experience is  necessary, just a desire to explore your creative side! Our aim is to provide
a warm, supportive, and inspirational environment for all who want to join.
Life Drawing Meetups are open to everyone.

Where: These life drawing meetups are held in the Beulah Center at:
Global Spheres Center
7801 S Interstate 35E
Corinth, TX 76208

When: Mondays, 7 - 9PM

For further information, or to sign up for a class, go online to: 

Or, contact Nick Langley at:


For Opportunities and Proposals :  

Camp Fire First Texas call for art for An Artists' Christmas
Fort Worth, TX.
Submission guidelines, Click Here. 
An Artists' Christmas is Camp Fire's largest fundraising event, raising $3.9 million since its inception. The funds raised from the event go directly towards Camp Fire's 3 areas of focus: outdoor education, early childhood education, and  after school programs. An Artists' Christmas features high quality, original artwork in the silent auction and live auction. Last year's catalog of artwork was valued at over $72,000.

Deadline to submit an entry is August 10, 2018.
  • Cash awards for the Best of Show $1,500; and First Place $1,000 and Second Place $500 in each category
  • Invitation to the Artists' Awards Reception
  • Two complimentary reservations to the gala ($550 value), and recognition at the event
  • Recognition in the event catalog, in select advertisements, on the event invitation and on the Camp Fire website

Catholic Foundation's 13th Annual Art Competition: A Year on the Plaza
$2500 first prize, plus your work will be on the Plaza Wall for one year. 
$250 Honorable Mentions.
Deadline:  August 23, 2018 at 3PM
Your work does not have to have a religious theme. 
For Full Details on Competition, Click Here.

The Catholic Foundation Plaza is a unique 3,900 square foot public space located at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe,  2215 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas. The Plaza is located at the corner of Flora and Crockett Streets, directly across from the Meyerson Symphony Hall. The Plaza is in a highly visible location to visitors to The Dallas Arts District and is also one of the sites on the "Public Art Walk Dallas."

The submission should include:
  • The original artwork
  • A professional resume and a letter explaining how your entry will  relate to the Plaza and the Arts District
  • Submissions MUST be 9 2/3 inches high and 28 inches long (the actual wall is 9 feet by 8 inches tall and 28 feet long.) These requirements exist to fit the exact proportion of the wall.
    The winning work will be photographed and installed on the Art Wall. The Catholic Foundation will be responsible for the enlargement, fabrication and installation of the design selected. The work selected will be unveiled on the plaza art wall in Fall 2018.
Please Note: 2018 Submission Requirements:
No photography or computer generated art will be accepted. 

For additional information about The Catholic Foundation, call 972.661.9792 or visit

Third Coast National Biennial Juried Exhibition
Location:  K Space Contemporary,  415D Starr Street , Corpus Christi, TX 78401 - phone  361-887-6834
Entry Deadline: July 10, 2018.
Exhibition: Sept 7-Oct 5, 2018.
Exhibition of contemporary art open to artists age 18+ living in the USA. Entries must be original works of art completed in the l ast 2 years and not previously exhibited at K Space. All media accepted. 
$2500 in Cash Awards.
Entry Fee: $40 for 1-3 works of art; $5 per each additional entry. 
Juror TBA. 
Enter online through our website. 
K Space Contemporary is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting contemporary art Corpus Christi, TX.

VAL's FRESH IDEAS 2018 Juried Show
Visual Art League of Lewisville ("VAL") Texas 
DEADLINE: Wednesday, July 25th, 2018, 1:00 AM Central Daylight Time (all subsequent times here are CDT).
The exhibition is open to all visual artists who reside in Texas.
Location:  Medical City of Lewisville Grand Theater art gallery in Lewisville, Texas
Exhibition:  August 4th through September 8th, 2018. 
Entry Fee ( NON-Member - Fresh Ideas 2018): $70.00
Entry Fee ( MEMBERS rate - Fresh Ideas 2018): $35.00
Artists may submit up to three (3) pieces for consideration. Submissions of entries into the show will be via and must meet the requirements of that site for size and type of image that is accepted.
The non-refundable entry fee is $70 for non-members of VAL, which includes one year's membership and $35 for VAL members for a maximum of three (3) pieces of work. 
How to become a member of VAL, Check Here.
Membership forms to join VAL can be found Here.   
Awards:   1st Place Winner will receive a cash prize of $800 and a solo show in summer 2019 at the MCL Grand art gallery in Lewisville, TX. 2nd Place $400. 3rd Place $250. Four Honorable Mentions $100 each. People's Choice Award $100.
Juror:  Brenda W yatt
Brenda Wyatt is a Texas printmaker, collage and fiber artist. Since 2008, she has been chair of the Keller Public Arts Board, where she coordinates monthly exhibits, art competitions and sculpture acquisitions for the fast-growing suburb of Fort Worth. A graduate in art from Illinois State University, she taught art in Southlake and Keller schools for 18 years. A longtime member of Dallas Area Fiber Artists Guild. Wyatt is the owner, designer of "Altar Angels Arts", liturgical vestments and hangings. She has recently judged shows in Fort Worth, Abiliene, Southlake, and Grapevine.
VAL's web site is  and the organization's email address is

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