Vision News                                                 May, 2020

From VAST President, Barbara Lindley

VAST like many other programs, jobs, and plans has somewhat been on hold for the last couple of months. However, the time has come to move forward with some uncertainty.  We are not sure exactly what the next few months will look like but we do know that we will continue to work on programs for the visual arts. Opportunities to learn, present and share through ZOOM are being explored. We hope to expand our offering with online opportunities that will reach you in your homes. Our May monthly meeting this week Wednesday, will be held by Zoom. Please look below for the instructions.

This year it is even more important to be sure that your annual membership has been paid. If you renew by May 31, you will have free entry into our VAST Calendar. See the article and instructions below to renew and enter the exhibition.

The Members Exhibition and 125 Mile Exhibit are scheduled for the fall, so continue to do your best art and be ready. Merging Visions, the collaboration between VAST and DPA will be held online in August with a summary view at our September members meeting.  Don't forget the calendar art should be submitted June 15. The   Something Extra Exhibit  at TWU scheduled for the summer is canceled. The TWU galleries are closed. Stephen Zhang workshop will be held at Beulah Acres on May 25-27.

Traditionally we elect board members in May. Since this year is not like any other year, it is the plan to hold the election by default. That means that the slate of candidates will be presumed to be elected unless enough email "Nay's" are received. Please reply to this newsletter to vote any "Nay" votes. 

The nominating committee has met and is offering the following recommendations for board service. 

2nd three year terms: 
Kimberly Karl
Ingrid Scobie

New Board Members:
Pam Livingston, Treasurer
Jennifer Way
Blake Weldt 
Dina Good
VAST 2019/2020 Speaker Schedule - Wednesday, May 6.
We are set up to "Zoom" with  Stephen Zhang at 7pm, 
for a presentation on Watercolor Landscapes. 

On Wednesday, May 6th at 7 pm, we will have our VAST monthly meeting via Zoom. Zoom is a way to communicate using your phone or computer to communicate with others on their computer. Stephen Zhang will be presenting "Watercolor Landscapes."

Members, first you will need to download the Zoom app (which is free) from Make sure you do this before the meeting starts so you don't have to worry about getting it downloaded the day of the meeting. Once the app is downloaded it will look like a small blue film camera on your computer or phone.  

Click this meeting URL: and follow the prompts. 

1.  Click on the zoom icon.
2.  The zoom app will open and will ask if you want to join a meeting. Click or hit "Join a Meeting."
3.  Once you click or hit join a meeting, you will go to a page that has a place to enter the   Meeting ID: 914 0209 4386 
4.  Enter your meeting ID and click or hit join. You will then be in the meeting. Make sure that your video camera is on and your audio is off during the presentation.  If you have a question you would like to ask Stephen, type it in the chat box (to open the chat box, wand over the bottom of your screen with the mouse and click on the Chat icon). There will be a question and answer period at the end of the presentation.  
5. We have some help if this is your first time to Zoom. On VAST's Facebook  (Visual Arts Society of Texas)  there is a post for the Stephen Zhang meeting with some simpl e instructions and a video, that contains a link that members can click and it will automatically check their system. Please check them out!

For our organization on Facebook, google "Visual Arts Society of Texas" on Facebook search bar or  Click Here.
This is the facebook post where you can find more help.  

About Stephen Zhang: 
Born in China, Stephen Zhang graduated from Luxun Academy of Fine Arts and later received his MFA from UNT. Stephen has been painting in watercolor for over 30 years under the tutelage of his father Defu Zhang and the late Professor Rob Erdle. 
Stephen's work has been awarded by Signature American Wa term edia International Exhibition, Watermedia Showcase, Watercolor USA, and Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Watercolor West, Splash, Art Olympia (Japan ), and Chinese National Art Exhibition. He has been featured in American Art Collector,
International Artist, Watercolor Artist, the Art of Watercolor. and Pratique Des Arts. 

To see more about Stephen Zhang's art,

This meeting is being Zoomed, but our normal meeting location is the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400  East Hickory St, Denton, TX. 
Free for Members       Guests: $5 
Our VAST Membership Drive is on!
Renew your membership by May 31 and you will get free entry into the VAST Calendar Competition. 
To renew or join, download  Membership Form here.

2020-2021 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
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, 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
Upcoming Exhibitions
Join or Renew Membership and get free entry into the 
VAST Calendar Competition.

For free entry pay your membership dues by May 31. Prospectus will be listed shortly;  entries  are due  June 15th! Entries can be sent to  

Fall exhibition dates for the VAST Member Exhibition and the 125 Mile Show are scheduled for October 2 - December 15. Each show will be up for five weeks. Prospectus will be forthcoming.

Notice of cancellation: Something Extra Exhibit at TWU in the summer. The TWU Galleries are closed.
North Texas Giving Tuesday Now - May 5th
So many are in need, please help where you can! 

On North Texas Giving Tuesday Now, (May 5) you can support our community and the nonprofits who are providing food, shelter and medical services. 

For Full Details:
Please consider donating to some of the following nonprofits on or before May 5th:
What can you fill your time with?
ART, Plenty of Art!
Pandemic, yes, but many galleries and art museums have opened up and given us free video access to the art within! 
All from the convenience of your couch. Check the websites and explore. 

Visit the Guggenheim From Home
Although our catalytic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building is temporarily closed, the Guggenheim continues on as a virtual community committed to igniting ideas, discussion and creativity.  Discover some of the many ways to engage with the Guggenheim Museum's iconic art and architecture no matter where you are. 

Tour the building  HERE.
Recently designated a part of a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Guggenheim Museum is considered to be architect  Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece. Scroll through the photos below while listening to our audio guide, created with the podcast  99% Invisible, to experience the iconic structure.

Enjoy more audio guides to the museum, its exhibitions, and its collection on the Guggenheim Digital Guide, a part of the Bloomberg Connects app. Download it for free on the  Apple App Store or  Google Play StoreYou can also take a virtual tour of the Guggenheim Museum on  Google Arts & Culture .

Dallas Museum of Art
For A Dreamer of Houses Interactive Virtual Tour,  HERE.
Additional Tours at
Flores Mexicanas: Women in Modern Mexican Art,  HERE.

The DMA is collaborating with London-based experience and sound designer Yuri Suzuki to create a new work of art-a crowdsourced archive of sounds captured around the world during this global pandemic. The collected sounds from audio and video of life in this new era will be integrated into an interactive digital version of the work that Suzuki created for  speechless: different by design.
Sound of the Earth: The Pandemic Chapter will launch Monday, May 4 with the collective sounds of people around the world, promoting interactivity, fostering empathy, and-in this time of isolation-bridging the distance between us through the medium of sound.

Galleri Urbane
The Right Rituals,  József Csató
Online Exhibition at

Galleri Urbane is pleased to announce the gallery's second exclusive online exhibition,  The Right Rituals,  featuring the work of József Csató. Based in Budapest, the newly represented artist presents his first solo exhibition with an American gallery after exhibiting extensively across Hungary, Austria, and Germany.  The Right Rituals  is comprised of ten paintings, including works ranging from 2018 to many new works completed in recent weeks. With a distinct style that seemingly fuses figurative, still life, and narrative painting, Csató invites viewers into an imaginary universe containing a cast of whimsical characters.

Through the ten canvases in  The Right Rituals,  viewers are granted access to Csató's limitless imagination. Given this access and the ability to construct one's own perception of the artist's otherworldly settings, viewers are also provided a chance to expand on their own imaginative potential.

József Csató  lives and works in Budapest, Hungary. He completed his studies in the painting department of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts (MKE) in the class of Dóra Maurer in 2006. He is a three-time recipient of the honorable Gyula Derkovits Scholarship, receiving the award from 2013-2015. In 2013, he also received the prominent Esterhazy Prize, a national award for Hungarian artists. Csató completed an artist residency at Krinzinger Gallery (A) - AIR program in 2017 and his work has been exhibited in many group and solo exhibitions across Europe including Budapest, Vienna, Berlin, Stuttgart, Düsseldorf, Nürnberg and Copenhagen. His works can be found in Hungarian and International private and institutional collections.

Now go... and check into any and all museums and galleries!

Congratulations to the High School Art Competition Winners

So many fine works were submitted. Art instructors filled in for students that weren't able to attend.

Drawing category winner,
Yovanna Ortiz Hernandez,

Painting winner,
Victor Matute,  Wilson Makia

Photography winner, 
Liv Hendrick,  Toe the Line

Sculpture/Ceramics winner,
Natalie Rameriz,  Face
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 

Calendar Artist for May

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

Paintings & Photographs by Darla Bostick at Blue House Too Gallery

Darla Bostick's exhibition at the Blue House Too Gallery in Allen has been e xtended through May 31, 2020.
The show features artwork and photos from Darla's extensive international travels.
For more about Darla, see her website

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
Artists Debbie Beauchamp, Carolyn Johnson and Bobbie Windle are currently exhibiting their work

Coordinator for exhibit: Carol Stoecker 
If  you are interested in showing, please contact her at
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

"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 
This exhibition space is currently under construction.
Carol Stoecker is the coordinator for this exhibition. If you are interested in showing, please contact her at

Art Around Town

Oak Street Studio and Gallery
227 W. Oak Street, Denton, TX
"A Creative Art Studio and Gallery" on Facebook.

Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
400 E. Hickory Street, Denton, TX 76201 

Gough Gallery:
Meadows Gallery: 
Festival Hall: 
The building is currently closed.

Denton ISD Secondary Schools Online Art Show
Gallery 2,  More wonderful art!
April 23
We are doing the High School Art Show a little different this year. Since we are hosting it online, we are not limited to our space! So we have invited the middle schools to participate in a Secondary School Art Show. Discover the works of talented, emerging artists in our community featuring the recent works of Denton Independent School District high & middle school school art students.
For more information:  

Texas Woman's University Art Galleries
East Gallery and West Gallery  
University of North Texas Art Galleries
CVAD Gallery
Paul Voertman Gallery
For more information:   
Follow VAST on Instagram through "vastartsinsta".
Yes, We are on Facebook as well.
Search for "Visual Arts Society of Texas" on Facebook or use the link.   Link to VAST Facebook Page.
2019-2020 Speaker Series      

The VAST Speaker Series starts in September.
September 4  - Christie Wood, owner "History of Stained Glass in Denton, Texas"
October 2 - Umut Demirguc, Needle Felting
November 6 - Sudeep Kumar, International Urban Sketchers and Plein Air drawing
December 4 - VASTFest: Come meet many VAST artists and do some holiday shopping. 
January 8 - Randall Good, Presentation of his "old masters" style of art which is influenced by Italian Renaissance and Mannerist period. Randall will demonstrate the process of Gold Leafing.
February 5 - Beverly Boren, Lecture and Watercolor Demonstration (Beverly will also conduct a watercolor workshop February 3, 4 and 5.
March 4 -  High School Art Competition - Mindy Faubion and Gail Cope will spe ak on "Off the Wall" -  things to do with your art besides hanging it on the wall
April 1  TBD
May 6 - Stephen Zhang, presentation and demo on watercolor

Meetings 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 

2020-2021 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, 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 :  

Craighead Green Gallery Presents 
New Texas Talent XXVII Online Exhibition - Call for entries
With everything going on in the world and while we all stay home and stay safe, we at Craighead Green Gallery are looking forward to our very first, ONLINE ONLY NEW TEXAS TALENT juried exhibition. 
2020 Juror: Giovanni Valderas, Exhibition Manager at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center
FREE entry!
A state-wide juried exhibiti on conceived to introduce & promote emerging artists.
For ELIGIBILITY, DETAILS and SUBMISSIONS, visit our page here:
New Texas Talent Submissions

opened in 1992 and has grown to be recognized as one of the top galleries in the local, regional, and national contemporary art community. The Craighead Green Gallery represents over fifty established and emerging artists . 

Craighead Green Gallery | 1011 Dragon Street, Dallas, TX 75207
50th Annual Juried Art Show at the Goddard Center

Location:  Charles B. Goddard Center,  401 1st Ave SW - Ardmore, OK
Juror: Katherine Liontas-Warren, Professor of Art at Cameron University, Oklahoma
Entries will be accepted May 26-30, during regular hours of operation. 
Fee: $20. Participants are limited to 4 entries.
Cash prizes of $1700 will be awarded. The first-place winner will also receive a lobby exhibition of their work to be scheduled at the Goddard Center during the next Juried Art Exhibit.
580.226.0909 -

Artspace111 C all for Entries:   7 th Annual   Texas Juried Exhibition
Juror: Kristen Gaylord, Assistant Curator of Photographs at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.  
Exhibition Dates: June 27 - July 25
Deadline:  May 18
A total of $5000 will be awarded to the best works in show.
First prize will include the opportunity to exhibit at Artspace111 in a separate solo or group exhibition in 2020-2021.

Weatherford Art Association Presents
Peach Festival ART Competition - Call for Entries
Exhibition Dates: June 11 thru July 25,  Doss Museum, 1400 Texas Drive, Weatherford.
2020 Prospectus and entry form:
Cash Awards in all Categories for Adults & Students,  People's Choice Award 
Registration at the Doss Museum  Doss Heritage & Cultural Center,  1400 Texas Drive,  Weatherford, TX                            
Thursday, June 4th 4 pm - 7 pm              
Saturday, June 6th 10 am - 1 pm 
Pick up Artwork  July 28th
Limit: TWO entries per artist
Entry Fees: $20 per art piece, Students $5 per art piece. 
Juror:  Patrick Saunders,  National Artist seen in Southwest Art, Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America, Laguna Plein Air Painters, the Portrait Society of America.   

The Peach Festival Competition is an Annual Event in the City of Weatherford.  The Show is held at the  Categories include both 2D and 3D art along with Student Competition ages Kindergarten through 12th grade.  

Cynthia Neverdousky. Email:

57th Annual Member Exhibition
of the Southwestern Watercolor Society
Exhibition Dates: September 2  October 3, 2020
Location: Blue House Too Gallery, 988 Village Green Drive, Allen, TX 75013
Deadline: June 30,  1:59 pm CST. 
Juror: Steve Rogers
Entry Fees:   $45.00 is due for the submission of up to three paintings. Entry fees must be paid online through the call for entry (CaFE) website
Awards:  Over $8,000 in cash and merchandise will be awarded

Applying is a three- stage process: upload your paintings at 
My Portfolio,  apply to the SWS Annual Member Exhibition at  Apply to Calls , and then complete and pay your entry fee at  Checkout.
Eligibility:   The SWS Annual Member Exhibition is open to all SWS members in good standing. Membership dues for 2020-21 must be paid by using either PayPal (the preferred method) at  under the  Join  drop down menu, or by check sent to SWS Treasurer Pam Wilson at 8405 Ardsley Place, McKinney, TX, 75072.

For More:

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