Vision News and Updates                          June , 2019

Merging Visions Exhibition Reception: 
June 7, 6 - 8pm at the PAAC
Artists, download your printable exhibit card  Click here.
Calendar and Instructions for Artists,  Click Here.

Merging Visions, a collaborative exhibit of art and poetry, will open with a reception 6:00- 8:00 pm, June 7 at the Patterson-Appleton Art Center (PAAC) 400 E. Hickory Street in Denton. 
The event is free and open to the public. 

The fun-filled reception will provide opportunities to view the art paired with poetry, participate in a drawing for vintage glass, porcelain and ceramic swans from the estate of Mary Smith Williamson as well as join in a silent auction for 6" x 6" paintings by artists from the Visual Arts Society of Texas (VAST) and poets from the Denton Poets Assembly (DPA). 

The Merging Visions Exhibit will be open for viewing in the Meadows Gallery at the PA-AC, June 7 - September 14.  Gallery hours: Tues, Wed., Fri., Sat.  11:00 am - 5:00 pm, Th. 11:00 am - 9:00 pm. The gallery is closed Sunday and Monday. The public is invited to vote on which artist and poet they think best paired their works. The three paired works receiving the most votes will be awarded the "2019 People's Choice Award."
A limited number of "Collections XI" catalogs will be available for purchase for $20 at the Festival Hall desk in the PA-AC. 
---Becca Hines, Jo Williams

The Greater Denton Arts Council is Sponsoring a Summer
Merging Visions Workshop Series

Join us and the community for three fun evenings this summer!
Merging Visions  Workshop Series
June 13, July 11, and August 8
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
Join members of VAST and the Denton Poets' Assembly to celebrate the Merging Visions exhibition through 3 workshops that unite visual and literary artistic expression.  
June 13: Triple Your Fun: Poetry, Origami, and Gelli Printing
Make an origami crane, gelli print a book cover, and bind a small journal with Olivia Walker and Carol Rowley before Beth Honeycutt leads you in a poetic exploration of your experience to accompany your newly created works of art.

July 11: Creative Recycling: Torn Paper Collage
This hands-on workshop will begin by tearing things apart and end by putting them back together in new configurations. Participants will take home a frameable work of recycled watercolor art and a new poem created in a fun, fast, easy evening of paper, glue and play.
Activities led by Nel byrd Dorn, Christine Irving and Becca Hines.
August 8: Representing Words with Marks, Found Poetry, and Concrete Poetry
Experience language in new ways. In this workshop, you will have the chance to interpret, redefine, and reform words through three different activities that will have you playing with gestural mark making, word searches, and linguistic arrangements.
Activities led by Gail Williamson Cope, Beth Honeycutt and Richard Schinzel.
For Information on Participating Artists and Poets, click here.
For more information, contact Sara Greenberg
Education Coordinator
400 E. Hickory Street | Denton Texas | 76201  | (940) 382-2787

VAST Member Exhibition coming up! 
Hope you are making art!

Our Member Exhibition Take-In is July 9 at UNT on the Square. Reception to be Friday, July 19th. One piece per artist, but you can bring in 2 pieces for juror to choose from.
Look on website, under exhibitions for details!

Enter to be in the 2020 VAST Calendar Now!
Calendar deadline is June 1 (midnight.)

Entry is $20 for two pieces for calendar. If you
renewed membership prior to April 30, you do not pay the fee.
Images for the VAST Calendar can submitted to by June 1st. 
Images must be 300 dpi and 1800 pixels for the longer side. Please submit the file labeled as ... last name_first initial_name_of_painting.jpg  

Images that are sent in and don't meet these requirements will not be accepted. 

Include n ame and phone number,  size of art, medium, and price in your email to
Questions: Contact Mindy Faubion, VAST Vice President (

Congratulations to Carolyn Johnson, 
VAST's 2018/2019 Artist of the Year

Deborah Boschert won the special small show for the month of May. Congrats!

These are Your 2019/2020 Board Members for VAST.
Please let us know if you have suggestions, especially for workshops, or if you'd like to help!

Executive Board:
President:   Barbara Lindley,
Vice President, Programs:   Robin Huttash,                                   
Vice President, Exhibitions:   Mindy Faubion,   
Secretary:   Mary Carol Schaedel,
Treasurer:   Carol Rowley,
Martha Samaniego Calderon,  Aurora Dawson,  Mindy Faubion,  Robin Huttash,  Kimberly Karl,
Barbara Lindley,  Ana Lopez Bonnie Merritt,  Mandy Metts,  Patricia Reinke,  Carol Rowley,  Nancy Sanchez,  Mary Carol Schaedel,  Ingrid Scobie, Carol Stoecker,  Mary Wright           

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.

Our Deepest Condolences to member Isabel Cano, on the loss of her beloved Russell Welch. He will be missed by so many.
Calendar Artist for June

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
Carol Henry is exhibiting through June.
"As an artist, I hope to to create art that inspires people on a daily basis. The horse seems to capture many of the inspirational elements of life as does nature and color. My love of horses and nature is endless. Color is another vital aspect of broadening a creative mind and soul. Make your personal art decisions focus on colors that are stimulating to you."
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

"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 
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, phone 940.442.1251
Check and  here for classes.
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
400 E. Hickory Street, Denton, TX 76201 
Gough Gallery:
Play Hard or Go Home
May 30 - August 31
Play Hard or Go Home is a large-scale  interactive self-portrait installation of over 1,600 books and family memories by Los Angeles based artist Chrystal McConnell. McConnell created the work to help her better understand her own life experiences and what she calls a "daunting childhood" that "held unresolved issues" for her.  McConnell uses found objects, discarded and abandoned materials from antique stores, thrift stores, used book sales, and library sales. These once discarded objects reflect her own historical foundation of abandonment and unresolved issues.

Meadows Gallery: 
Between exhibits.
Festival Hall
Envision: The Fiber Works of Ginger Cochran
May 30 - August 24
Reception:  Thursday, May 30, 6-8 PM
For more information: 

Texas Woman's University Art Galleries
East Gallery and West Gallery 
Wish You Were Here - 2019 Edition 
June 15 - July 28 
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 15, 5-7pm 
For more information:
University of North Texas Art Galleries
University of North Texas Art Gallery
Abounding Dignity: Selections from the Permanent Collection
June 11 to July 27
Jul 15 2019 - 5:30pm to Aug 7 2019 - 5:30pmFor more information:   
UNT on the Square
Work displayed by current UNT ceramic students. 
June 7 -  July 6 
VAST Annual Membership Exhibition
July 15 - August 7

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.                  
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 :  

Craighead Green Gallery CALL FOR ENTRIES 
New Texas Talent XXVI exhibition
New Texas Talent is designed to introduce and promote emerging visual artists in the commercial market.  
2019 Juror: Caleb Bell
No Entry Fee: Suggested $5 donation to EASL (Emergency  Artist Support League) may be sent to 1011 Dragon St. Dallas, TX  75207, payable to EASL.
Submission Deadline: June 4
Selectees Notified: July 2
Art Delivery: July 23 - 26
Exhibit Opens: August 3 
For Full Information,  Click Here.

Sixth Annual Artspace111 Regional Juried Exhibition  Call For Entries  
Entries Due May 26 
Juror: Hilde Nelson, the Curatorial Assistant for Contemporary Art at the DMA 
Exhibition Dates: June 22 - July 20 
Opening reception: June 22
Awards: $4000 will be awarded to the best works in the show, and the first prize will include the opportunity to exhibit at Artspace111 in a separate solo or group exhibition in 2019 - 2020. 
To enter and view  Prospectus.

JN Long Cultural Arts Complex is hosting the 
6th Annual  People's Choice  Arts, Photography and Artisans Show and Sale.
Open to all interested artists, photographers  and  artisans. 
Cash prizes and ribbons will be given. 
Entry dates: Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  at J.N. Long Cultural Arts Complex, 425 Granbury Street, Cleburne, Texas  
Show and Sale will open for public viewing and voting Sat., June 15 - Sat., July 27 
Awards Ceremony and Artist Reception: Saturday, July 27 at 1:00 p.m.
All entries must be picked up after the reception on Saturday, July 27
Guidelines, Rules and Entry Forms are available online at
or c ontact phone number is 817 641-4908 

Cottonwood Art Festival,  Fall 2019 
October 5-6, 2019
Location: Cottonwood Park, Richardson, Texas (South)
Fee (Cottonwood Application Fee):  $30.00
Cottonwood Art Festival is located in Richardson, Texas, just seconds from Dallas, where artists exhibit their work  among towering  oaks with lakeside beauty. This  award winning  event has  been  ranked  one of the best fine art festivals in the nation. 

Texas Visual Artists Association's "Hot Child In the City; August Abstracted" 
Call for Entries
Location:  TVAA Gallery, 700 North Pearl Street, Suite H106, Dallas TX 75201
Curator:  Deborah Hartigan Viestenz
Cash awards for Best in Show and 1st place
Enter up to three works. TVAA member $30, nonmember $45
Submission Deadline: Friday, July 12th @ midnight
Acceptance Notification: Friday, July 19th
Show Description:  "Hot Child In the City; August Abstracted"
Embrace the summer heat and show us your abstract offspring. Reflect on your feelings, frame of mind and emotions during the hottest month of the year. No boundaries are set, nothing is right or wrong; this is the artists' exhibit-express yourself. With one caveat... a brief statement must accompany each submission and will be displayed with the accepted art...the only boundary for this is that it must be a minimum of one word and cannot exceed one paragraph.
For Full Information and Entry: Click here.

The Lone Star Nature Art Competition is back! 
Presented by Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park, Dallas, this competition and exhibition  features  the work of artists from across the great state of Texas.  
Online submissions deadline:  July 31.
Exhibition Dates: September 27 - October 20
Judges representing and picked by Texas Discovery Gardens, including Discovery Gallery Curator Brenda McKinney, will choose winners and runner-ups. 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, and Honorable Mention ribbons will be awarded to the top entries. Best of Show will receive a $500 Grand Prize. 
Entry Fee: $25 per entry.

  For More:

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