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Mid-March, 2015
VAST Sponsored Workshop 
Junanne Peck Presents:   "Monotype and the Spontaneous Mark"
Workshop Dates: May 5-7 
Don't Delay, Minimum Spots Need to be Filled in Order for Workshop to Take Place!

We have had several requests for multimedia workshops, and this artist was highly recommended by one of our members. The deadline is drawing near and there are only three people signed up so far. We must have a minimum of nine by April 5th to cover the artist's fees or we are forced to cancel. 

Thanks, Kristin 

VAST Workshop Chair


MONOTYPE and the Spontaneous Mark

Akua Demo Artist Junanne Peck Workshop May 5-7, 2015

Where: Center for Visual Arts, Denton (corner of Hickory and Bell) 

Time: 9:30 - 4:00, with a one hour lunch break

Cost: VAST Members: $165; Non-Members $200


Contact: Kristin Spalding at or

(214) 578-0357


Monotypes are one-of-a-kind prints using simple techniques. The classes will provide a basic introduction to the use of the etching press with the introduction of the pin press in creating multi-layered monotypes. Artists will produce a printing plate from an original drawing or design and will become familiar with printmaking processes, tools, and techniques using non-toxic waterbased Akua inks. Drypoint and stencils will be explored. Emphasis will be on color, visual texture, line and composition. 


Lady of the Mysteries, monotype

Mark making is a term used to describe the different lines, patterns, and textures we create in an artwork. It applies to any art material(s) we use on any surface(s), not only paint on canvas or pencil on paper. A dot made with a pencil, a line created with a pen, a swirl painted with a brush, these are all types of mark making.

We will also explore Printmaking with foliage natural to the area and Compost Printmaking. Instruction and demonstration will be given on each techniqueWith generous Open Studio time and non-toxic inks and solvents, printmaking has something for Artist of all skill levels.

Printmaking is not a static process and the journey of printmaking is an ever evolving and changing process.


Workshop provides:                                Participants Provide:

Tools for Mark making                                Apron

Brayers                                                     Notebook (note taking)

Pin Press Etching Press                               

Akua Intaglio Inks                                    

Plexi for matrix

Xacto knife / sissors

Etching needle

Some paper provided 


Extra Paper can be purchased at the workshop.


la puerta abierta, monotype

Junanne Peck is an interdisciplinary artist, with printmaking as her primary art form. Peck is a Demo Artist for Akua Ink (

She is a seasoned educator and Teaching artist in the DFW area. 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.


Visit Junanne at:

Merging Visions Critical Dates

Merging Visions Exhibition

April 23-May 29

Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts

Reception: 5:30-7:30pm


Now due artists and poets statements (50 -100 words) to Beth Honeycutt at


April 13, 2015 Delivery of all art work to the Patterson-Appleton Center for Visual Arts 10am to 12 Noon & 4pm to 7pm

April 16 - 18 Installation of poetry and art
April 23 Opening Reception 5:30 to 7:30
June 1 All work to be picked up -  10am to 12 Noon & 4pm to 7pm


VADO Dates Rescheduled

The following are the 2015 VAST Workshops and corresponding VADO substitutions:

  • May 5-7, Junanne Peck Printmaking Workshop, VADO (5/7) is rescheduled to May 14.
  • August 5-6, Gary Chapman Charcoal Drawing Workshop, VADO (8/6) is rescheduled to August 13.
  • October 6-8, Carolyn Reigelman Acrylic Workshop doesn't interfere with VADO schedule.


Serve Denton; Exhibit Your Art and Benefit Others

We still need VAST artists to share work for the Wheeler House. We will be hanging work on Saturday, March 21, 10:00 am, at 821 North Elm Street. The work should be cheerful, up-lifting, and suitable for children. 

If you are interested, please email your images to Jo Williams, Send title, size, medium, and price. Work will be rotated in approximately three months.

This is a unique opportunity to share our art in a place where it will greatly enrich the lives of members of our community who are facing huge challenges. The Wheeler House will be home to Serve Denton, Health Services of North Texas, and a Downtown Bike Patrol substation.

You are invited to the grand opening of Wheeler House on March 28th.


Greater Denton Arts Council 


Volunteers Needed for March 27, 6-9pm

VAST members have been invited to participate in an all night arts event at the Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts. The event is scheduled March 27, 6:00 pm - March 28, 9:00 am.


Anyone who would like to demonstrate for an hour or so anytime between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm., please contact Jo Williams, The more the merrier!

So far, we have the following signed up:


Isabel Cano: Oil Pastels

Lorraine Hayes, Carol Rowley: Gelli printing. 

Participation invited. We could use a few more volunteers to help with Gelli printing if you have experience.

Jo Williams: Watercolor

Deanna Wood: Encaustic


Art Appreciation Reception Invitation 

Extended to VAST Members

I would like to invite you and all of your VAST members to the Appreciation Reception to recognize the fourth grade students and their art teachers that participated in Texas Native Plant Art Exhibition 2014. The students from five elementary schools created beautiful paintings of Texas native plants. The award winning pieces will be displayed at the reception. I think you and your members would enjoy seeing the artwork and I hope to see you there.  


Texas Native Plant Art Appreciation Reception  
March 24, 2015
Emily Fowler Central Library
   (502 Oakland St., Denton, Texas)
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Thank you,


Marilyn Blanton
Project manager
Texas Native Plant Art Exhibition 2014


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Please contact our Sunshine Committee Chair if you know of anyone who needs well wishes sent or thoughts of sympathy.

Millie Johnson is the chairperson for the Visual Arts Society of Texas' Sunshine Committee.  Please contact Millie at: or 940.387.7688 

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2014-2015 Monthly Programs

April 2   Julie Mortillano, collage
May 7  Dotty Zamora, encaustic
Meetings are held at the Center for the Visual Arts, 400 East Hickory St, Denton, TX.

7:00 - 9:00 pm

Members: Free
Guests: $3 
2014-2015 VAST Membership Levels

$15 - Student 

$25 - Educator*
$35 - Individual
$45 - Family
$50 - Mary Cassatt
$125 - Rembrandt
$250 - Georgia O'Keefe
$500 - Picasso
$750 - Leonardo
$1000 - Michelangelo
$3000 - Renoir
$5000 - Van Gogh

Make checks payable to
VAST; mail to VAST, PO
Box 1281, Denton, TX


*Educator level of
membership entitles
teachers to bring
students with them to
any monthly meeting with
guest fees waived. 
Teachers planning to
bring more than 5 students
to any meeting are requested
to contact Jo Williams through
so the Hospitality
Committee can plan to
have enough refreshments
on-hand at the meeting.
2014/2015 VAST 
Artist Day Out

March 5

March 19

April 2

April 16

May 14

May 21


VADO is a day where members may come paint at the CVA from 9:15am - 3pm, approximately two mornings a month.  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: 
PO Box 1281
Denton, TX 76202