Early Start! Meeting will begin at 6:45 pm on Wednesday.

Vision News and Updates                            Octo ber, 2017
Meetings are now the first Wednesdays of the month.
We have a new start time - 6:45pm. Guest fees are $5.

October VAST Meeting
Wednesday, October 4 , 6:45-9 pm
VAST 2017/2018 Speaker Series: 
Ana M. Lopez - metalsmith, educator and decorative arts scholar 

Attic Turbine Vent (shoulder broach
Ana M. Lopez's  creative work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, receiving a juror's award from the 2016 Refined exhibition. Other recent exhibitions include Celebrating Women in Art EducationTaiwan International Metal Crafts Competition and the solo show Metalphors at The Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts Galleries. 

Ana Lopez is the author of the reference book  Metalworking Through History: An Encyclopedia , published by Greenwood Press, as well as numerous other scholarly articles. She served as juror for the 2015 Materials Hard & Soft national craft exhibition and has lectured extensively on her own work including as a presenter at the 2017 Society of North American Goldsmiths conference. 

Lopez holds an MFA in Metalsmithing from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and an MA in the History of American Decorative Arts from The Smithsonian Associates and
Air Diffuser 1: Commemoration
Parsons School of Design. She is currently Associate Professor and Area Coordinator of Metalsmithing & Jewelry at the University of North Texas where she also teaches "The History of Craft."

Vienna Hydrant and Bollards (necklace)

Meetings are held at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 East Hickory St, Denton, TX.
Next Meeting: (New time!)
November 1, 6:45 - 9:00 pm
Members: Free, Guests: $5

Support VAST by Purchasing Calendars 
Filled with VAST Artists' Work!
The 2018 VAST desktop calendars are for sale. October 4 will be one of two tax free nights, so the calendars will be $10 each, instead of the usual price of $11. S econd tax free night will be December meeting at VASTFEST.

Beautiful and great for Holiday gift giving!

125-Mile Exhibition
Deadline:  November 10, 2017   All Entries due by midnight. 
Payment, digitals and entry form
are online only. Find the online entry form:http://vastarts.org/prospectus_125-mile-exhibition/                       

Artist: Gary Uribe, Nature
2017 Corky Stuckenbruck Best of Show Award
Deanna Wood will be available at the meeting to help with 125-Mile online entries. Bring your images on a flash drive for help with uploading. Or come with questions about preparing images of your artwork.

January 13 - February 24, 2018

Opening Reception: January 12, 2018
Gough Gallery
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
400 E. Hickory St., Denton, TX, 76201
Best of Show $750
Total Awards $3550
Additional Merchandise Awards
Juror: Cynthia Hurt
Cynthia Hurt, artist, and writer received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of North Texas in 1977. She is a tenured Associate Professor of Art at Tarrant County College North East Campus in Hurst, Texas. Since 1977 she has exhibited at the Dallas Museum of Art, Longview Museum of Art, Arlington Museum of Art, as well as Laguna Gloria Art Museum and many other locations in Texas.
Her writing is published in Art Papers, Art Lies, Sculpture Magazine, and in exhibition brochures at the University of Texas at Arlington and The John Berggruen Gallery in San Francisco.

November 10, 2017   All Entries due by midnight. Payment, digitals and entry form
are online  only. Find the online entry form:http://vastarts.org/prospectus_125-mile-exhibition/    
November 26, 2017   Notifications emailed to artist.
January 3, 2018   Juried Work delivered to the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center at  10 am-noon  or
       4-7 pm
January 12, 2018   Reception 5:30-7:30pm, Awards Presentation 6:30pm
February 24, 2018   Exhibition closes at 5pm
February 26, 2018   Return of Work to Artists, 10 am-noon or 4-7 pm

This calendar must be adhered to in its entirety and exceptions will not be made for any reason. Note: GDAC staff will not accept or return your work to you. VAST charges $5.00 per day for work left after specified deadlines for picking up exhibited work.

Online Entry Form or you can find it on the vastarts.org website.
CATALOG -  VAST publishes a catalog with  photographs  of all accepted work. Each artist will receive a copy of the catalog at the  opening  reception.

PURPOSE AND ELIGIBILITY -  The 125-Mile Exhibition was initiated in 2006 to establish a regional high quality juried art exhibition for artists living within a 125-mile radius of Denton, Texas to compete and show their work at the Gough Gallery in the P-AAC, 400 E. Hickory, Denton, TX 76201.

ELIGIBLE MEDIA -  2D and 3D work including painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, fiber, graphics, sculpture, ceramics, glass, jewelry, metalworking, and wood. No installations.

ARTWORK REQUIREMENTS -  All artwork must be original, not a copy of a painting or another image. No mechanical reproductions of original work. Only work completed in the last 36 months will be accepted.

  • Wall-mounted work must be framed and ready for secure installation:
  • framed work must have d-rings on the back stretched with braided wire (no saw-tooth hangers) -  fiber pieces/quilts must have a hanging apparatus able to hang from 1 or 2 nails (e.g. a rod pocket with dowel) - other wall-mounted pieces (glass, ceramic, metal, etc.) must have a secure hanging apparatus able to hang from 1 or 2 nails
  • Bumpers required for framed pieces
  • 40" maximum width dimension for 2D work
  • 70 lbs. maximum weight for 2D and 3D work 
  • White or off-white mats only
  • Works on canvas must either be framed or have clean, finished gallery-wrapped edges
  • Artist name and title of work must be clearly indicated on the back of the work
Work must not have been exhibited in any previous VAST juried exhibition. Solutions to difficult installations are the artist's responsibility and must be handled through VAST.

NOTE: VAST and the Juror reserve the right to reject any work that is not accurately represented by the digital image or is not in compliance with entry regulations. Accepted works may be subject to a second review at the request of the Juror. VAST and GDAC will not be held responsible for damage to work resulting from improper or inferior framing/presentation.

Artists may submit up to three entries at a non-refundable fee of $20/Students, $30/Members, and $35/Non-members. Only one artwork per person may be selected for the Exhibit.
Entries must be submitted online by midnight, November 10, 2017.

Tips for taking quality digital images may be found on our website:  http://vastarts.org/photographing-art/


Best of Show $750
Total cash and merchandise awards $3550
The 2018 exhibition will be held in the Gough Gallery in the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, located at 400 E. Hickory St., Denton, TX, 76201.

Deanna Wood, Vice President of Exhibitions
Visual Arts Society of Texas,  PO Box 1281,  Denton, TX 76202
This project is supported in part by:  Greater Denton Arts Council, P-AAC,  400 E. Hickory St., Denton, TX, 76201
Gallery Hours: 11 am - 5 pm, Tuesday - Friday and 1 pm - 5 pm, Saturday. 
The galleries are closed on Sundays and Mondays.

How to enter the 125-Mile Exhibition:

1. Go to http://vastarts.org/prospectus_125-mile-exhibition/
2. Read the prospectus and calendar. 
3. At the beginning and again at the end, you will see "To submit an entry for the 12th Annual
125-Mile Exhibition, click here."   Click to open the entry form. 
4. Enter your contact information. Click "Next Page: Entries"
5. Select the number of entries (you can enter up to 3). Enter the information about each piece
(title, medium, dimensions, date completed, price).
6. Upload your images. Be sure to follow the naming and size requirements. You can upload a
detail image for 3D or intricate pieces.
7. Choose entry level (student, member, or non-member), agree to terms.
8. You will be redirected to PayPal. Log in to your PayPal account and follow the directions. 
If you don't have a PayPal account and don't want to set one up, you can click on "Pay with Debit or Credit Card"  and you can enter your credit card and contact information.
9. After the transaction, if you click the "Return to Merchant" button, you will be returned to the
VAST site and should see a message  that says "Thanks for entering the 2018 VAST 125-Mile Exhibition. We have received your entry and will be in touch with you!"
10. You will receive a confirmation email from PayPal with your transaction information.
How to set up a PayPal account:

You will need an email address and a credit card (If you don't have a credit card, you can link PayPal to your bank account).
1. Go to paypal.com or download the PayPal App.
2. Complete the sign up form. You'll get a verification email. Click on the link in the email to
confirm your email address.
3. Add your credit card information to your account. (You can also add your bank account
information if you'd like, but that is not required).

NEW LOCATION for VAST Figure Drawing Group
Open to Members

VAST sponsors a monthly drawing session with a live model. This two hour open studio will have no instructor. The group is available to VAST members only. 

New location : Beulah Center at Global Spheres Center in Corinth.  
Address:  7801 S-I35  E, Corinth, TX 76210. This property includes the old Boeing two story office building. A map can be found here.

Each meeting will have both short and long poses. The model will be clothed. Participants will share the cost of the model.  All participants will be responsible for putting the room back in order.

Meeting day: U sually  the fourth Thursday of the month, however November and December are earlier in the month due to the holidays. See the schedule below:
Time:  10 AM to 12 Noon
2017 Dates: October 26, November 9, December 14
2018 Dates: January 25, February 22, March 22, April 26, May 24

Because studio space is limited, it will be necessary for interested artists to reserve a space. If you have not yet reserved your space, please contact Susan Boyle at:  susankboyle15@gmail.com, or leave a message at  940-387-4376.

Merging Visions 2018

Dates:  October 20 - November 24, 2018
Location: MCL Grand Theater,  Lewisville,TX
(MCL=Medical City Lewisville)
Although the 2018 Merging Visions Exhibit will not be until the fall of 2018, members of the Denton Poets' Assembly currently are submitting poetry to be considered by VAST members interested in the exhibit.  The poetry will be available for artists to review and select at the November 1 meeting of VAST.  

Poets also are interested in searching for possible pairings with VAST artists through their websites.  Make sure your site is listed correctly in the VAST directory.

Congrats, Lisa Daniels!

Artist, Lisa Daniels, was voted the 2016/2017 Artist of the Year. 

Congratulations to the September Mini Show Winners

First Place:  Perri Hamilton
Let's do Lunch, w atercolor

Second Place:  Lorraine Hayes
Sentinel, w atercolor

Millie Johnson is our Sunshine Chair
Please contact her at pairodocs25@yahoo.com or 940.387.7688 if you know of a member who needs well wishes sent or thoughts of sympathy.

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.

2017 Calendar Focus - October

Members in the News
Please submit news of exhibitions that you are involved in to news.vast@gmail.com 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
Mary Simon will have her work on exhibit through  Thanksgiving.
Coordinator for exhibit: Mindy Faubion, mindyfaubion@yahoo.com
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 

Deanna Wood is currently exhibiting her series  Personal Space through November 10. The Black Box is located at 318 E. Hickory, and the hours are Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.

Deanna writes in her artist statement:
We leave our mark on places, but I believe they also leave marks on us. This series explores that idea - how these places shape us, how we remember meaningful places, and how our memories of such places change over time.
Scraps of wallpaper and maps, images of houses and the fading silhouettes of possible residents explore domesticity and memory.

Born in Houston in 1966, Deanna Wood spent most of her childhood moving around the country with her family, returning to Texas in 1982. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Arts in graphic design, both from Texas Woman's University. She worked as a graphic designer in a corporate environment for 14 years. Wood decided to leave the corporate world behind to pursue a career in fine art, receiving a Master of Fine Arts in painting from Texas Woman's University in 2004. She lives in Denton, Texas.

Coordinator for exhibit: Jo Williams at texjo@msn.com
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
Mary Simon will be exhibiting her work from September 18 to mid-January, 2018.  

Mary Simon enjoys working in a variety of mediums, making each painting fresh and exciting as she changes styles and textures. Inspired by her surroundings, she primarily works from her own photographs, from the different parts of the world that she and her family have lived and traveled.  
Simon's installation of works is largely architectural, in her signature monochromatic watercolor style. Her pieces at the Senior Center reflect her love for bright colors and the movement and flow of the different mediums.
Other local art of hers can be seen throughout the offices of Drs. Payne and Boatner in Keller, TX, Parkside Animal Hospital, also in Keller, and the Department of Public Safety Museum in Austin, TX. Simon has exhibited in Japan and Greece and is looking forward to more local exhibitions in this new phase of her life as a full time artist back in North Texas.
For more information visit Mary Simon's website at: www.MESimonArt.com

Coordinator for exhibit: Isabel Cano, isabelcano@verizon.net.
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 is a new Revolving Exhibit in Denton. 
It is located walking distance from the P-AAC at 608 E. Hickory St., Suite 128. 
Artists for the Stoked About Denton Exhibition are Lin Hampton and Darla Bostick. Their work will be up until early November.

Carol Stoecker is the coordinator for this exhibition. If you are interested in showing, please contact her at storytimeartist@yahoo.com.

Art Around Town
A Creative Art STUDIO
227 W. Oak Street, Suite 101
Check acreativeartstudio.com and  on Facebook for up to date information. 
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
400 E. Hickory Street, Denton, TX 76201 
Gough Gallery:
Recent Works by Amahigueré Dolo
presented in partnership with the Menil Collection
September 15 - December 2, 2017
Meadows Gallery: 
Narrative Threads: The AIDS Memorial Quilt
presented in partnership with UT Dallas and The NAMES Project
October 7 - December 9, 2017
Opening Reception, Friday, October 6, 6 - 8 PM
For more information:  https://dentonarts.com/exhibitions/

Texas Woman's University Art Galleries
East Gallery and West Gallery 
The End and The Beginning
Featuring work by Morehshin Allahyari, Martin Back, Sean Miller, and Jenny Vogel. 
September 2 -  October 15
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:  http://gallery.unt.edu 

UNT on the Square
Sense and Reason; works by Matthew Bourbon
October 6, Reception will be from 5 - 7pm, followed by a performance by "Strictly Dixie" at 8pm. 
October 6 - November 11

Yes, We are on Facebook.
Search for "Visual Arts Society of Texas" on Facebook or use the link.

2017-2018 Speaker Series
September 6 - Jim Gilliam,  Cadillac Art & Frames             
October 4 - Ana Lopez                                                        February 7 - Jo Williams, watercolor
November 1 - Kim Collins, "Negative Space"                     March 7 - Justine Wollaston
December 6 - VASTFest                                                     April 4 - Angelia Ford
J anuary 3, 2018 - Jane Jones, watercolor                           May 2 - TBA 
Meetings start 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
VAST Artist Day Out is a day where members may come paint at the Arts Center from 9:00am - 3pm, approximately two mornings a month (usually the 1st & 3rd Thursday of the 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: 
VAST,  PO Box 1281,  Denton, TX 76202
Questions, contact:  Mary Emerson,  maryem88@att.net

2017/2018 Figure Drawing Group
Time for all sessions:  10 AM to 12 Noon
Meetings are in the craft room at the  Beulah Center at Global Spheres Center in Corinth.  
Address:  7801 S-I35  E, Corinth, TX 76210. 
2017/2018 Dates: 
September 28                               January 25, 2018
October 26                                    February 22
November 9                                  March 22
December 14                                April 26
                                                    May 24
Because studio space is limited, it will be necessary for interested artists to reserve a space. If you have not yet reserved your space, please contact Susan Boyle at:  susankboyle15@gmail.com , or leave a message at  940-387-4376 .

2017-2018 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 news.vast@gmail.com.
*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 Mindy Faubion through President@VASTarts.org  so the Hospitality  Committee can plan to  have enough refreshments  on-hand at the meeting.
Link to Membership Form.
For Opportunities and Proposals :  

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