Regular meeting start time: 6:45 pm 

Vision News and Updates                            November, 2017
November VAST Meeting
Wednesday, November 1, 6:45-9pm
VAST 2017/2018 Speaker Series: 
Kim Collins, "Negative Space"  

Kim Collins is a Fort Worth, TX abstract artist whose work is heavily influenced by the tangled forms, interwoven patterns and layers of shapes found in nature.  She has exhibited in numerous galleries in the North TX area and has won several awards.  Her work is in collections across the US and also in Europe.

Kim Collins' statement: "My work has evolved over the years from realistic watercolors to abstract designs in acrylic and mixed media.  The likely catalyst for this change was a bout with cancer which brought about many "rethinking what's important" moments.  I realized I had been working with processes which were rigid, traditional and a bit tedious for me, but I was afraid to break out of my box.  After the cancer scare, I allowed myself the freedom to have fun, try new things, get out of my comfort zone and play with design, color and materials.  I have never looked back."
"I usually start a piece with no pre-conceived idea of what it will ultimately become, but a sort of "relational connection" develops as the work progresses.  Sometimes the relationship is easy and harmonious; sometimes it is full of conflict which must be resolved...just like life.  Rather than depict a literal image, I hope to convey the feeling, energy and essence of the organic forms which inspire me."  

In the Land of Dreams, acrylic and resin on panel
Meetings are held at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 
400 East Hickory St, Denton, TX.
Next Meeting: VASTFest
December 6, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Members: Free; Guests: $5

POINTBank Black Box Theater
2018 Calendar Artists
November 10 - January 12

The 2018 Calendar Artists will have an exhibition of their work at the POINTBank Black Box Theater from November 10 - January 12. Artists exhibiting are Susan K. Boyle, David Blow, Rebecca Hines, Roxanne Musick, Angie Kimmell, Mindy Faubion, Mary Morris, Jacalyn Haugen, Tom Judd, Darla Bostick, Judith Canole, and Lola Newell. Artists were chose by their work for the calendar by juror Tracee Robertson, Director of the Art Galleries at UNT.

Please Support VAST!
Calendars will be available for sale at the November VAST meeting for $11.  Calendars will also be for sale at the December VASTFEST which will be our second tax free day, and calendars will be $10 at that time.

Preparations for 3rd Annual VASTFEST
December 6, 6-9pm
Reserve Your Table Now!

Tables are available to artists for VASTFEST. Limit 20. To reserve a table, email Jo Williams at

Accepting Contributions for VAST's 125-Mile Exhibition

We are collecting contributions for awards for our 125 Mile Exhibition. With a $100 donation, you may give a name to the award, but donations in any amount are welcome and will be credited in the catalog.

VAST's 125-Mile Exhibition is an ON-LINE affair now!

Deanna Wood will be available at the November 1 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.

How to enter the 125-Mile Exhibition:

1. Go to
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 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).

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:                       

Artist: Gary Uribe, Nature
2017 Corky Stuckenbruck Best of Show Award
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:    
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 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.

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:


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.

Volunteers That Make up the VAST Board

Andrea Albright  
Isabel Cano
Angelia Ford
Lin Hampton
Kimberly Karl                 
Ana Lopez  
Carol Rowley  
Ingrid Scobie
Eloise Sears
Fran Shurtleff
Jo Williams
Mary Wright

If you have any great ideas, concerns, questions or would like to help, please contact one of us!

Looking for Members to Exhibit Work at Stoke in Denton

The "Stoked About Denton" Exhibition is a VAST Revolving Exhibit in Denton. It is located near the PAAC, at 608 East Hickory Street, Suite 128, Denton.

Carol Stoecker is looking for new artists to exhibit in Feb-Mar-April and May-June-July.  She  will need 2 artists each time. If you are interested, please  contact Carol by email at

Merging Visions 2018
Review Poetry at Nov. 1 Meeting

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.

Congratulations to the November Mini Show Winners

First Place:  Robin Huttash  
The Hero, watercolor

Second Place:  David Adams
  Cow Pasture, acrylic 

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.

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.

Nel Dorn Byrd OPEN STUDIO TOUR & SALE will be November 4 & 5
and you are invited.
Hours are 10 to 5 both Saturday & Sunday and I will have a drawing for an original painting, to be given as a door prize.

If you've not yet come since I've moved to the country, I hope you will  stop by.  This is my 4th tour since relocating and I am about five miles NE of Denton, just off
of FM 428. I have a beautiful view out my studio windows.  Address is 3800 Elm Bottom Circle, Aubrey, TX & my cell # is 972-839-2993.  

2017 Calendar Focus - November

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

Nel Dorn Byrd is having an OPEN STUDIO TOUR & SALE on November 4 & 5. 
Hours are 10 to 5 both Saturday & Sunday, and there will be a drawing for an original painting.  If you've not yet come since I've moved to the country, I hope you will stop by. I am about five miles NE of Denton, just off  of FM 428. Address is 3800 Elm Bottom Circle, Aubrey, TX & my cell # is 972-839-2993. 

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.

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:

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 

Deanna Wood is currently exhibiting her series  Personal Space through November 10. 

The 2018 Calendar Artists will have an exhibition of their work November 10 - January 12. Artists exhibiting are Susan K. Boyle, David Blow, Rebecca Hines, Roxanne Musick, Angie Kimmell, Mindy Faubion, Mary Morris, Jacalyn Haugen, Tom Judd, Darla Bostick, Judith Canole, and Lola Newell. Artists were chose by their work for the calendar by juror Tracee Robertson, Director of the Art Galleries at UNT. 
Work by Deanna Wood

Deanna Wood 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.

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
Mary Simon will be exhibiting her work from September 18 to mid-January, 2018.  
For more information visit Mary Simon's website at:

Coordinator for exhibit: Isabel Cano,
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 
It is located walking distance from the PAAC 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. Perri Hamilton and Lin Hampton will follow.

Perri Hamilton's statement: 
"Through the medium of watercolor, my art reflects my interest in the ever-changing, growing, blooming and decaying nature found in the North Texas region. The patterns, textures, and the variations in light of the intimate views of my garden, local parks, empty lots, and my neighbor's yards fascinate me, particularly the metamorphoses from season to season."  
Please Note: Looking for new artists to exhibit in Feb-Mar-April and then May-June-July.  I will need 2 artists each time.  Please contact me by email at

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:
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:

Texas Woman's University Art Galleries
East Gallery and West Gallery 
John Weinkein Juried Student Exhibition
October 21 - November 18
Juried by Timothy Harding, TWU BFA (2008), Assistant Professor of Fine Art  at Tarleton University. 
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
Sense and Reason; works by Matthew Bourbon  
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
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 
February 7 - Jo Williams, watercolor
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,

2017/2018 Figure Drawing Group
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.comor 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
Link to Membership Form.
For Opportunities and Proposals :

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