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Mid-June, 2014
VAST Member Exhibition Entries Due Tomorrow

VAST members,


We are looking forward to receiving your entries to the ME show (Member's Exhibition) on Thursday. Don't forget that we are publishing images of ALL the paintings in the show, not just the winners as has been done in the past. In order to do that we will need you to send us or give us jpgs of the accepted paintings. You could either bring a CD Rom with you to the intake of the one or two artworks you enter, we can return them at the meeting in the fall, or you can email the image to by Monday the 23rd. There is a format for naming the jpg file that VAST has been using successfully with other shows.


The naming convention is the same as for all other VAST exhibitions and goes like this:


Artist's Last Name_First Initial_Title_Of_Work.jpg             


Example:  Williams_J_Winter_Light_in_Evening.jpg


If you have any questions please email me and I will get back to you immediately. If you absolutely can't photograph the work don't let it keep you from entering the show, we will make sure that it is represented.




Laurie Weller

ME Chair


Join and Enter!
25th Annual VAST Members Exhibition
Take-in of work: Thursday, June 19

Acceptance of Entries: 

June 19, Thursday at TWU Art Gallery, TWU Fine Arts Building 
10 am - noon; 4 - 7 pm 
Entry Fee: $20 
Dues may be paid at the time of entry.
Exhibition dates: July 1 - August 7, 2014 

Please email images of the work you are entering to by Monday, June 23rd. 
If you do not have digital images, it will not exclude you from exhibiting; see Laurie Weller's letter above (ME Chair.)

For link to prospectus, click here.

Pay Dues now in order to be included in the 2014-2015 Membership Directory and receive all the benefits VAST has to offer.

Here is the link to your membership form.

Some of VAST's Activities and Benefits:
  • Monthly art demonstration/lectures
  • Monthly mini-competitions
  • Monthly raffles
  • Artist of the Year Award
  • Denton County high school art competition
  • Editions of the VAST e-newsletter
  • Opportunity to advertise in the newsletter for a nominal fee
  • Regional juried exhibition discount
  • Members exhibition eligibility
  • Local revolving exhibitions
  • Workshop discounts
  • Annual calendar competition eligibility 
  • Critique group opportunities
  • Asel Art Supply, 20% discount on full priced items, Denton and Dallas locations
  • Voertman's, 20% discount, Denton
  • Periodic art material information
  • Artist Day Out and Paint Out opportunities
  • Networking and fun!

Upcoming Schedule for Speakers/Demonstrations:

September 4, 2014: James Thurman, sculpture

October 2: Kaylee Appleton, photography

November 13: Gail Delger, acrylic

December 4: Jeff Good, watercolor

January 8, 2015: Tamara Narvana, jewelry

February 5: Allison Proulx, mixed media

March 5: Carmen Underwood, Painter Sorolla

April 2, (HS Competition): Julie Mortillano, collage

May 7: Dotty Zamora, encaustic


News Flash:
VAST has received notification from the Internal Revenue Service that our 501c-3 non-profit status has been reinstated retroactively to October, 2012. 
All contributions made to VAST during the period from October, 2012 to present will be tax-deductible.  
Calendar Update

The images for our 2015 calendar 
have been selected, 
and notifications will be going out soon.

Congratulations to the Three Merging Visions "Pairings" Voted as "Favorite" by Exhibit Viewers  


The Winners of

Merging Visions

First Annual People's Choice Award 

are the following: 


Lin Hampton, 
Blue Britches -
paired with poet, Sandy Sanborn, 
"Grandparents Are"


Tesa Morin, Prayer Flags: Portrait of Jackie Gibbons - 

paired with poet, Lydia Alexander, "Peace Passing Understanding"


Tesa Morin, sserd-dress - 

paired with poet, Christina Smith, "Come to Life"


Because Merging Visions is all about collaboration, synchronicity and connection, the Denton Poet's Assembly, together with Denton's Visual Arts Society of Texas, created The People's Choice Award to showcase the way art echoes the connection between all living things.  The public was asked to vote on the picture and poem, which best complemented each other.  224 votes were cast during the exhibit and the votes were very evenly distributed among the pairings.   The exhibit clearly showed how few degrees of separation actually stand between writers, painters, plumbers, farmers, photographers, flowers, animals, and even the dead. In

Merging Visions, the 'pairings' transcend gender, age, race, religion and politics to create a bond between artist, poet, and viewer.   


---Christine Irving, Chairperson


Many of the combined works will move to the Denton branch libraries, June 13 - August 15. The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Greater Denton Arts Council and the Denton Public Library.

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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Visual Arts Society of Texas' 

Revolving Exhibitions

Please contact the coordinator for the exhibit(s) that you would like to be considered for.


"Art About Town" exhibition at The Chestnut Tree
Artwork by Lin Hampton.
Coordinator for exhibit: Lin Hampton at
"Noble Visions" exhibition at Barnes & Noble Booksellers Cafe - Golden Triangle Mall 

Artwork of Jenna Murray, May 5 through June.

Coordinator for exhibit: Gail Cope at


"Off the Shelves" exhibition at Emily Fowler Central Library
No current exhibit.

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

Coordinator for exhibit: Jenna Murray at
"Outside the Box" exhibition at Point Bank Blackbox Theater

The Artwork of Dawn Swepston 

April 25- July 18

Coordinator for exhibit: Jo Williams at

The Point Bank Black Box Theatre Exhibition is co-sponsored by Denton Community Theatre and VAST, and is located at 318 E. Hickory.

Hours: Monday & Wednesday, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Friday 10:30 am - 1:30 pm.  Art may also be viewed during any of the performances at the Black Box.

Art From the Heart
Creativity Course for Seniors with 
Alzheimer's and Dementia
Four Weeks of Classes $100
All Materials Supplied
July 9-30, 2014
Instructor: Sherry Matteson
Location: The Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts 
400 E. Hickory in Denton
Register by June 27

Participants will join in a meaningful process for non-artists and artists alike, for positive socialization and self-esteem building. Sometimes words fail; tapping into the creative right brain allows for self-expression through painting and drawing.
For information and registration, please contact The Greater Denton Arts Council at 940.382.2787 

Art Around Town 

A Creative Art Studio

227 W. Oak Street, Suite 101
Denton, TX 76201 (940) 442-1251

Offering Mon. and Tues. children's workshops along with late afternoon classes for summer. Refer to website for adult/children's class schedules. 

more information:


Center for the Visual Arts

400 E. Hickory Street, Denton, TX 76201 

Meadows Gallery & Gough Gallery: 

American Brides: Inspiration and Ingenuity

June 27 - October 24, 2014

For more information:


Oxide Gallery

115 Eagle Drive
Denton, TX 76201

Accepting submissions for July-August 2D and 3D exhibition. Submission Dates: June 20th and 21st

Mon.-Fri. 9-5pm, Sat. 10-3pm

more information: 


tAd Gallery

901 Avenue C, suite 101, Denton, Texas 76201 (enter through The Bowllery.)


For more information:


Texas Woman's University Art Galleries

East Gallery and West Gallery 

No current exhibit. 

more information:


University of North Texas Art Gallery

Constructs: Annual CVAD MFA Showcase

UNT Art Gallery, Jun 12-Aug 23

more information:


UNT on the Square

Performance by The Harp Beats, June 18, 7pm

Life on the Blackland Prairie, Dianne Williams

Photographs of late 19th, early 20th century buildings in Blackland Prairie from San Antonio to the northern border of Texas.

Horse Country Photographers: Bankston, Shugart and Stryker 

Reception: June 19, 5:30-7:30pm 

more information:

Members in the News

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

Opportunities/Calls for Entries

360 XOCHI QUETZAL - FREE Artist Residency, Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico.  International writers, playwrights, visual artists, fiber artists, photographers, new media artists and musicians are all welcome to apply for a 1-month residency.

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE September 28, 2014 through CAF´┐Ż for the upcoming Winter residency.

Visit/like our Facebook page: 360 Xochi Quetzal

Follow us on Twitter: @360XochiQuetzal


Artpace - San Antonio

Texas Open Call For Artists in Residence

2016 Applications for 2016 International Artist-in-Residence program available on June 25; application period ends on August 27, 2014

Check the website for more information:


Every summer, Artpace invites artists living and working in Texas to apply to become the Texas artists in the International Artist-in-Residence program. Artists' material will be examined by three guest curators, who may also conduct studio visits. Each guest curator then selects a Texas artist to become one of three in the International Artist-in-Residence program.


Each resident receives a studio space, honoraria, production money, and the support of a full-time staff. The artworks created are exhibited for two months at Artpace and go on to appear in private and public collections worldwide.   


See lots more here: 


Please feel free to forward this on to anyone who might be interested.

Visual Arts Society of Texas

2014-2015 Monthly Programs

Sept. 4  James Thurman, sculpture
Oct. 2  Kaylee Appleton, photography
Nov. 13  Gail Delger, acrylic
Dec. 4  Jeff Good, watercolor
Jan. 8, 2015  Tamara Narvana, jewelry
Feb. 5  Allison Proulx, mixed media
March 5  Carmen Underwood, Painter Sorolla
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.
2013/2014 VAST 
Artist Day Out

June 5

July 10

July 17

August 7

August 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: 
Mary Emerson
1001 Emerald Sound Blvd. 
Oak Point, TX  75068