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News and Events
        April, 2014

There will be no Mini Show for Members this April Meeting. High School Competition is Scheduled.


This Month's Guest Artist Presentation by Sculptor/Potter Paula Blincoe Collins

Paula Blincoe Collins has over forty years of experience working in clay. She also creates sculptures in brick and bronze, and has created numerous brick sculpture commissions for over 200 clients across the United States. In addition, she created two bronze commissions in 2008 - 2009.  Paula Collins studied under Professors Jim Foster and Bunny McBride at the University of Iowa where she earned her B.A. She then pursued post-graduate work at Texas Woman's University where she studied ceramic glaze chemistry with the late J. Brough Miller.




Historic Quakertown is a commission piece in the Denton Civic Center.  Photo by photographer, Tom Judd. 


To find out more about Paula Blincoe Collins, please see:  

Membership Renewal Time - Renew by July 1 to be included in the printed VAST Directory!
We are nearing the close of the VAST 2013/2014 Year.  The upcoming VAST year starts June 1, 2014 and runs through May 31, 2015.  We have meetings from September through May, but there are various activities and exhibitions that continue throughout the year.  You will be kept informed of events through the VAST e-newsletter.
If you are a member of this organization and are not current with your dues, you may renew by mail or at our meetings.  If you do not know if you are up to date, please email Mary Wright at [email protected].


If you'd like to get ahead of the game, we are taking renewals for 2014/2015 as well!


New members may sign up and will receive membership for April and May, as well as through May 31, 2015!  The membership form can be found here.  Dues are listed on the sidebar of this newsletter.  Just fill out the form and mail with payment to: VAST, PO Box 1281, Denton, TX  76202 or bring to our next meetings, April 3rd or May 1st.


VAST 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!

PLEASE RENEW BY JULY 1, 2014 TO BE INCLUDED IN THE VAST DIRECTORY!  We will be printing hard copies this year for members.

Upcoming VAST Workshops and Opportunities  
For Members 
How to Create Your Artist Website: 

Instructors: David Riewe, Assistant Rebecca Barham
When: April 19; Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Where:  Central Fire Station, 332 East Hickory Street, Denton, TX.  (tentative)
Cost: $10.00
Limit: 10 attendees


During this workshop, artists and other creative types will be taught step-by-step how to create their own free website.  Artists will be shown free, easy-to-use templates that can be personalized to fit their individual needs. The instructors will give personal attention to each of the attendees and assist them as they build their own website. In addition, artists will be shown how to upgrade their newly created free websites if they so desire by choosing a hosting plan and uploading their site under their own personal domain name (ex.: Artists can actually leave this workshop with an easy-to-use free or hosted website.


Attendees will need to bring their own laptops and images of their artwork to put in their website. 


To find out more about the instructors, see: and


To sign up for this workshop, please email [email protected] and put the name of the workshop in the "Subject" line of the email. Mail the $10 fee to VAST and memo your check, the name of the workshop. (VAST, PO Box 1281, Denton TX 76210) 


How to Promote your Art with +Google  Instructors: David Riewe, Assistant Rebecca Barham 
When: May 31, from 1 - 4 p.m. Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm 
Where:  Central Fire Station, 332 East Hickory Street, Denton, TX.  (tentative) 
Cost: $10.00  
Limit: 10 attendees


Did you know that 80% of internet searches are done in Google and Google is integrating +Google into all their products. What this means is that if your art and artist site is to be found and work for you, the best way to do this is to promote with +Google. 

During this workshop, artists and other creative types will learn step-by-step how to create a +Google profile, integrate their artist website into +Google, create a +Google badge to integrate into their artist website, and how to properly use +Google to find and connect with their target market.


Attendees will need to bring their own laptops, images of their artwork and an image of themselves.  


To find out more about the instructors, see: and


To sign up for this workshop, please email [email protected] and put the name of the workshop in the "Subject" line of the email. Mail the $10 fee to VAST and memo the check, the name of the workshop. (VAST, PO Box 1281, Denton TX 76210)


 May 1st "Paint Out in the Garden"

Spring is here! Come bloom with us!  

"Paint Out" to be Thursday, May 1st in Corinth. 

Millie Giles, our watercolor expert, 

will be in the garden to help us grow our skills "en plein air".


DateThursday, May 1st

Time: 9:30am - 4pm

Place: Behind the Global Spheres Center; 7801 S I-35E  Corinth, TX 7621( they have a public garden)

Cost: $25; make check out to Millie Giles and bring to Paint Out. 

RSVP to Jo Williams at [email protected] so that we will know how many artists to expect.



Take 35 S from Denton, exit Swisher, take u-turn under the bridge (left) and go North (left) on the access road. The Global Spheres Center (old Boeing manufacturing plant - white with orange stripe around the top of the building) will be on the right about a quarter mile. There is a little entrance guard building (no guard) that you will pass as you enter the drive. Turn right at the first little drive and go in front of the building.  There are 2 parking lots... the lot to the right of the building as you face it is closest to the garden. You can park in front of the small buildings to the right of the main building. The garden is behind the small buildings.



Your paint, brushes, canvas/paper, easel, lawn chair, (there are a few picnic tables and benches), water pail, or other clean up supplies, drawing supplies, sketchbook, camera...  in other words your portable studio! Restroom is nearby.  Bring a lunch or grab a bite to eat near Swisher Road. Scout it out beforehand if you wish.  Don't forget sunscreen, sunglasses/visor. There is shade all over but it may be a bright day.

Renew Membership NOW or JOIN VAST to be a part of the VAST Member Exhibition 
Acceptance of Entries: June 19 

Members Exhibition Take-in: 

June 19, 10:00 am - noon,

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm  

Exhibition Dates: 

July 1 - August 8  


July 11, 5:30 - 7:30 pm  

Location: TWU Fine Arts Building

For Prospectus, Click Here. 


Juror: Marilyn Ivy, Studio and Family Programs Coordinator, 

Kimball Art Museum  


Marilyn Ivy, artist and educator, has received a BFA in Painting from Texas Christian University (1970) and a MA in Painting from Texas Woman's University (2000.)  She has worked in the Fort Worth area for many years, first as an art teacher at L.D. Bell high School in Hurst, later as a Lecturer of Drawing and Art Education Coordinator at Texas Christian University from 2003-06.  Since 2007, Ivy has held the position of Studio and Family Programs Coordinator at the Kimbell Art Museum. Throughout this time she has continued her work as a practicing artist, exhibiting in galleries in the DFW Metroplex, as well as galleries in Framingham, Massachusetts, New York City, and Carouge, Switzerland.


In her painting Ivy examines Japanese symbols, animals, and ceremonies associated with parallel or contrasting concepts in narrative imagery.  These images have no points of reference in the sense of a landscape, but do allude to the Japanese reverence for nature.  


Important Dates to Note: 

June 19 - Acceptance of Entries, 10am - noon, 4 - 7pm    

TWU Art Gallery, TWU Fine Arts Building    

June 23 - Puck up unaccepted work, 10am - noon, 4 - 7pm    

July 1 - Exhibition opens to the public

July 11 - Reception and Awards Ceremony, 5:30 - 7:30pm

August 7 - Last day of exhibition, show closes at 4pm

August 8 - Pick up work, TWU Art Gallery, 5 - 7pm

August 9 - Pick up work, TWU Art Gallery, 10am - noon            

Merging Visions Exhibition - April 24 - June 6
Reception - April 24, 5:30-7:30pm


 Public Reception, April 24, 2014, 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Enjoy music by Lorenzo Gonzales and Patsy Urbina

Center for the Visual Arts, 

400 E. Hickory St., Denton, TX 76201


Merging Visions is a collaborative exhibit of poetry and art sponsored by the Denton Poets Assembly (DPA) and the Visual Arts Society of Texas (VAST).  Since 2005, the two organizations have paired their works to form an exhibit each spring.   This year it will hang in the Meadows Gallery of the Center for the Visual Arts.  These works will be displayed in the gallery from April 24 - June 6, 2014 before many of the combined works 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.


The public is invited to a free, opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 PM on April 24th.  Music will be provided by internationally acclaimed Lorenzo Gonzales playing the Paraguayan harp accompanied by local flutist Patsy Urbina.  After the reception, Merging Visions can be viewed during regular CVA gallery hours, 1pm-5pm, Tues-Sun.


Held in April to honor National Poetry Month, the exhibit promotes the works of local poets and artists from these two organizations.  Sometimes a poet becomes inspired by a particular piece of visual art.  Occasionally an artist responds to an image conjured by the poet.  Most often the poems and art works come together based on an affinity of mood, sensibility and subject matter.  Both genres benefit by the cross-pollination of ideas and imagery.


Lorenzo Gonzales is a master harpist whose appearances include performances at the World Harp Festival in Asuncion, Paraguay, the National Independence Concert at the Paraguayan Embassy in Costa Rica, and the Grand Concert of Latin American Music at the White House for President Richard Nixon.  Love for his native country Paraguay and its music led him to design his own version of the Paraguayan harp.  His music has been described as "Utterly transporting, you will be swept away."  Patty Urbina, flutist, received her BA in Music from the University of North Texas and her Masters in Music Performance from the University of Texas in Austin.  


Participating Artists Please Note: 

INTAKE for Merging Visions Exhibit is Friday, April 11, 
10:00 am - 12:00 noon, and from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm.  
Please bring your two-dimensional artwork ready to hang for a secure installation with D-rings and braided wire attached (if framed, use Plexiglas; no sawtooth hangers or uni-frames).
VAST Calendar Competition 

Open to 2014/2015 VAST Members

Entry Fee:  $10 for 2 images

Juror:  Joshua West

Deadline: June 1

Exhibition: Nov. 6 - Jan. 2, 2015


Joshua West is a watercolor and mixed media artist as well as an adjunct professor of Studio Art, teaching watercolor painting at the University of North Texas and 2D Design at Richland College in Dallas. In 2013, West received an MFA in Studio Art from UNT and has been the recipient of numerous scholarship competition awards.  His work has been exhibited in a number of group shows in the DFW area and been featured in publications such as Pineywoods Live Magazine, Dallas Arts Review, and the cover of the North Texas Review 2012.


Artists whose work is juried into the calendar will receive one free calendar and will be:

➤ required to submit a 75-word statement regarding the process   used to create the accepted piece. The statement should be

written in the first person and could include information on the artist's background and/or artistic process.           

➤ asked to attend one (1) calendar signing promotional event to help facilitate calendar sales.

➤ required to provide the accepted piece for the VAST 2015 Calendar Exhibition: Original Works at The Chestnut Tree

➤ encouraged to promote calendar sales on an individual basis.

➤ required to submit a digital photo (headshot) of yourself.

March Artists of the Month
Congratulations to our winners:
First Place Winner: Jan Jones
2nd Place: Sharon Warwick
Celebration of Life for Former VAST Member, Dave Maxwell


It is with great sorrow that we are informing you of the loss of one of our fellow artists, Dave Maxwell.  His friends and family are having a celebration of his life this Saturday, April 5th, at his home from 6-8pm.

Dave Maxwell's  King of the Hill, 



8924 Crest Ridge Drive, Fort Worth, TX  76179

Gate code: 9291


BBQ and iced tea will be served; please feel free to bring a dish to pass or other beverage.

Please keep David's family and friends in your prayers.   


Hewlett Packard (VAST) Printer 

For Sale


Contact Jo Williams at [email protected]

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: [email protected] or 940.387.7688 

Do you turn to Facebook for current news?

You can connect to our online community with the "Visual Arts Society of Texas" on Facebook, check this link.

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

Mary Emerson and Friends
Participating artists: Andrea Albright, Darla Bostick, Carolyn Buchmann, Mary Emerson, Sandy Jackson, Iris Ann Moore, Mary Sigle Morris, Kristin Neely, Carol Rowley, Sandy Strickland and Carmen Underwood. 
March 14 - May 2
Coordinator for exhibit: Lin Hampton at [email protected]

"Noble Visions" exhibition at Barnes & Noble Booksellers CafeGolden Triangle Mall 

Works by Lori MacLean through April.

Coordinator for exhibit: Gail Cope at [email protected]


"Off the Shelves" exhibition at Emily Fowler Central Library
Between exhibits.
502 Oakland St.
Denton TX, 76201
Coordinator for exhibit: Jenna Murray at [email protected]
"Outside the Box" exhibition at Point Bank Blackbox Theater

Works by Ingrid Scobie through April 25

The Artwork of Dawn Swepston 

April 25- July

Coordinator for exhibit: Jo Williams at [email protected]

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 - 1:00 pm

Art may also be viewed during any of the performances at the Black Box.

Art Around Town 

A Creative Art Studio

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

First Friday is April 4th featuring artist, Aurora Cabrera, and Oui Bis will be performing. Art demonstrations, portrait artist and more.  

First Friday Denton hours 7-10pm 

more information:


Center for the Visual Arts

400 E. Hickory Street, Denton, TX 76201 

Meadows Gallery: 

27th Annual Materials: Hard and Soft

February 7 - April 4

VAST Merging Visions

April 24 - June 6

Reception: April 24, 5:30-7:30pm

Gough Gallery: 

Annual High School Art Show

April 8 - May 4

For more information:


Oxide Gallery

115 Eagle Drive
Denton, TX 76201

Gallery Night is Saturday, April 5, 6 - 9pm.  Artwork from over 40 North Texas artists with featured artist, Teri Muse; her encaustic works will be showcased. 

Submission dates for May & June Exhibit, 2D and 3D Art: 

April 18 and April 19.

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 

2014 Annual Voertman Juried Student Exhibition
Juried by Leigh Arnold 

March 28 - April 11

more information:


University of North Texas Art Gallery

54th Annual Voertman Student Art Competition

April 8 - April 26

Juried by Tempestt Hazel

Award Ceremony and Opening Reception

April 10, 5-7 pm, Juror Gallery Talk April 10, 5 pm

more information:


UNT on the Square

Cold Connections

Metals graduates of UNT Jewelry and Metalsmithing Program, Invitational Show.
March 17 - April 16

Reception: March 21, 6-8pm 

Rob Erdle, His Students, His Influence

April 23 - May 21 

Opening Reception: May 2

Members in the News

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


Darla Bostick had a piece accepted into the WaSH (Watercolor Society of Houston) International Exhibition currently showing in Houston.  Her art was accepted into the 48th Richardson Civic Art Society Regional as well as into the
Society of Watercolor Artists International Exhibition in Fort Worth.  Bostick is a part of a collaborative public art project in Lewisville called the Wilds of Texas Exhibition of the Visual Arts of Lewisville. 

Jo Williams will have two paintings in an upcoming invitational exhibition at the UNT Gallery on the Square, Rob Erdle, His Students, His InfluenceApril 23 - May 21. 

Opening Reception: May 2.

Deanna Wood and Mary Wright will have work in the Instructors of The Encaustic Center exhibition in Richardson at The Encaustic Center on Arapaho Road.  The opening is scheduled for the evening of April 25.  For updated information, see
Hispanic Women's Network of Texas, Fort Worth Chapter Presents:
10th Annual Art Show and Silent Auction


Date:  Exhibit Opens, Monday, June 2, 2014 - Art Show & Silent Auction, Saturday, June 7, 2013

Location:  Galer´┐Ża de la Rosa at the Rose Marine Theater

Address:  1440 North Main Street, Fort Worth, TX 76164

Deadline to bring artwork:  May 2


Good Morning Fellow Artists,

My  name in Natalia Margarita Dominguez and I am a elementary art teacher with FWISD as well as very active in the art community in the DFW. I have received the honor of being the ART Coordinator for ArtSI's 10 year anniversary show.

What is ArtSi? ArtSi is a silent auction art show that is put together by the Hispanic Women's Network of North Texas, Fort Worth Chapter. HWNT has a mentor group for young high school girls named "Latina's in Progress" in which we mentor the ladies by preparing them for college. At the end of the LIP year we present the ladies with scholarships that will help them start their college careers.
I need your help in making this year ArtSi a memorable one for the 'Latina's in Progress' ladies, HWNT and all the artists participating. If you are interested in donating an art work for our amazing cause, please contact me via email or call.

I look forward to working with you and bring scholarships to high school girls here in the DFW.  If you have any questions or comments, please email me to Natav[email protected].  

Natalia Margarita Dominguez

Should you choose to donate, you will receive highlighted exposure on our website in our Artist Directory and social media platforms at  You can forward the paperwork to [email protected].  


For the full application, click here.

Opportunities/Calls for Entries
Artspace 111: 1st Annual Regional Juried Exhibition
Entry Deadline: May 30
Exhibition:  June 20 - August 15
Entry Fee: $35
Artspace 111 is pleased to have Andrea Karnes, current curator for the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and Ron Tyler, former director and curator of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art as jurors for the 1st Annual Artspace 111 Juried Exhibition.  All contemporary 2D work in any media is accepted.  Over $1200 in awards. 


Bastrop Fine Arts Guild

Call for Entry: 2-Dimensional Open Theme Competition

Deadline: Sunday, April 27

Submission Fee:  $30 for 3 images

Oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, drawing included; photography not included.

1st place: $500, 2nd place: $250, 3rd place: $125 

3 Honorable mentions: $50 each

For more information, see prospectus here.

Cedar Park Sculpture Garden Call for Artists

All information must be received by May 31st 

Artists will be notified by July 15th 

Installation of selected pieces Oct 5-11th

Kick-off event Mid-October 

Cedar Park Sculpture Garden is located at 1435 Main Street, Cedar Park, Texas  78613

The Cedar Park Arts Advisory Board  is currently accepting applications to display works in the Cedar Park Sculpture Garden. The garden was unveiled in October of 2013 and currently features 12 loaned works of art by 7 different Texas artists.  You will find more information about the garden and the current Call for Entries on our website .  In order to be considered, please submit the entry form and digital photos of each piece (or digital photos of a scale model), by no later than May 31, 2014. 


For more information and to see a video about the Cedar Park Sculpture Garden,

New American Paintings Call for 2014 Western Regional Juried Competition

Deadline: April 30th

Juror: Nora Burnett Abrams, Associate Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

For More Information, see this webpage.


This competition is open to those residents of the West: AZ, CO, ID, KS, MT, ND, NE, NM, NV, OK, SD, TX, UT, and WY.  

You can find more information about NAP on the website,


Washington Printmakers Gallery Call for Entries

17th Annual National Small Works Exhibition 2014

Exhibition Dates: July 3 August 31, 2014

Deadline for Submission: May 31, 2014

Juror: Jack Rasmussen, Director and Curator, American University Museum at the Katzen 


First Prize: Solo exhibition at WPG, August, 2015
Second Prize: Graphic Chemical & Ink, Co Award of $200 Gift Cert.

Third Prize: Renaissance Graphic Arts Award of $100 Gift Cert.

  • Original, hand-pulled or archival digital inkjet prints (see other regulations on prospectus)
  • no larger that 170 square inches (image)
  • no wider than 18" (frame)
  • photographs will not be considered

For more information check and for prospectus see link. 


See lots more here: 


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

Visual Arts Society of Texas

2013-2014 Monthly Programs

April 3
Paula Collins, clay

May 1
John Beasely, woodturning

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 
2013-2014 VAST Membership Levels

$15 - Student 

$25 - Educator*
$35 - Individual
$45 - Family
$50 - Mary Cassat
$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 [email protected]
so the Hospitality
Committee can plan to
have enough refreshments
on-hand at the meeting.
2013/2014 VAST 
Artist Day Out

April 3

May 1

May 15

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