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April, 2017
No Member Mini Show This Meeting 
Members will be voting on Denton County high school art this April 6th meeting. All previous first place Mini Show winners please bring your winning piece to the May meeting, to compete for Artist of the Year.
April 6 Meeting: Guest Artist, Ben Faubion
A Presentation of Work by Ben Faubion, Creative Director and Minicrew Artist
Title: Digital Characters and Design 

Ben Faubion will give a presentation of his illustration work on Minicrew as well as his latest design work. He'll talk about his process of refining a character drawing, inking, and coloring digitally. He will be available to answer questions about digital tool techniques as well as any questions about developing an engaging career in art and design.

Ben Faubion is both an illustrator and digital designer. He attended Laguna College of Art and Design, and earned a B.F.A in Illustration/Design. He has worked as a UI designer with a variety of fortune 500 companies, design agencies, and startups, while also continuously engaging his love for drawing and characters. His web and app design experience includes clients such Disney, Kawasaki, Ubisoft, Intel, and United Rentals. He's currently the Creative Director at Pad, an Austin based startup that helps owners manage their homes. In his free time he's building a quirky and fun illustrative brand called Minicrew, which is focused on the Do-It-Yourself and Maker culture. You can view his design work at, and his illustration work on instagram at

 are held at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 East Hickory St, Denton, TX.
Next Meeting: April 6, 2017 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Members: Free, Guests: $3

March starts VAST Membership Renewal
Our organization has a fiscal year 
that starts on June 1 and ends May 31. 
You may renew by the following methods:
  • Renew at the March, April or May VAST meetings. 
  • A membership form is available Here.  Dues can be mailed to VAST, PO Box 1281, Denton, TX 76205. 
  • Renew using PayPal on the website. Sign in and renew under membership.
    Monthly mini-competitions
    Monthly e-newsletter
    Artist of the Year Award
    Juried exhibition discounts (125-Mile)
    Workshop discounts
    20% discount on full-price purchases at Voertman's in Denton and Asel Art Supply in Denton and Dallas
Membership Levels:
Individual ($35)
Educator ($25)  In addition to receiving all Membership Benefits outlined above, educators may bring their students to the VAST monthly meetings free of charge. Although there is no limit to the number of students who may attend, we ask instructors to let us know if more than 5 students will attend any one meeting so we may adjust our hospitality plans accordingly.
Student ($15)
Family ($45)  With a Family Membership, Individual/Student Membership Benefits are extended to all members of the same household.

Merging Visions Exhibition at UNT
May 21 - June 27
Merging Visions  Exhibition 
May 21 - June 27, 2017
Lightwell Gallery, 
University of North Texas Art Building
(1201 W. Mulberry)
Opening Reception: May 21,  2pm-4pm
Gallery hours:
M-F - 8am-10pm
Sat & Sun - 12-8pm

Deadline for MV Artist Statement ( 50 to 100 words about work, philosophy, bio., etc.) was April 1; be sure yours has made it to Beth Honeycutt at 

Take-in for the artwork will be on May 18, from 10am - noon  at the Lightwell Gallery, which is inside the UNT Art Building,  1201 W Mulberry St, Denton, TX 76201. If you are unable to make this take-in time, make arrangements to drop off with Jo Williams ( or Deanna Wood ( Installation of work will immediately follow  take-in. 

Return of Work: (for those not in the Extended Exhibit at Denton libraries)  June 28, 4-7pm

Extended Exhibit at the Denton Libraries:
Sign-up sheet and contracts for the Extended Exhibit will be available at May take-in,  to the first 25 Merging Visions artist participants  who sign up. Only 2-d work will be considered as all work needs to hang on the libraries' walls. Pick-up date for the Extended Exhibit will be August 19th, 10 to 12 noon,  at the library in which the art has been shown.

June 28 - August 19, 2017
Extended Merging Visions Exhibition
Denton Public Library
For libraries' locations and hours visit:

The VAST Member Exhibition 
UNT on the Square, Denton
June 16-29, 2017
Opening Reception: June 16,  5:30-7:30pm
Awards Presentation: 6:30pm
UNT on the Square
109 N. Elm, Denton, TX 76201

VAST sponsors this annual event to offer its members an important opportunity to enter their work in a juried exhibition that showcases members only. The exhibit provides an excellent venue for the North Texas community to appreciate the high quality and diverse nature of art produced by area artists.

Acceptance of Entries at UNT on the Square - Monday, June 12,  10 am - 12 noon;  4 - 7 pm
Total Awards: $2225, Best of Show $500, a dditional Merchandise Awards
For details and requirements for artwork, Check prospectus.
Juror - Carter Scaggs

Carter Scaggs received his BFA in Printmaking from the
University of North Texas and his MFA in Printmaking from Indiana University. He has been teaching at Collin College since 1993. He teaches 2-D Studio courses, including 2-D Design, Figure Drawing I & II, and Printmaking I & II. 

Scaggs has exhibited his work in galleries and competitions throughout the U.S. He works with intaglio, relief and drawing processes. His work is decidedly narrative and attempts to document his subjective responses to significant events, figures, and objects. His artwork typically depicts allegorical, symbolic, and narrative scenes through which he hopes to convey the underlying and profound meaning within the world of which we live. 
Robert Sparks,
Living Room, 2016 Jo Williams Best of Show 

June 12 - Acceptance of Entries,  10 am - 12 noon; 4-7 pm
June 14 - Pick up unaccepted work,  10 am-12 noon; 4-7pm
June 16- Exhibition opens to the public
Reception 5:30-7:30pm
Awards Presentation 6:30pm
June 29- Exhibition closes at 5pm
June 30 - Return of Work to Artists,  10am-12 noon; 4-7 pm
For Prospectus,  click here.

Gallery Hours: 
Monday through Friday, 9 am to noon and 1-5 pm, with extended hours until 8 pm on Thursday and Friday, Saturday 11am - 3 pm, Closed Sunday

March Mini Show Winners

1st Place, Carole Petulla
Dragonfly Delights

   2nd Place,  Gail Cope
Gorilla Gathering, Mother and Child
Acrylic on Canvas

2017 Calendar Focus - April

Isabel Cano, Denton
Sweet Caress, acrylic on canvas

GDAC Materials Hard and Soft

30th annual Materials: Hard + Soft 
International Contemporary Craft 
Competition & Exhibition
February 3 - May 6, 2017,  
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
$5 for public, FREE for GDAC members, 
students and children under 12

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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 Teahouse and Bistro, on the Denton town square.
James J. Johnson, Jr. will have work up through May 12.

The Chestnut Tree Teahouse and Bistro is locally owned and is located at 107 West Hickory Street on the Denton Square. The hours are Monday through Saturday from 9am until 3pm.
Coordinator for exhibit:  Lin Hampton at  

"Off the Shelves"  exhibition at Emily Fowler Central Library
Isabel Cano
Isabel Cano's work will be available for viewing through May. 

Isabel Cano says " I create these paintings to give the flowers a much longer life, in hopes that more people will get to see the ones that captivated me. The purpose of the bigger scale is to create an impact that will force as many viewers as possible, to see the beauty that would otherwise go unnoticed."

Coordinator for exhibit: Mindy Faubion,
The Emily Fowler Central Library is located at 502 Oakland Street. Hours are:  Monday, Wednesday, Frida y, 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   
February 10 - May 12: Students of Jo Williams
An Exhibition of Watermedia  
Next exhibition: Mike Strecher, May 12-August 11

On exhibit now, at the PointBank Black Box Theater, is an exhibition of watercolor and mixed media paintings by the students of Jo Williams. Artists exhibiting are Connie Hamill, Carolyn Johnson, Kimberly Karl, Barbara Lindley, Claudia Lynch, Clint Lynch, Mary Maher, Buster Maloney, Frances May, Diana McGimpsey, Bonnie Merritt, and Susan Vaughan. All exhibitors are members of the Visual Arts Society of Texas (VAST).

This exhibition will feature a variety of techniques including direct painting with transparent watercolor and experimental painting creating an abstract underpainting with splattering various dry pigments including instant coffee and instant tea.  Subjects include florals - sunflowers, poinsettias, and white flowers as a study in painting white, and various birds and animals.

Williams has been painting and teaching in watercolor for over thirty years. Local classes are held at the Patterson-Appleton Art Center.  Williams also teaches in various locations including in France for Artistic Gourmet Adventures. She will be teaching in Brittany in June, in Fredericksburg in April, and in Santa Fe in September.

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 & 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.

"Through the Ages"  exhibition at the Denton Senior Center
Lorraine Hayes will be exhibiting April through June.
"My art covers a wide range of realism and abstraction. The dual purpose of my art is to appeal to the eye and simultaneously to stimulate the mind. My images originate from my travels and in my home environment. I often work from photographs but do not strive merely to reproduce them. Rather I attempt to distill from the scene the elements that attracted me to record them. I like to change the composition as needed to make it more interesting as a painting. I employ shape, color, and texture, including collage, to produce a rich surface that attracts the eye and produces the forbidden urge to touch.
Although I studied all the painting mediums I prefer to paint with watercolor and acrylics. I often thin down the acrylic so they move and merge like watercolor. I also frequently return to printmaking using the collograph and monoprint techniques. There is always a wonderful surprise when pulling a print from the plate after putting it through the etching press!"
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

Stoke Exhibition is a new Revolving Exhibit in Denton.  "Stoke" is located walking distance from the Patterson- Appleton Center at 608 E. Hickory St., Suite 128.
Artists David Blow, Susan K. Boyle and Deanna Wood are exhibiting and their work will be up for 3 months. 

David Blow: I am photographer/printmaker and Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of North Texas. I have been engaged as a 
printmaker for forty five years and  exhibited my work in numerous national and international exhibitions including 2014 "All Creatures of our God and King" a one person exhibition at Lovers Lane UMC in Dallas,  Texas. In 2013, I had a "Retrospective Exhibition" at the University of North Texas on the Square in Denton. 
For more information, check 

Susan K. Boyle has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University. After graduation she worked as a commercial artist for several years in Kansas City and in New York City. After changing careers Boyle continued studying art while traveling worldwide. Susan says, "Art is my primary creative outlet, so drawing and painting people has always seemed particularly compelling to me."
Boyle has been exhibiting publicly for over seventeen years. Her work may be seen in private collections across America. 

About this Art Series: 
This series of ten paintings started with models in the studio. Working from life, Susan K Boyle created sensitive line drawings that she enlarged and transferred to canvas. Boyle's goal was to capture the mood and spirit of the individual with a minimum of lines, marks, and colors. Using simplified forms, and limited colors she created this series of thoughtful figurative work of art. Website:
Carol Stoecker is the coordinator for this exhibition and can be contacted at

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. She 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 and teaches art at Texas Woman's University and encaustic workshops at her studio and The Encaustic Center. 

Carol Stoecker is the coordinator for this exhibition. If you are interested in showing, please contact her at
Members in the News
Please submit news of exhibitions that you are involved in to by the 15th of the month.
Darla Bostick has three pieces in the exhibit at Huffines Recreation Center in Richardson, March 10 - May 23 and a piece included in the Richardson Civic Art Society 51st Regional Juried Show at the Eisemann Center, April 26 - May 27.  Bostick has had two pieces accepted in the Tom Peyton Memorial Juried Art Exhibition in Alexandria, LA, which will be held April 28 - May 8. In addition, she will have a watercolor painting hanging at the MCL Grand in Lewisville for the production of "Chickens" May 12 - 28.

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.

Darla Bostick presents her
10th Ghost Ranch Art Workshop/Retreat
October 1-7 
 With optional transportation
Lodging and meals provided at the Ranch
Come see why Georgia O'Keefe loved this area.      940.320.5660

Art Around Town 
A Creative Art STUDIO
227 W. Oak Street, Suite 101
Check and  on Facebook. for up to date information.

Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
400 E. Hickory Street, Denton, TX 76201 
Festival Hall:  
Composite of the Soul ft. Justin Archer, Dan Black, and Erik Beruvides
January 20 - June 3, 2017, FREE
Gough Gallery:
Installation view of the 2016 High School Art Show exhibit
Emerging Artists: Annual Denton High Schools Art Show
Opening Reception, Thursday, April 6, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
April 7 - 29, FREE
Discover the works of talented, emerging artists in our community featuring the recent works of Denton Independent School District high school art students.

Meadows Gallery: 
30th Annual Materials: Hard + Soft 
International Contemporary Craft Competition & Exhibition
February 3 - May 6, 2017
$5 for public, FREE for GDAC Members, students, & children under12
Recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country, Materials: Hard + Soft began in 1987 and was originally initiated by area artist Georgia Leach Gough. Now in its 30th year, the exhibition opens to international artists as we celebrate the evolving field of contemporary craft and the remarkable creativity and innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media. 
For more information:

Texas Woman's University Art Galleries
East Gallery and West Gallery 
Between exhibitions.
For more  information: 

University of North Texas Art Galleries
Closed for construction.
For more information: http://gallery.unt.e du

UNT on the Square
Collaborate4, will bring in artists who have combined their skills in enameling, jewelry-making, metalsmithing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Date:  March 10  -  April 8  
Opening Reception:  March 10, 5:30 to 7 pm
For more information:
Opportunities/Calls for Entries

Dutch Art Gallery Call for Entry: Call of the Wild
The Gallery urges Artists to submit their best interpretation of "Wild" for inclusion into the Dutch Art Gallery's Saturday, May 20, 2017 10th Annual Juried Art Exhibition. 
Location:  10233 Northwest Hwy #420,  Dallas, TX 75238
Deadline: April 17
Media: oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, charcoal and/or mixed media.
Maximum of three (3) art entries into this juried art show competition.
CASH PRIZE:  3rd place will be $250, 2nd Place $500 and 1st Place $1000. People's Choice Award receives a gift certificate.
ENTRY FEE: Nonrefundable, $55 
Please check special framing instructions.
For Prospectus and Registering.

The Museum of Geometric and MADI Biennial: Origins in Geometry
Location:  3109 Carlisle Street Dallas, TX 75204-1194 
Deadline for submissions: April 15, 2017
Exhibition Dates:  July 28 - October 22, 2017
Notification sent: June 1
Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony: July 28, 6-8pm
FEES: There is a $50 entry fee, which includes entry for 3 pieces, and a one year membership in the Museum. Multiple images may be submitted for one piece. 
 Biennial: Origins in Geometry is a juried competition to recognize excellence in emerging visual artists deriving inspiration from geometric abstraction.    Artists who are selected as finalists will be featured in an exhibit at the Museum July 28 through October 22, included in a catalog with other finalists, receive exposure on the museum website, and have the opportunity to win cash awards for their exemplary work.
The Museum concentrates on modern and contemporary geometric, constructivist and kinetic art work. It is also the first museum with a concentration on MADI art, which is always non-representational, hard-edged, and comes out of the frame.  
- The competition is open to all artists working in all mediums.
- Any work of art is acceptable as long as it:
  • Incorporates geometric elements either as the basis for exploration, the underlying structure or within the finished work
  • Has been made within the last two years
AWARDS: A total of $3000 will be awarded as follows: Best of Show - $1,500;  Second Place - $1000; and Third Place - $500.


4th Annual Artspace111 Regional Juried Exhibition
Juror:  Shirley Reece-Hughes, Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Exhibition dates:  June 23rd through July 22
Opening reception on June 23rd. 
Due date for entries is May 31st.  
Prospectus is on CallForEntry, or HERE.
Contemporary 2D and 3D works that follow the requirements detailed in the prospectus are accepted. 
Over $2000 will be awarded to the best works in show, and the first prize will include the opportunity to exhibit at Artspace111 in a separate solo or group show in 2017 - 2018.
For more information, contact the gallery,


thegallery8680 at  8680 Main Street, suite e1 Frisco, Texas 75034
Call for artists to submit work for:   Photography .
Full information, Click Here.
An artist statement is required with the submission. 
Fee Submission of 1-3 $15, $5 for each piece after 3 images: you may pay submission fee by going to the gallery. website
Opening of Show: May 5
Submissions due: on or before 5pm Friday, April 7, 2017
Acceptance notification: Monday 10th April  
Delivery between: 4-6pm Monday 24th April 
Artists and Guests Reception:  7-9pm Friday 5th May       
Pick-up between: 4-6pm Monday 22nd May 
Contact: for further information
214 -585-8175  [please leave voice message if I do not pick up]

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2016-2017 Monthly Programs
April 6 -Ben Faubion, illustrator, digital designer
May 4 - Teri Muse, encaustic, fresco 

Meetings start in September. They  are held at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 East Hickory St, Denton, TX.

7:00 - 9:00 pm

Members: Free
Guests: $3 
2016-2017 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 Mindy Faubion through
so the Hospitality 
Committee can plan to
have enough refreshments
on-hand at the meeting.
2016/2017 VAST 
Artist Day Out
VADO Sessions: 
Apr 6
Apr 20
May 4
May 18

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.  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!

Questions, contact: 
Mary Emerson

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
2017 Figure Drawing
Time: 10 AM to 12 Noon
2017 Dates: 
April 27
May 25

These are the dates (usually fourth Thursday) for the monthly drawing session with a live model. This two hour open studio at the Arts Center will have no instructor. The group is available to VAST members only.

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.

There will be no meetings in the summer: June, July, and August.

Location: The craft room at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 East Hickory Street.

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:, or leave a message at  940-387-4376.