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December, 2016
Invite Family and Friends to Our 
2nd Annual VASTFEST
December 1
2nd Annual VASTFEST
December 1, 2016
7 - 8:30pm
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
400 E. Hickory St. Denton, TX  76201

Holiday Social and Shopping
Open to the Public

Activities: Meet Artists, Fun
Lots of Appetizers, Music
VAST Members Show and Sale
VAST Members Mini Show

Artists who will have some of their wares at VASTFEST are David Blow, Darla Bostick, Nel Byrd, Kathie Chan, Linda Chidsey, Aurora Dawson, Mindy Faubion, Ellen Frenkel, Lorraine Hayes, Carol Henry, Robin Huttash, Millie Johnson, Blia Lee, Tonya Littmann, Ann Moore, Teri Muse, Junanne Peck, Carol Stoecker, Brett Wallace, and Jo Williams.
Meetings start at 7pm, end at 9pm. They are held at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 E. Hickory Street, Denton.

There will be no charge in December!

VAST Mini Show Will Take Place - December 1
Members are encouraged to bring a piece of art for the exhibition.
Only Fundraiser for VAST- 
Calendars Contain Juried Artists' Artwork 
The VAST 2017 calendar will be available for sale at the December meeting for $11 including tax. They are also available for sale at The Chestnut Tree.
The calendar is the only VAST fundraiser for the year, and we hope you will support us by buying one or more. They make great Christmas gifts for friends and family.
Featured artists include David Blow, Nel dorn Byrd, Isabel Cano, Linda Chidsey, Gail Cope, Randy Honeycutt, Tom Judd, Terry Karloff, Tonya Littmann, Carol Rowley, Ingrid Scobie, and Ray Sears.
An exhibition of the calendar art is up at The Chestnut Tree through December.

VAST 11th Annual 125-Mile Visual Arts Exhibition
January 13 Opening, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
VAST 11th Annual 
 125-Mile Visual Arts Exhibition
January 13-February 25, 2017
Opening Reception: January 13, 2017
5:30-7:30pm, Awards Presentation 6:30pm
Gough Gallery
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
400 E. Hickory St., Denton, TX, 76201

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, TX, to compete and show their work.
Juror: Linda Ridgeway
Best of Show $1000, Total Cash and Merchandise Awards $3550.
January 4, 2017: Juried Work delivered to the Patterson-    Appleton Arts Center, 10am-noon or 4-7pm.
February 25, 2017: Exhibition closes at 5pm.
February 27, 2017:  Return Work to artists,  10am-noon, 4- 7pm

Contact: Teri Muse, Exhibition Chair,  940.390.1519
Deanna Wood, Vice President of Exhibitions,  972.345.9968

No VAST  Figure Drawing This Month
There will be no Figure Drawing sessions in December. Look for additional information in the side bar of the newsletters.

Artist Judy Mason Demonstrates 
at November VAST Meeting

November Mini Show Winners
1st Place,  Darla Bostick
Believe, m ixed media

2nd Place,  Gail Cope
Nebula #1, a crylic

Calendar Focus - December



Update Your Profile on the VAST Website

Increase the visibility of VAST and its talented members! To get started updating your information, here is a link to the updated directions. If you need any assistance, Isabel Cano would be happy to help get your information on the VAST website. Isabel's email is Our website is


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 Teahouse and Bistro, on the Denton town square.
The VAST Calendar Art Exhibit will be up in December.  Featured artists in the Calendar Exhibit include:  David Blow, Nel dorn Byrd, Isabel Cano, Linda Chidsey, Gail Cope, Randy Honeycutt, Tom Judd, Terry Karloff, Tonya Littmann, Carol Rowley, Ingrid Scobie, and Ray Sears.
Calendars with the art can be purchased at the December VAST meeting or at The Chestnut Tree for $11.

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, My Heart Beats
Teri Muse will be showing her work at the Emily Fowler Library through December 12. 

Isabel Cano's work will be available for viewing around the middle of December through January. 

Isabel Cano's Statement:  "I create art to share with the viewer a slice of what and how, I perceive my surroundings.
My series 'Flowers' is a study of shape, color, light and shadow.
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   
Gail Williamson Cope: Exhibition of Animal Series "In Polka Dot Land" is currently on display through January.

Artist Statement: "My work has evolved to a series of mixed media paintings exploring the reduction of mark making to the simplest forms-dots, dashes and circles. Although the use of these most basic forms would imply a simple surface, in fact the marks are layered in complex ways, and the background or under-painting takes on even more importance as it interacts with the layers. An exploration of textile references resonates with my childhood and continues to have value and meaning for me today. The work is the culmination of exploration of art techniques while seeking to convey the deeper experiences of seven decades of study, travel and life experience."
In the Land of Polkadot, the Leopard is King
Giraffe Tower at the Polkadot Lounge
Cope has exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions in the United States and recently her painting Circle Cycle Orange and Blue was chosen for the Annual Exhibition of 2016 for the The Künstler-Forum Schloss Zweibrüggen e. V.  to be held in November-December, 2016 in Zweibrüggen Castle, Übach-Palenberg, Germany. The jurors were artist Brigitta Heidtmann from Krefeld and two art historians, Mrs. Alexandra Simon Tönges and Dr. Josef Gülpers, both from Aachen.

Cope completed an MFA and a MA (Art History) at Texas Woman's University in 2013. She also has an MA in German, 1976, from UT Arlington and a BA in French and German from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, 1968. 
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
David Adams will be exhibiting at the Senior Center, October through December. Millie Johnson and Tom Judd will be  exhibiting January through March. 

"I am a graduate of American River College, Sacramento CA, with an Associate of Arts Degree in Fine Art. I studied under the artist/teacher Gary Pruner. I am presently retired from the United States Postal Service after 35 yrs service, with over 16 years as the Sacramento District Graphics Illustrator. My wife and I love to travel and I have taken many photos in which I use to paint the majority of my work from."
Coordinator for exhibit: Isabel Cano, 
The Denton Senior Center is located at  509 N. Bell Ave.,  Denton, TX 
Hours: M-F 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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

The Society of Watercolor Artists is presenting their annual Juried Membership Show at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. The reception is gallery-wide  Friday, Dec. 2  from 6-9. Darla Bostick has a piece included. Bostick also has 6 small pieces in the lobby of the MCL Grand on old Main Street in Lewisville through end of December.

VAST members, Paula Blincoe Collins and Jo Williams are participating in the Laurel Hill Artists' 9th Annual Holiday Sale, Friday, December 2, 5-8pm and Saturday, December 3, 11am-5pm. Location: 1223 Highland Park Road, Denton. The public is welcome.

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.

Your ad here.
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:  
Works by Randy Guthmdller: Searching for openness. Seeking multiplicity.
Through Dec. 8, Free
Learn more at
Gough Gallery: 
Yun Jung "Yuni" Lee: Telergy Telemetry
November 12 - December 16, 2016, FREE
Yun Jung "YunI" Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea she came to America with high passion, and an eagerness to further her artistic expression. She has a diverse art-making practice, but she is committed to making art about color, shape, and pattern. She studies color and pattern to learn about different cultures and nature. She received a BA in Art and Performance from to the University of Texas at Dallas and MFA in Painting and Drawing at the University of North Texas in May 2016. She has participated in group and collaborative exhibitions in Texas and is currently teaching foundation courses at the University of North Texas. She lives and works in Denton, Texas. Artwork courtesy of the artist and  Ro2 Art  in Dallas, Texas. 
Learn more at
Meadows Gallery: 
Heroes in the Making: The Art of Comic Production
September 17 - December 10, 2016
$5 Special Exhibition Admission; FREE for GDAC members, current students, children 12 & under.
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
Between Exhibitions
For more information: http://gallery.unt.e du

UNT on the Square
Christopher Blay
January 23, 2017 February, 3 2017
For more information:
Opportunities/Calls for Entries
500X Gallery Exhibition Proposals: Upstairs Gallery
Upstairs Gallery shows are one month long and run concurrently with the Main Gallery. Applicants need to submit a portfolio via e-mail as a single PDF (10 megs or smaller) to
Portfolio Contents: 20 images of recent work (labeled), resume, artist statement, and proposal of the show's theme.
Fees: Rent $600, Refundable Deposit is $150
Applications are accepted year-round and reviewed at the May member meeting. If the submission is accepted, a contract will be discussed.
Submissions by mail will also be accepted.
Send submissions to:
500X Gallery
500 Exposition Ave.
Dallas, TX 75226

Bath House Cultural Center Open Call: 23rd Annual El Corazón Exhibition
Exhibition Dates: February 4 - March 4, 2017
Entries Deadline: Saturday, January 7, 2017 (midnight)
The Bath House Cultural Center and exhibition curator, Jose Vargas, invite visual artists to submit entries for the 23rd Annual El Corazón art exhibition.
Since 1993, Mr. Vargas has organized the El Corazón art exhibition in Dallas. This popular exhibition has become a beloved annual tradition at the Bath House Cultural Center. This passionate and eclectic exhibition features art that explores a variety of ideas, styles, and concepts inspired by the heart (El Corazón), an important and universal symbol in art.
Entries will only be accepted online through
  There is no fee.
To view a copy of the exhibition prospectus and samples of artwork from previous El Corazón exhibitions, please  click here.
Selection notification:  
The list of selected artists will be posted on the Bath House Cultural Center's online News Center at The decision of the exhibition curator is final and indisputable.  The document will be available after 7 PM on Saturday, January 14, 2017.  Artists are solely responsible for reviewing this list.  The curator will not send notifications to each individual artist by phone, e-mail, or otherwise.
Delivery of accepted artwork: Sunday, January 29, 2017 (1-3 PM)
Reception:   Saturday, February 4, 2017 (7-9 PM)
Artwork pickup:  Sunday, March 5, 2017 (11 AM-1 PM) 

See lots more here:

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2016-2017 Monthly Programs
Dec. 1 - VASTFest
Jan. 5, 2017 - Marla  Fields, Art Historian on  Frank Reaugh
Feb. 2 - Lisa Reed, cold  wax technique
March 2 - Mike Mofatt, Art  Hunger - Pop Up Galleries  and more
April 6 - TBA,  MANGA/Anime Artist
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: 
Dec. 15
Jan. 5
Jan. 19
Feb. 2
Feb. 16
Mar 2
Mar 16
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
No meetings in November or December.

Time: 10 AM to 12 Noon
2017 Dates: 
January 26
February 23
March 23
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.