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    December 2013

The December meeting had been postponed because of the weather and will take place on Thursday, December 12 at 7pm, same location.

Please note that next month's VAST meeting is January 9, the second Thursday of the month. It will be held after VAST's Annual Soup and Salad Evening, which will be served at 5:30pm.

From our President, Jo Williams


I continue to be in awe of all our VAST members. What a diverse and talented group we have! And, what a generous group of folks!  Our organization would not exist without each of you who contribute and have contributed over the years with your time, skills, and money.  Words cannot express how much I truly appreciate each of you.


I would like to remind you as you consider your end of year giving that VAST can always use financial contributions. Your donations can be designated for a specific use, or we can use them in our general operating funds.


We are accepting contributions now for awards for our 125-Mile Exhibit which opens January 17. We will be giving a $500 Best of Show and six $200 Best of Category awards. We will also accept $100 donations for Honorable Mention Awards. All contributions will be recognized by giving the award your name unless you designate otherwise. You will also be credited as a Sponsor in the catalog.  The deadline for awards to the 125-Mile Exhibit is December 20.


If you prefer to make a Purchase Award, they always make an artist happy. Please notify us of your intent by December 20. You can select a piece of art to purchase by coming to the Center for Visual Arts on January 7. A Purchase Award check is written by the donor, payable to the selected artist; Purchase Awards are announced at the reception.  These awards are also featured in the catalog with the cash awards.


Please notify our Awards Coordinator, Ingrid Scobie, at or by calling 940.453.5507 if you would like to make an award. Mail your check to VAST, PO Box 1281, Denton, TX, and memo your check so we will know your wishes for your contributions.


Another opportunity for giving is to make a contribution to our Merging Visions exhibition. We will acknowledge all sponsors in our Collections IV catalog.    


I wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and life's richest blessings for the coming year!


Jo Williams 

Guest Artist This Month 

VAST Member, Deanna Wood

At December's meeting, Deanna Wood will be demonstrating techniques in encaustic, a medium that was used as early as the fifth century B.C., by ancient Greek artists. Encaustic is a mixture melted together, of beeswax, a natural damar resin and a pigment. The molten paint is then brushed on a surface and "fused" using a heat gun or torch.


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 from Texas Woman's University. Wood worked as a graphic designer in a corporate environment for 14 years. After leaving the corporate world, she decided to pursue a career in fine art, receiving a Master of Fine Arts in painting from Texas Woman's University in December of 2004. She lives in Denton, Texas, where she teaches classes at Texas Woman's University and at The Encaustic Center in Richardson, Texas.  
16" x 16", collage, gouache, 
and encaustic
The paintings shown here are from Wood's Personal Spaces Series. The artist had the following statement reference this series.
"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." 
Fort Walton Beach 1
16" x 16", gouache, colored pencil, machine stitching, transfer, and encaustic

"My family moved a lot during my childhood. 
Images of houses, scraps of wallpaper, glimpses of maps, and shadows of the homes' residents all represent fragmented memories of personal space."             
Newport News 2, 12" x 12", machine stitching, collage, and encaustic
"I was drawn to encaustic because of the tactile quality and the endless possibilities to explore transparency and opacity."


More of Deanna Wood's work can be seen at
The VAST Calendar Exhibit 
is on display at The Chestnut Tree
November 15 - January 10
Enjoy the exhibition of artwork chosen for this year's calendar at The Chestnut Tree from November 15 - January 10. 

Additional locations for calendars are Oxide Gallery, The Chestnut Tree and Soho Salon.
Calendars will be available at the December meeting for $11.
VAST Annual Soup and Salad Supper - January 9
View the 125-Mile Entries!
Our Soup and Salad Supper will take place on January 9, prior to the monthly meeting. Those who are bringing food to serve should be at the CVA at 5:15; the meal will be served at 5:30pm.
Congrats to those who were juried into the 
8th Annual 125-Mile Visual Arts Exhibition  


VAST will be represented by 15 artists in this year's 125-Mile Exhibition.  Seventy-four artists entered; thirty-five prevailed. A total of 194 works were entered.


Congratulations to all of the artists and the following VAST members:  

Darla Bostick, Susan Brents-

Sheldon, Robin Butt, Mindy Faubion, Angelia Ford, Kristie Hunger, Maurice Leatherbury, Tonia Littmann, Lori MacLean, Paula McClurg, Brad Sharp, Kristin Spalding, Dawn Swepston, Ken Weaver and Deanna Wood.


The exhibit will be open from January 17-February 21, 2014 at the Gough Gallery in the Center for the Visual Arts in Denton.

Sign up for Priscilla Krejci Workshop
Holter Workshop Full
April 15-17, 2014 - Priscilla Krejci 
See Priscilla's work at
Where: Center for Visual Arts, Denton 
Time: 9:30 - 4:00 with a one hour lunch break

Cost: VAST Members:$165, Non-Members $200




"I love to watch colors collide and water change a simple brush stroke into a new and exciting form. Integrating these 

wonderful happenings into a finished painting is all part of the excitement of watercolor painting."

                                          Priscilla Krejci


January 22-24, 2014 - Mike Holter

This workshop is full.  Contact Kristin Spalding if you would like to be put on the waiting list.





The registration fee is $50.00, and is due at the time of signing up for the workshop. This fee is non-refundable. Please make the check out to VAST, and send to:  

Kristin Spalding 
2507 High Pointe Blvd. 
McKinney, TX 75071 



The balance for the workshop is due one month prior to the beginning of the workshop.  

If a participant must cancel, the VAST workshop coordinator will first attempt to fill the open spot from the official VAST waiting list. If there is no waiting list, the canceling participant is free to attempt to fill the spot on his/her own. No refunds will be made one month or less prior to the class.


If there are not enough participants to cover workshop costs, or if VAST must cancel for any other reason, participants will be notified by workshop coordinator and will promptly receive a full refund, including deposit. 
"hop on the CADD bus" 
Scheduled for March 22, 2014


Get ready for a Special VAST CADD bus trip! 


CADD is the Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas group and we will be joining their tour. 
The cost is $60.00 and this will include a visit to an artist studio and a collector�s home. Lunch is included. 
Profits go to the Booker T. Washington scholarship program.
Save the date; more details to come.

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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If you have not received your Directory by email or your Member Card...

Please contact Mary Wright at or 920.562.7612. We would like to make sure that everyone has theirs!


We love to share good news with the group!

Members who wish to have articles/exhibit notices, etc. considered for publication in the VAST newsletter, please send information to: The deadline for information is the 15th of each month.


Congratulations to the November Artists of the Month
First Place, Mindy Faubion
Fall Progression

Second Place, James Zamora
Wine or Wine

Meadows Museum at SMU
Sorolla and America

December 13, 2013 - April 19, 2014 

During a single month in 1909, more than 150,000 people flocked to see the portraits, genre scenes, and sun-filled beachscapes of Joaqu�n Sorolla y Bastida (1863-1923); he was the most popular Spanish artist in the world until the arrival of Pablo Picasso. Sorolla and America brings together approximately 160 works of art that will explore for the first time this artist's unique relationship with early 20th-century America, examining his immense popularity, as well as his associations with contemporaries such as John Singer Sargent and William Merritt Chase. 

Little Elm PTA looking for juror- Can you help?

The Lakeside Middle School PTA puts on a national event, "Reflections" and is in need of a juror, December 12 from 6-8pm at the Lakeside Middle School in Little Elm. Those who are interested, please contact Mary Watkins at 

(469) 585-6829 or email

Art Around Town 

Center for the Visual Arts

400 E. Hickory Street, Denton, TX 76201 

Meadows Gallery: 

Dancing by the Light of the Moon: The Art of Fred Marcellino

November 17, 2013 - January 17, 2014

Gough Gallery: 

Dance with Life - Works in Fiber

Brenda J. Bunten-Schloesser 

November 17 - December 29

For more information:


Texas Woman's University Art Galleries

East Gallery and West Gallery 

Master of Arts & Master of Fine Arts
Graduating Exhibition
Gail Cope, Jenny DeLaughter, Lindsey Dunnagan / MFA - Painting
Lindsey Jones, Barbara Pennington / MA Graphic Design

December 4 - December 14

Gallery 010

Methodical Abstraction, Aisha Sims

November 25-December 12

more information:


University of North Texas Art Gallery

2013 Annual Faculty and Staff Exhibition

November 19 - December 14

more information:


UNT on the Square

Annual CVAD Faculty and Staff Exhibition

December 5 - January 9


The Chestnut Tree

Exhibition of VAST Calendar Art

November 15 - January 10


Barnes & Noble Booksellers Cafe - Golden Triangle Mall 

Colored Pencil Works by Roxanne Musick for December and January.

Emily Fowler Central Library
Boots, Barbs, and Books
Paintings by Dawn Swepston
Cowgirl boots and a playful flash of skin, while superficially sensuous, address issues of racial identity, immigration, women's roles and changing family structures.  Swepston is intrigued by the impact of physical, political and psychological borders on individuals and society.
The exhibit runs through January 1
502 Oakland St.
Denton TX, 76201 

Point Bank Blackbox Theater

Themes of the Holiday Season includes works in a variety of media by the following artists:  Dar1a Bostick, Gail Cope, Lynne Cox, Jackie Haugen, James J. Johnson, Jr., Lori MacLean, Carol Rowley, Olivia Walker, and Sharon Warwick. 

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.


A Creative Art Studio

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

First Friday Featured Artist: Kristie Hunger

2nd Annual Festivus is December 7, 10am-7pm, for music information and events schedule check link.

more information:


Oxide Gallery

115 Eagle Drive
Denton, TX 76201 (formerly the Piano Store) 

Check out new Artist's Classroom Blog entry for information on "Promoting Your Artwork."
For Open Calls or more information: 


tAd Gallery

Out of Touch

New works by Tesa Morin 

November 14 - December 8 


Veiled Probes by Haley Kattner Allen, a Dallas-born artist who currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. 

January 3-January 26, 2014

Opening: Friday, January 3, 8pm

Artist Talk: January 7, 8pm

901 Avenue C, Suite 101, Denton, TX 

(enter through the Bowllery)

For more information:

Members in the News

Please submit news of exhibitions that you are involved in to

Charles W. Eisemann Center, Richardson
Annual Colored Pencil Art Exhibit of the CPSA Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter 215
Roxanne Musick has three colored pencil art pieces in this exhibit that will be displayed until December 8.
2351 Performance Drive, Richardson, TX

tAd Gallery

Out of Touch
New works by Tesa Morin
November 14 - December 8
Opening Reception: November 14
Artist Talk: Friday, November 15

901 Avenue C, Suite 101, Denton, TX 

(enter through the Bowllery).

Please visit for more info.


Texas Woman's University
Gallery 010

Methodical Abstraction, Aisha Sims

November 25-December 12

more information:

Laurel Hill Artists' 8th Annual Holiday Sale
has been re-scheduled for next week. 
Please stop by while you are out having holiday fun!

Friday, Dec. 13, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Saturday, Dec. 14, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Home of Jo and Johnny Williams
1714 Highland Park Rd.
Denton, TX
Paula Blincoe Collins - pottery and carved brick
Cyndy Hill - knitted creations
Jo Williams - watercolor paintings
Johnny Williams - walking sticks
Also showing posthumously:
Susan Medler - prints offered by Stacy Medler
Bill Warde - sculptural offerings by Linnie McAdams  
(This is a paid advertisement.)
Opportunities/Calls for Entries


Frisco Arts in the Square, March 29-30, 2014

Deadline for application: January 24, 2014

Frisco Arts in the Square is a Juried Fine Arts and Crafts festival featuring over 120 of the best local and regional artists selling their handmade creations.  Every aspect of this event is artist-focused and seeks to provide a venue that enhances your work and simplifies your participation. Jury selection is based upon technique/execution, quality, uniqueness of work, and booth appearance.


Amenities include $500 cash awards to Best in Show & Jurors' Choice as well as $50 cash awards to the top 10 student artists, hotel discount, free parking, and hospitality.  First Place awards in every category are invited to participate in the following year with no jury fee.


Application is available through only. 


For more information, click here.  If you have additional questions, please email


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Visual Arts Society of Texas

2013-2014 Monthly Programs

December 5
Deanna Wood, encaustic

January 9, 2014
Rebecca Low, metal sculpture

February 6
Tanya Synar, sculpture

March 13
Nora Riley, jewelry

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 
2012-2013 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
so the Hospitality
Committee can plan to
have enough refreshments
on-hand at the meeting.
2013/2014 VAST 
Artist Day Out

December 19

January 16

February 6

February 20

March 6

March 20

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