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     January 2014
VAST Annual Soup and Salad Supper - January 9
Meal at 5:30pm; Meeting at 7pm
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.

Guest Artist This Month 

Metal Sculptor, Rebecca Low

�Rebecca's art is very diverse. She creates what she sees. When Rebecca looks at, what many people call junk, she may see all kinds of things - it's very much like seeing faces or objects or landscapes in the clouds. Empty space is filled when Rebecca sees it. Then she either takes found objects, or raw metal, or both and often combines them with paint, water, rock, glass, fire or any other material to help her create her vision. Rebecca's attempt is not to try and control - but to let the visions and materials control themselves, her work and her.


Rebecca Low was born in the small farming community of Tarkio, Missouri, in 1952. She graduated from Tarkio High School and spent her first two years of college attending DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. After transferring to Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, she graduated with a degree in Applied Art with an emphasis in interior design. She practiced interior design in Nebraska and Texas for twenty five years before closing her business  to pursue her artistic career as an artist in metal. Her last major interior design related project was to design and be the general contractor of her new 5000 square foot gallery and studio, and all of the landscaping. The gallery opened July 1, 1998.  The Rebecca Low Gallery is located on Camp Bowie West in Fort Worth, Texas."


More of Rebecca Low's work can be seen at




A few words from VAST President, Jo Williams.


Marilyn Smith finally succumbed to the serious complications that she developed following back surgery on December 16.


I propose that VAST make an award in Marilyn's memory to be given in the VAST 125-Mile Exhibition. If you would like to contribute, please indicate your intention by emailing to, and  mail your check to VAST, PO Box 1281, Denton, TX 76202. Write "Marilyn Smith" in the memo.


Marilyn was a dedicated, long-time member of VAST. She exhibited in many VAST exhibitions including several Merging Visions exhibits and the Members Exhibitions. Her work was often juried into the Annual Calendar, and she participated and won awards in the monthly mini-shows. She worked primarily in watercolor, but also in pastel and clay. She attended many workshops and plein aire events and participated in critique groups. She made vital contributions to VAST with her time and money. She preferred behind the scene jobs helping in numerous ways - delivering flyers, helping in the kitchen, and providing food for receptions and meetings. She contributed many pieces of art to The Art Guild auctions.


I knew Marilyn a long time. We both lived on the same street for a time, but in the late 1990s, she joined one of my watercolor classes, and then I really got to know Marilyn! She told me upfront that she liked to try different things and that she might not take more classes. Indeed, she worked in many media mastering each one. And, she continued to take classes with me off and on until about a year ago.  She took all the workshops that VAST offered. I think watercolor painting gave her a challenge- a challenge that she was up for. She was tenacious in her journey to master the medium, and she succeeded.  She would not give up on a painting, but was determined to make each painting work! I so admired her! Her style was uniquely her own. She joined many of my plein-aire travel workshops going with me to Oaxaca, MX; Eureka Springs, AR; St. Francisville, LA; Lake Murray, OK; and the Wichita Mountains, OK. But, let me be clear, Marilyn gave me far more than I ever gave her. 


Marilyn was a Renaissance woman. She was smart as a whip and excelled at everything she did, and she did many things. She was an adventurer, riding a bicycle all over Europe, traveling to exotic places including China, India, Africa, and the Amazon, as well as many places throughout the United States. She helped her brother maintain their family farm in Marlin, TX. Even in her 70s, she continued to help work the land on a tractor or running power equipment to control the weeds.

We will all miss the generous, warm-hearted, and feisty individual that was Marilyn!


Jo Williams


Comments that folks have written about Marilyn:


Robin Huttash: "Marilyn was a unique individual who always had time for everyone."

Marlys Lamar: "...She seemed like such a strong woman."

Judy Ryan: "She was such a wonderful lady who will be missed by all that knew her! There weren't many like in a million."

Carol Rowley: (in response to my calling Marilyn feisty) "She was the interesting and fun kind of feisty."

Gary Washmon: "Great lady - she will be missed."

Margi Stauver: "...She was one of a kind and will be missed."

Joyce Darling: "Marilyn was one of a kind. I think they broke the mold after she came along."

Isabel Cano: "She has been, and still is, a beautiful thread in my life."

Cyndy Hill: "I remember at one Ladies Lunch, someone said they had a new man in their life, and Marilyn said, 'what do you want one of those for?' It was hilarious."

Icy Iles: "I didn't know her well, but the few conversations I had with her through the years are valuable to me. She seemed like a treasure..."

Linda Hardy: "Marilyn was just a delightful person, so funny and so original."

Debby Price: "A much cobbled quote from someone opined, "tried everything once, and liked it"...or some such. Marilyn represented that to me. She had 'game.' Every adjective for unique fit her. I could call her and get a new, wonderful slant on any subject. I admired her blunt individuality and she ministered to my off-kilter soul with fresh material. She busily went about her life working to help the disfranchised, volunteering where she could make a difference, and being 'Marilyn.'"

Connie Ashley Akers: "I met Marilyn through a mutual friend who happened to be Mormon. That sort of sums up Marilyn's openness for me."

Alice Miller: "She was a bright spot whenever I saw her. She was so positive about her beliefs and who she was. She was always helping out whomever she felt needed help." 

Marilyn shown with winning work from previous Artist of the Month.
Opening for the 8th Annual 125-Mile 
Visual Arts Exhibition  

Come and support the artists!


January 17 - February 21

Gough Gallery
Center for the Visual Arts
400 E. Hickory Street, Denton, Texas


January 17, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 

Awards Presentation: 6:30 p.m. 


Last chance to view the VAST Calendar Exhibit; 
A few calendars left!
Enjoy the exhibition of artwork chosen for this year's calendar at The Chestnut Tree from November 15 - January 10. 

Calendars will be available at the January meeting for $11.
VAST in need of Volunteer.  Can you help?
We are in need of a volunteer to learn how to install the signs in the gallery. Deanna Wood will be available for training at the meeting on Thursday. 
Contact Jo Williams,
One spot opened up for Michael Holter's Workshop-January 22-24th!  Members cost, $195, non-members, $230.  Contact Kristin 214.578.0357
Sign up for Priscilla Krejci Workshop
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. 
CADD Bus Tour
Scheduled for March 22, 2014

CADD is the Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas group and we have the opportunity to join 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!
Congratulations December Artists of the Month
First Place Winner
Maurice Leatherbury
Jalepeno and Red Pepper Berries, photography

Second Place Winner
Angelia Ford
Henry, graphite

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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UNT on the Square
Artist Kiki Smith To Exhibit
Transformations, January 29 - February 27


Internationally renowned sculptor and printmaker Kiki Smith, who received a Department of State Medal of the Arts Award in 2012, is the Institute for the Advancement of the Arts 2013-14 Artist in Residence.


Smith visited UNT in the spring of 2013, when she was the chosen speaker for the annual Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Lecture Series in Contemporary Sculpture and Criticism. In his introduction of Smith, College of Visual Arts and Design Dean Robert Milnes said, "Kiki Smith creates some of the most empathetic, intimate, imagistic and figurative works of our era. Her work is deeply spiritual and at the same time politically charged, addressing philosophical, social and spiritual aspects of human nature through prints, drawings, sculpture and installations."


While at UNT, she will work with students, visiting classes to talk about her work. Throughout her residency, she will be producing prints and will present the exhibition "Transformations" Jan. 29-Feb. 27 at UNT on the Square.


Said Smith. "I plan to use it [the residency] as an experimental time for learning ways new to me to create large landscape prints celebrating the Texas wildflowers."


New York's Museum of Modern Art calls Smith "one of the most significant artists of her generation." She was among five artists who received the first Department of State Medal of the Arts Awards for the work they have done, including their artwork displayed in U.S. embassies around the world.


Known for her sculptures and prints, which often focus on female iconography, Smith's artwork is in collections throughout the world including the Art Institute of Chicago, Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. 

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. 

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: 

Between exhibits.

For more information:


Texas Woman's University Art Galleries

East Gallery and West Gallery 

Gallery 010

Galleries closed until January 13

Jeannie Hulen & Shalene Valenzuela Exhibition Reception

January 21, 4:00-6:00pm

more information:


University of North Texas Art Gallery

The Artist On Film explores how the image of the artist is constructed and presented, reiterated and represented, and subverted and deconstructed through the medium of film and video. Curated by Victoria Estrada Berg DeCuir.

January 14 - February 1
Cora Stafford Gallery
MFA Photography Exhibition by Rachel Rushing
January 14 - January 17 
more information:


UNT on the Square

Annual CVAD Faculty and Staff Exhibition

December 5 - January 9

Transformations, works by Kiki Smith

January 29 - February 27

Reception, January 30, 7-9pm


The Chestnut Tree

Exhibition of VAST Calendar Art

November 15 - January 10
Students of Jo Williams'  
January 10 - March 14


Barnes & Noble Booksellers Cafe - Golden Triangle Mall 

Colored Pencil Works by Roxanne Musick through January.

Emily Fowler Central Library
Works by Brad Morgan
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. Exhibit closes on January 10.

Works by Ingrid Scobie

January 10 - April 11 

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

New January classes 

more information:


Oxide Gallery

115 Eagle Drive
Denton, TX 76201  

OXIDE will be seeing Artisan Jewelry and 3D Free Standing Artwork for the next show - January 17th & 18th.

Oxide@banter is looking for 2D & 3D Wall Hanging artwork to feature in the February - March 2014 show.

Online submissions accepted December 10th - January 11th.

For Open Calls or more information: 


tAd Gallery

901 Avenue C, suite 101, denton, texas 76201 (enter through the bowllery.)


Veiled Probes, by Haley Kattner Allen, a Dallas-born

artist who currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Veiled Probes focuses on the empirical self and how outside influences ultimately build an individual's concept of the self-relationships, surroundings, possessions, and memories. These points of reference act as a mirror with which the individual is able to gaze into as a means of viewing the self. This series embraces femininity and provides a loose narrative of the shift from childhood to womanhood, and becoming comfortable in the new

role of woman.

January 3 - January 26, 2014

Opening receptions: January 3, 2014, Friday, 8pm

Artist talk: January 7, 2014, Tuesday, 8pm

For more information:

Members in the News

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

Let us know what you are up to!
Opportunities/Calls for Entries



Exhibit dates: April 18th - May 3

Art & Soul of the Magic Valley, presented by the Magic Valley Arts Council, is now accepting Early Bird Registration for the 2014 public-voting art competition. Art & Soul awards the largest prize money of any art show in Idaho. This unique community-wide art contest will award over $30,000 in cash prizes to 15 winners in the public-voting competition. Top prize will take home $10,000.


The Art & Soul Artist's Early Bird Registration is $50 until February 8, 2014.

Exciting new aspects in 2014:

A Professionally Judged Competition and Youth Category

The Professionally Judged Competition will award $3,000 in two categories. And the Youth Category will award $300 in cash in each of three divisions.

The entry fee for the Professionally Judged Competition is $25. Categories are two dimensional or three dimensional.

For more information visit


call the Magic Valley Arts Council Office at 208-734-ARTS (2787).


Cambridge Art Association

National Prize Show

Online Deadline: March 2, 2014 (est) 5pm



 Open to all artists living in the USA, working in all media. All work will be juried from digital images submitted through Slideroom.  Prospectus available here.


Cambridge Art Association is pleased to announce our 13th National Prize Show, juried by James Welu, Director Emeritus, Worcester Art MuseumDr. Welu taught at Clark University and the Worcester Art Museum (WAM) for several years, before joining the museum staff as an assistant curator in 1974. He served as chief curator from 1980 to 1986 before becoming the Director of WAM. He served in this position for twenty-five years.

Dr. Welu retained oversight of Old Master paintings and taught on a continuous basis. A specialist in 17th-century Dutch and Flemish painting and cartography, Welu organized many exhibitions including Judith Leyster: A Dutch Master and Her World,
 the first show of the most famous woman artist from Holland's Golden Age. In 2007 Hope and Healing: Painting in Italy in a Time of Plague, 1500-1800 was the first exhibition in North America to examine the response of the visual arts to the plague. Since 2011, Dr. Welu has served as Director Emeritus of WAM. 

Enter at


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



500X EXPO 2014

The opening will be Feb. 15, from 5-8 PM

The show runs from Feb. 15 - Mar. 2

The 500X EXPO is a juried exhibition open to any artist within Texas. Artists may enter up to 3 images/videos (including details) for a total submission fee of $30. Submit your work to


This year's juror is Gabriel Ritter, The Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, he assumed the role at the Dallas Museum of Art in May 2012. 


Delivery of work is the responsibility of the artist and must be delivered on the designated dates, unless special arrangements are made. Work can be delivered on Feb. 8th or 9th between 2 PM and 5 PM. You will be notified by email or phone if your work is selected. Please do not try to contact anyone if you do not receive any notice.



20th Annual Texas National 2014 Art Competition and Exhibition

April 12 - June 14

The Cole Art Center @The Old Opera House, Nacogdoches, TX

Entry fee: $35 for up to three images

Juror: Jerome Witkin, contemporary figurative painter

All entry fees must be received by January 18.

Awards: First Place $2,000, Second $1,000 and Third $500

For full information, click this 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

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

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