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June, 2017
Please Note:  VAST Meeting Day Change in the Fall 
We Meet on the First Wednesday of the Month 
Due to scheduling changes at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, starting in September, our meetings will be held on the FIRST WEDNESDAY of the month, September through May. 
Please note that our guest fees will be $5 starting in September.
Merging Visions Exhibition at UNT Until  June 27
Extended Exhibition to Follow in Denton Libraries
Merging Visions  Exhibition 
May 21 - June 27, 2017
Lightwell Gallery, 
UNT Art Building,  1201 W. Mulberry
  Gallery hours:  Mon.-Fri. 8am-10pm;  Sat. & Sun. - 12-8pm

Extended Merging Visions Exhibition
June 28 - August 19, 2017
Denton Public Library

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

Extended Exhibit at the Denton Libraries:
Twenty five paired pieces of art and poetry from the 2017 Merging Visions Exhibit will continue to be displayed in an extended exhibit during the summer months.  

Extended Exhibition Pick Up:  Artists can pick-up their works at the branch library where their works are displayed on Saturday, August 19, between 10:00 a.m. and 12 noon.   For problems or concerns, contact the Coordinator for the 2017 Extended Merging Visions Exhibit:   Carol Stoecker  (Please email only); phone (emergency):  214.536.4274 
or  Deanna Wood, VAST Vice President, Exhibitions:  email:

Calendar Entry Deadline - June 3
Free entry if you renewed your VAST Membership by May 31. You have a couple of days to enter!! For prospectus,  Click Here.

VAST Membership Renewal
Our fiscal year  has ended. 
2017-2018 Membership Fees are Due.

You may renew by the following methods:
  • Renew at our VAST Member Show Take-in (See article below.) 
  • 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.
Membership Levels:  Individual $35,  Educator $25,  Student $15,
Family $45 

VAST Member Exhibition 
Bring Entries: June 12
Renew or Sign Up at Take-in
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
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

Be a Part of the VAST Figure Drawing Group
Additional Summer Sessions/New Location
VAST sponsors a monthly drawing session with a live model. This two hour open studio will have no instructor. The group is available to VAST members only. 

Summer sessions are now available. This summer the meetings will be held at the  Global Spheres Center in Corinth; 7801 SO. I-35 E. Corinth, 76210 ( at SO. I-35 near Swisher Road, in the B eulah Center.)

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.

Meeting day: One Thursday each month.   
Time: 10 AM to 12 Noon
2017 Dates at the Global Sphere Center:  6/22, 7/27, 8/24
2017 Dates at the P-A Arts Center: 9/28, 10/26, 11/09, 12/14
2018 Dates at the P-A Arts Center: 1/25, 2/22, 3/22, 4/26, 5/24

Because studio space is limited, it will be necessary for interested artists to reserve a space. If you have not yet reserved your space or have questions, please contact Susan Boyle at:, or leave a message at  940-387-4376.

Greater Denton Arts Council - First Friday
2017 Arts Grants Awards, FREE
First Friday at the Arts Center: 2017 Arts Grants Awards
June 2, 2017, 6-8 PM, FREE
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

The Greater Denton Arts Council has given over $1.5 million dollars in grants to the arts of Denton through community arts grants and artist micro-grants. Celebrate the recipients of the 2017 Arts Grants Awards, supporting the artists and arts organizations of our community. The evening will feature performances by past and current grant recipients.

2016/2017 VAST Artist of the Year

Artist of the year: Lisa Daniel
Congratulations, Lisa!

Lisa Daniel, Bike
acrylic on canvas

Runner Up, Francis May
You Comin', watercolor/mixed media

2017 Calendar Focus - June

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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.
No current exhibition.
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 June. 

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   
May 12 - August 11:  Mike Strecher

Denton Community Theater (DCT) will be honoring long-time employee and volunteer Mike Strecher with a reception on June 3, 5:30 - 7:30 at the POINTBank Black Box Theater. Mike is not only a set-builder, an actor, but he is also a painter, and a collection of his paintings is currently on exhibit in the lobby of the Black Box through August 11. Mike is also a member of Visual Arts Society of Texas (VAST), which co-sponsors the exhibit with DCT.  
Mike Strecher has been a part of the theater scene in Denton since 1999 and has played many roles at the Campus Theater. For the past ten years, he has served as Facilities Director at the Campus Theater. Mike's resume also includes book clerk, beer and wine salesman, commercial fisherman, carpenter, and sprout farmer.
Mike received a BFA in Drawing and Painting from Sam Houston State University in 1980. He states that "he reads like a fiend, mostly mysteries, and at least attempts the New York Times crossword puzzle on a daily basis."  He lives with his son Jackson in Denton, and says that "he is blessed with an amazing and remarkable family, and true, honest, and beautiful friends.
Mike Stretcher's Artist Statement: "After years of pondering and discovery, trying to figure out what it is that I am doing or mean, I know it is not random because I am always influencing me, but really when I draw or paint, things just come spewing out of me.  Not sure if out of my brain or heart or soul. Definitely inspired by my years at sea. Nature and survival are common themes. They usually begin with a single color, dark or light, and action and rhythm. It is always a matter of discovery to enhance or discard. I stop when I feel it is right (sometimes way too late.) I paint in acrylic on thin plywood and enhance many pieces with charcoal.  I hope you like them." 

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
Carol Stoecker will be exhibiting her work through June.
Carol Stoecker is a local artist, making her 18 year business of art a full time job. Not only does she paint canvas paintings, but also murals, faux finishes and textured stone and brick for residential and commercial clients. You can see some of her work at Blue Goose Cantina, Aw Shucks, Grapes To Wine (Bartonville). Carol has also painted murals in many DFW Grand model homes over the years.
Make sure to look closely at the Neon paintings! Some have messages hidden in them. The office will have a flashlight to help you locate special messages.
Carol's FUR BABY collection has been a big hit. She makes sure to get all the markings in the right place and capture their personality in their eyes! Contact Carol if you would like a special painting of YOUR fur baby!

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

"Stoked About Denton" Exhibition is a new Revolving Exhibit in Denton.  It is located walking distance from the Patterson-Appleton Center at 608 E. Hickory St., Suite 128.
VAST artists Mary Simon and Carole Petulla will be exhibiting through June.

Mary Simon: "We recently returned to Texas, after living three years overseas; this collection reflects the influences of our travels in and around our home in Athens, Greece.  My artwork has always mirrored my life in its fluid nature.  One thing leads to another, building on previous skills and understanding to continually learn and grow.  Inspiration was everywhere and it allowed me to explore and experiment with various mediums on a wide variety of subject matter."

Abstract artist Carole  Petulla began painting as a hobby, incorporating her recycling and reuse lifestyle. This former finance manager is mostly self-taught and paints in oil, inks and acrylics. Influenced by movement, color and her joy of life, she takes inspiration from her imagination influenced by God's creations all around her. Texture rules, touch it - but be gentle!

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.
Join  A Creative Art STUDIO for a fun art show this First Friday, June 2nd, 7 - 9:30 PM.  Come see beautiful new works by our Denton Artists and our featured Artist of the Month,  Aurora Cabrera .  Her beautiful watercolors reflect her joy of life and influence of her heritage.  Listen to the sounds of Will Frenkel.  Help us create our community collage.  Grab a friend and come join the fun. 

Denton Community Theater (DCT) will be honoring VAST Member, long-time employee and volunteer Mike Strecher with a reception on June 3, 5:30 - 7:30 at the POINTBank Black Box Theater. Mike is not only a set-builder, an actor, but he is also a painter, and a collection of his paintings is currently on exhibit in the lobby of the Black Box through August 11. 
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. VAST Member, Aurora Cabrera is the Artist of the Month.

Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
400 E. Hickory Street, Denton, TX 76201 
Festival Hall:  
Gough Gallery:  none currently
Meadows Gallery: 
Texas Watercolor Society presents the 68th Annual National Exhibit
Opening Reception, Friday, June 9, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
June 10 - August 26, 2017
In 1949, th Texas Watercolor Society  was founded with the mission to advance the art of painting in watercolors, and hold annual exhibitions of watercolor paintings. Today, more than 60 years later, TWS continues to promote the high standards set by its founders. As a national exhibit, TWS proudly takes its place among the elite watercolor organizations in the nation as they continue to exhibit and promote some of the of the best artists working in that unique and vibrant medium - watercolor.  
For more information:

Texas Woman's University Art Galleries
East Gallery and West Gallery 
Summer Show: Wish You Were Here
June 3 - July 16, 2017
Opening reception: June 3, 5-7 p.m.
For more 

University of North Texas Art Galleries
Merging Visions
May 21 - June 27, 2017
Lightwell Gallery,  University of North Texas Art Building
(1201 W. Mulberry)
Gallery hours:
Mon.-Fri. 8am-10pm;  Sat. & Sun. - 12-8pm
For more information: http://gallery.unt.e du

UNT on the Square
VAST Members Exhibition
June 14 - June 30, 2017
Opening Reception: June 16,  5:30-7:30pm
Awards Presentation: 6:30pm
For more information:
Opportunities/Calls for Entries

2017 Creative Arts Center of Dallas 
Annual Juried Membership Exhibition Call for Entries
Entries due July 7th
Location: Mary Tomás Gallery,  1110 Dragon St.,  Dallas, Tex as 75207
Submission Deadline: Friday, July 7th
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 5th 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
In this juried exhibition our panel will be looking for the most exceptional of member work in all mediums. CAC members are invited to submit up to three images of original 2D or 3D artworks created within the last two years for consideration. 
For more information, please contact Andrea Blanco at or via phone (214) 320-1275

Fort Worth Community Art Center Requests For Proposals 2018
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION - September 15, 2017, accepting now!
Location: 1300 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, TX
In an effort to coordinate our 2018 calendar, we are making some exciting changes to the way we schedule upcoming shows. Our calendar will be arranged so that each month the exhibits are more cohesive and supportive of each.
We will no longer rent our spaces on a first come - first serve basis. Instead your proposal will be reviewed and selected to fit the space and timing that works best for the entire gallery.
Please list the gallery and date you prefer, we will attempt to accommodate your request. Please note, March and September 2018 are already booked. We are also revamping our Focus Gallery program to ensure that the artists selected are exhibiting in the gallery that fits their work the best. This being said, Galleries one and two may be available for your show.  
Your show idea or concept may not be fully realized, but please do your best to summarize what it will be. Include images of each artist's work who will be participating.  The more formulated the show idea, the better chance of selection. 
Proposals will be viewed from images submitted only through the gallery's online submission. We understand works may not be completed that you wish to exhibit so we ask for a general idea. Please submit images of the artists participating even if those works will not be in the show. If your exhibit includes several artists, please submit works that sum up their style. Images must be JPEGs with minimum width/height of 800 pixels, maximum size as 2MB. Do not use spaces or special characters (!@$, etc) in image file names. Video and audio files can be submitted through links. 
For Full Details and SubmittingClick Here.
Please direct all questions to:
Jonathan Mark Levy, Program and Exhibition Manager
1300 Gendy Street
Fort Worth, TX,  76107
direct: 817.298.3021

Deadline: September 1, 2017
Entry Fee:  $30.00 
Seeking to exhibit professional, contemporary art with a focus on regional artists in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana.
Proposals should demonstrate a consistency of vision. Exhibitions will span from 3 - 6 weeks and curators may not be included in their own exhibitions.
Proposals from Artists need to include:
Exhibition Summary
CV & Artist Statement
10-20 images of artworks
Image list including size & medium
For the Prospectus,  Check Here.
Please direct all questions to:
Jonathan Mark Levy, Program and Exhibition Manager
1300 Gendy Street
Fort Worth, TX,  76107
direct: 817.298.3021

Southwestern Watercolor Society 54th Annual Member 
Exhibition: August 30 through September 30, 2017
Location:  Eisemann Center in Richardson
More than $5,000.00 in cash and merchandise to be awarded! 
Deadline for entry is June 30, 2017 at midnight.
Enter through the CaFE (Call for Entries) website,
Use the word 'watercolor' or 'southwestern' on the Café site to search for our exhibition or this link should take you directly to the
SWS call for entry. 
For assistance in using Café, see  Aids to Entering our Membership Exhibition on the SWS website.
Juror for 54th SWS Membership Exhibition: Keiko Tanabe 
Keiko was born in Kyoto, Japan and currently lives in San Diego, California, U.S.A. Primarily self-taught, she embarked on a professional art career as a watercolor painter in 2005 after working in international relations and marketing. Since then, her work has earned many awards and recognitions on national and international level. Her work appears in private and corporate collections in many countries. Her work was also featured in numerous art publications including L'Art de l'Aquarelle (France & UK), Practique des Arts (France), Watercolor Artist (US) and Artists & Illustrators (UK). She is also a sought-after workshop instructor, teaching watercolor courses both in the U.S. and abroad. She is currently a member of National Watercolor Society (signature), American Watercolor Society, North American Watercolor Artists and American Impressionist Society. Her website:
Entry Fee: $35.00; $5 each for 2nd & 3rd painting.
All work must be painted after January 1, 2015 (strictly enforced), original water media on paper or Yupo. Accepted water media include watercolors, acrylics, inks, gouache, casein, egg tempera, watercolor pencils and watercolor crayons. For complete requirements, see the prospectus.

Visual Art League of Lewisville
The Visual Art League of Lewisville ("VAL") Texas is pleased to announce a call for entries for the Fresh Ideas 2017 juried show to be held at the Medical City of Lewisville Grand Theater art gallery in Lewisville, Texas.
Exhibition Dates: August 5 th through September 9 th , 2017. 
DEADLINE: Friday, June 30th , 2017, 1:00 AM Central Daylight Time (all subsequent times here are CDT).
Full Prospectus can be Found Here.
Juror: Christopher Blay is an Instructional Associate and Curator at Tarrant County College Southeast. He e arned a BFA in 2003 from Texas Christian University in studio art with an emphasis on photography. Mr. Blay has worked as a teacher at the Nasher Sculptural Center, and exhibited at Centraltrak in Dallas, the South Dallas Cultural Center, 500 X Gallery in Dallas, and several other galleries in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Additional information about him can be found at 
The exhibition is open to all visual artists who reside in Texas and contiguous states (Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico).
Entry Fee is $50 for non-members of VAL and $35 for VAL members for a maximum of three (3) pieces of work. 
Membership forms to join VAL can be found HERE. or at . 
Awards: First Place Winner - cash prize of $1,000 and a solo show in summer 2018 at the MCL Grand art gallery in Lewisville. 2nd Place - $500, 3rd Place - $250, two Honorable Mentions, $150 each and $100 People's Choice Award.

Only original 2D and 3D art work (oil, watercolors, acrylics, pastel, mixed media, collage, drawing, prints, photography, ceramics, textiles, fiber, encaustic, jewelry and sculpture) created in the last two (2) years. 
See lots more here:

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

Visual Arts Society of Texas

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2017-2018 Monthly Programs
Meetings start in September.
 are held on the first Wednesday of the month, Sept. through May. The meeting location is the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 East Hickory St, Denton, TX.

7:00 - 9:00 pm

Members: Free
Guests: $5 

2017-2018 VAST Membership Levels

$15 - Student 

$25 - Educator*
$35 - Individual
$45 - Family

Make checks payable to
VAST; mail to VAST, PO
Box 1281, Denton, TX
For membership questions, please contact Mary Wright at


*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.
2017/2018 VAST 
Artist Day Out
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 (usually the 1st & 3rd Thursday of the 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
2017/2018 Figure Drawing Group
Time for all sessions: 
10 AM to 12 Noon

2017 Summer meetings at Global Spheres, 7801 SO. I-35 E., Corinth, TX:
June 22
July 27
August 24

2017/2018 Dates (Meetings in the craft room at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 East Hickory Street, Denton): 
September 28 
October 26
November 9
December 14  
January 25, 2018
February 22
March 22
April 26
May 24

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.