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       March, 2014

This Month's Guest Artist Presenters

Jewelry Designers: Sutton Norris and Mary Beth Clark of Nora Riley

Nora Riley: A Partnership in Process   


Please join the Visual Arts Society of Texas (VAST) for a presentation about Nora Riley jewelry. Nora Riley offers unique and distinctive jewelry - all custom designed and individually hand-crafted from a variety of materials. Almost all are one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable art. The company's designs represent two very distinct styles. This is the result of two different art backgrounds and two very different personalities. Individually, they are Sutton Norris and Mary Beth Clark. Together they are Nora Riley, a partnership formed over ten years ago and still going strong. 

During the presentation, Sutton and Mary Beth will be discussing the development of their partnership as Nora Riley and how their work has evolved over the past 10 years. This will include how they recognize their strengths and weaknesses when choosing new materials and processes, and when determining how they run the business as a partnership.

Mary Beth is the easy going, fun-loving one. For Mary Beth there are no rules, at least none that apply to her. She loves to challenge the materials and believes there is never just one use for anything. Half the fun for Mary Beth is to use the materials in an unusual way. Her work has included materials such as rubber gaskets, washers, electric fuses and plexi-glass. Mary Beth, a graduate of Ball State, is an empty nester living in Midlothian with her husband Scot and two cats. Professionally, Mary Beth is a commercial interior designer. 

Sutton is the perfectionist. Sutton believes organization and obsessing over the details are the only way to go. Clean and simple lines created with silver and gems are most 
prevalent in her work. Sutton enjoys design symmetry and intricate details. Her preferred materials include semi-precious stones, metal clay and argentium silver. A graduate of the University of North Texas, Sutton lives in Dallas with her two daughters, her husband Randy and a dog and cat. Professionally, Sutton is a corporate marketing manager.

For both of them, a quality product and an eye for detail are important in everything from the items that they sell to the branded packaging for each piece.

To find out more about Nora Riley, please see: 

Please Note for the April Meeting: There will be no mini show for members.

 The High School Competition is scheduled.
Memorial to Jeanne Heartsill
Message from Jo Williams 


It greatly distresses me that I am so soon writing another tribute to a treasured VAST member and friend. Jeanne Heartsill had been a member of VAST for over thirty-five years. She twice served as President of the organization, 1981-1982 and 1985-1986. She exhibited her work annually in our Members Exhibitions. One of her greatest contributions to the organization was helping with exhibit installations. I valued her help so much that during the years she was flying, I would schedule installations around her schedule.


Jeanne studied home economics and fashion design at Oklahoma State University and received a BA in art from SMU and a MFA in Fiber Design from UNT. She worked for Richard Brooks Fabrics in Dallas while sewing and designing her own apparel and taught sewing at UNT.  She started painting seriously in the 1970s and worked in oil for a number of years and then a made a transition into watercolor. She also worked part-time as a framer for Martha Robbins.


In 1995, Jeanne became a flight attendant for Sourthwest Airlines and worked until 2008. After retiring, she had more time to focus on her painting and spent time taking watercolor workshops sponsored by Southwestern Watercolor Society. She persevered with entering SWS exhibitions and was rewarded with receiving her SWS Signature status. She and I attended several SWS paint-outs together, and she participated in several of my plein aire workshops including trips to San Miguel de Allende, Fredericksburg, and Lake Murray, OK. and Taos, NM.


She thoroughly enjoyed the VAST Artist Day Out at the art center and was dedicated to attending those events where she enjoyed the camaraderie of many friends. Jeanne was also a member of the Austin Street Artists Association that formed when I had a co-op gallery downtown in the mid to late '90s. 


Jeanne was full of vitality and fun. She was extremely supportive of all of her friends, encouraging us all in our endeavors. I celebrate her life, treasure my memories, but like all of her friends and loved ones, I was so not ready to give her up!


Gary Heartsill, Jeanne's husband, has asked that any Memorials be made to VAST.  Those who wish to do so, please put "Jeanne Heartsill" in the memo line. VAST's address: PO Box 1281, Denton, TX  76210.


Comments from friends:


Martha W. FalsettaJeanne and I were fiber artists together, met her in fall of 1991, she graduated before I did, but her final exhibition was exquisite!! I'll see if I can dig up some of my photos of our light well show....

Icy IlesI knew Jeanne years ago when she was finishing her degree in CVAD. We used to laugh and laugh and I was in awe of her energy and spirit of life. She was a talented, sweet, fun person.

Patricia Riutta Bethan (Austin St. Artists) - Jeanne was such a treasure. She will surely be missed by so many. Indeed, she is an angel now.

Gail Peacher (former VAST member) - What a kind and gentle spirit she was.

Herbert Holl - I will miss her graceful, easy, comfortable manner. She was a wonderful supporter and agreeable friend in my early GDAC days. A lovely woman.

Isabel Davis (SWS) - We enjoyed the SWS paintouts with Jeanne over the last few years. Such a sweet person and always smiling. She will be missed.

Marie Renfro (SWS) - So hard to fathom our loss. What a wonderful person.

Priscilla Evelyn Krejci (SWS) - Jeanne was such a sweet person. I really enjoyed her on the paint outs. She will be missed by all.

Debbie Hoffman Beauchamp (San Miguel fellow participant) - So sad. Jeanne touched so many of us with her sweet spirit.

Debby Price (Workshop buddy) - Jeanne was Melanie in "Gone with the Wind". She had the innate epitome of a Gracious, Southern Gentlewoman. I'm just sure that God put Jeanne here to be an example for us all. She was so good she made me want to be a better person! When I read all the lovely descriptive adjectives everyone has for Jeanne it is true; She was SUPERLATIVE.

Membership Renewal Time
We are nearing the close of the VAST 2013/2014 Year.  The start of our new year is June 1st.  If you are a member of this organization and are not current with your dues, you may do that at our meetings.  If you do not know if you are up to date, please email Mary Wright at


If you'd like to get ahead of the game, we are taking renewals for 2014/2015!

CADD Bus Tour - Saturday, March 22, noon to 4:15
Tour starts and ends in Dallas;
VAST to carpool to location in Denton (9:45am)


Tickets are $65.00 per person. Seating is limited. To purchase tickets visit Guests are provided with bus transportation, lunch, and refreshments. The tour is approximately four hours long.  

For more info about the bus tour, email


VAST Members and friends that have purchased tickets and wish to carpool to Holly Johnson Gallery, should meet at the Denton Farmer's Market grounds (Carroll Avenue, where Shelby House is) at 9:45am. Please notify Isabel Cano at, to let her know if you would like to carpool. 

The March 22 bus tour begins at 12 noon at CADD member, Holly Johnson Gallery at 1411 Dragon Street in the heart of the Dallas Design District. Please park along Dragon Street and enter the gallery to browse painting exhibitions by Geoff Hippenstiel and Anna Bogatin. For more information visit


Your second stop will be CADD member gallery Kirk Hopper Fine Art in Dallas' Deep Ellum neighborhood where guests will view photography exhibitions by Frank Rodick and Jay Rusovich. For more information visit


Your final stop is Waxahachie's WEBB Gallery. Founded in 1987 in a 10,000 square foot cast-iron-front building, Webb Gallery has a huge collection of self-taught art, old fraternal lodge objects, carnival banners, vintage anonymous art, and lots of killer oddball stuff. Guests will view Big Hair & Sparkly Pants, a Texas sized survey!


Lunch & Refreshments from Boster Catering will be served here! For more information visit 



12:00 pm        Meet at Holly Johnson Gallery - 1411 Dragon St, Dallas, TX 

12:45 pm        Depart for next stop 

01:00 pm        Arrive at Kirk Hopper Fine Art - 3008 Commerce Street

01:45 pm        Depart for next stop

02:15 pm        Arrive at Webb Gallery, 209 W Franklin St, Waxahachie

03:45 pm        Depart for Dallas

04:15 pm        Arrive back in Dallas



Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas (CADD) is a non-profit membership organization of galleries formed in 2006 for the purpose of promoting the advancement of contemporary art on all levels.


Each year CADD offers a Scholarship to a graduating high school senior from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. The Scholarship is awarded to a student pursuing a Fine Arts degree at an accredited university or art institute. Proceeds from CADD events assists with the CADD Scholarship and CADD Educational Programs.

Upcoming VAST Workshops for Artists


How to Photograph your Artwork

Instructor: Tom Judd
When: March 29; Time:  8:30 am - 12:15 pm
Where:  Central Fire Station, 332 East Hickory Street, Denton, TX  (tentative)
Cost: $10.00


This workshop is for artists that would like to learn how to digitally photograph their 2-D artwork themselves, or improve upon their technique. We will discuss photographing artwork under various lighting conditions to produce an accurate digital representation of your art. Being familiar with basic operations of your camera before the workshop is a good idea. We will also go through the steps of sizing and titling your photos on the computer to create digital files that meet the requirements of an exhibition prospectus. Participants may wish to bring along their own digital cameras and a laptop with image editing software if desired. There will be a live demonstration of photographing art as well as preparing the photo for exhibition entry using a computer and image editing software.


To find out more about the instructor, see:


To sign up for this workshop, please email Jo Williams at and put the name of the workshop in the "Subject" line of the email. Mail the $10 fee to VAST and memo your check, the name of the workshop. (VAST, PO Box 1281, Denton TX 76210)


How to Create Your Artist Website: 

Instructors: David Riewe, Assistant Rebecca Barham
When: April 19; Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Where:  Central Fire Station, 332 East Hickory Street, Denton, TX.  (tentative)
Cost: $10.00
Limit: 10 attendees


During this workshop, artists and other creative types will be taught step-by-step how to create their own free website.  Artists will be shown free, easy-to-use templates that can be personalized to fit their individual needs. The instructors will give personal attention to each of the attendees and assist them as they build their own website. In addition, artists will be shown how to upgrade their newly created free websites if they so desire by choosing a hosting plan and uploading their site under their own personal domain name (ex.: Artists can actually leave this workshop with an easy-to-use free or hosted website.


Attendees will need to bring their own laptops and images of their artwork to put in their website. 


To find out more about the instructors, see: and


To sign up for this workshop, please email and put the name of the workshop in the "Subject" line of the email. Mail the $10 fee to VAST and memo your check, the name of the workshop. (VAST, PO Box 1281, Denton TX 76210) 


How to Promote your Art with +Google  Instructors: David Riewe, Assistant Rebecca Barham
When: May 31, from 1 - 4 p.m. Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Where:  Central Fire Station, 332 East Hickory Street, Denton, TX.  (tentative)
Cost: $10.00
Limit: 10 attendees


Did you know that 80% of internet searches are done in Google and Google is integrating +Google into all their products. What this means is that if your art and artist site is to be found and work for you, the best way to do this is to promote with +Google.

During this workshop, artists and other creative types will learn step-by-step how to create a +Google profile, integrate their artist website into +Google, create a +Google badge to integrate into their artist website, and how to properly use +Google to find and connect with their target market.


Attendees will need to bring their own laptops, images of their artwork and an image of themselves.  


To find out more about the instructors, see: and


To sign up for this workshop, please email and put the name of the workshop in the "Subject" line of the email. Mail the $10 fee to VAST and memo the check, the name of the workshop. (VAST, PO Box 1281, Denton TX 76210)

Merging Visions - April 24 - June 6


Upcoming dates for Merging Visions

March 15: Artist Statements of 75 words or less due to Beth


April 11: 10:00 am - 12:00 noon; 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Delivery of all works to the Center for Visual Arts (CVA),
April 14 - 18: Installation of poetry and art
April 24 - June 6: Dates of Exhibition
April 24: 5:30 - 7:30: Opening Reception, CVA
June 9: 10:00 am - 12:00 noon; 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm: All work is to be picked up unless the artist gives VAST permission to have it shown in an extended summer exhibition in the Denton libraries. 

If you wish to contribute, please print and fill out the information on the sponsorship form link here and present with your check to either organization in person, or mail to:  VAST, PO Box 1281, Denton, TX 76202-1281.  appreciates your support, in any form - monetary, time and talent!

Upcoming VAST Exhibitions
Prospectus' Expected to be Available Next Month


Members Exhibition  

Take-in: June 19, 10:00 am - noon, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm.  

Exhibition Dates: 

July 1 - August 8.  Reception: July 11, 5:30 - 7:30 pm  

Location: TWU Fine Arts Building  

Juror: Marilyn Ivy, Studio and Family Programs Coordinator, 

Kimball Art Museum  


VAST 2015 Calendar  

Entry Deadline: June 1  

Juror: Josh West 

January Artists of the Month
Congratulations to our winners:
First Place Mini Show Winner:
Roxanne Musick,
Wolfman Willow,
colored pencil
Second Place Mini Show Winner:
Gail W. Cope, Kepler Discovers the Polka Dot
mixed media

February Artists of the Month
Congratulations to our winners:
First Place: Angelia Ford, Helen, encaustic
Second Place: Allison Proulx, Godzilla and Mothra 
mixed media

Hewlett Packard (VAST) Printer 

For Sale


Contact Jo Williams at

GDAC It's in the Bag Event
March 21 Deadline


It's in the bag 2014We need funky, creative handbags to auction off at this year's event. Whether you are a designer or simply a lover of handbags, join the fun by submitting your very own creation!

Entry forms will be available on our website at  

The deadline to submit your entry form is March 21st with handbag delivery by April 25th. The event will be held on May 8, 2014!

For more information contact Caroline Holley at 

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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You can connect to our online community with the "Visual Arts Society of Texas" on Facebook, check this link.

Art Around Town 

Center for the Visual Arts

400 E. Hickory Street, Denton, TX 76201 

Meadows Gallery: 

27th Annual Materials: Hard and Soft

February 7 - April 4

Gough Gallery: 

Exhibition of Denton ISD's Elementary Artists

March 4 - March 30

For more information:


Texas Woman's University Art Galleries

East Gallery and West Gallery 

13th Annual Joyce Elaine Grant Exhibition 

February 20 - March 19

East Gallery, After Sargent by Lydia Panas

Solo Exhibition Winner of JEG Photography Exhibition 2013

West Gallery, JEG Photographic Exhibition

Reception: February 25, 4 - 6pm

010 Gallery

Playful Shadows, photography by Amber Hall 

March 3 to March 21, closing reception March 19 at 4:00pm.  

more information:


University of North Texas Art Gallery

Marking a Course

February 20 - March 29

Curated by Tracee W. Robertson

Marking a Course is an exhibition of figurative artworks that convey meaning through distinct mark making.

more information:


UNT on the Square

Cold Connections

Metals graduates of UNT Jewelry and Metalsmithing Program, Invitational Show.
March 17 - April 16

Reception: March 21, 6-8pm



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

Students of Jo Williams' 
Participating students: Franke Gill, Rebecca Hines, Mary Maher, Nancy Sanchez, Carmen Underwood, Nancy Waldo and Olivia Walker 
until March 14
Mary Emerson and Friends
Participating artists: Andrea Albright, Darla Bostick, Carolyn Buchmann, Mary Emerson, Sandy Jackson, Iris Ann Moore, Mary Sigle Morris, Kristin Neely, Carol Rowley, Sandy Strickland and Carmen Underwood. 
March 14 - May 2
Coordinator for exhibit: Lin Hampton at

"Noble Visions" exhibition at Barnes & Noble Booksellers CafeGolden Triangle Mall 

Works by Lori MacLean through April.

Coordinator for exhibit: Gail Cope at


"Off the Shelves" exhibition at Emily Fowler Central Library
Between exhibits.
502 Oakland St.
Denton TX, 76201
Coordinator for exhibit: Jenna Murray at
"Outside the Box" exhibition at Point Bank Blackbox Theater

Works by Ingrid Scobie

January 10 - April 11 

Coordinator for exhibit: Jo Williams at

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

Join our ongoing drawing class at any time; we are working on drawing animals the next two weeks.  Acrylic and mixed media painting starts Thursday evening at 7 pm.   

more information:


Oxide Gallery

115 Eagle Drive
Denton, TX 76201 

New Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9-5pm, Sat. 10-3pm

3D Free Standing Art Open Call and Artisan Jewelry Open Call - March 21 and 22.

more information: 


tAd Gallery

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


For more information:

Members in the News

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

Center for the Visual Arts

400 E. Hickory, Denton

Meadows Gallery

27th Annual Materials: Hard and Soft

Gail Williamson Cope and Ingrid W. Scobie have works on exhibit. 

February 7 - April 4


Marshall-McPhail Gallery in North Dallas,

11450 Sprowles Street, Dallas, TX  75229


January 1 through March 31

Darla Bostick is the featured artist of this one-woman show.

Opening Reception: February 8, 2-6 PM.  The public is invited to this free wine and cheese reception.  

Opportunities/Calls for Entries


Charles B. Goddard Center, Ardmore, OK

Call For Entry - 44th Annual Juried Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: May 10 - May 23

Juror: Tony Morton, Exec. Director of Paseo Originals Art

       Gallery in Oklahoma City, OK

Entry Fee: $20 per entry, limited to 4 per artist

Work must be hand delivered and will be judged from original work.

Drop off work: April 29 - May 3

For prospectus Check here or go to for more details.


Hegyvidek Gallery

Open call for book artists!

Library Thoughts 4 Exhibition
Deadline: March 31, 2014
Entry fee: $35

Hegyvidek Gallery will open the Library Thoughts 4 exhibition. The exhibition curator is Beata Szechy.
The exhibition is scheduled from August 26 to September 6, 2014.
This exhibition is part of the AIR/HMC, Budapest, International Artists in Residency program.

For more info, application form write to:


PrintMatters (Houston-based arts organization)

Call for NEXT 2014

Contemporary print biennial to be exhibited during PRINTHOUSTON 2014
Open now:  Deadline for submissions is March 31, 2014.

The juror is Yizhak Elyashiv, an artist, printmaker, and faculty member at the Rhode Island School of Design/

The exhibit will take place at Nicole Longnecker Gallery, 2625 Colquitt Avenue, in the heart of Houston's Gallery Row.

We are looking for innovative and challenging works that transcend process and materials and present printmaking as a versatile and adaptable medium. We invite artists who are pushing the boundaries of techniques and materials to apply. We also welcome those artists who are using traditional techniques to speak to contemporary audiences. 

In addition to lithography, relief, intaglio, monotype, or serigraphy, we are interested in artists who use printmaking to create installations, ceramics, sculpture, and artists' books. The only criteria, beyond excellent quality, is that the primary technique(s) used in the creation of the work be listed above.

Go to CaFE™ ( to enter. You will find the call under PrintHouston: NEXT.  

Washington Printmakers Gallery Call for Entries

17th Annual National Small Works Exhibition 2014

Exhibition Dates: July 3 August 31, 2014

Deadline for Submission: May 31, 2014

Juror: Jack Rasmussen, Director and Curator, American University Museum at the Katzen 


First Prize: Solo exhibition at WPG, August, 2015
Second Prize: Graphic Chemical & Ink, Co Award of $200 Gift Cert.

Third Prize: Renaissance Graphic Arts Award of $100 Gift Cert.

  • Original, hand-pulled or archival digital inkjet prints (see other regulations on prospectus)
  • no larger that 170 square inches (image)
  • no wider than 18" (frame)
  • photographs will not be considered

For more information check and for prospectus see 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

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

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