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March, 2017
March 2 Meeting: Guest Artist, Mike Moffatt, 
Art Hunger - Pop Up Galleries and More
Title of Presentation : The Ways Art Changed My Life
Artist: Mike Moffatt
The guest for the next VAST Meeting, on Thursday, March 2nd is Mike Moffatt and Art-Hunger. Mike works at Asel Art Supply in Fort Worth and is a member of Art-Hunger. Mike and additional
members of the group will appear for a discussion about their goals and share the work of their passion.

Summary: I'm taking this opportunity to engage with other DFW artists, on the importance of a strong "Do It Yourself" art movement in your city. This talk will reflect on the potential of just a few friends deciding to start up an art group. Then give out insights on how they can start their own groups using partnerships with local schools and businesses. The idea is to provide stories from failures to successful events that reinforce why local art groups are so significant. 

Art-Hunger is a Fort Worth/Dallas Texas art organization formed for both emerging and established artists  who have the desire to show their artwork, sell, socialize, learn, share, network, practice their skills and gain more exposure.  In the summer of 2012, they hosted more than a dozen art shows and fund raisers.
Art Hunger welcomes all painters, sculptors, jewelers, book makers, ceramicists, glass blowers, welders, shirt and textile artists, graphic artists, illustrators and more to join in! Their goal is to continue creating new events and more ways to help bring the local art community together.
Mike's Artist Statement:
"Always looking to the future in whatever I do, while keeping the mind's eye on the past. Having respect for the long history of the arts is so important to me. Using skills I learned in school and out of the classroom, I have grown into a well-rounded painter and designer. Instead of the normal POP Art that is so overly done in this decade, I pick out scenes that touch the emotions in the true fans. This puts me closer to my audience and that loyalty is hard to come by in the art world.

The meeting is from 7-9pm and located at Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 East Hickory Street, Denton. Fees for guests are $3.

March starts VAST Membership Renewal
Our organization has a fiscal year 
that starts on June 1 and ends May 31. 
You may renew by the following methods:
  • Renew at the March, April or May VAST meetings. 
  • 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.
    Monthly mini-competitions
    Monthly e-newsletter
    Artist of the Year Award
    Juried exhibition discounts (125-Mile)
    Workshop discounts
    20% discount on full-price purchases at Voertman's in Denton and Asel Art Supply in Denton and Dallas
Membership Levels:
Individual ($35)
Educator ($25)  In addition to receiving all Membership Benefits outlined above, educators may bring their students to the VAST monthly meetings free of charge. Although there is no limit to the number of students who may attend, we ask instructors to let us know if more than 5 students will attend any one meeting so we may adjust our hospitality plans accordingly.
Student ($15)
Family ($45)  With a Family Membership, Individual/Student Membership Benefits are extended to all members of the same household.

VAST Sponsored Workshop: Michael Holter
April 10-12, 2017 
Watercolor Impressionism: 
Landscape and  Cityscape 

See his work at
Michael Holter

This workshop will focus on the use of watercolor to paint exciting impressionistic paintings. You paint from photographs and will explore the use of light and shadow to create interesting compositions and achieve dynamic results. We will examine the fundamentals of watercolor painting to assure that all students are familiar with the techniques. Daily discussions and application of the principles and elements of design will be woven into your painting experience. Each day you will engage in exercises that will solidify the content that you are working on and spend time viewing other artists work. We will discuss the methods and the impact that these artists achieve using their techniques. Michael will demonstrate his approach to creating landscapes and cityscapes and show you several high speed demonstrations. You will have ample time to successfully complete your own paintings.
Michael welcomes novice and advanced students and tailors the experience to individual needs.

Cost:  VAST Members: $195; Non-Members $230
Where:  Patterson Appleton Arts Center, Denton (corner of Hickory and Bell) 
Daily Time:  9:30 - 4:00, with a one hour lunch break; 9:30 - 2:00 on the last day.
Registration Fee: 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  

Cancellation by Participant :  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 a month or less prior to the class.
Cancellation by VAST:  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.

Merging Visions Exhibition
May 21 - June 27
Merging Visions Exhibition will have an opening reception on May 21. The show will hang from May 21 - June 27 at UNT Lightwell Gallery atrium in the main art building on Welch and Mulberry.  Watch for more information. 
Please Note:
The VAST Member Exhibition will take place at 
UNT on the Square
Watch for more information on the VAST Member Show, June 16-29.

February Mini Show Winners
1st Place,  Francis May
Are you Coming?, w atercolor and dry pigments

   2nd Place,  Lisa Daniels
Collage #1, c ollage

2017 Calendar Focus - February



GDAC Materials Hard and Soft

30th annual Materials: Hard + Soft 
International Contemporary Craft Competition & Exhibition
February 3 - May 6, 2017,  
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
$5 for public, FREE for GDAC members, 
students and children under 12

Recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country,  Materials: Hard + Soft  began in 1987 and was originally initiated by area artist Georgia Leach Gough. Now in its 30th year, the exhibition opens to international artists as we celebrate the evolving field of contemporary craft and the remarkable creativity and innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media.

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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.
James J. Johnson, Jr. will have work up through May 12.

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 March. 

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   
February 10 - May 12: Students of Jo Williams
An Exhibition of Watermedia
A reception will be held on March 25 at 5:00 pm until 6:30 pm. The public is invited.  

On exhibit now, at the PointBank Black Box Theater, is an exhibition of watercolor and mixed media paintings by the students of Jo Williams. Artists exhibiting are Connie Hamill, Carolyn Johnson, Kimberly Karl, Barbara Lindley, Claudia Lynch, Clint Lynch, Mary Maher, Buster Maloney, Frances May, Diana McGimpsey, Bonnie Merritt, and Susan Vaughan. All exhibitors are members of the Visual Arts Society of Texas (VAST).

This exhibition will feature a variety of techniques including direct painting with transparent watercolor and experimental painting creating an abstract underpainting with splattering various dry pigments including instant coffee and instant tea.  Subjects include florals - sunflowers, poinsettias, and white flowers as a study in painting white, and various birds and animals.

Williams has been painting and teaching in watercolor for over thirty years. Local classes are held at the Patterson-Appleton Art Center.  Williams also teaches in various locations including in France for Artistic Gourmet Adventures. She will be teaching in Brittany in June, in Fredericksburg in April, and in Santa Fe in September.

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

Tom Judd will be  exhibiting January through March. 

Denton, TX photographer, Thomas Judd, has been making photographs for over 35 years.  Judd earned a B.A. degree in Cinema and Photography from Southern Illinois University in 1980 and has made a career as a working photographer ever since. Experienced in many areas of commercial photography, as well as having taught beginning photography mini-courses at the University of North Texas, Judd has always kept a place in his life for making photographs that are purely for artistic enjoyment.  His fine art photographs are widely exhibited, have won numerous awards, and are held in private collections throughout the United States. 

Coordinator for exhibit: Isabel Cano,  isabel
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.

Stoke Exhibition is a new Revolving Exhibit in Denton.  "Stoke" is located walking distance from the Patterson- Appleton Center at 608 E. Hickory St., Suite 128.
Artists David Blow, Susan K. Boyle and Deanna Wood are exhibiting and their work will be up for 3 months. 

David Blow: I am photographer/printmaker and Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of North Texas. I have been engaged as a 
printmaker for forty five years and  exhibited my work in numerous national and international exhibitions including 2014 "All Creatures of our God and King" a one person exhibition at Lovers Lane UMC in Dallas,  Texas. In 2013, I had a "Retrospective Exhibition" at the University of North Texas on the Square in Denton. 
For more information, check 

Susan K. Boyle has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University. After graduation she worked as a commercial artist for several years in Kansas City and in New York City. After changing careers Boyle continued studying art while traveling worldwide. Susan says, "Art is my primary creative outlet, so drawing and painting people has always seemed particularly compelling to me."
Boyle has been exhibiting publicly for over seventeen years. Her work may be seen in private collections across America. 

About this Art Series: 
This series of ten paintings started with models in the studio. Working from life, Susan K Boyle created sensitive line drawings that she enlarged and transferred to canvas. Boyle's goal was to capture the mood and spirit of the individual with a minimum of lines, marks, and colors. Using simplified forms, and limited colors she created this series of thoughtful figurative work of art. Website:
Carol Stoecker is the coordinator for this exhibition and can be contacted at

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, both from Texas Woman's University. She worked as a graphic designer in a corporate environment for 14 years. She decided to leave the corporate world behind to pursue a career in fine art, receiving a Master of Fine Arts in painting from Texas Woman's University in 2004. She lives in Denton, Texas and teaches art at Texas Woman's University and encaustic workshops at her studio and The Encaustic Center. 

Carol Stoecker is the coordinator for this exhibition. If you are interested in showing, please contact her at
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Meadows Museum at SMU, Dallas
Between Heaven and Hell: The Drawings of Jusepe de Ribera opens March 12
Between Heaven and Hell: The Drawings of Jusepe de Ribera 
March 12 - June 11
  This exhibition will be the most comprehensive presentation ever dedicated to the artist's drawings and the first major monographic exhibition organized on the artist in the United States in the last 25 years.

Forty-seven of Ribera's drawings (nearly a third of the artist's surviving output), 12 prints, 11 paintings, and one relief sculpture will be on display, demonstrating the technical skill and extraordinary originality of this Golden Age master. Co-organized with the Museo Nacional del Prado, the exhibition marks the publication of the first catalogue raisonné of the artist's drawings, published jointly by the Meadows Museum, the Museo Nacional del Prado, and Fundación Focus. The Meadows Museum is the only U.S. venue for this exhibition.
Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd., Dallas, TX 75205

Art Around Town 
A Creative Art STUDIO
227 W. Oak Street, Suite 101
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Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
400 E. Hickory Street, Denton, TX 76201 
Festival Hall:  
Composite of the Soul ft. Justin Archer, Dan Black, and Erik Beruvides
Opening Reception, Thursday, January 19, 2017, 6 - 8 PM
January 20 - June 3, 2017, FREE
Gough Gallery:
Youth Art Month: Recent Works by Denton ISD Elementary Students
Opening Reception, Thursday, March 9, 2017, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
March 10 - 28, 2017, FREE
National Youth Art Month is a month of promoting art and art education in the United States. Families and children can enjoy the work of Denton Independent School District Elementary school students in this delightful exhibition.
Meadows Gallery: 
30th Annual Materials: Hard + Soft 
International Contemporary Craft Competition & Exhibition
February 3 - May 6, 2017
$5 for public, FREE for GDAC Members, students, & children under12
Recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country, Materials: Hard + Soft began in 1987 and was originally initiated by area artist Georgia Leach Gough. Now in its 30th year, the exhibition opens to international artists as we celebrate the evolving field of contemporary craft and the remarkable creativity and innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media. 
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
Closed for construction.
For more information: http://gallery.unt.e du

UNT on the Square
Currents: A Survey of Recent Work by Jerry Austin
February 8  -  March 4 
For more information:
Opportunities/Calls for Entries
The Latino Cultural Center announces a CALL FOR ENTRIES
14th Annual Hecho en Dallas Juried Exhibition
Submission deadline: Saturday, March 11, 2017 by 5 p.m. 
Not a postmark deadline. Entries received after the 
deadline will be disqualified.
There is no entry fee.
Hecho en Dallas exhibition is designed to showcase the recent work of professional artists who reside and are active in the artistic environment of the Dallas area. The exhibition was conceived by the Latino Cultural Center in recognition of the talented pool of artists whose creative endeavors give vitality to the cultural movement in DFW. Hecho en Dallas is a component of ART 214, a joint collaboration between the City of Dallas' Office of Cultural Affairs cultural centers and facilities in celebration of Dallas Arts Month 2017.
Submissions (up to three) can be entered by email at or by mail or in person at the Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak St. Dallas, TX 75204
Delivery of artwork:  March 28 - April 4, 2017, 10 am to 5 pm, Tues.- Sat.
Opening reception: Thursday, April 13, 2017, 6-8 pm
Exhibition dates: April 13 - June 30, 2017
Pick-up artwork: July 5-12, 2017, 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday -Saturday
 Artists must reside in the City of Dallas or within the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.  Art must have been created within the last three years to be eligible. Any medium will be considered.
See prospectus for specific details.
 Artist statement of 50 words or less, is required with entry.
Contact Information: Benjamin Espino, 214-671-0050 
Jessica Trevizo, 214-670-7952 Submission of entries implies agreement to terms and conditions stated on this prospectus. Submissions can be entered by email at or by mail or in person at the Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak St. Dallas, TX 75204

Center for Contemporary Printmaking: 11th Biennial International Miniature Print Competition 2017
Entry Deadline: Saturday, March 11, 2017 (POSTMARK)
Jury Notification: April 24, 2017
Exhibition Dates: June 4 - August 27, 2017 

The Center for Contemporary Printmaking is delighted to announce the 11th Biennial International Miniature Print Competition and Exhibition. This juried competition and exhibition, limited to works that are no more than four square inches (25.8 square cm), encourages artists to explore the miniature print format and provides them with an opportunity for exhibition. It is also an opportunity for artists and the public to view the current concerns of printmakers from around the world. Since its inception in 1997, the competition has attracted entries by more than 1500 artists from around the world and across the U.S.A.
The International Miniature Print Competition is held every other year, alternating with CCP's other biennial, FootPrint International (for prints measuring 12 x 12 in. exactly).

JUROR:  Freyda Spira, Associate Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
To download ProspectusClick Here.

Dutch Art Gallery Call for Entry: Call of the Wild
The Gallery urges Artists to submit their best interpretation of "Wild" for inclusion into the Dutch Art Gallery's Saturday, May 20, 2017 10th Annual Juried Art Exhibition. 
Location:  10233 Northwest Hwy #420,  Dallas, TX 75238
Deadline: April 17
Media: oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, charcoal and/or mixed media.
Maximum of three (3) art entries into this juried art show competition.
CASH PRIZE:  3rd place will be $250, 2nd Place $500 and 1st Place $1000. People's Choice Award receives a gift certificate.
ENTRY FEE: Nonrefundable, $55 
Please check special framing instructions.
For Prospectus and Registering.

The Museum of Geometric and MADI Biennial: Origins in Geometry
Location:  3109 Carlisle Street Dallas, TX 75204-1194 
Deadline for submissions: April 15, 2017
Exhibition Dates:  July 28 - October 22, 2017
Notification sent: June 1
Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony: July 28, 6-8pm
FEES: There is a $50 entry fee, which includes entry for 3 pieces, and a one year membership in the Museum. Multiple images may be submitted for one piece. 
 Biennial: Origins in Geometry is a juried competition to recognize excellence in emerging visual artists deriving inspiration from geometric abstraction.    Artists who are selected as finalists will be featured in an exhibit at the Museum July 28 through October 22, included in a catalog with other finalists, receive exposure on the museum website, and have the opportunity to win cash awards for their exemplary work.
The Museum concentrates on modern and contemporary geometric, constructivist and kinetic art work. It is also the first museum with a concentration on MADI art, which is always non-representational, hard-edged, and comes out of the frame.  
- The competition is open to all artists working in all mediums.
- Any work of art is acceptable as long as it:
  • Incorporates geometric elements either as the basis for exploration, the underlying structure or within the finished work
  • Has been made within the last two years
AWARDS: A total of $3000 will be awarded as follows: Best of Show - $1,500;  Second Place - $1000; and Third Place - $500.
Prospectus:  Click Here.

Society of Watercolor Artists International Exhibition - SWA
Entry Deadline: March 12, 2017
For Prospectus:  Click here.
Location: Fort Worth Central Library Atrium Gallery, 500 W. 3rd Street, Fort Worth, TX
Exhibition Dates: April 16 - May 27, 2017
Juror: Laurie Goldstein-Warren
Southern Watercolor Society (SWS), Transparent Watercolor Society (TWSA), Watercolor West (WW), North East Watercolor Society (NEWS), North West Watercolor Society, Gold Medal Fellowship (NWWS-GMF) Originally from New York, Laurie now lives in West Virginia. She has been painting watercolors for the last 16 years. Laurie continues to experiment with new techniques in watercolor and watercolor/ acrylic. Her work has shown in the US, Japan, Turkey, Canada and China. She won Best of Show in the 2016 Texas Watercolor Society. Currently, she travels and teaches workshops across the United States. Her works focus on cityscapes, portraits and still life. Among her credits, Laurie has been featured in 3 issues of Watercolor Artist and 3 Splash publications. Learn more on her website:

Texas Watercolor Society 68th Annual National Exhibit
Call for Entries
Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts
400 E. Hickory Denton, Texas 76201
June 9 - August 26, 2017
Deadline: April 1, 2017
Awards: Best of Show, $2000, One Award for Texas resident of $1000. Up to $10,000 cash, merchandise and purchase prizes. 
Fee: $45, non-member (up to three images) or $40, members (three images)
Prospectus:  Click here.
Juror: Soon Y. Warren
Soon Y. Warren began her career as a full time artist, author, and teacher in 1998. Her paintings are in the permanent collections of several museums nationwide. She's taught workshops internationally and has published with North Light Books. She's had many exhibitions and won numerous competitive awards. Mrs. Warren earned signature memberships in the National Watercolor Society, American Watercolor Society, Southern Watercolor Artist, Texas Watercolor Society, Purple Sage Brush, Alabama WatercolorSociety, and Society of Watercolor Artists.
June 5, 2017 6-8 PM 
Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts 400 East Hickory St.
Denton, Texas 76201
June 6-9, 2017 9-4 PM
$475 for Members/$575 non Members
April 1, 2017 Entry DEADLINE 

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2016-2017 Monthly Programs
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: 
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
Time: 10 AM to 12 Noon
2017 Dates: 
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.