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    March 2013

March Meeting: Thursday, March 14, 2013

(Date moved back one week because of GDAC scheduling.) 
5:30 Soup and Salad, viewing oNational Show entries

7:00 Meeting

April 4th Meeting please note: No Member Mini Show; 

High School Competition will take place


Please Note:  There will be an open meeting of the VAST Board and special election this Saturday, March 2nd, 9:30 am-12:00 at the Kirkpatrick Architecture Studio - 100 W. Mulberry in Denton.  


Our speaker this month is Justine Wollaston. 


Justine Wollaston creates custom paintings, sculpture and video, using various media including 

pencils, paint, wire, cement, paper, the computer, and video. 


She lives in Pilot Point, Texas and can often be found in Lowbrows on the historic square in Pilot Point, with her 5 year old Great Dane, Isabelle.

Justine Wollaston's Artist Statement: 
"I believe art has the capacity to inspire us, stimulate our minds and our hearts, and connect us to our humanity. When I create a portrait of a beloved individual I strive to capture the character of the subject. When I indulge my own ideas, I create art that seeks to understand who I am, questions ideas and fantasizes a different paradigm, and expresses the pure happiness and awe I have in my own existence. I feel public art should relate to the community, and stretch the perceptions and imaginations of the individuals who live there. Art is the universal language. It has always been and will always be the element essential to our ability to express ourselves and understand each other." 


More about Justine Wollaston:
Please join the artists at Grapevine Information Center Gallery 
Closing Reception - February 28 

February 3 - February 28
Closing Reception February 28 
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Awards Announcement at 7:30 pm

Grapevine Information Center Gallery 
636 South Main Street, Grapevine, TX  76051

Artists juried in: Ernie Benton, Darla Bostick, Aurora Cabrera, Isabel Cano, Lynne Cox, Kathy Elliott, Anastasia Gabriel, Stuart Hausmann, Karen Jacobi, Tonya Littmann, Tina Meschko, Ruben Miranda, Lily Mirsky, Roxanne Musick, Carolyn M. Nelson, Pat Palmieri, Kristina Smith, Ernie Stripling, Mary Wright

Juror:  Richard Martin Ash III, Professor Emeritus 
Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls 
VAST 45th Annual National Visual Arts Exhibition, Deadline March 15
Exhibition:  April 25 - June 2, 2013
Meadows Gallery,
Center for the Visual Arts in Denton, TX
Best of Show: $1000 cash, other cash and
merchandise awards
Entry deadline: March 15, 2013
Entries accepted via email
( or U.S. postal mail (P.O.Box 1281, Denton, TX 76202)
Entry Fee: $30 for VAST members; $35 non-members
Contact: Jo Williams, or 
For full prospectus click here.

Juror:  James Robert Pace 
James Robert Pace is a Professor of Visual Art at The University of Texas at Tyler where he has taught since 1985. He holds an MFA in painting and drawing from Arizona State University, and a BFA in printmaking and drawing from the University of Oklahoma. Pace has exhibited his work nationally and internationally since 1976 and has received numerous awards for his mixed media, paintings, drawings, and prints. Please see  for examples of Pace's work. 
 2013 Upcoming Merging Visions
Merging Visions Reception
April 6, 2013 from 3:00 - 5:00pm
South Branch Library - Denton 
Delivery of Artwork:  
March 27, 4pm - 6pm North Branch Library, Denton
Contacts: Becca Hines, Coordinator, DPA, Merging Visions 2013, 
Alternative Venues and Avenues for Marketing Your Art
Mill, stained glass  
Is your art suited for illustration purposes? Can you see your pieces in a commercial venue such as a law firm? Is the subject matter or emotional appeal of your work compatible with a health center or peaceful medical setting?
It is a good idea to occasionally re-evaluate where and how you are marketing your art.  It may be that you can pursue different methods to focus on getting your work to a different audience.  Sometimes an opportunity presents itself in unusual ways.
Party Tree, stained glass
VAST member and stained glass artist, Christie A. Wood, traveled to Los Angeles, CA on Feb. 22nd and participated in a special art show that was organized to lead up to the Oscar's. "An Unexpected Art Show" was sponsored by, an online website covering JRR Tolkien events and information, (The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit books/movies.) 
Christie A. Wood is definitely a fan of the Tolkien movies, and ran into one of the owners of this website at a private costume party for the Red Carpet Tour's The Hobbit world movie premiere in Wellington in December, 2012.  The owner had met Wood before and had followed her work on her website and facebook pages.  Wood was asked to come up with original stained glass artwork based on either of the movie series; she created a series of six pieces (three are shown.) These painted glass panels are depictions of the fantasy world of Hobbiton, where Bilbo and Frodo live. The Hobbit was up for four Oscar's this year, in the technical categories.
One Ring Beauty, stained glass
The whirlwind trip to the West Coast came to an end for Wood, but it resulted in the sale of three pieces and she will have the memories of the event and meeting several artists well known in this genre. Who knows how many repeat sales will be generated from taking advantage of this opportunity?
Something to think about!  
SWA 2013 Juried Exhibition Entries 
Due March 1
Society of Watercolor Artists
2013 International Juried Exhibition 
April 7 - June 15, 2013
Atrium Gallery, Fort Worth Central Library, downtown
Juror: Joyce Hicks

Entries for the International Exhibit must be complete by March 2 online or March 1 by CD mailed to:

Diane Petrushka, 4920 Glade St, Fort Worth, TX 76114 

Phone 817.626.1128 

Mary Stitt has offered to help members with photographing and preparing their entries. Phone 817.377.8709



ENTRY: March 1, Friday: mailed CD entries due/March 2,

Saturday: electronic entries due by midnight

NOTIFICATION: March 13, Wednesday

PAINTINGS DUE: April 1-5: Shipped paintings due/April 6,

Saturday: Hand-delivered work due 10 am-noon

SHOW OPENS: April 7, Sunday
JOYCE HICKS DEMO: April 15, Monday: SWA monthly meeting
JOYCE HICKS WORKSHOP: April 16, Tuesday-April 19, Friday 

RECEPTION: 9 June, Sunday, 2-4pm

STRIKE: 15 June, Saturday, 10 am-noon


VAST Member, Darla Bostick is the current president of SWA.  
Workshop details and prospectus are available online at
Summer Fair Park Sand Sculpture Artist 
Job Opportunity
Judy Uebelacker has a request for someone to do sand sculpture this summer for 87 days at Fair Park. Is anyone interested or do you know students that may want this job? The job pays by the hour.

For more info: Judy Uebelacker  940-320-6046  cell:  214-762-3778 or
Part Time Art Instructor Job Opportunity
ARThouse in Southlake and Flower Mound is looking for a part time art instructor.  
If interested in instructing, doing a workshop or displaying your work please send letter of intent, resume and images to Anita Robbins 

Applicant needs to be flexible, creative, and enjoy working with children.  Looking for an artist to teach classes ages 4 to adult, as well as birthday parties and adult painting parties. An art degree, or other related degree, is required. Strong drawing skills needed. We are only open Monday-Saturday.

We teach Fine Art, not Fridge Art. Art House Artists learn by creating original works of art. Our program is uniquely designed to inspire creative expression and artistic development in every student. We provide a structured curriculum taught by degreed professional Artist-Teachers. Students work in small classes, studying a wide range of artists and art movements, as well as art elements, principles, concepts, and techniques. Weekly classes are available year-round, and students can start at anytime. In addition to our weekly curriculum, we also offer great art camps for kids, and specialty teen and adult workshops with the area's most talented artists.

ARThouse also functions as a gallery for local artist to display sell their work. 

Texas Woman's University 
Cast Iron Sculpture Symposium
Free and Open to the Public
TWU Iron Pour Members of the Texas Atomic Iron Commission: Kurt Dyrhaug (Lamar University), Geoff Broderick (Abilene Christian University), Robbie Barber (Baylor University), Greg Reuter (Texas A & M Corpus Christi), and Tanya Synar (Texas Woman's University) will be on campus demonstrating the cast iron sculpting process. 
Activities include:
Workshop - mold-making/pattern making 
9:30am - 11:30am 
Presentation - paint patinas to create color on iron 
from 1:00 - 3:00 pm 
Iron Pour from 5:00 - 7:00 pm
For More Information, see or call 940-898-2533.
Members who wish to have articles/exhibit notices, etc. considered for publication in the VAST newsletter, please send information to:
If you are fortunate enough to get into a wonderful show or are having a solo show, for example... 
We'd like to share! 
The deadline for information is the 15th of each month.
Congratulations February 
Mini Show Winners
 First Place:  Angela Ford, Untitled, graphite

 Second Place:  Tonya Littmann 

Jimmy's General Store, fiber art

Art Around Town 

Center for the Visual Arts
Meadows Gallery:  
Materials Hard and Soft

February 8 - April 5
more information:

Texas Woman's University Art Galleries    

'Two Sisters' / Photographs by Nadia Sablin
2012 Solo Show Award Exhibition
East Gallery


'12th Annual Joyce Elaine Grant Juried Photography Exhibition'
Juried by: Sarah Kennel, Associate Curator, Dept. of Photographs, National Gallery, Washington, D.C.
West Gallery

February 21 to March 20, 2013
more information:   


University of North Texas Art Gallery   
Cross Currents:Tradition and Innovation in Contemporary Art of the Islamic World
February 26 - March 30
Check website for information on UNT's other galleries:  


UNT on the Square

Beirut, Philadelphia 
Installation by UNT Radio, TV, Film Professor Eugene Martin
February 18 - March 9
Your Night/My Day
An intercultural collaborative art project between artists in Iran and the U.S.A.
March 20-April 3


Chestnut Tree

Painting Students of Jo Williams' Intermediate - Advanced Watercolor Seminar Group  

The work includes watercolor and some mixed media. Artists exhibiting are Lys Carty, Aurora Dawson, Carolyn Harper, Rebecca Hines, Carol Rowley, Marilyn Smith, CJ Solberg, Nancy Waldo and Olivia Walker.

January 11 - March 14 


Barnes & Noble Booksellers Cafe' - Golden Triangle Mall  
Allison Proulx
March - April


Point Bank Blackbox Theater

Storm Series, Photographs by Lynne Cox

Exhibit through April 5

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  

First Friday Denton: Guitar Night

Featured Artist: Lily Mirsky, photographer

Music by Doug Raney, Darrin Kobetich, Mark Brandt

March 1, 7:00 - 10:00 pm 

Link to current poster click here.

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

For more information on workshops:   

Members In the News 

Outside of the Denton Area  

Please submit news of exhibitions that you are involved in to: 
InVisions in Hulen Mall in Fort Worth 

An exhibit of Jo Williams' work will be on display through February.  It is sponsored by the Society of Watercolor Artists. 


Farmers Branch Library

Solo Exhibition of 20 paintings by Ernest Benton

Farmers Branch, Texas

February 2 - March 1, 2013


Texas Visual Arts Association's Downtown Gallery

"Music In My Dreams" by Ernest Benton

Accepted into TVAA's "Love" Exhibition
Plaza of the Americas, 700 N. Pearl Street, 
Suite G207, Dallas, Texas  75201
February 1 - 28, 2013
MCL Grand Art Gallery in Lewisville
Denton County, USA Exhibit
Darla Bostick has four pieces installed through February. 
In addition, she won a Merit Award in the 43rd National River Road Show by the Louisiana Art Guild with juror Sam Corso.  Bostick,who serves as President of the Society of Watercolor Artists in Ft. Worth, was voted 2nd Place SWA Artist of the Month for January.  

Opportunities/Calls for Entries

 It's in the Bag!

Deadline March 1

Silent Auction/High Tea  May 9, 2013


The Greater Denton Arts Council has revived its one-of-a-kind purse auction to benefit local arts programs and GDAC operations.


-Fill out an entry form for GDAC by March 1

-Create your own handbag or enhance an existing one

-Decorate as you see fit - let your imagination run wild!

-Bring your creation to the CVA by April 26

-A photograph of your bag will be on the GDAC website

-High Tea with Silent auction, Bellinis and Hors d'oeuvres      to be May 9, 2013 


Your donation is tax deductible and you will be given a complementary ticket to the It's in the Bag! Event on May 9th. Space is limited.  For information please contact GDAC at (940)382-2787 or  
Check out the International Inaugural Derwent Art Prize for works created in pencil!
Deadline July 1, 2013.
The work entered must be created in pencil (including water-soluble, pastel, graphite, charcoal or colored pencils). 
The Cumberland Pencil Company is delighted to announce the inaugural Derwent Art Prize for works created in pencil.


The prize offers a total of �8,750 to artists working in this versatile medium and is open to artists over 18 throughout the world.  Selectors Yvonne Crossley, Stephen Farthing RA and Fisun G�ner.  Deadline for entries will be 11:59pm on 1 July 2013. 


An exhibition of the shortlisted works will be on show at the Mall Galleries, London, 16th - 21st September. For more information: 

See lots more here: 



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

Visual Arts Society of Texas

2012-2013 Monthly Programs

March 14, 2013
Justine Wollaston 
Sculptor and Installations

April 4, 2013
Jo Williams
Watercolor Demonstration
High School Art Competition

May 2, 2013
Burt Finger
Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery

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

Mar 21 

Apr 4 
Apr 18 
May 2 
May 16 
June 6 
June 20 
July 18 
Aug 8 
Aug 22

VADO is a day where members may come paint at the CVA from 9:15 - 3, approximately two mornings a month.  There is no instructor, it is not a workshop... just an art gathering. 


You may paint, sketch, quilt, or whatever 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 
Thank you to the Following Supporters of the Visual Arts Society of Texas

Polly Maynard

Asel Art

Barnes and Noble Booksellers

The Chestnut Tree

City of Denton

Central Fire Station

Denton Community Theater

Greater Denton Arts Council

Kirkpatrick Architecture Studio

Point Bank 

Recycled Books