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      May 2013

May Meeting: Thursday, May 2, 2013

This will be our last meeting until September.

We will be voting for Artist of the Year so there will be no Mini Show.  

The following are this year's monthly Mini Show winners: 

September - Lisa Daniels

October - Ernie Benton
November - Lorraine Hayes
December - Gail W. Cope
January - C.J. Solberg
February -  Angelia Ford
March - Tonya Littmann

Winners, please bring your artwork and the VAST members in attendance will be voting for "Artist of the Year"!


Reminder: This is the meeting to renew and pay dues for 2013/2014. See article on the many benefits of being a VAST member below.


This month Missy Finger, PDNB Gallery owner, is our guest speaker. Missy's presentation is titled "From Today, Painting is Dead: Twenty Years of Promoting Photography."   

Missy Finger and her husband Burt opened PDNB Gallery (Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery), in Dallas in 1995. PDNB is an art gallery specializing in photography and photo-based works from the 20th Century to present. 

Before opening the gallery, they were private dealers in antiques, including: fine watches, collectibles, and fine art.  Collecting photography became a passion of both Burt and Missy, which resulted in the opening of PDNB gallery.

Missy graduated in 1982 from the University of Texas, Austin, with a BBA and since has organized many group and solo exhibitions, and a traveling exhibition.  

She served as Programming Chair for the Dallas Museum of Art's Friends of Photography in the mid-1990's. The gallery has been a long-time member of AIPAD (Association of International Photography Art Dealers) since 1997. Missy currently serves on the Board of AIPAD. She has also participated in the FotoFest Biennial's Meeting Place since the early 1990's as a reviewer. The gallery is also a member of the Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas (CADD). 

1202 Dragon Street, Ste. 103

Dallas, Texas  75207


Please Pay Now for VAST Membership for 2013-2014.  
The membership year runs from June 1 through May 31. We will gladly renew or sign you up for next year at the May 2nd meeting!  If you are unable to attend the meeting, you may mail the form found here to the address below.

Address: Visual Arts Society of Texas

P.O.Box 1281, Denton, TX 76202
Membership levels: $15 Student, $25 Educator*, $35 Individual, $45 Family and additional levels listed on the sidebar in this newsletter.


Membership Benefits:
  • monthly art demonstration/lectures
  • monthly mini-competition
  • Artist of the Year Award
  • editions of the VAST e-newsletter
  • opportunity to advertise in the newsletter for a nominal fee
  • regional/state juried exhibitions discounts
  • members exhibition eligibility
  • workshop discounts
  • annual calendar competition eligibility 
  • critique group opportunities
  • option to purchase individual artist's page on VAST website
  • 10% discount, HMS Art Supply, Dallas locations
  • periodic art material information
  • Artist Day Out opportunities
  • fun!
The next open Board Meeting will take place at the South Branch Library, Denton  
May 18, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.
Merging Visions can be viewed until May 17
Artists of VAST paired with poets of the Denton Poets' Assembly to create Merging Visions,currently on display until May 17 at the three Denton Public Libraries - Emily Fowler Central, North and South Branches.  The exhibits are open during regular library hours. (
A successful exhibit like Merging Visions requires an incredible amount of volunteer time from so many people!  Thank you to all of you who either contributed monetarily or volunteered in any way! 
Thank you to the following for their talents and effort:
Rebecca Hines, Coordinator and Installation
Jo Williams, Image Coordinator and Installation
Lynne Cox, Design and Layout (book)
Tonya Littmann, Design Work (brochure, labels and map)
Rebecca Barham and Richard Weatherly, (publicity)
And to all those who helped install the exhibit and/or brought refreshments: 
Michael Bergel, Rebecca Barham, Isabel Cano, Nancy De Honores, J. Paul Holcomb, Beth Honeycutt, Christine Irving, Millie Johnson, Tom Judd, Angie Kimmell, Annie Neugebauer, Christina Smith, Jan Spence, Carmen Underwood, T.Jervis Underwood, Nancy Waldo, Olivia Walker, Georgia Welton, Johnny Williams, Christie A. Wood, Deanna Wood and Mary Wright.

(If we have inadvertantly left anyone out, please know that we appreciate you!  Sometimes information on all the volunteers is hard to nail down!)

VAST Exhibitors and VAST Poets
in Merging Visions:

Emily Fowler Central Library:

Carol Rowley, Shooting Stars over Taos (watercolor)

Isabel Cano, Shape Changer (mixed media)

Robin Huttash, Desert Fall (acrylic on canvas)

Jean Bird Tomlin, Headed South (oil)

Becca Hines, Stop Over (poem)

James J. Johnson, Jr., Love's Color (watercolor)

Sharon Warwick, A Pearl of a Girl (photograph)

Jo Williams, Acme Brick: Manufacturing 1903-1965 (watercolor)

Tom Judd, Bluewater Lake 

(digital photograph composite, pigment print)

Becca Hines, Bluewater Lake (poem)

James J. Johnson, Jr., Phoenix at Rest (watercolor)

Kelly Jacobi, Enveloped (watercolor and graphite)

Roxanne Musick, Strength and Grace in the Face of Adversity 

(colored pencil and ink)

Kathy Stiegelmar, Texas' Brilliant Sky (mixed media)

Jenna Murray, Filthy Creatures (acrylic and oil on canvas)

Darla Bostick, Crystal, Lemons and Pears (watercolor)

T. Jervis Underwood, Crystal Reflections (poem)

Walter Eagleton, Legacy (photographic restoration)


North Branch Library Exhibit:

Bailey K. Chapman, Spring (oil on canvas)

James J. Johnson, Jr., Flashes of Interstate Forty (watercolor and ink)

Karyn Sawers, Circus Stripes (watercolor)

Becca Hines, Ringling Brothers Circus, 1911 (poem)

Dawn Swepston, Crows in Winter (oil on canvas)

Lorraine Hayes, Withered & Dry (watercolor, collage)

Becca Hines, Ode to Summer's Demise (poem)

Karyn Sawers, 9 Heads (mixed media)

Dawn Swepston, One Night With Barb (oil on canvas)

Isabel Cano, Imagination (mixed media)

Carmen Underwood, Painted Bunting (watercolor)

T. Jervis Underwood, Painted Bunting (poem)

Lynne Cox, Evening Embers (photograph)

Olivia Walker, Desperately Waiting (mixed media)

Kelly Jacobi, Somber Thoughts (ink on wood panel)

Becca Hines, More Than Delicious (watercolor (woven))

Nancy Waldo, Wicket (watercolor)

Kathy Stiegelmar, Seasons of Life (Mixed Media)

Tesa Morin, Chalice: Portrait of Rev. Pam Wat (acrylic on canvas)

Ernie Stripling, Like Colors (photograph)

Lorraine Hayes, Please Your Palate (watercolor)

Darla Bostick, Hippos at Play, Botswana (watercolor)


South Branch Library Exhibit:

Ernie Benton, Quintessential Coltrane (acrylic on canvas)

T. Jervis Underwood, Saxophone (poem)

Lin Hampton, Caprock Canyon (oil on panel)

Christie A. Wood, Winter Changes (stained glass, iron frame)

Beth Honeycutt, Winter Changes (poem)

Linka Behn, Stonewash Journal (mixed media)

Christie A. Wood, Judas Kiss (stained glass)

Tom Judd, Spanning Hickory Creek x 2 

(digital photograph, pigment ink)

Robin Huttash, On the Ground (mixed media)

Lori MacLean, Fine Line (acrylic on canvas)

Marilyn Smith, El Dia de los Muertos (watercolor)

T. Jervis Underwood, The Day of the Dead (poem)

Gail W. Cope, Tree of Life (mixed media)

Tonya Littmann, Jimmy's General Store (fiber art)

Beth Honeycutt, The Doorway of Another Decade (poem)

Allison Proulx, Breakaway (collage, oil and charcoal)

Mary Maher, Mommy and Me (acrylic on canvas)

John Hines, Post WWII Germany: Hope for a Better Life (photography)

John Calabrese, Solar Wind (graphite on paper)

Lynne Cox, Summer Nights (photography)


A catalog entitled "Collections III," has been produced to commemorate  the 59 pieces of art and the poetry in the exhibit. Copies will be offered for sale for $15.00  at the Merging Visions through VAST. 

VAST 45th Annual 
National Visual Arts Exhibition
April 25 - June 2, 2013
Meadows Gallery
Center for the Visual Arts
400 E. Hickory, Denton 
Juror: James Robert Pace 
Three VAST members received awards: 
Tom Judd: Second Place 
Elsa Vasquez: Fifth Place (Voertman's Award) 
Terry Karloff: Fifth Place (Gabriel Cobos Photography Award) 
Congratulations to the fifty-four artists in the 45th Annual Visual Arts Exhibition.  The following seventeen VAST Members have works in the exhibit:  
Isabel Cano, Linda Chidsey, Gail Williamson Cope, Lynne Cox, Kathy Elliott, Donna Head, Randy Honeycutt, James J. Johnson, Jr., Thomas Judd, Terry Karloff, Sara London, Lori MacLean, Allison Proulx, Ingrid Scobie, Fran Shurtleff, Elsa Vasquez, Diane Walker-Gladney  
The following have donated monetarily and/or time to help make the 25th Annual National Visual Arts Exhibition an asset to the local art community:
Award Donors:
John and Geri Aschenbrenner
Gabriel Cobos
Paula Collins
Gail Cope
Kevin and Lynne Cox
Barbara B. Evans, Attorney
M. Graham & Co.
Jack and Evelyn Miller
Joe and Janet Mulroy
Jack Richeson & Co., Inc.
Carol Short
SOHO Salon and Gallery
Tara Material, Inc.
JT Weber, Inc.
Winsor & Newton
Special thanks to: 
Greater Denton Arts Council
    Margaret Chalfant, Executive Director
    John Riegelman, Facilities Manager
    Deanna Wood, Exhibitions Coordinator
    Caroline Holley, Administrative Assistant
Patricia Diers and students, Harpists
Kevin Sanders, Owner, Pardise Liquor 
Thanks also to the VAST 45th Annual National Visual Arts Exhibition Committee! 
Isabel Cano, Gail Cope, Kevin Cox, Angelia Ford, Samone Furlough, Jeanne Heartsill, Rebecca Hines, James J. Johnson, Jr., Douglas Johnson, Millie Johnson, Tom Judd, Brad Morgan, Fran Shurtleff, Kristina Smith, Dawn Swepston, Nancy Waldo, Olivia Walker, Jo Williams, Johnny Williams, Deanna Wood
2014 VAST Member Calendar 
Deadline: June 1, 2013
The deadline for the VAST Calendar is approaching! 
Our Juror for the VAST Calendar is Gary Washmon, Professor, Visual Arts Department, Texas Woman's University.

This opportunity is open to 2013/2014 VAST Members and 2-D or 3-D work will be considered.
The prospectus can be viewed here.
2013 VAST Member's Exhibition 
Art to be Received June 14
Visual Arts Society of Texas Member Show 
June 29 through August 3, 2013 
Texas Woman's University
 Michelle Hays, Juror
Over the last 20 years, Michelle Hays' passion and enthusiasm for visual communication has manifested in many forms: designer, illustrator, educator, studio owner, and community volunteer. Michelle has taught courses at Rhode Island School of Design, San Diego State University, Point Loma Nazarene University, Texas State University-San Marcos, San Diego City College and Texas Woman's University. Hays is currently the Chair of the Department of Visual Arts at Texas Woman's University. She completed her graduate studies at Rhode Island School of Design, where she earned her M.F.A. in Graphic Design.  

Michelle's design work has appeared in publications including HOW, Print, and Graphic Design USA, 1000 More Graphic Elements: Unique Elements for Distinctive Designs, and has been included in several galleries and museum libraries in Texas.

The prospectus can be found here.
Here is the timeline for the show:


June 14, 5:00 - 7:00 pm: Take-in (Actual work received for jury)
June 15, 10:00 am - noon: Take-in (Actual work received for jury)
June 17, morning: Jurying and judging 
June 17, afternoon: Photography 
June 21, 5:00 - 7:00 pm. Return of un-accepted work
June 22, 10:00 am - noon. Return of unaccepted work
June 29, 5:00 - 7:00: Reception 
Aug. 2, 5:00 - 7:00 pm: Return of work 
Aug. 3, 10 am - noon: Return of work
For questions, please contact Jo Williams, President of VAST, 940-383-1092 or
Carol Riegelman Workshop
Waiting List

Carol Riegelman, Image 2

When:  May 15, 16, 17, 9am-4pm
Where:  Center for Visual Arts
400 E. Hickory Street
            Denton, TX  76210
Description:  Intuitive Painting
A spontaneous journey, painting intuitively, making room for surprises, revealing images, and simply-HAVING FUN!
Cost:   $275 VAST Members; $310 Non-Members
See Carolyn's website at:                                                      


The workshop is currently full but if you'd like to be put on the waiting list, please contact Mary Emerson.

Contact our Sunshine Committee Chair for Well Wishes, etc.
If anyone knows of a member who needs good wishes sent their way, or thoughts of sympathy, please contact Millie Johnson at: or 940.387.7688
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.
For Current Information and to connect as an online community, check out 'Visual Arts Society of Texas' on Facebook or click
Congratulations Winners of the High School Competition! 
Best of Show: Haley Wilson, Nehemiah 8:8, ball point pen
Sanger High School, Instructor: Roxanne Musick 
 First Place:  Ryan Shivers, Plane Life, digital media
Lake Dallas High School, Instructor: Vicky Bailey 

 Second Place:  Lisa Yang, Imprisoned, graphite
Hebron High School, Instructor: Ross Hines
Third Place:  Hannah Legrand, Flower Form, folded paper
Winfree Academy, Instructor: Sharon Warwick
It's in the Bag! to be held May 9th
Support local arts programs and the  

Greater Denton Arts Council 

Attend the one-of-a-kind 

Purse Auction 

It's in the Bag!

located at the Center for Visual Arts 

Bellinis and Hors d'oeuvres

May 9, 2013


 Tickets: $20 at the door 

or contact GDAC at 940.382.2787 or  

"Chalk This Way!" Sidewalk Art Festival

SEEKING Fine Art Vendors and artists for 

"Chalk This Way!" 

Sidewalk Art Festival 

sponsored by Greater Lewisville Arts Alliance 

and the City of Lewisville, 

June 1, 2013, outside the Lewisville MCL Grand 

9 AM to 6 PM. 

Booths are $60 or Fine Art Vendors selling original works of art or hand-crafted gifts and decorative items. Booths for nonprofit organizations are $25. Booths for food vendors and community vendors are $75. 

Admission is free to the event but there is a charge for some of the activities. The day-long event will feature professional chalk artists, amateur chalk art contest, scholarship contest, a children's non-competitive gallery, art, food & drink vendors, and a variety of entertainment. Details, rules, vendor forms and entry forms are available on the website at For more information contact Lakeside Arts Foundation at 
(972) 625-1726 or email


Art Around Town 

Center for the Visual Arts
Meadows Gallery:   
VAST 45th Annual National Visual Arts Exhibition 
April 25 - June 2, 2013 
Gough Gallery:
Annual Denton Area High School Exhibit
April 3 - 30
Portrait Quilts
May 5 - June 21
more information:

Texas Woman's University Art Galleries
2013 Spring Graduating Exhibitions    

April 30 - May 4
East / BFA - Painting / Irma Cardoza & Heather Magnani
West / BFA - Ceramics / Julie Greer, BFA Painting / Karyn Sawers & Grace Ann Arnold
Reception: Friday, May 3, 5-9pm


May 7-11
West / MFA -Photography / Elva Salinas
Reception: Friday, May 10, 5:30-9pm

more information:   


University of North Texas Art Gallery   

Cora Stafford Gallery

Photography Seniors

Senior Level Exhibition

Apr 30, 2013 - May 3, 2013

An exhibition of works by senior level Photography students.

North Gallery
Interior Design Department Showcase
Apr 30, 2013 - May 2, 2013

Annual Interior Design showcase. This exhibition also continues into the Lightwell Gallery.

Check website for information on UNT's other galleries:  


UNT on the Square


Austin Kleon

April 11 - May 6

Sculpture Collective of UNT

May 15 - June 5

Art exhibition featuring the UNT Sculpture Collective:

Justin Archer, Paul Cauthen, Justin Cheshire, William Drummond, Mandy Hampton, Colton Harmon, Alexis Houston, Moritz Landgrebe, Mica McGuire, Kyle Mitchell, Kristen Nesbitt, Kieth Nolan, Paige Prater, Sophia Serendipity, Chris Stewart



The Chestnut Tree

Art of Mary Emerson's Watercolor Fun Class

Artists in the exhibit: Andrea Albright, Carmen Underwood, Carolyn Jeffrus, Mary Ann Kelly, Sharon Strohmeyer, Lys Carty, Sandy Strickland, Sally Williams, Mary Emerson.

Exhibit through May 8th.

Lorraine Hayes

Exhibit runs through May and June.


Barnes & Noble Booksellers Cafe' - Golden Triangle Mall  
Lindsey Dunnagan 
Dunnagan's imagined worlds are painted realistically, including maps and map coordinates.  The works are done in watercolor using specialized techniques.
Exhibit through June.

Point Bank Blackbox Theater

Fiber Art Works by Tonya Littmann

Exhibit through through June.

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: May 3, 7-10pm

The evening starts at 7:00pm with the Dana Issac Trio followed by a local duo Pearl Snap Shirts. 

For more information see website 

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: 

Fort Worth Public Library -Central

The Society of Watercolor Artists will have their 2013 International Exhibition on display from April 7 - June 15.  Congratulations to VAST members: Andrea Albright, Darla Bostick, Shubha Mantri, Dave Maxwell and Jo Williams.

500 W. Third St., Fort Worth, TX.


Norick Art Center

Oklahoma National Watermedia Juried Exhibition

Juror: Frank Francese

Darla Bostick has a watercolor juried into this exhibit that will be on display from June 1 - July 8.

Oklahoma City University Campus, 2501 N. Blackwelder

Oklahoma City, OK


Norwood Flynn Gallery

Dick and Jane: A Narrative by Diane Walker-Gladney

Opening reception is Saturday, May 4, 6-8pm 

The exhibit runs through May 25.

Hours are noon - 5:00pm, Wednesday - Saturday or by appointment 

3318 Shorecrest Drive, Dallas, Texas 75235


Diane will also have a feature in Modern Luxury Magazine which will be available around May 1st.


North Texas Tollway Authority Public Art Project

Darla Bostick's photograph of a turtle was selected by Norie Sato as a source of inspiration for mosaic columns to be installed on the Chisholm Trail Parkway in Fort Worth.

Darla's photo is one of 18 artists' photos that will be made into mosaics by Franz Mayer Studio, an expert studio in Germany. (Their work can be seen at the DFW Airport terminal D where they produced several of the circular floor medallions.)  Darla's image will be one of the 10 round columns (2' diameter x 13' tall) focused on water creatures and/or plants scattered along the Parkway to mark where the Parkway crosses water.

The project should be completed in 2014.


Orisons Gallery 

Mary Wright's relief print, "Rushing Spring" can be seen in the Childhood Memories Exhibition.  This exhibit is meant to highlight the North Texas Printmakers Guild's first print exchange. 
New Day, relief print and Parts of a Whole, relief and screen print, will be on display as well.
Opening May 11th and exhibit will be up through May.

Sale of the work to benefit CASA. 

110 E. Louisiana St., McKinney TX.



Plein aire Watercolor Workshop in Tao, NM
Instructor: Jo Williams
June 24 -28, 2013
Contact Jo for more information at 
(Paid Advertising)
VAST Members have the opportunity to advertise at a nominal fee. See the website, for specific information.

2013 National Fine Art Show, Louisville, CO

Hosted by the Louisville Art Association

August 31st - September 8th, 2013

Our Fine Art Show is one of the premier art shows in the area and coincides with the community's Fall Festival. Please visit our website for more information: 

For prospectus, click here.

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

Visual Arts Society of Texas

2012-2013 Monthly Programs

May 2, 2013
Missy 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

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

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