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         May, 2014

This Month's Guest Artist is John Beasley, 

of the Golden Triangle Woodturners.


Woodturning Today From a Trade/Craft to Art - Golden Triangle Woodturners
The presentation will briefly inform members about the Golden Triangle Woodturners (GTW) Club: who we are, what we do, and what a lathe is and how it works.  How woodturning has evolved will be discussed, from a trade/craft producing utilitarian items for thousands of years to an art form in the last 30 to 40 years.
Fifty turnings will be on display and the topic of selling turnings will be discussed.  The presentation will conclude with a live demonstration on the lathe.
For more information, see: 

Board Meeting

VAST's next and final board meeting for the 2013-14 fiscal year is scheduled May 3, 2014,  9:00- noon, in the Central Fire Station - Denton.  

Note from VAST Treasurer: Carol Rowley

Expense Reimbursement Requests Due by May 15.

The end of the VAST fiscal year is 5/31/2014.  Please have all of your VAST-related expense reimbursement requests to the Treasurer by May 15, 2014. 


"Request for VAST Reimbursement" forms are available at our general meetings or you may email to receive one.


Send receipts along with filled out form to: VAST, PO Box 1281, Denton, TX 76202 or for faster reimbursement, mail directly to Treasurer at Carol Rowley, 3012 Pennsylvania Ct., Denton, TX 76205 (or email PDFs to


Expenses for the 2013-14 fiscal year MUST be paid in the fiscal year.  Requests for reimbursement for past fiscal years will not be accepted.  Please, do give your receipts and requests directly TO THE TREASURER and be mindful of the deadline!


Many thanks from your volunteer Treasurer,


Schedule Revealed for Upcoming VAST Year;
Renew by July 1 to be in Printed Directory
The NEW VAST year starts starts shortly! - June 1st.  Renew now!
VAST has an exciting guest artist/speaker line-up for you.

2014-2015 VAST Schedule:


September 4, 2014: James Thurman, sculpture

October 2: Kaylee Appleton, photography

November 13: Gail Delger, acrylic

December 4: Jeff Good, watercolor

January 8, 2015: Tamara Narvana, jewelry

February 5: Allison Proulx, mixed media

March 5: Carmen Underwood, Painter Sorolla

April 2, (HS Competition): Julie Mortillano, collage

May 7: Dotty Zamora, encaustic


The membership form can be found here.  Dues are listed on the sidebar of this newsletter.  Just fill out the form and mail with payment to: VAST, PO Box 1281, Denton, TX  76202 or bring to our next meeting, May 1st.


Please email Mary Wright at if you are unsure of your membership.


VAST Activities and Benefits:
  • Monthly art demonstration/lectures
  • Monthly mini-competitions
  • Monthly raffles
  • Artist of the Year Award
  • Denton County high school art competition
  • Editions of the VAST e-newsletter
  • Opportunity to advertise in the newsletter for a nominal fee
  • Regional juried exhibition discount
  • Members exhibition eligibility
  • Local revolving exhibitions
  • Workshop discounts
  • Annual calendar competition eligibility 
  • Critique group opportunities
  • Asel Art Supply, 20% discount on full priced items, Denton and Dallas locations
  • Voertman's, 20% discount, Denton
  • Periodic art material information
  • Artist Day Out and Paint Out opportunities
  • Networking and fun!

Paint Out in the Garden with Millie Giles


 May 1st "Paint Out in the Garden"

Spring is here! Come bloom with us!  

"Paint Out" to be Thursday, May 1st in Corinth. 

Millie Giles, our watercolor expert, 

will be in the garden to help us grow our skills "en plein air".


DateThursday, May 1st

Time: 9:30am - 4pm

Place: Behind the Global Spheres Center; 7801 S I-35E  Corinth, TX 7621( they have a public garden)

Cost: $25; make check out to Millie Giles and bring to Paint Out. 

RSVP to Jo Williams at so that we will know how many artists to expect.



Take 35 S from Denton, exit Swisher, take u-turn under the bridge (left) and go North (left) on the access road. The Global Spheres Center (old Boeing manufacturing plant - white with orange stripe around the top of the building) will be on the right about a quarter mile. There is a little entrance guard building (no guard) that you will pass as you enter the drive. Turn right at the first little drive and go in front of the building.  There are 2 parking lots... the lot to the right of the building as you face it is closest to the garden. You can park in front of the small buildings to the right of the main building. The garden is behind the small buildings.



Your paint, brushes, canvas/paper, easel, lawn chair, (there are a few picnic tables and benches), water pail, or other clean up supplies, drawing supplies, sketchbook, camera...  in other words your portable studio! Restroom is nearby.  Bring a lunch or grab a bite to eat near Swisher Road. Scout it out beforehand if you wish.  Don't forget sunscreen, sunglasses/visor. There is shade all over but it may be a bright day.

The following VAST workshops have been rescheduled:  

  • Creating Your Artist Website, Saturday, May 31st, 12 noon - 4 p.m.
  • Promoting your Art with +Google, Saturday, June 14th, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
How to Create Your Artist Website: 

Instructors: David Riewe, Assistant Rebecca Barham
When: May 31; Time: 12 noon - 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: June 14, 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)

VAST Member Exhibition 
Acceptance of Entries: June 19 

Members Exhibition Take-in: 

June 19, 10:00 am - noon,

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm  

Exhibition Dates: 

July 1 - August 8  


July 11, 5:30 - 7:30 pm  

Location: TWU Fine Arts Building

For Prospectus, Click Here. 


Juror: Marilyn Ivy, Studio and Family Programs Coordinator, 

Kimball Art Museum  


Marilyn Ivy, artist and educator, has received a BFA in Painting from Texas Christian University (1970) and a MA in Painting from Texas Woman's University (2000.)  She has worked in the Fort Worth area for many years, first as an art teacher at L.D. Bell high School in Hurst, later as a Lecturer of Drawing and Art Education Coordinator at Texas Christian University from 2003-06.  Since 2007, Ivy has held the position of Studio and Family Programs Coordinator at the Kimbell Art Museum. Throughout this time she has continued her work as a practicing artist, exhibiting in galleries in the DFW Metroplex, as well as galleries in Framingham, Massachusetts, New York City, and Carouge, Switzerland.


In her painting Ivy examines Japanese symbols, animals, and ceremonies associated with parallel or contrasting concepts in narrative imagery.  These images have no points of reference in the sense of a landscape, but do allude to the Japanese reverence for nature.  


Important Dates to Note: 

June 19 - Acceptance of Entries, 10am - noon, 4 - 7pm    

TWU Art Gallery, TWU Fine Arts Building    

June 23 - Pick up unaccepted work, 10am - noon, 4 - 7pm    

July 1 - Exhibition opens to the public

July 11 - Reception and Awards Ceremony, 5:30 - 7:30pm

August 7 - Last day of exhibition, show closes at 4pm

August 8 - Pick up work, TWU Art Gallery, 5 - 7pm

August 9 - Pick up work, TWU Art Gallery, 10am - noon            

Don't miss seeing the 
Merging Visions Exhibition - April 24 - June 6
VOTE for your favorite "pairing"!


Center for the Visual Arts, 

400 E. Hickory St., Denton, TX 76201

  Collaborative exhibit of poetry and art 

Sponsored by the Denton Poets Assembly (DPA) 

and the Visual Arts Society of Texas (VAST)


Many of the combined works will move to the Denton branch libraries, June 13 - August 15. The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Greater Denton Arts Council and the Denton Public Library.


Merging Visions can be viewed during regular CVA gallery hours, 1pm-5pm, Tues-Sun.

VAST Calendar Competition - 
Deadline June 1st

Open to 2014/2015 VAST Members

Entry Fee:  $10 for 2 images

Juror:  Joshua West

Deadline: June 1

Exhibition: Nov. 6 - Jan. 2, 2015


Joshua West is a watercolor and mixed media artist as well as an adjunct professor of Studio Art, teaching watercolor painting at the University of North Texas and 2D Design at Richland College in Dallas.


Artists whose work is juried into the calendar will receive one free calendar and will be:

➤ required to submit a 75-word statement regarding the process   used to create the accepted piece. The statement should be

written in the first person and could include information on the artist's background and/or artistic process.           

➤ asked to attend one (1) calendar signing promotional event to help facilitate calendar sales.

➤ required to provide the accepted piece for the VAST 2015 Calendar Exhibition: Original Works at The Chestnut Tree

➤ encouraged to promote calendar sales on an individual basis.

➤ required to submit a digital photo (headshot) of yourself.


For prospectus, click here.

Denton High School Competition Winners
VAST is honored to acknowledge the fine art winners in the Denton High School Competition.  Congratulations to the following:
Best of Show
Allie Martin, Kawr, charcoal
Liberty Christian School
First Place
Christina Phillips 
CTFXC Against Brain Cancer 
watercolor, Denton High School
Second Place 
Kim Best, Achoo, mixed media, Marcus High School
with VAST President, Jo Williams
Third Place
Ashley Jenkins, Bottles, charcoal
Instructor, Brandon Graham 
with winning piece



Hewlett Packard (VAST) Printer 

For Sale


Contact Jo Williams 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.

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

Coordinator for exhibit: Lin Hampton at

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

Works by Lori MacLean through April.

Artwork of Jenna Murray, May 5 through June.

Coordinator for exhibit: Gail Cope at


"Off the Shelves" exhibition at Emily Fowler Central Library
Karyn Sawers was a previous exhibitor at the Emily Fowler Central Library.  If you viewed her paintings, you know that she creates her paintings to tell a story of the vintage circus, the performers, and the animals.  "I'm not only entranced by the shows themselves but by the people's lives that choose to live that way. The deep rich colors, the bright costumes and all the performing animals of the circus have always fascinated me," says Sawers. Behind the curtains, in the tents, on the trains, and during rehearsals, it is a whole other world we can't even imagine.  Through research she uncovered tales of tragedy and triumphs and through it all the strength of the circus families have persevered. "It is my goal to discover this hidden world in the many layers I create using my own photographs, drawings, paintings and vintage images. I want my art to catch that underlying spirit of "the show must go on."   The time of the circus tents are over but hopefully I can catch a little bit of this history in my art."


The main influence that started her circus work are the circus paintings of Toulouse-Lautrec. His art shows such a gaiety found only in that realm of performers. They show such excitement and expressions. Lautrec's compositions and perspectives create such interesting art that his paintings and drawings are always an inspiration.  A more contemporary inspiration for her recent work has been Joseph Melancon and his Circus series with his multilayered imagery in collages using abstraction as well as expressive realism.


The Emily Fowler Central Library is located at 502 Oakland Street; hours are:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 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

Coordinator for exhibit: Jenna Murray at
"Outside the Box" exhibition at Point Bank Blackbox Theater


The Artwork of Dawn Swepston 

April 25- July 18


Swepston is a contemporary western oil painter whose award-winning work appears in gallery and museum shows across the United States. She has been published in magazines and in a large format book "Passion, Art and Community." She is a juried member of Oil Painters of America and Women Artists of the West, and is currently on the board of VAST. She holds two degrees from Texas Woman's University; the university recently unveiled four Swepston paintings at the new Pioneer Center for Student Excellence.


Describing her work, she says "I create images with strong color and contrast to engage contemporary generations in thought about the challenges and conflicts of modern society and traditional Western values." Both of her current series examine the physical, political, social and psychological borders of individuals and their environment. Pristine landscapes and dazzling skies of stars point out the decreased availability of natural resources to city dwellers complacent with pollution. Cowgirl boots and a playful flash of skin, while superficially sensuous, speak of issues of racial identity, immigration, women's roles, and changing family structures.


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 - 1:30 pm.  Art may also be viewed during any of the performances at the Black Box.

Fundraiser to help local arts programs and GDAC

It's in the Bag!iitb
Center for the Visual Arts

400 E. Hickory Street, Denton, TX 76201  

Thursday, May 8, 2014

To purchase tickets for the event you may do so on the website.

For more information:

UNT on the Square

Art Around Town 

A Creative Art Studio

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

For Spring Classes and 

more information:


Center for the Visual Arts

400 E. Hickory Street, Denton, TX 76201 

Meadows Gallery: 

VAST Merging Visions Exhibition

April 24 - June 6

Gough Gallery: 

Annual High School Art Show

April 8 - May 4

It's in the Bag!

Thursday, May 8, 2014
Center for the Visual Arts
To purchase tickets for the event you may do so on the website.

For more information:


Oxide Gallery

115 Eagle Drive
Denton, TX 76201

Gallery Night is Saturday, May 3, 6-8pm.  Artwork from over 40 North Texas artists featuring metal sculptures by Daren Fagan.

Free admission.

Mon.-Fri. 9-5pm, Sat. 10-3pm

more information: 


tAd Gallery

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


For more information:


Texas Woman's University Art Galleries

East Gallery and West Gallery 

2014 Graduating MFA Exhibition

April 29 to May 10
Elizabeth Head-Fischer / Ceramics
Ashley Kauschinger / Photography
Nathan Madrid / Painting

Reception: Tuesday, April 29, 5 - 9pm

more information:


University of North Texas Art Gallery

Linda Ohrn-Mcdaniel: A Decade of Design, March 27 - May 3

University of North Texas alumna Linda Ohrn-McDaniels's designs focus on formal design elements, such a circles, hearts, and knit stitches, combined in this exhibition with the idea of coming back. Ohrn-McDaniel's first solo exhibition in Sweden in 2000 set her on a career in fashion, using clothing as a form of expression. Through themes surrounding circles and hearts, she explores textures, color, shape, and fit.
March 27-May3

more information:


UNT on the Square

Rob Erdle, His Students, His Influence 

April 23 - May 21 

Opening Reception: May 2, 5:30-7pm

Members in the News

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

Rebecca Barham, Amy Schnoll, and Jo Williams
have work in the invitational exhibition at the UNT Gallery on the Square, 
Rob Erdle, His Students, His InfluenceApril 23 - May 21. 

Opening Reception: May 2, 5:30-7pm


Deanna Wood and Mary Wright have work in the Instructors of The Encaustic Center exhibition in Richardson at The Encaustic Center on Arapaho Road.  The exhibit will be up until May 23.

Paint Out with Cate Robbins


Paint Out with Cate Robbins

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Beginning at 9am

Go to  for details and directions

Cate Robbins email:  

We have the chance to paint outdoors at this festival right next door to my house.  If the weather is bad it will be cancelled but we will hope for the best. 


Come on out to Chambersville Tree Farm and join me for a day of plein air painting in the beautiful rose gardens during the Rose Dango Rose Festival.  We have been invited to set up our easels and create to our hearts content.  So bring EVERYTHING you will need with you.  Painting supplies, easels, chairs, water bottles, sack lunch, hats, sunscreen, etc.  Be sure not to set up in a spot that will impede the tours of the gardens.  I will be there from about 9:00 til I get too tired to hold a paintbrush!!  Call or email me if you want more info. BTW the Tree Farm is my next door neighbor!!


Seminars and Garden Tours
Free Admission
RoseDango/Chambersville Tree Farm phone: 214.295.1058
Opportunities/Calls for Entries

360 XOCHI QUETZAL - FREE Artist Residency, Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico.  International writers, playwrights, visual artists, fiber artists, photographers, new media artists and musicians are all welcome to apply for a 1-month residency.

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE September 28, 2014 through CAF´┐Ż for the upcoming Winter residency.

Visit/like our Facebook page: 360 Xochi Quetzal

Follow us on Twitter: @360XochiQuetzal

Artspace 111: 1st Annual Regional Juried Exhibition
Entry Deadline: May 30
Exhibition:  June 20 - August 15
Entry Fee: $35
Artspace 111 is pleased to have Andrea Karnes, current curator for the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and Ron Tyler, former director and curator of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art as jurors for the 1st Annual Artspace 111 Juried Exhibition.  All contemporary 2D work in any media is accepted.  Over $1200 in awards. 

Cedar Park Sculpture Garden Call for Artists

All information must be received by May 31st 

Artists will be notified by July 15th 

Installation of selected pieces Oct 5-11th

Kick-off event Mid-October 

Cedar Park Sculpture Garden is located at 1435 Main Street, Cedar Park, Texas  78613

The Cedar Park Arts Advisory Board  is currently accepting applications to display works in the Cedar Park Sculpture Garden. The garden was unveiled in October of 2013 and currently features 12 loaned works of art by 7 different Texas artists.  You will find more information about the garden and the current Call for Entries on our website .  In order to be considered, please submit the entry form and digital photos of each piece (or digital photos of a scale model), by no later than May 31, 2014. 


For more information and to see a video about the Cedar Park Sculpture Garden,


Giddens Gallery of Fine Art looking for Artists!



Giddens Gallery of Fine Art in Grapevine is currently reviewing portfolios and interviewing artists interested in joining the Gallery in marketing their art.

Contact Cherie Giddens at, 817-488-8600 or, for an appointment/interview.  Additional information at


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

May 1
John Beasley, 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 
2013-2014 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

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