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May, 2017
VAST May 4 Guest Artist: Teri Muse
"Mixed up with Media"
Texas artist, Teri Muse, will be giving us a look back at all the variety of techniques and media that she's used over the years, and will end with discussion of her current choices of working with encaustic or acrylic/collage.

Teri Muse was born in 1956 in Waco, Texas. She received art lessons from a local artist and they sparked in her a lifelong passion for art.  She received a BFA in art education in 1978 from the University of North Texas and in 1982, she received her MFA from Texas Woman's University (both in Denton.) Her Master's degree major study was in papermaking and textiles, studying with Corky Stuckenbruck. Ceramics was her minor, studying with J. Brough Miller. 
The Forest Within

Muse's early art career centered on paper-making.  She made her own paper canvases in various shapes. Working with Beverly Gordon Fine Art/Dallas, Nimbus Gallery/Dallas and Miriam Perlman/Chicago her work was commissioned for large public spaces, including the Westin Hotel/Birmingham, the American Heart Association/Dallas, and Prudential Life Insurance/Chicago.

As Muse settled with her family in the DFW area, she entered into a career of art education in the local private and public schools.  This career has run parallel to her fine art career.  After a 2004 trip to Paris, France, Muse created a series of wood assemblages inspired by Picasso. Milled wood scraps from her husband's wood shop and found driftwood pieces were combined into colorful, found object art guitars.

Still Waters
The search for ever more interesting color and texture led Muse to the encaustic technique of painting with melted wax. It creates unusual luminosity and translucency and allows Muse to include papers and materials into the layers of wax, something she also likes to do in her acrylic paintings. Her collections of maps, fabrics, sheet music and postage stamps have become a backdrop for her "asemic", or wordless, writing-linear elements running throughout her works for years and grounding them with the dual traits of strength and mystery.

Muse continues to explore a variety of media to engage her creativity. 
View her work at

Meetings are held at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 East Hickory St, Denton, TX.
Next Meeting: May 4, 2017 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Members: Free, Guests: $3

Artist of the Year  to be Voted on at May Meeting
September through March Artist of the Month Mini Show winners please bring your winning piece to the May meeting, to compete for Artist of the Year. 
Upcoming Board Meeting 
VAST will be having its Board Meeting on Sat, May 13th, at 9am at the Denton Central Fire Station, across from the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center. It is an open meeting.
VAST Meeting Day Change in the Fall -
Will be First Wednesday of the Month 
Due to scheduling changes at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, starting in September, our meetings will be held on the FIRST WEDNESDAY of the month, September through May. 
Please note that our guest fees will be $5 starting in September.
Dr. T. Jervis Underwood, 1932-2017
Memorial Service to be May 7, 1pm
at  De Berry Funeral in Denton

"It is with great sadness that we inform our membership of the passing of our beloved member, Jervis Underwood. Jervis was a long-time and dedicated member of our organization. He was generous with his time and helped support many awards in our VAST juried exhibitions and our Merging Visions exhibitions. In 2007, when we were in need of a President, he stepped up to the plate and served for a year. He was a wonderful audience member at our monthly programs, contributing many thoughtful questions. Jervis was a talented poet and dedicated member of the Denton Poet's Assembly. We extend our heartfelt love and sympathy to his sweet wife and VAST member, Carmen." ... Jo Williams 

Dr. T. Jervis Underwood, Texan native, musician, poet and educator, received a Bachelor of Music degree from North Texas State College (UNT) in 1955 and a Master of Music degree from the University of Illinois in 1957. He completed his Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1970 at North Texas State University, Denton. He has held several teaching positions, at the University of Texas, Austin; Southeast Missouri State College, Cape Girardeau; and at Southern Illinois University - Carbondale. 

Jervis Underwood had a passion for music from a young age, and besides teaching music, he became an acclaimed flutist. While stationed at Fort Sam Houston he played with the U.S. Fourth Army Band earning the title of Army Bandsman. Jervis also became the principal flutist for the Memphis Orchestra. 

After retirement, Jervis and his wife Carmen, (soul mate of 63 ½ years) settled in Oak Point (1996) where he devoted himself to community service.  He has held various positions for the city of Oak Point such as serving on the Planning and Zoning Commission and serving as Mayor of Oak Point (l990-l991.)  

Jervis was an avid reader, an award-winning poet, and supporter of the Arts. He and Carmen were longtime members of the Visual Arts Society of Texas. Jervis also joined the  Denton Poets' Assembly, the Poetry Society of Texas (PST), and the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, Inc. (NFSPS). Jervis has poetry published in  Merging Visions Collections II  2012,  Collections III  2013,  Collections IV  2014, PST,  A Book of the Year 2013 , and  A Texas Garden of Verses  2014.    
Dr. T. Jervis Underwood, such a caring, knowledgeable man... 
you will be missed.

Memorial for Dr. T. Jervis Underwood will be held May 7th at 1pm at De Berry Funeral in Denton. 
Note from funeral home: Due to Construction on W. University Dr. (HWY 380), Please use our entrance on Emery St. The entrance is just east of the intersection of Emery and Hillcrest St. The address for the drive is close to the 2026 Emery St. Denton, 76201. Emery Street runs east and west between Bonnie Brae and Malone St. Feel free to call for directions; 940-383-4200.

VAST Membership Renewal
Renew before May 31 to receive free entry into 
VAST Calendar
Our fiscal year  ends May 31. 

If you renew before May 31, you will have free entry into our VAST Calendar Opportunity!! A chance to have your artwork in the calendar that we use as our only fundraiser. It is a great, affordable gift idea for friends and family and a fun keepsake! 

You may renew by the following methods:
  • Renew at our May VAST meeting. 
  • 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.
    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.

Merging Visions Exhibition at UNT
May 21 - June 27
Merging Visions  Exhibition 
May 21 - June 27, 2017
Lightwell Gallery, 
University of North Texas Art Building
(1201 W. Mulberry)
Opening Reception: May 21,  2pm-4pm
Gallery hours:
M-F - 8am-10pm
Sat & Sun - 12-8pm

Extended Merging Visions Exhibition
June 28 - August 19, 2017
Denton Public Library

Take-in for the artwork will be on May 18, from 10am - noon  at the Lightwell Gallery, which is inside the UNT Art Building,  1201 W Mulberry St, Denton, TX 76201. If you are unable to make this take-in time, make arrangements to drop off with Jo Williams ([email protected]) or Deanna Wood ([email protected]). Installation of work will immediately follow  take-in. 

Return of Work: (for those not in the Extended Exhibit at Denton libraries)  June 28, 4-7pm

Extended Exhibit at the Denton Libraries:
Twenty five paired pieces of art and poetry from the 2017 Merging Visions Exhibit will continue to be displayed in an extended exhibit during the summer months.   Selected by the Merging Visions artists who wished to continue the exhibition of their work,  the 2D pieces are to be installed in one of the 3 branches of the Denton Public Library on June 28.  Consequently, artists participating in the extended exhibit will not pick-up their piece from UNT on June 28. 
NOTE:  A sign-up sheet for this extended exhibit will be available at the May VAST meeting, May 4, and at Members Exhibition INTAKE, June 12.  The first 25 current Merging Visions artists to sign-up will be accepted.
Participating artists will be notified where their works will be located after they are installed.  At the Reference Desk in each library, a map will be available for viewing, indicating where each art work and its paired poem can be located within that library.  
Please join each library's patrons and visit the exhibition of their works from June 29 to August 19 at the
Emily Fowler Central, North Branch, and South Branch Libraries.
Artists can pick-up their works at the branch library where their works are displayed on Saturday, August 19, between 10:00 a.m. and 12 noon.  VAST artists (or their designated representative) will need to
contact the VAST representative on-site (in that library) before removing their work.
For problems or concerns, contact the Coordinator for the 2017 Extended Merging Visions Exhibit:
Carol Stoecker,  Please email only:  [email protected]       phone  (emergency):  214.536.4274  or  Deanna Wood, VAST Vice President, Exhibitions:  email:  [email protected]

The VAST Member Exhibition 
UNT on the Square, Denton
June 16-29, 2017
Opening Reception: June 16,  5:30-7:30pm
Awards Presentation: 6:30pm
UNT on the Square
109 N. Elm, Denton, TX 76201

VAST sponsors this annual event to offer its members an important opportunity to enter their work in a juried exhibition that showcases members only. The exhibit provides an excellent venue for the North Texas community to appreciate the high quality and diverse nature of art produced by area artists.

Acceptance of Entries at UNT on the Square - Monday, June 12,  10 am - 12 noon;  4 - 7 pm
Total Awards: $2225, Best of Show $500, a dditional Merchandise Awards
For details and requirements for artwork, Check prospectus.
Juror - Carter Scaggs

Carter Scaggs received his BFA in Printmaking from the
University of North Texas and his MFA in Printmaking from 
Robert Sparks,
Living Room, 2016 Jo Williams Best of Show 
Indiana University. He has been teaching at Collin C ollege since 1993. He teaches 2-D Studio courses, including 2-D Design, Figure Drawing I & II, and Printmaking I & II. 

Scaggs has exhibited his work in galleries and competitions throughout the U.S. He works with intaglio, relief and drawing processes. His work is decidedly narrative and attempts to document his subjective responses to significa nt events, figures, and objects. His artwork typically depicts allegorical, symbolic, and narrative scenes through which he hopes t o convey the underlying and profound meaning within the world of which we live. 

June 12 - Acceptance of Entries,  10 am - 12 noon; 4-7 pm
June 14 - Pick up unaccepted work,  10 am-12 noon; 4-7pm
June 16- Exhibition opens to the public
Reception 5:30-7:30pm
Awards Presentation 6:30pm
June 29- Exhibition closes at 5pm
June 30 - Return of Work to Artists,  10am-12 noon; 4-7 pm
For Prospectus,  click here.

Gallery Hours: 
Monday through Friday, 9 am to noon and 1-5 pm, with extended hours until 8 pm on Thursday and Friday, Saturday 11am - 3 pm, Closed Sunday

April Denton County High School Competition Winners

Shown at the Denton Courthouse on the Square

Best of Show: Britney Fang
Teacher: Ellen Kudlicki
School: Hebron HS, Lewisville ISD
1st Prize: Gracie Baek
Teacher: Ellen Kudlicki
School Hebron HS, Lewisville ISD
2nd Prize: Sue Jin Park
Teacher: Jennifer Russel
School: Hebron HS, Lewisville ISD
3rd Prize: Dylan Vanderfriff
Teacher: Roxanne Musick
School:  Sanger ISD

Pictures of other work entered:

2017 Calendar Focus - May

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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 May. 

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, [email protected]
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  
Next exhibition: Mike Strecher, May 12-August 11

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).

Coordinator for exhibit: 
Jo Williams at [email protected]
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
Lorraine Hayes will be exhibiting April through June.

"My art covers a wide range of realism and abstraction. The dual purpose of my art is to appeal to the eye and simultaneously to stimulate the mind. My images originate from my travels and in my home environment. I often work from photographs but do not strive merely to reproduce them. Rather I attempt to distill from the scene the elements that attracted me to record them. I like to change the composition as needed to make it more interesting as a painting.  I employ shape, color, and texture, including collage, to produce a rich surface that attracts the eye and produces the forbidden urge to touch."

Coordinator for exhibit: Isabel Cano, [email protected].
The Denton Senior Center is located at 
509 N. Bell Ave., Denton, TX 
Hours: M-F 8:00 am to 9:00 pm; Saturday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

"Stoked About Denton" Exhibition is a new Revolving Exhibit in Denton.  It is located walking distance from the Patterson-Appleton Center at 608 E. Hickory St., Suite 128.
VAST artists Mary Simon and Carole Petulla will be exhibiting starting May 2.

Mary Simon: "We recently returned to Texas, after living three years overseas; this collection reflects the influences of our travels in and around our home in Athens, Greece.  My artwork has always mirrored my life in its fluid nature.  One thing leads to another, building on previous skills and understanding to continually learn and grow.  Inspiration was everywhere and it allowed me to explore and experiment with various mediums on a wide variety of subject matter."

Abstract artist Carole 
Petulla began painting as a hobby, incorporating her recycling and reuse lifestyle. This former finance manager is mostly self-taught and paints in oil, inks and acrylics. Influenced by movement, color and her joy of life, she takes inspiration from her imagination influenced by God's creations all around her. Texture rules, touch it - but be gentle!

Carol Stoecker is the coordinator for this exhibition. If you are interested in showing, please contact her at [email protected].
Members in the News
Please submit news of exhibitions that you are involved in to [email protected] by the 15th of the month.
Darla Bostick and Mindy Faubion have been accepted into the Texas Watercolor Society National Exhibition. Reception is June 9 at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center. 
Member Workshops, Classifieds,
Want Ads, Etc.
VAST Members have the opportunity to advertise art related information in the newsletter  2 times per VAST year - June 1st through May 31st.  This business card-sized ad must be sent to the editor by the 15th of the month and is subject to the approval of VAST.  VAST reserves the right to edit.
Your ad here.
Art Around Town 
A Creative Art STUDIO
227 W. Oak Street, Suite 101
Check and  on Facebook. for up to date information. May information can be found  HERE.

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
January 20 - June 3, 2017, FREE
Gough Gallery:  none currently
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 
For more information:

Texas Woman's University Art Galleries
East Gallery and West Gallery 
M.F.A. Graduating Exhibitions
May 6 - 14, 2017
Opening reception: May 6, 5-7 p.m.
For more  information: 

University of North Texas Art Galleries
Closed for construction.
For more information: http://gallery.unt.e du

UNT on the Square
Proof: Photographs from Four Generations of a Texas Family
April 14 - May 31
An exhibition of photographs from the Byrd Williams family and a cooperative project between the University of North Texas Libraries' Special Collection and UNT on the Square
For more information:
Opportunities/Calls for Entries

4th Annual Artspace111 Regional Juried Exhibition
Juror:  Shirley Reece-Hughes, Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Exhibition dates:  June 23rd through July 22
Opening reception on June 23rd. 
Due date for entries is May 31st.  
Prospectus is on CallForEntry, or HERE.
Contemporary 2D and 3D works that follow the requirements detailed in the prospectus are accepted. 
Over $2000 will be awarded to the best works in show, and the first prize will include the opportunity to exhibit at Artspace111 in a separate solo or group show in 2017 - 2018.
For more information, contact the gallery, [email protected]

Craighead Green Gallery - New Texas Talent XXIV, 
Statewide Juried Exhibition
Prospectus at or  click here.
Submission Deadline June 2, 2017
Exhibition Opens August 5, 2017
Craighead-Green Gallery, Dragon Street, Dallas, TX
2017 Juror: Katherine Wagner, CEO of Business Council for the Arts

This exhibition is designed to introduce and promote emerging visual artists in the commercial market. Each year hundreds of images are submitted for review. The juror then selects artists to participate in the New Texas Talent exhibition. Through their participation in the show, some artists have been offered representation by galleries and/or have been extended invitations for inclusion in future exhibitions. The exhibition and its participants have also received media exposure in such publications as D Magazine, The Dallas Morning News, The Observer and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, A+C Magazine and many others.

Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council's 29th Annual Juried Exhibition 
Hosted by the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council, an arts council located in Texarkana, Texas.
Sponsored by E-Z Mart, Inc. 
$3750 in prizes!
The exhibition is open to all artists 18 years and older currently residing in the U.S. All work must be original in concept. No photography, video, film, jewelry, installations or artwork that requires special installation or assembly will be accepted. 
Entries must be received by Midnight MST May 14, 2017. 
Entries to be submitted online through To see prospectus,  Click Here.
Entries are limited to a maximum of three works executed in the last two years (May 2015 - May 2017.) A maximum of two pieces of artwork per artist can be juried into the exhibit. 
Accepted work will be exhibited at TRAHC from July 14 - August 12, 2017.
Yates Collection Purchase Award.....$1000
Best of Show...............................$1000
First Place....................................$750
Second Place................................$500
Third Place...................................$300
Fourth Place.................................$200
JUROR:   Lauren Cross, PhD, MFA
Adjunct Professor and Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies Lecturer at University of North Texas, Denton, TX
Lauren Cross is an artist, curator, and scholar living in Fort Worth, Texas. She earned her BA in Art, Design, and Media from Richmond, The American International University in London, England, MFA in Visual Arts from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, and PhD from Texas Woman's University in Denton, TX. Her artistic work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and she frequently facilitates curatorial and art projects both in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and beyond.
Cross is the Founder/Curator of non-profit arts organization in Fort Worth, WoCA Projects, and has received many awards for her creative work, including an official selection for the 2010 International Black Women's Film Festival in Berkeley, CA for her first documentary, The Skin Quilt Project; The Fort Worth Weekly's Third Annual Visionary Award in 2013; named #32 of 100 Top Dallas Creatives by the Dallas Observer in 2014-2015, and featured in the 2015 Edinburgh Art Festival. She is a Lecturer in the Department of Art Education + Art History at the University of North Texas' College of Visual Arts & Design (CVAD) where she serves as a core faculty member for the Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies program.

Event Dates: July 14 - August 12 
Opening Reception:
Friday, July 14, 2017
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Awards Announced at 7 pm
Location: Cabe Hall, Regional Arts Center
321 4th Street, Texarkana, TX 75501

ATTN: Amy Donohoe
321 4th Street
Texarkana, TX 75501

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2016-2017 Monthly Programs
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 
Please Note: Starting in September, our Guest fees will increase to $5.
2017-2018 VAST Membership Levels

$15 - Student 

$25 - Educator*
$35 - Individual
$45 - Family

Make checks payable to
VAST; mail to VAST, PO
Box 1281, Denton, TX
For membership questions, please contact Mary Wright at [email protected].


*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 [email protected]
so the Hospitality 
Committee can plan to
have enough refreshments
on-hand at the meeting.
2016/2017 VAST 
Artist Day Out
VADO Sessions: 
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: 
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:  [email protected], or leave a message at  940-387-4376.