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November, 2016
Guest Artist: Judy Mason
November Meeting: November 3

Judy Mason's artist statement:
"Man was meant to create and make a better world. The beauty of nature and all the abstract shapes that make up many objects here on earth, stimulates our creativity. I enjoy finding those abstractions and applying them in my artwork. It gives movement and interest to a surface. It brings entertainment and fulfillment in discovery. It depletes dullness from our existence." 

Bio-  Judy Mason  was raised in Abilene, Texas, where sports and riding bikes were practiced for enjoyment.  Exposure to the arts was minimal.  After marriage and children, Mason began painting in a very traditional manner as it was the only thing she knew; she struggled for years to find pleasure in realistic painting. In 1986, Mason took a two week workshop with Louisiana instructor, M. Douglas Walton which broadened her views on painting. Mason's frustration eased, she found watercolors enjoyable, and she continued studying with Walton for 16 years. 

In addition to her work, she also teaches art to both children and adults. Judy has exhibited work at numerous local, regional and international venues. She is a member of several local art venues, and is represented by the Center for Contemporary Art in Abilene and the Firehouse Art Gallery in Weatherford.
Meetings start at 7pm, end at 9pm. They are held at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 E. Hickory Street, Denton.

Cost for program: Members, free; Guests, $3

VAST Board Meeting: November 5
We have a Board Meeting coming up on Nov 5th from 9am - noon at the Denton Central Fire Station across from the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center. 
Only Fundraiser for VAST! 
Calendars For Sale 
The VAST 2017 calendar will be available for sale at the November meeting for $11 including tax. They are also available for sale at The Chestnut Tree.
The calendar is the only VAST fundraiser for the year, and we hope you will support us by buying one or more. They make great Christmas gifts for friends and family.
Featured artists include David Blow, Nel dorn Byrd, Isabel Cano, Linda Chidsey, Gail Cope, Randy Honeycutt, Tom Judd, Terry Karloff, Tonya Littmann, Carol Rowley, Ingrid Scobie, and Ray Sears.
There will be an exhibition of the calendar art at The Chestnut Tree from mid November through December.

125-Mile Exhibition Entries Due: November 16
VAST 11th Annual 
 125-Mile Visual Arts Exhibition
January 13-February 25, 2017
Opening Reception: January 13, 2017
5:30-7:30pm, Awards Presentation 6:30pm
Gough Gallery
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
400 E. Hickory St., Denton, TX, 76201

The 125-Mile Exhibition was initiated in 2006 to establish a regional high quality juried art exhibition for artists living within a 125-mile radius of Denton, TX, to compete and show their work.
Fee: $20 student, $30 member, $35 non-member (for up to three images. Only one work per person may be selected for exhibit.
Eligible Media: 
2D and 3D work including painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, fiber, graphics, sculpture, ceramics, glass, jewelry, metalworking, and wood. No installations.
Artwork Requirements: 
All artwork must be original, not a copy of a painting or another image. No mechanical reproductions of original work. Only work completed in the last 36 months will be accepted.
Juror: Linda Ridgeway
Best of Show $1000, Total Cash and Merchandise Awards $3550.
November 16, 2016:  All Entry Fees and Applications are due  by        US Mail.  All digital images are due via email:
December 2, 2016: Notifications emailed to artists
January 4, 2017: Juried Work delivered to the Patterson-    Appleton Arts Center, 10am-noon or 4-7pm.
February 25, 2017: Exhibition closes at 5pm.
February 27, 2017:  Return Work to artists,  10am-noon, 4- 7pm
Karen Jacobi, Lion, 2016 Corky Stuckenbruck Best of Show Award

Participants must follow the regulations for digital images, matting and framing as listed in the prospectus. 

For full prospectus,  see this link.

Contact: Teri Muse, Exhibition Chair

Deanna Wood, Vice President of Exhibitions

Put VASTFEST on Your Calendars!
The Public is Invited
December 1
2nd Annual VASTFEST
December 1, 2016
7 - 8:30pm
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
400 E. Hickory St. Denton, TX76201

Holiday Social and Shopping
Open to the Public

Activities:  Meet Artists,  Fun
Lots of Appetizers,  Music
VAST Members Show and Sale
VAST Members Mini Show

2015/2016 Artist of the Year
Charles Arnold receives his Artist of the Year award from past president, Jo Williams and current president, Mindy Faubion. 
No VAST  Figure Drawing This Month
There will be no Figure Drawing sessions in November or December. Look for additional information in the side bar of the newsletters.

October Mini Show Winners
1st place
Maurice Leatherbury
String Sculpture #1
Mixed Media

2nd place
Angelia Ford
Acrylic on Canvas

Calendar Focus - November



VAST Member,  Harlan W. Butt to Exhibit at UNT ArtSpace/Dallas
Extraordinary Journey: 40 Years of Art M etalwork by UNT Regents Professor, Harlan W. Butt

Showing at UNT ArtSpace Dallas
October 15 through December 3
University System Building, 1901 Main St. in Dallas
Artists Enclave of Denton County
Holiday Harvest of Art: November 13
Artists Enclave of Denton County presents 
Holiday Harvest of Art : A Sale of Fine Art and Craft
 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, November 13 
at the Denton Woman's Club Building 
610 Oakland Street, Denton, Texas, 76201 

Quality works of art by local artists and artisans will be available for purchase.  Holiday Harvest of Art showcases exemplary Denton artists in ceramics, fibers and textiles, fused glass, jewelry design, oil and watercolor painting, drawings, photography, pyrography, sculpture and stained glass. 

The afternoon features live music and complimentary refreshments. Free admission. 

Update Your Profile on the VAST Website

Increase the visibility of VAST and its talented members! To get started updating your information, here is a link to the updated directions. If you need any assistance, Isabel Cano would be happy to help get your information on the VAST website. Isabel's email is Our website is


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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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.
Jo Williams, VAST Artist of the Year exhibition to be displayed through the first part of November. 

The VAST Calendar Art Exhibit will go up in November.  Featured artists in the Calendar Exhibit include:  David Blow, Nel dorn Byrd, Isabel Cano, Linda Chidsey, Gail Cope, Randy Honeycutt, Tom Judd, Terry Karloff, Tonya Littmann, Carol Rowley, Ingrid Scobie, and Ray Sears.
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
Teri Muse will be showing her work at the Emily Fowler Library from September 10 through Thanksgiving.  For more of Teri's work, check her website at

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   
Gail Williamson Cope: Exhibition of Animal Series "In Polka Dot Land" is currently on display through January.

Artist Statement: "My work has evolved to a series of mixed media paintings exploring the reduction of mark making to the simplest forms-dots, dashes and circles. Although the use of these most basic forms would imply a simple surface, in fact the marks are layered in complex ways, and the background or under-painting takes on even more importance as it interacts with the layers. An exploration of textile references resonates with my childhood and continues to have value and meaning for me today. The work is the culmination of exploration of art techniques while seeking to convey the deeper experiences of seven decades of study, travel and life experience."
Gorilla Gathering, Mother and Child

Cope has exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions in the United States and recently her painting Circle Cycle Orange and Blue was chosen for the Annual Exhibition of 2016 for the The Künstler-Forum Schloss Zweibrüggen e. V.  to be held in November-December, 2016 in Zweibrüggen Castle, Übach-Palenberg, Germany. The jurors were artist Brigitta Heidtmann from Krefeld and two art historians, Mrs. Alexandra Simon Tönges and Dr. Josef Gülpers, both from Aachen.
Cope completed an MFA and a MA (Art History) at Texas Woman's University in 2013. She also has an MA in German, 1976, from UT Arlington and a BA in French and German from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, 1968. 
Gail shares her art and experiences at the October VAST meeting.

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
David Adams will be exhibiting at the Senior Center, October through December.

"I am a graduate of American River College, Sacramento CA, with an Associate of Arts Degree in Fine Art. I studied under the artist/teacher Gary Pruner. I am presently retired from the United States Postal Service after 35 yrs service, with over 16 years as the Sacramento District Graphics Illustrator. My wife and I love to travel and I have taken many photos in which I use to paint the majority of my work from."
Coordinator for exhibit: Isabel Cano, 
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.

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

Darla Bostick has a reception  Saturday, November 53-4:30pm at Swirl Bakery, 3634 Long Prairie, Flower Mound (at the southeast corner section of Cross Timbers and Long Prairie).
The show is "It's a Dog's Life" and features 10 paintings and prints on paper and canvas. Bostick's 2017 Calendar will also be available for sale and features one of the dogs.

Brenda Gribbin will be in the 15th Annual Studio  
Tour of th Cross Timbers Artists' Guild  November 11 - 13, at  Premier Gallery, 1681 Justin Rd, #200 in Flower Mound, 75028.

Cate Robbins won a First Place Blue Ribbon at the T exas State Fair for her piece,  After Van Noort' s Boy With a Hawk and a Leash.  Robbins has been working on reproducing some old masters paintings.  The piece is 14" x18" and created in oil.

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.
You are all Invited to Nel dorn Byrd's
13th Annual Studio Tour
Enjoy art, see my studio and visit!
November 5 & 6, 10 am to 5 pm
3800 Elm Bottom Circle, Aubrey, TX       
phone #  940-381-3018
I will be exhibiting framed & matted watercolor paintings along with printed note cards & original note cards. Guests are welcome to register for an original painting that I am giving as a door prize.

Art Around Town 
A Creative Art STUDIO
227 W. Oak Street, Suite 101
Check and  on Facebook. for up to date information.

Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
400 E. Hickory Street, Denton, TX 76201 
Festival Hall:  
Works by Randy Guthmdller: Searching for openness. Seeking multiplicity.
Through Dec. 8, Free
Learn more at
Gough Gallery: 
Day of the Dead: Una Exhibicion
October 8 - November 2, 2016, FREE
Meadows Gallery: 
Heroes in the Making: The Art of Comic Production
September 17 - December 10, 2016
$5 Special Exhibition Admission; FREE for GDAC members, current students, children 12 & under
Learn more at
For more information:

Texas Woman's University Art Galleries
East Gallery and West Gallery 
For more  information: 
Lucky Seven, Student Exhibition
October 30 - November 11

BFA Painting and Photo Graduating Exhibition
Reception: Tuesday, November 17, 5-8pm
November 16-24

University of North Texas Art Galleries
The Annual CVAD Faculty and Staff Exhibition showcases artworks in all media by the accomplished artists working in the College of Visual Arts and Design
November 15 - December 3
For more information: http://gallery.unt.e

UNT on the Square
It's Conceptual
October 28 - November 5
For more information:
Opportunities/Calls for Entries
Meadows Museum Accepting Applications for 2016 Moss/Chumley North Texas Artist Award
Due Date: November 30, 2016
The award is given annually to an outstanding North Texas artist who has exhibited professionally for at least ten years and who has a proven track record as an active community advocate for the visual arts. 
Cash prize for the award is $2,500.  
The competition is accepting entries in the genres of drawing, painting, sculpture, assemblage, construction, video, photography, performance, and installation. 
Artist must reside in one of the following North Texas counties: Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, or Wise. 
To enter, visit  to download an application.  
For questions, contact Nicole Atzbach  (214-768-4490 ) or Shelley DeMaria  (214-768-4246 ; ).
Danielle Avram, freelance arts writer and gallery director, Texas Woman's University
Joan Davidow, co-director, SITE131; director emerita, Dallas Contemporary
Heyd Fontenot, artist and director of Central Trak: The UT Dallas Artists Residency
Annette Lawrence, professor/chair of studio art, University of North Texas; 2015 Moss Chumley recipient
Shelley DeMaria, curatorial assistant, Meadows Museum, SMU
David Leggett, photographer and membership manager, Meadows Museum, SMU
Nicole Atzbach, curator, Meadows Museum, SMU

The winner will be announced at a private museum event on January 26, 2017.
For more information, please contact:
Carrie Sanger
Meadows Museum

2016 Society of Watercolor Artists Annual Juried Membership Exhibition
Entries Due: November 7
Prospectus is now  available online. 
Location: Fort Worth Community Arts Center (FWCAC) located at 1300 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107 
Phone: 817.738.1938 
Juror will be Nancy Lamb who is a local artist known for her
talent to paint people un-posed and off-guard and is highly regarded as a professional artist.
Calendar of important dates:
Entry deadline: Monday, November 7. All entry images must be sent via email before midnight
Notification date: Thursday, November 17 via email
Shipped pieces due: Thursday, December 1
Delivered pieces due: Friday, December 2, 12 to 2 pm
Installation date: Thursday and Friday, December 1-2
Reception date: Friday December 9, 6 to 9 pm
Exhibition dates: December 9 - 29, 2016
Take down and pickup: Thursday, December 29, 4-6pm
Join SWA now and you will be eligible to enter the 2016 Membership show. SWA membership runs on a calendar year January through December. Those who join mid-year do not receive a discounted membership fee, but they are eligible for the membership juried show in December which is for the 2016 members only.
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2016-2017 Monthly Programs
Nov. 3 - Judy Mason,  watercolor
Dec. 1 - VASTFest
Jan. 5, 2017 - Marla  Fields, Art Historian on  Frank Reaugh
Feb. 2 - Lisa Reed, cold  wax technique
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: 
Nov. 3
Nov 17
Dec. 15
Jan. 5
Jan. 19
Feb. 2
Feb. 16
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
No meetings in November or December.

Time: 10 AM to 12 Noon
2017 Dates: 
January 26
February 23
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.