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October, 2016
Guest Speaker for October 6: 
Gail Cope, Artist and Art Historian
"Not All Who Wander Are Lost"
Gail W. Cope was born in Memphis, Tennessee and is currently a resident of Farmer's Branch.  She worked in Language Arts, primarily German, for several years, but in 2001 began to pursue the Fine Arts, first at Brookhaven and then completing both an MA and an MFA at Texas Woman's University in 2013.  

On Thursday, October 6th, Cope will give a presentation that talks about how a lifetime of travel and study have influenced her art. In addition, she will discuss the techniques developed on her way to becoming dotty, or as she likes to call it- A Neopointilist.

Gail Cope has been a longtime active member of VAST; to see more of her work

Celestial Wanderer, 36"x36", mixed media on canvas

From Gail's website: "This piece was made to go with a poem by the same name. The poem is by Richard Weatherly and concerns a comet which reappears throughout time. The different reactions on earth as it passes, range from petroglyphs to alchemical symbols to photographs." 
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

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
Linda Ridgway (born 1947 in Jeffersonville, Indiana) creates poetic bronze wall reliefs that convey both autobiographical and cultural imagery. Although educated as a printmaker, Ridgway continues to experiment with the limits of various media to create work that remains intimate regardless of scale. Ridgway's bronzes emerge from a two-dimensional template to become new spatial objects that elucidate the artist's personal experiences.

Linda Ridgway received an M.F.A. from Tulane University, and a B.F.A. from the Louisville School of Art. She has participated in various solo and group exhibitions including Linda Ridgway: A Survey, Poetics of Form at the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas and the Dallas Museum of Art, Texas in 1997-98; and One Hundred Years: The Permanent Collection of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas in 2002.

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 of Work to Artists,  10am-noon or 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

VAST Member Show: People's Choice Award
Congratulations to Krispen Spencer, 
People's Choice Award Winner for the 
27th Annual VAST  Members Exhibition. 
Divine Intervention,  acrylic

VAST  Figure Drawing Group Meets on the Fourth Thursday
On Thursday, October 27, VAST will sponsor its 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.

Meeting day: fourth Thursday of the month (except November and December). There will be no meetings in June, July, and August.

Time: 10 AM to 12 Noon
2016 Dates: 9/22, 10/27, (No meetings in Nov. or Dec.)
2017 Dates: 1/26, 2/23, 3/23, 4/27, 5/25

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.

September Mini Show Winners
1st Place:
Randy Honeycutt
It Was a Dark and Stormy Night
digital photograph

2nd Place:
Lorraine Hayes
What Happens Next 
digital print on papyrus 
Calendar Focus - October



VAST Member,  Harlan W. Butt to Exhibit at UNT ArtSpace/Dallas
Artist Talk: October 15, 3pm

Showing at UNT ArtSpace Dallas
October 15 through December 3

Opening Reception: 
Saturday, October 15, 4-6pm, Artist Talk at 3pm
University System Building, 1901 Main St. in Dallas
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 October.

Jo Williams currently has an exhibition of 30 watercolor and mixed media paintings at The Chestnut Tree until November.  The paintings include a variety of subjects, but they are all based on inspiration from nature and natural forms. The approximately 30 paintings represent a period of about ten years work.  

The trailer to a small documentary, "Living Art: Jo Williams",  about William's life as an artist, has been posted on her Facebook page "Williams Jo." Premier of the film TBA.  
More on Williams' website:

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.
Artist's Statement of Teri Muse:
"The creative process will always amaze me.  It is an elusive thing that happens, and is precious.
Diebenkorn, Texas

Over the years I have worked in a variety of media; acrylic, handmade paper, wood assemblage, and encaustic wax painting.  Collage is often an important part of my work in any media, since I collect things. My studio is filled with stacks of handmade papers, fabrics, geographic maps, postage stamps, and other miscellaneous items.  I often embed these items from our lives into my works in an effort to create connections with the viewer by using symbols of our sense of place, our communications, memories and associations. Then there is that constant desire to create COLOR and TEXTURE that compel one to pause and look."
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   
Millie Giles' Critique Group is currently showing until October 14. The exhibition is free.
Exhibiting artists are Andrea Albright, Nel dorn Byrd, Mindy Faubion, Ellen Frenkel, Jackie Haugen, Lorraine Hayes, Tonya Littmann, Shubhangi Mantri and Jo Williams. The art represents a variety of media including fiber and painting.
The Critique Group meets monthly, September through May, at the City of Denton Central Fire Station. The group has 12 VAST members and welcomes any members of VAST to its substitute list.

The critic is Millie Giles, retired professor of art, who taught at the University of North Texas from 1976-2013. She spent the last 7 years there as Coordinator of the Watercolor Concentration program.
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.

Community Show and Sale
Holiday Harvest House 
November 13
Women's Club Building, 610 Oakland Street, Denton
2:00 - 6:00pm

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

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.


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:
Summer Pop-Up Exhibition: Works by Benjamin Terry
Summer 2016, FREE
Learn more at
Gough Gallery :  
Day of the Dead: Una Exhibicion
Opening Reception, Friday, October 7, 2016, 6 - 8 PM
October 8 - November 2, 2016, FREE
Meadows Gallery: 
Heroes in the Making: The Art of Comic Production
Opening Reception, Friday, September 16, 2016, 6 - 8 PM
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:

University of North Texas Art Galleries
Recalling, artists Frank Hamrick, Faith Jessup and Chris Ramsay
August 30 to  October 22
Through an act of recalling, referring not only to remembering but also to gathering, contemplating and telling, the artists in this exhibition give voice to ideas of personhood. Featuring photographs and artist's books by Frank Hamrick, paintings by Faith Jessup and sculptures and brooches by Chris Ramsay, the exhibition considers the phenomenon of being inspired by as driving the nature and form of art. What is the nature of inspiration?
For more information: http://gallery.unt.e
UNT on the Square
Short Notice: Work by Drawing and Painting MFA Students
September 10 - October 22
For more information:

Opportunities/Calls for Entries
Coppell Arts Council (CAC) is proud to announce a call for entries for a 2-year outdoor sculpture exhibit which will include up to 10 outdoor sculptures located in the Old Town District of Coppell. 
Call for Art 9/13/2016 
Close Call for Art Midnight 10/21/2016 
Selected Artist Notification 10/28/2016 
Art Installation 1/1/2017 through 1/31/2017 
Old Town Art Stroll / Meet the Artist Event 4/29/2017 6:00 PM
Old Town Coppell is known for its nationally recognized Farmer's Market, great dining, public gathering space, restaurants, playground, interactive fountain and community craft and art festivals. Old Town is in close proximity to DFW airport and surrounded by nationally recognized distribution facilities such as Amazon and the Container Store. The location promises great exposure for the artist and CAC will market the exhibit throughout the DFW metro-plex. The Coppell Arts Council will host an evening Art Stroll event, in which art will be paired with local music, food, wine and craft beer. Artists are encouraged to attend. 
CAC will consider the purchase of one art piece from the exhibit to be donated to the City. Artwork will be available for sale during the exhibition with a 30% commission being distributed to CAC.
An honorarium of $1,500 will be paid to each of the selected artists.
An additional $500 will be awarded to the People's Choice Award
Enter through or  this link.

Oil and Cold Wax Painting Workshop with Doris Vasek
November 2-4, 2016, Wed. through Friday, 9:30 am - 4 pm 
Novice to Advanced. 
Location - Round Top Court House in the village of Round Top, Texas
First come registration based on date of deposit - $325
$160 non-refundable deposit (Pay by check or online.)

Workshop With Judy Mason
Location: The Upstairs Gallery in Arlington 
Call JT at 817-277-6961 to sign up.
Learn a different approach to drawing and painting.  After applying the 
charcoal to canvas or paper, you can then draw with water or pencils
or brushes to create an exciting and unusual effect.  Bring your own
drawings to incorporate into your paintings.  The charcoal will be
October 1  Saturday
10 a.m. till 4 p.m.
Fee:  50
Supplies:  Exacto knife, several canvases, boards,20x24 or smaller,
w/c paper (gesso) acrylics,metallics,brushes( flat 2" and small round)
scissors,Krylon workable fixatif spray,mask and goggles for charcoal and 
spray,plastic gloves, paper towels,drawing pencils (2b for shading)
and drawings you will use, sheets of craft foam)white) any size.
We will have many different starts so bring plenty of things to paint
on.  You can bring old paintings and stamp the charcoal images
over them.

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2016-2017 Monthly Programs
Oct. 6 - Gail Cope, Art    Historian
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: 
Oct. 20 
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