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         October, 2013
Our guest demonstrator for the October 3rd meeting
will be Nel Dorn Byrd. 

Nel Dorn Byrd, AWS, NWS


Watercolor artist, Nel Dorn Byrd, is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Rocky Mountain National, Western Federation, Texas Watercolor, and Southwestern Watercolor Society.   Her paintings have been juried into over 200 exhibitions throughout the US, as well as having been featured in national watercolor magazines and published in a number of books. Her paintings are in corporate and private collections throughout the United States.   


Nel Dorn Byrd began drawing as a child, first painted with oils, and since 1970 has painted with the medium of watercolor.  She studied art at Midland Institute of Fine Arts, Richland College, and the University of Texas at Dallas. Byrd has studied with many watercolor instructors, traveling and painting in twelve different countries.  For twenty one years, she co-operated a successful art gallery and frame shop, Gallery VIII,  in Plano, Texas.



Her work has a personal connection to events in her life, such as travel, remembered times, and places.  She paints in a loose, impressionistic style and her works often depict strong light and dark patterns with the play of light adding excitement and interest to the subject.  Byrd feels that working in a series is often times conducive to the creative process. Nel Dorn Byrd enjoys the camaraderie with fellow artists and the sheer joy of painting.


More of Nel Dorn Bryd's work can be viewed at

VAST Calendar Available at October Meeting for $10
Tax Free Day
Great for Christmas Gifts!

Exhibition of Calendar Art
The Chestnut Tree
November 15 - January 10

November 15, 4:00 - 6:00pm

Open to the Public 


 VAST is allotted only two "tax free" days of sales.  

On October 3, members, guests, etc. can purchase calendars 
for $10 instead of a buck more! 
(For those of you who'd like to get your calendars early, 
we'll be selling at 6:15, before Thursday's meeting.)


This fundraiser has proven to be very popular.
Each month, a member's work is showcased. 
They do make great gifts!


November 7th has been slated for the second "tax free" day 
but maybe you don't want to wait - last year we sold out.
(All other sales of the calendar will be $11)
Calendar Artists:  Lori MacLean, Gail Williamson Cope, Roxanne Musick, Rebecca Hines, Alan Lieban, Mary Maher, Lynne Cox, Allison Proulx, Ray Sears, Jackie Haugen, Fran Shurtleff, Nancy Waldo.
8th Annual 125-Mile Visual Arts Exhibition
Deadline: November 15, 2013

Juror:  Jackie MacLelland 

Eligiblity:  All artists residing within a 125-mile radius of Denton, TX

Exhibit - Gough Gallery, CVA - Denton

January 17 - February 21, 2014

Note: All entry materials, form, fee, digital images must be received by November 15, 2013.

Best of Show $500; Total awards $1500+

Astists may submit up to 3 images 

at a non-refundable fee of $20 for students, $25 for members, and $30 for non-members.


Jackie MacLelland is a painter, printmaker, photographer, sculptor, encaustic artist, and writer who has lived, taught, and exhibited around the world.  She holds degrees from a number of universities and has attended classes and workshops in a variety of mediums in Asia, Europe and the United States.  She works from her studio in Poetry, Texas.  MacLelland has won awards for both her artwork and her writings, which have been published in both academic and popular culture venues.  Her art works are collected nationally and internationally.  Having traveled extensively, MacLelland loves to texture her work with the feel of the countries and cultures she has experienced.  


Each entering artist will receive a catalog featuring the award winning work.


This project is supported in part by a generous grant from the Greater Denton Arts Council, The Arts Guild of Denton, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


For full information and prospectus, click here.

Any questions, please contact:  Jo Williams, 940.453.0817,

24th Annual Juried Members Exhibition Correction



One of VAST's goals is to recognize our members' achievements.  


Allison Proulx's work in the 24th Annual Members Exhibition was unfortunately mislabeled.


Allison received Best of Show and the Barbara B. Evans, Attorney at Law Purchase Award for her piece, Homogeny.


Sorry we missed the mark, Allison. 

Congratulations on your achievement!

Be a part of VAST's Critique Group
Invaluable for Personal Artist Growth
Only Two Spots Left!


Critic: Millie Giles, retired Professor of Art, UNT

Critique group meets at the Central Fire Station, 

across from CVA in Denton.

 4th Saturday of each month,

Sept. through May. 


Two spots are open for those artists 

who would like to take their art to the next level!


VAST sponsors this critique group which is held eight times a year. The fee is $120 payable in one or two installments. Members may bring two pieces of art to each meeting for critique. These critiques are extremely informative and educational.  You will benefit not only from your own critique, but from the critique of others. 


You can also be included on a substitute list if you choose not to come regularly.  Subs pay $15 to the critique member whose place they are taking.  


If you are interested in belonging to the group, contact Jackie Haugen at 972.317.1546 or email at  

VAST Sponsored Workshops in 2013/2014

January 22-24, 2014 - Mike Holter 

See Mike's work at

Check out his YouTube video at: 

Speed Watercolor - Michael Holter
Speed Watercolor - Michael Holter

Where: Center for Visual Arts, Denton 

(corner of Hickory and Bell)

Time: 9:30-4:00, with one hour lunch break

Cost: VAST members: $195, non-members $230





April 15-17, 2014 - Priscilla Krejci 

See Priscilla's work at     


Where:  Center for Visual Arts, Denton (corner of Hickory and Bell) 

Time:  9:30 - 4:00 with a one hour lunch break

Cost:  VAST Members:$165, 

Non-Members $200


"I love to watch colors collide and water change a simple brush stroke into a new and exciting form.  Integrating these wonderful happenings into a finished painting is all part of the excitement of watercolor painting."  Priscilla Krejci





The registration fee is $50.00, and is due at the time of signing up for the workshop.  This fee is non-refundable. Please make the check out to VAST, and send to: 
Kristin Neely 
2507 High Pointe Blvd.   

McKinney, TX 75071


BALANCE: The balance for the workshop is due one month prior to the beginning of the workshop. 
CANCELLATION BY PARTICIPANT: If a participant must cancel, the VAST workshop coordinator will first attempt to fill the open spot from the official VAST waiting list.  If there is no waiting list, the canceling participant is free to attempt to fill the spot on his/her own.  No refunds will be made one month or less prior to the class.

CANCELLATION BY VAST: If there are not enough participants to cover workshop costs, or if VAST must cancel for any other reason, participants will be notified by workshop coordinator and will promptly receive a full refund, including deposit.

Congratulations, September Artists of the Month 


Andrea Albright, First Place Winner
Moonflower Hollyhocks, watercolor

Lori MacLean, Second Place Winner
What If?, acrylic on canvas


Save the Date!
GDAC's new fundraiser "Shoppe for the Arts"

"Shoppe for the Arts"

October 9-12, 2013
Link your Kroger Plus Card to the Greater Denton Arts Council
GDAC Code: 80680  
Simply select "Community Rewards" in your Account Settings on the Kroger Community Rewards website and select GDAC as your organization!
tAd Gallery, New Contemporary Art Gallery in Town
First Exhibit: October 3  


901 Avenue C, Denton 
(inside the Bowllery restaurant)
Opening Exhibit: Parallel Moment 
Works by 23 artists around the globe
October 3 - November 11
Opening: Oct. 3, 7pm
Artist Talk: Oct. 4, 7pm


"It's my pleasure to introduce you to our new gallery, tAd. We're a small, artist-run, not-for-profit gallery dedicated to the practice of contemporary art.  We will be open on October 3, 2013 (Thurs) with an exhibition entitled Parallel Moment. The exhibition will showcase the works of 23 artists from different parts of the world, including Denton artist and member of VAST, Tesa Morin. 

We cordially invite all VAST members to join us at the opening reception at 7pm as well as the artist talk on Oct 4."

                                     Araya Vivorakij


Four artists will hold an artist talk via skype on October 4, 7pm. Araya Vivorakij, curator of the show, will be attending and facilitating the talk here in Denton. For more information, visit 

Art Around Town 


Center for the Visual Arts
400 E. Hickory Street, Denton, TX  76201
Meadows Gallery: 
No exhibit.

Gough Gallery:

Lauren McAdams Sheldon
September 8 - November 1 
For more information:

Texas Woman's University Art Galleries

West Gallery

Borderland Collective: breathing deeply, i hold my space

The photographs in this exhibition were all made by young people ranging in age from 8-20 years old living in Southwest Texas and Central New Mexico.  Among them include: young women navigating between Native American tradition and urban culture in Albuquerque, East Asian and African refugees new to America and searching for a sense of place in San Antonio, and young men who ranch in Mexico on the weekends but call Presidio, Texas home.

September 30 - October 23  

East Gallery

Booth 55 / How We See the World: A Collaborative Photo Book Project

This project brings photography students together, each with a unique voice, to capture and express diverse viewpoints from universities throughout the United States.

September 30 to October 23

Lecture by Jason Reed is open and free to public: 

Tuesday, October 1, 4:00pm 
West Gallery, Fine Arts Building
Reception to follow.

more information:   
University of North Texas Art Gallery   

Beyond Natural by Mari Andrews, Karen Rich Beall, Roberley Bell, Gregory Euclide, Amy Gross, Judy Hoffman, Leigh Taylor Mickelson, Beverly Penn

These contemporary artists from around the nation delve into and deconstruct nature, landscape, and botanical forms in all of their chaos, human cultivation, decorative aspects, and fantastic artificiality. 

September 19 November 2

Cora Stafford Gallery

Crossing the Line BFA exhibition, Bek Cunningham

October 1 - October 4

Reception - Thursday, 10/3, 5 - 7 pm

Lightwell Gallery

Sculpture Collective of UNT

Group exhibition

September 30 - October 4 

Check website for information on UNT's other galleries:  


UNT on the Square

Dialogic: P.R.I.N.T and Its Collaborators 

Opening date is Friday, October 4. 



The Chestnut Tree

VAST 2012-2013 Artist of the Year 

Angelia Ford

September 12 - November 14 

Exhibition of Calendar Art
November 15 - January 10
Reception for the Artists, November 15, 4-6pm 


Barnes & Noble Booksellers Cafe' - Golden Triangle Mall  
No current exhibit.

Point Bank Blackbox Theater

Works by Lorraine Hayes

Exhibit through through October 11.

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  

227 W. Oak Street, Suite 101      

Denton, TX 76201 (940) 442-1251  

First Friday Denton, October 4th, 7-10pm

Featured Artist: Ellen Ritscher Sackett

Music by Dana Isaac Trio and Link Chalon Orchestra

Art Demonstrations, portrait drawing and more...

For information on fall workshops: 


Oxide Gallery

115 Eagle Drive

Denton, TX  76201 (formerly the Piano Store)

Grand Opening and 5th Anniversary will take place on Gallery Night, Sat., October 5th, 6-9pm.  Free Admission.


OXIDE GALLERY is partnering with Banter Bistro to showcase student artwork in their venue. OXIDE wishes to dedicate these shows to student artists. Check out the "Artist Section" of OXIDE's website for Open Call details. Online submissions October 1st - 12th. 

Open Calls for Art: 

2D artwork- Oct. 18 & 19

Jewelry and 3D artwork- Nov. 22 & 23

For more information: 

Members In the News 

Outside of the Denton Area  

Please submit news of exhibitions that you are involved in to: 
Focus Gallery in the Irving Arts Center
Society of Watercolor Artists 2nd Annual Invitational Exhibition 
Darla Bostick has a piece in from September 12 through October 13.
Huffines Recreation Center, Plano Road
Darla Bostick has two pieces on exhibit through late November.

tAd Gallery
901 Avenue C
Denton, Tx 76201 (inside the Bowllery)
Parallel Moment 
Tesa Morin has a piece in this show of 23 works by artists around the globe. 
October 3 - November 11
Opening - October 3, 7pm



Get on the 2013 FWPA Pre-Qualified Public Artist List

New Deadline: October 21st
The Fort Worth Public Art Program is looking for professional practicing artists residing in Texas to work with other design professionals and project stakeholders.  


The two categories are based on experience level and residency, as follows:
Emerging Public Artist List:  Those North Texas artists or artist teams liveng or working within a 60-mile radius of Fort Worth working in any media.  Previous public art or design team experience is preferred but not required.

Established Public Artist List: Open to professional artists/ artist teams who live or work in Texas and have successfully completed a public or private art commission with a budget of $75,000 or more.

For full information, click here or go to  



Fort Worth Community Arts Center 

announces an Open Call for Entries:

2013 9 x 12 Works on Paper Show 

Deadline Nov. 15


2013 9 x 12 Works on Paper Show to be December 6-27, 2013.

  • Artworks on or of paper or paper products may be any size, but MUST fit in a 9 x 12 envelope; 
  • Folded, 3D or multi-part OK. 
  • Unmatted, unframed photography, drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media, cast or folded paper or digital prints OK 
  • (other materials attached-OK). 
  • Original artworks only; no repros.  Put artist's name, address, title & date of work and medium on back.  
  • No entry form.  
  • Open to all artists - no age or geographical restrictions.  
  • All artwork is shown - no jury.  Entry fee is $5US/piece; 6 entries max.  
  • Postmark deadline November 15, 2013.  All artwork for sale for $100US; artist gets 75%.  
  • Unsold works with SASE will be mailed by Jan 31; no metering. Send entries, entry fee by check or M.O. to 9 x 12, FWCAC, 1300 Gendy, Ft Worth, TX 76107.  More information available at  or or


  • November 15, 2013: Postmark Deadline
  • December 6, 2013: Reception, 6 - 9PM
  • December 6 - 27, 2013: Exhibition
  • January 31, 2014: Checks & unsold works mailed



Hunting Art Prize Call for Entries

November 30, 2013 Deadline

$50,000 Prize up for Grabs!


The competition is open to artists who are legal residents of Texas and at least 18 years of age. Artwork submitted for consideration must be a single two-dimensional painting or drawing not exceeding 72 inches on any side (including frame, if any).


For questions, email For further details on submission criteria, terms, and conditions, visit



Joyce Elaine Photography Exhibit

Deadline for Entry: Monday, November 4, 2013


Enter at:

Juror: Elizabeth Siegel

Associate Curator of Photography

Art Institute of Chicago

Exhibition Dates: February 20 to March 19, 2014

For full information, click here


Moss/Chumley Artist Award Call For Entries: 


The Meadows Museum is accepting applications through Monday, November 4, 2013 from area artists for the 2013 Moss/Chumley Award. 


The award, which carries a cash prize of $1,500, 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. The competition is accepting entries in the genres of drawing, painting, sculpture, assemblage, construction, video, photography, performance, and installation. 


To be eligible, an artist must reside in one of the following North Texas counties: Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant or Wise. 


Those who would like additional information or entry forms should contact Nicole Atzbach at 214-768-4490 or Shelley DeMaria at 214-768-4246, or visit website.

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, 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

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

Visual Arts Society of Texas

2013-2014 Monthly Programs

October 3

Nel Byrd, watercolor


November 14
Carolyn Riegelman, acrylic


December 5
Nora Riley, jewelry


January 9, 2014
Rebecca Low, 
      metal sculpture


February 6 
Tanya Synar, sculpture


March 13 
Deanna Wood, encaustic
April 3 
Paula Collins, clay


May 1 
John Beasely, 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 
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 Jo Williams through
so the Hospitality
Committee can plan to
have enough refreshments
on-hand at the meeting.
2013  VAST
Artist Day Out

Oct. 3

Oct. 17

Nov. 14

Nov. 21

Dec. 5

Dec. 19

Jan. 16

Feb. 6

Feb. 20

Mar. 6

Mar. 20


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