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September, 2016
First VAST Meeting of 2016/2017 Year - Sept. 1 
Guest Speaker: Mary Karam
The VAST Season will begin with Artist-Gallery Owner-Photographer, Mary Karam. She was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, raised on an orange grove in Orange County, California and has spent most of her adult life in Texas. Karam has traveled extensively, giving rise to the spirit of her work.  Mary has owned and operated the MK Gallery in Denison, Texas for 12 years.
Ms. Karam's use of the Snapseed and Aviary Apps coupled with Photoshop and large format printing has launched her into many avenues of creativity she never imagined during those old darkroom days
in 1989! This interest has led to numerous one-on-one sessions and          workshops with friends and groups.

Mary Karam will talk to the members of VAST about her digital art, provide insight into her images, and provide information on working with your own digital images.

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 Member Show Currently at the Arts Center
Vote Now for People's Choice Award! Winner to be Announced at Thursday's Meeting


Exhibition Dates: August 12 - September 3, 2016 

Exhibition Location: Meadows Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center,  400 E. Hickory St., Denton, TX, 76201 

Below are some of the Award Winning Pieces.
They are even more amazing in person, and while you are there, choose your People's Choice entry!

Robert Sparks
Living Room
acrylic on masonite
$750 Jo Williams Best of Show Award

Kimberly J. Schaefer
Luminous Nest
oil on canvas
$400 First Place PointBank Award


Yun Jung (Yuni) Lee
Psychosis NOS
mixed media on canvas
$325 Second Place Jeanne Heartsill Memorial Award

Krispen Spencer
Divine Intervention
$250 Third Place Carmen and Jervis Underwood Award
Barbara Evans, Attorney-at-Law Purchase Award

Additional Winners: 
Shubhangi Mantri,  Sky is the Limit watercolor
$175 Fourth Place Gail Cope Award
Lori Garner,  Wednesday's Child,  colored pencil
$150 Pride of Denton Corky Stuckenbruck Memorial Award (chosen by Mayor Chris Watts)
Kenna Boles Prior,  While Sleeping,  hand pulled photogravure A/P
$100 Honorable Mention 1: Mary Sigle Memorial Award
Ingrid Scobie,  Dealing with Greens,  paper on plexiglas
$100 Honorable Mention 2: Pauline Morris Memorial Award
Carrie Adamson-Riefler,  Insomnia metal, hydrostone, and graphite,  $100 Honorable Mention 3: Claude Cheek Memorial Award
David Adams,  Hybrid Lily oil,  $100 Honorable Mention 4: Department of Visual Arts Texas Woman's University Award
Carolyn Harper,  Kiowa Iris,  watercolor
$100 Honorable Mention 5: SOHO Salon Award
Mindy Faubion,  Red Pear,  oil, ink, monotype, and pastel
$150 Gelli Arts® Award
Nicola Semenchuk Brady,  Man,  watercolor
$150 Jack Richeson and Co. Inc. Gift Certificate Award I
Deep Koshaley,  Lotus acrylic
$125 Jack Richeson and Co. Inc. Gift Certificate Award II
Ellen Frenkel,  Discovering Wildflowers fiber (dyed silk and cotton quilt),  $100 Jack Richeson and Co. Inc. Gift Certificate Award III
Paula Mcclure,  The Offering ceramics and found objects
$100 Asel Art Supply Gift Certificate
People's Choice Award - To Be Determined

Upcoming Dates for VADO
(VAST Artist Day Out)
VAST members may come paint at the Arts Center (Patterson-Appleton Art Center) from  9:15am  - 3pm, two mornings a month----(1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month) no instructor, 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.  The fee is $10 for our VAST year beginning September, 2016.

If you do not want to commit to the whole year, you may drop in any time and pay a WHOPPING $1 to help defray the cost of the rental fee we pay to the Arts Center.

What do you need to do to get signed up?   
Pay the $10 with your dues, or send a check made out to VAST for $10 to:
P.O.Box 1281
Denton, TX  76202

Send an email to Mary Emerson,

VADO Dates: 
Sept.1 & 15,  Oct.6 & 20,  Nov. 3 & 17,  Dec.1 & 15,  Jan. 5 & 19,
Feb. 2 & 16,  Mar 2 & 16,  Apr 6 & 20,  May 4 & 18

September 22: VAST Figure Drawing Group 
On Thursday, September 22, VAST will sponsor its first 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: the fourth Thursday of the month (except November and December -TBD).
There will be no meetings in June, July, and August.

Time: 10 AM to 12 Noon
2016 Dates: 9/22, 10/27, 12/To be determined
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. Please contact Susan Boyle at or at leave a message at 940-387-4376.

Calendar Focus - September



Materials: HARD + SOFT 
Deadline to Apply September 30


The 2017 Call for Entries is now open to local, national and international artists through September 30. For Prospectus,  Click Here.

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.
Shari Turner and Aurora Cabrera Duo Exhibition
Shari Turner and Aurora Dawson are exhibiting together at the Chestnut Tree Bistro until September 16th.  Their work is a combination of mixed media, acrylic, and large scale watercolors.

Jo Williams, VAST Artist of the Year exhibition to be displayed on September 16.

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

"Noble Visions" exhibition at 
Barnes & Noble Booksellers Cafe  Golden Triangle Mall
The photography of Bria Lee, will be on display from July 6 through September 7.  

Coordinator for exhibit: Contact Carol Stoecker 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.
In the Cold Morning Light
My work has been inspired by a love of COLOR and TEXTURE. I love the beautiful gradations of colors in Odilon Redon, Georgia O'Keeffe and Helen Frankenthaler's works. The lines and colorful patterns in Henri Matisse's work delight me. Pablo Picasso, Joseph Cornell and Louise Nevelson inspire me with their use of mixed media and assemblage/collage in their art. These artists were creative and productive their whole lives. Their lives and their works encourage me to keep working.
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.
Artists from left to right: Shughangi Mantri, Ellen Frenkel and Jo Williams
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
Husband and wife, Eloise and Ray Sears, will be showing their work at the Denton Senior Center through September, 2016.

Eloise Sears , a Denton resident since 1957, loved to draw and paint as a child, and she feels fortunate to have been able to fulfill her
 dream of pursuing painting in retirement.  The transparent, painterly qualities of watercolor drew her to that medium, and she remains captivated by its somewhat unpredictable nature.  Eloise has taken classes with local watercolorist, Jo Williams, and participated in 
workshops with other artists, including Nel dorn Byrd.  She is currently serving as VAST Secretary, and and is a signature member of the Society of Watercolor Artists.  Her work has been exhibited in the Richardson Civic Art Society Regional Exhibition, SWA International Exhibition, SWA Members Exhibitions, as well as VAST Members Exhibitions, calendars and Merging Visions exhibitions, the latter being a collaboration of works by VAST artists and the Denton Poet Assembly. 
Ray Sears has enjoyed taking photographs since his retirement
when he had much more time to
travel and see many interesting places.  With Eloise being a watercolorist, photography has been a way for them to share their artistic interests.   Ray has participated in the following VAST activities: Members Exhibitions, the Calendar and in Merging Visions exhibitions.

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.

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.


Doris Vasek November 2 - 4, Workshop
Round Top, TX 
I would like to invite you and the members of your organization to join us at the Doris Vasek workshop in Round Top in November. Round Top is a wonderful location for a retreat and total immersion in exploration and great art adventures.  Join us November 2 - 4, 2016, for this great learning experience.  Open the doors and windows in your creative brain and let yourself free.
Discover the process of expressive painting 
Instructor - Doris Vasek
Oil and Cold Wax Painting Workshop
3 Day, Wed. through Friday, November 2-4, 2016
  9:30 am - 4 pm 
Novice to Advanced. 

Location - The historical 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. )

Call for Artists
"Art on the Horizon" Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church, Carrollton
Offering a venue for local artists to exhibit their work in a solo exhibition for 6 weeks. 
"Art on the Horizon" 
1641 W. Hebron Parkway Carrollton, TX 75010 

Our space can accommodate 15-20 medium to large works of art or more if works are smaller.
Each exhibition is for 6 weeks beginning on a Sunday. The work must be hung during the week prior, and picked up promptly during the week following the show.
Any work that is sold gives a 20% commission to the church.
  • Two dimensional work only.
  • Must be ready to hang, with wire, no sawtooth. Please do not bring work that is not properly ready to hang. It will not be accepted.
  • Nothing over 35 pounds. 
  • Any theme or subject matter will be considered, yet be mindful of the space. 
  • Any medium. 
  • There is no cutoff date for submissions. If you are interested in submitting work for consideration, please email images or furnish a website where the work may be viewed to:
We would like to begin filling our 2017 schedule and may ask to set up an interview in order to see some work in person before finalizing the schedule and so that the artist can see the exhibition space for planning a show.
Patti Burns, Art on the Horizon
For more information on the church visit:
We believe creating art is a spiritual process for the artist. By exhibiting the work of local artists we support the visual arts in our community, as well as enhance the spiritual experience of all who view the work. We celebrate the spirit, talent and unique creativity of the artists whose work we exhibit. 

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 :  
The Texas Cowboy: Historic Photos from the Charles Cook Collection 
presented in partnership with the  North Texas State Fair and Rodeo.
August 13 - September 24, 2016, FREE

Day of the Dead: Una Exhibicion
Opening Reception, Friday, October 7, 2016, 6 - 8 PM
October 8 - November 2, 2016, FREE
Meadows Gallery: 
27th Annual VAST Members Exhibition
August 13 - September 3, 2016, FREE

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 
Fall 2016 Student 010 Gallery Exhibitions
Ashley Boydston, Fragile: August 28-September 10
Sierra Taylor, Trapped Within: September 11-September 24
Vannessa Kantaphone & Ashlyn Lee - September 25 - October 8

University of North Texas Art Galleries
No current exhibitions.
For more information: http://gallery.unt.e du
UNT on the Square
Pursuance of Image 
Exhibition of drawings and paintings by UNT Alumnus, Sam Ivie
August 15 - September 3
For more information:

Opportunities/Calls for Entries

Greater Denton Arts Council Call for Artists 
Deadline: Ongoing 
The Greater Denton Arts Council welcomes proposals for exhibitions from local, national, and international artists and curators in the Meadows and Gough Galleries. 
For more information, see

Deadline to Enter original artwork by Thursday, August 25 at 3:00pm.
Winning work displayed on art wall in Dallas Arts District for one year, no entry fees. 

Presented by The Catholic Foundation, the unique competition is accepting original work, searching for a piece of art to adorn a 28-foot-long by 9-foot-wide public art wall in the Dallas Arts District for one year. Submissions must measure 28 inches by 9 and 2/3 inches, and the winning work will be digitally enlarged to cover the wall. 
The winning artist receives a $2,500 stipend and honorable mentions receive $250 each.
"A Year on the Plaza Art Competition presents a unique opportunity for talented individuals in Texas to express themselves artistically and showcase their work in the Dallas Arts District," said J. Matthew Kramer, president and CEO of The Catholic Foundation.
Submissions must be appropriate for the location of the Plaza on the Cathedral grounds but do not require a religious theme. There are no entry fees. 
Once the winning piece is selected by a panel of highly respected members of the local arts community, it will be unveiled during a public dedication ceremony in October 2016.
The Request for Proposal is available at

See lots more here:

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

Visual Arts Society of Texas

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2016-2017 Monthly Programs
Sept. 1Mary Karam,    digital art
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
New VADO Sessions: 
Sept. 15
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