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 December, 2015
VASTFEST at December Meeting
Open to the Public

First Annual   VASTFEST
December 3

Holiday Social and Shopping
Open to the Public

Meet Artists
Plenty of Appetizers
VAST Members Mini Show
VAST Members Show and Sale

VAST Members, please bring mini show entries! 

Shopping? Not all artists are able to take credit card payments so you may want to have cash/checks on hand. 

Get Your Calendar Before the New Year!
Available for $11 at the VAST Meetings
An Exhibition of the 
 Artists' Original Works 
will be on display at 
 The Chestnut Tree Teahouse and Bistro 
 (Denton Square)
Through January 8, 2016.

Artists included in the exhibition: Susan Boyle,  Dawn Swepston, 
David Blow,  Jo Williams,
Mary Emerson,  Tonya 
Littmann,  Darla Bostick,  Gail Cope,  Eloise Sears,  Mindy Faubion,  Ingrid Scobie,  Tom Judd.
Merging Visions
Seeking Sponsorships
We have the joy of announcing that the Denton Benefit League is again granting us $1000 to be used for the production of "Collections VI," the  Merging Visions catalog. Their contribution will greatly assist us in covering part of the $2500 expense needed for the catalog's production. We feel this gesture demonstrates their recognition of the importance of this exhibition to the community. 
At this time, we are seeking additional sponsorships to underwrite the balance of the production expense. As a member or supporter of the Denton Poets' Assembly and the Visual Arts Society of Texas, we would appreciate your monetary contribution to help us produce this publication. 
All participants, all local libraries, and the area universities receive a catalog free in gratitude for their participation. Your sponsorship is essential to our ability to continue to provide these free catalogs. The libraries archive each issue making the catalog available long after the exhibit has closed.  
In addition to Sponsorships, pre-orders for additional copies of the catalog are being taken now at $25.00 each. Due to the expense involved in production, pre-orders help us know exactly how many catalogs we need to order to meet demand. Your pre-order also helps us budget more precisely, saving VAST and DPA funds. 
The forms for Sponsorships and pre -orders can be found here.
Forms can also be found on the VAST website: .
We appreciate your consideration of providing a Sponsorship, and your generosity in that gift. Your early response to our request for pre-orders  will be appreciated.
Olivia Walker
Gail Cope
2016 Merging Visions

VAST Workshop with Janet Rogers Flowers/Figures/Faces
March 29-31, 2016

Janet Rogers' Artist Statement -- "I love the qualities of watercolor - its fluid nature. To me, the interaction of artist with the medium is like a dance - full of motion, feeling and expression. I love to see what develops in the painting - always searching for new color and composition. As a teacher, I would like to enable students to find their connections with watercolor in a new and expressive way."
See Janet Rogers' work at    
Dates: March 29-31, 2016
Cost:  VAST Members: $265; Non-Members $300

Where:  Patterson Appleton Arts Center, Denton (corner of Hickory and Bell) 
Daily Time:  9:30 - 4:00, with a one hour lunch break

Class Description  -- Flowers and Portraits in Watercolor: Fresh flowers in the studio will be the inspiration for the beginning of this workshop - progressing to the portrait in watercolor, either from the model or photographs that students bring or from my collection. Through a series of painting exercises, students will develop a more loose and natural approach - giving them an opportunity to be more spontaneous and expressive in their paintings of flowers and portraits. A few drawing exercises will be included for the portrait. Many "features" will be covered! - including children's portraits. Some students may find they wish to return to flowers, and that is fine. Janet will demonstrate approaches throughout the workshop and work individually with students as well as class instruction.
Registration Fee : 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 Spalding - 214-578-0357,
2507 High Pointe Blvd.,  McKinney, TX 75071
Balance: Because the artist is from Florida and must make travel arrangements, the balance for the workshop is due TWO months 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 two months 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.

Calendar Focus - December




GDAC Looking for 2016 CARA Nominations
2016 Community Arts Recognition Award nominations are open! 
The Greater Denton Arts Council  is looking for your nominations for the 2016 CARA recipient.

Since 1974, the Community Arts Recognition Award (CARA) honors those who have significantly enhanced the cultural life and status of Denton through outstanding achievement in the field of fine arts or for service to the arts in the community. The award recognizes cumulative achievement as contrasted with one time gifts or contributions. It may be given to an individual or business, only one CARA will be awarded.
The 2016 nomination form and information is available at
The deadline for nomination is Friday, December 18, 2015.

GDAC Prospectus
for March Arts  Open Call
Deadline: December 31, 2015
The Greater Denton Arts Council presents 
an exciting new exhibition event that benefits local artists and community arts programming in North Texas. 

Arts Open Call will host an interactive installation of approximately 200 works which will be displayed floor to ceiling in the grand hall of the city's former power plant, now the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center. Works will also become part of our online marketplace to promote the sale of each piece. 

Additionally, the exhibition will provide the back drop for concerts, performances, and events at the Arts Center March 4 - April 17, 2016 including the 35Denton music festival. Thousands of visitors and online buyers will gain exposure to this singular exhibition and the opportunity to purchase high quality local artwork from North Texas artists.

Any type of two-dimensional media is eligible including paintings, drawings, prints, and photography. Artists must reside in the DFW/North Texas region. The exhibition will be on display March 4 - April 17, 2016 at the Patterson Appleton Arts Center in downtown Denton, Texas. Entry deadline is December 31, 2015 with a $30 non-refundable entry fee for up to three entries. An online submission form is available at

For more information and full prospectus visit

Texas Native Plant Art Exhibition 2015
Featuring 4th grade Wildflower Paintings
The exhibit at the Texas Woman's University Library are the winning entries from a total of 1000 entries, comprised from 13 elementary schools and 57 classrooms. The approximately 130 4th grade wildflower paintings will be  on display at  TWU Library the first week in December.
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.
VAST Calendar Artists - November 13 through January 8, 2016
The juried art was chosen by now deceased artist, Corky Stuckenbruck and is pictured on each month of the VAST 2016 desktop calendar. The annual calendar is a fundraiser for VAST.
Artists included in the exhibition a re: Susan Boyle,  Dawn Swepston,  David Blow,  Jo Williams,  Mary Emerson,  Tonya Littmann,  Darla Bostick,  Gail Cope,  Eloise Sears,  Mindy Faubion,  Ingrid Scobie,  Tom Judd.
Calendars are available for $11. 
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 

Photographs by Thomas Judd will be exhibited through January 6.

Thomas Judd's Artist Statement: "As a photogra pher living in a digital world I find the possibilities for making interesting photographs limitless. My subject matter is varied, but often centers around the natural landscape or the urban landscape. Usually not including people, per se, but sometimes reflecting man's impact on the world around us. I make use of digital cameras, computers, editing software, and printing technologies to create images that are pleasing to me. Of course, it is also nice to hear that others may also find some of my work enjoyable!

In some cases, I apply current digital processes and techniques in such a way as to suggest photographs made long ago. When the viewer examines the prints carefully, they often find details within the image which belies the more recent creation. I find the concept of a photograph causing the mind to "skip back and forth" in perceived time periods somewhat fascinating.

For other work, I attempt to record not only what I see when photographing, for instance, a landscape, but also what I feel. And often the "feeling" comes out during the editing process when the original digital file is processed. It may be color or tone enhancement, the addition of a border, or a digital filter to the final image, but the final result is always what is most important to me. Far more so than the path to getting there."

Coordinator for exhibit:  Contact Carol Stoecker at or 

"Off the Shelves"  exhibition at Emily Fowler Central Library
Summer Muse, paintings by Mindy Faubion, is on exhibit through December 31, 2015. 

The exhibition is a collection of paintings, which Mindy Faubion specifically chose for the Library. She states, "My art is more than a reproduction of what I photograph or see. It makes visible the art in nature and in us. I enjoy detail, realistic imagery, and lots of color. I use watercolor and pastels to paint macro images that magnify the variety of shapes, colors, lines, and textures that are found in nature.

I have a shell collection that never ceases to amaze me. Each one a perfect piece of architecture and each one totally unique. Some of the shells represented are very small and most people rarely take the time to look at the wonderful details. Leonardo DaVinci stated that Nature is art itself and I could't agree more when seeing the incredible designs of these shells. They instantly became a favorite subject matter for me to paint".
Spiral, Mindy Faubion

Faubion studied painting and drawing at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas and graduated from the University of North Texas, Denton, TX with a BFA in studio art with a concentration in Watercolor. Her paintings have shown in regional, national, and internationals exhibits and are included in corporate and private collections. 

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 Point Bank Blackbox Theater 
Holiday Exhibit through Jan. 8 
The Holiday Exhibit at the Black Box is a collection of paintings by Fran Shurtleff that represent images from some of the Christmas cards that she has sent over the years. Also included in the exhibit is a Christmas quilt by Jan Carr, on loan from Fran Shurtleff.
The exhibition is free.
Coordinator for exhibit:  Jo Williams at

The Point Bank Black Box Theatre Exhibition is co-sponsored by Denton Community Theatre 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
Red Sculpture and Reflection, Maurice Leatherbury
Artwork of Maurice Leatherbury will be featured at the Denton Senior Center, during the month of December, 2015.

Two Persons Reflected in Wall,
Maurice Leatherbury

Dallas Skyline at Sunrise, Maurice Leatherbury

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.
David Blow has been included in the following exhibitions:
Nov. 14  Camp Fire's 31st Annual An Artists' Christmas. Fort Worth Texas (Best of Show)
Nov. 8 - Dec. 12  Boston Printmakers 2015 North American Print Biennial, International Exhibition, Raizes Gallery
Jan 28 - Feb. 28, 2016   Delta National Small Prints Exhibition, Bradbury Art Museum, Arkansas State University

Darla Bostick has works at the North Haven Gardens Art Gallery (Dallas) and Tierney's Restaurant (Lewisville) through January. Bostick has received an Award of Achievement at the Society of Watercolor Membership Exhibition in November, and 2nd place for watermedia in the Richardson Civic Art Society Membership Show.

Physical Fiction by  Ana M. Lopez is on exhibit through December 19, 2015, at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, TX.  Shown is  Viennese Trash Pod , silver brooch.  Lopez  also has work in the UNT Faculty and Staff Exhibition at UNT on the Square.
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 in Portugal/Only 4 Spaces Available
Darla Bostick's Art Adventure Abroad in Portugal leaves DFW on April 7. Participants will stay in a villa on the southern coast and will visit fishing villages, historical sites, churches, gypsy markets and more each day! The art adventure ends April 18 at which time an optional river cruise to see northern Portugal/Spain begins (ends April 26.) 
Details online at  
Art Around Town 
A Creative Art STUDIO
227 W. Oak Street, Suite 101
For more information:

Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
400 E. Hickory Street, Denton, TX 76201 
Gough Gallery :  
When the Well is Dry, We Know the Worth: Neal Paustian 
November 13 - December 30
Artist Neal Paustian transforms glass and steel into poignant explorations of our most precious resource: water. Paustian holds an MFA in Glass and a BFA in Graphic Arts from the University of Texas, Arlington.
Meadows Gallery:
Light, Space and Beauty: Cathy  Breslaw
October 2 - December 30
Fee: $5, free for members
Explore the playful, airy, sculptural and multi-media works of Cathy Breslaw. Breslaw holds an MFA from Claremont Graduate University and degrees from Howard University and George Washington University.
Murchison Performing Arts Center, UNT:
Recent Works by Matthew Bourbon and Michael Furrh
September 8 - December 7
For more information:

Texas Woman's University Art Galleries
East Gallery and West Gallery 
MA Painting
BFA Graphic Design
December 2 - December 12
Reception: December 2, 5-8pm
more information:

University of North Texas Art Galleries
Closed for maintenance.
For more information: http://gallery.unt.e du
UNT on the Square
2015 Annual Faculty and Staff Exhibition
Nov 12-Dec 10
Opening Reception: Nov 12, 5:30-7:30 pm
For more information:

Opportunities/Calls for Entries
Artists Enclave of Denton County (AEDC) will host a craft event with a philanthropic twist during Denton Main Street Association's 17 th Annual Wassail Fest, Saturday, December 5. The craft event will be 2 - 4 p.m., at Sweetwater Grill and Tavern - Walnut Street Annex. While visitors engage in taste-testing Sweetwater's entry in the wassail competition, they are encouraged to participate in several activities sponsored by Artists Enclave in conjunction with SCRAP Denton, Hearts for Homes and Good Samaritan Society Denton Village. The St. Andrew Singers, comprised of members from St. Andrew Presbyterian Church choir, will carol. 
To learn more about Artists Enclave activities, please visit 
For information: SUSAN CAROL DAVIS


Dave Bown Projects - 11th Semiannual Competition
Deadline: December 5, 2015
The initiatives of the privately held U.S. company focus on advancing the field of visual arts by conducting research, buying works of art for the Collection of Dave Bown Projects, and providing unrestricted monetary awards to visual artists.
Prizes: $10,000 USD (1 artist will receive $5,000 USD and 5 artists will each receive $1,000 USD) in cash prizes. In addition to the cash prizes listed above; Dave Bown Projects will be buying works of art from artists as submissions are received.
Jurors: Katherine Pill, Curator of Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg; Ron Platt, Chief Curator, Grand Rapids Art Museum; Kelly Shindler, Associate Curator, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about your submission. 
Dave Bown+1 (917) 365-5265 

Opportunity to paint Logo/Chas Foreman
I am looking for someone to paint a logo on an interior wall of a business in Highland Village. The size of the image would be approx. 16 ft long and 4 ft high. All Black.  This is the image to be painted:

$200 budget.
Chas Foreman,


Fort Worth Community Art Center - FWCAC
2016 Biennial
The North Texas community is invited to submit art to the 2016 FWCAC Biennial. The Biennial is an open exhibit and accepts all submitted artwork. All artwork delivered to the FWCAC over a 3-day period is displayed on a first-come, first-served basis. Art is hung salon-style. 
ENTRY FEE:   $10 per person. $5 for TAC members. One original work per artist.
SALES:   Artwork may be for sale. Artists recieve 75% of sale of their artwork.
Art Drop-off: March 1-3, 2016; 9 AM- 9PM
Reception: March 19, 2016;  6PM- 9PM  
Art Pick-up: March 30-31, 2016; 9AM- 7PM 
Prospectus can be found  HERE.
CONTACT:   Elaine Taylor, Gallery Manager FWCAC 
1300 Gendy, Fort Worth, TX 76107
Direct: 817.298.3021 


Call for Artist Proposals: Gallery76102
Deadline: Ongoing
Gallery76102 at the UT Arlington Fort Worth Center is always accepting proposals for feature artist exhibitions, which typically run two months. There is no fee to submit a proposal.  UT Arlington Fort Worth Center, 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth, TX 76102
For More Information,  See Here.


2016 International Watercolor Exhibition
Deadline: January 15, 2016
A thriving community of artists and patrons nurtures the Watercolor Art Society-Houston's (WAS-H) gallery nestled in the heart of Houston's vibrant museum district. Hosting its 39th International Exhibition, WAS-H announces its call for entries to water media artists worldwide.
Award winning artist and author, Anne Abgott, will judge hundreds of entries with the final 100 chosen to be exhibited in March 2016. Ms. Abgott will also conduct a 5 day workshop in conjunction with the exhibit.

See lots more here:  

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

Visual Arts Society of Texas

2015-2016 Monthly Programs

December 3   VASTFEST   Artist Networking, 

Social Night

Jan. 7, 2016

Deborah Boschert 

Fiber Art

February 4  Cecy Turner   Watercolor

March 3  Colby Parsons     TWU Professor- Ceramics

April 7  Toby Grauberger   Vinyl Art (& Youth Show)

May 5  Walt Davis             Watercolor

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 
2015-2016 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 Jo Williams through
so the Hospitality
Committee can plan to
have enough refreshments
on-hand at the meeting.
2015/2016 VAST 
Artist Day Out

Dec. 3

Dec. 18

Jan. 7

Jan. 21

Feb. 4

Feb. 25 (4th Thurs.)

Mar 3

Mar 17

Apr 7

Apr 21

May 5

May 19

June 2

June 16

July  7 ?

July 21

Aug 4

Aug 18

VAST Artist Day Out is a day where members may come paint at the CVA 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!

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