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February, 2015
Allison Proulx, February 5th Artist Presenter: Constructed Response (Mixed Media)

Allison Proulx is currently completing her Master of Fine Arts degree in painting and sculpture at Texas Woman's University. Allison was formerly an animation background artist, working for Walt Disney Feature Animation and Hanna Barbera.


Allison's work has been selected for numerous juried exhibitions including New York's First Street Gallery MFA competition and Pop-Up show, Texas Woman's University's Lucky Seven, Craighead Green's New Texas Talent and Rockport Center for the Arts Rising Eyes of Texas. She has won numerous awards for her work including best of show two years in a row with the Visual Art Society of Texas Members Exhibition, and first place in the emerging artist category of the World Art Foundation's World Art Expo in Fullerton, CA.


Allison studied at Rhode Island School of Design and ultimately received her BFA with distinction from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. She currently resides near Fort Worth, TX. 


VAST Members will have a special treat prior to the meeting on Thursday!  Susan Vaughan will be playing the piano for us from 6:30 - 7:00pm. Thank you, Susan; your talent is greatly appreciated.

The meeting is Thursday, January 8 - 7:00 to 9:00pm at the Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts (P-A CVA) in Denton.


Meeting Refreshments
We only had a few people sign up for refreshments for Thursday's meeting.  If you can contribute a snack for the meeting, it would be greatly appreciated!
Board Meeting
The upcoming VAST Board Meeting will be held at the main Denton Fire Station across from the Patterson-Appleton CVA on February 14, from 9-noon. The public is invited.
VAST Calendars 2 for $11
Support VAST by purchasing the 2015 VAST Calendar! 
2 for $11
Available at the meeting, or 
contact Jo Williams at

125-Mile Exhibition
Congratulations to the Award Winners
2015 Visual Arts Society of Texas

9th Annual 125-Mile Visual Arts Exhibition

 Gough Gallery at the P-A CVA, 

400 E. Hickory

January 16 - February 27 


The Visual Arts Society of Texas (VAST) 9th Annual 125-Mile Visual Arts Exhibition is on exhibit in the Gough Gallery at the Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory, through February 27. 


This regional exhibition features 30 pieces of art from artists within a 125 mile radius of Denton.  They were selected by Juror James Thurman from 171 entries. The exhibit is structured to include six categories: 1) oil, watermedia on canvas/board, pastel 2) watermedia on paper 3) mixed media, collage, drawing 4) hand-pulled graphics, photography, prints, 5) ceramic, textiles, fiber 6) sculpture.


Of the 30 exhibition artists, 10 are members of VAST. They are: Rhonda Barefield (Fort Worth), Deborah Boschert (Lewisville), Lynne Buchanan (Arlington), Robin Butt (Denton), Kathy Elliott (Garland), Terry Karloff (Denton), Tonya Littmann (Denton), Ingrid Scobie (Denton), Jo Williams (Denton), and Deanna Wood (Denton)



Best of Show: Faith Jessup: Denton

First Place - Category 1: Nickolai Lanier, Denton

First Place - Category 2: Jo Williams, Denton

First Place - Category 3: Noriko DeWitt, McKinney

First Place - Category 4: Laura Drapac, Denton

First Place - Category 5: Deborah Boschert, Denton

First Place - Category 6: Lindsay Bass, Denton

Honorable Mention - Category 1: Linda Smith, Dallas

Honorable Mention - Category 2: John James, Arlington

Honorable Mention - Category 3: Deanna Wood, Denton

Honorable Mention - Category 4: Chris Ireland, Stephenville

Honorable Mention - Category 5: Ingrid Scobie, Denton

Honorable Mention - Category 6: Tamar Navama, Denton


Calendar Focus - February



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.


Congratulations to the January
Artists of the Month! 
Maurice Leatherbury, First Place Oak Grove, Slidell, CA
Lisa Daniels, Second Place 

Sponsorship Opportunity

VAST Members,


We are appealing to you to help support our Merging Visions exhibition. The greatest expense is the catalog. We are planning an expanded version of what we have done in the past, giving our artists and poets greater recognition and visibility. The total cost of the catalog will be $3345; this will give us something we can be extremely proud of. Through the efforts of Merging Visions Chairs, Gail Cope and Olivia Walker, we have received $1000 grant from Denton Benefit League for this project. Thus far we have received $350 in sponsorships from VAST members. This leaves an outstanding total of $1995.

Unlike our other exhibitions, there is no entry fee for this exhibition, so funding must come from donations. The very basic rate for sponsorship is $25, which includes one catalog. This amount barely covers the cost of a catalog, and you receive recognition in the catalog as a sponsor.  See this link for a donation form showing the levels of sponsorship available for your donation.

I want to stress that any donation amount is greatly appreciated. The deadline for receipt of sponsorships is February 20. We will still accept sponsorships after this date, but we cannot guarantee recognition in the catalog.  We will, however, recognize you at the reception. 

My admiration for all of our VAST members is boundless! You are incredibly talented, and it is because of your talent and generosity with your time and money that we are recognized throughout the region and beyond for our professional organization.

Jo Williams, President


VAST Member, Junanne Peck 

Puts Out Call for Submissions

For Exhibition, "The Blues"

"The Blues"

Curator: Junanne Peck at

Mood disorders, depression, melancholy, sadness, whatever you choose to refer to your experience, it does exist despite the stigma and silence within society. The intent behind this project is to create and increase awareness of how depression is experienced, not only by those that suffer from it but by those that love and care for them.

Gallery Exhibition Dates: September 27- November 25, 2015

Reception: October 18, 2-4pm

Deadline for Submission of paperwork, and art to be mailed: September 21, 2015

Mail to: Junanne Peck 

P.O.Box 8786 Fort Worth, TX 86124 

Hand delivered work drop off time: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 -12-4pm at Jaycee Park Center for the Arts.

If you cannot deliver on September 22, please make prior arrangements with Junanne Peck to get artwork to PO Box 8786, Fort Worth, TX  76124.

Location: Jaycee Park Center for the Arts - 1975 Puritan Dr., Irving TX 75061 

Pick up Date: Sat., November 28, 12-4pm

Submit up to 3 works.

No entry fee.

Family appropriate content.

All mediums are accepted.  

Works must be wired, ready to hang.

New work is preferred, but must have been completed within the last three years. 

Size: Must be able to fit through a door.

Irving Arts Association (IAA) will retain a 15% commission on all exhibition sales. 

The link for the full prospectus is here.


Greater Denton Arts Council Presents the 28th Annual Materials: Hard & Soft

Opening Ceremony - February 6, 6-8pm


Join us at the Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts for the opening reception of the 28th annual "Materials: Hard & Soft" National Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition. 

This year's juror, Ana M. Lopez, is a metalsmith, educator and decorative arts scholar. She has hand selected 70 pieces from 592 entries submitted from all over the country. The 2015 Juror Awards will be announced at 6:45 p.m. 

This exhibition, which has run continuously since 1987, was the idea of local artist, Georgia Leach Gough. The name, "Materials: Hard & Soft", refers to the entire range of fine craft. It has become one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country. 

"Materials: Hard & Soft" will be on display February 7 - April 2, 2015. All exhibitions are free and open to the public!

For more information on GDAC exhibitions, please visit


Mayor of Denton Will Proclaim 

February 15th, Dorothy Bertine Day

Dr. Bullitt Lowry led efforts for historic preservation in Denton, supported by the art of Dorothy Bertine. Mayor Chris Watts will proclaim February 14th as "Bullitt Lowry Day" and February 15th as Dorothy Bertine Day to honor their achievement and efforts.

Original watercolors by Dorothy Bertine, including those of historic homes and building in Denton, are being loaned by the Goddard Center in Admore, OK for an exhibit at the Courthouse on the Square. Dorothy, 98 years young, will be present for the ribbon cutting on February 17th.

A Historic Denton District Social will take place on February 15, 3-5pm, to celebrate the proclamations honoring Dorothy Bertine and Bullitt Lowry. Presentations will begin at 3pm; location is 607 Pearl Street. Kathy and Bill Barnett will be hosting the celebration. 


Historic Denton is asking for help in covering the cost of $500 to help sponsor this exhibit. 

For more information: 

Painting Historic Preservation
Historic Denton Social


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
Artwork by Carol Henry
Coordinator for exhibit: Lin Hampton at
"Noble Visions" exhibition at Barnes & Noble Booksellers Cafe - Golden Triangle Mall 

Artwork of Isabel Cano.

Isabel paints as she perceives her surroundings to be.  In her artist statement, she has to say that "My series, Flowers, is a study of shape, color, light and shadow. I create these paintings to give the flowers a much longer life, in hopes that more people will get to see the one that captivated me.  The purpose of the bigger scale is to create an impact that will force as many viewers as possible, to see the beauty that would otherwise go unnoticed."

Coordinator for exhibit: Gail Cope at


"Off the Shelves" exhibition at Emily Fowler Central Library

No current exhibit.
Coordinator for exhibit: Jenna Murray at

The Emily Fowler Central Library is located at 502 Oakland Street; hours are:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 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  

Origin of the Universe by Bonnie Siebert; January 9-April 10

Bonnie Siebert is exhibiting a series of work called Origin of the Universe, a five part representation of different aspects of a woman's influence in the world. The swaying, swinging skirts and overflowing hats contain all the elements that continue to mystify man and woman herself as she strives to utilize the variousness of her powers and unite them in the eternal feminine; an identity of strength, liberation and love. 

Siebert studied art at the University of Texas and has continued to study with private instructors in Texas and Mexico. She has exhibited paintings in Germany and the United States, and is currently exhibiting in several Texas galleries. Inspired by the Fauves and the Impressionists, Bonnie has developed her own style of Impressionism.

Upcoming Exhibitions: 
April 10 - July 10, Carol Stoecker
July 10 - Oct 9, Terry Karloff 
For information on DCT, call 940.382.1915. 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.

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.

Members in the News

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

Judy Eubelacker exhibited her works in Color Play, in Great River Arts, Little Falls, MN from January 17 - January 31.


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.

Draw, Photograph and Paint Your Way Through Spain

with Darla Bostick

Join Darla Bostick in Spain for 2 weeks, May 3-16th. 
Visit the sites, taste the local fare, 
poke into shops, churches, gardens and more!  

The first week has private villa lodging (pool, sauna, 5 bedrooms) on the Costa del Sol.  There will be day trips to Alhambra in Granada, Cordoba, Seville, Ronda, Rock of Gibraltar and more. The second week stay in Barcelona includes a concert at the Palau de la Musica,  a double-decker hop-on-hop-off tour bus and Sagrada Familia. 
Full details are at

Art Around Town 

A Creative Art Studio

227 W. Oak Street, Suite 101

Friday, February 6th, 7-10pm. Music starts at 7pm. It is our 2nd Annual Steampunk First Friday.  Steampunk art refers art that is  inspired by industrial Western civilization during the 19th century and most often incorporates the use of metal with a mechanical theme. Other materials found in Steampunk art include glass, paper, leather or wood.   Our music for the evening are the very accomplished Tanya Schwoch followed by Denton's own Drew Phelps. Our featured artist of the month is Metal Artist Daren Fagan.  steampunk theme costume contest.  Prizes for the best two costumes will be given. 


Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts

400 E. Hickory Street, Denton, TX 76201 

Meadows Gallery & Gough Gallery: 

VAST 9th Annual 125 Mile Exhibit; Jan. 16 - Feb. 27
Materials: Hard and Soft; Feb. 7 - April 2
Reception: February 6, 6-8pm
For more information:

Texas Woman's University Art Galleries

East Gallery and West Gallery 

14th Annual Joyce Elaine Grant Photography & Solo Exhibition

February 11 - March 13

Reception: February 17, 5:30-8pm
more information:

University of North Texas Art Gallery

Collections, Cultures, and Collaborations Series:Lost in Trans

Jan 29 - Mar 7

Guest curator, Tempestt Hazel

Featuring artworks from the Lending and Permanent collections at the College of Visual Arts and Design and from: Jeffrey Michael Austin, Derric Clemmons and Annette Lawrence

more information:


UNT on the Square

Vincent Falsetta: Agendas - Several Decades of Painting

January 26 - February 22

more information:
Opportunities/Calls for Entries

2015 Alexander Putsch Award and Solo Exhibition for Painting

Pelham Art Center, New York
Fee: $30
Exhibition: May 1, 2015 - June 13, 2015
Entry Deadline: February 1, 2015
$5000 Cash Award and Solo Show.
This is a listing.

The Latino Cultural Center of Dallas announced their juried 12th Annual Hecho en Dallas Call for Entries.
Submission Deadline: Sat., February 28, 2015 by 5pm. (Not a postmark date.)
Delivery of Work: March 21-28, 10 - 5pm
Opening Reception: April 10, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates: April 10 - June 20
Pick Up Art: June 23 - June 30.
Artists must reside in the City of Dallas or within the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
Art must have been created in the last three years.
Work may be in any media; there are size requirements, see prospectus for details.
No entry fee.
Contact information: Benjamin Espino, or Jessica Trevizo,
For entry form and specific details click here.

Texas National 2015 Art Competition & Exhibition 

in Nacogdoches

Deadline: Extended to February 6.

Exhibition Dates: April 11 - June 13, 2015.

Juror: Zhi Lin

Awards: 1st - $2,000; 2nd - $1,000; 3rd - $500; Honorable Mentions

Eligibility: Open to all artists working in the United States. Works may be of any medium (except video and performance). All works must be original and completed within the last two years. No previously submitted works will be accepted. All works must be available through the entire run of the show. 

Visit us at: or apply on line at: and search for Texas National. 

Questions? email us at, or call 936-468-1131.

One, two or three digital images may be submitted via CaF� for $35 entry fee at Secure credit card payments can be made through CaF�. Personal checks or money orders will be accepted via mail payable to TEXAS NATIONAL. To guarantee that your images are sent to the juror, all entry fees sent by mail must be received by January 16, 2015, and mailed to TEXAS NATIONAL, P.O. Box 13041, SFA Station, Nacogdoches, TX 75962-3041. 



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Visual Arts Society of Texas

2014-2015 Monthly Programs

Feb. 5  Allison Proulx, mixed media
March 5  Jeff Good, watercolor
April 2  Julie Mortillano, collage
May 7  Dotty Zamora, encaustic
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 
2014-2015 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.
2014/2015 VAST 
Artist Day Out

February 5

February 19

March 5

March 19

April 2

April 16

May 7

May 21


VADO is a day where members may come paint at the CVA from 9:15am - 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