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 February, 2016
Guest Artist for February 4, 2016
Cecil Turner, "Landscape in Watercolor"
The February guest presentation is by renowned watercolor and oil painter, Cecy Turner.  Cecy Turner is an award-winning artist who has been painting and teaching for the past thirty-five years.  She takes ordinary subjects and makes them seem magically "bathed in light."   
Turner's work has been selected for, and won awards in numerous national exhibitions, including Oil Painters of America, Salon International, Top 100 Arts for the Parks, Top 100 Paint the Parks, American Artists Professional League Grand National Exhibitions, National Watercolor Society and National Oil and Acrylic Painter's Society.   
Recent awards include Best of Show in the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters (RMPAP) Centennial Celebration for Rocky Mountain National Park, Award of Excellence in the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society "Best of America," and the Irving Art Center $1,000 Award of Excellence in the Five State Texas and Neighbors Exhibition.

Turner was chosen as an "Artist to Watch" by "Southwest Art Magazine" in their July, 2006 issue. The work of Cecy Turner  is found in private and public collections throughout the United States and Europe.

Cecy's web site is and her Blog is  

To find out more about Deborah, see:  
The presentation is only $3 for guests, and free for VAST Members. 
Meetings take place at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 E. Hickory, Denton. Time: 7:00-9:00pm 
VAST Board Meeting
The Visual Arts Society of Texas will hold its next 
 Board Meeting on February 20, 9am - noon 
 at the Denton Fire Department Central Station.
10th Annual 125-Mile Visual Arts Exhibition 

10th ANNUAL 125-MILE
January 15 - February 21, 2016
Opening Reception January,  5:30 - 7:30pm
Awards Presentation, 6:30pm
Gough Gallery, P-A Arts Center, Denton

Best of Show:
The Lion
Karen Jacobi
The 125 Mile Exhibition was initiated in 2006 to establish a regional high quality juried art exhibition for artists living within 125-mile radius of Denton, Texas.

Best of Show: 
Karen Jacobi, Flower Mound
The Lion
Oil on Fabric
Best of Show - Corky Stuckenbruck Memorial Award

First Place:
Aging Memory
Martha Underriner

First Place:
Martha Underriner, Denton
Aging Memory
Stoneware Clay, Underglazes, Wood
24" x 15" x 12"
First Place - Marilyn Smith Memorial Award

Please check out the exhibit! 
Work by the following VAST Members has also been accepted  in the 125-Mile Exhibit. 
 Many have received awards as well!
David Blow, Deborah Boschert, Darla Bostick, Nel Dorn Byrd, Gail Cope, Kathy Elliott, Angelia Ford, Lori Garner, Heather Pregger, Kenna Prior, Tonya Littmann, Lori MacLean, Tesa Morin, Laurie Weller, Deanna Wood
Kenneth Loomis Paintings for Sale
Proceeds to Benefit VAST
Laundry, 36"x32"

Kenneth Bradley Loomis (born 1900) was a painter, graphic artist, designer and Director of the Art Department at TWU, Denton, TX, in the mid twentieth century. He designed the exterior mural for the Library Science Building (now Bailey Annex). He had previously designed murals for both the Chicago and New York World's Fairs.

Coastline, 19.25"x35.25"
To see more images click here, or call for more information 940-383-1092. 

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

Calendars Half Price!
Calendars available at VAST meeting for $5.50.

Members in Upcoming 2016 Merging Visions 
Please Note!
Due February 4:
Send jpgs to Tom Judd at
Please adhere to the prescribed format described in detail in
the prospectus in order to have a good image of your work for the catalog.
Due March 1:  Poets' and Artists' Exhibition Statements (50 - 100 words) are due  to Beth Honeycutt at:
April 4:   Intake of art: 10 to 12 noon and 4 to 7 p.m.,  Patterson-Appleton Arts Center,  400 E. Hickory, Denton, TX.  

Martha Robbins Prints Available
Reggie Hill has about ten prints of Martha Robbins' (long-time Denton artist and VAST member). If anyone is interested, contact Reggie at 214.505.5315.

January Mini Show Winners

First Place: Another Cosmos, 
James J. Johnson, Jr.

Second Place: Family Vacation, mixed media
D. Jan Jones

Calendar Focus - February



Greater Denton Arts Council
Materials Hard+Soft
Opening February 5, 6-8pm

The Public is Invited to the Opening of 
the 29th Annual National Contemporary 
 Craft Competition
February 5, 6-8pm
at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

Exhibition: February 5 - April 1 
 Fee: $5; FREE for GDAC members, 
 children under 12 and students with valid ID.

The University of North Texas Institute for the Advancement of the Arts Presents the Work of
Harlan W. Butt

Acadia Vessel, 2015
National Parks Project
Harlan W. Butt
 Regents Professor of Studio Art

Public Reception: February 5, 5:30-7pm
Gallery will remain open until 9pm for First Friday.
Exhibition: February 5-27
UNT on the Square
An exhibition of new work created during 2014-2015 IAA Faculty Fellowship

UNT on the Square
109 N. Elm St.
Denton, TX  76201

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 - Versatile - Variety, works by  Carol Stoecker
January through early April.
Two time winner of "Best of Denton County", artist Carol Stoecker exhibits her ve rsatility at Chestnut Tree in Denton. Stoecker provides works from two collections of her art as well as some from her series of Pet Portraits. 
"Alive" Collection:  Dramatic and vibrant,  special effects and hidden messages are an extra treat under special lighting.
"Black & White" Collection: Designed in contrast to create an appreciation of form rather than color.
"Pet Portraits": Created to give the viewer a feeling of unconditional love.  When you look in their eyes they will capture your heart.
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 
Artwork by Bonnie Siebert - January 6.
Artist Statement: 
I can't remember a time that I wasn't painting and it's difficult to imagine a time when I will not be able to paint.  A life without art seems diminished in contrast to the vitality of life with art. Nevertheless for me, the grace and beauty and thrill when one confronts a work of art, whether colors or words or music , surpasses almost any other search for meaning.  Solace, reprieve, joy and beauty are the constant companions of my work and it is no small thing to hear someone say "this painting makes me happy."  

Coordinator for exhibit:  Contact Carol Stoecker at or 

"Off the Shelves"  exhibition at Emily Fowler Central Library
Paintings by Lori MacLean.
What If? Study
January 6 - March 6.
Lori MacLean works as a graphic designer and resides with her family in Duncanville, Texas. MacLean received her Master's in Fine Art in Painting from Texas Woman's University in Denton and B.F.A from York University in Toronto, Canada. Currently she is in an artist residency program in Dallas. Her work has received awards in regional juried shows and her paintings are owned by clients in the USA and Canada. Her work is frequently on display throughout the DFW area. For information on current exhibit locations, please visit
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 
Isabel Cano's paintings will be exhibited from January 8 - April 8. 
The exhibition is free.

Isabel Cano, of Denton, has been painting in acrylic for five years and also has experimented with pastel and photography. The six paintings on exhibit are from her series "Flowers."
Cano has been a member of VAST for nine years and served three years on the Board of Directors including a year of service as Vice-president in charge of programs. She has exhibited in a number of the art society's juried and non-juried exhibitions. She credits the organization with inspiring her to work and develop her skills as a painter. 
Artist Statement:
My series "Flowers" is a study in 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.
I create art to share with the viewer a slice of what and how, I perceive my surroundings .
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
Exhibition with Gail Cope and Perri Hamilton through March.
Gail Cope, artist statement:
My work's main purpose is to remind people that we are all human with every kind of need and emotion. An awareness of other cultures provides an insight into our own, and shows that the culture surrounding us is not the only valid one.  The predominant element of my work is the dot or circle, referring to the eternal, and used as decoration in many religions and cultures around the world.

Petri Hamilton, artist statement: 
I generally paint in watercolor.  The inspiration for my work comes from my garden, the landscape around my yard and my neighborhood. I paint close-up view of plants so that people can appreciate their beauty.

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.
Mary Wright has work in the North Texas Printmakers Guild exhibition " Nature" at the Texas Discovery Gardens in Fair Park, Dallas. The exhibition runs through May 1. 
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.
Your Ad Here.
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 :  
10th Annual 125-Mile Visual Arts Exhibition
January 15 - February 21
Meadows Gallery: 
29th Annual Materials: Hard + Soft, National Contemporary Craft Competition
February 5-April 1; $5; FREE for GDAC members, children under 12 and students with valid ID.
Murchison Performing Arts Center, UNT:
For more information:

Texas Woman's University Art Galleries
East Gallery and West Gallery 
more information:

University of North Texas Art Galleries
Collections, Cultures, and Collaborations:
German Expressionist Prints from the Collection of Gus Kopriva
Jan 21, 2016 - Feb 20, 2016
For more information: http://gallery.unt.e du
UNT on the Square
National Parks Project: Harlan W. Butt
Public Reception: February 5, 5:30-7pm
February 5  - February 27
For more information:

Opportunities/Calls for Entries

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 

Fort Worth Community Arts Center
Focus Galleries Call for Entry 2017
Looking for: contemporary art with a focus on regional artists in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana
Fee: $25.00
Ends on 4/11/2016
Deadline: April 11, 2016; 11:59PM
The Exhibition Advisory Panel (EAP) of the Fort Worth Arts Center (FWCAC) is seeking exhibition proposals from artists and curators for all art forms, including new media, for its 2017 season. EAP  also interested in proposals for curated single artist or group exhibitions.

Artists submitting their work for exhibition consideration should include: 
Letter of intent describing proposal of exhibit 
CV & Artist Statement
10-20 images of artworks 
Image list including size & medium
$25 fee
You will be contacted within 4 weeks of review if your work has been selected for exhibition.
For full details, click  here.
Contact: Elaine Taylor, Gallery Manager

Richardson Civic Art Society
50th Annual Regional Juried Art Exhibition and Sale
Open to all Texas artists, 18 and older
Fees: $25 first piece, $15 each additional piece
Awards: Merchandise and cash over $7000
Entry deadline: February 29, 2016
Exhibition dates: April 28-May 30
Juror: Michael Holter, NWS, SWS, SWA
Entries must be submitted online:
The full prospectus is available on the RCAS website Here.
Take-in will be on April 26 th from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
At the Charles W Eisemann Center 2351 Performance Drive Richardson, TX 75082.  The Awards Reception will be held on Sunday, May 15, 2016 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 p.m.

19th Annual Juried Rio Brazos Art Exhibition 
Location:  Dora Lee Langdon Cultural & Educational Center Concert Hall in Granbury, Texas
Awards Over $5,000 in cash and merchandise awards are anticipated.
Deadline to enter: March 7 
Notification: March 16 (to be mailed.)
Exhibition dates: April 17 - May 1
All media will be considered.  
Open to all artists 18 years of age and older. 
Entries must be original, unpublished and executed within the last two years. 
Any questions please contact: RBAE Director 817-279-1164


Society of Watercolor Artists 2016 International Juried Exhibition in Fort Worth
Deadline: 20 February 2016
Enter through Calls for Entry (CaFE)
Juror: Frank Eber
Deadline: February 20
Notification of acceptance: February 29
Exhibition dates: April 26-29
Awards: $4000 in cash and merchandise
Exhibition location: Atrium Gallery of the Fort Worth Central Library
No more than 50 pieces will be chosen. 
The Society of Watercolor Artists also awards Signature Status to those artists who are accepted and show in 5 juried exhibitions. 
Details and prospectus can be found on the website at: or Here.

Stephen F. Austin University: Texas National 2016 Competition & Exhibition
City: Nacogdoches
State: Texas
Fee: $35.00
Entry Deadline: 2/6/16
Enter through Calls for Entry (CaFE)
Exhibition Dates: April 9  - June 11, 2016.                                   
The Juror: Abelardo Morell
Awards: 1st - $2,000; 2nd - $1,000; 3rd - $500; Honorable Mentions
Eligibility: TEXAS NATIONAL 2016 is 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.
For more information, click Here.

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Visual Arts Society of Texas

2015-2016 Monthly Programs

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

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