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January, 2015
January 8th Presentation: 
Tamara Navama


Tamara Navama is an interdisciplinary artist, making one-of-a-kind metalwork, designing production jewelry and creating handmade leather products. Her jewelry combines precious metals, exotic skins & imitations of exotic skins. She is bringing awareness to the complexities of how our culture relates to leather. She utilizes traditional handwork techniques alongside contemporary digital technologies. In her talk, she will share how she is using different techniques and technologies to represent her perception about exotic skins and craft. She will present her process and demonstrate basic resin casting. 

Navama is orginally from Israel, where she earned her bachelor's degree in Metalwork from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. Following her move to the United States, she executed custom designs for a luxury leather goods store in Fort Worth. She is currently in the fifth semester of her master's degree in the area of Metalsmithing and Jewelry at the University of North Texas.  

More of Tamara's work can be seen at



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.


VAST Calendars 2 for $11
Support VAST by purchasing the 2015 VAST Calendar! 
2 for the Price of 1!
Available at the meeting, or 
contact Jo Williams at

125-Mile Exhibition
January 16th Reception, 5:30-7:30 pm
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 

Opening reception - January 16, 5:30-7:30 pm 

Awards Presentation at 6:30 pm  


This regional exhibition will feature 30 pieces of art chosen from 171 entries by Juror James Thurman. 


Of the 30 exhibition artists, 

10 are members of VAST. 


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)

Calendar Focus - January



Merging Visions Deadlines

All other contract information describing the work of art (title, dimensions, media used, price, etc.) is due January 17.  Art images are due February 1st.

We are also looking for sponsors for the catalog to help us make this year's version the best one yet! If you are interested, please contact Olivia Walker or Gail Cope.
Olivia Walker (
Gail Cope (

For the full 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.


Congratulations to the December
Artists of the Month! 
Charles Arnold, First Place
Contemplation, copper wire sculpture
Bonnie Siebert, Second Place
Paris at Night, acrylic

Rose Parade - Up Close and Personal


VAST member, Olivia Walker, her husband Charlie and their grandchildren, Drake and Creed Womack had a once in a lifetime experience over the holidays.  They participated in the rose preparation for the Sierra Madre float, I Think I Can, as part of the Imagination and Joy section of the Inspiring Stories themed parade. The Walkers are members of the Fantasy RV Tours group, which cut and prepared 20,000 roses for the float. This particular float was created completely by volunteers and donations. Sierra Madre has been in the Rose Parade since 1917.


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
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.
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.

Oil Field Bride


The work of Dawn Swepston was exhibited in her Solo Show, The New Old West at the Kemp Center for the Arts in Wichita Falls, Texas from November 21 through January 10th.


Mary Wright has a mixed media work, Descending Order, in the 100th Anniversary Exhibition of the Green Bay Art Colony at the Neville Museum in Green Bay, WI.  The exhibition will be up from January 16 - March 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.

Illustration Opportunity

Proposed by Beth Honeycutt

I am co-authoring a book of speculative fiction and wonder if there are artists interested in sketching a few images from different segments. We are after 5-7 black and white sketches sized 11x14 or similar artist's portfolio size. We are looking for someone interested in creating images and would credit the artist in the book for the sketches provided. We have no current resources, though depending on the outcome of the book, we would be willing to make an appropriate payment to that artist in the future. 

We are tossing the net out to see if any VAST artists might be intrigued with a project like this. To see a sample storyline, check out the indiegogo campaign of The V-Path at  or email me at or by cell (Beth Honeycutt) at (940) 594-2165.

Watercolor Workshop in Provence, France
"A Week in Provence"
With Jo Williams
Presented by Walter and Kim Eagleton of
Artistic Gourmet Adventures
June 29-July 5, 2015

Price inclusive of ground transportation, gourmet meals, wine and luxury accommodations in private villa (excluding airfare). $3250 pp Discounts may apply. Non-painters welcome.
Contact us at for more information.

Welcome GDAC's New Executive Director
Tracy Bays-Boothe

The Greater Denton Arts Council 

is extending an invitation to the public:

Welcome Celebration 

Tracy Bays-Boothe

Thursday, January 22, 5:30-7:30pm

Patterson-Appleton CVA, Denton

Music provided by DJ Wild in the Streets

Fingerprints - Courtesy of Nichelson Entertainment

Art Around Town 

A Creative Art Studio

227 W. Oak Street, Suite 101



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
For more information:

Texas Woman's University Art Galleries

East Gallery and West Gallery 

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

CVAD Annual Faculty and Staff Exhibition

December 4 - January 16

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.

1st Annual "At the Walker" Open Exhibition
Garnett, Kansas
Fee: $35 (Walker Art Committee)
Entry Deadline: January 31, 2015
Exhibition Dates: April 1 - May 29
Compete for over $3000 in cash prizes and exhibit in the gallery space adjoining the Walker Art Collection which features work by many celebrated twentieth century artists.  Juror Steven Greenwall will select up to 50 finalists to exhibit their work.  2D, 3D and photography will be accepted. 
For more information:   

This is a listing.


DEADLINE: Fri, January 23, 2015  


Exhibition: May 1 - 25, 2015 

Location:  Cutter & Cutter Fine Art at Brilliance in Color Fine Art Gallery in St. Augustine, Florida. 

30 awards equaling $80,000+ with a $25,000 top award. 

Juror will be Huihan Liu OPAM. 

Must be OPA Member. Currently accepting new members for $70 per year. 

Exhibition entry fees $30 for one entry & $45 for two entries. Max size 1200 sq in. For more information about membership or exhibition visit

Contact: Rosemary Murray, 815-356-5987 |


See lots more here: 


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Visual Arts Society of Texas

2014-2015 Monthly Programs

Jan. 8, 2015  Tamara Narvana, jewelry
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

January 8

January 15

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