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 January, 2016
Guest Artist for January 7, 2016
Deborah Boschert, Fiber Artist
Please join the Visual Arts Society of Texas (VAST), for a presentation by fiber artist Deborah Boschert. Boschert will share her most recent art quilts and talk about how she developed her own personal style. She will share examples of her favorite techniques, materials and themes. Boschert includes many symbolic shapes in her art quilts and she'll discuss how those came to be. She will tell stories about exciting collaborations, surprising discoveries and finding inspiration in unexpected places.
Shelter and Stream, fiber art

Deborah Boschert's quilts incorporate layers of fabric, paint and stitching. She often includes personal symbols like stones, houses, handwriting and leaves. Her work has been published in many books and magazines and her art quilts have been included in international exhibits and galleries. She is the host of the "Quilting Arts DVD Workshop: Contemporary Fabric Collage".  

Deborah is always seeking creative spirit, new ideas and a great cup of coffee. Deborah lives in Lewisville with her husband and two kids.
Quilt titled Night Fall, 12"x12"

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 
125-Mile Opening Reception
January 15, 5:30-7:30pm

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

Landscape, Spoon, House, Home, Faith Jessup
2015 Best of Show
Congratulations to the VAST Members
who are represented in the exhibition!

David Blow
Deborah Boschert
Darla Bostick
Nel Dorn Byrd
Gail Cope
Kathy Elliott
Angelia Ford
Lori Garner
Tonya Littmann
Lori MacLean
Tesa Morin, 
Heather Pregger,  Kenna Prior,  Laurie Weller,   Deanna Wood

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.
Dr. John Marcucci is the Director and President of Haley-Henman Gallery LLC, providing contemporary fine art services since 2007. Under his leadership, the gallery focuses on emerging and experienced regional artists of different media, celebrating multicultural diversity and promoting dialogue among artists and collectors. 
Since 2008, Dr. Marcucci has served as the Juror for multiple regional and state competitions. He currently directs Gallery 422 and other art spaces in the Dallas area. He also serves as an Advisory Board Member for the Dallas Creative Arts Center.

Highlights From First Annual VASTFEST

Thank you to all that helped organize, coordinate or support our inaugural VASTFEST! The event was a great success and very well attended. Thank you to Thomas Judd Photography for photographing VASTFEST. 

Kenneth Loomis Paintings for Sale
Proceeds to Benefit VAST
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.
Piano, 26"x36"

Houseboat, 28"x36"
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  Available at the VAST Meeting
Artists included in the calendar:
Susan Boyle,  Dawn Swepston, 
David Blow,  Jo Williams,
Mary Emerson,  Tonya 
Littmann,  Darla Bostick,  Gail Cope,  Eloise Sears,  Mindy Faubion,  Ingrid Scobie,  Tom Judd.
Members in Upcoming 2016 Merging Visions 
Please Note!
Due January 14:
Data for your entry - Title of Painting, Media, Image Size (hxw), Frame Size, Price or NSF with value. Send data to  Aurora Dawson at
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.  

December Mini Show Winners


First Place: Terry Karloff
Painted Desert, photography


Second Place Tie: Isabel Cano
Whispering Secret, acrylic


Second Place Tie: Lorraine Hayes
Summer in the Mountains, mixed media



Calendar Focus - January




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 - through January 8.
Vast - Versatile - Variety, works by  Carol Stoecker
January through early April.
Two time winner of "Best of Denton County", artist Carol Stoecker exhibits her versatility 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.
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. 
Winter Romance, Isabel Cano
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
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.
Your info here.
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.
MARTECH solid steel Etching/Relief press for sale.
Bed size:  28" x 48" 
8.4 inch x 26 inch upper steel roller
Bed is driven by hand cranked gear box attached to bed of press
Micrometer dials for precise adjustment

For more information please contact:  Lorraine Hayes
972-317-4375 or email:  
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
Opening Reception: January 15, 5:30-7:30pm
Awards Ceremony: January 15, 6:30pm
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
Closed for maintenance.
For more information: http://gallery.unt.e du
UNT on the Square
Annette Lawrence: Around Again
Jan. 7 Jan. 30
The exhibition is a program of the Denton Black Film Festival which runs January 28 - 31, 2016.
Reception - January 28, 2016 from 6-8pm with remarks at 7:00pm.
Around Again features pieces from the formative years of Lawrence's art practice. The subjects of text as image, textile patterns as text, and the use of everyday experience as material for art making were just emerging in the work.
For more information:

Opportunities/Calls for Entries
Oil Painters of America's 25th Anniversary National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils 
Artists who reside in the United States, Canada and Mexico and are 2016 OPA members or have submitted an
application for membership or renewal for 2016 may apply for this exhibition. 
for online submissions - Friday, January 29, 2016.
Oil Painters of America's 25th Anniversary National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils & Convention will be in Dallas, Texas at Southwest Gallery in May of 2016. The juror of awards will be the esteemed master artist Kevin Macpherson.  Awards will be approximately $100,000 in cash and merchandise with a $30,000 cash top award. The opening weekend events will be May 12 - 15 and will include a plein air competition & sale with gallery hanging, demos by Kevin Macpherson and Qiang Huang as well as an interview with master artist Jeff Legg and so much more.

Stephen F. Austin University: Texas National Competition & Exhibition
Nacogdoches, TX
Entry Deadline: 1/23/16
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.
Enter through  Here,

39th International Exhibition 2016: Watercolor Art Society-Houston
Eligibility:  International
Location:  Houston, Texas
Fee:  $35.00 for one, $50 for  two, $60 for three
Entry Deadline:  1/15/16
Juror:  Anne Abgott, AWS, NWS
Awards:  First Prize:  $2,000, Second Prize:  $1,200, Third Prize:  $900
Exhibition Dates:  Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - Thursday, March 31, 2016
The Exhibition is open to all artists.  Artwork must be at least 80% watermedia on paper, clayboard, or yupo.  The work must be original, painted within TWO YEARS OF ENTRY DATE, and Titled.  All work must be for sale, and suitable for display in a family venue. 
Enter through Here.

Photowork 2016 29th Annual National Juried Photography Exhibition
Location: Poughkeepsie, New York
Fee: $40.00
Entry Deadline: 1/18/16
Juror:  Karen Irvine, Curator and Associate Director, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago
Photowork is a premier regional exhibition of new photographic images. The show is visited by art appreciators from a five-county area including parts of Connecticut and New York City. As a national show, this exhibition brings together photographers from across the country with artists from 30 to 40 states represented each year. Enter through, Here.

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 


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:

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Visual Arts Society of Texas

2015-2016 Monthly Programs

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

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