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March, 2015
Jeff Good to Demonstrate in Watercolor -  March 5th


Can Architects Paint "Loose"?

Jeff Good has been a practicing architect for 35 years and enjoys painting, primarily in watercolor. He began painting while a student at the University of Kansas. He sketches and paints during his frequent travels.

Good is a Principal in the firm Good Fulton and Farrell Architects of Dallas and splits his time between Dallas and Vashon Island, Washington.

Good is a member of the Southwestern Watercolor Society and the Northwest Watercolor Society. He has participated and received awards locally, and has exhibited abroad.


Galleria Milano, watercolor

The meeting is Thursday, March 4 - 7:00 to 9:00pm at the Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts (P-A CVA) in Denton.


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Black Box Lighting

VAST is proud to have new track lighting in the lobby area of the PointBank Black Box Theater, which greatly enhances our VAST member exhibition "Outside the Box." We are most grateful to Gail Cope for her generous donation, making this possible, and to Johnny Williams for his labor to install the lighting.

This Week at the Ken Hosmer Workshop
Members enjoying demonstration by Ken Hosmer.

Calendar Focus - March



Congratulations to the February
Artists of the Month! 
Tony Littmann, First Place 
Blue Fish, fiber
Roxanne Musick, Second Place 
Called Home, colored pencil

Opportunity to Help Service Organization, 

Serve Denton; Exhibit Your Art and Benefit Others

VAST members, 


We have been given a unique opportunity to share our art in a place where it will greatly enrich the lives of members of our community who are facing huge challenges.


Serve Denton is a local non-profit organization dedicated to helping folks get back on their feet by providing a place to stay for at least three months. The place is the Wheeler House located at 821 North Elm Street in the former Terrill Wheeler Printing location. The building has been renovated to include four bedrooms, which will sleep up to four family members, a kitchen, a living area, laundromat, and a kid's room. The facility will also office Health Services of North Texas, and a Denton Police Downtown Bike Patrol substation. 


There will be a grand opening of Wheeler House on March 28th. You are invited to share one or more pieces of art, which we will install on Saturday, March 21, at the Wheeler House, 10:00 am. 


The art should be family oriented and be generally uplifting. Size is only limited by the space, but I think 48" is a good maximum width. We are thinking in terms of possible three-month rotations of art. If you are interested, please email images of your work to me with sizes and title. 


Jo Williams


Special Workshop Available through Greater Denton Arts Council - Mold Making & Resin Casting 

with Tamar Navama, March 7th, 10am-12:30pm

3 Spots Left!


Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts
28th annual "Materials: Hard & Soft"
National Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition 
On display February 7 - April 2
 Free and open to the public!

The Greater Denton Arts Council presents a hands-on workshop on Saturday, March 7th from 10:00 am-12:30 pm,
presented in conjunction with the current exhibition,  Materials: Hard & Soft .

Learn to make flexible molds for resin casting as you experiment with casting wearable objects. Participants are required to bring small objects/toys they would like to cast. All other materials will be provided, no experience necessary.



Tamar Navama is an interdisciplinary artist, making one-of-a-kind metalwork, designing production jewelry, and creating handmade leather products.  Navama's work is currently on display in the contemporary craft exhibition Materials: Hard & Soft.



Space is limited so please register at (940) 382-2787 or complete and email the registration form to

$45.00  - General Public
$40.00  - 2015 GDAC Members & Current Students


The workshop will be held at the Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts 400 E. Hickory Street in Denton, Texas 76201.


For more information on GDAC exhibitions, please visit


Dallas' Richland College to Present Photographer,

George Steinmetz

Free and Open to Public: January 26

Paragliding over Arakaou, Niger
photograph by George Steinmetz


Richland College  Photography

is proud to present renowned

National Geographic Photographer George Steinmetz at 

7 p.m., Thursday, March 19th  

Fannin Performance Hall at Richland College, F102

12800 Abrams Road, Dallas


Since 1986, George has completed more than 40 major photo essays for National Geographic and 25 stories for GEO magazine in Germany. His expeditions to the Sahara and Gobi deserts have been featured in separate National Geographic Explorer programs. 

George has won numerous awards for photography during his 25-year career, including two first prizes in science and technology from World Press Photo. He has also won awards and citations from Pictures of the Year, Overseas Press Club and Life Magazine's Alfred Eisenstaedt Awards, and was named National Geographic's Adventurer of the Year in 2008.

George's current passion is photographing the world's deserts while piloting a motorized paraglider. This experimental aircraft enables him to capture unique images of the world, inaccessible by traditional aircraft and most other modes of transportation. 


George Steinmetz website:

Wayne Loucas, Richland Photography Department, 972 238-6078,


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 until March 13
Works by Isabel Cano and Dawn Swepston
March 13 - May 8
Coordinator for exhibit:  Lin Hampton at
"Noble Visions"  exhibition at  Barnes & Noble Booksellers Cafe -  Golden Triangle Mall 

Work of Dawn Swepston

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 privat e 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.

Darla Bostick's work was accepted to the Louisiana Watercolor Society's 45th International Exhibition at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts in New Orleans March 28- May 8, with an encore through May 23 at the Atrium of Place St. Charles.

"Torrent"  and "Release", by Marcy Ann Villafana, have been juried into  "OPEN SHOW",  TVAA Downtown Gallery -  The Plaza of the Americas, 700 N Pearl St, Dallas, TX 75201,  Curator/Juror - Diana Moya.  Exhibit is open  March 2nd - 31st . Reception will be held March 8th 2-4pm. For more information, please see the TVAA website

Marcy Ann Villafana received the 3rd Place Award "Arising" 

2015 in the New Members Exhibition,  TVAA Downtown Gallery - The Plaza of the Americas, 700 N Pearl St, Dallas, TX 75201, Curator/Juror - Jan Partin. 

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 Around Town 

A Creative Art Studio

227 W. Oak Street, Suite 101

March/April Class schedule is available at this link.

For more information:


Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts

400 E. Hickory Street, Denton, TX 76201 

Meadows Gallery & Gough Gallery: 

Materials: Hard and Soft; Feb. 7 - April 2
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

more information:

University of North Texas Art Gallery

Kyle Decamp: Urban Renewal March 25, 3pm* and 
March 26, 6pm* Urban Renewal is a multimedia solo performance work about perception, public policy, and the significance of the buildings we live in, told from the rigorously unsentimental point of view of a child. 

*Both one-hour performances are followed by a conversation with the artist*

For more information: http://gallery.unt.e du/exhibitions


UNT on the Square

Inside The Lazarus Project

The 2008 novel, The Lazarus Project , was written by Aleksandar Hemon, a finalist for the National Book Critics' Circle award and National Book Award. Hemon is a native of Bosnia and Herzegovina who lives in Chicago. He has received the MacArthur Genius Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

February 27 - March 27
For more information:


Opportunities/Calls for Entries

Call for Unique Small Works for ARTshop at the FWCAC

Deadline: Ongoing

The Fort Worth Community Arts Center is seeking small artist-made pieces for its gift shop at the main FWCAC location in the Cultural District, and for a a second shop at ART7, in the West 7th retail complex. To apply, please send images of your work and a bio on CD to ARTshop FWCAC, 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth TX 76107, or by email to Questions?  Contact Marla Owen or Elaine Taylor at 817.298.3026 or 817.298.3021, or or 


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.  

click here. 


Nekter Juice Bar

Rotating Deadline

A new location of the Nekter Juice Bar, 410 W. Southlake Blvd in Southlake, Texas, is looking for local artists for contribute to rotating exhibits in their shop. Nekter is part of a California company that has had success with this in their California shops and wishes to support local artists. Contact JT at or 714.309.2460 for more details or to sign up.


"Unique by Nature"

Juried Art Competition and Exhibition, April 10-April 25

Awards Reception: April 10

Hosted by: McKinney Performing Arts Center and Arts and Music Guild.

Prize Winners to be chosen by Mary Vernon, Professor of Art, Meadows School of the Arts, SMU

Cash and purchase prizes totaling $9000 to be distributed. See prospectus for distribution.

The application requests jpgs of artwork, a bio, and contact information, and should be submitted by Friday, March 27th, 7pm. 

Entrants must have some point have been a resident of Texas.

Questions or concerns, contact Annie Royer at 214.679.1124, or

Click for details, and here for submission form.


Call for Artists: Focus Galleries FWCAC
Deadline: April 10, 2015
The Exhibition Advisory Panel (EAP) of the Fort Worth Community Arts Center (FWCAC) is seeking exhibition proposals from artists and curators for all art forms, including new media, for its 2016-2017 season. The mission of the EAP is to exhibit contemporary art with a focus on regional artists in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. The panel is looking for professional level, innovative art and is interested in individual artist submissions of personal work, as well as proposals for curated single artist or group exhibitions. Artwork should show a consistency of vision. There is a $25 fee.

"The Blues"

Exhibition Location: Jaycee Park Center, 1975 Puritan Drive, Irving TX

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

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.

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 priorarrangements 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.

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

The link for the full prospectus.


See lots more here: 


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

Visual Arts Society of Texas

2014-2015 Monthly Programs

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

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