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 March, 2016
Colby Parsons, Guest Artist for March 3.
"Hybrid: clay and light", sculpture and video
Colby Parsons, MFA, is an Associate Professor in Visual Art at Texas Woman's University in Denton, where he teaches Ceramics and Emergent Media. Parson's work explores the potential meanings and aesthetics resulting from the convergence of traditional and digital media. He works in a range of media and formats including ceramics, projection mapping, installation and interactivity. Parson's work has been shown nationally and internationally at venues including Navy Pier in the Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum; the International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark; the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Ana, California; the University of Pennsylvania Art Museum; and in Dallas at the Craighead Green Gallery, the Pawn Gallery, and 500X.

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 Membership Drive Starts in March
Early Incentive, If Paid by May 31- 
Free Entry Opportunity in the annual VAST Calendar
The Visual Arts Society of Texas' calendar year runs from June 1 through May 31. 2016-2017 DUES ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED. You may renew by the following methods:
  • Renew at the March, April or May VAST meetings. 
  • A membership form is available on the website or  click here.  Dues can be mailed to VAST, PO Box 1281, Denton, TX 76205. 
  • Renew using PayPal on the website. Sign in and renew under membership.



Monthly mini-competitions

Monthly e-newsletter

Artist of the Year Award

Juried exhibition discounts (125-Mile)

Workshop discounts

Free image in online membership directory

20% discount on full-price purchases at Voertman's in Denton and Asel Art Supply in Denton and Dallas


Membership Levels:
Individual ($35)
Educator ($25)  In addition to receiving all Membership Benefits outlined above, educators may bring their students to the VAST monthly meetings free of charge. Although there is no limit to the number of students who may attend, we ask instructors to let us know if more than 5 students will attend any one meeting so we may adjust our hospitality plans accordingly.
Student ($15)
Family ($45)  With a Family Membership, Individual/Student Membership Benefits are extended to all members of the same household.
Supporting members receive the same benefits as Individual Members and are recognized in numerous VAST publications throughout the year.

$5,000 - van Gogh

$3,000 - Renoir

$1,000 - Michelangelo

$750 - Leonardo

$500 - Picasso

$250 - Georgia O'Keeffe

$125 - Rembrandt

$50 - Mary Cassatt

Merging Visions 
Deadline to Pre-order Catalogs EXTENDED!
Still Welcoming Sponsorships
Merging Visions 
Collaborative Exhibit of 
Art & Poetry
Opening Reception:  Friday, April 15
5:30 - 7:30 pm
(Public invited)
Music: Thad Bonduris,  
 Le Not-So-Hot Klub Lite

Exhibit: April 15 - June 5, 2016
Meadows Gallery
Patterson - Appleton Arts Center,  400 E. Hickory, Denton, Texas

Gallery Hours:  Tuesday - Friday:  11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday:  1:00 - 5:00 pm

Deadline to order pre-order catalogs 
for Merging Visions extended to March 12!
Although the deadline to purchase sponsorships of the Merging Visions' catalog has passed,  pre-orders toward the purchase of catalogs will still be accepted until Saturday, March 12.  The Merging Visions Committee encourages those who are interested in obtaining a catalog  to pre-order.  Only a limited number of catalogs will be available for sale at the reception.
Those wishing to order a catalog should enclose a check with the following Prepayment Form.  and send it to VAST, PO Box 1281, Denton, TX  76202

Reminder for Poets and Artists: 
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.  

Lys Carty, In Memorium
March 23, 1945 - February 10, 2016
VAST recently lost a valued member, a fun and delightful person, and a good painter. Lys Carty lost her valiant fight with cancer and passed on February 10, 2016. She was a cherished friend to many of us, and I know everyone who knew her has their own sweet memories. Debby Price described her as a "peaceful person reflecting her Quaker beliefs...She loved her husband Bob, both her sons, their wives, and two little granddaughters." She also loved to paint in watercolor and achieved success with the medium.
Lys Carty,
 March 23, 1945-February 10, 2016

Some of my favorite memories of Lys included her participating in  some of my watercolor painting trips. Lys's sister, Laura from Massachusetts, joined a couple of those trips including one to Taos and Santa Fe, and one to Big Bend. They taught me to play a version of the dice game "farkle;' I won't use the name they used here, but it served better than, "Oh, farkle!". We stayed up late playing, and we all laughed and laughed. I laughed until my sides hurt. I learned to always travel with lots of coins when Lys and Laura joined my plein aire workshops.

Jo Williams
February Mini Show Winners

First Place: Diana McGimpsey
Look Up, mixed media

Second Place: Ellen Frenkel
Wonderful World, dyed silk and lace

Calendar Focus - March




Frank Stella: A Retrospective
April 17 - September 18 at The Modern in Fort Worth
Members, Gail W. Cope and Angelia Ford recently visited Frank Stella: A Retrospective in New York. Gail has submitted photos and highly recommends the exhibit that will be on display at The Modern.

The Modern in Fort Worth will present a career retrospective of Frank Stella (American, born 1936), one of the most important living American artists. This survey will be the most comprehensive presentation of Stella's career to date, showcasing his prolific output from the mid-1950s to the present through approximately 120 works, including paintings, reliefs, maquettes, sculptures, and drawings. Co-organized by the Modern and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, this exhibition will feature Stella's best-known works alongside rarely seen examples drawn from collections around the world.
This exhibition is curated by Michael Auping, Chief Curator, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, with the involvement of Adam D. Weinberg, Alice Pratt Brown Director, Whitney Museum of American Art.  

Get a group together; try and make it to this upcoming exhibit!

Thanks, Gail, for these great photos.

Greater Den ton Arts Council
First Fridays at the Arts Center: "ARTS OPEN CALL" Opening Reception presented in partnership with 35 Denton and The Bearded Monk. 
Opening Reception on First Friday, March 4 
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center in downtown Denton
Free Event.
  GDAC will host an Artist + Members Mixer 
from 5-6PM  before the public opening 
 for a special preview of the exhibition. 

PUBLIC OPENING is from 6 - 8PM
Live music presented bDr. Bruce Bond, Purlsnapshirts, and Holler Time / 35 Denton.
Complimentary craft beer from the Bearded Monk. 

We will also unveil the new online marketplace at the opening and hope to sell some of your amazing work!
We are expecting a wonderful turnout!
Caroline Holley
Manager of Programs & Exhibitions
400 E. Hickory Street 
Denton, Texas 76201 | (940) 382-2787

Greater Denton Arts Council
Materials Hard+Soft
On Exhibit Until April 1
The 29th Annual  National Contemporary   
 Craft Competition
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.

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 presents an exhibit, "Vast-Versatile-Variety" at 2 locations in Denton County.  The Chestnut Tree, on the Square and Grapes to Wine, Bartonville, are the venue.
Emerging artist Carol Stoecker has created 3 distinctive collections, each reflecting a time in her life when she needed to receive and share reassurance with others.  They are titled "Alive", "Black and Whites", and "Pet Portrait."
Vast-Versatile-Variety will be on display at the Chestnut Tree, located at 107 W. Hickory, until April 8, 2016. 
Plan on meeting Carol at a special "Meet the Artist" night at Grapes To Wine in Bartonville, Texas, Tuesday, April 19 from 6-8 PM.  
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.
Your information 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.
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 :  
Youth Art Month
March 1 - March 26
Free exhibit.
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.
Festival Hall, P-A Arts Center:
Arts Open Call Presented in partnership with 35 Denton
March 4 - April 16
Opening Reception: March 4, will feature performers from 35 Denton. Open to the public.
Arts Open Call welcomes hundreds of artists from across North Texas for an interactive installation at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center in historic downtown Denton. Displayed floor to ceiling in the grand hall of the city's former power plant, approximately 200 artworks will be selected for exhibition and sale. Selected works will also become part of our online marketplace. 50% of the sale of artworks will benefit the exhibition's artists while remaining funds will support the education programs of the Greater Denton Arts Council.
For more information:

Texas Woman's University Art Galleries
East Gallery and West Gallery 
2016 Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition
According to the Sky, works by Sharon Lee Hart
Exhibition Dates:  February 15 - March 9, 2016
more information:

University of North Texas Art Galleries
Siona Benjamin
March 3  -  April 2
This exhibition features a decade of serial works on paper and installations by New York artist Siona Benjamin.
Opening Reception, March 3,  5-7 pm, with a talk by the artist starting at 6 pm.

For more information: http://gallery.unt.e du
UNT on the Square
National Parks Project: Harlan W. Butt
February 5  - February 27
The Comptons of Texas: Rediscovered Work by Carl Benton & Mildred Norris Compton  
March 4  -  March 26 
Opening Reception: March 6, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
For more information:

Opportunities/Calls for Entries
The Friends of the Bath House Cultural Center
Entry Deadline March 10 for 2nd Annual Silent Auction. 
Fine Art Silent Auction at the  Sunset Soirée, an Evening at the Bath House
Juror: Michael Heinlen and Elaine Taylor
A Fundraiser Sponsored by the Friends of the Bath House
April 16, 2016  
Proceeds from this year's auction will be shared 50/50 with the artists.  
The silent auction will have an open theme; work submitted should appeal to a broad audience.  
Art selected for auction will be on display and available for auction for the evening of April 16 only.
We are excited to introduce the on-line CaFÉ art service that will simplify the application and jury process.  
The prospectus and entry instructions are located at the CaFÉ site here ( 
Our call is listed under "Silent Auction Call for the Sunset Soiree Fundraiser at the Bath House."

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

2016 Trinity Arts Guild Juried Open Show
Trinity Arts Guild Gallery
2819 R.D. Hurt Parkway, Bedford, TX 76021
Awards approximately $3800 in cash and merchandise
Monday, March 7: Hand delivered entries will be accepted 6:30 - 7:00 pm
Tuesday, March 15: Hand delivered entries will be accepted 9:00 am to noon and 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.
Friday, March 18: Digital entries due submitted by email by midnight. Hand delivered entries also accepted 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Mailed entries must be postmarked on or before this date.
Tuesday: April 7: Notification Date
Tuesday, April 19: All accepted work must be delivered to the Gallery 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Wednesday, April 20: Exhibit opens
Saturday, May 7: Reception and awards 4pm to 6 pm.

See lots more here:

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

Visual Arts Society of Texas

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2015-2016 Monthly Programs

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

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