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May, 2015
May 7 Meeting: The monthly Mini Show winners are to bring their winning pieces to be judged for VAST's 2015 Artist of the Year. 
Dotty Zamora To Present "The Art Journey"

Texas-based artist Dotty Zamora works in mixed media, specifically in encaustic, and describes herself as a naturalist. Her work is an expression of personal focus on nature.  She hopes to share a walk with VAST into nature.

"While hiking I sketch the presence of small or microcosmic places in that glimpse of time, and make a written notation or poem of that presence in an artist sketch diary. The notation is usually in reference to natural forms, color, movement of air and the texture within that space in time. ... I also collect bits and pieces of found debris from nature, like tortoise shells, wasp nests, dead insects, sand, sticks and st ones to incorporate into the painting. ... The materials with which I work have a direct relationship to the earth."

"My art offers the viewer a chance to journey with me along my path filled with the pleasures of multiple colored wax surfaces, to show the textures and forms life can take."

More about Dotty Zamora and her art can be seen at Dotty Zamora on Facebook.
The meeting is Thursday, May 7 - 7:00 to 9:00pm at the Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts (P-A CVA) in Denton.

2015/2016 VAST Membership Drive


June 1st starts our new VAST YEAR.  

All dues must be paid by May 31. Possible ways to do so are listed below. 

  • Members may renew at the May VAST meeting. 
  • A membership form is available on the website or click here. 
  • Dues can be mailed to VAST, PO Box 1281, Denton, TX 76205. 
  • For those who are current members, the process is as follows to renew online. (Please be aware that you will be required to set up a PayPal account through this process; as of yet you cannot exclusively pay by credit card without having PayPal):
  • (1) go to website 
    (2) go to membership page and click on "online form" 
    (3) log in with your membership User ID (UID) and password (PW.) If you no longer have your UID and PW, please email Mary Wright at 
    (4) scroll down, chose your renewal rate and you are taken to a PayPal linked page 
    (5) if you have a personal PayPal account log in with it, or if you don't and you click "Pay with Credit Card" you will be taken to a PayPal site that makes you establish a PayPal account in order to pay.  
  • Monthly mini-competitions
  • Monthly e-newsletter
  • Artist of the Year Award
  • Juried exhibition discounts (125-Mile Exhibition)
  • Workshop discounts
  • Free image in online membership directory
  • 20% discount on full-price purchases at Voertman's in Denton and Asel Art Supply in Dallas & Denton
  • Membership Directory (available for pick up at meetings)
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 a household.


There are additional SUPPORTING LEVELS:

Supporting members receive the same benefits as Individual Members and are recognized in numerous VAST publications throughout the year. 

VAST Member Exhibition Set!
Exhibit to be on Denton Square
Prospectus Ready


We'd love for all members to be a part of the

26th Annual VAST


August 12-22, 2015

Opening Reception - August 13, 5:30-7:30pm

Awards Presentation 6:30pm

UNT on the Square

109 N. Elm Street, Denton TX  76201



Acceptance of Entries: August 6, 10am-12 noon; 4pm-7pm, UNT on the Square

Entry Fee: $20 for up to two pieces, for VAST members

Any artist, regardless of current VAST membership, may join at the entry intake.

Awards: Best of Show - $750, Total Awards $2550, Additional Merchandise Awards to be given

Catalogs of the Exhibition will be available the first meeting, September 3.

Gail Cope, "Sylabub Diptych, 
Jeanne Heartsill 
 Best of Show Award
Juror: Mark Smith

Mark Smith is Professor of Art at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA from Queens College of the City University of New York. He is represented by Craighead Green Gallery in Dallas and William Campbell Contemporary Art in Fort Worth. Mark has been a visiting artist and lecturer at many institutions, including University of Texas, Austin; Arlington Museum of Art; Kimbell Art Museum; University of Arkansas; and State University of New York at Stony Brook. His work is included in many public and private collections, including Ritz-Carlton Hotels, the City of Los Angeles, Sony Music, and the Denton Public Library. 


For full prospectus, check here.

Coordinator for ME: Deanna Wood, 972-345-9968 or

Other Pertinent Dates:
August 10: Pick up unaccepted work, 10am-12 noon, 4pm-7pm
August 22: Closing of Exhibition, 5pm
August 24: Pick up all work, 10am-12 noon, 4pm-7pm


2016 VAST Calendar  Prospectus Ready


We'd Like You to be a Part of the 

2016 VAST Calendar and Exhibition

Open to all VAST Members


Entry Deadline: June 1, 2015

Entry Fee: $10 for two images

Open to all 2015/2016 VAST Members

2D or 3D Accepted

If accepted, artist will be awarded: one free calendar and artwork will be exhibited in group show at The Chestnut Tree. Certain duties apply. Please see the prospectus.

Juror: Corky Stuckenbruck, retired Art Professor, TWU


For full prospectus, click here.

Questions: Jo Williams, President at or Mindy Faubion, Chair at


Don't Miss this Beautiful Exhibition! 
April 23 - May 29



A Collaborative Exhibit of Art & Poetry

April 23 -May 29, 2015

Meadows Gallery

Patterson - Appleton Center

for the Visual Arts

400 E. Hickory, Denton, Texas


Gallery Hours: 1 pm - 5 pm

Tuesday through Sunday


Photographs from the opening - 

It was an outstanding evening of fine food, special Merging Visions wine, fabulous art and poetry, delightful music, and sharing moments with friends... Sorry if you missed out on the opening festivities, but please check out the wonderful exhibit! It is up until May 29th. 

Photographs courtesy of Thomas Judd Photography.




June 1: Most work to be picked up -  10am to 12 Noon & 4pm to 7pm, unless your piece is included in the continuing show at the library.

Upcoming VAST Sponsored Workshops:
Gary Chapman - Charcoal Drawing, August 5-6
Carolyn Riegelman - Acrylic Abstract, October 6-8 


Gary Chapman, Charcoal Drawing, 

August 5-6, 2015 


Students will develop a personal approach to loose, aggressive mark making with a combination of additive and subtractive techniques using charcoal and erasers. The class will focus upon mark making as it relates to abstraction and later students will explore the different ways these same techniques can be applied to observational drawing.


See Gary's work at

Cost:  VAST Members: $110; Non-Members $145

Carolyn Riegelman, Acrylic Abstract, October 6-8, 2015

See Carolyn's work at

Cost:  VAST Members: $275; Non-Members $310


Where:  Patterson-Appleton Center for Visual Arts, Denton 
(corner of Hickory and Bell)  

Daily Time:  9:30 - 4:00, with a one hour lunch break


REGISTRATION FEE: The registration fee is $50.00, and is due at the time of signing up for the workshop.  This fee is non-refundable. Please make the check out to VAST, and send to:         

Kristin Spalding  (214-578-0357

2507 High Pointe Blvd., McKinney, TX 75071


BALANCE: The balance for the workshop is due one month prior to the beginning of the workshop. 

CANCELLATION BY PARTICIPANT: If a participant must cancel, the VAST workshop coordinator will first attempt to fill the open spot from the official VAST waiting list.  If there is no waiting list, the canceling participant is free to attempt to fill the spot on his/her own.  No refunds will be made one month or less prior to the class.


CANCELLATION BY VAST: If there are not enough participants to cover workshop costs, or if VAST must cancel for any other reason, participants will be notified by workshop coordinator and will promptly receive a full refund, including deposit.


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.


Calendar Focus - May



Congratulations to the Winners of the High School Art Competition

Best of Show: Ending a Chapter 
by artist, Madi Park. Work is pyrography on wood, shown with Ross Hines, Instructor at
Hebron High School, Lewisville.

First Place: Lost by artist Tamara Manning.
The media is colored pencil; Tamara is a student at Ryan High School - Denton, 
instructor is Aimee Foutch.

Second Place:
Deep in Thought, But Not Too Deep
by William Hanifan.
Work is graphite & colored pencil.
Roxanne Musick, Instructor at Sanger High School, is shown with William's work.

Third place:
Evivrus the Part by Malik Locklin. Media is graphite, chalk and oil pastel. Malik's instructor is Tiffany Fitzsimmon of Guyer High School in Denton.


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 

Do you turn to Facebook for current news?

You can connect to our online community with the "Visual Arts Society of Texas" on Facebook, check this link.

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
Works by Isabel Cano and Dawn Swepston
March 13 - May 8
Capernaum Crow
Mindy Faubion
Paintings by Mindy Faubion
On display starting June 12

Mindy's Artist Statement: 
"My art is more than a reproduction of what I photograph or see. It makes visible the art in nature and in us. I enjoy detail, realistic imagery, and lots of color! I use watercolor and pastels to paint macro images that magnify the variety of shapes, colors, lines, and textures that are found in nature along with our unique and colorful nature as individuals." 
" Nature is Art itself."  - Leonardo da Vinci

Coordinator for exhibit:  Lin Hampton at
"Noble Visions" exhibition at 
Barnes & Noble Booksellers Cafe  Golden Triangle Mall 
Photography by Randy Honeycutt
The exhibit will be on display through June 30th. 
Reception: May 21, 7-9pm

Color and Texture, digital photo art
Randy Honeycutt

After 50 years of experimentation in the photography field, musician and artist Randy Honeycutt, has found that technology now allows him to take his art beyond the traditional photograph. It is with his current work aided by an IPad, that he can allow the viewer to finally "see" what his vision is. Through the use of an IPad and his personal photographs, Honeycutt can not only capture color and light, but develop a narrative in the piece. The iPad is a tool he has with him at all times; it allows for freedom to experiment, try different textures, processes and colors. 


Randy Honeycutt's work starts with the photograph and through digital manipulation, he portrays his message.  Randy believes the piece, Color and Texture, to be a composite statement that visually says that, without the musician, the black and white notes on a sheet of music have absolutely no color and no texture. Through the enhanced lively use of color and added detail, Honeycutt brings the scene to life. 

The focus of Randy Honeycutt's work has been on local musicians with whom Honeycutt has performed. In recognition of these musicians' creativity and generosity, Honeycutt's "Local Musicians Series I", came into being. He finds that through the musician, and now his digitally enhanced work, the performance can truly be seen.

Contact Randy through 

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  


Visual Arts Society of Texas (VAST) member and Denton artist, Carol Stoecker, currently has an exhibit of paintings at the POINTBank Black Box Theater until July 10. A prolific artist, Carol operates a full time art studio where she produces an average of 2 pieces per week. She also teaches painting classes and does outside commercial and residential mural work. 


Her display at the Black Box Theater is saturated with color.  The dramatic collection has been created simple in form to allow the emphasis to be on the strong contrasts of vibrant colors. The vivid images have been created for someone whose soul is yearning for a striking piece that brings their emotions to life and gives them a blast of energy. 


Carol recently had her pet portraits accepted in an exhibition at Highland Village beginning May 21, and she was chosen to exhibit two pieces of art at the Historic Nash Farms in Grapevine.   


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.

Gail Cope is having an exhibit of her work titled "Simply Complex" 
May 15 - June 28  at the Gough Gallery (CPA-CVA). The opening will be on May 15.

Mindy Faubion and Jo Williams  had paintings accepted into the Society of Watercolor Artist (SWA) 2015 International Juried Art Exhibition, May 3  - June  12, Central Library, Fort Worth.


The public is invited to a Reception to celebrate 

Randy Honeycutt's digital art at Barnes and Noble on Thursday, May 21st, from 7-9pm - in the  coffee  shop. Feel free to drop in, buy a drink, chat with the artist, and enjoy Randy's art!


Lori MacLean and Allison Proulx
are on exhibit at TWU, Visual Arts Building (300 Texas Street, Denton) for the Master of Fine Arts  Graduating Exhibition, from  April 29th to May 8. 


South Rim 
 Dawn Swepston
Dawn Swepston's  piece,  "South Rim", has been accepted into the Plano 125 Mile Show.

Marcy Ann Villafana has been awarded a $1000 Scholarship by the Austin Art League at the 39th Annual ACC Student Exhibition, as well as receiving Best of Honorable Mention for her piece "In the Dark". Julia C. Butridge Gallery at the Dougherty Art Center. Juror - Steve Wyman.  

Marcy Ann Villafana received the 3rd Place Award for "Arising"  at the 2015 New Members Exhibition,  TVAA Downtown Gallery - The Plaza of the Americas, 700 N Pearl St, Dallas, TX 75201. Curator/Juror - Jan Partin


Marcy Ann Villafana's work "Arising"  has been accepted into Townley Gallery, 570 South Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 and will be on display until May 31st, 2015. 

Villafana also will be debuting her piece, "A New Awakening" on May 9th, from 4-8pm at the Marquis Loft Downtown (2115 Runnels St., Houston, TX 7700). 


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.

Includes digital photography, watercolors/acrylics, pencil, incorporating text, mixed media, with opportunity for plein air painting.

For 7 days/6 nights you can relax, enjoy and create. Lodging and meals included at Ghost Ranch property. 

Take the Georgi a O'Keeffe Landscape Tour! Space is limited to 14 participants. Bring materials you love to work with (or try something new) and join us! The workshop fee is $495. Room and board at the Ranch are per their rates. 

My website has more details:

Darla Bostick, 940.320.5660       Email:

Art Around Town 

A Creative Art Studio

227 W. Oak Street, Suite 101

For more information:


Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts

400 E. Hickory Street, Denton, TX 76201 

Meadows Gallery: 

VAST Merging Visions; April 23-May 29
Gough Gallery:
Simply Complex - work by Gail Cope
May 15 - June 28, opening May 15
For more information:

Texas Woman's University Art Galleries

East Gallery and West Gallery 

BFA and MFA Graduating Students Exhibition 
April 7 through May 8

more information:

University of North Texas Art Gallery

2015 CVAD MFA Showcase
May 21, 2015 - Jul 25 
For more information: http://gallery.unt.e du/exhibitions


UNT on the Square

Currently between exhibitions

For more information:


Opportunities/Calls for Entries

Artspace 111

2nd Annual Regional Juried Exhibition

Fee: $35.00 

Entry Deadline: 5/31/15

Exhibition Open: June 26 - August 7th

Opening Reception: June 26th, 5-8:30pm

Entry is through the CallForEntry online site at this location.

Artspace111 is pleased to announce an open call for submissions for the 2nd Annual Artspace 111 Regional Juried Exhibition, juried by distinguished artist Vernon Fisher. All contemporary 2D work in any media is accepted. Please see the prospectus for details. Over $1200 will be awarded to the best works in show.

  • Notification of acceptance June 8 - by email, and on the cafĂ© site
  • Shipping Receiving - June 8 - June 19
  • Shipped Return - August 10 - 14
  • Hand delivery pickup - August 11 - August 14

"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.


"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

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

May 14

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