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 November, 2015
VAST Board Meeting
The next Visual Arts Society of Texas Board Meeting is scheduled for November 14, 9:00-12:00, at the Central Fire Station in Denton.
Olivette Hubler, Guest Artist
November 5th, Plein Air Presentation
Olivette Hubler is a native of Oklahoma.  She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Fine Arts. Until recently she has maintained a career as a designer/illustrator.
In her presentation to VAST,  Olivette Hubler will explain her thought process and help those who are not familiar with plein air painting, to know what is important to bring a painting from a field study to a completed studio piece.  " Keeping the same freshness and looseness that is present in my sketches is a challenge", states Hubler. "Often something is so fleeting that as an artist I can only hope to capture the essence on location, and bring back enough information to recreate what is in my mind in the studio."
In 2001 Hubler purchased a travel trailer. Since then she has traveled throughout the Southwest painting landscapes en plein air - It's become an invaluable part of her artistic journey. During her career years, Hubler continued to simultaneously develop her skills as an artist. Some of her inspiration and instruction has come from artists such as Wolfgang Tritt, Michael Shane Neal, Skip Whitcomb, Ralph Oberg and Mel Stabin. 
"Last year the aspen trees in and around Estes Park were the most beautiful that 
I've seen them in the seven years that 
I've been visiting this area." "I could not have painted these trees (solely) from a photo as their color was beyond what 
can happen in a camera."
Olivette Hubler feels that it is important for an artist to paint from life and on location in order to use that knowledge when painting in the studio and from photographic research.  Studio painting is valuable as it gives an artist time to refine some of the experiences that happen in the field.  In addition to oil painting Hubler enjoys working in other mediums such as pastel, watercolor, charcoal and printmaking.  She finds that one medium informs the other. 
"While my soft ground engravings may require drawing skills developed in figure drawing, the precision it requires to pull images from memory develops similar skills that I use while painting landscapes in the studio.  Watercolor, pastel and 
oil require different processes, but I find the exercise of using one medium adds facility in another."
Olivette Hubler has exhibited nationally, conducted classes and seminars, participated in paint-outs and is a signature member of the Outdoor Painter's Society.  

"I sometimes like to pick a subject to paint that I know will be a challenge (perhaps a "wipe off"), but that has something that really intrigues me in some way. This plein air painting was done in Waxahachie, TX, behind the feed mill. The colors kind of ran together, but the most interesting thing to me was the circular bales, repetitions of the column shapes both upright and on the ground." "Old Texas towns are a favorite place to paint."

For more information visit:
The presentation takes place at the Patterson - Appleton Arts Center, 400 E. Hickory St, Denton, TX 76201. 
The presentation is free for VAST Members, and $3 for non-members.

VASTFEST at December Meeting

First Annual   VASTFEST
December 3

Holiday Social and Shopping
Open to the Public

Meet Artists
Plenty of Appetizers
VAST Members Mini Show
VAST Members Show and Sale

We have room for two more participants/tables to show or sell.  See the VASTFEST Guidelines for  details.   
Christmas is right around the corner...
For Information, contact Fran Shurtleff at

Calendars with Member Art
Available for $11 at the VAST Meetings
An Exhibition of the 
 Artists' Original Works 
will be on display at 
 The Chestnut Tree 
 (on the downtown Denton Square)
November 13 - January 8, 2016.
Holiday Artwork Needed
"Outside the Box" VAST Revolving Exhibition 
Holiday Theme Artwork Needed 
for the Black Box Theater Annual Holiday Exhibit 
All 2D media welcome. 
Installation will be November 6. 
RSVP to Jo Williams, 
Entry Deadline: November 18

Landscape, Spoon, House, Home
Faith Jessup, 2015 Best of Show
125-Mile Visual Arts Exhibition
January 15 - February 21, 2016
Opening Reception: 
January 15
5:30 - 7:30pm
Gough Gallery
Arts Center
400 East Hickory
Denton, Texas 76202
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday 11:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday - Sunday 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Best of Show: $1,000
Total Awards: $3,175

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 to compete and show their work at the Gough Gallery in the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 E. Hickory, Denton TX 76201.
SUBMIT up to three images at a non-refundable fee of $20/Students, $30/Members, and $35/Non-members. Only one image per person may be selected for the exhibit.

Entry form and fee must be submitted by US Mail to VAST,  PO Box 1281, Denton, Texas 76202 by 11/18/2015.
The initial judging will be done from submitted digital images.
DIGITAL IMAGES DEADLINE: All digital images must adhere to the resolution and size requirement and must be emailed to: by 11/18/2015 at midnight.
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.
Dr. Marcucci is also a painter and sculptor, with the notable distinction of having a work in the collection of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
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.
2D & 3D work such as the following will be considered:
Oil, Water-media (on board and paper), Pastel, Mixed Media, Collage, Drawing, Hand-pulled Graphics, Prints, Photography, Ceramics, Textiles, Fiber, Encaustic, Jewelry and Sculpture.

All artwork must be original, not a copy of a painting or other image. No mechanical reproduction of original work. Only work completed in the last 36 months will be accepted.  Work must not have been exhibited in any previous VAST juried exhibition or in any gallery in the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center. 

VAST will publish a catalog featuring the award winning work. Each exhibiting artist will receive a copy of the catalog at the opening reception. 
For the full prospectus,  click here.
Angelia Ford, Chair
This project is supported in part by the  Greater Denton Arts Council.  
VAST Workshop with Janet Rogers Flowers/Figures/Faces
March 29-31, 2016

Artist Statement -- "I love the qualities of watercolor - its fluid nature. To me, the interaction of artist with the medium is like a dance - full of motion, feeling and expression. I love to see what develops in the painting - always searching for new color and composition. As a teacher, I would like to enable students to find their connections with watercolor in a new and expressive way."
                       -Janet Rogers, AWS  
Class Description -- Flowers and Portraits in Watercolor: Fresh flowers in the studio will be the inspiration for the beginning of this workshop - progressing to the portrait in watercolor, either from the model or photographs that students bring or from my collection. Through a series of painting exercises, students will develop a more loose and natural approach - giving them an opportunity to be more spontaneous and expressive in their paintings of flowers and portraits. A few drawing exercises will be included for the portrait. Many "features" will be covered! - including children's portraits. Some students may find they wish to return to flowers, and that is fine. Janet will demonstrate approaches throughout the workshop and work individually with students as well as class instruction.  

See Janet Rogers' work at
Dates: March 29-31, 2016
Cost:  VAST Members: $165; Non-Members $200

Where:  Patterson Appleton Arts Center, 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: Because the artist is from Florida and must make travel arrangements, the balance for the workshop is due TWO months 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 two months 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.

October Artist of the Month Winners

First Place, Big Bend Glory
Jo Williams, watercolor

Second Place, Inn on the Harbor
Maurice Leatherbury, mixed media

Calendar Focus - November




GDAC Prospectus
for March Arts  Open Call
Deadline: December 31, 2015
The Greater Denton Arts Council presents 
an exciting new exhibition event that benefits local artists and community arts programming in North Texas. 

Arts Open Call will host an interactive installation of approximately 200 works which will be displayed floor to ceiling in the grand hall of the city's former power plant, now the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center. Works will also become part of our online marketplace to promote the sale of each piece. 

Additionally, the exhibition will provide the back drop for concerts, performances, and events at the Arts Center March 4 - April 17, 2016 including the 35Denton music festival. Thousands of visitors and online buyers will gain exposure to this singular exhibition and the opportunity to purchase high quality local artwork from North Texas artists.

Any type of two-dimensional media is eligible including paintings, drawings, prints, and photography. Artists must reside in the DFW/North Texas region. The exhibition will be on display March 4 - April 17, 2016 at the Patterson Appleton Arts Center in downtown Denton, Texas. Entry deadline is December 31, 2015 with a $30 non-refundable entry fee for up to three entries. An online submission form is available at

For more information and full prospectus visit

Networking Organization to Meet -
"Launch Party" at  Sweetwater Grill in Denton
Public is Welcome
Artists Enclave of Denton County is a new networking organization for artists and arts supporters to meet, exchange ideas and collaborate. They are meeting at its Launch Party on November 6, 5:30 - 8:30 pm, at Denton's Sweetwater Grill and Tavern, Walnut Street Annex. 
-Network, Advocate, Volunteer-
For more information, 
Susan Carol Davis  310-508-9963
Randall Good    940-565-9463

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.
Art by the Board of Directors: Visual Arts Society of Texas
September 4 - November 13
VAST Calendar Artists - November 13 through January 8, 2016
The juried art was chosen by now deceased artist, Corky Stuckenbruck and is pictured on each month of the VAST 2016 desktop calendar. The annual calendar is a fundraiser for VAST.
Artists and their works included in the exhibition are:  

January         Susan Boyle, 3 Musicians, acrylic
February        Dawn Swepston, Thorny Weather, oil
March            David Blow, Street Bath, digital photo
April              Jo Williams, Yellow Gift, watercolor
May               Mary Emerson, Metroplex, watercolor
June              Tonya Littmann, Red Fish, art quilt
July               Darla Bostick, Sweet Tooth, watercolor
August           Gail Cope, Sunny Dots, acrylic
September     Eloise Sears, DC Dome, watercolor
October         Mindy Faubion, Poms, monotype
November      Ingrid Scobie, Untitled 1, woodcut print
December      Tom Judd, Courthouse, digital photography
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 
Photographs by Thomas Judd will be exhibited through January 6.

Thomas Judd's Artist Statement: "As a photographer living in a digital world I find the possibilities for making interesting photographs limitless. My subject matter is varied, but often centers around the natural landscape or the urban landscape. Usually not including people, per se, but sometimes reflecting man's impact on the world around us. I make use of digital cameras, computers, editing software, and printing technologies to create images that are pleasing to me. Of course, it is also nice to hear that others may also find some of my work enjoyable!

In some cases, I apply current digital processes and techniques in such a way as to suggest photographs made long ago. When the viewer examines the prints carefully, they often find details within the image which belies the more recent creation. I find the concept of a photograph causing the mind to "skip back and forth" in perceived time periods somewhat fascinating.

For other work, I attempt to record not only what I see when photographing, for instance, a landscape, but also what I feel. And often the "feeling" comes out during the editing process when the original digital file is processed. It may be color or tone enhancement, the addition of a border, or a digital filter to the final image, but the final result is always what is most important to me. Far more so than the path to getting there.

I am also a printer of my own work. I believe that a photographer that prints his or her own work is ultimately very connected to their work. For me, printing is an integral part of the creative process in photography as well as being quite fulfilling. I print with pigmented inks on 100% cotton rag fine art papers, and complete the assemblage with the use of archival framing and matting materials.

Coordinator for exhibit:  Contact Carol Stoecker at or 

"Off the Shelves"  exhibition at Emily Fowler Central Library
Summer Muse, paintings by Mindy Faubion, is on exhibit through December 31, 2015. 

The exhibition is a collection of paintings, which Mindy Faubion specifically chose for the Library. She states, "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.

I have a shell collection that never ceases to amaze me. Each one a perfect piece of architecture and each one totally unique. Some of the shells represented are very small and most people rarely take the time to look at the wonderful details. Leonardo DaVinci stated that Nature is art itself and I could't agree more when seeing the incredible designs of these shells. They instantly became a favorite subject matter for me to paint".

Faubion studied painting and drawing at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas and graduated from the University of North Texas, Denton, TX with a BFA in studio art with a concentration in Watercolor. Her paintings have shown in regional, national, and internationals exhibits and are included in corporate and private collections. 

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 
Works by Terry Karloff through Nov. 6
Holiday Exhibit Nov. 6 - Jan. 8 
Holiday theme artwork is needed for the Black Box Theater Annual Holiday Exhibit. All 2D media welcome. Installation will be November 6.  RSVP to Jo Williams,   

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 - 1:30 pm.   Art may also be viewed during any of the performances at the Black Box.

"Through the Ages"  exhibition at the Denton Senior Center
Dallas Commerce Street Montage, Maurice Leatherbury
Artwork of Maurice Leatherbury will be featured at the Denton Senior Center, during the months of November and December, 2015.

Maurice Leatherbury's ultimate goal, as an art photographer, is simply to make beautiful photos that people would want to hang on their walls.

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 News 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.
Everyone is Welcome!
Nel Dorn Byrd's 12th Annual Open Studio Tour
November 14 and November 15
(Second year since moving to Aubrey 
 & becoming a member of VAST.)
Tour hours are 10 to 5 on both Saturday & Sunday.    

Nel will be showing matted & framed watercolors, printed note cards, along with original note cards & collage cards.   Everyone is invited to stop by the studio at 3800 Elm Bottom Circle, Aubrey.   Guests may register for an original painting 
to be given as a door prize.

Art Around Town 
A Creative Art STUDIO
227 W. Oak Street, Suite 101
A Creative Art STUDIO is having its Grand Re-Opening Celebration, this "First Friday Denton" - November 6, 7:00-9:30. Featured Artist - Lily Mirsky; Music by Uver. The new poster of classes/events can be found HERE. Gelatin Monotype, Watercolor Batik and Acrylic & Mixed Media Painting are some of the offerings for November.
For more information:

Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
400 E. Hickory Street, Denton, TX 76201 
Meadows Gallery :  
Day of the Dead: UNA EXHIBICIÓN
October 2 - November 2
When the Well is Dry, We Know the Worth: Neal Paustian 
November 13 - December 30
Artist Neal Paustian transforms glass and steel into poignant explorations of our most precious resource: water. Paustian holds an MFA in Glass and a BFA in Graphic Arts from the University of Texas, Arlington.
Gough Gallery:
Light, Space and Beauty: Cathy  Breslaw
October 2 - December 30
Fee: $5, free for members
Explore the playful, airy, sculptural and multi-media works of Cathy Breslaw. Breslaw holds an MFA from Claremont Graduate University and degrees from Howard University and George Washington University.
Murchison Performing Arts Center, UNT:
Recent Works by Matthew Bourbon and Michael Furrh
September 8 - December 7
For more information:

Texas Woman's University Art Galleries
East Gallery and West Gallery 
BFA Painting & Photography
November 16 - November 24
Reception: November 17, 5-8pm
BFA Graphic Design
December 2 - December 12
Reception: December 2, 5-8pm
more information:

University of North Texas Art Galleries
Closed for maintenance.
For more information: http://gallery.unt.e du

UNT on the Square
2015 Annual Faculty and Staff Exhibition
Nov 12-Dec 10
Opening Reception: Nov 12, 5:30-7:30 pm
For more information:

Opportunities/Calls for Entries
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 


Grove Gallery & Studios presents 
Lasting Impression - A Juried Exhibit of Traditional Printmaking
Exhibition Dates: January 10 - February 28, 2016
Location: 325A Grove Street, East Lansing, Michigan 48823
Application Deadline: November 7, 2015
Fee: $35 for up to three entries
Notification Date: December 10, 2015
Awards:  First Place $300, Second Place $200, and Third Place $100
Lasting Impression  honors the memory and passion for printmaking of founding member, Gretel Geist Rutledge.
For full information  check here.
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Southern Methodist University
Moss/Chumley North Texas Artist Award
The Meadows Museum at SMU is accepting applications through November 11, 2015 from area artists for the Moss/Chumley North Texas Artist Award. The award is given annually to an outstanding North Texas artist who has exhibited professionally for at least ten years and who has a proven track record as an active community advocate for the visual arts. 

The cash prize for the award is $2,500.  The competition is accepting entries in the genres of drawing, painting, sculpture, assemblage, construction, video, photography, performance, and installation. 

To be eligible, an artist must reside in one of the following North Texas counties: Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant or Wise. 
For questions, contact Nicole Atzbach (214-768-4490; or Shelley DeMaria (214-768-4246; 

The winner will be announced at a private museum event on December 9, 2015.
Visit  for more information.

SunStruck Online Publication
New Denton Magazine is looking for contributions of Poetry, Writings, Art
Here's a link to send information, if you are interested:
A free issue can be found on
Contact:  Caleb Downs       817.948.5926        @calebjdowns
See lots more here:  

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

Visual Arts Society of Texas

2015-2016 Monthly Programs

Nov. 5  Olivette Hubler       Plein Air (Oils) 

December 3   VASTFEST   Artist Networking, 

Social Night

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

Nov. 5

Nov 19

Dec. 3

Dec. 18

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