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 October, 2015
Laurin McCracken, Guest Artist
October 1st Watercolor Presentation

Laurin McCracken is an architect who has put the skills learned over the years in drawing, photographing and observing, to use as a watercolorist. McCracken explains his work,  "I interpret the real world through the medium of watercolor. While I see things as a photographer, as a painter, I am able to use the medium as a tool to express how I see things. Flowers, and in particular the Magnolia, have a strong emotional appeal to me. Perhaps, that comes from growing up in the Deep South. One of my goals is to help people see everyday things in a new light." " My paintings of magnolias are full of drama and prove, once again, that white is not just white." McCracken has been influenced by the  Dutch and Flemish still life painters of the 16th and 17th Century.

Laurin McCracken will give a presentation about how his style of realism developed and provide a step-by-step presentation about the processes involved in the creation of one of his paintings entitled A Still Life with Pewter Objects. He will share techniques and tips based on his workshop experience.

Born in Meridian, Mississippi, Laurin McCracken attended Auburn University and holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Architecture from Rice University and a Masters in Architecture and Urban Planning from Princeton University.   He is also an award-winning artist whose paintings have been exhibited in juried shows around the world including the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society, Pittsburgh Watercolor Society and the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors, California Watercolor Society, Southern Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society and the American Watercolor Society.

McCracken's paintings have been included in multiple shows in China; Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolor Biennial Exhibition 2010 & 2012, the Beijing International Art Biennale 2010, 2012 and 2015, the Shenzhen International Watercolor Biennial 2013 and the Qingdao International Watercolour Salon, 2014.
  His paintings have also been included in international watercolor juried exhibitions such as The World Watermedia Exposition, Thailand, Malaysian Watercolour International Exhibition and the Eau en Colours, "Masters of Watercolor" exhibition St. Petersburg, Russia, International Watercolour Biennial, Belgium, International Watercolor in Fabriano Exhibition in Fabriano, Italy.

Laurin McCracken is a signature member of more than a dozen watercolor societies including the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Southern Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, and Watercolor USA Honor Society. He is an Elected Member of the Allied Artists of America in their Watermedia Category.

His work has been published in many national and international magazines and books including: Watercolor, Watercolor Artist, Artist's Magazine.

To see more of Laurin McCracken's work:
Three Magnolias with Silver

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.

First Annual VASTFEST 
December 3 Meeting

On December 3
The First Annual   VASTFEST!
Invite your Friends & Neighbors
No Visitor Fees!

Make plans to come for a night of
  Caring and Sharing
Showing and Seeing
Making New Friends
Catching up with "Old" Ones

Bring your small wares to show and sell, 
 Christmas will be right around the corner...
 Just let us know so that we can have a table for you.
Food and Fun!
  No Formal Program, but Mini Show will take place.

More Details After Plans are Finalized in October...
For Information, contact Fran Shurtleff at
Calendars with Member Art
Available for $11 at the VAST Meetings

2016 Merging Visions Prospectus Ready
Poems Available at Meetings
   A Collaborative Exhibit 
of Art & Poetry
9th Annual Collaboration Between the Denton Poets' Assembly 
and the Visual Arts Society of Texas
Exhibition Dates: April 15 - June 5, 2016
Location: Meadows Gallery 
in the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
Reception: April 15, 2016
Poets or artists may initiate the process to create a potential pairing. Poems will be available at the VAST Meetings. Contracts will be signed. Basically the same requirements apply for the art as for other exhibitions, please read the full prospectus here.

Important Dates to Jot Down: 
Sept 3 - Nov 12:  VAST members (with current membership) select poems and collaborate pairing with poets.
Dec 3:   All pairings are completed by the December VAST meeting.
Jan 14 : Contracts are completed.
Artist's data (title, image size, framed & unframed, medium, price, and insurance value) is to have been submitted to:
Aurora Dawson at:    940.735.3110
Poet's data is finalized and sent to: 
Becca Hines at:    940.387. 0170
Feb. 4:  Deadline for artists to submit JPGs of artwork to  Tom Judd  at:   in the format described  in detail in the prospectus. Please adhere to the prescribed format
in order to have  a good image for the catalog.
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.  
April 15 : (Friday) RECEPTION:  5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Patterson-Appleton Arts Center.  Volunteers needed.
April 28:   (Thursday) People's Choice Award voting ends. Votes counted.
June 5 : (Sunday) Exhibit Ends
June 6 :  (Monday) Artists, who are not participating in the Extended Exhibit, pick up  their artwork, 10 - 12 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m., (Extended Exhibit from June 6 to mid August).

"Outside the Box" VAST Revolving Exhibition 
Holiday Artwork Needed
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, 
A Benefit of Being a VAST Member!
Grow your Artistic Potential 
by participating in VAST's critique group!

The Critique Group is a gentle and nurturing group that meets the 4th Saturday of each month, eight times a year, September through May, from 9 am - 12:30 pm at the Central Fire Station meeting room, 332 E. Hickory Street, Denton, TX.

Fee is $120 payable to VAST. Contact Jackie Haugen at or 972.672.0188 if you are interested in participating a
s a member or a substitute in the cri tique group.  Members may bring two pieces of art to each meeting for critique. 

Millie Giles
is the Critiquing Artist. Millie's credentials include: 
BS, Educ
ation, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
MA, Painting, Bowling Green University
MFA, University of North Texas (UNT)
Teaching: UNT, 1976 - 2013She was the Coordinator of Watercolor Concentration at UNT for seven years, and taught at Texas Woman's University for twelve years. 
Professional Membership: Watercolor Honor Society, USA
Join Artists at VADO

Visual Arts Society of Texas' Artist Day Out

The group is open to all members, all media. While there is no instructor on duty, you will get great supportive feedback from other artists. Meet and dine with artists in the area. (Lunch is not included in the fee.) 

Fee: $10 for the year or $1 per time 

Hours: 9:00am - 3:00pm

Location: Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, Denton

Dates listed on the sidebar of this newsletter (usually first and third Thursdays.)

Contact Mary Emerson, for information.


Texas Woman's University Presents
Texas Printmaking 
Selections from Flatbed Press & Peregrine Press
TWU Department of Visual Arts welcomes two of Texas' prominent print publishing presses in a dual exhibition.  The works are a representation of printmaking in Texas from 1981 to today.   
Texas Printmaking 
Flatbed Press, Austin  & Peregrine Press,  Dallas
East, West Galleries,  TWU Fine Arts Building  
Exhibition Dates: September 24 to October 21, 2015 

Gallery Contact: Vance Wingate 940-898-2533 
September Artist of the Month Winners

Flame Skimmer II, Tonya Littmann
First Place, fiber art

Sweet Tooth, Darla Bostick
Second Place, watercolor

Calendar Focus - October





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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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, 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 - January 8
Coordinator for exhibit:  Lin Hampton at
"Noble Visions" exhibition at 
Barnes & Noble Booksellers Cafe  Golden Triangle Mall 
Artist/Photographer Maurice Leatherbury will be exhibiting until the end of October.

Maurice Leatherbury is a former Information Technology Executive who has returned to his passion for photography. The works displayed come from a series of photographs that were primarily focused on the theme of "Reflections on Dallas" and contain his experimentation with new ways of presenting his works, including 3-D cutouts of photographs, tracings on colored paper pasted onto a photograph, and woven photographs.  
Maurice was Visual Arts Society of Texas' Artist of the Year in 2014 and has won multiple awards from that society as well as the Visual Art League of Lewisville. He  currently resides in Flower Mound with his wife. 
Dallas Skyline at Sunrise, Maurice Leatherbury

See more of Maurice Leatherbury's work at  
Coordinator for exhibit:  Contact Carol Stoecker at or 

"Off the Shelves"  exhibition at Emily Fowler Central Library
No current exhibit.
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 
Photographs by Terry Karloff, will be exhibited through November 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,   

Terry Karloff; a self-taught photographer, has been doing photography since 2004.  She currently lives with her husband and "fur children", three border collies and one dachshund.  Born in Pennsylvania, she has lived in Georgia and California before moving to Texas in 2004.

While her education is in medicine, Karloff had always had a passion for photography.  Most of her experience has been self-taught although she received tutoring from Denton photographer, Tom Judd.   As a current member of VAST she has shown her work at various locations in north Texas including Oxide Gallery, UNT Cora Stafford Gallery, The Chestnut Tree, City of Denton public libraries, Center for Visual Arts, Meadows Gallery, Johnny Carino's, TWU West Gallery and Patterson-Appleton Center for Visual Arts.  Terry is known for her photography of oddities, landscapes and architecture.

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 October, 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.
Susan K Boyle was selected to show two paintings in the 2015 Tour of America: Artist Invitational at Cortile Gallery in Provincetown, MA on Cape Cod.

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
A Creative Art STUDIO is back in business, just in time for First Friday Denton. First Friday is Oct 2nd, 7-9:30pm; enjoy free music, fun and art. Get a peek at the new Art Gallery and listen to the sounds of Oui Bis. There will be a community art painting project for all to try. Paint your own 8" x 10" canvas for $5. 
Free event. 
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
Opening Reception: October 2, 5:30-7:30pm
Gough Gallery:
Light, Space and Beauty: Cathy  Breslaw
October 2 - December 30
Fee: $5, free for members
Opening Reception October 2, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
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 
Texas Printmaking - 
Selections from Flatbed Press and Peregrine Press
September 24 through October 21
more information:

University of North Texas Art Gallery
Open until October 17
The work in this exhibition has been organized around ideas of permanence and impermanence, with each of the selected artists challenging our expectations of what is constant and what is mutable. The artists remind us that when considering environmental change, what may appear to be temporary may in fact inadvertently become longstanding; and conversely, the ground underneath our feet, although seemingly steadfast, may be shifting.
For more information: http://gallery.unt.e du/exhibitions

UNT on the Square
Currently Between Exhibits
For more information:

Opportunities/Calls for Entries
2016 ART7 Regional Juried Call for Artists
Extended Deadline: October 12, 1015
Location:  Crockett Community Gallery, in the Fort Worth West 7th Cultural District
Juror: Nancy Lamb
ART7 welcomes submissions from artists in Texas, Oklahoma, Loui
siana, New Mexico and Arkansas.  

Painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography and mixed media qualify for entry. Only original artwork  48 x 48 inches and under will be accepted. Works from a pool of accepted artists will be featured in five group exhibitions throughout 2016, each lasting eight weeks. Every accepted artist is guaranteed at least one work in one show. Guest Juror is celebrated artist Nancy Lamb. Each exhibition will have a "Best In Show" Award.   
Contact: Ariel Davis, Gallery Manager,

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 prior arrangements 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.

15th Annual Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition
Exhibition: Texas Woman's University, East/West Galleries 
Exhibition Dates: February 15 - March 9, 2016
Applications now being accepted at
Deadline is October 26, 2015.
Juror: Rebecca Senf, Norton Family Curator of Photography
Center for Creative Photography, Phoenix Museum of Art

Dr. Rebecca Senf is the Norton Family Curator of Photography, a joint appointment at the Center for Creative Photography and the Phoenix Museum of Art.  Senf grew up in Tucson and went to undergraduate school at the University of Arizona.  She spent ten years in Boston, Massachusetts where she earned a Ph. D. in Art History at Boston University.  In Boston she worked on the Museum of Fines Arts, Boston's major exhibition Ansel Adams from the Lane Collection, for which she co-authored the exhibition catalogue.  In October of 2012 her book Reconstructing the View: The Grand Canyon Photographs of Mark Klettand Byron Wolfe was released by University of California Press.
Reception: February 16, 201, 5-7pm
Accepted Artists: Notification sent after December 8, 2015.
Full Flyer Here.

National Search for Artist/2015 Solo Exhibition
Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach, California
Fee: S35
Entry Deadline: October 24, 2015
Las Laguna Gallery is offering a unique opportuntity for a solo show. Our gallery is looking to promote and provide a unique opportunity. 
This opportunity is open to artists in the USA only.

All local and/or national artists, professional and amateur and multiple art mediums will be considered in this call for art.

Works in  Acrylic, Airbrush, Assemblage, Charcoal, Color Pencil, Collage, Digital Art, Drawings, Encaustic, Graphite, Illustration, Mixed Media, New Media, Oil, Other, Painting, Pastel, Photo, Photography, Watercolor, will be considered.
For details go to

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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Visual Arts Society of Texas

2015-2016 Monthly Programs

Sept. 3  John Bramblitt     "Inspiration in Paint" 

and Demo

Oct. 1  Laurin McCracken     Watercolor Presentation

Nov. 5  Olivette Hubler       Plein Air (Oils) 

December 3   VAST FEST   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

Sept. 3

Sept. 17


Oct. 15  

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