Vision News and Updates                   November , 2019

Opportunity for VAST members to View  Private Collection of Dorothy Bertine - Tomorrow, Tuesday, at 11:30pm, 722 West Oak, Denton

Watercolor paintings of some of Denton's historic homes by not ed Denton watercolor painter, Dorothy Bertine, will be featured at the home of Randy Hunt. Interested VAST members are invited to 722 W. Oak St. to a private viewing of a collection of Dorothy Bertine paintings, on loan from the Goddard Museum in Ardmore, on Tuesday, tomorrow, November 5 at 11:30pm.

This year there are 6 homes on the Home Tour:
*      Jen & Jeff Wilkin @ 819 West Oak
*      Jeff Bradetich @ 301 Normal
*      Jeffry Eckles @ 1015 Egan
*      Lori & Greg McKinney @ 505 Parkway
*      Brittney & Tristan Bradshaw @ 606 Pearl
*      Annetta Ramsay & Randy Hunt @ 722 West Oak (Dorothy Bertine art
VAST Board Meeting is Scheduled for Saturday 9:30am at the Emily Fowler Library Conference Room in Denton. The meeting is open to VAST members.
VAST 2019/2020 Speaker Schedule
Wednesday, November 6, 6:45 - 9pm
Participating Artist: Sudeep Kumar, International Urban
Sketchers and Plein Air drawing

Sudeep Kumar, An anonymous street 

Please join the  Visual Arts Society of Texas for a  pr esentation by Sudeep Kumar, an award winning artist living in Frisco, Texas. Kumar will present information on sketching, including a sketching demo followed by a hands-on activity. He will also share information about the Urban Sketc hers global community, the Dallas/Fort Worth local chapter and how someone can join these groups. 

Art for Kumar is like meditation, a silent convers ation with one's self. Sudeep Kumar captures the energy/mood of a place or event and presents it to the audience so they can connect to the subject more intimately. The work resonates with people  as a portrait of human emotions underneath our daily struggles or mundane day to day activities. In today's world of technological advancements, Kumar feels, we as a species are loosing touch with our surroundings, our environment, our fellow human beings.  He wants the viewer to take a step back from their busy life and explore their surroundings fully. He uses charcoal, ink pen, and watercolor to create his works.

For decades Sudeep Kumar ha s been drawing, sketching, painting, teaching, exhibiting, learning and inspiring the community. In addition, he is a Faculty of Art of Living foundation, teaching meditation and breathing techniques for the well-being of all individuals. 

To find out more about Sudeep Kumar, see

VAST meets on the first Wednesday of the month,  except for January, which has been moved to the second Wednesday of the month because of the holiday. Meetings start at 6:45pm and will be over at 9pm.
The meeting location is the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400
East Hickory St, Denton, TX. 
Free for Members       Guests: $5 

December 4 is VASTFEST!
VAST's 2020 Desktop/Refrigerator Calendar For Sale!
This is the only fundraiser for VAST.

Tax-Free Day is November 6 so plan on purchasing your calendars this Wednesday. 
$11 per calendar.

Other days, the calendar cost is $12 (sales tax included.)

Calendar artwork is VAST Members' artwork. Donate to VAST and have a wonderful holiday gift or keepsake that will color your world, year-round! Please consider purchasing to support VAST!

Many thanks, 
The Calendar Artists
The Calendar Committee

Send Digitals by November 16 for Merging Visions 2020
See New Details for Exhibition

VAST members who want to be involved, may submit completed artwork that the poets then could choose from. The advantage to the artist is, of course, time, and you may use an older piece that you would like to have out in the public view again.  Interested artists should submit one work of art to va by November 16. 
Please read prospectus for details.

How pairing may still be done besides sending digital: 
  • Artists, get digitals sent to the email by November 16.
  • Artists may peruse and choose a DPA member's existing poem to pair with an image they have in mind to paint or create.  
  • DPA members may ask an artist to create a work to match their poem or idea for a poem.
  • A collaboration between artist and poet may already be in the works. They would need to contact Rebecca Hines or Mindy Faubion to be considered "Already in Progress."
  • Read the "Process for Choosing a Pairing", below, carefully.
The subsequent matches would be paired up and communication will be established between the artist and poet.

Because the 2020 exhibit size has been reduced, artists may only submit one piece at this time. This may change once we see how many artists wish to participate.

Process for Choosing a Pairing: 

By November 16: Send your digital of art for possible pairing to the email

On November 17 - A link will be sent out for artists and poets to access the folders with all artwork submitted to view and all poetry/synopses of written work to read.  Artists, at this time, please choose a poem and contact the poet, to see if you can reach an agreement on "pairing." Each submission will  have contact information attached so artists and poets can contact each other for a pairing. You must let Mindy Faubion know ( ) when you have paired with someone so she can remove that art/poetry from the choices available. We are limited to 30 pairings! When we have those 30 we will cut o ff  the link to the folders for viewing. 

Art submitted will go through a soft jurying to approve and/or critique for improvement by a panel of artists (to be chosen in the next few months.)

On the same website link, the poets of the Denton Poets' Assembly will be submitting up to 3 poems or synopses of poems for artists to peruse to see if they have an interest in possibly pairing their artwork with one of the poems. There may be an opportunity for artists to review over 30 poems or synopses on the website. The poets' phone number and/or email address will be listed for artists to use and make contact.

Our key focus this year, is the communication (and collaboration) on the potential pairing between artist and poet. It would begin at initial contact.    

We hope this new approach will be interesting and result in a reinvigoration of the exhibition with even more artists having an opportunity to submit work for the show. 

The exhibition will be hung in the 3 branches of the Denton Public Library, 
May 11-13, 2020, and will close July 18.

The Merging Visions 2020 Prospectus is available  here and will be on our website.

If you have questions after reviewing the prospectus, please contact members of the Merging Visions Committee: 
Gail Cope,  Exhibition Coordinator & Artists' Representative,
Rebecca Hines,  Poetry Coordinator & Poets' Representative, 
Mindy Faubion,  Installation Coordinator,

The Public is Invited!
Please join us for refreshments and shop the varied art pieces, including acrylic paintings and pours, glass art as well as fused glass jewelry. Sterling silver jewelry will be available. Shop the ceramic works, watercolor paintings and handmade cards of all kinds! The public is encouraged to come!
Accepting Names for Wait List
"Paint Fast and Loose in Watercolor"  with  Bev Boren
Workshop full but contact Workshop Coordinator: Jo Williams -  940.453.0817; - if you'd like to be put on a wait list.

February 3, 4, 5, 2020
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Place: Patterson-Appleton Arts Center,  400 E. Hickory St.,  Denton TX
Cost: $240 (VAST Members) , $275 (Non-Members)
September Mini Show Winners
Congratulations to:  
1st place:   Dianne Jansing, Valentina, watercolor batik
2nd place:  Carol Rowley, Denton's St Frances, watercolor

October Mini Show Winners:
First Place: Kim Morrow
Perchance to Dream, alcohol ink on wood

Second Place: Carol Rowley
Chapel in Spring, watercolor
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.

Darla Bostick's Art Adventure Abroad: May 9 - 19, 2020
Included: all transport (excludes airfare), lodging at a 16th century monastery, daily excursions, meals, wine, & instruction for making a travel journal.  10% discount if paid by November 30 and 10% shared with a spouse/friend.
Details on website:  or email
Visual Art League of Lewisville Presents: Rock and Roll Show
Through November 23
Medical City Theater, 100 N. Charles Street, Lewisville
Tuesday - Saturday, 10am to 5pm

Millie Johnson is our Sunshine Chair
Please contact her at or 940.387.7688 if you know of a member who needs well wishes sent or thoughts of sympathy.

Calendar Artist for November. 

Please consider frequenting these businesses that sponsor our calendar. We  appreciate their support!
Members in the News
Please submit news of exhibitions that you are involved in to by the 15th of the month.

VAST's "Revolving Exhibitions"
Please contact the coordinator for the exhibit(s) that you would like to be considered for.
"Off the Shelves" exhibition at Emily Fowler Central Library

The 2019 Extended Merging Visions Exhibit  was installed in the 3 branches of the Denton Public Library. T wenty five pairings will be in the exhibition. The  Extended Merging Visions Exhibit  will remain on display during regular library hours until November 16. A People's Choice Award winning pair will be located at each library. 

Coordinator for exhibit: Carol Stoecker 
If  you are interested in showing, please contact her 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

"Through the Ages" exhibition at the Denton Senior Center
Aurora Cabrera Dawson is the coordinator for this exhibitionIf you are interested in showing, please contact her at
The Denton Senior Center is located at  509 N. Bell Ave., Denton, TX 
Hours: M-F 8:00 am to 9:00 pm; Saturday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

"Stoked About Denton" Exhibition, 
walking distance from the PAAC at 608 E. Hickory St., Suite 128 
This exhibition space is currently under construction.
Carol Stoecker is the coordinator for this exhibition. If you are interested in showing, please contact her at

Art Around Town
A Creative Art STUDIO
227 W. Oak Street, Suite 101, phone 940.442.1251
Check and  here for classes.
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
400 E. Hickory Street, Denton, TX 76201 
Gough Gallery:
More Time, Annette Lawrence
October 4 - December 15
Annette Lawrence's studio practice is characterized by transforming raw data into drawings, objects, and installations. The data accounts for and measures everyday life. Her subjects of inquiry range from body cycles, to ancestor portraits, music lessons, unsolicited mail, and journal keeping. She addresses questions of text as image, and the relationship between text and code. Her work is grounded in examining what counts, how it is counted, and who is counting. Her process is one of making and unmaking, looking, waiting, recognizing things that go unannounced and remain steady, continuous, and unremarkable on the surface, but hold magic over time. 

Meadows Gallery: 
30 UNDER 30  presented by First State Bank
October 4 - December 15
Denton is a town filled with amazing young talent, from students at the local universities to artists with no formal training, we are lucky to have these creative young people in our town. GDAC with sponsorship from First State Bank wants to showcase these young artists under 30 years of age, connecting them with our supportive community.
Festival Hall
The Art of Collecting: The Collection of Mark and Kathy Lieberman
September- December 15
The Art of Collecting is curated out of the private collection of Mark and Kathy Lieberman. The Lieberman's collection features a wide variety of art from 19th century Norwich School artists like John Berney Ladbrooke to contemporary American artist Detha Watson and contemporary Chinese artists Tie-Feng Jiang and Ting Shao Kuang.
For more information: 

Texas Woman's University Art Galleries
East Gallery and West Gallery  
2019 John Weinkein Juried Student Exhibition 
October 7 - November 17
Juror: Barbara Smith 
University of North Texas Art Galleries
University of North Texas Art Gallery
Words and Pictures
October 8 to December 7
Words and Pictures by UNT Regents Professor of Art Emeritus Vernon Fisher presents paintings and sculptures from 1980 to the present and celebrates the grand opening of the expanded and integrated College of Visual Arts and Design building at the University of North Texas.
For more information:   
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Search for "Visual Arts Society of Texas" on Facebook or use the link.

2018-2019 Speaker Series      

The VAST Speaker Series starts in September.
September 4  - Christie Wood, owner "History of Stained Glass in Denton, Texas"
October 2 - Umut Demirguc, Needle Felting
November 6 - Sudeep Kumar, International Urban Sketchers and Plein Air drawing
December 4 - VASTFest: Come meet many VAST artists and do some holiday shopping. 
January 8 - Randall Good, Presentation of his "old masters" style of art which is influenced by Italian Renaissance and Mannerist period. Randall will demonstrate the process of Gold Leafing.
February 5 - Beverly Boren, watercolor (Beverly will also conduct a watercolor workshop February 3, 4 and 5.
March 4 - TBD
April 1 - Liz Hill, watercolor and collage ( Workshop will include live model.)  High School Competition.
May 6 - Stephen Zhang, watercolor

They are held on the first Wednesday of the month, Sept. through May. January will be the second Wednesday this next year.                 
The meeting location is the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 East Hickory St, Denton, TX.  
6:45 - 9pm.
Members: Free        Guests: $5 

2018-2019 VAST Membership Levels
$15 - Student        $25 - Educator*      $35 - Individual       $45 - Family 
Make checks payable to  VAST; mail to VAST, PO,  Box 1281, Denton, TX    76202
For membership questions, please contact Mary Wright at
Link to membership form.
You may renew by the following methods:
  • Pay by credit card, check or cash at our meetings.
  • A membership form is available. Dues can be mailed to VAST, PO Box 1281, Denton, TX 76202. 
  • If you have PayPal, look for the "send and request" money button. Select to send your dues, VADO fees and/or donations to Merging Visions/other exhibits to "" Please type in where your money is going to, in the note field.
Make checks payable to "VAST."  For membership questions, please contact Mary Wright at

For Opportunities and Proposals :  

Art House Gallery Presents Making Ordinary Extraordinary Art Exhibition and Competition
Exhibition Dates:  Reception: Feb 8, '20 from 7-9pm.  The exhibition will take place Feb 1st - Mar 28th. this will be catered event with formal invitations sent to art collectors and artists to share with their networks. The exhibition includes a reception, cash awards, online exposure, publication, and promotion.  
Entry Fee:  $30, maximum three pieces
Entry Deadline:  Entries must be sub mitted online before January 15th. 
All entries must represent the original work of the artist and be offered for sale.  Art priced over $5 per square inch will not be accepted.  Sales of art during this time is subject to a 25% gallery commission. 
Cash Prizes Awarded: 1st place $100, 2nd place $75, 3rd place $50, 2 Honorable Mention $30 
Must be the artist original composition and work. 
An Artist statement for each piece is required with explanation of how it is the art is "making ordinary extraordinary". 
Judging is based on three things: creativity, quality of work and relevance to theme.  Chosen works will also be on display at our online gallery, and will be published in the ART House Gallery magazine. 

Call for Artists - Business Council for the Arts (BCA),  A Celebration of American History: Americana/Folk Art, Western Art, Native American Indian Art - A corporate exhibition; looking for representational/figurative artwork.
Exhibition Dates: J anuary - April, 2020
Deadline: November 25, 2019
Artists must reside in North Texas. 
Artists must submit a minimum of (3) three and maximum of (5) five artworks.

Artist stipend: $1,000.00 per exhibition dependent upon the quantity and size of artwork provided. The corporate partner will cover the costs for professional art handlers to pick-up the artwork from the artist and deliver it to the corporate headquarters, install/de-install the artwork, and deliver the artwork back to the artist. 

Abby Howard, Engagement and Creativity Manger, Business Council for the Arts

Cultura Del Vaquero; Juried Exhibition 2020
We invite artists from all 50 states to submit works of a western theme.  Show will be in connection with the Fort Worth Stock Show.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION - November 15, 2019 
EXHIBITION DATES: January 3 - February 15, 2020 
RECEPTION: January 4 and February 7, 2020 
All mediums 
No size restrictions
The show will occur in Fort Worth Community Arts Center's premier, 3000 square foot, Front Gallery. All artwork must be original and must not infringe upon any copyright or the rights of any person. The Stock Show Rodeo anticipates more than 1 million people during the run of the event.  This show will be juried by FWCAC staff. 
PRIZES:   Best in show wins $500, e ach piece displayed will be represented in Through a Scope 2019 exhibition catalog.  
Please direct all questions to:   Marla Fleischmann Owen,  Arts Center Director 
1300 Gendy Street Fort Worth, TX,  76107 
direct: 817.298.3026

HALCYON call for entries
Halcyon is an open-themed, contemporary and fine art exhibition that will include small collections from each accepted artist. 
Location: The Janette Kennedy Art Gallery, in downtown Dallas, Texas
Exhibition Dates: December 4th, 2019 - January 3rd, 2020 
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 7th, 6 - 9 PM
Fee:  $35 for up to ten images. 
Deadline: November 22 (5 PM - PST) 

Upcoming Studio Tours

Cross Timbers Artists Guild 18th Annual Artist Studio Tour
November 9-10, 2019
Since the first tour in 2002, the organization has grown from 6 charter artists to 26 in this year's studio tour - including new artists - which expands the group's wide range of disciplines such as painting, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, clay, glass, fiber, furniture and even musical instruments. Providing a platform for art education in a neighborhood setting, each artist looks forward to sharing their art, knowledge, and talent with their
Studio Tour:
Saturday, November 9, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday, November 10, 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Maps for the event are accessible through the web site www.cross and at each location.
The Tour is FREE and open to the public.
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MAST: McKinney Art Studio Tour 
November 9 & 10
MAST Works connect McKinney artists and the public. 
There are 26 artist studios awaiting your visit during our two-day event. Most are conveniently clustered in downtown McKinney's Historic neighborhood. But don't let the short drive to the other studios stall you from visiting them, too. All locations will have ample street parking.

Plano Art Association 2019 Studio Tour
Saturday, November 9 - 10 am until 5 pm Sunday, November 10 - Noon until 5 pm 
Check the special  PAA Tour Website for this year's PAA Studio Tours to see the details and a map of where studios openings will be held.

For More:

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