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VAST Vision February, 2022
The VAST Board Meeting is on Saturday, February 12 - 10:00 am, format and location to be determined. Please reply to this newsletter for more detailed information.
February 2 Meeting: Artist Kimberly Morrow Panagiotakos
You are invited to join the Visual Arts Society of Texas (VAST), for a presentation by artist Kimberly Morrow Panagiotakos on Wednesday, February 2nd from 6:45 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., at the PAAC, 400 East Hickory St, Denton, TX.
Guest fee: $5

Kimberly is originally from Massachusetts; however, she is currently based in the Dallas/Fort Worth Texas area. She strives to provide beauty through art for all her patrons and art students. She finds that each new painting provides its own learning experience, and she feels that she learns something new with each painting.  

Kimberly received her BFA from UMass Dartmouth and for several years worked in Boston as a medical illustrator. In 1997 she moved to Texas and received her teaching certification from UNT and has been teaching art in Texas for 14+ years. Kim is very active in the local art community and participates in many artist organizations in and around DFW.

She will present tips, tricks, and techniques for using alcohol inks on a variety of surfaces. Some substrates discussed include tile, yupo paper, black vinyl, canvas, wood, plastic, and glass. Each will be presented with the necessary preparation for the material, and how to finish/seal it afterwards. Also discussed will be alcohol ink techniques, and “do’s” and “don’ts” for that material. (For example, setting your ink on fire gives interesting results on canvas and tile, but spells disaster for yupo paper! Also discussed will be ways to work with the alcohol ink. Brushwork, washes, drips & drops, heat, compressed air, fire, tipping, and resist are just some of the techniques she regularly uses in her artwork.

On Wednesday March 2, 2022, the VAST General Meeting presenter will be Cecy Turner in person at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center. Turner will demo her work in watercolor or oil - details of the program are pending. 
Kimberly Morrow Panagiotakos,
alcohol ink paintings
To see more of her work,
VAST Charter Member,
James Jefferson Johnson, Jr.
Rest in Peace
VAST founding and Life Time Member, James Jefferson Johnson, Jr., died the afternoon of January 19, 2022, in the hospital after struggling with Covid-19 for two weeks. Pastor Craig Hunter of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Denton, remembers "Jim" as a gentle and warm spirit, very generous and faithful. Jim shared his drawings that he made in response to the church services and sermons regularly; they were often printed in church newsletters and bulletins. The church anticipates a memorial service at Trinity Presbyterian at a date to be determined.

VAST remembers Jim fondly. His sketchbooks were legendary. Those who have served with Jim on the VAST Board of Directors recall his small drawings of all the participants around the large "board" table during board meetings; at the end of the quarterly meetings, board members poured over those sketches, amazed at his quickly drawn, detailed sketches. 

Jim was for many years a regular at all of the VAST general meetings, and a participant in VAST's member shows and Merging Visions. He also attended VAST's exhibit receptions, and as a board director added his comments and gave background VAST history at the meetings. He was initially involved in the North Texas Area Art League, which became the basis of VAST.

Jim received his undergraduate degree from West Texas State University, his master's degree from The University of Texas at El Paso, and his doctorate in Art Education in 1967 from The Pennsylvania State University. He was on the art faculty at the University of North Texas from 1968 to 1995; twenty-five volumes of his sketchbooks are preserved in the UNT library. His specialties were watercolor and drawing. 

Jim also enjoyed being a member of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) and the Texas Society of SAR, from which he received an award for photography in 2011. Members may recall that he frequently in wintertime wore a large cape that covered his tall frame, and a large brimmed hat; Jim delighted in talking to you if you asked him about his attire. A widower, Jim would spend his summers in Arizona, returning to Denton from fall to spring, where family members still live.

Jim, VAST will miss you, and will remember you with great fondness and thankfulness for your many contributions to VAST's existence and successes. R.I.P.
175-Mile Exhibition Closing Reception
14th Annual VAST 175-Mile Exhibition
January 5 - February 19, 2022
Gough Gallery
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
400 E. Hickory St., Denton, TX 76201
Closing Reception February 19, 2-4pm
Visit the exhibition in person or online on the Denton Arts page. Artist statements are included with the art.
The VAST award winners will not be announced until VAST's final reception on 2/19/2022 from 2 to 4 p.m. (awards ceremony begins at 3 p.m.) at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center. At the conclusion of the awards ceremony, all artists in the exhibit are asked to remove their artworks.

VAST 175 Mile Show Juror Statement of Soon Y. Warren:
The show displays the strong quality and creativity demonstrated in every painting, making the choosing for awards difficult. My only regret is that I could not choose every painting and give everyone an award, which everyone deserves. Congratulations to all who participate, and painting is a part of their life.  It is an honor and privilege as a juror to be part of this wonderful exhibition; celebrating the versatile watercolor medium paintings, created by colleagues who share my passion. Thank you everyone for sharing one’s passion with everyone.  
I enjoy painting with passion, as I look for every painting, which I call attitude. When the attitude is combined with any of the following qualities: strong composition, expression of color, confident draftsmanship, or any combination of these elements, it draws my attention.  Witnessing the unique perspective of each artist, with emphasis on surprising aspects of otherwise ordinary subject matter, is always invigorating and inspirational. I appreciate how and why one paints rather than what one paints. My goal is to approach each painting with a fresh mind, without any preconceived prejudice, to minimize permeating the bias and subjectivity of human nature in the selection process. I appreciate anyone who dares to put one’s heart on the paper to share with others, as I try to do every painting. 
Without hard work and help by the exhibition chair, Gail Cope, and committee of VAST 175 Mile Show, the long process of a juried competition would not have been possible. I express my great appreciation for the committee. Again, it is an honor and a privilege for me as a juror to be part of this wonderful exhibition.
VAST Sponsored Workshop with Cecy Turner
Spots are open! March 1 - 2.
Landscape and Architectural
Watercolor Workshop
Instructor: Cecy Turner

March 1-2, 2022 - 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Patterson-Appleton Art Center
               400 E. Hickory, Denton 76201
Fee:        $175 (VAST Members)
               $210 (Non-Members)
Limit:       15 (minimum of 10 for class to be held)
Deposit:   $50
Balance:  Due by February 25
Use personal PayPal Account to remit to: and designate as “Cecy Turner Workshop” 
Workshop Coordinator:  Jo Williams 940.453.0817;

Workshop Description: Painting landscape and a street scene in watercolor with full demonstrations both days. Focus on values and large shapes is primary and you will learn fun, easy and quick ways to do value studies before tackling the painting! Students will come away with valuable knowledge to paint more powerful watercolors through a predetermined value system, soft edges, strong composition, and negative painting. Reasons for every decision, color mixes and compositional structuring will be given.

Bio: Cecy Turner is an award-winning artist and a Texas native. She graduated from Vanderbilt University and did post-graduate study in art at University of North Texas and has studied under numerous accomplished artists in both oil and watercolor. Feature articles about her have appeared in Art of the West Magazine, Artists Magazine, Watercolor Artist Magazine (cover), The Best of Flower Painting, and she was chosen by Southwest Art Magazine as an "Artist to Watch." Cecy holds Signature Memberships in American Impressionist Society, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, National Watercolor Society, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Outdoor Painters Society, American Women Artists and Plein Air Artists Colorado. She is a Fellow of American Artists Professional League and Master Signature Member and Past President of Women Artists of the West. She has won awards in numerous juried competitions. Cecy prefers to paint plein air, and since she began spending half of every year in Colorado her plein air painting has increased to almost daily. She delights in discovering a place she can see something very special about and convey that feeling to others in her work, making it her own. The effects of light and atmosphere are her favorite things to capture in paint. She has enjoyed teaching classes and workshops in both oil and watercolor.
Works by Cecy Turner
Hidden Gems
Museums and Galleries of DFW
From to Desk of Gail Cope -

The first hidden treasure to be highlighted is the Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden. Here's the link: The exhibit I want to highlight is Bob Stuth-Wade and his exhibit is called "The Comfort of Trees." Look for a video of Stuth-Wade to be on the website in the near future.

Valley House Gallery is honored to present "The Comfort of Trees" including recent paintings, watercolors, and mixed media works by Bob Stuth-Wade. About this body of work, Bob Stuth-Wade writes:

"Almost every day during quarantine Bhakti and I went to Proctor Lake. She sniffed. I painted. For years I saw nothing beautiful there until I began to see that seeing itself is beauty. Proctor then became a place of practice, like the cushion I sit on to meditate each morning and night. The trees there have become companions and objects of devotion. Standing, rooted down, reaching up, stable and engaged with air and earth, they are my teachers. Standing, seeing, rooted in this moment, I am present because the intensity of painting outside demands it. The voice that says, “You can’t,” surrenders to the doing. Experience inevitably, unpredictably, completes itself. Passing through insecurity to completion in fragile confidence is the joy of painting. This silent verity is my ever-present work." —Bob Stuth-Wade

History of Valley House, from the website:

In the early spring of 1953, artist Donald Vogel and his wife, Peggy, stood on a dead-end gravel road in far north Dallas County and looked into a heavily wooded six-acre lot. After walking among the trees and along the creek bordering the property, they decided to purchase the land to create a unique environment in which to live and continue their efforts to promote fine arts in Texas.

Knowing that the picture framing business would always be a reliable source of income, they first built a frame shop on the property. The frame shop was soon followed by the construction of a house of Donald Vogel’s own design. This house, which they named Valley House, originally functioned as a gallery, studio, and home for the Vogels. In 1957, the frame shop was expanded and renovated to create a separate gallery space. In 1961, the building program was completed with the construction of a new frame shop and guest quarters.

The Vogel’s philosophy of showing contemporary regional talent alongside internationally recognized artists evolved from their previous collaboration with Betty Blake, formerly Betty McLean. The Betty McLean Gallery, established in 1951 in Preston Center, was one of the first galleries in Texas to exhibit modern art.

In 1959, landscape architect Clarence Roy created an award-winning design for the sculpture garden. The inaugural garden show was a retrospective of Austin sculptor, Charles Umlauf. Other outdoor sculpture shows mounted in the early years were one-person exhibitions of Henry Moore, Sorel Etrog, and David Cargill.

Valley House Gallery gained international recognition for its direct access into the estate of the noted French dealer, Ambroise Vollard. Through this association, the gallery was able to bring major French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings to Dallas including works by Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet, and Auguste Renoir.

The gallery became well known for the quality of its exhibitions as well as the catalogues that often accompanied them. In 1962, Valley House Gallery published a catalogue of 54 paintings by George Rouault that were commissioned by Vollard to illustrate André Suarès’ poem, The Passion. Other notable catalogues included The Pont Aven Paintings of Emile Bernard; a retrospective of the paintings of Philadelphia painter Hugh H. Breckenridge; and Surrealism in Art, the first comprehensive survey of this movement in Dallas. Valley House Gallery has also published catalogues on the works of contemporary artists including Barnaby Fitzgerald, Scott Gentling, Gottfried Honegger, Zhang Jingru, Jun Cheng Liu, Loren Mozley, Donna Phipps Stout, Charles Umlauf, and Anne Weary.

In addition to publishing catalogues for their own exhibitions, Valley House Gallery curated and wrote the catalogues for The Amon Carter Museum’s traveling exhibitions of Texas folk painters Clara McDonald Williamson and Velox Ward in the 1960’s. The gallery also sponsored and co-wrote the catalogue for the traveling educational exhibition Connoisseurship and the Intaglio Print in 1990.

Valley House Gallery’s reputation for publishing catalogues and showcasing regional and internationally recognized artists led to an invitation to join The Art Dealers Association of America in 1964. Today the gallery is one of only two ADAA members in Dallas, and one of six in Texas.

In 1974, Peggy Vogel succumbed to an illness and Kevin Vogel, middle child of three, started work at the gallery to assist his father. In 1978, Cheryl Westgard came to work at Valley House and four years later Kevin and Cheryl were married. Donald married landscape architect Erika Farkac in 1981 and she quickly began to redesign the Valley House Sculpture Garden into one of the most beautiful in Texas. Donald Vogel gradually retired from directing the gallery to focus on his painting. Kevin and Cheryl have been guiding the gallery for over twenty years.

Today, Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden continues its fifty-year tradition of offering the highest quality fine art to collectors and museums. In addition to organizing exhibitions in the gallery, around the garden, and for museums, Valley House Gallery’s participation in art fairs around the country combined with its presence on the internet expand the gallery’s reach to both national and international audiences.

In addition to championing contemporary artists, Valley House Gallery regularly exhibits work by late nineteenth and twentieth century Texas artists including Dorothy Austin, Charles Bowling, Kelly Fearing, L. O. Griffith, Edmund Kinzinger, Hermann Lungkwitz, the Onderdonks, Frank Reaugh, and Everett Spruce. The gallery represents the estates of early Texas artists including Constance Forsyth, Otis Dozier, Edward Eisenlohr, Bertha Landers, William Lester, and Josephine Oliver. Important works by Thomas Hart Benton, Rosa Bonheur, Mary Cassatt, Giorgio de Chirico, George Inness, Berthe Morisot, Pablo Picasso, Camille Pissarro, Maurice Prendergast, and Diego Rivera have been among the gallery’s offerings of 19th and 20th century American and European artists.

The dead-end gravel road where the Vogels stood in 1953 is now a busy six lane concrete artery traversing north Dallas. The arts community has grown tremendously in North Texas since then. Valley House Gallery is proud to be part of this vital, burgeoning art community and looks forward to the future and to greater things to come.

Artwork: Bob Stuth-Wade, Dublin Cemetery, 2021, watercolor on paper
Members in the News
What news do you have? Did you get in any shows? What is up with our members? Reply to think newsletter or contact Mary at We'd like to hear from you!
2022 VAST Calendar Artists

February 2022 Calendar Art
Trish Carter, Denton
Wet Sunset in Summer, watercolor, 7.5" x 11"
VAST Membership News
The “VAST YEAR” runs from June 1 through May 31; Our current dues are: Individual, $37; Family, $47; Educator, $27; Student, $17. VAST starts collecting dues for the upcoming year March 1.

Some items to note:
  • Members joining for the first time on or after March 1 receive 3 months (March/April/May) free.
  • Each year renewing and new members are asked to fill out a Member Registration Form to update all member information.
  • VAST is an all-volunteer organization. Please consider sharing your time, talent, and skills with us. Projects, skills and needs are listed on the Member Registration Form. Your help is needed and wanted!

To RENEW, or JOIN for the first time, have your credit card ready to use for the payment process and go to:

Membership questions? Read or email the Membership Chair (this email is monitored twice weekly so please be patient): 

The VAST officers, board of directors, chair persons
all hope you enjoy your membership experience!
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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 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.
Mindy Faubion Upcoming Studio Classes

Tuesday nights 6-8:30 beginning Feb 1. 

NEW MEDIUM introduced each first Tuesday of the month. Following Tues. nights of that month will be in that medium to gain better proficiency. February will be oil and chalk pastels. March will be drawing/sketching (graphite and colored pencil.) April we will do linocuts/woodblock printing. Cost is $15 per Tuesday night with most supplies furnished. 

Wed mornings 9:30-12 is open pottery studio. Cost is $25 per project and includes all supplies. We do hand-building and pottery wheel is reserved ahead of time. We currently have 2 wheels. 

Friday morning 9:30-12 advanced and intermediate open studio. Cost is $15/session. In your medium of choice. You bring your supplies. 
Or 214-450-2333 for more info and questions. 
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 Emily Fowler Central Library is located at 502 Oakland Street, Denton TX, 76201

"Through the Ages" exhibition at the Denton Senior Center
Aurora Cabrera Dawson is the coordinator for this exhibition. If 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, 
608 E. Hickory St., Suite 128. 
This exhibition space is currently under construction.
Art Around Town
A Creative Art STUDIO
227 W. Oak Street, Denton, TX
"A Creative Art Studio and Gallery" on Facebook or

Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
400 E. Hickory Street, Denton, TX 76201 
For more information:
Texas Woman's University Art Galleries
East Gallery and West Gallery 
University of North Texas Art Galleries
CVAD Gallery
Paul Voertman Gallery
For more information: UNT galleries 
Art Opportunities and Proposals
T.I.M.E.: Temporal Integral Mural Exhibition call for artists
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: Regional
State: Texas
Entry Deadline: September 23, 2022
Budget: $2000

The T.I.M.E Project presents an opportunity for selected artists and artist teams to participate in an innovative mural exhibition in Sundance Square located in downtown Fort Worth, Texas. The appointed mural surface incorporates 2 warehouse buildings occupying 3 blocks in the East cluster of Sundance Square. Like a clock, there are 12 designated mural areas. Murals will eventually envelop both buildings as murals meet. There will be no linear end, and the goal of the project is for the works to feel fluid, connected, and organic. The murals will be painted one at a time in a clockwise sequence, with an emphasis on artist collaboration.

Sundance Square and Artspace111 Consulting are seeking artists or artist teams to participate in a new and innovative mural project in downtown Fort Worth, Texas. Eligible artists will be based in Texas. Artists of all experience and skill levels are encouraged to apply. For this project, Sundance Square and Artspace111 Consulting are seeking at least 6 artists to complete murals during the second round of the T.I.M.E Mural Project in 2021-2022.

This mural project encourages collaboration between mural artists, experimentation, and seeks unique artistic vision. As the murals begin to evolve and connect to each other, each mural will become part of a larger whole. The scope of the entire project covers 2 warehouse buildings, with each artist being assigned a mural section, each selected mural surface varies slightly in size. Mural designs are not required to incorporate the entire surface of the designated space. Selected artists are encouraged to consider the murals that come prior to and after their work in sequence – the goal of this project is to encourage artist collaboration.

The T.I.M.E. project will constantly be evolving, and murals may be partially or completely painted over at some point in the future. All works must be envisioned as temporary and will be visible for at least 6 months. Each artist will be given 1 month to complete their mural.

Each selected artist will receive payment of $2000 total to execute their mural (includes mural design mock-up, supplies, and artist fee for mural completion). Selected artists will be paid ½ of the artist payment upon signing an artist agreement, and the remaining ½ upon completion of their portion of the project.

A small lift will be available, but use will need to be coordinated with Artspace111. Electricity and security will be provided on-site. Bathroom and cleanup station available in Sundance Square.

Artists selected to complete a mural who need to travel more than 30 miles to work on their mural will have access to free lodging in Fort Worth. Lodging will be available for up to one month. Lodging for qualifying artists provided by Sundance Square.

To Apply: Sundance Square and Artspace111 will hold a rolling open call for artist portfolios through CAFE. It is free to apply.
For more information: Click here on Cafe.
Mural location addresses and additional photos of the mural sites are available upon request.
Questions? Email for more information.
The Greater Denton Arts Council proudly presents the 35th annual Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition.
Juror is Tanya Aguiñiga
Deadline for entry is 11:59 PM on Sunday, February 13.

Exhibition dates: May 27 - August 27, 2022.
Entry fee: $30 for GDAC members and $35 for non-members.
There will be cash prizes for the competition.
Details about scholarships & the entry process can be found at

Questions can be emailed to
RCAS 56th Annual Regional Juried Art Exhibition
This exhibit is open to all amateur and professional Texas Artists, age 18 and over.
Approximately $6,000.00 in cash and merchandise awards.
Reception: Sunday, May 8, 2022 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Exhibit location: Charles W. Eisemann Center, Green Mezzanine Gallery at 2351 Performance Drive, Richardson, Texas 75082
Deadline for Entries: February 28, 2022
Acceptance Notice: April 1, 2022
Hand Deliveries: April 25, 2022
2022 37th Annual Texas & Neighbors Regional Art Exhibition
The Texas & Neighbors Exhibition is an annual collaboration between the Irving Art Association and the Irving Arts Center. Artists from Texas and neighboring states (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma) are invited to compete. 

Juror: Billy Hassell, Texas artist.
Deadline: March 1, 2022.
Entry and payment will be through CaFE ( 
To register, Click Here.
$9,000 in awards! This year we have an additional awards category Printmaking, for a total of eight media categories: Oil Painting, Acrylics, Water Media, Mixed Media / Other Media (2D), Drawing (Dry Media), Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture / 3D, We have also expanded the scope of the Mixed Media and Sculpture categories.

For the entry rules, see the 2022 Prospectus.
5th Annual Art214 Juried Exhibition
The City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture (OAC) announces a call for entries for the 5th annual ART214 juried exhibition, which will be presented during Dallas Arts Month in 2022.

Deadline: Saturday, February 5, 2022 (6pm)
Jurors: Marilyn Waligore, Raul Rodriguez, Narong Tintamusik, Gerald L. Leavell II, and David McCullough
Exhibition Dates: March 31, 2022 – May 1, 2022
Viewing Hours: Open viewing during public events, all other events will be by appointment.

Visual artists who live in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Greater North Texas region are eligible to apply.
Five OAC facilities, Bath House Cultural Center, Latino Cultural Center, Moody Performance Hall, Oak Cliff Cultural Center and South Dallas Cultural Center, are organizing this collaborative multi-venue juried exhibition that showcases the talented artists from our region.

For Full Information: Check Here.
For more details, including instructions for submitting entries, please visit
Or contact:
Cultural Programs Coordinator
Performing Arts / Technical Coordinator
Stewart W. Mikkelsen •
Visual Arts Coordinator / Curator
Enrique Fernández Cervantes •
The Irving Art Association is sponsoring the 7th annual Persian Art Exhibition, depicting works of art from Iranian artists who live in Texas and Oklahoma. It is a great honor for our community of artists to showcase artwork.

Theme: All subjects may be entered, but the exhibit theme will be Fly to My Dream. Just make sure that your artwork has been created in the last three years (from 2019 to now.) Prizes will be awarded, with a special prize going to the work best illustrating the exhibit theme.
Deadline: Feb. 23rd at 11:59 PM, 2022
Deliver artwork: Saturday, Feb. 26, 10:30 am – 3:00 pm
Reception: Saturday, 12th March 2022, 6-9 pm
Exhibit dates: Feb. 27 – March 25, 2022.
Exhibition Location: Jaycee Park Center for Arts, 1975 Puritan Dr., Irving TX 75061
Contact: Curator Pouran Lashini
Irving Art Association
Fee: 1-3 images per submission online, and the cost of each submitted artwork is $5.00, payable through a PayPal transaction.
To register, complete the form and pay the entry Click here.