Vision News and Updates                   October , 2019

VAST 2019/2020 Speaker Schedule
Wednesday, October 2, 6:45 - 9pm
Participating Artist: 
Umut Demirguc Thurman, College of Visual Art and Design at UNT 
Demonstration on Needle Felting

Umut Demirguc Thurman is Adjunct Faculty at the University of North Texas and Coordinator and Instructor in Enameling and Metals department at the Glass Furnace in Istanbul, Turkey. Umut has her MFA with honors in Metalsmithing and Jewelry from the University of North Texas and her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Textile and Fashion Design from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul, Turkey.  

Needle-felting is the process of interlocking wool fibers into position with needles which causes the wool to felt.  During October's monthly meeting Umut will present Needle-felting and demonstrate the process. She will also be presenting a short workshop on this process through VAST.  Details on the workshop will be released soon.

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 6:45 and will be over at 9pm. 
The meeting location is the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 East Hickory St, Denton, TX. 
Members: Free       Guests: $5 
November 6 will be our next meeting/demonstration.
VAST's 2020 Desktop/Refrigerator Calendar For Sale!
This is the only fundraiser for VAST.
Our two Tax-Free Days are October 2 and November 6 so plan on purchasing your calendars on these days. $11 per calendar.

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

VAST Members' artwork graces each month with color and vibrancy. The calendars make wonderful holiday gifts that will color your world, year-round! Please consider purchasing to support VAST!

Many thanks, 
The Calendar Artists
The Calendar Committee

VAST Sponsored Workshop
Paint Fast and Loose in Watercolor with  Bev Boren
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)
Limit: 15
Deposit: $50
Remit check to: VAST, PO Box 1281, Denton, TX 76202 or
Use personal PayPal Account to remit to and designate as "Deposit for Bev Boren Workshop" 
Workshop Coordinator: Jo Williams 

Work on Art of Your Choice With Other Artists
VADO = VAST Artist Day Out
Now free in October!

The members of VADO invite VAST members to be their guests in October. Just bring something to work on and enjoy the time with other artists!

VADO is held the first and third Thursday of each month except November and December. This group is a great opportunity to get to know other members and enjoy the fellowship of other artists. It is an opportunity to get feedback for something you may be working on. 

The first Thursday meetings are held in the Beulah Acres Building at Global Spheres in Corinth from 9:30am to 12:30pm - October 3.  The third Thursday meetings are held in the PAAC craft room from 9:30am  to 12:30pm - October 17.
So mark your calendars! Get feedback and enjoy good conversation with fellow artists!  Any questions? Send an email to if you can join in!

Deadline:  September 29
The 33rd annual Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition 

Exhibition dates: February 7 - May 9, 2020
Reception: February 7, 2020
Fee: $40 for up to three entries.
Entry deadline:  September 29, 2019. Enter online or through the mail.
Juror Awards:  $1,000, $750, $500 and $250. 
Works produced in any of the craft media: clay, fiber, glass, metal, paper, wood, or any combination of craft media, are acceptable.
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, lodging, meals & instruction
10% discount if registered by November 30, 2019
Details on website:

You are Invited!
Nel Dorn Byrd's Annual Open Studio Tour 
Saturday & Sunday, November 2 & 3, 10am to 5pm both days

I will be showing lots of watercolor paintings along with original collage cards & note cards.   VAST members & guests are welcome & all are invited to register for an original watercolor painting to be given as a door prize.   

My studio address in 3800 Elm Bottom Circle, Aubrey, TX
Cell phone is 972-839-2993
Plein air work from Denton's Chairy Orchard
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 October. 
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.
             Flamenco Vibrations

David Blow has work in the  Texas Photographic Society 32nd Annual Members' Only Show,  September 20, at the Cain Art Gallery (3 001 Ayers Street, Corpus Christi, TX)
Title: Flamenco Vibrations
Juror: Catherine Couturier

David Blow's artwork,  Spirit Lives, is on exhibit at the Seven-State Biennial Exhibition at the  Nesbitt Gallery from  September 21 - 
October 18.
Opening reception at the Nesbitt Gallery, USAO, Chickasha, 7pm. 21st
1727 W. Alabama, Chickasha, OK 73018
Juror: Bert Seabourn
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
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. 
October 4 - December 15
Opening reception, October 4, 7 - 9 PM

Meadows Gallery: 
30 UNDER 30  presented by First State Bank
October 4 - December 15
Opening Reception, October 4, 7-9 PM.
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
Reception: October 4, 7-9 PM
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 
Reception: October 10, 5-7 p.m.

Fall 2019 Open Studios 
New Graduate Studios 
Wednesday, October 23 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Free to students, staff, faculty and community members 
For more information:
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:   
Yes, We are on Facebook.
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 :  

Richardson Civic Arts Society Member Show
Entry Deadline: October 1, 2019
All current RCAS members may enter up to 3 works of art. You do not have to submit photos of your artwork.  Non-members may join prior to the show in order to participate.
Take-in will be on Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 10:30-12:30 at the Richardson Library.
Entry fees are $25 for one piece, $30 for two, or $35 for three.
Cash and merchandise awards will be presented at the monthly membership meeting on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 in the basement meeting room at the library at 6:30 pm.
See Prospectus on the RCAS website for rules and submission information at:
The Membership Show will be on display October 5 - November 2, 2019 at the Richardson Public Library Third Floor Gallery.

Wish to sell smaller, Western themed work?
The Fort Worth Community Arts Center is now accepting submissions for works to be sold in the ARTshop on a consignment basis. Pieces accepted will remain in the ARTshop for 3 months with an option to extend the time based on sales.  There are no limitations in what can be submitted but we favor smaller pieces since the space is small. We keep all submissions on file and may request pieces at anytime.

The Fort Worth Community Arts Center is located at 1300 Gendy Street. The FWCAC is part of the most architecturally significant museum districts in the United States. The building has exhibited world class art and supported the performing arts for more than half a century. The Arts Council manages the FWCAC, provides leadership and funding to local arts organizations through our competitive Grants Program and administers the Fort Worth Public Art program.
Please direct all questions to:
Marla Fleischmann Owen,  Arts Center Director 
1300 Gendy Street Fort Worth, TX,  76107 
direct: 817.298.3026

TVAA Gallery Art Exhibition for November 2019  (Texas Visual Artists Association)  
"Reflections of Gratitude"  
Curator: Andrea Lamarsaude
Eligibility: This show is open to TVAA members (and/or non-members).
Awards: R ibbons will be awarded to Best of Show, 1st, 2nd, 3rd place, and Honorable Mention. Cash awards are given for Best in Show and 1st place.
All media are eligible. 
Deadline: Friday, October 18
Acceptance Notification: Friday, October 25
Deliver artwork: November 2,10am-2pm
Exhibit Dates: November 5 - November 29
Reception: November 9, 2-4pm

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.

For More:

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