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News and Events
December, 2014
December 4th Presentation: 
Carmen Underwood presents painter, 
Joaquin Sorolla


Through her Art History and Art Appreciation classes, Carmen Underwood has developed a keen interest in the lives and art of famous Impressionist painters.  Her presentation for the December VAST meeting will feature the art of Spanish painter, Joaquin Sorolla.

Carmen Underwood is a retired Spanish and French instructor at the High School level.  She has also taught Spanish as an Adjunct Professor at the University of North Texas and North Central Texas College.  She majored in Latin American and Iberian Peninsula Studies and received both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois.   Her post-graduate course work was completed through a Study Abroad program in Madrid, Spain.  Underwood has travelled extensively to Spain, Mexico, France, and Portugal.  She was recognized as a Master Teacher by the Illinois Foreign Language Teacher's Association  and was a professional  presenter at many foreign language conferences sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.  


Underwood joined VAST in 2004 and served as First Vice-President in charge of programs from 2006-2008.  She has taken Art 

Fragrant Gardenia
by Carmen Underwood

History and Art Appreciation classes, and has also taken watercolor classes with Jo Williams and Mary Emerson.  Carmen and her husband, Dr. T. Jervis Underwood, who is a member of the Denton Poets Assembly, have paired their work for Merging Visions II, III, and IV.  Her paintings have also been featured in the 2011 and 2015 Vast calendars. 

The meeting is Thursday, December 4 - 7:00 to 9:00pm at the Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts (P-A CVA) in Denton.


Fundraiser Calendars Make Great Christmas Gifts!

This calendar is our only fundraiser.  They are $11 and can be obtained from The Chestnut Tree, Oxide Gallery and at the VAST meeting.  Jo Williams is happy to sell them from her home or car!  Support VAST; Call 940-453-0817.

 Reception is Thurs., December 11, 5 - 6:30pm

Exhibit on display until

January 9, 2014

The Chestnut Tree 

 107 W. Hickory Street 

 Denton, TX

We appreciate the following sponsors that made our calendar possible:

Barbara B. Evans, Attorney at Law; Eagle & Wheeler; Greenhouse Restaurant; Gaylen Z. Fickey, D.D.S.; Frenchy's Lawn and Tree Service; Hannah's Restaurant; Holly's Gardens & Florist; Kirkpatrick Architecture Studio; Laura's Locksmith & Security Store;  Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home;  Billy Shears Salon; The Chestnut Tree - Teahouse & Bistro; Tommy's Hi Tech Auto 

Seeking Awards for January's 125-Mile Exhibition 

This year the awards for our annual exhibition will all be cash at the $200 and $100 levels.  There are still some opportunities to support and name an award!  

Please contact Ingrid Scobie, Awards Acquisition, if you are interested,at 940-453-5507 or  The deadline for sponsoring is Wednesday, December 10.  Thank you for considering this chance to support another artist.


Jo Williams, President


Thirty works were chosen from one hundred seventy one entries for the 125 Mile Exhibition! The letters of acceptance have been sent out to those accepted. January 6, 2015 is the take-in date. Anyone willing to help that day would be appreciated.  


Exhibit date is January 16-February 27, 2015.

The opening reception is January 16, 2015 , 5:30-7:30 PM in the Gough Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts.


Completed Demo Piece by 
November Guest Artist, Gail Delger



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.


Note Cards Needed

Our Sunshine Committee is looking for note cards created by our members, to be used to send to members who need cheering or well wishes. Donations are appreciated and can be brought to any of our VAST meetings.

Interested in being a part of the 2015 Merging Visions Exhibition?

All 'pairings' are to be completed by December 4th.  We would like participating artists to have signed their contracts by the December 4th VAST meeting.  

All other contract information describing the work of art (title, dimensions, media used, price, etc.) is due January 17.  Art images are due February 1st.

We are also looking for sponsors for the catalog to help us make this year's version the best one yet! If you are interested, please contact Olivia Walker or Gail Cope.
Olivia Walker (
Gail Cope (

For the full prospectus click here.


Congratulations to the November
Artists of the Month! 
Jan Jones, First Place
Death at a Picnic
 mixed media
Christie A. Wood, Second Place
Angel and Shepherds,
stained glass


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
VAST Calendar Art Exhibition
Exhibition will be up until January 9; calendars will be for sale.
Artists showcased in the calendar are: David Blow, Darla Bostick, Gail W. Cope, Mindy Faubion, Lorraine Hayes, Tom Judd, Tonya Littmann, Amanda North, Ingrid W. Scobie, Carmen Underwood, Jo Williams and Mary Wright.
Reception: December 11, 5 - 6:30 p.m. The Chestnut Tree 
Coordinator for exhibit: Lin Hampton at
"Noble Visions" exhibition at Barnes & Noble Booksellers Cafe - Golden Triangle Mall 

Artwork of Isabel Cano.

Isabel paints as she perceives her surroundings to be.  In her artist statement, she has to say that "My series, Flowers, is a study of shape, color, light and shadow. I create these paintings to give the flowers a much longer life, in hopes that more people will get to see the one that captivated me.  The purpose of the bigger scale is to create an impact that will force as many viewers as possible, to see the beauty that would otherwise go unnoticed."

Coordinator for exhibit: Gail Cope at


"Off the Shelves" exhibition at Emily Fowler Central Library

No current exhibit.
Coordinator for exhibit: Jenna Murray 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

"Outside the Box" exhibition at Point Bank Blackbox Theater  
Annual Holiday Exhibit on display through January 9.

Exhibiting artists include: Tina Alvarez, Kathryn Kerekes, Ashley Risica, Carol Rowley, Carol Stoecker, and Jo Williams. The work represents a variety of media including acrylic, photography, and watercolor. 


This exhibit is designed to complement Kid's Christmas at the Black Box, the Denton Community Theater Theater School presentation of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Production dates are December 5 - 7. VAST members will also provide a wall mural of a Christmas tree for the festivities. 


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 - 1:00 pm.  Art may also be viewed during any of the performances at the Black Box.

Members in the News

Please submit news of exhibitions that you are involved in to by the 15th of the month.

Darla Bostick won first place in the Watermedia Category, at the Richardson Civic Art Society Membership Show.

Linda Chidsey had work at the Marshall-McPhail Gallery in Marshall Motors, Dallas this past month.

The MFA Graduation Exhibition of Angelia Ford will be held at Texas Woman's University Art Galleries (East/West) from December 3 - December 12.  The public is invited to the reception: Wed., December 3, 5-9pm. 


Nel Dorn Byrd, James J. Johnson, Jr. and Jo Williams all have work in the exhibition at the Oxide Gallery. The opening is December 6th, 6-8pm. The public is invited.


New Benefit with VAST Membership
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.


Artists Participating: Diane Coady, hand-dyed silk apparel; Paula Blincoe Collins, pottery and carved brick; Cyndy Hill, knitted creations; Kit King, jewelry; Jo Williams, watercolor paintings; Johnny Williams, walking sticks. Also showing posthumously: Susan Medler prints offered by Stacy Medler and Bill Warde sculptural offerings by Linnie McAdams.

1714 Highland Park Road, Denton, 76205

come and help us celebrate our 9th Annual Laurel Hill Holiday Sale.

Paula, Jo, Kit, Cyndy, Diane, Linnie, Johnny 

Annual CVAD Faculty and Staff Exhibition
December 4 - January 16
UNT on the Square
Public Reception: Thursday, December 4, 5-8pm

The Annual Faculty and Staff Exhibition showcases artworks in all media by the accomplished artists working in the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas.

Art Around Town 

A Creative Art Studio

227 W. Oak Street, Suite 101

First Friday Denton on Dec 5th from 7-10 pm.  Musician, Mark Anthony and Katrina Mcpherson will perform. Featured artist of the month is digital artist, Marie C. Jones.  

Festivus:  December 6 - 5 year birthday of A Creative Art Studio and 3rd annual Festivus.  Open at 10 am for shopping and Mimosas. Drawings for gifts will begin at noon.  Wassail will be served at 2:00. For fun schedule of events, please click here.  



Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts

400 E. Hickory Street, Denton, TX 76201 

Meadows Gallery & Gough Gallery: 

William Joyce: Guardian of Childhood, November 14 - January 18

Denton Handweavers Guild, November 14 - January 4 
SAVE THE DATE! Join the GDAC for a William Joyce holiday extravaganza on Saturday, December 13th at 10:00 - 12:00 p.m. We will have live storytellings of Joyce's Santa Calls, photos with Santa, carolers and more! 
For more information:

Oxide Gallery

115 Eagle Drive
Denton, TX 76201

Gallery Night is Saturday, December 6, 6-8pm; Free Admission.

A multi-artist show consisting of over 40 local North Texas Artists. 
OXIDE has parking on all three sides of their building, plus all of the neighbor businesses will be closed that evening and their parking lots can be used for overflow parking.  Mon.-Fri. 9-5pm, Sat. 10-3pm

more information: 


tAd Gallery

901 Avenue C, suite 101, Denton, Texas 76201 (enter through The Bowllery.)


For more information:


Texas Woman's University Art Galleries

East Gallery and West Gallery 

MFA Graduating Exhibition
Angelia Ford and Kalee Appleton
December 3 - December 12
Reception: Wednesday, December 3, 5:00 - 9:00 pm
more information:

University of North Texas Art Gallery

CVAD Annual Faculty and Staff Exhibition

November 6-December 6

more information:


UNT on the Square

CVAD Annual Faculty and Staff Exhibition

December 4 - January 16

Reception: December 4, 5-8pm

more information:

Opportunities/Calls for Entries

DEADLINE: Fri, January 23, 2015  


Exhibition: May 1 - 25, 2015 

Location:  Cutter & Cutter Fine Art at Brilliance in Color Fine Art Gallery in St. Augustine, Florida. 

30 awards equaling $80,000+ with a $25,000 top award. 

Juror will be Huihan Liu OPAM. 

Must be OPA Member. Currently accepting new members for $70 per year. 

Exhibition entry fees $30 for one entry & $45 for two entries. Max size 1200 sq in. For more information about membership or exhibition visit

Contact: Rosemary Murray, 815-356-5987 |


DEADLINE: Thu, December 31, 2015 

Professional Artist Magazine 
Enter for Your Opportunity to Get Featured in Professional Artist Magazine: The editors of Professional Artist select one artist bimonthly to be featured in the Artist Spotlight section of the magazine. The competition is open to all artists 18 and older who "like" Professional Artist on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or participate in LinkedIn discussion group.
The winning artists will receive a two-page interview profile and 1-4 images of his/her artwork printed in the magazine. The winner and finalists will be featured in their own Artist Spotlight gallery on
Contact: Professional Artist magazine,  for more information.

DEADLINE: Wed, December 10, 2014  

b.j. spoke gallery, Huntington, NY
Seeking United States artists in all Fine Arts Media for our Annual Competition EXPO 34.  
Award: April 2015 Exhibition of selected works 
Juried by Adrienne Rooney, Curatorial Assistant at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Deadline for Entry: December 10, 2014
Fee: $35 for 6 images and/or 2 videos.
To apply go to :
or for more information
Contact: Cindy Shechter, 631-549-5106

DEADLINE: Mon, December 29, 2014  
The Wichita Center for the Arts, March 27 - May 10, 2015. 
$7500 in cash and purchase awards. 
$30 for 3 entries. 
Juror: Barbara Shapiro, San Francisco, CA. Information and Prospectus available at, 316.634.2787, or email
Contact: Amy Reep, 316-634-2787

See lots more here: 

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

Visual Arts Society of Texas

2014-2015 Monthly Programs

Dec. 4 Carmen Underwood Painter Sorolla
Jan. 8, 2015  Tamara Narvana, jewelry
Feb. 5  Allison Proulx, mixed media
March 5  Jeff Good, watercolor
April 2  Julie Mortillano, collage
May 7  Dotty Zamora, encaustic
Meetings are held at the Center for the Visual Arts, 400 East Hickory St, Denton, TX.

7:00 - 9:00 pm

Members: Free
Guests: $3 
2014-2015 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.
2014/2015 VAST 
Artist Day Out

December 4

December 18

January 8

January 15

February 5

February 19

March 5

March 19

April 2

April 16

May 7

May 21


VADO is a day where members may come paint at the CVA from 9:15am - 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