Vision News and Updates                   January, 2020
VAST 2019/2020 Speaker Schedule - January 8

Randall M. Good will be our VAST guest speaker. He will be presenting his "old masters" style of art which is influenced by the Italian Renaissance and Mannerist period. Good will demonstrate the process of Gold Leafing.

Randall Good uses conte, watercolor, and gold leaf to render subjects from his own personal cosmogony. This cosmogony is recorded in his original literary work entitled The Shael Ovalis

The elongated bodies of the figures in his paintings echo those found in Mannerism, and the painting style is reminiscent of figurative paintings of the Italian Renaissance. Good's recent works were exhibited in Cantos from the New Pantheon at UNT on the Square earlier in December.  

To find out more about the art of Randall M. Good, see

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 
VAST Board Meeting is scheduled for February 8. Time and location is to be determined. It will be open to members. Please email if you wish to be informed of the details when they become available. 
Important Notice on VADO and Gentle Yoga
Meet up for VADO, same place, 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 9:30am to 4:00pm, no fees.
Yoga is $5 weekly for VAST members

The Greater Denton Arts Council (GDAC) invites the public, including the VADO group of VAST, to OPEN STUDIO DAYS on Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Classroom at the Patterson Appleton Arts Center (PAAC). Participants in any of the visual arts are invited to bring their current projects and utilize the classroom for their individual art work in the midst of camaraderie, voluntary critiques and suggestions, exploration of new art ideas, and sharing of new art techniques. At 1 p.m. Christine Sanders, Education Co-ordinator at PAAC, will join the group, including presenting new art ideas. Persons wishing to demonstrate new techniques to the group are encouraged to do so (an acrylic pour for example). There is no charge for OPEN STUDIO. There is time for a lunch break and additionally for a YOGA BREAK if desired (see further information below). 
The VAST VADO group has expressed the desire to commit to the First and Third Thursdays of each month to OPEN STUDIO DAYS. Any member of VAST that wishes to attend Open Studio Days is encouraged to do so with no fees involved. 
YOGA CLASSES - On Thursdays from 11 a.m. to Noon, GDAC invites the public to a YOGA session of gentle exercises and stretches at PAAC. The weekly charge for non-members is $10. The weekly charge for VAST members is $5. Show up at Festival Hall at the PAAC dressed for stretching to enjoy this gentle Yoga.

DATES FOR 2020 Merging Visions Exhibition 
(Amended December 2019)

Merging Visions Exhibition     Friday, May 15 - Saturday, July 18 at 4pm 
Exhibition open at 3 branches of the Denton Public Library during regular hours of operation. 
  • New Date:  January 15 - Last date to file your works at to be considered for pairing. Old work or Works in Progress! See bullet point below "Link Available Now!"
  • January 15 - Poets whose poems have been previously paired, send their poem as an attachment to the artist with whom they've paired. The artist will file the image of the art and the poem as 2 attachments in one email to Mindy at to be placed in the "Already in Progress" Folder. Link for shared work MV 2020 art and poems/synopsis.
  • Link Available Now! - Link to site is open for artists and poets to access the folders with images of artwork and poetry or poem synopsis. This link will open a folder with art and there is a subfolder at the top with poems. Open poems folder to view poems. There is a folder within the poems folder that includes synopsis of poems. Open that folder to view them. If there is a poem/synopsis you are interested in doing a painting for, let the poet know so you can pair with them. If there is an agreement, let Mindy know at so she can put you in the "Already in Progress" Folder. Here is the Link MV 2020 art and poems/synopsis.
  • January 21 - Committees Begin Work: "Pamphlets," "Reception," and "Workshops."
  • February 21 - Pairings of art and poetry completed.
  • March 20 - ALL art needs to be completed for review/critique by VAST committee; titles must be firm. (Committee review and artist's revision period is from March 20-March 31.)
  • April 1 - All poetry reviewed, during VAST Committee meeting prior to VAST meeting.
  • April 24 - All art submissions due in final catalog ready format.
  • April 30 - Pamphlets for library due to printer.
  • May 11 - Monday, 5-8pm take-in at North Branch Library (poetry and art.) Installation may begin at this location that evening.
  • May 12 - 14 Installation of artwork and poetry in 3 branches of DPL; each library furnished with People's Choice Award ballot boxes, signage and procedure for voting.
  • May 15 - Exhibit opens.
  • May 22 - All sponsorships due to Carol Rowley for the catalog.
  • May 29 - Catalog ready for printer.
  • June (date?) - Program for interested members of the community, patrons of libraries; program by VAST, DPA members representing the exhibit, slide show of examples of 2020 pairings, etc. Library Site and time to be determined.
  • June ? - Catalog checked and corrected, bagged and readied for distribution.
  • June 11 - People's Choice Committee counts votes and readies the awards.
  • July 18 - Reception: Patterson-Appleton Art Center, 2-4pm.
  • July 18 - Return of all artwork to artists at all 3 library locations: 4-6pm. Poetry collected, boxed for storage. 
The Merging Visions 2020 Prospectus is available  HERE and will be on our website. Please use the schedule and email in this article.

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,
December Mini Show Winners
First Place: Robin Huttash
Cactus, watercolor
Second Place: Lola Newell
Old Victorian, 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.

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 January. 

Calendars for Sale. $12
Purchase at our meetings or email

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
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

Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
400 E. Hickory Street, Denton, TX 76201 

Gough Gallery:
Women: Art, Activism, & Attitude
BFA Photography Exhibition
December 17, 2019 - January 8, 2020 
Opening reception, December 21, 6-8pm
Artists featured include: Brionna Watkins, Zoe Martinez, Ana Dria, Erika Nina Suarez, Haleigh King, and Kaitlyn Reiser

Pas de deux/Step of two
A Couples Exhibition
January 14 - February 22, 2020
Opening reception, February 7, 6-8 pm
Pas de deux is a ballet term meaning step of two, a partner's dance that includes parts when the partners perform together but also separately in solos as part of a longer grand performance, showcasing their skills as individuals and a team.
The Greater Denton Arts Council has joined up with couples varying in age, skill, and media to present our version of a visual arts pas de deux. Couples have been invited to showcase their individual works and if they have any collaborations. The aim is to show how artists influence and support each other through their close relationships with their fellow artist.

Meadows Gallery: 
33rd annual Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition & Exhibition
February 7 - May 9, 2020
Recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country, Materials: Hard + Soft began in 1987 and was originally initiated by area artist Georgia Leach Gough. Now in its 33rd year, the exhibition opens to international artists as we celebrate the evolving field of contemporary craft and the remarkable creativity and innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media. 
Festival Hall: 
Floralis Masculus
The Photography of Robert Hold
January 23 - May 23, 2020
Opening Reception, February 7, 2020, 6-8 PM
US Air Force Veteran and recent TWU graduate Robert Hold explores the forgotten meanings of different flowers and floral arrangements. He focuses on the masculine meanings and attributes attached to flowers often forgotten, highlighting the often over looked connection between masculinity and flora.
For more information:  

Texas Woman's University Art Galleries
East Gallery and West Gallery  
Nishiki Sugawara-Beda and Fari Rahimi 
January 13 - February 7 
Reception: Thursday, January 16, 2020, 5-7 pm 
University of North Texas Art Galleries
University of North Texas Art Gallery
For more information:   
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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, Lecture and Watercolor Demonstration (Beverly will also conduct a watercolor workshop February 3, 4 and 5.
March 4 -  High School Art Competition - Mindy Faubion and Gail Cope will spe ak on "Off the Wall" -  things to do with your art besides hanging it on the wall
April 1  TBD
May 6 - Stephen Zhang, presentation and demo on 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, 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 :  

Meadows Museum, SMU, is accepting applications for the Moss/Chumley North Texas Artist Award.
Deadline: February 14, 2020
The cash prize for the award is $2,500. 
The award is given annually to an outstanding North Texas artist who has exhibited professionally for at least ten years and who has a proven track record as an active community advocate for the visual arts. 
To be eligible, an artist must reside in one of the following North Texas counties: Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, or Wise. 
To enter, visit to download an application. 
For questions, contact Shelley DeMaria (214-768-4246; ).

Irving Arts Association presents: 
2020 IAA Masquerade Awards Competition call for entries
Exhibition: "The Mask and the Hidden Persona"
Exhibition Dates: January 26 -  February 28
Curators: John Lee Hunter & John P. Irizarry
Awards Reception: February 9 - 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Masquerade Party: Friday, 28 February 2020 - 7:00 to 9:00 pm
(Door Prizes/Prize for Best Costume)
Enter online by  midnight on January 22
Fees: $45 non-members,  $25 IAA members
Pay by Check to:
Irving Art Association,
P.O. Box 153581, Irving, TX 75015-3581
(Checks should be mailed by 12 January 2020, or may accompany artwork at drop off)
Not a member? Join IAA at

Submissions are open for Provoke, our international contemporary art exhibition.
Exhibition dates:  February 24th - April 4th, 2020.
Deadline to submit work is February 4th, 2020
View the full prospectus and apply online at

Provoke will be an open-themed, contemporary and fine art exhibition at The Continental Lofts Art Gallery, in in the heart of the Deep Ellum arts district, in downtown Dallas Texas. Opening reception to be held on Saturday, February 29th, 6 - 9 PM.
Eligible media include, but are not limited to: drawing, painting, photography, mixed media, oil/chalk pastels, block/ink print, pottery/vessels, sculpture, assemblage, digital art, collage, metal work, jewelry design, fiber/textile art, wood work and contemporary craft. There is a $45 (USD) non-refundable/non-transferable fee, for up to ten (10) images.

Oil Painters of America Call For Artists
29th National Juried Exhibition of Representational Oil Paintings
Deadline for online submissions is Friday, January 24, 2020.  
To enter, artists must reside in the U.S., Canada or Mexico and be a paid 2020 member of OPA at an annual fee of $70.  
OPA is currently accepting new member applications.
Exhibition Dates:  May 15 through June 13, 2020 
Location:  RS Hanna Gallery in Fredericksburg, Texas.
Approximately 30 awards will be given with a total value estimated in excess of $100,000, including a $25,000 Best of Show.  Convention events will include a wet paint competition with awards, demonstrations, interviews and exhibitors.  
Juror of Awards will be nationally renowned artist Rose Frantzen.
National Exhibition entry fee:  $30 for one entry, $45 for two entries; $60 for three entries; only one painting may be accepted.  
Maximum size limit is 1200 sq. in.  
For a prospectus, visit our website at

2020 Texas & Neighbors call for entries 
35th  2020   Texas & Neighbors Regional Art Exhibition,  s ponsored by the  Irving Art Association  and the  Irving Arts Center .
$9,000 in Awards
Open to artists living in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. 
Entry fee of $50 ($40 for IAA members)
Deadline: March 1

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