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     April 2013

April Meeting: Thursday, April 4, 2013

The High School Art Competition will be held in place of the Member Mini Show.  The Denton County Historical Commission has invited the young artist winners (Best of Show, 1st place, 2nd place, and 3rd place) to exhibit their art at the Denton County Courthouse on the Square during the Denton County Celebration and Downtown Merchant's Open House on April 6 and 7.


This month Jo Williams, president of VAST, is the guest artist and will be demonstrating in watercolor.


If you have lived in the Denton area for any length of time, you probably have seen Jo Williams' nature inspired watercolors, filled with color and energy.  Williams' may paint a familiar scene - one possibly reminiscent of a time and place in your memory, but she adds a degree of excitement and vibrancy that makes your memory even that much more grand.  Jo Williams has stated "As a child growing up in the woods and prairies of North Texas, where I continue to live, I spent hours roaming the woods and meadows near my home.  The images of big skies, trees, roots, rocks, creeks, leaves, and acorns are all strongly embedded in my psyche. As I travel to other locales, I always seek out similar subject matter."  It is these rather normal and almost mundane places that Williams paints, capturing the wonder in nature.


Watercolor is the artist's medium of choice.  Williams said that "Even though my subjects are basically representational, I am not a photo-realist. Once I am painting, the work is about the process and not about the subject. I paint in watercolor because it never ceases to challenge me. I am thrilled with the vibrancy and fluidity of the medium."


Williams has lived in Denton for thirty-nine years and been painting professionally for about thirty years. She has been involved in the Denton area art community for many years and recently completed six years service on the City Commission for Public Arts. Williams and her husband Johnny won the prestigious Community Arts Recognition Award (CARA) in Denton in 2003. She was just recently voted in as the President of VAST, one of many positions that she's held in the past. 


Williams has a degree in art education from the University of North Texas and has been teaching privately for about thirty years, including community education classes for the University of North Texas. A popular teacher, she conducts workshops throughout the southwest including Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Arizona, Oklahoma, and Mexico where she gets inspiration for her own art. This versatile and accomplished painter currently teaches classes at the Center for the Visual Arts in Denton as well as doing demonstrations for organizations and judging regional art exhibits. 


Williams has held signature memberships in Southwestern Watercolor Society since 1991, and Artists and Craftsman Association since 1987.  She is also a member of the Kingston National Registry of Who's Who.  Her work has been exhibited in numerous regional and national juried exhibitions.  She has won a number of awards including Best of Show in the Texas Neighbors Art Competition in Irving and the North Texas Area Art League Annual Juried Exhibition (now VAST) in Denton.  


In 2008, Williams was invited to paint an ornament for the White House Christmas tree to represent the 26th Congressional District. Williams attended a reception at the White House for all the artists. The ornament remains stored in the Smithsonian.


Town Cow, watercolor

Williams has had several solo exhibitions including an invitational exhibit at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri and an invitational exhibit at the Center for Visual Arts in Denton.  Her work is included in many private collections and public collections including Raytheon, Ben E. Keith Co., Denton Publishing Company, City of Denton, and the Greater Denton Arts Council. 


Carol's Retreat, watercolor 
(View in Taos, on an afternoon before a storm)

More about Jo Williams at

The next open Board Meeting will take place at the South Branch Library, Denton
May 18, 9:30 am - 12 noon
VAST Board Elects New Officers
Your 2013 Board of Directors!

Lynne Cox, Executive Director

Executive Committee:
*Jo Williams, President
*Isabel Cano, Vice President 
*Fran Shurtleff, Secretary
D. Jan Jones, Treasurer
Rebecca Barham
Susan Cheal
Barbara Evans
Lin Hampton
James J. Johnson, Jr.
Tom Judd
Tonya Littman
Tina Meschko
Roxanne Musick
*Carol Rowley
*Dawn Swepston
Jervis Underwood
Nancy Waldo
*Sharon Warwick

*Newly elected

We have a new committee - the Sunshine Committee that Millie Johnson has volunteered to chair.  If anyone knows of a member who needs good wishes sent their way, or thoughts of sympathy, please contact Millie at: or 940.387.7688
2013 Merging Visions Reception
Open to the Public
Merging Visions Reception
 April 6, 2013 from 3:00 - 5:00pm
South Branch Library - Denton 

Come and celebrate with the artists of VAST and the poets of the Denton Poet's Assembly
Exhibition on display April 1 - May 17, 2013
Open during regular library hours at the three Denton Libraries:  North Branch, South Branch and Emily Fowler Central

This is the sixth year for Merging Visions, a collaborative exhibition of art and poetry, co- sponsored by the Denton Poets' Assembly, the Visual Arts Society of Texas, and the Denton Public Library.


This year's  exhibit, comprised of 50 pairs of art and poetry, will be displayed throughout the three Denton libraries during April, National Poetry Month.  Twenty-two poets from the Denton Poets' Assembly have contributed original poetry.  They have paired their writings with 37 different VAST artists, whose works were produced using various media.  We are thrilled to have photography, painting, collage, and stained glass in this year's exhibit. A brochure identifying the location of each piece will be offered.

A catalog entitled "Collections III," has been produced to commemorate  the 59 pieces of art and the poetry in the exhibit. Copies will be offered for sale for $15.00  at the Merging Visions Reception, April 6, 3:00 - 5:00 pm, South Branch Library,  and through VAST or the DPA. 

VAST 45th Annual 
National Visual Arts Exhibition
Opening Reception and Awards Presentation, 
Thursday, April 25, 6:30-8:30pm 
April 25 - June 2, 2013
Meadows Gallery
Center for the Visual Arts
400 E. Hickory, Denton 

Juror:  James Robert Pace 
James Robert Pace is a Professor of Visual Art at The University of Texas at Tyler where he has taught since 1985. He holds an MFA in painting and drawing from Arizona State University, and a BFA in printmaking and drawing from the University of Oklahoma. Pace has exhibited his work nationally and internationally since 1976 and has received numerous awards for his mixed media, paintings, drawings, and prints.
see  for examples of Pace's work. 
2014 VAST Member Calendar 
Deadline: June 1, 2013
Look through your recent artwork or get working on new work for the 2014 VAST Calendar!
Our Juror for the VAST Calendar is Gary Washmon, Professor, Visual Arts Department, Texas Women's University.

This opportunity is open to 2013/2014 VAST Members and 2-D or 3-D work will be considered.
The prospectus should be available at the April meeting.
2013 VAST Member's Exhibition 
Art to be Received June 14
This year's juror for the VAST Member's Exhibition is Michelle Hays, Art Department Chair of the Texas Women's University.
Here is the timeline for the show:
June 14, 5:00 - 7:00 pm: Take-in 
(Actual work received for jury)
June 15, 10:00 am - noon: Take-in
June 17, am: Jurying and judging
June 17, afternoon: Photography
June 21, 5:00 - 7:00 pm.
Return of un-accepted work
June 22, 10:00 am - noon
Return of unaccepted work
June 29, 5:00 - 7:00: Reception
Aug. 2, 5:00 - 7:00 pm: Return of work
Aug. 3, 10 am - noon: Return of work
Prospectus is expected to be available at the April meeting.
There are still a couple of spots open!
Carol Riegelman Workshop
Sponsored by VAST

Carol Riegelman, Image 2

When:  May 15, 16, 17, 2013 - 9am-4pm
Where:  Center for Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory Street
             Denton, TX  76210
Description:  Intuitive Painting
              A spontaneous journey, painting intuitively,
              making room for surprises, revealing images, 
              and simply-HAVING FUN!
Cost:   $275 VAST Members; $310 Non-Members
Registration Deposit: Please make check payable to VAST 
Mail to : Mary Emerson
            1001 Emerald Sound Blvd 
            Oak Point, TX 75068-2235
See Carolyn's website at:                                                      

1) REGISTRATION FEE: The registration fee is $50.00, and is due at the time of signing up for the workshop. Class is limited due to large-size of paintings. Send your deposit to hold your spot.
Deposits are non-refundable unless your spot can be filled by the Waiting List.

2) BALANCE: The balance for the workshop is due one month prior to the beginning of the workshop.

3)(a) CANCELLATION BY PARTICIPANT: If a participant must cancel, the VAST workshop coordinator will first attempt to fill the open spot from the official VAST waiting list. If there is no waiting list, the canceling participant is free to attempt to fill the spot on his/her own. No refunds will be made one month or less prior to the class.

3)(b) CANCELLATION BY VAST: If there are not enough participants to cover workshop costs, or if VAST must cancel for any other reason, participants will be notified by workshop coordinator and will promptly receive a full refund, including deposit.


For Carolyn's Supply List click here.


Please come with a sense of humor, dressed in old clothes with every intention of having a good time! This will be a stress free zone, so don't make me nervous..... Carolyn Riegelman


Thank you.

Mary Emerson's Watercolor Class exhibits at The Chestnut Tree

David Hendley 
Ceramic Lecture and Workshop
April 11 and April 12,  Open to the Public
Clay Underground of Texas Woman's University 
presents TWU Alum,
David Hendley 
of Old Farmhouse Pottery
CERAMIC LECTURE - Thursday, April 11th, 2013 4:00 PM 
TWU Fine Arts Bldg., corner of Texas St. and Oakland St. Denton 
FREE WORKSHOP - Friday, April 12th 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Ceramic Studio (basement)

David Hendley, operates a successful studio, Old Farmhouse Pottery, out of a small East Texas town near Maydelle. He will demonstrate ceramic techniques, including wheel-thrown, hand-built, and extruding methods. He will also share his business expertise concerning establishing and maintaining a small art studio/business.

RSVP deadline - Tuesday, April 9
Reservations required for WORKSHOP (FREE, but, limited space).  Lunch is available for $8.00 with prior reservation.
P.R.I.N.T. Presents Scott Ingram and Ryan Burkhart, Collaborative Printmaking
Open and Free to the Public
Artist Talk: A Dialogue on Collaborative Printmaking
TUESDAY APRIL 2 FROM 12:30 TO 1:50 P.M., ART 219 
UNT Campus

Open House:

FRIDAY, APRIL 5 FROM 4:00 TO 6:00 P.M. 


Join in on a conversation between Ryan Burkhart and Scott Ingram as they discuss the collaborative nature of printmaking. Ryan Burkhart comes from the perspective of a master printer who maintains a professional studio practice. He will highlight a variety of recent projects, including the establishment of Kong Screenprinting in Austin, Texas. Scott Ingram will focus on how collaborative print projects generate new ideas and practices in the studio. He will discuss the influence of Modernist architecture and design on his assemblages, paintings and sculptures.


For more information:
TWU Arts Triangle Walking Tour
Open to the Public

Thursday, April 4, 5:00- 7:00 pm

Explore the spaces where the arts happen at TWU.  Free tour begins at Hubbard Hall and ends with a reception at the Redbud Theater Lobby.  Join us this year for action and adventure with staged combat and fight choreography with guest artist Lloyd N. Caldwell.
Members who wish to have articles/exhibit notices, etc. considered for publication in the VAST newsletter, please send information to:
If you are fortunate enough to get into a wonderful show or are having a solo show, for example... 
We'd like to share! 
The deadline for information is the 15th of each month.
For Current Information and to connect as an online community, check out 'Visual Arts Society of Texas' on Facebook or click
Congratulations March 
Mini Show Winners
 First Place:  Tonya Littman, It's All About the Journey 
fiber art

 Second Place:  Roxanne Musick, Trailing Orchid
colored pencil


Art Around Town 

Center for the Visual Arts
Meadows Gallery:  
Materials Hard and Soft

February 8 - April 5
VAST 45th Annual National Visual Arts Exhibition 
April 25 - June 2, 2013 
Opening Reception and Awards Presentation 
Thursday, April 25, 6:30-8:30pm 
Gough Gallery:
Annual Denton Area High School Exhibit
April 3 - 30
more information:

Texas Woman's University Art Galleries    

Voertman's Student Art Competition
April 5 to April 17
Opening Reception & Award Ceremony: Tuesday, April 9, 4:00-6:00PM
Free Admission 

more information:   


University of North Texas Art Gallery   
53rd Annual Voertman Student Art Competition 
April 9 - April 27

Juried by Lisa Hatchadoorian

Juror's Talk - Thursday, April 4, 4 - 5 pm

Art Building Room 223

Check website for information on UNT's other galleries:  


UNT on the Square

Your Night/My Day
An intercultural collaborative art project between artists in Iran and the U.S.A.
March 20-April 3


The Chestnut Tree

Art of Mary Emerson's Watercolor Fun Class

Artists in the exhibit: Andrea Albright, Carmen Underwood, Carolyn Jeffrus, Mary Ann Kelly, Sharon Strohmeyer, Lys Carty, Sandy Strickland, Sally Williams, Mary Emerson.

Exhibit through April


Barnes & Noble Booksellers Cafe' - Golden Triangle Mall  
Allison Proulx
March - April


Point Bank Blackbox Theater

Storm Series, Photographs by Lynne Cox

Exhibit through April 5

Fiber Art Works by Tonya Littmann

Exhibit through April 5 through June

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.


A Creative Art Studio  

First Friday Denton: April 5th

227 W. Oak Street, Suite 101      
Denton, TX 76201 
(940) 442-1251

For more information on workshops:   

Members In the News 

Outside of the Denton Area  

Please submit news of exhibitions that you are involved in to: 
Fort Worth Community Arts Center
Mary Wright has a piece, "One Lump or Two? " in the Kitsch and Flow ArtHash Exhibit

Opening Reception: Friday, April 5, 6:00 -9:00pm, the exhibit will be up through April 29.

1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth


Fort Worth Public Library -Central

The Society of Watercolor Artists will have their 2013 International Exhibition on display from April 7 - June 15.  Congratulations to VAST members: Andrea Albright, Darla Bostick, Shubha Mantri, Dave Maxwell and Jo Williams.

500 W. Third St., Fort Worth, TX.


Orisons Gallery 

Mary Wright's relief print, "Rushing Spring" can be seen in the Childhood Memories Exhibition.  This exhibit is meant to highlight the North Texas Printmakers Guild's first print exchange. 
Opening May 11th and exhibit will be up through May.

Sale of the work to benefit CASA. 

110 E. Louisiana St., McKinney TX.


Artists 'Round Texas 
11th Small Works Juried Art Show
May 1st - 31st, 2013
Rowlett Public Library, 3900 Main, Rowlett, Texas
Each Category: 1st-$100, 2nd-$25, 3rd-$10 plus purchase awards.
Juror: Barbara Dybala, Mosaic and Mixed Media Artist
Non-members of A.R.T. $10 per entry or 6 for $50 

For more information and the prospectus click here.

The Artist's Magazine's 30th Annual Art Competition 
More than $25,000 in cash prizes will be awarded, and Top Award Winners will be featured in the December 2013 issue of The Artist's Magazine!
All winners will also appear in a special online gallery. There are 5 categories for you to compete and win. Plus, there's a Special Student/Beginner Division for new artists.  For details on how to enter: or Check here for more information.

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

Visual Arts Society of Texas
Membership Dues:
You may pay now for 2013-2014.


The VAST membership year runs from June 1 - May 31.

Please pay by June 1, 2013. 

2012-2013 Monthly Programs

April 4, 2013
Jo Williams
Watercolor Demonstration
High School Art Competition

May 2, 2013
Burt Finger
Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery

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 


2012-2013 VAST Membership Levels

$15 - Student 

$25 - Educator*
$35 - Individual
$45 - Family
$50 - Mary Cassat
$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 Lynne Cox
so the Hospitality
Committee can plan to
have enough refreshments
on-hand at the meeting.
2013  VAST
Artist Day Out

Apr 4 

Apr 18 
May 2 
May 16 
June 6 
June 20 
July 18 
Aug 8 
Aug 22

VADO is a day where members may come paint at the CVA from 9:15 - 3, approximately two mornings a month.  There is no instructor, it is not a workshop... just an art gathering. 


You may paint, sketch, quilt, or whatever 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: 

Mary Emerson 
1001 Emerald Sound Blvd. 
Oak Point, TX 75068 
Thank you to the Following Supporters of the Visual Arts Society of Texas

Polly Maynard

Asel Art

Barnes and Noble Booksellers

The Chestnut Tree

City of Denton

Central Fire Station

Denton Community Theater

Greater Denton Arts Council

Kirkpatrick Architecture Studio

Point Bank 

Recycled Books