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News and Events
April, 2015
Please Note: There will be no Mini Show for members on April 2.  The H igh School Art Competition will take its place.

Julie Mortillaro Will Demonstrate Her Techniques for Collage.

Julie Mortillaro is a self-taught collage and mixed media artist who resides in Plano, Texas with her husband, two daughters and numerous pets. Her artwork has been featured in various exhibits throughout the DFW area and can also be found in private collections.


Mortillaro will be demonstrating how to create a torn paper collage from a reference photo or favorite drawing. She'll provide some examples on how to create a collage that looks like a "paper painting" as well as how to add more subtle collage elements to your artwork. How to make your own painted papers will be discussed and demonstrated so that your artwork will be truly one of a kind. 

Julie Mortillaro's Website:
The meeting is Thursday, April 2 - 7:00 to 9:00pm at the Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts (P-A CVA) in Denton.


2015/2016 VAST Membership Drive

The Visual Arts Society of Texas' calendar year runs from June 1st through May 31st.  2015-2016 DUES ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED.

All dues must be paid by May 31.  

  • Members may renew at the April and May VAST meetings. 
  • A membership form is available on the website or click here. 
  • Dues can be mailed to VAST, PO Box 1281, Denton, TX 76205. 

We are working on the capability for online payment and hope to have that available in the near future.  

  • Monthly mini-competitions
  • Monthly e-newsletter
  • Artist of the Year Award
  • Juried exhibition discounts (125-Mile)
  • Workshop discounts
  • Free image in online membership directory
  • 20% discount on full-price purchases at HMS Art and Frame Shop in Denton and Asel Art Supply in Dallas
Individual ($35)
Educator ($25)

In addition to receiving all Membership Benefits outlined above, educators may bring their students to the VAST monthly meetings free of charge. Although there is no limit to the number of students who may attend, we ask instructors to let us know if more than 5 students will attend any one meeting so we may adjust our hospitality plans accordingly.

Student ($15)

Family ($45)

With a Family Membership, Individual/Student Membership Benefits are extended to all members of a household.



Supporting members receive the same benefits as Individual Members and are recognized in numerous VAST publications throughout the year.

  • $5,000 - van Gogh
  • $3,000 - Renoir
  • $1,000 - Michelangelo
  • $750 - Leonardo
  • $500 - Picasso
  • $250 - Georgia O'Keeffe
  • $125 - Rembrandt
  • $50 - Mary Cassatt




A Collaborative Exhibit of Art & Poetry

April 23 -May 29, 2015

Meadows Gallery

Patterson - Appleton Center

for the Visual Arts

400 E. Hickory, Denton, Texas


Gallery Hours: 1 pm - 5 pm

Tuesday through Sunday

Opening Reception:  Thursday, April 23

5:30 - 7:30 pm

Music: Thad Bonduris, Le Not-So-Hot Trio

 (Public invited)

March 30: artists and poets statements (50 -100 words) due to Beth Honeycutt at


April 13, 2015: Delivery of all art work to the Patterson-Appleton Center for Visual Arts 10am to 12 Noon & 4pm to 7pm
April 16 - 18:  Installation of poetry and art
April 2:  Opening Reception 5:30 to 7:30


VAST Sponsored Workshops:
Junanne Peck - Printmaking, May 5-7
Gary Chapman - Charcoal Drawing, August 5-6
Carolyn Riegelman - Acrylic Abstract, October 6-8 

There is one spot left for this workshop!

"Monotype and the Spontaneous Mark"

Akua Demo Artist Junanne Peck Workshop May 5-7, 2015

Where: Patterson-Appleton Center for Visual Arts, Denton 

(corner of Hickory and Bell) 

Time: 9:30 - 4:00, with a one hour lunch break

Cost: VAST Members: $165; Non-Members $200


Monotypes are one-of-a-kind prints using simple techniques. The classes will provide a basic introduction to the use of the etching press with the introduction of the pin press in creating multi-layered monotypes. Artists will produce a printing plate from an original drawing or design and will become familiar with printmaking processes, tools, and techniques using non-toxic waterbased Akua inks. Drypoint and stencils will be explored. Emphasis will be on color, visual texture, line and composition. 


All supplies included. Additional paper available for a nominal charge. See more of Junanne Peck's work at



Gary Chapman, Charcoal Drawing, August 5-6, 2015

See Gary's work at

Cost:  VAST Members: $110; Non-Members $145


Carolyn Riegelman, Acrylic Abstract, October 6-8, 2015

See Carolyn's work at

Cost:  VAST Members: $275; Non-Members $310



Where:  Patterson-Appleton Center for Visual Arts, Denton 
(corner of Hickory and Bell)  

Daily Time:  9:30 - 4:00, with a one hour lunch break


REGISTRATION FEE: The registration fee is $50.00, and is due at the time of signing up for the workshop.  This fee is non-refundable. Please make the check out to VAST, and send to:         

Kristin Spalding  (214-578-0357

2507 High Pointe Blvd., McKinney, TX 75071


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

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.


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.


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Calendar Focus - April



Congratulations to the March
Artists of the Month! 
Linda Creagh, First Place 
Fire and Grass, hand-dyed painted silk

Lorraine Hayes, Second Place 
Shadows on the Snow, watercolor

For Artists Who Would Like to Exhibit at 

The Shops at Highland Village Art Festival

May 2, 2015

Application Due: April 15th

The 2015 Highland Village Art Festival will take place on May 2, at The Shops at Highland Village. We invite local residents to celebrate spring and the arts with wholesome family activities. Festival hours will be from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. The festival is a day full of fun, activities and entertainment such as unique art items for sale, artist demonstrations, live music, and activities for children. 

Admission and parking are free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the shops and restaurants located within The Shops at Highland Village.

Exhibitor and Vendor Information:

We are seeking local artists who would be interested in participating in the Highland Village Art Festival.

Booth Fee: $50 for 10'x10' Space; $100 for 10'x20' Space (100% of Fee Going to Charitable Partner Children's Advocacy Center for Denton County)

Exhibitors retain 100% of Sales.

There will be a limit to the number of exhibitors. Anyone interested must complete an application form and be approved for participation. 


Check here for the Vendor Application for the Highland Village Art Festival.  We look forward to receiving your completed application, photos and fee for consideration by the Public Art Advisory Board.  You have until April 15th to return your application materials if you wish to participate.


The Public Art Advisory Board will be reviewing all vendor applications at its April 16th meeting to confirm participants for the May 2nd event.   



Diane A. Callahan, TRMC, CMC

City Secretary, City of Highland Village

1000 Highland Village Road

Highland Village, TX 75077


972-899-5104 fax


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
Works by Isabel Cano and Dawn Swepston

Isabel Cano, artist statement:

I create art to share with the viewer a slice of what and how, I perceive my surroundings. 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.


The flowers are painted from pictures I have taken, of bouquets that my husband and I have received, flower departments at Kroger, Home Depot and other stores or in their natural environment.


  Dawn Swepston is on a quest to re-brand the Old West, creating art with strong colors and dramatic contrasts to engage contemporary generations in thought about the challenges and conflicts of modern society and traditional Western values. 

Her subject matter points to the decreased availability of, and access to, natural resources; rarified skies, pristine landscapes, and dazzling stars are remote to city dwellers enveloped in pollution. Both of her current series examine the 
impact of physical, political and psychological borders on individuals and on society. Cowgirl boots and a playful flash of skin, while superficially sensuous, point to issues of racial identity, immigration, women's roles, and changing family structures. 
Ms. Swepston's award winning work has been selected for many regional and national shows and is included in both public and private collections. 
March 13 - May 8
Coordinator for exhibit:  Lin Hampton at
"Noble Visions"  exhibition at  Barnes & Noble Booksellers Cafe 
Golden Triangle Mall 

Work of Dawn Swepston

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  

Origin of the Universe by Bonnie Siebert; January 9-April 10. 

Upcoming Exhibitions: 

April 10 - July 10, Carol Stoecker
July 10 - Oct 9, Terry Karloff 
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.

Mindy Faubion and Jo Williams had paintings accepted in the Society of Watercolor Artist (SWA) 2015 International Juried Art Exhibition, May 3 - June12, Central Library, Fort Worth.

Marcy Ann Villafana's work has been accepted into Townley Gallery, 570 South Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 and will be on display until May 31st, 2015.  The Figure - ArtistTable online Gallery, Acme, MI  ( on March 25th that Marcy Ann Villafana received an Honorable Mention Category Men by Women "Muscle Man", Juror - Audrey Hoffer.

Marcy Ann Villafana announces her newest charcoal "In the Dark" will be on exhibit April 1st - May 4th at the 39th Annual ACC Student Art Exhibition, Julia C. Butridge Gallery at the Dougherty Art Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX, Juror - Steve Wyman. She will be showing her figurative works April 10th - May 2nd at the Austin "Figurative" Show through the AVAA (Austin Visual Art Association) at Austin Art Space, 7739 Northcross Drive, Austin, TX, Juror - Melissa Grimes.  

April 11th - 12th, for "Tour The Talent" -Marcy Ann Villafana will be at STOP #D, Nina Mihm Studio, 2401 W Fitzhugh Rd, Dripping Springs, TX 78620, USA

Jo Williams presented a watercolor demonstration for SWA in March and will be presenting a demonstration for the Mount Pleasant Art Association in April. She will also give a program for the Denton chapter of AAUW in May.  


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.

Art Around Town 

A Creative Art Studio

227 W. Oak Street, Suite 101

March/April Class schedule is available at this link.

For more information:


Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts

400 E. Hickory Street, Denton, TX 76201 

Meadows Gallery: 

Materials: Hard and Soft; Feb. 7 - April 2
VAST Merging Visions; April 23-May 29
Gough Gallery:
Annual High School Art Show
April 8 - May 3, 2015

Texas Woman's University Art Galleries

East Gallery and West Gallery 

BFA and MFA Graduating Students Exhibition 
April 7 through May 8

more information:

University of North Texas Art Gallery

55th Annual Voertman Student Art Competition and Exhibition
April 7 - April 25

Awards Ceremony and Reception, UNT Art Gallery, April 9, 5-7pm 

For more information: 


UNT on the Square

Paintings from the Graduate Painting Studio


For more information:


Opportunities/Calls for Entries

Artspace 111

2nd Annual Regional Juried Exhibition

Fee: $35.00 

Entry Deadline: 5/31/15

Exhibition Open: June 26 - August 7th

Opening Reception: June 26th, 5-8:30pm

Entry is through the CallForEntry online site at this location.

Artspace111 is pleased to announce an open call for submissions for the 2nd Annual Artspace 111 Regional Juried Exhibition, juried by distinguished artist Vernon Fisher. All contemporary 2D work in any media is accepted. Please see the prospectus for details. Over $1200 will be awarded to the best works in show.

  • Notification of acceptance June 8 - by email, and on the cafĂ© site
  • Shipping Receiving - June 8 - June 19
  • Shipped Return - August 10 - 14
  • Hand delivery pickup - August 11 - August 14

Plano 125 Show

Call for Entry

Deadline - April 3, 2015

Entries are through the CallForEntry online site at this location.

Jurors: Carlyn Ray and Mark Whitmarsh

Carlyn Ray was recently named as one of Dallas' top 14 emerging artists and is featured in the current and prior issue of Patron Magazine for her participation in Artists Vs Architects. As an emerging hot glass artist and founder of Carlyn Ray designs, she opened her studio in the summer of 2013. As a former employee of Dale Chihuly, she was part of his team as they created such masterpieces as the unforgettable Chihuly exhibit at the Dallas Arboretum. 

Mark Whitmarsh was born in Denver, Colorado, studied art at the University of Wyoming and the Rocky Mountain School of Art and Design in Denver. He has lived and painted in Dallas, Texas for over twenty years. "As I build layers of color, a personal iconography evolves on the painted surface. I'm interested in a surface that has a rich patina with a modern ancestry. By adding and subtracting layers, a genesis over time is revealed." Mark's work has been featured in various publications including Art in America, Art Net Encyclopedia of Living Artists, the Dallas Observer and Southwest Art Magazine.

Categories and Awards

  • 2-D Artwork (Two-Dimensional Artworks)
  • 3-D Artworks (Three-Dimensional Artworks)
  • Printmaking, Photography (Traditional & Digital).

Each of which will be awarded a first ($300), second ($200) and third place award ($100). The show runs from April 27th, 2015, through May 13th, 2015, with a reception on May 7th (Thursday from 5:30-7:30pm).

Scheduled Dates:

  • Submission of images ~ April 3th 
  • Notification of acceptance or non-acceptance into show ~ April 10th or 11th
  • Delivery of artworks to Gallery ~ April 16th to 18st during college hours
  • Show opens on ~ April 27th
  • Reception & Awards presentation ~ May 7th from 5:30-7:30 (announcement 6:30)
  • Show closes ~ May 17th
  • Art pick-up ~ May 19 through Wednesday, May 21

The cost of entering is 

  • $25 if you are a current PAA member
    • The discounted rate is available via a coupon code. If you are a current member and haven't received the code, please email Plano Art 125 Show and request it.
  • $40 for non-members. 

"Unique by Nature"

Juried Art Competition and Exhibition, April 10-April 25

Awards Reception: April 10

Hosted by: McKinney Performing Arts Center and Arts and Music Guild.

Prize Winners to be chosen by Mary Vernon, Professor of Art, Meadows School of the Arts, SMU

Cash and purchase prizes totaling $9000 to be distributed. See prospectus for distribution.

The application requests jpgs of artwork, a bio, and contact information, and should be submitted by Friday, March 27th, 7pm. 

Entrants must have some point have been a resident of Texas.

Questions or concerns, contact Annie Royer at 214.679.1124, or

Click for details, and here for submission form.


Call for Artists: Focus Galleries FWCAC
Deadline: April 10, 2015
The Exhibition Advisory Panel (EAP) of the Fort Worth Community Arts Center (FWCAC) is seeking exhibition proposals from artists and curators for all art forms, including new media, for its 2016-2017 season. The mission of the EAP is to exhibit contemporary art with a focus on regional artists in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. The panel is looking for professional level, innovative art and is interested in individual artist submissions of personal work, as well as proposals for curated single artist or group exhibitions. Artwork should show a consistency of vision. There is a $25 fee.

"The Blues"

Exhibition Location: Jaycee Park Center, 1975 Puritan Drive, Irving TX

Gallery Exhibition Dates: September 27 - November 25, 2015

Reception: October 18, 2-4pm

Deadline for submission of paperwork and art to be mailed: September 21

Curator: Junanne Peck at

Mood disorders, depression, melancholy, sadness, whatever you choose to refer to your experience, it does exist despite the stigma and silence within society. The intent behind this project is to create and increase awareness of how depression is experienced, not only by those that suffer from it but by those that love and care for them.

Mail to: Junanne Peck 

P.O.Box 8786 Fort Worth, TX 86124 

Hand delivered work drop off time: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 -12-4pm at Jaycee Park Center for the Arts.

If you cannot deliver on September 22, please make priorarrangements with Junanne Peck to get artwork to PO Box 8786, Fort Worth, TX  76124.

Location: Jaycee Park Center for the Arts - 1975 Puritan Dr., Irving TX 75061 

Pick up Date: Sat., November 28, 12-4pm

Submit up to 3 works.

No entry fee.

Irving Arts Association (IAA) will retain a 15% commission on all exhibition sales. 

The link for the full prospectus.


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

April 2   Julie Mortillaro, 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

April 2

April 16

May 14

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