April Presentation: Wednesday, 6:45 pm 
Vision News and Updates                           April 4, 2018

April Guest Artist: Angelia Ford
VAST Artist Talk:  Wednesday, April 4,   6:45-9pm

Our presenter is  Angelia Ford, Dallas-based Multimedia Artist

Ange's thoughts:  
"As an artist, I have always been motivated to create work with the intention of peeling away the outside layers of our human experience, in order to reveal who  we are at our core. The true beauty of art is its capability to stir emotion in the viewer and remind us of all that we have in common. In that respect, I feel it is my duty to create work that inspires personal reflection, which in turn invites the viewer to entertain a new perspective on the world around them.
The series of drawings titled "Creating Visibility for the Invisible" explores the dynamics of homelessness, and reveals the paths and circumstances that led to their subjects' displacement. The drawings reflect upon the homeless individuals' isolation, while examining the common misconceptions to focus on the longstanding chasm between the homeless and their surrounding communities. 
I talk to each individual for three to four hours in an effort to understand the reasons they became homeless. As references for my drawings, I take between fifteen to twenty photographs. The latitude and longitude of the location where I spoke to them is added to the drawing as a geographical point for the viewer. This is their home.

My work reveals the barriers that have been created by stereotypes, and considers the homeless population from a different perspective. In re-evaluating their plight through art, I recognize the homeless and nurture the hope that they will no longer be ignored. Instead, they are seen as people who are doing the best they can to survive. They are people who have a story, if only we would take time to listen."

Meetings are held at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 
400 East Hickory St, Denton, TX.
Next Meeting: May 2 , 2018 , 6:45 - 9:00 pm
Members: Free; Guests: $5

Merging Visions calendar

A Collaborative Exhibit of Art and Poetry
Merging Visions 2018
Dates: October 20 - November 24, 2018
Location: Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater  (MCL Grand)
100 N. Charles St. (at Main St.), 
Lewisville, TX

Please Review all rules in the Prospectus.
CALENDAR Guidelines for Artists:
March 30 - All pairings completed
April 2 - Contracts completed & final changes in poetry due
March - May 1:     
Digital images of artwork due to Deanna Wood at  deannawoodart@gmail.com
May  2 - 25:         
All works undergo judging process from submitted digital images. Accepted works may be  subject to a second review at the request of the Juror. All digital  images must adhere to guidelines stated in Prospectus.  
June 1 -  All artists notified of results of juror's review
July 15 - Re-worked images submitted to Deanna Wood  by this date
August 1 - Second notification to artists who'd resubmitted work 
July - August 1:  
Sponsorships for the publication of the catalogs due  (sponsorships after this  date will be accepted but such sponsors' contributions may not be noted in the catalog)
October 16 - Intake of all art work at the MCL Grand  (2D width limit: 36").  Installation through
Oct. 19  (times to be decided)
October 20 - Exhibit opens
October 21 - Reception at MCL Grand: 2 to 4 p.m.
November 24 - Exhibit closes
November 26 - Return of work

Heads Up! VAST Member Exhibition
July 24 - August 15

29th Annual Juried Members Exhibition
UNT on the Square
July 24 - August 15, 2018
Take-in: Thursday,  July 19 - 10am-noon and 4-7pm
Reception: Tuesday, July 24
Juror:  LynnĂ© Bowman Cravens

The prospectus will be available at the May meeting.

Renew Your Membership Now 
Renew before May 31 and get FREE entry in the
VAST Calendar Competition

Our organization has a fiscal year that starts on June 1 and ends May 31. 
2018-2019 Dues are now being accepted.

You may renew by the following methods:
  • Pay by credit card, check or cash at the April or May meetings.
  • A membership form is available HERE. Dues can be mailed to VAST, PO Box 1281, Denton, TX 76202. 
  • Pay through PayPal:  Send an email to Carol Rowley (Treasurer) at Vastartstreasurer@gmail.com and request a PayPal invoice for the membership level that you desire (Student, Educator, Individual or Family.) 
Make checks payable to "VAST."  For membership questions, please contact Mary Wright at news.vast@gmail.com.

2018-2019 VAST Membership Levels:
$15 - Student       
$25 - Educator*     
$35 - Individual     
$45 - Family **

*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 Mindy Faubion through President@VASTarts.org  so the Hospitality Committee can plan to  have enough refreshments  at the meeting.
**Family means "those living under the same roof."
Help Needed for the Upcoming Year, Starting in June
VAST is an all volunteer organization. You can help!

Let us know if you are interested in filling the position that organizes the High School competition. You will be given plenty of instruction. VAST members then vote on area high school art. It is a treat to see the emerging artists' wonderful work! 

Mini Show Exhibition Chairperson needed for the meetings starting in June. Members enjoy bringing work and an Artist of the Year is chosen. The Mini Show Chair takes in art at the meetings and displays them; tallies votes! Let us know if you'd like to help out!

Looking for a detail oriented person to take over (possibly starting by doing every other month) the  newsletter. We work in the template program Constant Contact. Help keep our members notified about current art news!

Please contact Mindy Faubion at mindyfaubion@gmail.com or Mary Wright at marywright59@gmail.com if you'd like to give these duties a try!

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.
Beginning Pottery - Handbuilding, with Mindy Faubion
6 wks $150 + $25 in supplies
Class location:   Beulah Center at Global Spheres Center in Corinth.  
Address: 7801 S-I35 E, Corinth, TX 76210.
Classes will cover an intro to clay and hand-building with stoneware clay. We will make several objects, glaze and fire them during the 6 wk session.  There will be about $25 in tools and clay that you will need to purchase as well.  Once this foundation class is completed, you will be able to work in the Open Studio times during the following session or on your own at home.

Tuesday mornings - 10am-1pm.  First session - April 3-May 8;  Second session - July 3-Aug.7 
Wednesday evenings - 6-9pm.  First session - March 21-April 25;  Second session - May 9-June 1;  Third session- July 11-Aug 8

Open Studio is $25/ 3hr.  Clay may be purchased through Mindy for $1 per pound.  Glazes and
firing are included in the $25 fee.

PAYMENT:  $50 will hold your place in a session, with the remainder due the first day of class, or
pay the whole fee of $150. 
Class sizes are limited to 8 max. with 3 minimum to begin a class. 
Please email Mindy if you intend to sign up, so you will know if the class has made or there is available space. mindyfaubion@gmail.com.  Checks can then be mailed to:   Mindy Faubion at 912 Providence St, Denton, TX 76205 
Call or email with questions. Hope to see you in class!  
Mindy Faubion  214-450-2333


Two Opportunities to Join Jo Williams in Watercolor Creation! 
 Join a painting excursion to the magical Caddo Lake, May 9 - 14, 2018
Join an adventure in Mallorca, Spain, September 9 - 14, 2018!
Caddo Lake:  $550 includes five nights' accommodations and workshop. 
For complete details, Check Here.
 A visit to Caddo Lake is truly a magical experience! The lake is located in northeastern Texas and spans the Texas-Louisiana border. It is Texas' only natural lake named after the southeastern culture of Native Americans called Caddoans or Caddo. It is an internationally protected wetland and has the largest Cypress Forest in the world.  Don Henley of Eagles fame created the Caddo Lake Institute to safeguard the lake's ecology and identity. 

Mallorca, Spain:  Six days and five nights in a  luxurious, private, air conditioned Mallorcan Villa with pool. E njoy royal treatment by Walter and Kim Eagleton of Artistic Gourmet Adventures. Walter's and Kim's excursions are a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Artistic Gourmet Adventures has offered that anyone who signs up for the Adventure in Mallorca can earn $150 off per person if you get someone else to sign up. 
For complete details, Click Here.

Check out my flyers, and let me know if you have more questions.  Jo Williams

Millie Johnson is our Sunshine Chair
Please contact her at pairodocs25@yahoo.com or 940.387.7688 if you know of a member who needs well wishes sent or thoughts of sympathy.

2018 Calendar Focus - April

February Mini Show Winners

Tonya Littmann,  First Place
Hazel, fiber art

Linda Creagh,  Second Place
Dancing Fish, fiber art

March Mini Show Winners

Lisa Daniels, First Place
Untitled, acrylic

Bonnie Merritt, Second Place
Golden Boy, watercolor

Materials Hard+Soft
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, February 3 -  May 5

Members in the News
Please submit news of exhibitions that you are involved in to news.vast@gmail.com 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
Carol Stoecker has work at the Emily Fowler through April.

Coordinator for exhibit: Mindy Faubion, mindyfaubion@yahoo.com
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 POINTBank Black Box Theater 
Lisa Daniels will have work displayed starting March 15 - June 15.

Lisa Daniels will be exhibiting a selection of watercolor and mixed media paintings with her primary theme of auto art.

Daniels has been creating auto art since before she could drive. "I grew up around cars, and their contours, colors, and craftsmanship always fascinated me." Her media include pencil, acrylic, and watercolor on canvas or metal backgrounds.

Daniels partnered with a classic and exotic car restoration business until 1993, when she decided art was her full-time calling. Since then, her work has graced numerous publications and events. A run of 13 prints for the Rolls Royce 

Owners Club Stores are highly prized collectibles. When she's not working in her impeccably tidy North Texas home studio, lined with autographed pictures of Mario Andretti, Graham Hill, and Jim Clark, as well as her own work, she's caring for four rescue cats, actively participating in four car clubs and two boat clubs, watching F1 and Le Mans racing or listening to blues on KNON.

Her latest endeavor is exploring abstract and collage techniques. Daniels states, "As long as I can hold a paintbrush and a wrench, I'll keep trying new things. It's better to keep busy and active than rust."

To see Lisa Daniels' portfolio: lrdaniels.com

Coordinator for exhibit: Jo Williams at texjo@msn.com
The PointBank Black Box Theater Exhibition is co-sponsored by Denton Community Theater and VAST, and is located at 318 E. Hickory. For information on DCT, call 940.382.1915.
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9am - 1:00pm.  Art may also be viewed during any of the performances at the Black Box.

"Through the Ages" exhibition at the Denton Senior Center
Shubha Mantri will be showing through April.

Shubhangi Mantri is a freelance artist based in Denton, Texas.  She has a degree in Interior Design and began her study in oil painting. After raising two children, Shubha pursued her art again.  Artist Jo Williams, Leo Smith and Jane Jones introduced and motivated her towards the medium of watercolor. Currently she works from her studio at home.

Mantri has had the opportunity to attend workshops with national artists such as Katherine Chang Lui, Fran Larson, Alex Powers, Doug Walton, Don Andrews, Stephen Quiller and Christopher Schnick. 

Her paintings have focused on various themes such as flowers, landscapes, buildings and clay pots. She has used her artistic imagination by painting the blueprints of houses. She transforms the blueprint of the front elevation of the house into watercolor. Presently she has taken a liking to the gestures of the Indian classical and folk dance. Shubha feels that to pursue any dream, one has to give it time and perseverance.  "For me, this entire experience has been very involving. On the one hand painting keeps me thinking of the principles and elements of design and on the other it is a highly intuitive and personal experience. After completing a painting, I feel that this is my way of looking at the world, my unique perspective. Nothing gives me more satisfaction than critiquing my own work."
Coordinator for exhibit: Isabel Cano, isabelcano@verizon.net.
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 
Artist for the Stoked About Denton Exhibition is Kimberley Dietrich starting February 5.

Artist Carol Stoecker:
"Art has come in many shapes and sizes in my lifetime.  After earning a Bachelor of Art Degree in Fashion Design with a Minor in Fashion Illustration, I have worked several very creative jobs, from District Home Economist, Pattern Maker, Clothing Designer, Fashion Illustrator, Floral Designer to full time Artist.  I have also volunteered in the Destination Imagination program (creative problem solving) to share some of my creative techniques with children.   
In 1999, I expanded my creative career by starting my own business painting murals and faux finishes in hundreds of model and residential homes as well as restaurants. Because my business has grown I have become a full time artist and have experienced many types of paints through my murals, fine art, pet portraits, heirloom paintings and glass painting.
What I like most about my job is the variety of people I get to
know!  I continue to be inspired by the things that create an emotional connection between each client and the pieces I  create for them."

Carol Stoecker is the coordinator for this exhibition. If you are interested in showing, please contact her at storytimeartist@yahoo.com.

Art Around Town
A Creative Art STUDIO
227 W. Oak Street, Suite 101
Check acreativeartstudio.com and  here for classes.
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
400 E. Hickory Street, Denton, TX 76201 
Gough Gallery:
Emerging Artists: Annual Denton High Schools Art Show
Opening Reception April 5, 5 - 7 PM
April 6 - 28, 2018
Meadows Gallery: 
31st annual Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition & Exhibition
February 3 - May 5
Festival Hall:
Robert Jessup: Squares
February 3 - May 19, 2018
Thin Line Film Festival Photo Gallery
April 18 - 22, 2018
The Greater Denton Arts Council is one of three locations that host to over 105 photos selected by jurors for the Thin Line Film Festival's photo competition. Photos competed in five categories: truth, people, natural beauty, urban, and abstract. The selections will be divided between GDAC, the Hickory Street Office Building, and the student work exhibition at the food court at the Golden Triangle Mall.
For more information:  https://dentonarts.com/exhibitions/

Texas Woman's University Art Galleries
East Gallery and West Gallery 
Humanizing the Digital
March 31 - April 22
Closing Reception: April 20, 5-7 pm
For more information:
University of North Texas Art Galleries
Lightwell GalleryUniversity of North Texas Art Building
(1201 W. Mulberry)
The UNT Art Gallery is closed for construction and is projected to
reopen in the fall of 2018. 
For more information:  http://gallery.unt.edu 

UNT on the Square

Yes, We are on Facebook.
Search for "Visual Arts Society of Texas" on Facebook or use the link.

2017-2018 Speaker Series                              
April 4 - Angelia Ford
May 2 - Linka Behn, mixed media

The VAST Speaker Series start in September.
They are held on the first Wednesday of the month, Sept. through May. The meeting location is the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 East Hickory St, Denton, TX.  
6:45 - 9pm.
Members: Free        Guests: $5 

VADO - VAST Artist Day Out

VADO is our name for Vast Artist Day Out; it's held the first and third Thursday of each month except November and December. VADO has undergone changes this year, but is still a great opportunity to get to know other members and enjoy the fellowship of other artists.  We meet the first Thursday at the Beulah Center at 7801 S-I35 E, Global  Spheres in Corinth and the third Thursday at PAAC (Patterson-Appleton Arts Center.) The time is from 10 A.M. until 1 P.M.  We bring something to work on and/or to share with our VADO friends.  It is not a teaching situation, but we all learn from each other!
We will begin a new year in June, and the fee is unknown at this time.  We need to know how many want to enjoy this time with us in the coming VAST year before we know how much the fee will be.  We now have to pay GDAC for our meeting at the PAAC, and the more members we have, the less each will have to pay. The more, the merrier....and the cheaper!  
Please email me, Fran Shurtleff, at fmrws@centurytel.net to let me know if you wish to come to VADO in our coming year - or if you have any questions.  It will not be a firm commitment on your part until you agree to pay the fee we set.
And, yes, lunch out together after VADO is always a great treat!
Life Drawing Group
VAST's monthly drawing session with a live model continues into 2018. This two hour open studio gives members the opportunity to practice drawing people. All current VAST members are invited to attend.

There is no instructor and participants may work with the drawing media they prefer. The length of the poses varies and there is a break after the first hour.

There are no studio fees, however participants will share the cost of the model. Each individual will be responsible for cleaning up after themselves, as needed. 

Group meeting day: fourth Thursday of the month
Time: 10 AM to 12 Noon
2018 Dates: 4/26, 5/24.
Location: The meeting will be held in the Beulah Center at Global Spheres Center in Corinth.  Address: 7801 S-I35 E, Corinth, TX 76210.

For additional information, interested artists may contact Susan K Boyle at: susankboyle15@gmail.com or leave a message at 940-387-4376.

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 news.vast@gmail.com.
Link to Membership Form.
For Opportunities and Proposals :  

 Art on the Creeks 2018 - Rogers, Arkansas
OPEN DATE: 2/19/2018
DEADLINE: 5/31/2018
Fee (Application Fee): $35.00
Event Dates: 9/29/2018 - 9/29/2018
Art on the Creeks 2018
The 7th annual Art on the Creeks is Northwest Arkansas' premier fine arts festival! The juried event showcases exceptional talent with a focus on fine art. Unique opportunity to exhibit and sell your work void of any exhibit fees or commissions! Tent provided to each artist free of charge! Cash Awards:$1,000 Best in Show; $500 Second Place; $250 Third Place. Continuous growth with rave reviews from artists and attendees. Community inclusion and support for the arts has spawned a loyal and highly engaged audience in an affluent area that is primed to buy  and appreciates the value of original fine art. It's the place to be seen, and we look forward to your application!


The Hand Magazine  Call For Entries
(Submissions are open and rolling throughout the year.)
Due: May 31st  For Issue #21, July 2018

There is no theme.
Any subject matter is acceptable, but all images must incorporate a photographic or printed media. 
No more than 5 images per submission.
Send all submission materials listed below to: thehandmagazine@icloud.com
Submissions may be sent as attachments to the address above or by using Dropbox, YouSendIt, WeTransfer, Google Drive, or whatever file sharing service works best for you. 

Submission specifications:
1) All images must be saved as jpg files, 300 ppi and 10 inches ( or 3000 px total) on the longest side.
2) Submission forms can be attached as Pages, doc, docx, or pdf files.
3) Title all image files as, LastName_FirstName_1.Title (2.Title, etc.), and LastName_FirstName_SubmissionForm for the submission form

Your submission WILL NOT be accepted until you complete the submission fee. The cost difference is due to the fact that your submission also includes a copy of the issue you submit to and shipping costs are greater outside of the US.

Please note: Submissions include 1 magazine copy. For articles including work by multiple artists, the copy will go to the person who actually submits the article/ images.
Subscribers pay no additional fee. 
For prospectus, go   HERE.
US- $15 subscription fee.

2018 New Texas Talent Call for Entries
A state-wide juried exhibition conceived to introduce & promote emerging artists
Presented by Craighead Green Gallery
2018 Jurors: CADD Galleries Art Dealers  

Submission Deadline - June 1
Selected Participants Notified - June 29, those not selected will not be notified. The selected participants list will also appear online at  www.craigheadgreen.com.   
Art Delivery - July 24-27
Exhibition Opens - August 4
Exhibition Closes - September 1
Pick Up Work - September 4-7
Fee - No Entry Fee Required. Suggested  $5.00 donation to EASL (Emergency Artist Support League) may be sent to Craighead Green Gallery at 1011 Dragon St. Dallas, TX 75207.  Payable to EASL. 

All Entries must be available for sale and priced accordingly. No entries can be more than 84" tall, wide or deep. All work should be current or created within the past two years.

For Full Information and Submission Procedures CLICK HERE.  All entries must be received electronically from this digital submission site.
Please submit up to 3 images to the above link.

Sales Policy: All accepted works must be for sale. The gallery will take a 50% commission of the retail price after discounts, if any, on work sold during the exhibition. The gallery may discount work up to 15% without consent of the artist. The retail value should be inclusive of all framing costs unless otherwise noted.

Liability: All accepted works will be insured for the duration of the exhibition. 
Framing/Presentation: All framing and presentations should be of "gallery-quality." This implies simple black, white or natural wood frames and neutral matting (if necessary) for works under glass. All accepted works delivered must be wired for hanging & installation ready. The gallery reserves the right to decline work that is not presented properly and professionally.

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