May Presentation: Wednesday, 6:45 pm 
Vision News and Updates                           May 2, 2018

Members will be voting on the following members for Board of Directors at our May meeting: Aurora Dawson, Robin Huttash, Barbara Lindley, Bonnie Merritt and Carol Stoecker.

Last VAST Board Meeting of the Fiscal Year
The meeting will take place on May 19 from 8:30 - 12:30  at Fire Station 7, 4201 Vintage Blvd. in Denton. Members are welcome.

There Will be no Mini Show This Week. 
All those Artists of the Month - last May through this March, please bring your artwork to be judged for VAST Artist of the Year.
May Guest Artist: Linka Behn
VAST Artist Talk:  Wednesday, May 2,   6:45-9pm
Title of presentation:
"Grandmother's Pearls and a Teacher's Note: Connection and Direction"
Linka Behn's insight into her work:
"I've always drawn. Born in SE Texas, intensely shy, drawing was a way to communicate. A BFA and Masters in Interdisciplinary Art was earned late. Working in mixed media, combining a bit of the recognized with some of the imaginative, using abstracted layers, often with figures and strong women. Textures, colors, objects shift from whole to merely sketched outlines, found objects, symbols and words are buried: a multi-layered environment inviting a story. I strongly believe we are all creative, that creativity extends into all of life, enriching each step taken and changing all we experience."

Linka Behn's artist facebook page can be found  HERE.

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

Message from our Treasurer:
(before the deadline* of 5/31/18).....

If you personally have a PayPal account, open your account on a computer and look for the "Send and Request" money button. Select to send your dues amount to "" and BE SURE to put in the note field what your money is to go towards. Hit the send button. It's done - even at 2 a.m. in the morning.

Here's the dues structure for 2018-19  (see descriptions of categories of membership online):
     Student membership $15
     Educator membership $25 
     Regular membership $35
     Family membership $45
Additional Fees:
      One year of VADO (Visual Artists Day Out) is $55 on top of dues
     One year of Monthly Saturday Morning Critique is $120 a year 
(check first with Jackie Haugen for available spots)

Support of VAST Exhibits is most certainly welcomed!
Support either the Members Exhibit, the 125-Mile Exhibit, or the Merging Visions Exhibit in whatever amount you choose. $100 or greater will have the opportunity of having her/his/their names associated with an award. The Members Exhibit will be this summer in July so it is helpful to contribute now so our award fund-raising committee can sleep soundly. 

Lastly, those paying online by credit card are welcome to throw in a few extra bucks (*2.69% to be exact) to cover the cost of the PayPal fees that VAST must pay on all credit transactions. Yea for convenience! No 49 cent stamps needed!

If you can pay your dues for the upcoming fiscal year (June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019) prior to midnight on May 31, you have the additional benefit of free entry to the VAST calendar competition. Of course dues can be paid at any time of the year; however, VAST does not prorate its dues and fees during the year. So join up now and take advantage of all that VAST offers its membership!

With thanks for reading this, from your treasurer,
Carol Rowley

If you do not have PayPal
You may renew by the following methods:
  • Pay by credit card, check or cash at the May meeting.
  • A membership form is available HERE. Dues can be mailed to VAST, PO Box 1281, Denton, TX 76202. 

Make checks payable to "VAST." For membership questions, please contact Mary Wright at

VAST Member Exhibition to be at UNT on the Square
July 24 - August 15
29th Annual Juried Members Exhibition
UNT on the Square
109 N. Elm,  Denton, TX 76201
July 24 - August 15, 2018

VAST sponsors this annual event to offer its members an important opportunity to enter their work in a juried exhibition that showcases members only. The exhibit provides an excellent venue for the North Texas community to appreciate the high quality and diverse nature of art produced by area artists.

Jennifer Spencer, Reflection in an Autumn Pond (vacation series)
Exhibition Calendar:
July 19 - acceptance of entries
10 am - 12 noon and  4 - 7 pm
July 21 - pick up unaccepted work
10 am - 12 noon and  4 - 7 pm
July 24 - opening reception
5:30-7:30 pm
August 16 - return of work to artists
10 am - 12 noon and  4 - 7 pm
LynnĂ© Bowman Cravens  was born and raised in Austin, Texas.  She attended St. Edward's University, and received her BA in Photo Communications in 2009. Cravens later attended graduate school at the University of North Texas where she received her MFA in Photography in 2015.  Cravens is a fine art photographer working in an interdisciplinary method. She takes a wide range of approaches in her artwork as a response to her autobiographical narrative. The work is poetic and expressive, revealing a glimpse into her desires through contemporary self-portraiture. Cravens works primarily with photography, making unique pieces from an infinitely reproducible medium. Through meticulous physical distortions and transdisciplinary techniques, she creates photographic pieces that address her personal experiences, identity, and physical form. Each piece and series range from large-scale digital installations to delicate one of a kind objects.

Cravens currently resides in the DFW area, working as the Gallery Manager at  The Art Galleries at TCU . Cravens is in her second and final season as a member of the artist run co-
500X Gallery  in Dallas, Texas. Her work was also featured in the June 2016 issue of the  British Origami Society's international publication, and in the 4 th  Annual  Rising Stars  exhibition at  Turner House . Cravens recently had a solo exhibition of her work in Fort Worth at the  Moncrief Cancer Institute .

The prospectus will be available at the May meeting and can be found HERE.

Contact Info:
Deanna Wood
Vice President of Exhibitions

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 - May 1:     
Digital images of artwork due to Deanna Wood at
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

New Time for VADO
VAST Artist Day Out members will meet from 9:30-12:30 instead of 10:00-1:00 on the third Thursdays at the PAAC. Dues for VADO are $55 in addition to being a member of VAST.

Artist, Ange Ford, during her presentation at the April meeting.

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.

2018 Calendar Focus - May

Congrats to the Winners in Our High School Art Competition!
Our members expressed how difficult it was to choose winners as the art was all exceptional. 

Best of Show: Tiffany Stephenson from Sanger High School
Instructor: Roxanne Musick
Artwork: I See You , ink and gouache

First Place: Allie Micaletti from Marcus High School
Instructor: Kathy Toews
Artwork: 114 W. Oak St., digital photo

Second Place: Gloria Montellano from Lewisville High School
Instructor: Eric Champion
Artwork: Oh, Those Glasses, charcoal

Third Place: Matt Uranga from Marcus High School
Instructor: Kathy Toews
Artwork: The Adventurer, digital photo

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
Carol Stoecker has work at the Emily Fowler.

Coordinator for exhibit: Mindy Faubion,
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:

Coordinator for exhibit: Jo Williams at
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
Coordinator for exhibit: Need Someone to Coordinate! email
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 Carol Stoecker.
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

Art Around Town
A Creative Art STUDIO
227 W. Oak Street, Suite 101
Check and  here for classes.
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
400 E. Hickory Street, Denton, TX 76201 
Gough Gallery:
Interlude UNT MFA Exhibition
Presented in partnership with the University of North Texas, College of Visual Arts and Design
Opening Reception: May 10, 5 - 7 PM
May 11 - 26, 2018
Interlude is the exhibition of third year Master of Fine Arts students from the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas. Fourteen students are participating in the exhibition showing works from the following concentrations: ceramics, drawing and painting, fibers, metalsmithing and jewelry, photography, and sculpture.

Meadows Gallery: 
A Plain View - Photographs of Texas By Jason Lee
Opening Reception: June 2, 6 - 8 PM
June 2 - August 25, 2018
A special exhibition for the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center in Denton, Texas featuring a selection of large-scale prints from the recently published book A PLAIN VIEW, Photographs from Texas.

Festival Hall:
Robert Jessup: Squares
February 3 - May 19, 2018
Known for his narrative paintings,  Robert Jessup has eschewed a representational style in his recent work in order to create ambitious paintings and drawings that aim to reconfigure his world of imagery. Barely decipherable figures navigate a wild and colorful pictorial space that churns with a furious plasticity. The very visceral paint application can range from the most delicate whisperings of a fine brush's touch, to the brutal scrapings and trowelings of the widest knife. Jessup states: "The configurations arise from the battle between the charged forces of the rectangle, the impetuosity of my flailing physical self, and the persistence of my desire to configure in spite of my many doubts and dissatisfactions." 
For more information:

Texas Woman's University Art Galleries
East Gallery and West Gallery 
Graduating BFA & MFA Student Exhibition
May 5 - 13, 2018
Opening Reception: May 5, 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: 

UNT on the Square
Reception:  May 3,  5:00pm to 7:00pm
For more information:

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

2017-2018 Speaker Series                              
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. at the Beulah Center and 9:30 - 12:30 at the PAAC. 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!
The VADO fees for the new fiscal year, June through next May, are $55.
Please email me, Fran Shurtleff, at to let me know if you wish to come to VADO in our coming year - or if you have any questions.  
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: 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: 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
Link to Membership Form.

2018 ArtSpaceIII 5th Annual Regional Juried Exhibition call 
Deadline: Friday, May 18
Location: ArtSpace 111, 111 Hampton St, Fort Worth
Juried by Christina Rees, the Editor-in-Chief of Glasstire
Exhibition: June 22 - July 28
Reception: evening of June 22

The competition includes eligibility for 2D and 3D artwork. Over $2000 will be awarded to the best works in show, and the first prize will include the opportunity to exhibit at Artspace111 in a separate solo or group exhibition in 2017 - 2018.

Christina Rees is the Editor-in-Chief of Glasstire. Prior to joining Glasstire full-time in 2014, Rees served as an editor at both The Met and D Magazine, as a full-time art and music critic at the Dallas Observer, and has also covered art and music for the Village Voice and other publications. Rees lives in Dallas, where she was previously the owner and director of Road Agent gallery and the curator of Fort Worth Contemporary Arts.

For more information, 
Check here.
For prospectus,  HERE.

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:
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   
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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