Vision News and Updates                        December, 2018

Wednesday, December 5, 5 :00 - 8:30pm
Holiday Social and Shopping. Music by the Gypsy Cats.
FREE and Open to the Public.

You are invited to VASTFest 
December 5
5:00 - 8:30pm
at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 
400 East Hickory Street, Denton.
VASTFest is a great event to meet local Denton artists and buy one of a kind holiday gifts. There will also be live music by the Gypsy Cats, door prizes and refreshments.

Questions:  Robin Huttash at 

This event is free and open to the public. 
Meetings are held at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 
400 East Hickory St, Denton, TX.
Next Meeting: January 2 , 2019 , 6:45 - 9:00 pm
Members: Free; Guests: $5

VAST Calendar Exhibit at the Black Box Theatre
Calendars Available at VASTFest

See the Works at Black Box Theatre until mid January. Buy the Calendar at VASTFest, December 5. 

Artists juried into the 2019 Calendar are Susan K. Boyle, Thomas Judd, Ellen Frenkel, Jo Williams, Lola Newell, Gail W. Cope, Carol Rowley, Tonya Littmann, Lorraine Hayes, Gary Cook, David Blow and Trish Carter (Jan.- Dec.)

VAST Member, Tom Judd mentioned on his FB page: 
"Always great to get together with fellow VAST artists. Today we hung the 2019 Calendar show at the Black Box Theatre in Denton, TX."

"This is the show made up of 12 original artworks that were juried into the 2019 VAST calendar. Be sure and stop by to see the show! Of course, you can own a small version of each original piece, by purchasing a calendar...or two!" 
Photos by Thomas Judd Photography. 

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.

Calendars - This year's calendar price will be $12.00, includes sales tax. 
This year VAST calendars purchased with a credit card are priced at $12.50.

Merging Visions People's Choice Award Winners, 
Extended Exhibit  and 2019 Info.

At the conclusion of the 2018 Merging Visions Exhibit held at the Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater, VAST and the Denton Poets Assembly (DPA) announced the winners of the People's Choice Awards.  During the exhibit, held over a five week period, the public was invited to select which artist and poet best paired their artwork and poetry.  There were 174 visitors participating in the voting. 

The three pairings receiving the most votes by patrons of the exhibit were: 
Carol Henry's painting, Clearwater Crossing 
and Cache Boles' poem,  "Prairie Thunder." 
Becca Hines' painting, Early Morning Risers 
and her accompanying poem, "Planned Destinations." 
Gail Cope's painting, Gorilla Madonna 
and Lydia Alexander's poem, "Madonna of Humility." 

Merging Visions catalogs will be offered for sale at VASTFest for $20.   Artists who participated in 2018 MV or were sponsors for the exhibit, may pick up their catalogs at that time, if they have not already done so. 

Works in the 2018 Extended Exhibit will remain hanging in one of the branch libraries until Saturday, January 18. Artists and poets who have work in the Extended Exhibit will be notified in early December where their works are located.

Note for those participating in  2019 Merging Visions:  
The critique for artwork will be held  in the large Program Room,  at South Branch Library on January 11,  9:00am - 12:30pm.  The critique is being offered by VAST for the artists participating in the Merging Visions Exhibition. The critic is Laurie Weller, Professor of Art, who is also the juror for the exhibition. All the art for Merging Visions will go through a jury process where you may be asked to make adjustments to your work, so this is an opportunity to get input from Laurie in advance at no charge to the artist.

Becca's email:
Thanks to Carol Stoecker for a very informative presentation in November.
Photo taken by Gary Cook.
Only a Few Spots Available!
VAST Sponsored Workshop: Michael Holter,
Watercolor Landscapes
February 4-6, 2019
Michael Holter with demo at last year's workshop.

Dates: February 4, 5, 6, 2019, 9:30am - 4:00pm
Place: Global Spheres, 7801 S. I35E, Corinth, 76208
Cost:  $230 VAST members
           $265 non-members
Registration Fee: The registration fee is $50.00, to reserve a place, and is due at the time of signing up for the workshop. This fee is non-refundable.

Please make checks payable to VAST and send to: 
Jo Williams, 1714 Highland Park Road, Denton, TX  76205.  
For questions and more information please call or email Jo at 940-383-1092,

Spots will be filled in order of the postmark on the mailed check.
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 a 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 the workshop coordinator and will promptly receive a full refund, including deposit.

Mini Show Winners for November

First place: Agave, watercolor by Debbie Beauchamp


Second place: Prickly Pear Blooming, watercolor by Carolyn Johnson

 Photos by Gary Cook.

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 - December

Members in the News
Please submit news of exhibitions that you are involved in to by the 15th of the month.

David Blow has received First Place for his digital art  Transcendence. Blow's piece is on view at the  National Juried Art Show & Competition, 
Breed Gallery, Center for Contemporary Arts in Abilene, Texas. The location is  220 Cypress Street in Abilene  and it will be on exhibit until  January 23, 2019.

VAST's "Revolving Exhibitions"
Please contact the coordinator for the exhibit(s) that you would like to be considered for.
Coming into the new year, we need artists for all venues!

"Off the Shelves" exhibition at Emily Fowler Central Library
No current exhibit.
Coordinator for exhibit: looking for coordinator
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 
 A VAST Exhibit of the 2019 Calendar art will be on exhibit November 9 - mid January. Barbara Lindley will then have an exhibit as Artist of the Year 2017-2018, for 3 months.

Artists juried into the 2019 Calendar are Susan K. Boyle, Thomas Judd, Ellen Frenkel, Jo Williams, Lola Newell, Gail W. Cope, Carol Rowley, Tonya Littmann, Lorraine Hayes, Gary Cook, David Blow and Trish Carter (Jan.- Dec.)

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: Aurora Cabrera Dawson,
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 
Carol Henry is the exhibitor until January.
See more of Carol Henry's work at  

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:
Life Stories Told Through Quilts 
The Quilts of Barbara McCraw 
December 7 - February 15, 2019
Opening Reception: December 6
Retired teacher and pathologist Barbara McCraw is a Master Quilter whose pieces have been exhibited across North America and Europe. She has created quilts celebrating figures like Nelson Mandela, Bishop Desmond Tutu and the Obamas. Her pieces are in numerous collections including the Smithsonian, the Denton County African-American museum, the Denton County Courthouse museum, the University of Michigan and North Carolina Central University.

Meadows Gallery: 
I Come as One, But Stand as 10,000
Tyrone Geter
September 8 - December 8

Festival Hall:
Under Tension, Amie Adelman
September 8 - December 15

Sam Ivie and Jonathan Reynolds 
January 11 - March 23, 2019
This exhibit features the photography of Jonathan Reynolds and the paintings and drawings of Sam Ivie. This collaboration featuring Reynolds' photographs along with Ivie's images is the result of a plan to engage in more artist-organized two-person and group exhibits. Painted or drawn portraits have a unique way of functioning with landscape photography. Displayed alongside each other, the mediums of color photography and painting form a dynamic exhibit because of their differences. Both artists use photography, with the main variant being one's work is photography and the other's use of the medium is a means to an end. For Ivie, it is reference material he uses along with imagery he primarily invents; for Reynolds, it is the medium itself.
For more information:

Texas Woman's University Art Galleries
East Gallery and West Gallery 
Fall 2018 MFA and BFA Exhibition
December 1 - December 16, 2018
Opening: December 1, 5-7 p.m.
Admission is free.

010 Student Gallery
Daniella Colombo-Dougovito: Abstract Tear Drops & Shed Refuse 
December 2 - December 15, 2018 
Admission is free
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 spring of 2019.
For more information: 

UNT on the Square
Sculpture Exhibition 
Exhibition featuring work by Sculpture Collective students. 
December 11, 2018 -  January 9, 2019 

My Genesis by Taylor Barnes
January 15, 2019 - February 14, 2019
Fiber Work by UNT Graduate student Taylor Barnes.
Exhibition Sponsored by the Denton Black Film Festival
For more information:

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2018-2019 Speaker Series      
The VAST Speaker Series starts in September.
They are held on the first Wednesday of the month, Sept. through May.        
December 5 - VASTFest  
January 2, 2019 - Crystal Nelson, Acrylic and Acrylic Inks
February 6 - Michael Holter, watercolor
March 6 - Harlan Butt, enamels 
April 3 - Lin Hampton, pastels 
May 1 - TBD       
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!

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, VADO fees 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 :  

DALLAS (SMU) - November 5, 2018 - The Meadows Museum, SMU, is accepting applications now through January 31, 2019, from area artists for the Moss/Chumley North Texas Artist Award. 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. The cash prize for the award is $2,500. The award recipient will be invited to install work at the museum for approximately one month, and will also be given the opportunity to host a gallery talk; both activities would occur in 2019, but neither are required of the award recipient. The competition is accepting entries in the genres of drawing, painting, sculpture, assemblage, construction, video, photography, performance, and installation. 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;
The following individuals have been named to the jury for the 2018 award:
Leigh Arnold , assistant curator, Nasher Sculpture Center
Joan Davidow , co-director, SITE131; director emerita, Dallas Contemporary
David Leggett , photographer; deputy director, development, TACA
Brian Scott , artist; technical facilities manager, School of Arts and Performance, UT Dallas
Giovanni Valderas , assistant director, Kirk Hopper Fine Art; 2017 Moss/Chumley recipient
Shelley DeMaria , curatorial assistant, Meadows Museum
Amanda Dotseth , curator, Meadows Museum
The Moss/Chumley Memorial Fund was established in 1989 by Frank Moss and the Meadows Museum as a tribute to Jim Chumley; Moss's name was added to the fund upon his death in 1991. Moss and Chumley were two Dallas art dealers who made outstanding contributions to the visual arts in North Texas during the 1980s. The pair operated the Nimbus Gallery on Routh Street from 1980 to 1987 and the Moss/Chumley Gallery at the Crescent Court from 1986 to 1989, where they showcased numerous new artists. Established in 1995, the Moss/Chumley North Texas Artist Award is given in their memory.
The winner will be announced in February 2019.

Opportunity to Help: The Art Room 
Marlys Lamar, Ph.D.

The Art Room is looking for donations of art supplies and art books, volunteer time, or money to support its development and opening. I am a psychologist and artist and I have a private practice office in the same building as Ravelin Bakery. Inside my office space is a large room that is The Art Room, an art studio space where people with mental health problems can create art. 
My concept is that The Art Room will be an open studio for individuals to engage in the creative process, learn about and produce art, and that this involvement in the creative process will itself be therapeutic. I am not designing this to be an art therapy project, but an "art as therapy" or "art is medicine" project:  engaging in art is the therapy.  The purpose of this project is to promote emotional and psychological healing through art. 

The Art Room is a non-profit project and the studio services will be free of charge to those individuals referred to the program. I intend to seek official nonprofit status as a 501(c)3 in the near future.  There is a website that will be launched soon and the URL will be  

Should you have any donations, a desire to participate through volunteering, or any questions about The Art Room, please contact Marlys Lamar, Ph.D. at  940-566-5802  or  940-231-3986. You can also send emails to  dr.mlamar@verizon.netThanks so much for any support you can give this project and please pass this information along to anyone you think might be interested.  


The Bath House Cultural Center and exhibition curator, Jose Vargas, invite visual artists to submit entries for the 25th Annual El Corazónart exhibition.

Entries Deadline:  
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Applications close at 11:59 PM, Mountain Time Zone
Exhibition Dates: February 2-March 9, 2019 
Since 1993, Mr. Vargas has organized the El Corazón art exhibition in Dallas. This popular exhibition is a beloved annual tradition at the Bath House Cultural Center that gives artists an opportunity to create various artistic interpretations of the human heart.  This passionate and eclectic exhibition features a variety of ideas, styles, and concepts inspired by the heart (El Corazón), an important and universal symbol in art. 

For more details, read the exhibition prospectus at 


Texas Wesleyan Call for Exhibition Proposals due January 28, 2019  
For Full Information,  Click Here.
Gallery location: Bernice Coulter Templeton Art Studio & Gallery
2020 Academic Year
Submission Deadline: January 28, 2019
2019-2020 Call for Exhibition Proposals  for Texas Wesleyan's Bernice Coulter Templeton Art Studio gallery. We have begun this year with some very accomplished and exciting artists showing in the gallery and are excited to begin planning our third year. 

The Bernice Coulter Templeton Art Studio invites proposals for solo, group and curated exhibitions. 

 For More:

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