Monthly guest artist presentations
Monthly guest artist presentations
125-Mile Exhibition
175-Mile Exhibition
Merging Visions Exhibition
Merging Visions Exhibition
VAST Members Exhibition
VAST Members Exhibition
VAST artist workshops
Artist workshops
VAST mini shows
Mini shows during monthly meetings
Denton High School Competition and Exhibition
Denton High School Competition and Exhibition
VAST Artist's Day Out (VADO)
VAST Artist's Day Out (VADO)
Critique group opportunities
Critique group opportunities
Figure drawing studio
Figure drawing workshops
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VAST 2024 2025 Calendar and Note Card Prospectus now available
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Artist of the Year- 2024

Roxanne Musick, VAST’s Artist of the Year for 2023-24.  Her winning artwork is titled “A Walk in the Woods” and is a mixed media piece.

May Coffee Klatch at Sidewalk Cafe       

Everyone is welcome to attend the monthly meetings, which include a guest artist presentation featuring an art demonstration and lecture. Presentations are held at 6:45 pm on the first Wednesday of each month (September through May) at the Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts, located at 400 E. Hickory, Denton, Texas. The presentations are free for VAST Members and $5 for guests. A student attending with a VAST member (Educator Level) may also attend at no charge.

VAST Meetings Resume September 2024

Details for the Mini-Show: 

All VAST member artists are invited to participate in the monthly Mini -Show exhibition and competition, held during regular monthly meetings from September through March. First and second place winners are determined by member votes which occurs during a break in the evening meeting. All monthly first-place winners are automatically entered in the competition for Artist of the Year, which is held and voted on by the membership during the May meeting (no regular mini-shows in April or May). There is no advance sign up or fee required to enter the mini-show; simply bring artwork to the meeting and register at that time. Cash awards, sponsored in 2023-24 by The Stafford Group, are given for both first and second place winners.

April 2024               MINI SHOW WINNER – FIRST PLACE  

Shubha Mantri


Benefits of Membership

Student and Educator discounts available!!

All of this for only $37 a year!!!

Memberships are valid from June 1 – May 31st, and there are various levels of memberships available.

President's Message

June 2025   

From the President’s Paintbrush,

Wow, I hope you were among the group that made up a “record crowd” at the final VAST meeting of 2023-2024.  What an outstanding evening.  The presenter, Tana Munoz was exceptionally entertaining; full of great information and an all around delight she shared her woodturning skills.   

Our hats are off to Carolyn Johnson, VP of Programs on the wide variety of programs this year.  We have enjoyed and appreciated all the work she does following up on your recommendations and researching leads of other artists that might bring us new insights and fun ideas.

Hats off to the “Artist of the Year” to Roxanne Musick.  If you weren’t able to make it, her artwork is titled, “A walk in the woods” and is a mixed media piece.  How fun it was to see the culmination of everyone’s great artwork submitted at each meeting of this year.  Congratulations Roxanne.  And whistles and cheers to Pam Livingston, one of the most creative people I’ve ever known.  She has already met with her committee and handed out the themes for our 2024-2025 year!  What a gal!

Wait, it still gets better!  I have to give a shout out to 3 amazing women who work as hostesses for our monthly meetings.  Becca Hines who is a fixture in the kitchen coordinating the food, making sure we have everything we need and cleaning up so that the kitchen is left spic and span after we all go home.  I think she has coordinated the kitchen and the cleanup for nearly as long as VAST has existed.  Next,  Olivia Walker, our genius of the non committee/committee, who makes the food work for all and Pat Reinke who is a chef extraordinaire sharing her surprising treats and her willingness to do “whatever is needed”!  And last, but not least, all of you who contributed your generous donations of every kind of food imaginable.  I know I’m not the only one who looks forward to “dinner” prepared by our members each month.  When we all do a little the outcome is magical!

And to our new board members, Patti Richard, Dalynn Montgomery and returning for another term, Gail Cope, welcome.  This addition gets a standing ovation for agreeing enthusiastically to serve.  And that brings to the forefront our amazing board of directors who share their commitment and skills with all of us to make VAST the best art organization in Texas!  Each person brings a special set of skills that lend themselves to make all of us successful. 

I feel like I need to recognize each and every one of you by name, as you all not only bring me joy but you are so necessary to make VAST what it is today, a rich, vibrant, talented group of artists who want art to be shared with each other and appreciated by all.  I stand in awe of your talents and your willingness to give of yourself.     Thank YOU.

Have a summer filled with blessings and art!  And watch the website for updated information.  Coffees, brown bag lunch, sketching, trips, and what’s happening around town, the country and lot more!!  

See you at the Member’s Show Award Ceremony, June 6, 6-8 pm in the Meadow’s Gallery!  Thank you again and I am overjoyed that I have been given the pleasure to work with each of you yet another year!

Take good care of you and KEEP MAKING ART!


VAST Creative Stretch.

Use your creativity and stretch your imagination. This competition is held during the 2023-24 monthly meetings, voted on by membership during the break, and will feature a monthly theme. There is no advance registration or fee, and a cash award is presented to the first place winner, sponsored by Jerry’s Artarama. A member artist may enter (and win) as many of these shows as desired.