Artists and community connecting to create and celebrate visual arts!

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 Annual Calendar Exhibition
VAST Annual Calendar 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)
Monthly critique group
Monthly critique group
Figure drawing studio
Figure drawing workshops
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VAST Monthly Guest Artist Presentations

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 Mini-Show Competition

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 2022-23 by The Stafford Group, are given for both first and second place winners.

NEW this year – Creative Stretch

VAST is introducing a second show called Creative Stretch. This competition is held during the 2022-23 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.



Fall Themed Artwork
Box Challenge*
Tiny Pieces (6″x6″ pieces or smaller)
Trash to Treasure – reused products only
Mardi Gras Themed Artwork
Spring Fling Florals Theme
(high school students show only)
3D Art (ceramics, textiles, sculpture)

Sept: Photography
Oct: Fall Themed Artwork
Nov: Box Challenge*
Dec: Tiny Pieces (6″x6″ pieces or smaller)
Jan: Trash to Treasure – reused products only
Feb: Mardi Gras Themed Artwork
Mar: Spring Fling Florals Theme
Apr: (high school student show only)
May: 3D Art (ceramics, textiles, sculpture)

*For the Box Challenge, at the October meeting there will be a limited number of boxes with identical supplies inside and specific ‘rules’ to follow. The November show will highlight the artist’s interpretation and construction from those materials, following the ‘rules’.

(Note: Any Creative Stretch pieces may also be entered in a regular Mini-Show during a different month if the artist so desires.)

Additional VAST Offerings

VAST also offers bi-annual artist workshops throughout the year, a monthly critique group,  September through May (excluding December), and invitational exhibitions of members’ artworks in the area (libraries and businesses)! VAST also sponsors an annual art competition for Denton County high school art students  with awards.

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

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.