Beginning Watercolor One-Day Class

Patterson-Appleton Art Center August 7, 2024 9:30-3:30 

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Beginner Multicolored Clay Class

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September 6-8

2024 VAST Members’ Exhibition
Don’t miss out! Come visit the Meadows Gallery at the Patterson Appleton Art Center, on display until July 20th Check out the GDAC website for hours. Artists will collect their work, Saturday, July 20 from 2-4

2024 Members Show Awards Night

Photo Jun 06 2024, 7 00 12 PM
Winners Present at Awards Night
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Members enjoyed the show
TL Best of show
Tonya Littmann "Smooth" Best of Show
lisa Daniels Racing DNA
2D 1st Place Lisa Daniels "Racing DNA"
1st Place Photography James Neiswender "Spirit Speaks, Clouds Dance
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3D Plus 1st Place Martha Schinzel "Endless River"
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BEST OF SHOW Tonya Littmann  “Smooth” -fiber piece


First Place   Lisa Daniels “Racing DNA”

2nd Place   Patricia Jacobson  “Slumber”

3rd Place   Nel Dorn Byrd  “ Kilowatt Hours”



First Place               James Neiswender “Spirit Speaks, Clouds Dance”

Second Place        Ray Sears “Schrodinger’s Cat”

Third Place              David Blow  “The Stag”



First Place                Martha Schinzel  “Endless River”

Second Place          Tara Holl  “Where is Grandfather Crocodile”

Third Place                Mindy Faubion  “Nerikomi Exploration”

Benefits of Membership

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

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.

President’s Message

From the President’s Paintbrush, June 2024 Wow, I hope you were among the group that made up a “record crowd” at the final VAST meeting