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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Next Coffee Klatch May 8 at Sidewalk Cafe at 9:30


FAST & LOOSE     1- Day Class Watercolor Portrait Painting 


BILL DALE, Signature Member SWS
Patterson Appleton Arts Center
400 E. Hickory Denton, Texas 76201
Cost $100 May 21, 9:30-4:30
Only 5 spots left
Call Carolyn Johnson to sign up 817-781-4038

Bill Dale has been involved in the art world since he was a kid. His mother was a fashion illustrator and after receiving a BFA degree from The University of Kansas he pursued a long career as an industrial designer. As a designer he became fairly proficient in drawing, rendering, and illustration which has benefited him in his current painting endeavors. His artwork includes oils, watercolors, pastels, digital and charcoal drawings. He is a signature member of number of watercolor groups and has received awards in many exhibitions. This workshop will be my approach to painting portraits with watercolor. We will be painting from a reference photo supplied by me. I will do step by step instruction and provide much individual attention. In addition to watercolor technique, I will be teaching the basic proportions of the head and the planes of the face (although you will trace your portrait). I will also teach the many watercolor tips and tricks that I have picked up over the years. I try spend time individually with each student to help them along. You will need just basic watercolor supplies that you probably already have. I will supply a more detailed list before the class with plenty of time to order anything that you might not have. Pay Pal to Visual Art Society of Texas or check mailed to P.O. Box 1281, Denton, Tx.


ATTENTION:  New information 3/19/24 – Want to sell some art?  Check this out….

The High Art Foundation, a non-profit organization that awards scholarships and provides mentorship to graduating high school seniors, who are planning to pursue a degree in music, F.A.M.Fest promises to bring together families and friends for a day of laughter, joy, and entertainment. F.A.M.Fest will take place in historic downtown Lewisville at Wayne Ferguson Plaza, from 4p-8p, on Saturday, April 20, 2024. We invite festival goers to come out to enjoy live music, creative art and unique food trucks from the North Texas area.

We would like to have a couple more art vendors participate. The vendor form can be found at under the “Events” tab.    Booths are  $50, for a 10X10 Vendors to provide their own tent, tables and display fixtures…2D only, prefer painters   Contact:  Kirk Nobles  972-358-6513


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 Meetings Spring 2024

 May 1 – General Meeting / Lecture -Tana Munoz

Tana Munoz is a member of The Golden Triangle Woodturners and will be sharing her woodturning passion. Tana started her artistic journey creating at a very young age through drawing and pastels. When she was older she learned about Taxidermy. On her journey with Taxidermy she decided to use a deer antler to make a ring for her husband which is when she started using a lathe and became interested in all of the things you can do with a lathe.
Her program will include a demo using the lathe and showing us how that works. Hoping you can join us to see all the different things that can be made and hear her story of how she became interested in becoming a Woodturner. 

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  

T.J. Strutton
“Orange and Yellow Flower”
Colored pencil


April 2024                  MINI SHOW WINNER – SECOND PLACE

Michael Hall
“Sunlight At Last”




April 2024              Creative Stretch

Deborah DeHart
“The Nest”
Plaster, fabric, string, stems, feathers, leaves


February 2024 Creative Stretch

Andrea Schundelainer
Mixed Media

Mar: Oriental Techniques
Apr: Fiber
May: Yarn and Glue

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

April 2024

From the President’s Paintbrush

Oh what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day!  I’m not sure what day this will actually be published but I can guarantee that in my heart, whether it is sunny or rainy, it’ definitely beautiful.  And I challenge you to find something new that is beautiful in your life. 

You and your art help bring me joy.  Through my affiliation with VAST, I have gained a whole new appreciation of life.  I have learned to look deeper into a piece of your art and see more, more than a piece of glass, or a sketch or even bright colors on a page, I have learned to breathe in and see more.  I have seen beauty, joy, anger, frustration, silliness and peace.  It is moving that you have shared that part of yourself.

When I joined VAST, I had deep exposure to a very limited number of art forms.  VAST has opened a whole new world for me. Somehow that would seem very unlikely, at my advancing age, but it is definitely true.  When people ask me why they should join VAST, it is easy for me to immediately say meeting new people, various art demonstrations, a chance to exhibit with other artists, outings, trips, coffees to develop new friendships but if you roll all these things into just one, I think it would be a new sense of art appreciation, which has expanded my world and added an explosive new sense of beauty to my world……even at this late date. 


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.

Coffee Klatch

The Coffee Klatch crowd loves to share ideas, and make new friends with other artists. Join us May 8 at Sidewalk Cafe at 9:30