Local Revolving Exhibitions


  • VAST members have several opportunities to exhibit work locally: Barnes & Nobles Booksellers (B&N), Denton Community Theater POINTtBank Black Box Theater, Emily Fowler Branch, Denton Public Library (currently under renovation), and The Chestnut Tree. Any member of VAST may exhibit two-dimensional work at any of these locations.

    Barnes & Nobles has room for 6 - 10 pieces; Black Box Theater has room for about 8 to 10 pieces, Emily Fowler has room for 8 – 10 pieces; The Chestnut Tree accommodates 12 - 18 works. The number may vary depending on the size of the works. We feature one artist at a time at B&N and the Black Box, one or two artists at The Chestnut Tree and one artist at Emily Fowler Library.

    Art work may be for sale. You will be asked to prepare labels with title of work, media, price, and your contact information on our VAST label format.

    Locations and Contacts:

    • Barnes & Nobles Booksellers Noble Visions: Gail Cope      (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
    • Denton Community Theater POINTBank Black Box      Theater Outside the Box: Jo      Williams (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
    • Emily Fowler Library Off the Shelves: :Jenna Murray (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • The Chestnut Tree Art About Town:: Lin Hampton (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chestnut Tree Teahouse and Bistro

Visual Arts Society of Texas (VAST) Calendar artists will be exhibiting their calendar art in the VAST Art About Town at The Chestnut Tree Teahouse and Bistro November 13th  through January 8th, 2016.  The juried art was chosen by deceased artist and professor, Corky Stuckenbruck and is pictured on each month of the VAST 2016 desktop calendar. The annual calendar is a fundraiser for VAST.

Artists and their works included in the exhibition are: 

January         Susan Boyle, 3 Musicians, acrylic

February        Dawn Swepston, Thorny Weather, oil

March             David Blow, Street Bath, digital photo

April                Jo Williams, Yellow Gift, watercolor

May                 Mary Emerson, Metroplex, watercolor

June               Tonya Littmann, Red Fish, art quilt

July                 Darla Bostick, Sweet Tooth, watercolor

August           Gail Cope, Sunny Dots, acrylic

September     Eloise Sears, DC Dome, watercolor

October          Mindy Faubion, Poms, monotype

November      Ingrid Scobie, Untitled 1, woodcut print

December      Tom Judd, Courthouse, digital photography

The Chestnut Tree Teahouse and Bistro is locally owned and is located at 107 West Hickory Street on the Denton Square. The hours are Monday through Saturday from 9am until 3pm.

Barnes and Noble Booksellers Noble Visions 


Ashley Ricica

Ashley Risica is an artist originally from South Texas,  living in Corinth.  She is currently working in mixed media but also loves  acrylics and oil.  Ashley has a degree in Art History from the University of North Texas.  She’s always been fascinated with classical, iconic artwork.  Her series, “A Tribute to Old Masters” is an idea she’s flirted with for years.  This exhibit is just the beginning for her.

Ashley’s exhibit will be at the Barnes and Noble Café until July 6.  Coffee with the artist is scheduled for Saturday, May 7, 6-8 PM. 


Blia Lee




July 6-September 7


Blia Lee is an award-winning boutique photographer in the Denton/Decatur area.


Blia specializes in creative senior portraits as well as family and children’s portraits.  


She is known for creating timeless pieces with dramatic and vivid colors.  Blia enjoys designing


unique portraits that capture identities, emotions, memories and imaginations.  


She has been featured online and in print publications such as "The Twelfth Year", “Seniorologie", and "Senior Inspire”.  



Denton Community Theater POINTBank Black Box Theater Outside the Box:

VAST artist Nel dorn Byrd, AWS, NWS, is exhibiting at the Point Bank Black Box Theater, April 1 – July 15.  Byrd is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, Western Federation, Texas Watercolor Society, and the Southwestern Watercolor Society.  She has won numerous awards in national and international exhibitions.


This exhibition will feature all Denton subjects including several house portraits, some that are historic and some that particularly appealed to the artist.  A few of the paintings were completed en plein aire, and others were painted in the artist’s studio from photographs. Byrd, who loves to paint architectural subjects, works in a loose, impressionistic style capturing the feeling or essence of her subjects. 


Byrd has painted with watercolor for 47 years and studied with many watercolor instructors, traveling and painting in12 different countries. She was a participant in many travel trips with the late Rob Erdle, Professor Emeritus of Watercolor at UNT. Her work has been published in several books and magazines, and her paintings are included in public and private collections through the US.


Nel occasionally teaches watercolor classes, presents demonstrations, and conducts workshops. She co-operated a fine art gallery and frame shop in Plano for 21 years.


The Black Box Theatre Exhibition Outside the Box is co-sponsored by Denton Community Theatre.  Black Box hours are Monday and Wednesday, 1:00 – 4:00 pm and Friday, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm. The art may also be viewed during any of the performances at the Black Box.

Emily Fowler Library Off the Shelves

Exhibit at Emily Fowler Library in Denton

January 6th - March 6th 2016

 Lori Maclean

Lori Maclean works as the graphic designer and resides with her family in Duncanville Texas. Lori received her Master’s in Fine Art in Painting from Texas Woman's University in Denton and B.F.A from York University in Toronto Canada. Currently she is in a artist residency program in Dallas. Her work has received awards in regional juried shows. Her paintings are owned by clients in the USA and Canada. Her paintings are frequently on display throughout the DFW area. For information on current exhibit locations, please visit LAM-graphicart.com.


Denton Senior Center

Gail Cope

Gail Cope at Senior Center

My work's main purpose is to remind people that we are all human with every kind of need and emotion. An awareness of other cultures provides an insight into our own, and shows that the culture surrounding us is not the only valid one. The predominant element of my work is the dot or circle, referring to the eternal, and used as decoration in many religions and cultures around the world.

Perri Hamilton

Perri Hamilton at Senior Center

I generally paint in watercolor. The inspiration for my work comes from my garden, the landscape around my yard and my neighborhood. I paint close-up view of plants so that people can appreciate their beauty.

Coming up April 1 in the Senior Center

AURORA CABRERA  (www.auroracabrera.com) is a self taught artist, born and raised in Oaxaca, the Mexican contemporary art mecca.  Aurora approaches her artwork with passion and intensity, seeing the world through brilliant colors. She creates bold painted furniture, vibrant watercolors, mixed media, and shadow boxes. She paints what she loves – nature and Mexican symbolism. Today she is a resident of Denton, creating at home and raising her family.

“Painting, for me, is about color, shape, and space. I like color for its expressive value. I consider it a universal language that communicates emotions and mood, bringing positive energy to people.”


Chestnut Tree

Carol Stoecker Pets


Carol Stoecker Image 1

Carol Stoecker

Two-time winner of Best of Denton County, artist Carol Stoecker presents an exhibit, “Vast-Versatile-Variety” at 2 locations in Denton County.  The Chestnut Tree, on the Square and Grapes to Wine, Bartonville, are the venue.

Emerging artist Carol Stoecker has created 3 distinctive collections, each reflecting a time in her life when she needed to receive and share reassurance with others.  They are titled “Alive”, “Black and Whites”, and “Pet Portrait.”

Vast-Versatile-Variety will be on display at the Chestnut Tree, located at 107 W. Hickory, until April 8, 2016.

Plan on meeting Carol at a special “Meet the Artist” night at Grapes To Wine in Bartonville, Texas, Tuesday, April 19 from 6-8 PM. 

Website:  www.carolstoecker.com