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

New Exhibit at the Chestnut Tree

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Shari Turner and Aurora Cabrera Duo Exhibition
Shari Turner and Aurora Dawson are exhibiting together at the Chestnut Tree Bistro until September 16th.  Their work is a combination of mixed media, acrylic, and large scale watercolors.
Aurora was born and raised in Oaxaca and paints watercolor with passion and intensity in very bright and vivid colors.   She has assembled a nice collection of large watercolors for the patrons of Chestnut Tree to enjoy.
Shari paints in multiple media. She is as excited about the process as much as the media and the concept.  She has assembled a large collection of playful mixed media and acrylic work for this exhibit.
Be sure to stop by the Chestnut Tree and enjoy a beverage, a lunch, and the artwork of Shari and Aurora.

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:


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Visual Arts Society of Texas (VAST) member Gail Williamson Cope of Farmers Branch is currently exhibiting her animal series titled “In Polka Dot Land” at The PointBank Black Box Theatre. The exhibition will run through January and is co-sponsored by Denton Community Theater. Black Box hours are Monday and Wednesday, 2:00 – 4:00 pm and Friday 10:30 – 1:30. The exhibit can also be viewed during performances.

Artist Statement: My work has evolved to a series of mixed media paintings exploring the reduction of mark making to the simplest forms-dots, dashes and circles. Although the use of these most basic forms would imply a simple surface, in fact the marks are layered in complex ways, and the background or under-painting takes on even more importance as it interacts with the layers. An exploration of textile references resonates with my childhood and continues to have value and meaning for me today. The work is the culmination of exploration of art techniques while seeking to convey the deeper experiences of seven decades of study, travel and life experience.

Cope’s painting "Circle Cycle Orange and Blue" was chosen for the Annual Exhibition of 2016 for the The Künstler-Forum Schloss Zweibrüggen e. V.  to be held in November-December, 2016 in Zweibrüggen Castle, Übach-Palenberg, Germany. The jurors were artist Brigitta Heidtmann from Krefeld and two art historians, Mrs. Alexandra Simon Tönges and Dr. Josef Gülpers, both from Aachen.

Cope completed an MFA and a MA (Art History) at Texas Woman’s University in 2013. She also has an MA in German, 1976, from UT Arlington and a BA in French and German from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, 1968

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



Eloise and Ray Sears


Husband and wife, Eloise and Ray Sears, will be showing their work at the Denton Senior Center from July 18, 2016 through September 2016.


Eloise Sears

Eloise Sears, a Denton resident since 1957, loved to draw and paint as a child, and she feels fortunate to have been able to fulfill her dream of pursuing painting in retirement.  The transparent, painterly qualities of watercolor drew her to that medium, and she remains captivated by its somewhat unpredictable nature.  Eloise has taken classes with local watercolorist Jo Williams and participated in workshops with other artists, including Nel Dorn Byrd.  She is a member of the Visual Arts Society of Texas, currently serving as secretary, and and she is a signature member of the Society of Watercolor Artists.  Her work has been exhibited in the Richardson Civic Art Society Regional Exhibition, SWA International Exhibition, SWA Members Exhibitions, as well as VAST Members Exhibitions, calendars and Merging Visions Exhibitions, the latter being a collaboration of works by VAST artists and the Denton Poet Assembly. 


Ray Sears 


Ray Sears has enjoyed taking photographs since his retirement when he had much more time to travel and see many interesting places.  With Eloise being a watercolorist, photography has been a way for them to share their artistic interests.   Ray has participated in the following VAST activities: Members Exhibitions, the Calendar and in Merging Visions exhibitions where local artists and poets have collaborative works.


David Adams

Davis Adams will be exhibiting in the Senior Center beginning in October and ending in December. David states that "I am a graduate of American River College, Sacramento CA, with a Associates Arts Degree in Fine Arts. I studied under the artist/teacher Gary Pruner. I am presently retired from the United States Postal Service after 35 yrs service, with over 16 years as the Sacramento District Graphics Illustrator. My wife and I love to travel and I have taken many photos in which I use to paint the majority of my work from".





























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Chestnut Tree


Carol Stoecker Pets


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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