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Courtesy photo/Visual Arts Society of Texas

VAST array of artwork

“Blue Escape,” photograph.13.5 inches by18 inches. By Thomas Judd. The piece won the second place Kevin and Lynne Cox Award in the 45th annual Visual Arts Exhibition at the Meadows Gallery.
“Blue Escape,” photograph.13.5 inches by18 inches. By Thomas Judd. The piece won the second place Kevin and Lynne Cox Award in the 45th annual Visual Arts Exhibition at the Meadows Gallery.

Exhibit marks 45th annual show for local group

The Visual Arts Society of Texas has opened its annual national art exhibit in the Meadows Gallery at the Center for the Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory St. The exhibit runs through June 1.

The show features 53 pieces from artists from states including California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Washington. The show’s lineup of Texas artists live and work in Amarillo, Beaumont, Laredo, Sugar Land, Waco and Wichita Falls, as well as the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Top award winners were:

Best of Show: Vince Palacios of Long Beach, Calif., for a ceramic piece titled Alchemy Series 2: The Beekeepers;

First-place VAST Award: Pat Kumicich of Naples, Fla., for a mixed-media and fiber work titled Comic Relief;

Second place: Thomas Judd of Denton, for a photograph titled Blue Escape; and

Third-place winners: Robbie Barber, Ellie Ivanova, Richard M. Ash and Brian Paulsen.

The arts society is based in Denton, and the exhibit is the 45th annual Visual Arts Exhibition. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free.