February’s First Friday Activities

February’s First Friday Activities

First Friday plans are set at stops this Friday, February 3rd in downtown Denton.  An anniversary celebration, opening reception for a fantastic art exhibit and music along the way make for a nice way to show love for the arts in Denton this February. See below for information on all the stops.

Congrats to SCRAP Denton on it’s 5 Year Anniversary!  Join the celebration from 6-8 pm with live music by Nicholas Morgan, a Denton ISD Elementary Art Show and free make and take crafts (La La Letters: DIY Valentines).  Enter drawings and enjoy refreshments when you stop in their place at Bell and Prairie streets to celebrate with them.  For more information SCRAP Denton, please visit www.scrapdenton.org.

The  Patterson-Appleton Arts Center kicks off the first Friday evening of the month with the opening reception of the 30th Annual Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition & Exhibition presented in partnership with the Greater Denton Arts Council in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.  The reception is from 6 – 8 p.m. The center is located right at the corner of Bell and E. Hickory in downtown.

This exhibit is recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country.  It was started in 1987 and was initiated by area artist Georgia Leach Gough. Now in its 30th year, the exhibition opens to international artists as we celebrate the evolving field of contemporary craft and the remarkable creativity and innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media.

The exhibit is on view February 4 – May 6, 2017, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center (PAAC)
$5 for public, FREE for GDAC members, students and children under 12. For more information on this exhibit and more on exhbits through the year, please visit www.dentonarts.com.

Stop in to A Creative Art Studio, 227 W. Oak,  for art demonstrations and refreshments from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.. For more information on the studio, please visit  www.acreativeartstudio.com.

DIME Handmade,  will have a free make and take craft! This month it’s a stitch your own valentine card with a precious heart design!  For more information on DIME (Denton Independent Makers Exchange), please visit www.dimehandmade.com

The Discover Denton Welcome Center at 111 W. Hickory Street will feature live music by Plato’s Theory from 4 – 6 pm. The center also sells many local good designed and crafted by local artists.  For more information on the welcome center and events in Denton, please visit www.discoverdenton.com.

Watch this site for updates on monthly events. For more information on First Friday Denton updates check out the Facebook page. For information on Downtown Denton, please visit www.dentonmainstreet.org.

Happy New Year from First Friday Denton

Happy New Year from First Friday Denton

DIME Hand Made invites you to drop in for the First Friday of 2017 at 6 pm on January 6th and make your own color sheet with your goals and plans for 2017. There is also complimentary champagne for those 21 and older.  What a great way to kick off a new year with a toast  and anew creation of your own. DIME Store is located on S. Locust Street just a few blocks south of the Downtown Denton Square.

Most First Friday stops will be hosting events again on the first Friday in February with some cool art for you to experience.  Bring your friends and head downtown to check out this stop and many other stores that are open Friday evening.

Wishing you a Happy New Year!

A bountiful First Friday is set for November 4th

A bountiful First Friday is set for November 4th

So many stops to make during the evening of First Friday Denton this November 4th.  Here are the suggestions on who and what to see:


Bearded Monk at 122 W. McKinney Street, in conjunction with DentonRadio.com, will host a Tapping of beers with the owners of Braindead Brewing. DentonRadio will interview Sam Wynn and Jeff Fryeman at 7pm and they’ll be hanging out at Bearded Monk all before their momentous 2nd Anniversary Festicle party.

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A Creative Art Studio, 227 W. Oak, invites you out to their First Friday celebration with a featured artists, musicians, a community art project and lots of great work by local artists to see and shop for while you are there. Stop in between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. for the fun. Check out www.acreativeartstudio.com

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At The DIME Store, 510 S. Locust, check out local handmade crafts and enjoy crafts and sangria! This month’s craft is making a hand lettered THANKFUL banner! Check out details at their Facebook event page:



Discover Denton Welcome Center, 111 W. Hickory, will host the Lost Poet Lounge from 7 to 9 p.m. on First Friday.

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Greater Denton Arts Council, 400 E. Hickory features Heroes in the Making from 6:00 – 10:00 pm.  Admission is FREE and the following events take place in the Patterson Appleton Arts Center:

6:00 PM Cartoonaoke & Games in the Gallery

7:00 PM Super Hero Costume Contest – Enter to win our Super Hero Costume Contest with guest judge Jessie Frye (all ages welcome)

7:30 PM Screening of Superman (1978) starring Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, and Gene Hackman.


Heroes in the Making: The Art of Comic Production is on view at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center until December 10. The exhibition is presented in partnership with More Fun Comics & Games, Freaks and Geeks, Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and the City of Denton. For more information, visit dentonarts.com


SCRAP x UNT CVAD invites everyone to join them for a First Friday art show featuring UNT’s College of Visual Arts and Design students’ soft sculptures! Come check out the best and brightest of design students’ work – all sculptures will be available to buy and take. Stop by SCRAP Denton this Friday, Nov. 4th, 6pm to 8pm at 420 S. Bell Ave. Live music, food, drinks, and a make and take craft will be provided!  Visit www.scrapdenton.org for details on SCRAP.


UNT on the Square, 109 Elm Street will have extended hours on Friday, Nov. 4th for First Friday. Come by and see the great works in the gallery.  For more info on the gallery, check out www.untonthesquare.unt.edu .

Vintage Bleu, 221 W. Oak, will be open extended hours on Friday, Nov. 4th and will serve wine and sweets.

And, don’t forget, every First Friday stop in to Mellow Mushroom Denton for dinner or a drink between 6 pm to 8 pm and spin the prize wheel.

“Spooktacular” First Friday Denton – October 7th Events

“Spooktacular” First Friday Denton – October 7th Events

First Friday Denton is October 7th at various locations in downtown Denton and features local arts and talent with  many stops along the way.


Patterson-Appleton Arts Center hosts the Day of the Dead: Una Exhibición Opening Reception

In partnership with Denton’s Day of the Dead Festival, the Greater Denton Arts Council presents an exhibition of traditional and contemporary ofrendas honoring departed loved ones and ancestors. Come to the opening reception from 6 – 8 PM, FREE admission.

Altars will be presented by the Tri-County Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, students of the Hispanic Honor Society and Denton Independent School District, Ghosts of Denton, and LULAC Denton.

Explore the exhibition and enjoy a performance by Teatro Dallas at 7:30 PM. Complimentary food samples and traditional treats will be available for purchase from Boca 31.

Following the opening reception, the celebration continues as Texas Woman’s University Department of Dance and the Artists Enclave of Denton County present “Day of the Dance”, a short dance concert with a variety of dance works and live music honoring the Day of the Dead traditions beginning at 8:30 p.m. at the PointBank Black Box Theatre, 318 East Hickory Street, Denton. A suggested donation of $5 can be made at the door with no advance ticket sales for the Day of the Dance.
To learn more, visit dentonarts.com


Concert of Dance and Music Celebrates Day of the Dead

Texas Woman’s University Department of Dance and the Artists Enclave of

Denton County present “Day of the Dance”, a short dance concert with a variety of

dance works and live music honoring the Day of the Dead traditions on Friday, October

7, 8:30 p.m. at the PointBank Black Box Theatre, 318 East Hickory Street, Denton. A

suggested donation of $5 can be made at the door with no advance ticket sales.


“Day of the Dance” will feature a variety of performers including Sarah Ruth

Alexander, whose haunting vocal virtuosics will accompany the etherealities of TWU

Dance professor Sarah Gamblin (formerly Stereo Sarah); Tara Baker, who will share

her astounding hoop artistry; the smart, evocative dance work of Yeajean Choi of Korea

with music composed by Matt Dixon (of Denton’s Mr. Molly) and a quartet with a live

jazz music trio, featuring Chad Underriner and choreographed by TWU alumnus

Christie Nelson.


DIME Handmade

DIME Hand-Made is hosting Jude Landry for a print launch and signing First Friday. The image above shows just one layer of ink on this newest multi-layered screen printed work by the “Oh no you Denton” mastermind.  Stop by for sangria and do a make n take craft of some sort!  Also, DIME Handmade is giving out FREE tickets to their Handmade Harvest market coming up October 22nd at Texas Woman’s University’s Hubbard Hall.


DentonRadio.com Event at Discover Denton Welcome Center

It’s another First Friday at the Discover Denton Welcome Center and we’ve got Stephanie Untch with some tunes!

Ben Esely with the Bearded Monk will also be dropping by with some beer samples, so come on in and get your fill!

Stop on by between 5 pm and 10 pm to hear some great music and get some shopping in at the Welcome Center!


And, as always A Creative Art Studio will host an art party full of music, community art project and a featured artist of the month, so be sure to stop in at 227 W. Oak Street every First Friday of the month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m..

And, don’t forget to drop in for a bite or drink at Mellow Mushroom and spin the prize wheel to test your luck.


Back to School Fun Starts with Art at First Friday Denton this August

Back to School Fun Starts with Art at First Friday Denton this August

If Art was your favorite class in school, then be sure to start your Back-to-School celebrating this month at First Friday Denton stops in downtown Denton on August 5th.  Hands-on crafts, a secret concert, live music, refreshments, art shows, even giving back to the community and more await you around every corner. Check out what’s happening at all the stops below.


Artists Enclave of Denton County is sharing its First Friday to benefit local non-profit Our Daily Bread.

This special summer event for all ages is presented by Artists Enclave of Denton County, The Bearded Monk, Texas Musicians Against Gun Violence and 7Feathers from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at The Bearded Monk, 122 East McKinney Street.

TX Fire Pies mobile wood fired brick oven pizza and Cakes With Alt will be on hand with delicious food for purchase with proceeds benefiting Our Daily Bread.

Live entertainment by “Newgrass” band, Zeb Ernest with Tallgrass, Matt Grigsby and Too Soft & The Smooth Smells.

Please bring donations of much needed bottled water and such items as sunscreen, insect repellent, deodorant, baby powder, mouthwash, cough drops, razors (safety) and shaving cream for Our Daily Bread clients. Everyone donating these items will be entered to win raffle prizes provided by breweries and Denton artists.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/artistsenclavedentoncounty

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First Fridays at the Arts Center is hosting a Skateboard Deck Auction from 6-8 PM, Free, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center.  Wes Brown of Metropolis Tattoo and Fine Art will be hosting a one night event benefitting the Greater Denton Arts Council. The night will consist of a reception and a silent auction. Items up for auction will be skateboard decks hand painted by local tattoo artists!

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Ever been to a Sofar Sounds secret concert? Now is your chance at a location in Downtown Denton. Sign up for the show on Friday evening, August 5th and enjoy the surprise. The information to get tickets can be found at this link:


And, with Tax-Free weekend kicking off you might already be out shopping, so stop in to these studios and shops to relax, make and take some of your own art and enjoy viewing art treasures or find one to take home along with cool refreshments!


Only DIME Store can you find fun and weaving on First Friday. God’s Eye Weavings and drinks. Stop by the store from 6 -9 p.m. and bring your friends.

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Join SCRAP and UNT’s College of Visual Arts and Design Summer ‘Design II’ class for August’s First Friday event at SCRAP Denton from 6 to 8pm. The art show will feature soft sculptures made from at least 75 percent reused, repurposed, and upcycled materials. Come show your support for budding local artists and creative reuse. Also enjoy live music, drinks and extended shopping hours.

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A Creative Art Studio will host its usual fun party with live music by On the Spectrum and art from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m..

Vintage Bleu and Circa 77 along West Oak Street just off the square also welcome you to stop in for extended shopping hours, Friday Friday fun in all art forms. Have a great First Friday and remember to take that creative break as you get ready for Back-to-School.  Check out details for the stops on the First Friday Denton Facebook page.