First Friday Gearing Up for Fall 2015

First Friday Gearing Up for Fall 2015

Hello, and welcome to First Friday Denton. This event was created in 2010, and is still going strong all these years later. Yes, it seems like the wink of an eye ago – that I started this event, yet at the five year mark, it is time for me to step back from managing this event and let some fresh people with fresh energy and ideas take the lead in behalf of this event.

I recently sat down with Julie Glover and Christine Gossett to talk with them about the viability of First Friday Denton, and the medical necessity of stepping back from this event so that it will have people who will promote and support it well into the future. They are now an integral and vital part of First Friday Denton. They both expressed their support for the event, and you can believe that the changes they make will be for the betterment of First Friday Denton.

I truly believe one of the benefits of First Friday Denton is the fact that it came from the people, from merchants with an overwhelming desire to succeed in the tough business of retail in a creative community that is Denton, Texas. Robin Huttash, who owns A Creative Art Studio, is a prime example of an artist who knows how to wear the business “hat” and leverage First Friday Denton’s free publicity and organization to the fullest. She has always been involved and a hardcore supporter of this event.

And that’s why you will find Robin Huttash (“the civilian”) in charge of First Friday Denton (FFD) going forward. She’s the voice from the streets of Denton, the artist and business-person with savvy and experience in marketing First Friday Denton and her own business. For you Downtown Denton retailers who have yet to get involved with FFD, Robin is a great contact. Last spring Robin’s business did take a huge hit when a fire above her business caused significant damage to her business below. Nevertheless, they are on the rebuild, and we’re all anxious to see what comes from the new beginning of A Creative Art Studio in Denton, Texas.

As I said, medical necessity takes me away from FFD, but I am far from gone. Don’t be surprised to see me wandering through venues on any given First Friday, shooting photos and video of the event. I would be lying if I said I am not proud of the event and its successes. I am extremely happy to leave this event in capable and energetic hands of Robin Huttash, Julie Glover and Christine Gossett.

Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. I will remain on board as the person behind the curtain, dealing with the running of this website and passing information back-and-forth as needed.

First Friday Expected to Be Dry and Busy as Summer Kicks In

First Friday Expected to Be Dry and Busy as Summer Kicks In

Say goodbye to the Texas Floods, and hello to huge crowds this First Friday in Denton, Texas!

After almost a solid month of rain, we’re drying out just in time for the first First Friday of summer 2015. Denton was known for summers that are a bit more laid back than the seasons during university school years, but nowadays with all the activities around Downtown Denton, the students living in Denton year-round, the slower pace is hardly noticeable as it used to be.

First Friday Denton is the original event created to highlight Denton businesses that cater to people interested in the things that make Denton unique – art, music, food, artisans and entertainment of all sorts.

HERE’S WHAT YOU WILL FIND THIS FRIDAY:

Please join us this Friday, June 5 from 5:30-7:30 for our public reception for Life Through the Lens: Pictures That Tell a Story by Joe Clark and Junebug Clark. We will remain open until 9pm for First Friday Denton Texas. Events are free and open to the public. Hope to see you there!

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First Friday Rocking Into The Summer

First Friday Rocking Into The Summer

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Join us for First Friday Denton this Friday, May 1st, 7 – 9 pm.

Come hear the sounds of Steve Horn and Leon Peek. They will be performing behind the studio in our “backyard”. We will have a fun community art project, refreshments and some shopping. As you know, there was a fire in the apartment above our gallery on March 15th and at this time we are still waiting for repairs to be completed. We are thinking that we will be back in our building by June but hoping it will be in May. Hope you can join us for our outdoor event.

First Friday Spring Fever at A Creative Art STUDIO, March 6, 2015

First Friday Spring Fever at A Creative Art STUDIO, March 6, 2015

 

Art Studio sign-2Join us for this very fun First Friday Denton event at A Creative Art STUDIO. This month we welcome Spring with our Spring inspired Art Show featuring a variety of artists from the studio and the music of Fritz Schwalm followed by Warren Jackson Hearne. Fritz returns to the studio flying solo this time. This singer/songwriter and band leader is always a favorite performer of the studio. He describes his music as rock, alterative-rock, roots, and indie. His soulful writing along with his guitar creates a perfect harmony. First time performing at the studio is Warren Jackson Hearne. Warren comes from strong musical roots in that his parents toured in the Roy Clark Band and his father often performed on Hee Haw. He began following in their footsteps at a very young age and has played with several bands and toured the country.  Our art activity for the evening involves a spring-based painting and collage activity. Also for $5 you can create your own small painting on a canvas to take home and treasure. Robin Huttash, gallery and studio owner, will be demonstrating the process of watercolor batik, an art process that uses wax as a resist and watercolor paints on rice paper.

 

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8:30 Music by Warren Jackson Hearne

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7:15 Music by Fritz Schwalm

 

 

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Watercolor Batik by Robin Huttash

Watercolor Batik Cactus

Watercolor Batik Cactus by Robin Huttash

 

2nd Annual Steampunk First Friday at A Creative Art STUDIO

2nd Annual Steampunk First Friday at A Creative Art STUDIO

       Steampunk Art                        Costume Contest                               Art Project                              Music

Join A Creative Art STUDIO for this very fun First Friday Denton event  It is their 2nd Annual Steampunk First Friday. Steampunk art refers art that is inspired by industrial Western civilization during the 19th century and most often incorporates the use of metal with a mechanical theme. Other materials found in Steampunk art include glass, paper, leather or wood. Our music for the evening are the very accomplished Tanya Schwoch followed by Denton’s own Drew Phelps. Our featured artist of the month is Metal Artist Daren Fagan. Daren works in reclaimed recycled metals and has a passion for kinetic art and often includes springs and balanced suspended pieces. If you are a person who likes costumes be sure and enter our steampunk theme costume contest. Prizes for the best two costumes will be given. If you don’t like to dress up, it will be fun to see what people come up with. We will have artists who also create steampunk inspired artwork in the studio with special tables set up in the studio part of the gallery. A community art canvas project will be set up for everyone paint. Grab a friend and join the fun at A Creative Art STUDIO. 227 W Oak, Suite 101 Denton, Texas. 76201 940 442-1251 acreativeartstudio.comFirst Friday Denton Feb 6 2015 smallest