Denton shows its love for the arts during First Friday in February

Denton shows its love for the arts during First Friday in February

Kick off the month and share the love for the arts by visiting the many stops Friday night, February 5th at First Friday Denton.  A steam punk costume and art event, open-mic poetry night, opening reception of Materials Hard + Soft, and stops with sweet treats, make & take crafts, along with live music are all in store for a fantastic evening.  Downtown is the heart of the arts in Denton.

First Friday Line Up

A Creative Art Studio

3rd Annual Steampunk Event: steam punk costume contest, steampunk artists, and live music.  Just what is Steampunk?   Steampunk is often described as Victorian with a little science fiction and early machinery sprinkled on top. Free event from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m..

Steam punk pics for the Feb FF at A Creative

Artists Enclave of Denton County

Spoken-word artist Joaquin Zihuatanejo will be the guest host for “Love Me. Love Me Not: An Evening of Poems about Adoration and Heartache” from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Walnut Street Annex of Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, 115 S. Elm Street.  Artist Enclave also welcomes special guest Joshua Butler of Thin Line Film Festival and will have valentine treats from She & Bee Confectionary.

Open mic sign up for poets begins at 5:30 p.m.. The event is FREE event for all attending.

JoaquinZ pic Artist Enclave

Greater Denton Arts Council

The Greater Denton Arts Council proudly presents the 29th annual Materials: Hard + Soft National Contemporary Craft Competition at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, corner of Bell and E. Hickory.

Recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country, this year’s call for submissions drew over 800 entries by artists from over 40 states. Juror Elizabeth Kozlowski, former curator of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, has selected over 60 works for this year’s exhibition. To learn more, visit

Public opening is from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Juror Awards with Curator Elizabeth Kozlowski at 6:45 p.m.

GDAC pic for Feb

UNT Gallery on the Square

Gallery opening for Harlan Butt National Parks Project.  Gallery is open until 7:30 p.m..

SCRAP Denton

SCRAP is hosting its 1-year Belliversary Party (1-year at its Bell Ave. Location) and it will also feature the opening reception for the Denton ISD art show. Other art activities include:  Found-photo slide show; Cupcakes; Drinks; Live Music; Make &Take Craft; raffle drawing. Come enjoy the fun until 8 p.m.

SCRAP's Belliversary and Feb. First Friday (2)

DIME Store

Get ready for Valentine’s Day and come peruse a great selection of handmade, local goodies.  Plus pre-order a very special ValenDIME fresh flower bouquet while there. Enjoy complimentary drinks and a free craft– this month’s edition is a cute cupid’s arrow!

DIME Store pic Feb

Circa 77

Stop on your way around to enjoy 50% off at Circa77 Vintage

Circa pic Feb

Harvest House

End the evening with some live music at 8 p.m. featuring Jah Born: Celebrating the Life of J Dilla  at the Harvest House stage.

Happy New Year from First Friday Denton

Happy New Year from First Friday Denton

As 2015 comes to a close, First Friday Denton wishes you and yours a happy, healthy 2016.  Come see us at the various First Friday Denton events each month at participating locations. Since First Friday in January is New Year’s Day, many First Friday participants are taking a much needed day off, but some are holding some special activities.

Come downtown to Mellow Mushroom Denton on Jan. 1st from 5-8 p.m and try your new year’s luck by spinning their prize wheel for cool, free stuff like pizza, appetizers, cups, shirts and stickers.

Then come back Friday, Jan. 8th, for a “Second Friday” Denton event at The DIME Store from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. . The event will feature a make and take mini-weaving workshop hosted by Savvie Designs and some refreshments.

Looking ahead, get your costume ready for First Friday in February as A Creative Art Studio is hosting its 3rd Annual Steam Punk Party. More to come on that good time.

Stay tuned to the First Friday Denton Facebook page for updates on all First Friday participant activities in 2016. Happy New Year!

Come Wassailing at First Friday December

Come Wassailing at First Friday December

Join us for this special holiday First Friday Denton with a few of the regular First Friday stops participating in Wassail Weekend on Dec. 4th from 5:30 to 8 p.m. during the Denton Holiday Lighting Festival and offering more tastings on Saturday, Dec. 5th from 2 – 5 p.m.. For a complete list of all Wassail Stops downtown, visit and see the Events page.

Friday night check out the Wassail and art at A Creative Art STUDIO. Our featured Artist will be Alexis Alfaro. For this special holiday even our music will begin at 5 pm with the sounds of Katrina McPherson and Mark Anthony followed by one of our favorite Denton groups OUI BIS. Come see the beautiful work of Alexis and check out the studio part of the gallery. Several of your favorite artists will be set up with their wares for your holiday shopping. We will also have Wassail, snacks and a photo opportunity outside the studio. (you know….the kind you put your head in and take a pic) Music, art and fun!

Other First Friday participants are serving Wassail on Friday night during the Denton Holiday Lighting Festival, so stop by DIME Store, Serendipity on the Square, Garden Gate, Oak Street Draft House and East Side Denton. Then, come back on Saturday for some strolling and sipping during the second half of tastings from 2 – 5 p.m.. Saturday stops include Sweetwater Grill with Artists Enclave of Denton and SCRAP Denton, as well as Harvest House,  Mellow Mushroom, Oak Street Draft House, East Side Denton, Serendipity on the Square, and A Creative Art Studio.  Plus, visit all the other stores and restaurants serving Wassail! Come on downtown for a festive First Friday!

First Friday Denton is a night for local artists to share their treasures with the community

First Friday Denton is a night for local artists to share their treasures with the community

First Friday Denton on November 6th  is full of new activities featuring Denton’s local art scene with fun activities for all to enjoy, so don’t miss out on this months’ events and stay tuned to the Facebook page for posts on this month and future First Friday events.

And, while you’re out strolling the stops, check out Denton’s new Art Walk of Fame on E. Hickory Street. Start in front of the Point Bank Black Box Theatre and see the newly inducted stars of Denton’s art scene over the years and watch for more to come.  Who knows, you might just run into some of Denton’s future star artists at First Friday Denton.

SCRAP Denton  420 S. Bell Ave.

SCRAP will feature UNT CVAD artwork, live music, a free make and take craft, and all of holiday gift wrap will be 25% off from 6 pm -9 pm.             .

DIME Store will be at the Patterson-Appleton Center for Visual Arts (Corner of Bell and E. Hickory) hosting First Friday as the Preview night for our annual Handmade Harvest, which will be Friday and Saturday at the center.  First Friday activities will be from 6 pm to 9 pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 or $15 at the door.  Come check out Audacity Brewing Co., live music, maker giveaways, Pan Ector live screen printing, and loads of great handmade from Denton and beyond!

Artists Enclave Denton County  115 S. Elm St. at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern – Walnut St. Annex

Artists Enclave will have a Launch Party at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern in the back dining room. Come by and check out the creations from local artists, including: Bonnie Norris, culinary creations; Chad Duckworth, sculptor; Kit King, jewelry designer; and Misty Wiseley, leathercrafts.  Meet these artists and see their works between 5:30 pm -8:30 pm.

Artist enclave press art Artist enclave culinary arts Artist enclave jewelry Artist enclave sculpture 2

A Creative Art Studio     227 W. Oak

Join us for our Grand Re-opening Weekend which begins with First Friday Denton at A Creative Art STUDIO. Friday we celebrate First Friday Denton with music by Uver, one of our favorite Denton groups. The featured artist of the month is photographer Lily Mirsky. She brings new works from her international travels. There is will be a community art project for all to work on, art demonstration, painting on a small canvas for $5 and with every purchase attendees get a chance spin the art wheel to try and win a free gift or get $10 percent off of a purchase. Grab a friend and come join the fun between 7 pm -9:30 pm.

First Friday Nov A Creative Art Studio

Circa 77 Vintage               227 A W. Oak

Stop in for 25% off store wide and free hugs from 6 pm – 8 pm

Vintage Bleu      221 W. Oak

20% off all fall décor during First Friday evening from 6 pm -9 pm

Garden Gate       121 Elm Street

Stop in for the specials on fall items and decor.

Mellow Mushroom        217 E. Hickory

Come spin the prize wheel for a chance to get prizes including a free small specialty pizza, free bruschetta, free cookie sundae just to name a few, so stop in between 6 pm -9 pm.

Harvest House  331 E. Hickory

Stop by Harvest House as they are hosting Jah Works Birthday Bash featuring Jah Born and The Beatitudes at 8 pm.



First Friday October 2nd is a harvest of Denton’s local art

First Friday October 2nd is a harvest of Denton’s local art

Welcome back to A Creative Art Studio, 227 W. Oak! Robin Huttash has been working hard to get the gallery ready after being out of the space due to the fire above her studio earlier this year. Come see the new gallery, here live music by Oui Bis starting at 7 p.m. and take part in a community art project or paint a canvas for $5. Robin is anxious to host everyone again, so hope you will stop in to say hello. The party happens until 9 p.m.

Denton County Friends of the Family is bringing the Clothesline Project to the courthouse lawn for First Friday. Come see this a visual display of shirts with messages and illustrations that have been designed by women survivors of domestic violence or by someone whose loved one was a victim of domestic violence. Local artist Sally Adele will be partnering with DCFOF to hold a drawing for some of her artwork. Check it out between 7 – 9 p.m.

DIME Store Hand-Made, 510 S. Locust, is hosting a Hand-Made Harvest and will hold a Denton print release by Jude Landry, the talented screen printer behind the “oh no you Denton” t-shirt.

Vintage Bleu (formerly known as Shop the Barn) will host a re-grand opening during First Friday. Check out the shop at 221 W. Oak and meet the new owners.

Then pop in next door to Circa 77 Vintage, 227A W. Oak,  to enjoy 25% off and enter a drawing for a $25 gift certificate.

Stop in to Serendipity on the Square, 108 W. Oak and see a workshop and learn more about how this simple, artful way of painting turns something shabby into something chic.

Then, make your way down to East Hickory Street and go by Mellow Mushroom, 217 E. Hickory, to spin the prize wheel until 9 p.m.

Harvest House,331 E. Hickory, will have some good ol’ rock and roll with Devils and The Belfry at 9 p.m. and The Red Death at 10:30 p.m.

First Friday Denton October 2 2015  A Creative Flyer