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.

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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.

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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.

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First Friday September 4th is a great way to kick-off a 3-day weekend!

First Friday September 4th is a great way to kick-off a 3-day weekend!

Experience Denton’s art scene in many forms on First Friday, Sept. 4th. These businesses and galleries will have activities throughout the evening between the hours of 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., with hours varying.  It’s a great way to stroll through downtown, experience and observe local art activities.

Most activities begin at 6 p.m. and some will end at 9 p.m. and others will end at 10 p.m., but please check hours listed below for each participating location this Friday.

5:30 to 8:30 p.m. –

UNT Gallery on the Square, 109 Elm St., is hosting a public opening reception for the exhibition “Fulfillment Center” featuring UNT faculty artist Susan Cheal.

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

DIME Store, 510 S. Locust St., will hold a “Make & Take” craft activity. Make a hand sewn cactus.  Complimentary beverages.

Mellow Mushroom, 217 E. Hickory, will have a prize wheel. Stop in for spin and maybe you’ll win a prize.

Harvest House, 331 E. Hickory, the last stop on the Velo Republic/ New Belgium Brewing Co. Bike Ride starting at Velo Republic Bike Shop ending at Harvest House at 9 p.m. with cool bike stuff giveaways.

Also at Harvest House, FREE live music 8:30 p.m. featuring Robert Cody Maxwell and Jack Kerowax.

A Creative Art Studio, 227 W. Oak St.

Circa 77, 227 A W. Oak St.

Serendipity on the Square, 108 W. Oak St., invites you to come by and observe a workshop and see what they do and check out some great shabby chic art.

Hoochies, 214 W. Hickory

Dusty’s 119 S. Elm

Hailey’s, 122 W. Mulberry

6 p.m. to 10 p.m. – check out these stops:

Art Glass Ensembles, 513 Bolivar, invites you for refreshments, beverages, and 10% off purchase.

Painting with a Twist, 208 W. Oak,  will have a class, so stop by and observe to see if you want to try one out.

East Side Denton, 113 E. Oak, stop by to check out the food trucks.

Oak Street Drafthouse, 308 E. Oak, will have pint night.

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.


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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