The First Friday Denton arts mixer starts at 7 p.m. Friday in downtown.
Attendees can visit all the participating arts spaces or just one of them, and admission is free. Venues keep their doors open late for the monthly event, which ends at 10 p.m. at some spots.
A Creative Art Studio continues its practice of music, art and community creation.
Studio owner Robyn Huttash said the downtown gallery and studio is observing this First Friday as “a family affair.” Guitarist Mark Brandt performs, supplemented by the music and artwork from the Kobetich family.
Fort Worth acoustic guitarist Darrin Kobetich will perform a sort of gumbo of music, which he calls “ambient delta raga thrash grass.” Originally from Long Island, N.Y., Kobetich grew up listening to bluegrass, Italian and Greek music and rock ’n’ roll. He has been playing the guitar since age 12.
The studio’s featured artist of the month is the guitarist’s mother, Rosalie Kobetich, who lives in Weatherford. She’s a self-taught artist who loves Texas wildlife. Her featured show at the studio is a selection of Western-themed work in graphite, colored pencil, watercolors and oils.
A Creative Art Studio will have art demonstrations and a community art project during the monthly mixer. This month, the project will be a mixed-media piece combining painting and collage techniques. Chalk will also be available for sidewalk art.
The studio is located at 227 W. Oak St.
A few doors down, SCRAP Denton at 215 W. Oak St. is partnering with Spiderweb Salon, a group of local writers and artists. The salon provides spoken word, music and comedy by local folks. Each performer adheres to a strict and short time slot.
SCRAP, a local nonprofit that promotes creative reuse of materials, will also open the August exhibition in its Re:Vision Gallery. Artists who show in the Re:Vision Gallery have to create art that is made mostly of reused materials — whether the material was found, fetched from the trash, or languishing in the artist’s supply inventory.
Banter Bistro, 219 W. Oak St., will feature music starting at 6 p.m. with jazz vocalist Clare Hebert, followed at 8 p.m. by the New Rainbows with Alyse Hashi on flute and Robert Hokamp on guitar. At 10 p.m., the Groovebumps will play blues, funk, soul and hip-hop. The bistro also has art on exhibit.
UNT on the Square, the headquarters of the University of North Texas Institute for the Advancement of the Arts, will extend its hours for its latest exhibition, “On My Own Time.” The exhibit shows the best work by UNT employees through Aug. 8. The exhibition will be open until 10 p.m. Friday at the gallery, 109 N. Elm St.
Other participating businesses include Oxide Gallery and the DIME Store.
For more information, visit http://firstfridaydenton.com .
— Lucinda Breeding