First Friday keeps Square hopping

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Bruce Bond, a guitarist, composer and poet, will perform Friday night at A Creative Art Studio.
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Galleries around downtown will keep open their doors Friday evening for art exhibits, music and refreshments during First Friday Denton.

At this month’s event, A Creative Art Studio at 227 W. Oak St., Suite 101, welcomes poet and guitarist Bruce Bond at 7 p.m. Bond, who has been published both as a poet and critic, teaches poetry writing and modern literature at the University of North Texas.

Also on tap for the evening is County Rexford, at 8:30 p.m. with its brand of Celtic and untraditional isle music. Led by Rex Emerson, the group specializes in drinking songs, ballads, fiddle tunes and originals, with instruments including banjo, guitar, mandolin, accordion and whistle.

A Creative Art Studio’s featured artist of the month is Deanna Wood, who works with printmaking, collage and encaustic. Artist Tina Alvarez will demonstrate touch painting, and Crystal Nelson will show techniques in journal-making. Robin Huttash will be demonstrating painting techniques, and this month’s community art project — a painting — will be at the studio for all to work on.

Other galleries participating in First Friday include SCRAP Denton’s RE:Vision Gallery, 215 W. Oak St.; Banter, 219 W. Oak St.; the DIME Store, 510 S. Locust St.; UNT on the Square, 109 N. Elm St.; and Jupiter House, 114 N. Locust St., where Spiderweb Salon has organized a show of local art and live performances.

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— Staff report

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