Friday night brights

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Steampunk jeweler Deborah Waldrop specializes in eye-grabbing pieces that hearken to an imaginary time — or dimension — where the wild West meets the Industrial Revolution. Waldrop makes imaginative use of metals, suggesting the stuff of clockworks and time machines.
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Time to bundle up for arts mixer

It’s that time again.

Tomorrow marks the first Friday of February, and in Denton, that means it’s time for the monthly arts promenade in and around downtown Denton.

The unofficial headquarters for the First Friday Denton arts mixer, A Creative Art Studio, has its reliable party on tap. Jeweler Terri Richard and steampunk jeweler Deborah Waldrop will have their creations on exhibit and for sale. Both will be on hand to talk about their work and to do some demonstrating. The feature art of the night is the work of metalsmith and sculptor Daren Fagen.

Singer-songwriter Daniel Ziegler will start off the entertainment at the studio at 7 p.m. The New Rainbows, a classical duo with Alyse Hashi on flute and homegrown prodigy Robert Hokamp on guitar, take over the music at 8 p.m.

Artist Bailey Parris, the studio’s “dollar a minute” sketch artist, will be on hand to draw portraits. (The average portrait takes 20 minutes for Parrish to complete.) As usual, the studio will have a community art project open to all who visit. The project will be inspired by steampunk themes using wood and metal.

All who visit the studio, at 227 W. Oak St., are invited to dress in steampunk costumes. The winner gets a $20 gift certificate from the studio.

SCRAP Denton will have its doors open for the mixer, too. The local storefront repurposes donated office supplies, crafting and art materials, houses a gallery and offers both boutique and community instructional spaces.

SCRAP — short for School and Community Reuse Action Project — will open “Art of the Page” during First Friday. The Re:Vision Gallery, a space dedicated to art made with mostly reused material, will exhibit “upcycled dictionary art prints” by Dallas artist Christopher Brown. The artist uses dictionary pages as the backdrop for his prints. Brown adds images and messages to the pages, and together, word and image create a new intent and meaning.

The shop will also feature craft vendor Cherry + Kandy, whose owners incorporate found and discarded materials into new products. SCRAP Denton is located at 215 W. Oak St.

The mixer continues with the DIME Store, the merchandising spot for Denton Independent Makers Exchange. Locals can shop among an array of handcrafted clothes, bath goods, furniture and accessories. The brick-and-mortar shop is at 510 S. Locust St.

Other downtown participants include Circa 77, UNT on the Square and Mulberry Street Cantina. Banter Bistro will present an evening of music for First Friday.

For more information, visit http://firstfridaydenton.com .

— Lucinda Breeding


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