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Mixing it up

A Creative Art Studio hosts a bigger-than-usual bash for the First Friday Arts Mixer, a monthly downtown arts promenade. The Oak Street studio and gallery is the host gallery for the regular event.

In the spirit of March — the unofficial beginning of the Denton festival season — the gallery will have refreshments, art and music starting at the stroke of 7 p.m. Friday.

Things get started at the gallery with Denton-bred guitarist Doug Raney, who’s learned to pick out everything from Paco de Lucia’s flamenco to Jimmy Reed on the acoustic guitar, as well as classical interpretations of great American film score composer John Williams or the burning Texas blues twang of Stevie Ray Vaughn.

Then, Fort Worth acoustic guitar man Darrin Kobetich will strum and pick out his brand of playing — “ambient delta raga thrash grass,” as Kobetich calls it. Dallas guitarist Mark Brandt rounds out the mixer’s night of guitar music, who will play his own music.

Lily Mirsky is the gallery’s featured artist of the month. The Latvian photographer arrived in the states in 1980, and has been aiming her lens at American life and culture ever since. Mirsky hopes to catch moments that others might not notice. Mirsky uses her camera to bend natural light — and some flash — into a painterly effect.

Art mixer patrons are invited to join the gallery’s community art project, too. This month, patrons will contribute to a mosaic, adding bits of colored glass and sundry materials.

Other downtown galleries will also be open for the mixer, including:

•  Oxide Gallery, 211 N. Cedar St. — Gallery night features live art demonstrations by David Schulze and Daren Fagan. The gallery will be open from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday

•  UNT on the Square, 109 N. Elm St. — “Beirut, Philadelphia,” a photography exhibit by University of North Texas faculty member and filmmaker Eugene Martin (The Anderson Monarchs). The gallery will be open until 9 p.m. during the mixer.

•  SCRAP Denton, 215 W. Oak St. — The Re:Vision Gallery will have a fiber art exhibit up and a knitting machine demonstration. The gallery will be open until 9 p.m.

— Lucinda Breeding