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Monthly arts mixer expands

The First Friday Arts Mixer should feel a little bigger on Friday, thanks to the continued growth along what city officials have coined the “arts corridor.”

Downtown businesses are still the mainstays of the monthly open-house-style gallery promenade: Oxide Gallery, at 211 N. Cedar St.; A Creative Art Studio, at 227 W. Oak St.; UNT on the Square, at 109 N. Elm St.; and Denton Square Donuts Gallery, at 208 W. Oak St.

A Creative Art Studio will have live music and art from 7 to 10 p.m. Rachel Yeatts will perform with Jerry Phillips, playing Americana, gospel and bluegrass. Following Rachel, Markley and Balmer will perform. Lisa Markley is a graduate of the University of North Texas and is currently working on her master’s in jazz studies, while Bruce Balmer is a singer-songwriter who hails from New York. His credits include playing lead guitar for rock, jazz and country bands.

Denton artist Aurora Cabrera, the studio’s featured artist of the month, will have paintings of brightly colored Mexican symbolism and flora on display.

A Creative Art Studio is taking advantage of First Friday to debut its improved classroom and gallery spaces. At the gallery, mixer participants can watch live art demonstrations and try their hand at the community mosaic project and painting.

Now, some newcomers are joining the event. Scrap Denton, a downtown nonprofit that operates a boutique and gallery specializing in re-used and reclaimed material, will conduct the third annual “3ARTHWURX Art Exhibition” and “Shred To Sell” at 215 W. Oak St.

Cherry Kandy Studio & Boutique will have its doors open, also at 215 W. Oak St. Banter Bistro will have art and live music at 219 W. Oak St. and Howe Unique art and giftshop will be open at 221 W. Oak St. Circa 77 Vintage, a downtown boutique, will be open for the mixer at 225 W. Oak St.

The Dime Store opens Friday and will have an open house at its new shop at 510 S. Locust St. The space is a commercial space for the Denton Independent Makers Exchange, an association of local handcrafters that was born on and has grown into one of the city’s latest business ventures. The Pickled Carrot food truck will be at the Dime Store, and visitors can get complimentary wine and cheese at the mixer. Shoppers can score swag by spending certain amounts. Live letterpress printing by Triple Threat Press will be in-store for the mixer.

— Lucinda Breeding