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Monthly event shines light on art, music and crafts

July’s First Friday Denton continues the series’ monthly meet-and-greet tradition of art, music and refreshment in downtown Denton.

A Creative Art Studio, the unofficial headquarters of the monthly mixer, features the voices of two singer-guitarists, Cassie Kidder and Denton newbie Julia Runge. As usual, the event will also feature a local artist, this time Mick Burson, whose work pops up often in the lives of Denton residents.

Burson, the creative mind behind about 20 murals in Denton, has geometric pieces featured at a variety of locations: A Creative Art Studio, Ruth’s Room, Voertman’s and most recently the Denton Camera Exchange. The paintings on display this Friday come from Burson’s series “Should Have Stayed Home.” He describes his work, painted on wooden panels, as “honest, abstract and explanation of life.”

This First Friday will also provide an opportunity for observers to engage in art themselves. Artist Crystal Nelson will demonstrate her collage techniques, offering a sample of her July class, “Principles of Collage.” And in the spirit of summer, the studio will offer chalking activities, a great primer for the chalk art event during this fall’s Arts, Auto & Antiques Extravaganza.

Those who attend the mixer can stop by any and all of the participating downtown spaces: SCRAP Denton, Cherry Kandy Studio & Boutique, Circa 77 Vintage and Banter Bistro — all on Oak Street — and the DIME Store, 510 S. Locust St.; and UNT on the Square, 109 N. Elm St.

To find participating businesses and more information, visit

— George Joseph