The monthly First Friday Denton arts mixer is booming, with downtown galleries opening their doors for art buffs as they circle the Square and the surrounding city blocks. Events at most galleries run from about 7 to 9 p.m.
SCRAP Denton, the local creative reuse shop at 215 W. Oak St., opens “Not Your Grandmother’s Bee” in its Re:Vision Gallery. The exhibit will run through the month. The quilt show features works by 10 artists who rely on reused and reclaimed materials. They’ve created 18-by-18-inch quilt squares for the exhibit.
SCRAP also hosts an artist demonstration by Stephen LaBonte, who practices the art of kusudama, an ancient Japanese technique of paper folding. LaBonte uses hymnals, comics and maps in his work. His ornaments are available for sale in SCRAP’s Re:Boutique. Zero96 Brewing will be at SCRAP pouring samples of craft beer.
The DIME Store, a storefront selling goods made by members of the Denton Independent Makers Exchange, will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. Patrons can join a “sit and knit” session with yarn dyer Laura Jinks Jimenez, join the store’s new “wishlist” gift registry program, and take part in the judging of the store’s pumpkin decorating contest.
Jimenez is the dyer, blogger and podcaster behind Gynx Yarn. She’ll be the DIME Store’s featured artist for the October, and a larger inventory of her hand-dyed yarns will be available throughout the month.
The person whose pumpkin gets the most votes will win a $25 gift card. Pumpkins are due by 6 p.m. today. Contestants can paint, decoupage or use any craft technique to decorate their gourd. However, contestants should avoid carving the pumpkins so they stay fresh while on display in the store.
Lean Machine, a Denton food truck selling healthy snack and meal options, will also be on site at the DIME Store, 510 S. Locust St.
Other downtown participants include: A Creative Art Studio, Circa 77, Shop the Barn and Banter Bistro on Oak Street just west of the Square; UNT on the Square on Elm Street; Noles General Store on Hickory Street; and Time to Kiln on Austin Street.
For more information, visit www.firstfridaydenton.com.
— Lucinda Breeding