Denton Live Issue:
    Featured, July-Dec 2015

    All Dogs Go to Dog Days of Denton

    Story by Laura Cortez Photos courtesy of Sheila Wilson I take center stage, wearing nothing but my hiking backpack and a bandana tied around my neck. Self-conscious? Naw. I’m feeling good. It is, after all, a warm September day. The sun even makes me glow, and everybody’s looking at me. Hey! I smell a corndog […]

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    Doll Selfie at LSA

    Denton Live Issue:
    Featured, Jan-June 2015

    Story by Morganne Cameron
    Photos courtesy of Darien Orr

    Barbie Does Dentoning!

    Greetings from Little d, the cool North Texas city packed with creative aesthetics, culture, history, and unforgettable experiences. Denton is an original culture of arts, music, entertainment, shopping and community. Visitors are captivated by the city’s local businesses, shops, and deep-seated history, because it is here that self-discovery and inspiration permeate the city’s sense of […]

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    Arts & Jazz crowd courtesy Denton Festival Foundation

    Denton Live Issue:
    Featured, Jan-June 2015

    Story by Olivia Sylvain

    Getting Jazzy with It

    The sounds of saxophones, trumpets and drums resonate through Quakertown Park and electrify the city. Crowds gather on the grass to see all-day music. Nightly concerts feature world-renown headliners, this year Randy Brecker, Dr. John the Night Tripper and Denton’s own Grammy winners Brave Combo. An array of cold beer combines with aromas of everything […]

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    MURAL_Mick_HousesMural- Kristen Watson

    Denton Live Issue:
    Featured, July-Dec 2015

    In Living Color: A Mural Tour of Denton

    Story and photos by Kristen Watson Welcome to Denton, an art mecca that’s home to painters, sculptors, printmakers and designers. Denton’s creative community cultivates the best art around, especially fantastic public art. From Fry Street to the Historic Downtown Denton Square to the halls of UNT, there’s a wall, fence or building to display every […]

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    CALL FOR ENTRIES | Materials: Hard & Soft National Contemporary Craft Competition & Exhibition @ Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts
    Jul 28 all-day

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    The Greater Denton Arts Council announces the opening of its 2016 Call for Entries for the 29th annual Materials: Hard & Soft National Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition. Recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country, Materials: Hard & Soft began in 1987 and was originally initiated by area artist Georgia Leach Gough. The exhibition celebrates the evolving field of contemporary craft and the remarkable creativity and innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media. Drawing hundreds of applications from across the United States each year, approximately 70 works will be selected for exhibition by our 2016 Juror, Elizabeth Kozlowski. As the curator of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Kozlowki has over 12 years of curatorial and gallery experience with a specialty in contemporary ceramics. Of the works selected, Juror Awards in the amounts of $1,000, $750, $500 and $250 will be presented.
    NEW! Online submissions and prospectus available at dentonarts.com/materials-hard-and-soft
    SUBMISSION DEADLINE | September 4, 2015 by 5:00 p.m.
    2016 EXHIBITION | February 5 – April 1, 2016 at the Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts in Denton, Texas.
    Inquires may be directed to the Arts Council at (940) 382-2787 or exhibit@dentonarts.com

    Cosmic Visions: Works by John Calabrese @ Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts
    Jul 28 all-day

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    The Greater Denton Arts Council invites you to explore Cosmic Visions, an exhibition of over thirty original graphite works by John Calabrese. Beneath their classically calm beauty and romantic atmosphere, Calabrese’s drawings depict figures in surroundings that are realistic and appealing to basic human instincts.

    Dr. John Calabrese received his PhD in Comparative Arts from Ohio University and a MFA in Painting and Art History from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. He is currently Professor of Art History at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas.

    An opening reception will be held on Friday, July 10, 5:30 – 7:30 PM. Cosmic Visons will be on display in the Gough Gallery through September 13 – 2015 at the Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts in Denton, Texas. To learn more, please visit dentonarts.com

    Summer Movement Series | TAI CHI @ Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts, Ema Ruth Russell Rehearsal Studio
    Jul 28 all-day

    Greater Denton Arts Council

    Tuesdays, July 14 – August 4, 12:15-1:00 PM

    $40 GDAC Members & Students, $50 Non-Members, $15 Drop-In Classes

    GDAC presents a four week Tai Chi wellness series with instructor Brett Thompson of Denton’s Gold Horse Academy. Classes will be based on Yang style Tai Chi, the most popular and widely practiced style in the world today. The Yang Style Tai Chi forms have slow, steady, and soft movements suitable for general practitioners as well as beginners. To register, visit www.dentonarts.com or call (940) 382-2787.

    The American Dream – Exhibition by Artist Bin Feng @ tAd gallery
    Jul 28 all-day

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    tAd is pleased to introduce The American Dream, a solo exhibition that features the cinematic photography of artist Bin Feng. His work has already won numerous nation-wide competitions and awards since its completion earlier this year.

    Denton County Farmers’ Market @ Historical Park of Denton County
    Jul 28 @ 7:00 am

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    Local Farmers sell fresh, seasonal vegetables and fruits.


    • Tomatoes
    • Peppers
    • Squash
    • Potatoes
    • Green Beans
    • Okra
    • Black-eyed Peas
    • Onions
    • Cucumbers
    • Watermelon
    • Peaches
    • Strawberries
    • Cantelope
    • Honey Dew Melon
    Watercolors by Dorothy Bertine @ Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square Mu
    Jul 28 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Graham Lomax House on Oak StOn Tuesday February 17th, the Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum opens a new exhibit featuring watercolors by Dorothy Bertine. The Dorothy Bertine paintings will be displayed on the second floor of the Courthouse-on-the-Square. This exhibit sponsored by Historic Denton is ongoing through September 30th.

    Dorothy Bertine, a native of Southern Oklahoma, is an artist known for her works in watercolor. Her art follows the California Watercolor School of painting developed in the first half of the 20th Century. Her studies in watercolor include nature scenes and historic houses. Dorothy Bertine received her Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from Texas Woman’s University and she resides in Denton. Her work is inspired by the architecture of the historic homes in Denton, and many of these artworks will be featured in this exhibit.

    All Courthouse Museum exhibits and lectures are free and open to the public.  The courthouse has handicapped parking and accessibility through the north entrance. The Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum is located in the historic Denton County Courthouse at 110 W. Hickory in Denton, TX.

    Dorothy Bertine Map - 1976 - Significant Historical Architecture still remaining in Denton.

    Dorothy Bertine Map – 1976 – Significant Historical Architecture still remaining in Denton.

    Camp SCRAP @ SCRAP Denton
    Jul 28 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

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    Camp SCRAP

    Kids ages 6-12 will explore the possibilities of all of the discarded materials in the world around us, play games, try experiments, and make quality, useful projects infused with their own artistic ideas.  Camp SCRAP is centered on themes of creative reuse and making the most of your materials. This camp is for kids who LOVE inventing, making, planning, and bringing their creative ideas to life.

    We will be hosting two week long sessions of Camp SCRAP at the end of July.  Session 1 will be July 20th-July 24th from 9am-4pm.  Session 2 will be July 27-July 31 from 9am-4pm.  Cost of Camp is $200 per student (some scholarships are available).  Want to register for Camp SCRAP?  Sign up now!

    Kids Art Camp @ Wildflower Art Studio
    Jul 28 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Wildflower Art Studio

    Join Wildflower Art Studio July 21 for 3-D art camp (clay & sculpture) and July 28 for 2-D art camp (painting on canvas, mixed-media art & drawing)! K-5th grade.

    www.wildflowerartstudio.net for more information
    Space is limited. Register online to secure your spot.

    Lil’d Summer Gardening Camp @ Calhoun Middle School Garden
    Jul 28 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

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    Lil’d Summer Gardening Camp
    Calhoun Middle School Garden, Denton St. at Parkway St.
    Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 16-July 30
    Attend any or all days
    9:00-10:00 ages 5-11
    Opening day reception at 9:30, June 16
    Sign up via email: info@exploriumdenton.org 
    Subject line: Gardening Camp

    Sponsored by Modern Woodmen of America and Explorium Denton


    Game on Athletic Camps @ Game on Athletics
    Jul 28 @ 1:55 pm

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    Join the Summer Fun at Game On

    GRADES K-6th


    Monday – Thursday

    9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm


    $95/week half day; $175/week full day


    Early Drop-Off or Late Pick-Up – $10 extra

    Sibling and member discounts available
    June 8th-June 11th                                July 13th-July 16th

    June 15th-June 18th                              July 20th-July 23rd

    June 22nd – June 25th                           July 27th-July 30th

    July 6th-July 9th                                   August 3rd-August 6th

    • Athlete Training  for all levels
    • Sports Programs in basketball, flag football, soccer & more!
    • Games and activities


    For more information





    Summer Training Program

    Grades 7th through 9th


    Specialized training programs to improve running mechanics, speed, agility, explosiveness, acceleration, core & flexibility


    Tuesday & Thursday




    $200 per session

    member discounts available


    Session 1:   June 9th-July 9th

    (no camp week of 6/29)


    Session 2:  July 14-August 6th




    For more information






    High School and Collegiate Athletes


    Monday  – Thursday



    Session 1:   June 9th-July 9th

    (no camp week of 6/29)

    Session 2:  July 14-August 6th



    FOCUS:  Speed, Power, Agility, Strength,

    Flexibility & Explosiveness



    2 days/week – $210 per session

    3 days/week – $280 per session

    4 days/week – $350 per session

    member discounts available






    For more information



    Denton Live Magazine Spring-Summer 2015

    Welcome to Denton, Texas.

    Guests in Denton, like the nearly 125,000 people who choose to live here, have something quite definitive in common: we all seek uniquely-customized, Dentoncentric adventures within the cool vibe for which Denton has gained international acclaim. We call it original, independent.

    Original is a spirit manifested in the physical fabric of our city. It is energy fueled by our universities, arts community, music industry, business community, the North Texas Horse Country, and our vibrant, no-faux-about-it downtown square. We hold originality in high regard.

    Independent is more of the same spirit and springs from the same attributes as original. Consider our burgeoning music scene. Denton is known around the world for the music that’s been organically evolving here for many years. Interestingly, though, there is not a specific “Denton sound” that anyone can identify in a word. That is the result of original and independent. The sound is a combination of individual sounds where writers, musicians, poets and venues have their own messages, rhythms, tunes and atmospheres. Listeners get the entire breadth, as varied or not as they choose. And again, in the surrounding horse country, we have the most diverse equine population and disciplines in one area than anywhere else on Planet Earth. That’s independent, and it results in a lively, energetic culture.

    People come to Denton in pursuit of their passions. Take local artist Darien Orr. She gained Etsy fame when her “Barbie and Ken Live the Denton Life” photographic note card series took off several years ago. Now Barbie is stepping out of the note cards and authentically “dentoning” (the experience of enjoying/discovering/exploring all that the great City of Denton, TX has to offer). Scores of female and male Barbie dolls in various states of restyle sit in neat lines in her studio. Clothing and shoes just their size are piled to the side, all part of her new product line called Dentoning Dolls. Every doll is unique, rescued from someone’s discards then thoughtfully bathed, styled and dressed to fit into the many nuances of Denton life. People adopt their Dentoning Doll, each with a name, a background, an official dentoning tee shirt, and a hashtag for sharing its dentoning adventures on Instagram. The dolls come packaged in a clear box, the background an artistic image of our Courthouse.

    “Denton has cool things to offer,” Darien says while showing off a doll whose body was made in 1966. “Dentoning Dolls are a cool way of getting people interested in the bigger Denton experience.”

    See what I mean? Original. Independent. And Darien is one among hundreds whose expressions are visual or musical or architectural or environmental or something that is so unique it has no label or category.

    Now it’s your turn. This is your adventure. So, create! Make it original. Embrace independence. Go enjoy Denton!

    Kim Phillips,

    Vice President
    Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau

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