Artists Enclave of Denton County (AEDC) invites artists and arts supporters to its first-time Social Networking Mixer on Thursday, January 21 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. The Mixer is hosted by Freaks and Geeks located at 1629 North Elm Street, Denton, Texas. Featured guest artist will be Wes Brown, known for his tattoo work in realism, pop art, horror, comic book and other illustrative styles. Mixer guests will also learn more about January's Denton Black Film Festival from Festival Chairperson, Harry Eaddy.

AEDC is a new networking organization for artists and art supporters with a mission to promote Denton County as a nationally emerging Destination for the Arts. The group’s leaders, Susan Carol Davis, owner of Curious Dog Creative, and artist Randall Good, Good Studios of Denton, advocate regularly scheduled networking opportunities, a dynamic social media presence and diverse volunteer opportunities. Future 2016 events include First Fridays at Sweetwater Grill and Tavern - Walnut Street Annex: February 5, March 4 and April 1.

“Come to the Artists Enclave Mixer to charge your creative battery for a spectacular New Year,” Davis said. “Conversation and sharing ideas spark collaboration that can be an exciting key to creative solutions and dynamic new projects.”

Freaks and Geeks' owners, Alec Featherstone and Beth Baalman, welcome Artists Enclave Mixer guests to their store which features retro video games, consoles and accessories, vintage comic books and toys. Featherstone and Baalman offer Freaks and Geeks as a great location for congregating, building community and providing a venue for buying, selling and trading.

At the Mixer tattoo artist, Wes Brown, will talk about both his motivation and technique with over a decade of experience in his trade. Denton Black Film Festival Chairperson, Harry Eaddy, will show a Fifty Shades of Black trailer and provide information about the January 29 – 31 Festival program which communicates Black cultural themes to the broader community. Proceeds from the Denton Black Film Festival benefit the Denton African-American Scholarship Foundation.

Artist Enclave Participation

AEDC welcomes individuals 18 years and up, whose creativity is integral to their lives, whether they are part-time or full-time artists seeking to take their art from one level to the next, or professional artists.

Specifically, the group is comprised of:

- Artists – Those who practice and/or who create products in such categories as: Fine Art, Craft Art, Design, Photography, Filmmaking, Music, Writing, Performance Art; and

- Supporters of the Arts – Individuals, businesses, collectors, patrons, and other arts groups and societies – all of whom value the tremendous contribution artists and art in its many forms make to Denton County residents’ quality of life.