Creativity and artistry are infused into every element of Denton.
After all, where else can you experience a weekly free concert, attend premier art shows for little to no cost or sample some fascinating history all within a ten-mile radius? Use this list to build the ultimate discount Denton arts experience. Browse a local art gallery to enjoy fine art made by Dentonites and other talented Texans.
First Friday Denton (first Friday of every month)
Get your shop on and check out local arts havens! The DIME Store, SCRAP Denton and A Creative Art STUDIO are all spots to hear local live tunes and make your own piece of Denton on the first Friday of every month. Deals can be had at Basil’s Off the Square, which has live music and shopping discounts as well.
Downtown Denton: firstfridaydenton.com
SCRAP Denton (open daily)
Finance that art project using reusable materials. You never know what you’re going to find at SCRAP Denton – from yarn to paper to paint and more. Get inspired with workshops, make your own art project and get inspired to make the next one. This spot is a crafter’s dream.
SCRAP Denton: 420 S Bell Ave,, 940.808.1611 scrapdenton.org
UNT on the Square (O’Neil Ford: The Architect in His Works and Words running through September 15)
O’Neil Ford’s fingerprints are all over the Southwestern U.S. Ford, a famed architect, even designed several buildings across Denton–including TWU’s Little-Chapel-in-the-Woods. A new, free exhibit at UNT on the Square offers an inside look at the man and the work that has shaped your Dentoning experience.
UNT on the Square: 109 N. Elm, 940.369.8257, untonthesquare.unt.edu
TWU East | West Galleries (all throughout the fall)
Some of the best up-and-coming artists in DFW reside right here in Denton, and I don’t just mean musical artists. Painters, sculptors, mixed media mavens and more will have their works on display at one of TWU’s many open galleries. Highlights include local artist Kathy Lovas, whose glitched photographs get an exhibit of their own on October 4, and a powerful, can’t-miss exhibit that uses sketch as a medium to explore Hurricane Maria’s impact on Puerto Rico. Student admission is free, so as you ball this fall, do so on a budget while still enjoying the arts and culture outings you love.
Exhibitions: Juan Alberto Negroni: Midsummer Night Dream at 18.2208Nx 66.5901W (Sept. 8-Oct. 4), Katha Lovas: Glitched and Taped (Sept. 8-Oct. 4), 2018 Jon Weinkein Juried Student Exhibition (Oct. 13-Nov. 11), Fall 2018 MFA Exhibition: Irma Cardoza and Pam Cidlallin Flores (Nov. 17-Dec. 1), Fall 2018 BFA Exhibition (Dec. 8-Dec. 16)
TWU Galleries: 304 Administration Dr, Denton, TX 76204
Greater Denton Arts Council (open Tuesday-Saturday)
Starting September 7, artists and art fans from across the country converge on the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center for a series of can’t-miss shows. This fall’s slate of art exhibitions include everything from fine fibers to quilts. Learn more here.
Exhibitions: I Come as One, But Stand as 10,000 by Tyrone Geter (Sept. 8-Dec. 8), Under Tension by Amie Adelman (Sept. 8-Dec. 15), GDAC Film Photographic and Denton Camera Exchange presents On North Texas by DFW Photographers (Sept. 15-Nov. 24), GDAC and Denton Black Film Festival presents Life Stories Told Through Quilts: the Quilts of Barbara McCraw (Dec. 7-Feb. 15)
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center: 400 E Hickory, 940.382.2787