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 (open Monday-Saturday, free admission)
Nighttime Sky & Other Miscellany: Photographs by James Flowers (May 15-June 1)
UNT Ceramics Students (June 7-July 6)
VAST (Visual Arts Society of Texas) Annual Membership Exhibition (July 15-August 7)
These will show at UNT on the Square: 109 N. Elm, 940.369.8257, untonthesquare.unt.edu
Play Hard or Go Home (through August 31)
Play Hard or Go Home is a large-scale installation of over 1,600 books and family memories by Los Angeles based artist Chrystal McConnell. McConnell created the work to help her better understand her own life experiences and what she calls a “daunting childhood” that “held unresolved issues” for her. The installation is a possible answer to her question of what her artwork is really about, and how can she express that message. For McConnell the message was best shared in the form of an interactive self-portrait installation.
Opulent: The Fiber Works of Ginger Cochran (through August 24)
This exhibition helps to define what we consider art. Ginger Cochran’s fiber works, paintings and sculptures compliment each other and push attendees to ponder their own creative journey.
Merging Visions: Presented by the Visual Arts Society of Texas and the Denton Poets Assembly (runs June 7 through September 14)
The Visual Arts Society of Texas collaborates with the Denton Poets’ Assembly, the Greater Denton Arts Council, and the Denton Public Library to create an annual exhibit of paired original art work and poetry in celebration of National Poetry Month.
These will show at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center: 400 E Hickory St, 940.382.2787, dentonarts.com