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    Drawing and painting senior uses fantasy to reason with life

Drawing and painting senior uses fantasy to reason with life

Drawing and painting senior Kimberly McDonald opens her sketchbook and is faced by a sketch of a purgatory, fantastical world. The sketch is part of her series called “King of the Tundra,” one of many series she has created to tell narratives through illustrative work. “It really pulls a lot

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    PRIDENTON returns with in-person events this Pride Month

PRIDENTON returns with in-person events this Pride Month

Despite rain during the first Pride event of the month, it is “queer skies ahead” for PRIDENTON. The organization has taken on this phrase as its motto to celebrate coming back after 2020’s halt of in-person festivities.  PRIDENTON is an organization based in Denton that was started to uplift and

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    Patchouli Joe’s Books & Indulgences brings accepting atmosphere to Denton

Patchouli Joe’s Books & Indulgences brings accepting atmosphere to Denton

A new “smelly good” bookstore hopes to become an inclusive part of Denton’s community. Patchouli Joe’s Books & Indulgences is a new independent bookstore owned by Diane and Joe Mayes located at 221 W Hickory St. After its start in Leander, TX, Diane and Joe decided to move to Denton

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    UNT student featured in Greater Denton Arts Council’s Soul Art Renewal exhibition

UNT student featured in Greater Denton Arts Council’s Soul Art Renewal exhibition

By Joanna Gasca A UNT student jots down ideas in the middle of the night she will later transcribe into art. When she is ready to turn the ideas into a work of her own, she sits down and spends time planning, sketching, creating thumbnail pieces and selecting color palettes

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    Voertman’s spray paint ‘nook’ makes room for creative expression

Voertman’s spray paint ‘nook’ makes room for creative expression

By Joanna Gasca Voertman’s, located at 1314 W. Hickory St., got an area approved to become a spray paint “nook” open to the public. The section can be found near the front entrance of Voertman’s, between the storefront and Aura Coffee. Reagan Boerner, former Voertman’s social media manager and graphic

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    Jkaye Creations captures pet memories through art

Jkaye Creations captures pet memories through art

From mid-2017 to March 2020, Denton resident Jenna Critchlow could be found working at Painting with a Twist, teaching a “Paint Your Pet” class. Now, one year later, she is found at a booth in Red Yard’s Market selling custom pet portraits to pet lovers across the metroplex.  When working

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    Denton resident creates botanical blog

Denton resident creates botanical blog

After her mother’s death in 2011, Michelle Davis started her blog, Cherry Blossom 56, as a creative outlet to voice how she felt throughout high school.  Cherry Blossom 56 eventually transformed into The Botanical Texan, a website filled with DIY crafts, fun places to travel to in Texas and the

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    Aura Coffee reopens with new business partner

Aura Coffee reopens with new business partner

Local coffee shop Aura Coffee re-opened its doors last week with big changes, including a new business partner that sells plant-based products. Mashup Market will now be offering its products in a set-up booth that is located on the left area of Aura Coffee. Aura Coffee closed its shop indefinitely

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    Local mom creates at-home business selling handmade earrings

Local mom creates at-home business selling handmade earrings

When COVID-19 initially struck the U.S., many people began to find new hobbies to pursue with the ample amount of time they now had on their hands. For Kacy Massie, this new hobby was making polymer clay jewelry. Before the pandemic, Massie, 31, worked as a cosmetologist, but when salons

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    UNT design student creates art from modern technology and vintage imagery

UNT design student creates art from modern technology and vintage imagery

A UNT student scrolls through public domain websites, searching for vintage imagery to make the subject of her next piece. She downloads various elements found from retro advertisements, old National Geographic magazines and art from the ‘60s and ‘70s, then uploads them to Adobe Photoshop to play with the layers

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