It's time to announce the Zanesville Appalachian Arts Project's featured artists of the month.
Artists Shelly Tolliver and Christy Swope are in the spotlight for April. Both artists use pencil and pastel as their medium. While Swope was not available to speak with WHIZ, we were able to catch up with Tolliver on why she chose the season of spring to showcase at this month's First Friday.
"It's hopeful, it's optimistic, we're both sick of the winter blahs and the gray weather so we thought this would be a nice way to welcome in this season and welcome new people to the arts," said Tolliver.
Tolliver says her inspiration to draw came from her mother, who she says, was a gifted artist.
"We'd just sit and draw and she would teach me how to use the side of the pencil, and the point and the pressure and it was really a revelation when you were a little kid to see something magical come out of this little yellow stick," said Tolliver.
First Friday will be held Friday night from 5 to 8 at the ZAAP gallery in downtown Zanesville. Both Tolliver and Swope's work will be on display.