Zanesville's First Friday Artwalk

Zanesville’s First Friday Artwalk

by Brittany Harris on March 30, 2011

Zanesville’s First Friday Artwalk will be held this week.

Alan Cottrill of Zanesville will be among the featured artists. He has been working with clay since 1990 and is well-known for his bronzed sculptures which are on display around the country and even overseas.

"We get a lot of casting from around the country that comes here and even Canada, we have a sent a lot of big pieces to western Canada so it’s pretty cool, plus we get about 8,000 visitors a year here in the studio and gallery," said Cottrill.

Cottrill said it takes about a week to complete a life-size sculpture and a little over two months to cast it in bronze. He said his work is inspired by life experiences and also through researching history.

"There’s a primal essence to it, there’s a groundedness, there’s a ruggedness, there’s a toughness, somebody that survived a lot of crap in life and is still going forward with pride and dignity," he said.

The First Friday Artwalk will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.