Touching people emotionally with her work is what ZAAP’s Featured Artist of the Month, Bethany Ickes, said is her favorite thing about being an artist.
The OUZ student told us that she is honored to be this month’s featured artist, as creating art has always been her favorite pastime. She relishes in creating pieces that reflect past and notable events in her life. Oil painting and fine-point pen work are her specialty, but she even dabbles in a little photography.
"I won my first art contest in third grade, I also won a painting contest for the Muskingum County Fair a few years back as well, so I’ve been doing art for quite a few years now," she said. "Ever since I was little girl I’ve always loved just picking up a pen or a brush and putting my feelings on my pieces, just expressing myself."
Ickes credits her mom for being her #1 inspiration, as she is an artist herself, but Ickes said she wouldn’t be where she is today without the help of her high school art teacher.
"I’m just really excited for people to come down and see my art and take a good look at what I have, and hopefully they can connect to the pieces I have here, because that’s what they’re here for, they’re a visual message and a visual form of expression to connect with your emotions," she said.
Ickes’s artwork will be on display Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. during the First Friday Artwalk at the ZAAP studio on Main Street.