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Seniors with graphic design talents to exhibit their work

Previously a preveterinary medicine major, Austin Peay State University senior Lyssa Farestad was hooked on art after taking her first college art class.

Fellow APSU senior Danesha Stallings knew nothing about graphic design until about five years ago when her husband introduced her to the field.

Having honed their talents at Austin Peay, the two will share their graphic design abilities in a combined exhibit April 23-26 in the Trahern Gallery.
Previously a preveterinary medicine major, Austin Peay State University senior Lyssa Farestad was hooked on art after taking her first college art class.

Fellow APSU senior Danesha Stallings knew nothing about graphic design until about five years ago when her husband introduced her to the field.

Having honed their talents at Austin Peay, the two will share their graphic design abilities in a combined exhibit April 23-26 in the Trahern Gallery.

Opening night will be from 7-9 p.m., Monday, April 23. The exhibit can be viewed from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday, April 24; 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesday, April 25; and 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Thursday, April 26.

Farestad, of Mount Juliet, and Stallings, Hendersonville, have designed a large collaborative piece based on a fictitious luxury hotel in Belize. They call the work “Nicte Noir,” which translates to “black flower” in the Mayan language.

“This piece reflects the culture it's in,” Farestad said.

Stallings, who is looking to begin her own graphic design business, will showcase some of her design work from her portfolio.

“I've always enjoyed developing my creativity, both on the computer and in the studio,” Stallings said.

Farestad also will show graphic design work from her portfolio.

Both student artists are scheduled to graduate in May from APSU with Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees.

For more information about Farestad's and Stallings' exhibit, contact Professor of Art Cindy Marsh by telephone at (931) 221-7349 or by e-mail at marshc@apsu.edu. -- Melony Leazer