Nesto Gallery Committee Plans for the Upcoming Year
by Ariela Buxbaum-Grice on Friday, October 11th, 2013
The Nesto Gallery, named after Ann Nesto, became a part of the Milton community in 1972 and has since held installations from a variety of New England artists.
Sponsored by Ann Nesto, the Artist Lecture Series works to bring the featured artists to the gallery so students are able to meet them in person. Each year, the Nesto Gallery holds eight exhibits, six of which showcase art made by professionals and two of which showcase art made by Milton students enrolled in visual arts programs.
Students and faculty run the Nesto Gallery, working together to select artists they wish to be featured. Every academic year, the Nesto committee strives to invite artists that work with differing media, subject matter, and style. Ultimately, the Nesto Gallery strives to expand the perception of art and culture in our community.
The current director of the Nesto Gallery, visual arts teacher Ian Torney, hopes that students take more advantage of the opportunities for artistic exploration that the gallery offers. Mr. Torney says that, by the time he came to Milton, the Nesto Gallery was already well established “as an important small gallery in the greater Boston area.” Mr. Torney believes the gallery is a way to immerse Milton students in different styles of art. “The art we bring downstairs to the gallery directly supports what we do upstairs… We want to bring in something three dimensional and sculptural, some drawing, printmaking, painting, [and] photography.”
In an effort to further encourage student involvement with the Nesto Gallery, Mr. Torney and his Advanced Independent Art students have, for the past two years, created the Nesto Gallery committee. Sydney Park (I) a member of the Nesto committee, says that, “[the Nesto Gallery] gives both students and faculty the opportunity to experience what’s going on outside of the Milton art ‘bubble.’ We often times are unconcerned with what’s happening in the greater art community. It’s so valuable for young artists to have the opportunity to see what established or up and coming artists are doing.”
Many view the Nesto Gallery as a valuable way to learn about other cultures and to inspire original art, but some observe that many students are not aware of the resources that the Nesto Gallery offers. Claire Huffman (II), who is currently in advanced drawing, says that “Nesto brings a great opportunity for students who are interested in art… I think it could also be better advertised because no one really knows anything other than when the openings are.”
In order to keep people inspired by the Nesto Gallery, Mr. Torney is considering new ideas for the future. This year, the committee has opened up the Nesto exhibits under the name, “Connections/Conexiónes.” The theme of connection will be expressed in this years’ curated group art displays, in which multiple artists collaborate for a show. Featured artists will also run workshops at Milton to teach different styles of art; for example, there will be a printmaking workshop later this year.
The committee is also working to display the work of students in a more accessible way. In past years, the arts program has set up student art in Pieh Commons as informal displays that are not advertised to the public. This year, the visual art program at Milton is hosting two student art shows in the Nesto Gallery as well as a faculty show at the end of the year. “Putting student art in a more official setting will offer more incentive to other students to support each other’s art and visit the gallery,” said committee member Ellie Minot (I). “Overall, we hope to further student investment in the appreciation of art both in and outside Milton.”
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