An Exhibition from The Art Center’s Permanent Collection
December 3- January 29
The Art Center of Western Colorado’s Permanent Collection Committee presents a display of Alfred Nestler drawings. Nestler’s ability to capture landscapes with gestural marks is truly astounding. These felt-tipped pen drawings carry an essence of plein-air yet are made using the tool of a scribe.
These little black-and-white sketches illustrate his remarkable skill to translate sight into gracefully rendered pages, conveying his experience and recording his visitations along the way. These works act as a journal, telling the story of his life where he was and when. His attention to detail and willingness to silence the inner voice that then allowed the landscape to speak is what make these works powerful. Their absence of color leaves the viewer wondering about his intention. Were these works meant to be sketches for future paintings in oil or some other medium, or are they simple drawings meant to record the moment and sharpen the skills? Whatever their intention, we will never know, but we can muse at what is left for us to enjoy and discover.
The Art Center welcomes all members and patrons to join us for the opening of this exhibition to celebrate the work and life of Alfred Nestler. Prints of Nestler’s work will be available for purchase in the gift gallery.