The mission at Egg in Nest studio is simple. It’s our five objectives that we stress all the time:
- Instill in the artists who come here a strong belief in themselves and get them to have a strong faith in their own skills and abilities.
- Show the artists how to challenge themselves at every step along the way so they get more out of their projects and thereby take their work to a higher level.
- Encourage our artists to try different approaches to make art, to build up a can-do spirit that gives them confidence to try new things, new art techniques, and new ways to get their ideas across.
- Develop a life long love affair with all the arts and an awareness of the importance creativity has in our lives.
- Educate young artists so they can go into any art museum in the world and value what they are looking at and understand why that piece might be there.
Our Exhibition Program
To help us reach our mission, we organize exhibits as a way for our artists to showcase their talents and sometimes be judged, just as working artists around the world do.
Our exhibits are usually structured around fundraisers that are important to our students, such as aid to Haiti, the World Wildlife Fund, the Triangle Land Conservancy, support for our Wounded Veterans, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the tsunami recovery efforts in Sri Lanka and many, many more. If not structured around a fundraiser, we work with the students to develop a cohesive theme that stretches their artistic minds, while tying the diverse interests, levels, and media into one delightful show!
Why Our Exhibition Program is So Important
The benefit to the art classes of our exhibit program is very important because these exhibits show our students how seemingly small, individual acts can be combined to make a difference in our community or somewhere around the world.
This approach to learning art was developed by Jenny Eggleston, a regional artist who teaches out of her own working studio. A well-known artists in the Raleigh area, Jenny lets the students learn from her own approach to making art. Plus the students are surrounded with great materials and art supplies.
Jenny began her career as a professional illustrator after graduation from William and Mary College in Williamsburg, Virginia working for various Virginia State agencies and area museums.
She opened her first gallery in Williamsburg with a teaching studio attached where she experimented with the unique teaching approaches she has pioneered. Then she and her husband started a family, moved to Seattle, Washington for a while to follow his career in marine sciences before returning back East to Raleigh. She has been teaching here for over fifteen years while raising her family and making art herself in the Egg in Nest studio.