Building a Dream: Preview of CONSTRUCT Group Art Exhibition
April 27, 2017

Building a Dream: Preview of CONSTRUCT Group Art Exhibition

The Gallery AIA show is more than an art show. For artist-curator Nathan Beard, it’s the strengthening of a vision to connect art communities. opens with a reception Friday, April 28 4:30-7:30 p.m., in conjunction with Tampa’s Fourth Friday.

mchapel projects opens its doors
March 15, 2017

Innovative Art: mchapel projects opens its doors | Arts and Entertainment | Your Observer

In 2012, Marianne Chapel and her husband, Bill, packed up everything they owned. The important possessions found a new home in a storage unit. The rest, they sold at a yard sale. For the next three years, they traveled the world, living in a new country every few months.

Upcoming Group Exhibitions
January 29, 2017

I am pleased to announce three upcoming regional group exhibitions: SARTQ’s Red at the Palmetto Art Center in Palmetto, Fantastic Ekphrastic at Soft Water Studios in St. Pete, and Organic Geometry at the newly formed mchapel projects in Sarasota.

Each show presents all new work, including the 20th painting in my Zuhanden series for SARTQ’s Red, opening next week at the Palmetto Art Center. Organic Geometry is a 4-person show at Sarasota’s newest contemporary art space, mchapel projects, and will include newly enlarged works from my Assent series as well as the the debut of a new (functional) series. I am also thrilled to be part of this year’s Fantastic Ekphrastic at Soft Water Studios in St. Pete where Zuhanden 14 has been studied and interpreted by philosopher and poet Sabrina Dalla Valle. Her writing, along with that of 15 other visual artist/author combinations, will be shown/performed live by local performers.

Feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions or need more details. If you are unable to attend a show, I am happy to arrange a private studio visit. For more information about me or to see my full portfolio, visit or learn more about my process on instagram.

Palmetto Art Center, February 10 – March 9, 2017
Opening reception is Friday, February 10, 6-9pm
907 5th St W, Palmetto, FL 34221
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Fantastic Ekphrastic 
Softwater Studios, February 24 – March 11, 2017
Two live performances each night: February 24 – 25, 2017, 5:30 and 8:00pm
(exhibition remains on display through Second Saturday St. Pete Art Walk on March 11)
Click here for tickets $25 (doors open at 4:30pm / limited seating)
515 22nd St. South, St. Pete, FL 33712

16 visual artists’ pieces as interpreted by 16 local writers, presented in dramatic readings by captivating local performers! Fantastic Ekphrastic has been heralded by Creative Loafing as a “unique melding of the visual, performance and literary arts.”


Organic Geometry

mchapel projects, March 17 – March 25, 2017
Opens Friday, March 17, 2017, 6-9pm
On view March 18, 22, 24, and 25 from 1-5pm
2061 Princeton Street, Sarasota, FL 34237
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Creative Capital Interview
January 12, 2017

Creative Capital Blog

Abstract painter and Professional Development Program alumna Laine Nixon recently applied for and won her first major arts grant: the John Ringling Towers Fund Individual Artist Award. When she talks about her recent win, Laine stresses the lessons she learned through Creative Capital’s “Grantwriting for Artists” webinar and was kind enough to share the top tips she walked away with that helped push her application over the top.

John Ringling Towers Fund Award
October 24, 2016


No, that’s not a 12 year old boy. It’s me!! This award marks my first successful grant application. Thank you Creative Capital for a great webinar on the topic by Tracie Holder (to be offered again in the near future).

About the Award: The John Ringling Towers Fund Individual Artist Award was designed to recognize practicing, professional, creative artists residing in Sarasota County through monetary fellowship awards. The program provides support for artists of exceptional talent and demonstrated ability to continue to produce work. The award includes a significant cash reward as well as a three-week residency at The Hermitage Artist Retreat.

I won the award for a proposal to further develop my Assent series, a series of constructed paintings made from watercolor and gouache on cut paper. I will be scaling up the process used to make the tiny 6″x4″ paintings to 12 times that size, or 6 feet x 4 feet. More to come as the series develops.


Small Works review – Herald Tribune
August 15, 2016

Small works, big ideas at new gallery

The opening exhibit in blank slate gallery’s new space features 12 artists who were given an unusual challenge. Think small. Most artists, nudged out of their four-foot-canvas comfort zones, created new work for the space. And many of them leaned on each other as they created their ideas.

Small Works review – Observer
July 27, 2016

SARTQ’s new exhibition explores the big impact of smaller works | Arts and Entertainment | Your Observer

Bigger isn’t always better. Whether you’re dining in a cozy café, watching live music in a small theater or enjoying a beer in a quaint dive bar, there’s something to be said for the intimacy that’s often found in the small scale. IF YOU GO: SARTQ: Small Works Opening Reception When: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Key Influence
October 1, 2015


Longboat Key Center for the Arts
6860 Longboat Drive South
Longboat Key, FL 34228
(941) 383-2345

October 9 – October 30, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, October 9, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Panel Discussion: Wednesday, October 21, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
HOURS: Tuesday-Friday, 11-4
Zuhanden 09 (in the middle) created during the residency alongside Zuhanden 07 (right) and Zuhanden 08 (left):
Zuhanden Series Front View JPG

Defining Abstraction
Jun 22, 2015


Selby Gallery, Ringling College of Art and Design


July 10 – August 5, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, July 10, 5-7 pm

Curator Tour: Wednesday, August 5, 11:30 am

SUMMER HOURS: Monday-Friday, 10-4
Selby Gallery is located on the Ringling College of Art and Design campus, one-half block east of 2700 N. Tamiami Trail on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way in Sarasota.

“Since abstract art first made its appearance in the twentieth century, artists have continued to paint pure abstract compositions. However, in the last, at least, twenty years, artists have employed the computer and digital images as part of their process of discovery and execution. The role of the pixel in the making and recording of images is now as ubiquitous as the palette, tube of paint and brush. The works in this exhibition will demonstrate this.”- Mark Ormond, Curator of Exhibitions, Ringling College Galleries