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Art on Display: Sam Nadon-Nichols

Sam Nadon-Nichols attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and then Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti where he received a BFA with a concentration in painting in 1990. He later received a secondary math teaching certificate from Wayne State University in Detroit.

In the 1990's his paintings, mostly landscape and some figurative, were frequently exhibited in galleries in the Detroit and Ann Arbor area. A landscape painting of Lake Michigan dunes was in the 1997-1998 traveling New Regionalism exhibit curated by the Detroit Artist Market. In the early 2000's Sam sold his paintings through the Synchronicity Gallery in Glen Arbor, MI. In 2003 he moved to rural northwestern Wisconsin and began to focus on farm landscapes, a change from his usual white pines, woods, and water compositions. 10 years later, back in Ann Arbor, Sam began exploring a new direction challenging the rectangular shape of the landscape. He put his Post-Impressionistic, “up-north” landscapes on panels with non-right angle corners and some with sculptural edges. Sam is a finish carpenter and continues to experiment with framing on his current “normal” rectangular paintings.

Sam has painted portraits on and off over the years. His latest portrait series is of civil rights and labor activist, several of which can be seen at The Lunch Room in Kerrytown.The most recent works in this exhibit represent an effort to focus on another direction – abstraction. Sam says it is like taking a new class in an unknown language where he is both the teacher and the student. He finds it inspiring to learn a new alphabet, small words, and then more words and expressions as his desires for communication keep soaring.

Meet Sam at an Artist Reception on May 10th from 6-8pm.

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1511 Washtenaw Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104