Art is a main staple and sounding board throughout my life, like a best friend lending support and encouragement, triggering a good laugh, and sharing reminiscing times of remembrance. I am dedicated to life-long learning and will often explore new forms to express my creative talents, though digital photography is the backbone of my art. In May 2010, art emerged as a life-saving, grounding force as I entered a detox and rehab treatment program. The union between my artwork and recovery is very empowering. I truly am an artist at heart and as I align my being closer to my heart and spirituality, my art follows suit becoming more focused and refined. Nature is an essential source of inspiration as it is a constant state of change, a continual source of new material. I see beauty in cycles of change, death, decay, destroyed, distressing, weathered, and broken subjects that in turn are reborn, reused, recycled, and reimagined. Working within these themes, I compose images and develop themes in unique and interesting ways that go beyond the surface value of an image.
Just one year after launching his art business, NATE METZ, is presenting his first gallery exhibition. Summer Streets is a collection of 25 photographs presented at the Terry Foreman Gallery with the Newark Arts Alliance June 4th – 29th 2013. On Friday June 7th, Nate hosted an opening reception and gallery talk where he shared some of the details and implications of his reflections on street life during the hot and busy months of summer. Read more info about the exhibit here.
During the same month of June 2013, NATE METZ hung three pieces in the Lewes Public Library as part of the Delmarva on View exhibit that benefits the Friends of the Lewes Public Library. All three photographs, elegantly framed in a dark mahogany frame and white mat, showcase Nate’s studies in translucent light. The leaves and petals all leap from the prints with an illuminating quality.
Taking pictures for over ten years, NATE METZ, curated a collection of images in book format to share with his fans and to diversify the market for his work. Entitled, AWAKE, the book houses 85 full color photographs. For the accompanying text that, Nate spent considerable time reflecting on his personal journey, perusing his journal and extracted 69 inspirational, insightful messages to pair with the photographs. They are intimate thoughts, observations, and reflections on humanity, planet Earth, and spirituality. AWAKE is divided into 3 sections: TRUTH, SECRET, and LIFE. TRUTH is a set of observations to help us live more honestly and with greater awareness. SECRET contains ideas that help to unlock the mysteries of life and make sense of our world. And, LIFE is about the marvelous lives we live. Each section also has a short essay to frame the photos and messages. For sale on natemetz.com and includes personalized autograph and dedication.
In January 2012, NATE METZ presented a workshop at the Rehoboth Roundup to 35 participants. He shared his recent collage work related to his personal recovery and work in a 12 step program. Inspiring other people to explore their inner soulscapes and psyche with art and helping them to gain insight into their lives during the workshop was the push Nate needed to devote even more time and energy to his art. Seeing tears in a few of the participants’ eyes validated NATE METZ has ability to impact other people through his artwork.
NATE METZ then attended a workshop through the Rehoboth Art League in April of the same year, entitled Art Biz Liftoff. Meeting with Alyson B. Stanfield and Debby L. Williams provided the practical framework for his business to launch. He is busy in the early development stages of building a web presence and cataloging works for galleries and exhibitions.
Born in northwestern Pennsylvania, Nate has moved and traveled often: New York City, Paris, Europe, the Caribbean, China, and Canada. He currently resides near Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. He graduated cum laude in 2005 from the University of Delaware with an Honors B.S. degree in Apparel Design. Nate is a member of the Rehoboth Art League and the Newark Arts Alliance.