Intangible: The Art of Nicole Katano

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”

–Albert Einstein

Nicole Katano invites us to slow down, quietly and closely observe, and breathe deeply. The digital images she presents here at the Marin Art and Garden Center capture a moment in time where the focus on the magic and mystery that nature provides will inspire us to reflect on the intangible beauty all around us.

“My work revolves around my camera’s ability to isolate tiny fragments of time and space in such a way that otherwise fleeting details can be more consciously examined by the observer.”

Every morning, Nicole Katano steps into her garden and ruminates on the peace and beauty it holds. This is where she captures the images that she uses in her work, using “selective focus” to direct the viewer’s eye. She hopes that you will join her in the garden, and feel the peace and balance that she feels.”Intangible” was shown in The Studio from October 13 through November 26, 2017.

The video projection, large digital images and framed works create a symphony of impressions that can be called feminine, subtle, mysterious and beautiful. They encourage us to meditate upon the many gifts that nature provides — that we often don’t see. In concert with the lovely living plants that you see in the Marin Art and Garden Center, these images uncover a sense of wonder about time and place. The images are focused and then not focused; they are cinematic and dramatic. They allow you to feel the exquisite calm and experience the intangible beauty that nature so often provides.

“The ultimate point isn’t to tell people what to see or think. It is simply to make them feel.”

–Nicole Katano, 2017

Nicole began her career as a photographer after having received her BFA in Film from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and her Master’s degree in Ceramics from San Francisco State University. For more than thirty years Nicole has worked for advertising, corporate and editorial clients including Nokia, Dreamworks, American Girl and Paramount Pictures, among many others. Since 2004 she has exhibited her images in Los Angeles, Nashville, Scottsdale/Phoenix, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Sonoma, Healdsburg, San Diego and Atlanta. In 2010 she moved from Los Angeles to Sonoma where she now lives and works. In 2013 the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art featured Nicole and her husband, the artist Marc Katano, in a joint exhibition entitled, Akin: The Art of Nicole and Marc Katano. She has illustrated several books and directed, written and produced ten short films and videos. Most recently she was in an exhibition in San Rafael, Forces of Nature: Katano, Kleinman, Tarantino.

Guest curator Kate Eilertsen will talk with Nicole at the opening reception in The Studio on October 13th.

More to explore

IRS Guidelines for Gifts from Donor Advised Funds to Support MAGC Events

Thank you for your interest in giving to the Marin Art & Garden Center events from your Donor Advised Fund (DAF) or Family Foundation.

We sincerely appreciate your generosity and support!

To ensure your gift follows the current IRS guidelines for DAF/Family Foundation support of an event, we would like to share the below guidelines with you.

  • Raffle tickets, tickets to galas and other special events, auction items, and benefits conferred in connection with a DAF/foundation grant are not permitted.
    • IRS has specifically ruled that fair market value associated with fundraising events cannot be separated, a practice known as “bifurcation.”
      • For example, with Edible Garden, if the price of the ticket is $200 and the FMV fair market value (non-tax-deductible amount) is designated to be $50, the donor must pay from sources other than her DAF/foundation for the full value of the ticket ($200) and not just for the non-tax-deductible amount ($50).
    • We recommend you confer with your financial advisor to confirm if any of these examples of how donors may still use their DAF to support an event would work for you:
      • A donor could sponsor the event, and not attend, and pay fully out of the DAF/foundation.
      • A donor could sponsor the event using DAF/foundation funds and attend by purchasing an individual ticket through non-DAF/foundation funds.
      • A donor could sponsor the event, join the event as a guest of another donor/table guest, and pay fully out of the DAF/foundation.
      • A donor could sponsor the event and host the afforded number of people at their chosen level as long as they pay for the seats at the lowest ticket price ($200 for Edible Garden) outside of their DAF.
        • As an example, a $1,500 sponsor that covers 2 guests, could pay for their sponsorship with $400 from a different source of funds, and then give an additional gift of $1,100 out of their DAF.


Please email Tod Thorpe, Director of Development at to discuss your gift to Marin Art and Garden Center