MIAMI COUNTY — A local artist has spent more than a decade perfecting a set of Christmas cards depicting scenes from the county’s seat.
Covington resident Jacqui Noll finalized her series of 20 Christmas cards this year with a well-known scene — Troy’s Grand Illumination. The final card, “Santa on the Square,” shows a child sitting on Santa’s lap in Troy’s new Santa House in 2015, while two other children anticipate their turn.
The children just happen to be Noll’s three grandchildren — Shane Noll, Audrey Brower and Cairo Noll. The “Santa on the Square” illustration also was chosen to be on the cover of this December’s Country Living magazine, as have several others in past years.
The “Most Artistic” Newton graduate, who attend Edison State Community College for a commercial art degree, said art has always been a part of her life.
“I really enjoy working with color … getting the idea and watching it evolve into art,” Noll said. “I love seeing the expressions from people when they see something I’ve created.”
The mother of three, who is married to Jeff Noll, began creating the series, “A Troy Christmas,” 11 years ago when she was looking to earn enough money to go to Europe to see an ancestor’s castle in England. The idea to create Christmas cards came from a gentleman who came to her previous workplace asking for Christmas cards to be designed. She sketched four scenes — he liked and bought them — and she decided to continue the series.
The series began with scenes of a Hobart skater, the Eldean Bridge, a WACO bi-plane and the Tree on the Square in downtown Troy, which she paints on canvas, scans and has made into the cards. She has created one to two new cards for each holiday season since.
Many of the cards depict Troy landmarks, however there are some other scenes from the county. Other cards include the Mayflower Arts Center, Overfield Tavern Museum, West Milton Waterwheel Farm, the new Adams Street Bridge, Troy river levee, Lost Creek Reserve, Pleasant Hill United Church of Christ, the old Adams Street Bridge and Courthouse, Iddings Log House, Brukner Nature Center, Fulton Farms, Old Soldiers Monument and the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center.
New this year, Noll said she is infusing the cards with peppermint therapeutic grade essential oil.
Born in Troy, the artist said she also paints the cards’ scenes on ornaments, and has been working on the Santa on the Square and Mayflower designs this year.
“I think it is just my God-given talent to express myself through painting,” she said.
Noll, who is employed with Aren’s Corp in Covington, and has done some commissioined art work, also has an illustration titled “Peacock” in “Drawing Inspiration, Visual Arists at Work,” by author Michael Fleishman, which was published in 2011 by Delmar, Cengage Learning. It is a 400-page textbook about drawing-based creativity and contains 465 visuals from 188 international artists, Noll said.
Noll sold the cards at the Brukner Nature Center Winter Arts and Crafts Show recently. She also will be in attendance at the Second annual Wellness Holiday Gala on Sunday, Dec. 11, from noon to 5 p.m., held at Inspira Wellness II, 1471 S. Market St., Troy. Admission is $5.
The Christmas cards are $3 each, or in quantity $2.50 each, or the set of 20 can be purchased for $48 at this weekend’s event or by calling Noll at (937) 473-2144.
Noll said she doesn’t know what her next project will be, just that another series is to come.
“I can move on to a different series,” Noll said. “I have no idea what I am going to get into, but I will do something different.”
Reach Melody Vallieu at (937) 552-2131
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