Artist Nancy Noel returns to Zionsville but not to Sanctuary

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By Heather Lusk

A plaque in artist Nancy Noel’s Zionsville home reads, “I come here often to find myself. It’s so easy to get lost in the world.”

That seems to sum up Noel’s life at the moment.

Noel has returned to Zionsville after she moved her former Main Street gallery, The Sanctuary, to Aspen for one year to gain more international exposure.

Even from Aspen she continued to return home to Zionsville as often as she could.

“Flying back and forth was taking up a lot of my time,” she said. “I adore my farm. I love Zionsville.”

With her one-year lease in Aspen ended, she said she has little interest in opening another large gallery, although she plans to open the doors of The Sanctuary for one day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 30, selling her art at a discount.

She was thrilled after a similar sale in December, as those interested in owning her art were able to do so at discounted prices.

“People who always wanted something were so happy, and we were so happy,” she said.

The Aspen gallery provided Noel with the international exposure she felt she needed for the next step in her career. Her paintings can be found in the homes of many high profile clients and opportunities abound for her through contacts with Oprah Winfrey and the Mandela family.

She will continue to sell her original art by appointment and prints of her art may be purchased online.

The Sanctuary is still for sale, and Noel said she hopes someone will consider buying it as an event center.

“The potential for it to be a restaurant or event center is fantastic” she said, citing great acoustics, a three-way liquor license and a recently renovated kitchen as additional benefits. “It’s a brilliant facility.”

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