Excited!! That’s the word that immediately came to mind when I met Nina Noel. And it’s no wonder why she is so excited about her new venture. She and her husband, Charles Noel, have opened the ArtiZen Outlet across Loop 250 from the mall at 3404 W. Loop 250 North.

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Nina’s excitement is contagious as you wander around the two-story facility filled with wide-ranging quality art from oil, pastel and water color of many different genre to eclectic jewelry, photography and pottery. There is also quality crafted furniture. In short, there is just no other place like it in Midland.

With a BA from Brooks Institute in photography, Nina has been in Midland about fifteen years. For seven of those, she taught photography at Trinity School, where she designed their initial program. She would tell her students, “a homemade cake is better than a microwave cake,” the inference being that they must learn photography from scratch, using 35mm, rolling their own film, using only black and white, and developing their own film in the dark room — in other words learn from scratch.

“Visual people can’t just walk by a thing of beauty without wanting to take a piece of it with