Nall awarded studio by principality of Monaco

Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Troy native Nall Hollis has been awarded an artist studio by the Principality of Monaco.

The studio was inaugurated on Aug. 8 with a private reception and is open to the public upon appointment.

Nall’s ‘Peace Frame’ Inauguration with Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Nall Hollis and Prince Albert II of Monaco cut the ribbon on Hollis’ ‘Peace Frame.’

These highly coveted artists’ studios, located on the port in Monaco, are given to international artists of merit.

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Nall, an internationally acclaimed artist, said he is honored and grateful to have been given the studio. To work in Monaco will be a challenge, after having worked in Vence, France, and Fairhope, Ala., and living in nature, he said.

“Monaco has two sides, one can walk from one end to the other through its well-manicured gardens and quiet staircases or go through the more touristic spots,” Nall said. “One has a choice, but then don’t we always, whether in Fairhope or in Vence?”

Nall said his subject matter will be interesting to watch develop.

“Outside my windows, I have rocks, oleander and rosemary,” he said. “The sea is only 50 meters away and I can swim in the mornings before breakfast then work in a wonderful light. The French and Italian Alps to the north are fabulous, as are some of the local scenes.”

Nall said he has many friends who come by to see his works evolve, but he has asked people to respect his working schedule.

His studio is open to the public on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month.

“I’m installed for sure until mid-January with a renewable option,” he said. “I’m excited to begin this new chapter.”

Nall will be working between his studios in Vence, which is 45 minutes east, and in Monaco during his year’s stay in Europe. He will maintain his studio in Fairhope, which will remain open.