She’s not a politician. She’s not a civic volunteer. She’s not a noted artist.
But politicians, volunteers and artists — especially artists — all love Nina Royce.
And we’ll all miss her, now that she’s left the Westport she loved and served so long and well.
She moved here in 1969, from New Haven. She married a Harvard guy, David Royce. Three children — and a master’s in fine arts — followed.
Nina spent 45 years at Max’s Art Supplies — the beloved downtown gathering spot for artists, designers, and anyone else needing pens, paint or paper. Nina was an important part of the glue that kept this town’s arts scene connected and vibrant.
For the past 3 years — ever since Max’s closed — you could find Nina at Age of Reason. She worked her magic on that innovative toy store’s many devoted customers — young and old.
Nina was also a regular at the Senior Center. She enjoyed exercise classes — and everyone there enjoyed her quiet, sunny presence.
Now it’s time for a change. Nina is moving to Ashland, Oregon. She’ll be near her son Zach, and granddog Otto. Seattle (son Peter) and Minneapolis (daughter Casey) are not too far away.
Nina has put out the welcome mat for Westporters heading west.
Happy (Oregon) trails, Nina, from all of us whose lives you have enriched!
(Hat tip: Jo Shields)