About Us


ArtNovell.com was created in 2011 by North Carolina Potter, Nancy Novell, and Raleigh Jewelry Designer, Robyn Novell Riley.

Nancy Novell, Potter

Nancy was the Arts in Education Director at The Arts Council, Inc. in Huntsville, AL for 10 years. Since moving to Raleigh almost 20 years ago, Nancy has served as the North Carolina Arts Council’s Interim Director of Touring and Presenting;  Program Director and Interim Director of Artspace;  Family and Community Events Coordinator at Exploris Museum, Town of Cary’s first Public Art Coordinator; and Special Events and Food Drive Manager at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC.  As an independent project consultant, she has worked as Marketing, Press and PR Coordinator for Full Frame Documentary Film Festival; Program Manager for the “The Art of Craft in North Carolina” at the North Carolina Museum of Art’s Grand Opening Festival; and Project Manager for Carnegie Science Center’s Girls, Math & Science Partnership, developing and producing a hands-on science kit for middle school aged girls. Currently a member of The City of Raleigh Arts Commission and Triangle Artworks Board of Directors, Nancy holds a BA in Art Education from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

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Robyn Novell Riley, Jewelry Designer

Robyn has been making jewelry for many years. She grew up surrounded by art and was often enrolled in painting, drawing, or pottery classes. Robyn began dabbling in jewelry-making when she was in college at UNCG, while studying to get her degree in Deaf Education. It wasn’t until after she graduated and moved back to Raleigh that she really discovered her passion. She became inspired to create a collection of unique earrings, something elegant and different. You can find her signature creation, “Wrapped Pearls,” in addition to her newest Sterling collection, for sale at The Little Art Gallery in Cameron Village. She enjoys creating versatile, sophisticated pieces that people can enjoy and appreciate in both casual and dressy settings.

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