North Hills resident creates angelic holiday decoration
Residents in North Hills will see a new decoration this holiday season on Joe Grindle’s Monroe Avenue yard. And it isn’t something easily overlooked on a drive through the neighborhood.
As he’s done for the past several years, Grindle has created his own yard piece for Christmas. This year he sculpted a life-size angel that will be spotlighted on his front yard.
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Instead, Grindle, who is 86 years old, painted his Styrofoam and plaster angel with pearly whites and golds, along with human features like tan skin and brown hair.
Grindle said he will display the piece three weeks before Christmas alongside his regular decorations. The piece has taken him nearly a year to complete, but Grindle describes producing art as one of his passions now that he’s retired.
In previous years, Grindle has displayed an angel he painted onto wood, a portrait of baby Jesus in the manger and pillar candles decorated in holiday colors.
“I like some of the religious art,” Grindle said about all his artwork, which includes the Christmas pieces and more than 45 paintings. His favorites pieces to create include boats on the water and sunsets.
Grindle started producing his art, he said, approximately six years ago when he broke his kneecap while doing his daily 16-mile bike ride. His broken knee required him to retire from carpentry and contracting with his brother. Additionally, his wife was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and required him to be home often.
“He was always into art,” his daughter Nancy Crisipino said. She remembers her father creating his own pieces for holiday train sets and tinting his own photos when she was a child.
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