November 23, 2006

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A Granite State greeting
NH artists lend work for CASA; new NH company sells artist cards
By Heidi Masek hmasek@hippopress.com

Artist Ann Trainor Domaingue uses her talent and connections to help out Court Appointed Special Advocates of New Hampshire each year. CASA is an organization that trains volunteers to act as advocates for abused and neglected children in court.

“I just felt a connection with CASA itself. It’s kind of amazing the kind of people that donate their time to train and be a CASA,” Trainor Domaingue said. For the past eight years, she’s helped select art for CASA’s annual holiday greeting card sale, which features artwork from New Hampshire artists and children. Sales fund CASA training. There are 27 designs to choose from right now, and cards come in packs of 20 for $15. Trainor Domaingue’s new design this year is a manger scene, which she created for CASA because they like to include at least one religious card. Her “Old Man of the Mountain” design is a perennial favorite.

She’s recruited other artists to contribute, which involves donating use of their work for free. Many are Art 3 Gallery artists, including Matt Brown of Lyme, Jim Burke of Brooklyn, formerly of Goffstown, and Mary Ann Stillwagon of Amherst. Art 3 in Manchester displayed the originals and sold the cards at a reception Nov. 16.

As more artists submit work, CASA will have increasing quality to choose from and ultimately raise more money, Trainor Domaingue reasons. It’s good marketing for the artists, since holiday cards are sent all over. The cards are sold through casanh.org or call (800) 626-0622. 

Also new this year is a middle man of sorts for New Hampshire artists’ greeting cards. Scot and Mary Langdon of Milford bought Card Connection, which consigns the Canadian line Northern Cards, early in 2006 and then added their own line, NHGreetingCards. They work with 14 artists to place their cards in local coffee shops, gift shops, and other small stores. The artists create the cards themselves, and only a few artists have them printed in large batches, Scot Langdon said. NHGreetingCards is a member of NH Stories (nhmade.com), the association for products made in New Hampshire. Artists represented by the Langdons include photographer Lynda Elliott of Manchester, a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen, Mont Vernon’s Victoria Arico, Concord photographer Aaron Constant, and Wilton artists L. Sierra Brookes and Chas Terry.

You can find NHGreetingCards in A&E Roastery in Amherst, Art Experience in Bedford, J. Beaner’s in Amherst and at nhgreetingcards.com.



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11/9/2006 Visual art meets poetry
11/2/2006 Local Color
10/26/2006 Local Color
10/19/2006 Local Color
10/12/2006 Almost 80 artists in Hollis ...
10/05/2006 Fine art in a field
09/28/2006 Local Color
09/21/2006 Local Color
09/14/2006 Local color
09/07/2006 Bel Espirit, a happening of chance
08/31/2006 An artistic endeavor
08/24/2006 The almost-all architecture edition
08/17/2006 Half century of creativity
08/10/2006 Obsession with the Isles of Shoals
08/03/2006 See the precise craft of carving with a chainsaw
07/20/2006 For museums or your living room
07/13/2006 Making their mark
07/06/2006 Sense of place
06/29/2006 New ground
06/22/2006 MAA honors scholars an artists of the year
06/15/2006 Galleries open doors
06/08/2006 It's sticky up here
06/01/2006 Mural for MCAM
05/25/2006 Scenes from the air
05/18/2006 Vanguardians sit down
05/11/2006 Public masterpiece
05/04/2006 Art helps kids at MAA show
04/27/2006 In-house artists on display
04/20/2006 No Pinocchio here
04/13/2006 School's out art's in
04/06/2006 Meet Michael Toomey
03/30/2006 Art builds community ...
03/23/2006 From Celtic design to Ayn Rand
03/16/2006 Got Cow?
03/09/2006 A creative view of China
03/02/2006 Monastery Arts open new show
02/23/2006 Love and art in one location
02/16/2006 Job loss leads to artistic success
02/09/2006 Art in the key of Adam and Eve
02/02/2006 Art to make you think
01/26/2006 New York artists to show at Derryfiled School
01/19/2006 A new age of artwork
01/12/2006 Photography buffs unite
01/05/2006 Jeweler teaches her trade
Alison Williams
All together now
A forest through the trees
A light in the dark
An event for artists, by artists
Anne Dufresne
Armand Szainer: never forget
Art group picks artist of the year
Art In The Park
Art in the Park sees attendance dip
Arts In Education Conference
Art like Crayons for grown-ups
Art you can sit on (if you own it)
Better Living Through Artistry
Capturing history with a panaramic view
Ceramic Biennial
Currier Kicks Off 2005 With NHSS Show
Die fotografieren
Doug Mendoza: Body Artist
Enjoying the Open Doors Trolley Tour
East Colony Fine Art has gone jazz
Equal Arts Opportunities
Exploring purgatory and paradise
Expressions coming from within
Fighting cancer with creativity
Free food, free music and plenty of art
Harry Umen: New Work

Head of the class
Heating up the canvas
Inside the artist’s studio
It’s art, and it’s even practical!
James Aponovich

James Chase
Jan De Bray
Local Artist, Global Message
Lollipops and Hand Grenades
MAA Adds New Dimension To Gallery
MAA Gallery Mixes It Up
Making Book With Children
Manchester Art In 2004
Morgan's "Danse" Comes To Manch
Morin Avoid Typecasting
NHIA chalks it up to May 14
Open Doors Manchester Returns
Open Doors Trolley Tour, The Winter Version
Looking for a crowd? Just add art
McGowan Fine Art Turns 25
Nita Leger Casey
Patti Matthis
Saint Anselm Favorite Returns
Searching for the extraordinary
Small Town Art Hits The Big City
Spirit Of The Holidays Exhibit
Step into the Art Pad at Langer Place
Stride and ride
Tagging goes to wall, gets legit
The art and craft of Glendi
The art of signs to art and stuff
The Art Of The Qashquai

The Return Of The Art Trolley Tour
The Ubiquitous Ann Domingue
Two-continent painting exhibit opens
Using nature as a canvas
Waxwork
Women's Art Group Marks 10th Year
Wyeth Works Return To The Currier