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